All in the family

New cougar cubs found in mountains could be product of inbreeding

National Park Service researchers recently discovered a litter of four mountain lion kittens—two males and two females— in a remote area of the Santa Monica Mountains. The 4-week-old kittens are being called P-70, P-71, P-72 and P-73. National Park Service biologists took tissue samples, conducted a general health check and marked the kittens with ear tags. Although the blue-eyed, spotted […]


Free programs at the Platt Library The Friends of Platt Library will sponsor the following free programs at the library at 23600 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills. Reservations are not needed. James Domine, founder, music director and conductor of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, will speak at 1:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6. He will present a program on the music […]

Jews gather to observe Day of Atonement

The Chabad of the Conejo will observe Yom Kippur, beginning with the Kol Nidre service at 6:45 p.m. Tues., Sept. 18. Over 3,500 participants are expected. Services will continue at 9:30 a.m. Wed., Sept. 19. The Yizkor memorial service will be at noon. Worship continues with the Neilah at 5:45 p.m. The Yom Kippur fast will end at 7:30 p.m. […]

Crafty entrepreneurs see value in beer business

A passion for home-brewed beer combined with knowledge of the restaurant business, a vacant building and, most important, a growing demand for a local brewery: Those are the forces driving the creation of Mad Era Brewing Co., Simi Valley’s first craft brewhouse. Located in the 8,400-squarefoot building at 20 W. Cochran St. that formerly housed Marie Callender’s, Mad Era will […]

Triunfo board looks for new member

Paule’s departure creates vacancy

The Triunfo Sanitation District board of directors seeks to appoint an eligible member of the public to fill the seat formerly held by Michael Paule, a Westlake Village resident who resigned from the board in August and moved to Texas. With an operating budget of $15 million, the agency’s service area covers about 50 square miles and serves a population […]

Eva Gerard Kraft

March 14, 1937 – August 20, 2018

Eva Kraft, 81, passed away on August 20, 2018. Eva was born in Cape Vincent, NY and graduated from Cortland College in Ithaca, NY. She married Phil Kraft from Chicago in 1958. In the 1960s, Phil and Eva had three children while briefly living in Oklahoma, the Chicago area and Toledo, Ohio. Eva was active in Welcome Wagon during that […]

Welcoming the New Year

Auto storage concept unfolds

Finish Line Auto Storage, an automobile county club and car condominium project, is closing in on completion. The Westlake Village company offers car collectors the opportunity to purchase secure spaces from 1,500 square feet to over 4,000 square feet with high ceilings, separate power and utilities. The final build-out will comprise more than 80,000 square feet of construction across 5 […]

Is this how we should teach our children?

The photo at right was taken by Acorn photo editor Rick Gillard at this week’s 9/11 tribute at Mesa Verde Middle School in Moorpark. The picture wasn’t taken at a shooting range or a police station. It was the scene Tuesday at a middle school in our own community—and it is at the middle schools, high schools and elementary schools […]

Conejo Valley fest will share its pride

Inaugural event will be Sept. 22

The motto of the first-ever Conejo Valley Pride Festival is “creating community through visibility,” and in Thousand Oaks, it doesn’t get much more visible than the Civic Arts Plaza. That’s why organizers chose the 3-acre Mary and Richard Carpenter Plaza Park in front of City Hall on Thousand Oaks Boulevard as the site of their inaugural event on Sept. 22. […]