CHP office looking for new dispatch operators in Ventura

Joanne Smith deals with life and death every day, and she never loses her cool. Whether she’s talking to someone who is suicidal or victims of domestic abuse, as a 911 operator she has to keep calm, even if she’s dealing with someone who’s just locked their keys in the car. “(On those calls) it’s actually easier to listen to […]


SAT., JULY 22 Reggae On The Mountain 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Sunday at 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. Performers include Sly and Robbie with Mykal Rose, Katchafire, Yellowman, Raging Fya and Eljai. Gourmet food for sale. Over 30 vendors. Fundraiser for Topanga Community Club. Tickets start at $50. Free parking and shuttle along Topanga Canyon Boulevard. […]

Trying to find the right notes

Students perform concert in honor of revered teacher

As the lights dimmed over the stage at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Scherr Forum on Sunday afternoon, the man who had done so much to shape this performance and its performers was nowhere to be found. Edward Francis, renowned pianist and the co-founder of the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, died of cancer just weeks before the orchestra’s biannual Opus program. […]

Democrats dole out money for college

Maria Aceves from Frontier High School and Mia Hamernik from Rio Mesa High were awarded scholarships by the Democratic Club Scholarship Committee during a July 6 meeting.. Aceves graduated in June and is registered at Oxnard College. She plans to become a high school language arts teacher. She’s been working at a fast-food restaurant to support her son, whom she […]

Summers are busy at Pleasant Valley parks

The Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District at 1605 E. Burnley St. in Camarillo offers the following summer activities. Fridays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., admission to the Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center at 1030 Temple Ave. is $1. Fridays through Aug. 25, Movies in the Park take place at dusk outside the community center. Bring a friend, a blanket and […]

Driver’s ed is straight ahead

We were on one of those family walks—the kind we used to take all the time when our kid was younger and had more time for us—when a shiny new driver’s ed car came slowly around the corner, passed by and then disappeared into the distance forever to pick up dings and damage on roads to come. Our son, who’ll […]

Sheriffs show off their gear

Coppers and Choppers is July 29

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation will host its fourth annual Coppers and Choppers community event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., July 29 at the air unit hangar at 375 Durley Ave., Ste. A at the Camarillo Airport. Free family-friendly festivities will include lunch and hands-on displays from different services and departments, including K-9s, mounted patrol, search and rescue, […]

Learn about foster parenting

An information session for individuals interested in serving as court appointed special advocates (CASA) for foster children will take place Wed., July 26 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 975 Flynn Road, Camarillo. CASA is a volunteer organization that empowers citizens as officers of the court advocates to help foster children navigate through the social welfare system. Over 900 children […]

Obon Festival shares Japanese culture with county

Dressed in a colorful yukata, Helen Takanabe, a member of the Oxnard Buddhist Temple, makes her way to the dance circle. As traditional Japanese music begins to play in the background, Takanabe and others slowly circle a large wooden tower, or yagura, extending their arms and clapping. Atop the tower sits a musician, keeping the beat on a taiko, a […]

Pet of the Week

HE KNOWS—Shadow is a neutered domestic about 12 years old. He is kind, likes affection and is good with older children. If you would like to adopt Shadow, ask for ID No. A661591 at Ventura County Animal Services in Camarillo, 600 Aviation Drive. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check www.vcas.us before visiting the shelter.