Author: Kimberly Rivers

ADVENTURE TIME | PAR 45 Golf N’ Stuff celebrates milestone anniversary

by Kateri Wozny Driving Highway 101 near Victoria Avenue, all eyes dart to the huge white castle and sign at Golf N’ Stuff. The park opened on Aug. 10, 1974, and after 45 years of providing family fun, it keeps on buzzing with laughs, smiles and cheers. One afternoon I indulged in a round of miniature golf ($11) and go-karts ($9). The last time I played miniature golf at the park was in 2012. Ahead of me, I met Steve Chopp of Thousand Oaks, who has been coming to Golf N’ Stuff since 1980. He brought his sons Garrett...

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IN BRIEF | August 8, 2019

Nurses rally for better working conditions On Wednesday, July 31, about 150 nurses rallied outside of St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard to demand more nurses and better security. They say patient safety is jeopardized because not enough nurses are on duty and the hospital needs to improve security procedures. “I was kicked in the head while trying to restrain a violent patient,” said Don Hadland, a veteran ER Nurse at St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo The hospital is one of two Dignity Health-owned locations in Ventura County. The Camarillo location is also being targeted by...

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Times Media buys VC Reporter

by Kimberly Rivers At the end of the work day on Wednesday, July 31, staff of the Ventura County Reporter were notified that the paper, along with most of the assets of parent company Southland Publishing, had been sold to Times Media Group (TMG), a Tempe, Arizona-based company. The announcement came as a surprise to the team of 11 employees, some who have been with the paper for over two decades and were now told, effective immediately, that they had a new employer. “It was definitely a surprise, but I felt reassured when I was told that this was...

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FEELING SQUIDDISH | Local market squid fisheries impacted by warm blob in Pacific

By Kimberly Rivers The squid landing docks at the Port of Hueneme are quiet. In recent years the summer months were busy with dozens of boats coming and going, offloading millions of pounds of California Market Squid into tanks for export to Asia for processing and then returning to be served up for fried calamari or other dishes. The local squid fishery declined from 2014-16 in response to a warm water mass called “the blob.” The name was coined by Nicholas Bond, Alaska-based research scientist with the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) at...

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Two perish in plane crash in Camarillo | Victims identified.

The Ventura County Fire Department confirms that at approximately 1:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, August 7, a single-engine private aircraft crashed in Camarillo. Two on board died in the crash.  Cause of crash is unknown, pending investigation. Names of the deceased have not yet been released. Coroner is not yet onsite. Story will be updated.  Update: Aug. 8 –  The Ventura County Medical Examiner has released the names of the two people who died in yesterday’s plane crash. Tara Wells, 56 and John Wells, 60, both residents of Salt Lake City, Utah died as a result of multiple blunt force...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Alan Saldana Headlines Levity Live

    August 23 @ 7:00 pm - August 25 @ 8:30 pm
  2. Help & Hope for Early Stage Alzheimer’s/Dementia

    August 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  3. The Speakeasy Project: American Roadhouse

    August 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  4. The Speakeasy Project: American Roadhouse

    August 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  5. Morning Stretch to Classic Rock

    August 26 @ 8:00 am - 8:45 am
  6. First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning, Powered by Interface Open House in Ventura

    August 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  7. First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning, Powered by Interface Open House

    August 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  8. Engage & Enlighten event features United Nations Special Rapporteur David Kaye

    August 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  9. Dancer’s Body Barre

    August 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  10. Egyptian Belly Dancing

    August 26 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm