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Jeff Gorell and Claudia Bill-de la Peña, candidates for Ventura County Supervisor in District 2, faced off in Thousand Oaks on Sept. 26 in a debate that took place at the Scherr Forum Theater at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center. The…

If we do not recycle food and yard clippings, what will we do with all the garbage? But if we do recycle, what will we do with all the compost? Two compost contests and one competitive grant opportunity might provide some answers.

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When Vietnam War veteran Oscar Recio required medical treatment from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in the past, he had to drive from his Fillmore home to a VA hospital in Los Angeles or a clinic in Oxnard providing only limited serv…

A Facebook post by the Ventura County Environmental Health Division asking people to report food vendors operating without a health permit clearly touched a nerve for many people, because it quickly resulted in more than 500 comments expressi…

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Yvon Chouinard and his family put Ventura on the global environmental movement map, growing Patagonia into a world-famous company known as much for its efforts to battle climate change as clothing that lasts decades instead of a fashion season.

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Court mask requirements lifted

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Downtown Ventura jewelry store owner Debbie Fox created quite a stir with a website she helped launch last month that raised questions about the General Plan update under development by Ventura city officials.

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Managers of a Ventura classic car dealership did a great job assembling a huge showroom full of beautiful automobiles that collectors covet. But city officials said the used car dealers neglected to provide a safe building for customers to ma…

The third Saturday in August was National Honey Bee Day, but if you missed it, you still have local opportunities to learn about a very useful insect. Even more important than the delicious honey provided by bees is their role as key pollinat…

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Officials with the Ventura County Human Trafficking Task Force said they have dismantled a sex trafficking operation involving four massage parlors operated by members of an Oxnard family, and also found large amounts of narcotics and two gun…






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PICTURED:  Teachers Justin Dempsey (center, holding a drum) and Hannah Ribble (far right, seated) with students (l-r) Charlotte W., Nate G., Nieve O., Matix M., Vincent A., Andilyn Z., T.J. E., Summer J., Darwin R., Ben E. and Lucas W. Photo …

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PICTURED: Jimmy Earl (left) and Mitch Forman at The Grape on Aug. 22, 2022. Photo by Seth Brandes by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer The Grape 2733 E. Main St., Ventura 805-212-6130 thegrapeventura.com The life history of The Grape is a convoluted on…

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PICTURED: Guitarist Jesse Siebenberg performing at the Deer Lodge. Photo by Sophia Miles by Alex Wilson awilson@timespublications.com Deer Lodge 2261 Maricopa Highway, Ojai 805-646-4256 www.deerlodgeojai.com Ojai’s rustic Deer Lodge restauran…

PICTURED: Thievery Corporation performing on March 24, 2022, at the freshly opened Ventura Music Hall. Photo by Keith Zacharski/In the Barrel Photo by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Ventura Music Hall 1888 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura 805-667-8802 ven…

PICTURED: Twisted Gypsy plays at BL Dancehall and Saloon. Photo submitted by Alex Wilson awilson@timespublications.com BL Dancehall and Saloon 29020 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills 818-309-0336 www.blsaloon.com   Brian Hynes was just 14 years old w…

PICTURED: Football lies just short of the goaline by Paul Moomjean  paulmoomjean@yahoo.com  It’s back to school season, and for me this is always a mixture of nostalgia and PTSD. From 1999 until 2017 I was a teacher and wrestling coach in Ven…

PICTURED: Electrophysiologist Dr. Ali Sovari (fifth from left) with the Cath Lab team at St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) in Oxnard. Photo courtesy of Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) in Oxnard recently made…

PICTURED: Area in the Santa Monica Mountains purchased by the National Park Service. Photo submitted   Providers agree to pay $70M to resolve allegations of false Medi-Cal claims A Ventura County health care plan created by the board of super…