Author: Chris O'Neal

PLANET VENTURA | Goats rodeo

Your eyes do not deceive you: goats have invaded the lot behind Golden China Restaurant in Ventura for a good cause. Approximately 70 goats from Ventura Brush Goats are hard at work clearing brush and weeds that could cause a potential fire hazard the only way they know how, by eating it all. According to the group, goats can clear brush that may be difficult for humans to access, can eat thistles and poison oak, and can trim trees from four feet off the ground. The so-called “mob grazing” can also prevent water runoff into the ocean as the...

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IN BRIEF | July 3, 2019

Body found in Meiners Oaks sledgehammer murder case The body of a man allegedly murdered by his roommate in Meiners Oaks has been recovered following a month-long search. Houston Auer is believed to have been murdered on May 12. His roommate, Cameron Lykins, 23, was arrested and charged with murder and a special allegation that he used a sledgehammer in the death. The Ventura Count Sheriff’s Department said that there was strong evidence that the murder occurred in the home, but had not been able to find a body. On June 23, a State Fish and Wildlife warden found...

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Some of the best pizza in Ventura County has wheels, will travel   

The Wandering PieVarious locations – see social media for schedule$ Wherever you go, there’s bound to be pizza. From New York’s floppy thin crust to Italy’s simple margherita, from South Korea’s bulgogi to the seriously contentious for some reason Hawaiian style, pizza is a blank canvas upon which a culture paints with its own unique variation of ingredients. If you’re ever traveling around Ventura County in search of a slice, you’d be well served if you can find The Wandering Pie. The pizza pop-up, like the roaming monk from the TV series Kung Fu, finds itself at breweries,...

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WHAT GOES UP, MUST COME DOWN | County fireworks show cleanups ensure zero waste remains

Every Fourth of July, Americans come together to celebrate their country by blowing up a small portion of it (joke shamelessly stolen from The Simpsons). While only one city in the county allows so-called “safe and sane” fireworks to be purchased for the holiday, others put on their own aerial display of pyrotechnics resulting in kaleidoscopic colors lighting up the night sky. From every explosion, debris, and each city has its own way of handling the resulting cleanup. In 2015, while conducting its regular beach cleanup, the Surfrider Foundation discovered pieces of oddly shaped plastic along the beach at...

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IN BRIEF | June 27, 2019

Santa Paula Hospital keeps OB unit open in spite of cuts Santa Paula Hospital’s Obstetrical nursing unit will remain open, cancelling a proposal to close the department this month due to budget cuts and low usage. A decline in the number of baby deliveries and increased competition were cited as reasons to close the unit, which is part of the county-owned hospital Clinicas del Camino Real, but an agreement made on Friday, June 21, between the hospital’s Director Roberto Juarez and Santa Clara Valley residents, Ventura County CEO Mike Powers, Ventura County Health Care Agency Director Bill Foley and...

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