Museum begins archiving Thomas Fire stories, photos

During the month-long siege that was the Thomas Fire, social media was ablaze with photos, videos and stories from those on the front lines, from first responders to residents fleeing for safety. Now, the Museum of Ventura County is looking to collect these stories, images, artifacts and more to create a historical archive and documentary dubbed the Thomas Fire Stories Project.

The Museum, along with CAPS Media, will be collecting stories as well as digital images and physical artifacts “to assemble an historical record of the extraordinary sacrifices of fire fighters, law enforcement personnel and other first responders who tirelessly battled the devastating Thomas Fire, and the citizens of Ventura who reacted to the crisis with astonishing calm and then opened their hearts and hands to help those in need.”

“Documentation of the extensive impacts of the Thomas Fire on Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties has taken immediate precedence over our regular museum programs and activities,” said Denise Sindelar, programs director. “In providing a repository for the images, videos, artifacts and stories of this devastating event, the Museum will be creating access to this vital information for future generations.”

To submit a video, visit To submit a personal story, a tribute or thank-you and/or to share digital images, send an email to with your name and email address. For more information, visit

Scholarship in honor of fallen Ventura officer open for applications

A scholarship created to honor the city of Ventura’s only officer killed in the line of duty is now accepting applications.

The Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship Award is named after Sergeant Darlon “Dee” Dowell, who was shot and killed on Aug. 7, 1978, to this day the only Ventura officer in the Police Department’s history to die while on duty.

The scholarship ranges from $500 to $5,000 for an area college student entering the freshman through senior year who will plan a course related to the field of public service, have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, can submit a résumé of school accomplishments and submit a typed essay of 1,000 words or less on the subject “Leadership, What It Means to Me,” with a deadline of April 13.

For more information, contact Officer Mike Hibdon, 339-4443 or

Adult softball league registration open in Camarillo

Strike three, yer outta here! Get ready to hear the infamous cry of baseball when you register for the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District’s Adult Sports League beginning on Feb. 18.

Men’s and coed adult slow-pitch softball begins in the spring and registration is open now through Feb. 7, with early registration ending on Friday, Feb. 2, at a cost of $375; thereafter, the cost rises to $425.

The 10-week softball season begins on Feb. 18 with men’s leagues playing evenings, Monday through Thursday, coed leagues Fridays and Sundays.

“These leagues offer some of the best opportunities in Camarillo to meet great people and have some good, old-fashioned fun,” said Lanny Binney, sports supervisor for PVRPD. “We are always looking for people who want to get involved in our sports programs.”

Adult kickball will also be available, with the season beginning on Feb. 21 ($210-240).

For more information, call 482-1996, ext. 108.