Author: Chris O'Neal

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND? | U.S. House committee releases attack on Patagonia over stance on national monuments

On Monday, Dec. 4, President Donald Trump, speaking in Utah, announced that the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears national monument would be shrunk by over 80 percent, potentially making it available for mining, exploration and private use. In response, Ventura-based outdoor retailer Patagonia, along with a coalition of environmental, Native American and outdoor organizations, filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the president’s authority to make such a move. The Grand Staircase-Escalante, designated a national monument by President Bill Clinton, was shrunk by roughly 45 percent as well. After Trump announced his decision, Patagonia released a message via Facebook,...

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IN BRIEF | Dec. 14, 2017

Countless fundraisers launched for families impacted by Thomas Fire As the number of families impacted by the Thomas Fire, which as of Tuesday, Dec. 12, had reached epic proportions at 234,500 acres burned, continues to rise, a multitude of fundraisers have been launched in assistance. GoFundMe, a popular Internet portal for donations, has dozens of fundraisers for victims of the fire. A blog launched over the weekend sought to gather the names of families who lost a home in the fire, and by Tuesday, Dec. 12, the total had reached 100, with an extra 36 unconfirmed reports. To see...

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KINDNESS CORNER: Thomas Fire Kindness

FOOD Share of Ventura County, a Feeding America Food Bank, accepted its largest single poultry donation ever (25,000 pounds of poultry products) from California poultry producer, Foster Farms, which will be distributed to local relief agencies and food pantries to provide more than 50,000 meals to families affected by the Thomas fire in Ventura County. “Community involvement has been a Foster Farms value since 1939,” says Laura Flanagan CEO of Foster Farms. To learn more about FOOD Share or to make a donation, go to...

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THOMAS FIRE | Timeline Dec. 4 through Dec. 13

Information collected for this timeline was taken from a variety of sources including the Ventura County Fire Department, City of Ventura, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, local and national news agencies, Facebook, and Twitter. Thomas Gorden, the user behind the Twitter account @VCScanner, proved a valuable resource for information as the fire began Monday, Dec. 4. monday, dec. 4 6:28 p.m. – A brush fire is reported north of Steckel Park, near Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula 6:33 p.m. – The fire is approximately 50 acres and threatening homes in the area. 6:37 p.m. – Families in the area...

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THOMAS FIRE UPDATES

THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED UPDATE 12/10,  10:37 A.M. Telephone Information Line has been established for the public: 805-465-6650. Total number of people evacuated from the Thomas Fire: 87,043, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.  The Boil Water Advisory has been lifted for much of the city of Ventura, but some portions still remain affected. For an updated map, visit City of Ventura: https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/1254/Thomas-Fire The first confirmed death relating to the Thomas Fire: Virginia Pesola, 70, of Santa Paula, found dead along an evacuation route on Wheeler Canyon Road Wednesday night.  Ojai Valley Unified School District schools will be...

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    November 16, 2017 @ 8:00 am - February 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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