2018-02-08

Oak Park home is near park and award-winning schools

This Oak Park family home is in the Monte Carlo Tract. The two-story, four-bedroom and three-bath view home comes with a large family room addition. Amenities include wood floors, recessed lighting, wainscoting, crown molding and a dual fireplace. The galley kitchen is equipped with stainless steel appliances, double oven and granite counters. The large master suite includes a walk-in closet […]

Season on the brink

ON THE MOVE—Oak Park High girls’ soccer player Lauren Battin, right, battles for the ball with Simi Valley’s Faith Muench during a Coastal Canyon League game. Battin, a sophomore forward/ midfielder, entered the week second on the team with three goals. She also had four assists. Battin is the younger sister of Eagle boys’ basketball star Riley Battin. The Oak […]

Big lions aren’t so innocent

If Jeff Sikich of the National Park Service was truly a biologist, he would refer to the offspring of these large, wild, human-killing mountain lion machines as “cubs” and not “kittens.” By dishonestly calling them kittens he conjures images of fuzzy, playful little critters bouncing on a ball of yarn and innocently mewing and pawing at your fingertips while you […]

Expert cites climate change as contributor to California’s biggest wildfire



Nonstop Santa Ana winds and parched vegetation no doubt fueled last month’s Thomas Fire, but a Cal State Channel Islands professor studying the blaze’s aftermath believes climate change and land management policies in the county set the stage for the largest wildfire in state history. Prolonged drought triggered by a shifting jet stream that has disrupted California’s normal rain and […]

Morrison Estates home backs to open space

This four-bedroom, three-bath Morrison Estates home is in an exclusive area and backs to open space with valley and mountain views from the top of the property. Outside is a grassy area, aboveground spa, covered patio and steps to the top of the yard. Possible RV access is available. The interior features a living room with volume ceiling and formal […]

Pet of the week

WHAT A HONEY— Honeybear is about 14 years old. He is calm, and loves affection. If you would like to adopt Honeybear, ask for ID No.A678664 at the Ventura County Animal Services in Camarillo, 600 Aviation Drive. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check vcas.us before visiting the shelter.

Not a cougar problem, but a people problem

If you look at the statistics, I believe we are the predators stalking animals. We take away their habitats and just want them to magically leave their homes that we have taken away. How about taking a little responsibility ourselves? We live in their habitat, leave our garbage outside, and let our pets roam freely. The title of your mountain […]

Arnold Don Abravanel

Arnold Don Abravanel, 83, of Brooklyn, New York, passed away February 3, 2018 in Westlake Village, California. The main focus of Arnold’s life was being a fantastic Husband, Father, Grandfather and Partner. He leaves behind his sons Jack, David and Russell along with Daughter-In-Law Robin, Grandchildren Hannah, Issac and Kyle as well as Great Grand Children Patrick and Lucas as […]

Students reach out in art competition



Student creativity was rewarded at Agoura High School after nine students claimed recognition for their artistic submissions in this year’s PTA Reflections contest. Three of the nine students earned the Award of Excellence for their submissions in the categories of visual arts, photography and special literature: Jacob Adivi, Dillyn Gold and Maxwell Diamond. Their work will advance to the state […]

A blues-bustin’ 4-legged valentine

A love story to a canine


It’s astounding the way beings, as emotional as humans are, can believe they’re capable of shutting off the ability to love. Yet such was my resolve after the passing of my first dog following 14 fabulous years together. Surely a person could be an attentive pet owner while keeping a distance—putting the wounded heart on ice, so to speak, and […]


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