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. […]

Protesters show support for businesses

A protest outside the Oct. 25 meeting for the North Area Plan update got the attention it was after, although much of the focus was on the protestors and not their message. More than 45 people stood quietly outside the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District Headquarters wearing matching T-shirts and holding signs criticizing the noise limitation proposed in the plan’s […]

Two museums display WW1 artifacts

To commemorate World War I, the Oxnard-based Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, has created a pop-up exhibit running Nov. 10 through 26. On display will be photographs, journal pages, helmets, medals, dog tags and other pieces of WWI memorabilia on loan from docents, volunteers and residents. “This was a really horrific event, but more than that there were […]

Custom North Ranch home includes a remodeled master suite with private patio

This privately gated, single-story North Ranch custom home has massive beam ceilings, custom windows and solid wood floors. The house has over 4,500 square feet with five bedrooms, 4.5 baths and an additional large bonus room with bath and closet over the garage for a sixth bedroom or office. The large formal dining, living and family rooms are suitable for […]

County hit maker at TOCAP

Rodney Crowell to perform Nov. 17

“Christmas Everywhere” is the title of Rodney Crowell’s latest album, but for years the holiday barely registered in the life of this acclaimed singer-songwriter, who will perform Nov. 17 in the Scherr Forum Theatre at Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Luckily, a little Christmas miracle came in 2011: Crowell heard Hayes Carll’s wry, soulful song […]

Brownley protects Dem seat in 26th District

U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Thousand Oaks) defeated actor Antonio Sabato Jr. Tuesday to represent much of Ventura County in the 26th U.S. Congressional District. The Democratic incumbent earned 96,489 votes as of Wednesday’s results, giving her slightly more than 59 percent of the vote and a fourth term in Congress. Her Republican challenger, Sabato, a first-time office seeker won 65,894 […]

Mary J. Lees

October 31, 1921 – November 3, 2018

Mary died peacefully on November 3 surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born on October 31, 1921, in Muncie, Indiana, to Artie Harper, a musician, and Laura Harper, who worked in a glove factory. Despite the challenges of growing up in a family of modest means during the Depression, Mary was a good student and earned a scholarship to […]

Balancing two—or more— generations under one roof

Tips for seniors who opt to live with relatives

If one family trend is an indicator, aging in America is in for a transformation. As people plan their retirement years, more and more are preferring to make the right adjustments at home to age in place, rather than exploring alternatives such as assisted living facilities and nursing homes. For many, that can mean opting to live under the same […]

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