Author: Kimberly Rivers

HAPPENINGS | Sept 19-26, 2019

BOOTS AND BREWS Saturday, Sept. 21, 1-9 p.m. Kick up the Ventucky vibe with Billy Currington (pictured) headlining a powerhouse of country musicians at this beach side country fest – the biggest country music festival in Ventura County. Easton Corbin, Riley Green and more filling out the music lineup with an authentic down home country sound. Local food and brew vendors. $50.  Ventura State Beach, 901 San Pedro St., Ventura. www.bootsandbrews.com   Thursday LIVING WITH ALZHEIMERS, TWO PART SERIES 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. First of a two-part series to help caregivers of those with late stages dementia. This...

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NO MORE “NO LIMITS” | County amending rules for new oil drilling on old permits

by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com On Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors directed County Counsel to move forward with the formal ordinance amendment process to require modern environmental review on all new oil drilling in the county. “We think the county has the legal authority to adopt new regulations dealing with antiquated oil permits,” said Leroy Smith, Ventura County Counsel, at Tuesday’s public hearing. “The current system is one where oil permits especially [approved] prior to 1966 do not have the specifics and deadlines . . . and certainly do not have the modern standards that would...

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GREEN RUSH | Ventura County issues permits for 4,000 acres of hemp

Pictured: Industrial hemp crops in Camarillo. Photo by Michael Sullivan. by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com According to the 2018 Ventura County Crop Report, 63 acres of hemp were grown last year, valued at $2.04 million. This year, with a new regulatory framework, Ventura County has issued permits for 4,000 acres. “We have been issuing new hemp growing permits since early May,” said Andy Calderwood, Ventura County Deputy Agricultural Commissioner. He oversees the regulatory program for industrial hemp in Ventura County. Calderwood said there was a “queue of people waiting to register” when the new regulations went into effect and that...

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IN BRIEF | Sept. 12, 2019

Pictured: Recent string of illness and deaths related to vaping has sparked CDC warning and legislative action. Photo by www.ecigarettereviewed.com.  by Kimberly Rivers Zero tolerance for homeless in Port Hueneme The city of Port Hueneme, the “friendly city by the sea,” has a zero-tolerance policy towards the homeless. “Right now we are taking a zero-tolerance approach. Everyone is getting a citation, especially if they are being a vagrant,” said Chief of Police Andrew Salinas, speaking to the city council on Sept. 3. “Eventually they involve themselves in some sort of behavior that will allow us to actually address it.”...

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KINDNESS CORNER | Bee-ing friendly: Girl Scout gets Gold Award for building bee curriculum

Pictured: Sarah Wang of Newbury Park teaches curriculum she wrote focused on protecting bees.  by Kimberly Rivers The highest award in scouting has been awarded to Girl Scout Sarah Wang, 17, of Newbury Park for her project called “Bee Friendly,” which aims to build knowledge about protecting bee populations. “My project focus is honeybee conservation because they are crucial to the environment and food production,” said Wang. “When I was a child, I didn’t understand the necessity of insects and pollination to my daily life.” She realized that people in her neighborhood were making choices that put bees at...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. History Lecture Series: Accommodation and Resistance

    October 15 @ 7:00 pm - December 11 @ 8:30 pm
  2. Humanizing the Other: Art by Salomón Huerta

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

    November 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - January 9, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
  4. Mariachi Ensemble Concert

    December 11 @ 7:30 pm
  5. Light Up A Life – Ojai

    December 12 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  6. Guest Artist’s Reception

    December 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  7. Jazz Collective

    December 13 @ 7:30 pm
  8. Footworks Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker on Dec. 14-15 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center

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

    December 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  10. 54th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights

    December 14 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm