Professor examines fallout, cause of fire

Cougar, bear cubs among animals killed in Thomas fire

Nonstop Santa Ana winds and parched vegetation no doubt fueled last month’s Thomas fire, but a California State University Channel Islands professor studying the blaze’s aftermath believes climate change and land management policies in the county set the stage for the largest wildfire in state history. Prolonged drought triggered by a shifting jet stream that has disrupted California’s normal rain […]

Resort-style home in Wildhorse Canyon has five bedrooms

This resort-style two-story home is in the foothills of east Simi Valley in The Crest at Wildhorse Canyon. The house has five bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, over 4,000 square feet of living space and a 14,474-square-foot lot. Two bedrooms and a bonus room are downstairs. The three-car split garage has epoxy flooring and built-ins. The dining room has a chandelier, wine […]

Backyard features gazebo, waterfall and koi pond

This maintained home is near the end of a cul-de-sac. The backyard has a cascading waterfall, koi pond, landscaping and fully enclosed gazebo. The home has four bedrooms and 2.5 baths. One bedroom has been converted into a home office. The living areas offer plenty of space. For more information on this property listed at $789,000, call Nanci Insul and […]

Five houses being released in final phase

This house has four bedrooms and five bathrooms in 4,108 square feet. The final phase in this development is being released, with only five homes left. The authentic Santa Barbara- Spanish-style two-story home is new construction. The open concept floor plan has bi-fold doors that open to the exterior for indoor-outdoor living. Kitchen amenities include an oversize center island with […]

Eats and treats at the Annex

Oxnard home to county’sfirst open-air market

From Korean sausage and artisanal vinegar to custom-made watches, the Annex at the Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard offers an eclectic assortment of food and hand-crafted goods. The 16,000-square-foot space opened in November and features a mix of restaurants, bars and stores under one roof. But unlike those in a traditional mall, these dozen businesses aren’t separated by walls, which […]

A rodeo of a different color

Show review /// ‘Odysseo’ The Canadian-based Cavalia troupe’s horse-and-acrobat extravaganza “Odysseo,” currently playing under the big top in Camarillo by the 101 Freeway, has been such a galloping success since its opening Nov. 11 that its initial one-month run was extended through Feb. 4. We attended a Jan. 10 performance and, despite the closure of the freeway, the stands were […]


FRI., JAN. 26 Jewish Republican Alliance Noon to 1:30 p.m. at Los Robles Greens, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Speaker is Charlie Kirk, founder/executive director of Turning Point USA. Buffet lunch: $22 members, $25 nonmembers. RSVP requested. Email: Judy@JewishRepublicanAllliance.org. Web: jewishrepublicanalliance.org. Bella Vita Italian American Club 6 p.m. at St. Jude Catholic Church hall, 32032 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake […]

After the fire, time to thank those who risked it all

Providing care with compassion

Community Memorial Health System recently honored registered nurse Debra Lawry with its DAISY award. Created in 1999, the award recognizes nurses internationally who demonstrate clinical expertise, provide skillful, compassionate care, and go above and beyond for patients and family members. The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 from […]

Put down the Nokia and learn about Finland

Here are a few fun facts about Finland, which on Dec. 6, 2017 celebrated 100 years of independence: The Finnish drink more coffee per capita than people in any other nation; the country holds world championships for mosquito catching; it has a 100 percent literacy rate; and on National Sleepyhead Day, the last person in the household to wake up […]