February 12, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

County, nurses remain far apart in contract talks

Union reps 600 public health nurses

County officials released an update this week on their latest contract offer to the union representing 600 public health nurses, showing both sides remain at odds regarding salary increases for experienced nurses. More...

Health & Wellness

Chef to give healthy tips

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will present a free workshop titled “Healthy Eating Workshop and Demonstration with Pam Braun” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. More...

Overdose rescue kit now available

Change comes amid spike in OD deaths

Pharmacists throughout California may now provide the overdose rescue drug, naloxone, over the counter without a prescription. On Jan. More...

Conference lauds benefits of plant-based diet

The second annual WHOLE Conference (The Why and How of Life-promoting Eating) will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. 21 at the Camarillo Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3975 Las Posas Road. A light breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. More...

Sports

Rio Mesafinds the Wright stuff

GIRLS’ WATER POLO /// Rio Mesa Spartans Change can be scary. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

BE MINE—Buttercup is an altered female pit bull about 2 years old with three heartshaped patterns on her body. She is a shy and sweet girl who loves hugs and kisses. She is also good on a leash and knows commands. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Jan. 25 Money was stolen from a building in the first block of Baroda Drive between Jan. 25 and Feb. 1. Jan. 29 More than $950 in property was stolen from a home in the 5000 block of Plata Rosa Court between Jan. 29 and 31. More...

Family

Experts weigh in on ever-changing American debt picture

Rise in student loan debt has negative impact on economy

Debt. It can be a four-letter word, as student loans, credit cards, car payments and mortgages can all put people in the red. There is good news and bad news. More...

He's got the hang of it

LET IT GO—At top, Christopher Morrison, 7, of Camarillo learns to balance on a two-wheel bike with help from his dad, Tommy, at Camarillo Community Park on Feb. 7. More...

On The Town

Actors in two-man show deliver powerful performances

play review /// ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ More...

‘Well-produced’ show fun for whole family

Colorful costumes and sets impress

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘The Wizard of Oz’ The Emerald City was never more vivid than it was last weekend, when Young Artists Ensemble presented its version of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz.” More...

BRIEFS

Ball to help hospital The Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation will present its 43rd Benefactors’ Ball Sat., April 16, with proceeds benefitting the new Community Memorial Hospital. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. More...

Editorials

A lesson in the high cost of college

Not all young people are cut out for higher education. Not all of them must go to college to succeed in life. But the real fact of the matter is this: Many graduating seniors can’t afford to go to college even if they wanted to. More...

Neighbors

Dads, Daughters Twist, Shout

GROOVE TO THE TUNES—The Serra Center was the place to be Saturday night during the Camarillo YMCA’s 22nd annual Father and Daughter Sweethearts Ball. More...

ArtWalk seeks artists

ArtWalk is accepting applications for the 29th annual juried fine arts and designer crafts exhibition from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. and Sun., June 4 and 5 on the Bank of America grounds, 225 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. More...

Missing woman case still a mystery

Search effort scaled back

The circumstances surrounding a Santa Rosa Valley woman’s disappearance last month remain a mystery as efforts to find her have been unsuccessful. Dona Perry, 68, was last seen by family members around 9 a.m. Jan. More...

Legal ambiguity clears medical examiner

Lack of definition for autopsy leaves prosecutors powerless to prosecute

A six-month investigation by the Ventura County district attorney’s office determined that former county Medical Examiner Jon Smith didn’t break any laws even though he authorized an unqualified employee in his office to conduct autopsies More...

Community

Fire singes Spanish Hills

Santa Ana winds and unseasonably warm temps have kept fire crews on high alert following a Camarillo brush fire Sunday night. The fire broke out shortly before 8:30 p.m. Feb. 7 and took firefighters about an hour to knock down. More...

9 arrested in multi-agency drug bust

Camarillo woman among those taken into custody

Nine people, including a Camarillo woman, were arrested on drug charges last month after members of the Oxnard Police Department and the Ventura County Narcotics Task Force obtained search warrants for two homes next door to each other on Curran Stre More...

Reach Out to City Council

The Camarillo City Council generally meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 5 p.m. at City Hall. Meetings are telecast live on Time Warner Channel 10 in Camarillo and Channel 29 on Verizon FiOs. More...

Business

Craft brewery and tasting room plans to move to larger spot

New location to include small menu, outdoor seating

Despite its out-of-the-way location in a quiet industrial park on the edge of town, Institution Ale Co. has become a popular hangout where, during peak hours, seating can be scarce. More...

Schools

Student Musicians Hit A High Note

READY TO SHINE—Four students from the Pleasant Valley School District wereVisitselected as members of musical honor groups for 2016. More...

School board hears true cost of vegetarian lunches

Although costlier, district may offer meatless lunch options daily

Going all- vegetarian for lunch on Mondays is costing Oxnard Union High School District at least $1,000 more per day than serving meat-based entrees, according to a recent study to determine whether the district should expand vegetarian meals to two More...

Noodles, tunes to help music program

Fundraiser Feb. 26 at Camarillo Community Center

The Adolfo Camarillo High School Music Boosters will host its annual Tootles and Noodles fundraiser from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 26 at the Camarillo Community Center, 1605 Burnley St. More...

Faith

Priest advocates renewing the spirit to follow God’s will

He cites Romans 12:2 as reason to be present and mindful

The Rev. Gary Kyriacou said that while it is easy to be consumed with the pressures and stressors of everyday life, people must find ways to “renew their minds” and focus on God’s will. More...

Author discusses importance of owning one’s faith

Encourages people to be hopeful rather than fearful

We don’t have to look far to find things that complicate our day. A restless night of sleep disturbed with constant nightmares can set our whole morning off track; like little fingers jabbing at the center of our joy. More...

Coffeehouse on church campus offers free programs

Lifetree Cafe will present the following free programs at Proverbs Coffeehouse at 71 Loma Drive in Camarillo on the campus of Peace Lutheran Church. More...

Calendar

Calendar

FRI., FEB. 12 Westlake Village Encore Club 9:30 a.m. at Westlake Yacht Club, 32123 Lindero Canyon Road. Coffee, entertainment by Forever Young Singers. All welcome. Moorpark Women’s Fortnightly Club More...

Letters

Keeping SOAR alive will protect quality of life

In the past 2½ months, volunteers have spent many hours speaking with people about SOAR and how it protects our parks, open spaces and agricultural resources. More...

Columns

Don’t abandon Powerball travel plans too quickly

I’m writing this piece from the private island I bought with my share of the $1.5-billion prize from last month’s Powerball jackpot. Wait, why am I still working? Oh, that’s right, I didn’t win the lottery. More...

Author says day not just for couples

To all the unattached people out there who are dreading the upcoming celebration of love on Valentine’s Day: Don’t despair. All is not lost if you don’t have a partner or special someone to shower with gifts and cover with kisses. More...

Simple fixes can make life easier for mom and dad

For seniors trying to make their savings stretch, spending on home repairs or new appliances can cause a lot of anxiety. Many are concerned, sometimes rightfully, about whether they will outlive their money. More...

Real Estate

Upgraded home on private half-acre lot backs to open space

Located at the end of a cul-de-sac

This upgraded single-story home features four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and approximately 3,200 square feet. It is at end of a cul-de-sac and backs to open space. The living room has a fireplace and wood floors. The formal dining room has French doors. More...