Firefighters ready

Approximately 200 aspiring wildland firefighters—all local military veterans—attended four days of wildland firefighting training from March 2 to 5 at Paramount Ranch in rural Agoura. The vets are members of Team Rubicon, a Los Angeles based nonprofit that meshes the skills of military veterans with first responders in the rapid deployment of emergency response teams. Upon successful completion of the […]


Agoura Hills On Feb. 22 someone broke into a locked car parked on Kanan Road by smashing the rear and driver’s side back windows, causing $250 in damage. The thief stole jewelry, a backpack, an iPad, a Nikon camera and several purses. The stolen items were valued at more than $1,500. Calabasas A burglar broke into a home on Park […]

John McEuen gets down and gritty

John McEuen, founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and special guests will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 17 in the Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 T.O. Blvd. McEuen—with banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin— will share the music and memories of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 50-year career and the landmark “Will the Circle Be […]

Coaches lead Cavs to the promised land

Mad Hatter meets Alice

Costumed duo
helps fete Chamber of Commerce honorees

The men and women who give vibrancy to the local business community received recognition at the 2018 Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce awards gala last Friday at Calamigos Ranch. Winners in seven categories were announced at the March 2 dinner and awards ceremony, “An Evening in Wonderland.” Westlake Village City Council member Brad Halpern and City Manager Ray Taylor […]

Coach admits having sex with player

A former Ventura County youth soccer coach is facing a year in jail after he admitted to having a sexual relationship with one of his underage players between 2007 and 2009. Vincent Thomas, 48, pleaded guilty Feb. 23 in Ventura County court to multiple charges, including lewd or lascivious acts with a child and oral copulation of a person under […]

No Blue Shield customers at Los Robles

Since it opened in 1968, Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center has been the lone major hospital in the Conejo Valley. But now, local residents who purchase their health insurance through the individual market must travel miles out of town for non-emergency hospital procedures. That’s because the 404-bed facility on Janss Road is the only hospital in Ventura County without […]

Don’t dog paddle

Swimmers open
season at Rio Mesa

The smells of sunscreen and chlorine filled the air as about 1,000 swimmers from 10 high schools congregated for the Spartan Relays on March 2 at Rio Mesa. This was the 18th annual meet at Rio Mesa, and it’s the sport’s unofficial season opener in Acorn country. Swimmers from Rio Mesa, Westlake, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Moorpark and Royal competed […]

Assembly race kicks off

The race is on to fill the 45th Assembly District seat vacated in January by Democrat Matt Dababneh, accused of sexual misconduct while in office. The West Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum on Feb. 21 to introduce the seven candidates who will appear on the ballot in a special election on April 3. The two-hour event was held […]

Westlake Village eyes another new park

After the completion of the Westlake Village Community Park, the Westlake Village City Council has turned its focus on building another park, but this one will be a little different. The Lindero Linear Park will be on Lindero Canyon Road between Foxfield Drive and Agoura Road, on the flood channel, or east side of the street. Where there is now […]