High school students across the country walked out of class on Wednesday, March 15, to demonstrate against perceived inaction on gun violence. For 17 minutes, students marched on school campuses, wielding a message that adults in charge have failed the country’s youth. On Saturday, March 24, adults are expected join students during the March for our Lives national demonstration. In Ventura County, hundreds of students joined in on the action. At approximately 10 a.m., students gathered, walked out of class and demonstrated, peacefully, to mixed reaction from school administrators. At Ventura High School, over 500 students walked out, circling...Read More
Author: Chris O'Neal
Eco groups sue over whale habitat protections The Center for Biological Diversity, Turtle Island Restoration Network and Wishtoyo Foundation have sued the Trump Administration, alleging that it has failed to protect humpback whale habitat in the Pacific Ocean. The suit, filed in district court in San Francisco on March 15, has been brought in hopes of forcing the National Marine Fisheries Service to follow the Endangered Species Act’s requirement to “designate critical habitat within one year of listing a species as threatened or endangered and not authorize actions that would damage that habitat.” Two species of humpback whale were...Read More
POWERING DOWN | Four Oxnard power plants to close this year, two proposals suspended in Oxnard, Santa Paula
The Ormond Beach Generating Station will go offline come October, but its fate as a former mainstay on the Oxnard coast remains a mystery as no plans have been made for its removal, and who bears responsibility for such a task remains unclear. NRG Energy subsidiary GenOn owns the Ormond Beach and Mandalay generating stations as well as the land they sit on. GenOn filed for bankruptcy in June of 2017 and is expected to become its own standalone company by the end of 2018, according to David Knox, spokesman for NRG. With its closure, the Ormond Beach station...Read More
If George Romero were here today, he might very well be front and center for the Ventura County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, where a clone of the undying green pig known as Sham Hock, Sham Hock 2, will make its debut on Saturday, March 17. Sham Hock 2 was created using his father’s “DNA” — i.e., pieces of fabric — and reconstructed from photographs and memories into an identical 12-foot-tall, 20-feet-wide iteration. The original Sham Hock died a cruel and unusual death when his very fabric ripped in front of his father, Tim O’Neil, and deflated in a macabre...Read More
T.O. Trinity Pacific wins mock trial competition Don’t call it beginner’s luck: The mock trial team from Trinity Pacific High won high marks on its way to first place at the 2018 Ventura County Mock Trial held in early March in Oxnard. Trinity Pacific, a small, private Christian School in Thousand Oaks, will progress to the state competition for the first time in the team’s history, this being the 36th iteration of the Mock Trial competition. The team also won the San Francisco mock trial tournament and the Empire world championship in New York in 2014. The Ventura County...Read More
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