Community chips in as fire relief operations get underway

Schools set to resume Students received an extended Thanksgiving break due to the Woolsey fire, and while the blaze caused no major damage to local campuses, workers still needed time to clean air conditioners, remove debris and make the classrooms habitable again. Both the Las Virgenes and Oak Park unified school districts will reopen classes on Mon., Nov. 26. Flames […]

Victims, insurance companies begin rebuilding lives

Patience will be the best virtue as long process unfolds

With the flames finally quelled, firefighters are being praised throughout the area for their efforts in saving homes and lives. But much more work remains to be done. Insurance agents and relief groups are working to rebuild the lives of hundreds of people whose homes were destroyed in the Woolsey fire. Derek Ross, an insurance agent from Oak Park, was […]

Lions, Coyotes fall in CIF playoff semifinals

Four local high school football teams entered the CIF-Southern Section semifinal round last weekend, but only one survived with a chance to play for a section title this weekend. Oaks Christian (12-1 overall) was overwhelmed by top-ranked St. John Bosco (13-0) in the Division 1 semifinals, 56-10. Calabasas (10-3) couldn’t keep up with Upland (11-2) in Division 2, falling 30-21. […]

Agoura disaster center opens

Support for the fire victims arrived swiftly. Within a week of one of the worst fires in California history, two Los Angeles County Disaster Assistance Centers were up and running to give assistance to area families displaced by the fire and to help them begin the chore of rebuilding their lives. The Conrad Hilton Foundation— which recently moved its headquarters […]



Members of the public rally together during various community events to remember the victims of the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill and recent losses due to the wildfires. Participants also give early thanks prior to the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 22.

Chaplains seek the right words in trauma

As the Woolsey fire tore through the Conejo Valley, Mary Krampach’s Sunset Hills home lost Spectrum phone, cable and internet service. Without a way to learn which areas were under mandatory evacuation orders, she and nearby homeowners watched the blaze with the naked eye and decided that if the flames crossed a certain ridgeline, they would evacuate. Krampach’s neighborhood was […]

Well said


WELL SAID—Members of both the community and Chabad of the Conejo transport a giant thank-you note to L.A. County Fire Station No. 89 on Canwood Street in Agoura Hills.

Lawsuit charges Edison with starting fire

A Ventura County resident has filed a lawsuit against Southern California Edison alleging that the utility company’s negligence caused the Woolsey fire. The claim filed Nov. 15 with the Los Angeles County Superior Court by a group of attorneys on behalf of Malibu resident Michael Henthorn says that the Nov. 8 blaze started underneath Edison-owned power lines at the Santa […]

Businesses step up


Citizens, businesses and restaurants donated food, water and supplies to personnel working the Woolsey fire, including deputies in the field, dispatchers answering the nonstop phones, and administration running the command post. Countless citizens also dropped off items at the station and to the deputies on the road blocks. Businesses that brought food to the station include Calamigos Ranch, which provided […]

Sgt. Helus memorialized at Calvary service

5,000 attend

A sea of American flags and uniforms filled Calvary Community Church last week as thousands paid tribute to Ventura County sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, a fallen hero who died protecting others as a gunman opened fire inside a Thousand Oaks restaurant and bar. “Ron dared to go where most would flee and he selflessly ran toward gunfire to confront someone […]