January 13, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Health & Wellness

Thorough exam is the first step in ending back pain

Commentary /// Back pain

Chances are you’ve seen a doctor for back pain or you know someone who has. In fact, back pain is one of the top reasons people seek professional care. More...

Badges prepare to battle in annual blood drive

The Reagan Library will host its third annual Battle of the Badges American Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon., Jan. 23 at 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. More...

St. John’s Hospital expansion underway

$80M project will include a three-story addition

Although there is still much to be done, the new patient addition of St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital on Antonio Avenue is quickly taking shape, and hospital officials said it will likely open in March 2018.  More...

Sports

Make some noise

WRESTLING /// Moorpark Musketeers More youngsters are wrestling now for Musketeers

A low rumbling can be heard walking up the stairs to the secluded second-floor wrestling room in a corner of the Moorpark High gymnasium. The sound grows louder with each step. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

EASY CHOICE—Sophie is a Parson Russell terrier mix. She is very friendly, but requires a special diet. If you would like to adopt Sophie, ask for  ID No. More...

Faith

Relying on God when all else fails

Leader shares his leap of faith

Walking with Christ often involves a leap of faith, said the Rev. More...

Keeping joy alive all year round

Roots of Faith

Years ago at church camp, we young campers sat around the campfire and sang, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart . . . down in my heart to stay.”  More...

On The Town

Round-Up is ready to rock country-style

Music festival returns to Simi April 1

Emerging country star William Michael Morgan will headline the fifth annual Round-Up: A Rockin’ Country Music Extravaganza when it returns Sat., April 1 at its new location: Rancho Simi Community Park.  Morgan, 23, will perform “I Me More...

Stone, Gosling hit emotional high notes in timeless musical

The Movie Nut

“Here’s to the ones who dream,” Mia sings. “Foolish as they may seem.” Movies simply don’t get any more magical than “La La Land.” More...

Musical about over-achieving students doesn’t make the grade

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Fame: The Musical’

Friday night’s audience was somewhat underwhelmed by Theater League’s touring production of “Fame: The Musical” at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. More...

Columns

How a perfect cup of coffee is like finding the right person

Single Files

Everyone has heard the term “love at first sight.” Whether you believe it’s possible or not, there are folks who claim to have known or felt the person they’ve just met is their perfect-for-them partner. More...

Editorials

Already thinking of travel plans in 2017? Take us along!

EDITORIAL

It’s only January and you’re already thinking about that next vacation? We are. Pack up the kids, load up the car and don’t forget to Take Your Acorn on Vacation. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Water rate hikes have farmers steaming

Water district officials say they need to increase costs fairly

The mood was tense as nearly 30 frustrated farmers and plant nursery owners gathered at the Waterworks District No. 1 office in Moorpark to learn why their water rates may more than double this year. More...

Community

Homeless census to double its efforts

Count to look for young persons who are ‘couch surfing’

For the first time since they started tracking numbers in 2007, Ventura County officials will do two separate head counts of the region’s homeless adults and children this year, hoping for a better assessment of hidden populations that may have More...

Brothers capture couples’ special day

Pair run wedding videography business

From the moment the bride gets ready to meet her groom to the celebration that follows, wedding videographers Tanner Moe and Tate Moe are capturing every second. More...

Contest open for all poets

The Ventura County Writers Club is accepting entries to its 2017 poetry contest.  The poetry categories are: adult, youth ages 13 to 17 and youth ages 12 and under.  Winners receive cash awards of $15 to $100 as well as publishing and speak More...

Schools

Call in the cavalry

Grant will help university fast-track new teachers in only four years

Responding to a statewide teacher shortage, California State University Channel Islands administrators are using a nearly $250,000 grant to develop a fast-track curriculum aimed at getting aspiring teachers into classrooms a full year earlier than no More...

Reagan scholarship program is open

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute has launched the 18th year of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Scholars Program.  The scholarship program rewards seniors graduating from Ventura County high schools who have demon More...

New director for foundation

Ventura College Foundation has appointed Elena Brokaw to its board of directors.  As lead consultant at Brokaw Jackson Consulting, Brokaw has provided strategic planning, fundraising, board training and facilitation experience to nonprofits, gov More...

Police Blotter

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Jan. 2  Property was vandalized at Harry Street and Spring Road.  A man, 18, was arrested in the 50 block of Majestic Court for violating his probation.  A 30-year-old man was arrested on the 118 Freeway between   More...

Family

Real men don’t get mad, they fix stuff

Family Man

My 13-year-old son made me promise not to write about the breakup between him and his first real girlfriend of three months. But I did want to write about how he’s handled it like a man— he hasn’t made it a big deal at all. More...

Senior ombudsman program keeps elder care industry in check

Sylvia Taylor-Stein was inspired by her own family’s experiences when she launched a crusade five years ago against what was the “go-to” practice in nursing homes of using drugs to calm agitated Alzheimer’s patients.  More...

Take a journey into Jungleland

Animal-inspired exhibit is in T.O.

For those too young or too new to the area to remember the days when lions and tigers roamed Thousand Oaks, a new exhibit at the Civic Arts Plaza offers a history lesson. More...

Calendar

Calendar

FRI., JAN. 13 Westlake Village Encore Club 9:30 a.m. at Westlake Yacht Club, 32123 Lindero Canyon Road. Artists Ronald and Sheila Ruiz discuss creating their bronze sculptures. Coffee and refreshments served. Contact: Evelyn. Phone: 805.496.1205. More...

Letters

Cougar lament

I was heartbroken to hear of the death of P-52, the 7-month-old motherless son of P-39, who was killed trying to cross the 118 Freeway, just as his mother had been one month prior (see related story on page 14). I drive this freeway daily. More...

Thanks for three young strangers

I am working to restore an old car, and I was driving it east on Los Angeles Avenue just before First Street at 3:30 in the afternoon Fri., Jan. 6. For some unknown reason, the car stopped running.  More...

Interchange project has left a big mess

Although I appreciate the hard work that was done to improve the 101-23 freeway interchange, I’m disturbed to learn that Caltrans has canceled its contract with the landscaping company that was to provide vegetation and irrigation along the on- More...