Mad for mushrooms

There are about 50,000 species of mushrooms in the world. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some don’t even look like mushrooms. Most people would probably only recognize the limited varieties available at the grocery store. That’s the quandary Thousand Oaks resident Donna Long found herself in earlier this month when she discovered a patch of fungi in her […]

Grads glad it’s in the bag

— CLASS OF 2020—

When coronavirus was declared a pandemic in early March and schools went on hiatus, the students, teachers and parents were left uncertain about the future—how classes would be conducted, how students would be evaluated, and, at the end of the year, if graduation would even be held and what it would look like. In the Las Virgenes Unified School District, […]

2020-06-18 E-Edition

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June sparks early fires

California fire season doesn’t start until the fall, but spurred by an unusually warm month of June several brush fires have already broken out in the Conejo Valley area. A wildfire burned more than 15 acres of brush in the Agoura Hills Liberty Canyon neighborhood June 12 before multiple response teams extinguished it. No structures were damaged. The cause of […]

A ghost gun appears

A man was arrested in Agoura Hills early in the morning on June 5 after deputies from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station noticed a suspicious vehicle parked outside the Union Bank at the intersection of Kanan Road and Thousand Oaks Boulevard. The 19-year-old San Fernando Valley resident, whose identity was not released, was seen sitting inside his car outside the […]


Agoura Hills On June 6 someone broke into a car parked outside the Homewood Suites on Canwood Street and stole a backpack, suitcase, binoculars and camera, all worth $1,660. There were no signs of forced entry but the owner reported leaving the vehicle locked. Someone entered an unlocked car parked on Agoura Road on June 4 and stole a pair […]

Contact your local sheriff’s office

Residents who live in Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Chatsworth, Hidden Hills, West Hills or Westlake Village may contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department Lost Hills Station at (818) 878-1808. Oak Park residents should call the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office at (805) 654-2380.

Racism played role in city manager’s resignation, official says

Lysik said to be a target of attacks

Calabasas City Councilmember Fred Gaines said racist remarks made against the city’s former chief executive played a role in his recent and sudden resignation. Former city manager Gary Lysik, who resigned under pressure on May 18 for alleged fiscal and personnel mismanagement, is a white man married to an African American woman. No official reason was given as to why […]

Restaurants spread wings

Outdoor, even parking lot seating now popular

More signs that the economy is opening up were seen over the past weekend. Many gyms and hair salons reopened in Los Angeles County, but nail salons, wineries, movie theaters and tattoo parlors in the higher-risk phase three category remained closed. Restaurants, which have been offering takeout services throughout the pandemic, began expanding their dine-in services, but the challenges are […]