Motorcade bids farewell to Sgt. Helus


They came to pay their last respects. Law enforcement officers and first responders from across the Southland gathered in mourning along with hundreds of others on the streets near Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks on Thursday. In stunned disbelief, they watched as a procession transported Sgt. Ron Helus—who died trying to stop the Nov. 7 mass shooting […]

Wind driving 10,000-acre brush fire toward ocean

FREE Mobile home park threatened; evacuations ordered

An approximately 10,000-acre brush fire is threatening parts of Newbury Park after the blaze broke out in east Ventura County on Thursday afternoon. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for Dos Vientos and other Newbury Park neighborhoods. The fire started near Hill Canyon in the Santa Rosa Valley sometime around 2 p.m. and crossed over the ridgeline into Newbury Park, the […]

Details emerge in Borderline mass shooting

FREE Officer killed trying to stop shooter

      Thousand Oaks, long ranked among the safest cities in the U.S., has suffered America’s latest mass shooting. Police say Ian David Long, a 28-year-old Marine Corps veteran from Newbury Park, opened fire with a .45-caliber handgun around 11:20 p.m. Nov. 7 at Borderline Bar & Grill on Moorpark Road, which was hosting its weekly College Country Night. […]

‘War to end all wars’ did no such thing

“From the darkness on all sides came the groans and wails of wounded men; faint, long, sobbing moans of agony and despairing shrieks. It was too horribly obvious to me that dozens of men with serious wounds must have crawled for safety into shell holes. And now the water was rising above them, and powerless to move, they were slowly […]

Fire-inspired art exhibit at Cal Lutheran

Amiko Matsuo and Brad Monsma investigate fire through the intersection of art, ecology and the environment in “Pyrometric: Earth and Ash in the Anthropocene,” which runs through Jan. 10 in the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture at Cal Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. The exhibit includes hand-thrown, ceramic cones that were fired with the help […]

Student progress tool sports news look

Little more than a year after its debut, the California School Dashboard—a state Department of Education website that allows parents to track how schools and districts are faring in such key performance areas as test scores and graduation rates—is getting a new look: Pie charts are out, gauges are in. But that’s not all: When the Dashboard is updated in […]

Businesses can be certified as ‘Dementia Friendly’

This summer the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging, the Alzheimer’s Association and other partnering agencies rolled out Dementia Friendly Ventura County to provide better service to local residents living with dementia and to their caregivers. Initial efforts are targeting local businesses with a challenge to become dementia-friendly. Borne out of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging to address […]

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Ceremony and free breakfast for veterans this weekend

The following free local events will honor veterans in the community. The Conejo Valley Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars and the Michael A. DiRaimondo Chapter No. 750 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart will present the annual Veterans Day ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon Sun., Nov. 11 at the Thousand Oaks Veterans’ Memorial […]

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Warriors, Camarillo display great sportsmanship in CIF playoff match

The stakes were high. The level of sportsmanship on display was even higher when girls’ tennis teams from Westlake and Camarillo high schools collided in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 playoffs on Nov. 2 at Westlake. “They’re all very sportsmanlike,” Westlake junior singles player Sam Noh said of the visiting Scorpions. “We didn’t have issues with […]