More than 200 locals who were or knew someone affected by the Thomas Fire attended the Ventura Land Trust’s (VLT) environmental lecture “No Doubting Thomas: Impacts, Management and Our Brave New Post-Fire World” on Jan. 18 at the Poinsettia Pavilion. The lecture was given by Sean Anderson, Ph. D., departmental chair of the Environmental Science and Resource Management Program at California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI). Anderson presented graphs, maps and images while discussing how the wilderness areas reacted to the Thomas Fire, the impacts on local ecosystems and wildlife, and what the public could do to help restore...Read More
Author: VC Reporter
For Trevor Quirk, the relief effort started on day one. On the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 5, as the Thomas fire fully invested itself into downtown Ventura, Quirk says he said to his wife, “Go down the mountain, go to my parents, and I’ll follow you down there. And I lied to her.” Quirk then went on patrol. Driving down Sulphur Mountain Road he soon found a mother and child who had escaped on foot, and then his 93-year-old neighbor who was working on a tractor. “It’s time to go, Bill,” Quirk said. “No,” his neighbor said. “When the...Read More
Ventura City Council approved Monday, Dec. 18, one of 36 suggested maps creating seven district boundaries for the 2018 election. The new boundaries will be finalized next month, which includes three districts that have a slice of downtown Ventura. Four of the districts will be up for election next year....Read More
The Thomas fire has caused tragic loss in our community. It is inspiring, however, to see the community come together to support each other through this difficult time. One important thing to keep in mind is the health impact of the wildfires. We are not only inhaling smoke from trees and bushes, but also contaminants from houses, including toxic paints, plastics and chemicals. This can lead to oxidative damage and inflammatory destruction of our cells and tissues. The good news is, we can take certain precautions to avoid the negative impacts of the smoke on our health. HEPA Air...Read More
Employees of Area Energy (an oil and gas operations company) and local residents assembled Thanksgiving dinner boxes on Nov. 20 for more than 50 area families through Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families in Camarillo. Aera Energy also donated a refrigerated truck to pick up the donation and deliver to Casa Pacifica. The boxes included canned and dry goods (flour, canned yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, etc.), along with an aluminum turkey roasting pan and pie pan, plus bread, fresh vegetables and whipped topping for the pumpkin...Read More
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