Author: Kimberly Rivers


Pictured: The invasive Asian citrus psyllid spreads a disease that kills citrus trees.  by Kimberly Rivers “There is no mandatory spraying program required by my office, or by the state,” said Ed Williams, Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner. He was responding to questions from the VCReporter regarding statements from local commercial growers that they felt spraying for the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) which carries bacteria that causes the Huanglongbing (HLB) disease was mandated to protect citrus growing operations. Williams also said his office does “not treat any properties for ACP in Ventura County,” and “homeowners have the ability to...

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IN BRIEF | Dec. 12, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Curtis “Doc” Lewis DVC and Dr. Nancy Lewis at the Ventura County Humane Society in Ojai. Doc Lewis is being honored for his 33 years of helping create better lives for dogs and cats.  Police chief change up The city of Thousand Oaks, which contracts with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO), has announced that Commander Jame Fryhoff, who has served as the chief of police for the city of Ojai, will begin a new role as chief of police for Thousand Oaks beginning in January, 2020. State raises taxes on cannabis Effective Jan. 1, 2020, the...

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PLANET MOORPARK | Building Ira’s Kingdom

by Kimberly Rivers The kingdom of Ira the African lion is growing, thanks to donations of over $550,000 from over 100 donors and Moorpark College. “We are thankful to the community and all those who contributed to help give Ira a new home,” said Mara Rodriguez, a staff member at America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College. “Ira’s Kingdom is just one of many facility improvements for our wildlife that we hope to make in the years to come.” The Exotic Animal Training and Management Program (EATM) began at Moorpark College in 1972 with one animal, a wolf named Kiska....

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HAPPENINGS | Dec. 12-19, 2019

GET YOUR LIGHTS ON at two local events that have become a holiday tradition for many Ventura County families. 43rd ANNUAL PARADE OF LIGHTS and FIREWORKS Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14. Boats of all shapes and sizes, sail and power, are decked out for the holidays with colorful lights and decorations, with  a parade capped off by a holiday firework show. This years theme is – SEAing is Believing – giving a wink to the magic of the season. This two day event offers carnival rides, warm drinks and waterfront dining. Fireworks show at 8 p.m. Vote...

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  1. Humanizing the Other: Art by Salomón Huerta

    November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - January 3, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
  2. Key Frames: A Celebration of Animation & Production Art

    November 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - January 9, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
  3. Footworks Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker on Dec. 14-15 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center

    December 14 - December 15
  4. Humane Society of Ventura County Purrs & Paws Holiday Boutique & Marketplace

    December 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  5. 54th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights

    December 14 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  6. Book Signing

    December 15 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  7. Bird Museum Holiday Hours

    December 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  8. Rev. Karen’s Mid-Month Devotional Retreat: The Greatest Gift You Can Give!

    December 22 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  9. Bird Museum Holiday Hours

    December 27 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  10. Ventura County Ballet’s The Nutcracker

    January 7, 2020 @ 8:00 am - January 8, 2020 @ 5:00 pm