Author: Kimberly Rivers

IN BRIEF | August 22, 2019

County launching mass shooting awareness program In response to last year’s Borderline shooting in Thousand Oaks and other mass shooting events in the state, Ventura County has launched a program aimed at preventing future mass shootings. “People are the eyes and ears for our deputies and city police officers,” said Sheriff Bill Ayub. “We can’t be everywhere, so we rely on the public to report dangerous, strange or unusual activity. We don’t want to ‘pick up the pieces.’ We want to stop something before it starts.” Two 24/7 hotlines now available: “See Something, Say Something” 805-654-9511 and for those...

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“NOT IDEAL” | Make Ventura told to move out by DVP

Photo: Make Ventura, a nonprofit organization that runs a public makerspace, has been told to move out of their space in downtown Ventura. by Kimberly Rivers Last month, Make Ventura, a nonprofit public makerspace, was given a 60-day notice to vacate the space at 420 E. Santa Clara St. in Ventura. They were told it was to make space for an expansion of the Downtown Police Task Force office in the same building. “We were told about a month ago to vacate by Sept. 20,” said Dave Strain, executive director of Make Ventura. “It’s not punitive” in any way,...

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THROWING DOWN IN VENTURA | Largest cornhole tournament in the world this weekend

by Kimberly Rivers The true origin of the game remains a mystery, from pig bladders filled with dried beans tossed on the ground by the indigenous Sauk Tribe from the area today called Illinois to Matthias Kueperman, a Bavarian man who in the 1880s saw two children enjoying tossing rocks into holes in a field. Seeking to replicate the ease of the game, and improve safety for the children, Kueperman built a board and filled small fabric bags with corn kernels or beans. Throughout the 1800s, newspapers across the country spread reports of people enjoying a game of tossing...

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PLANET PT. MUGU | Increased aircraft activity

  Ultimately 35 aircraft will be arriving at Navy Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, for a Large Force Exercise in August. Models of the planes will include F/A-18s, E-2Ds and F-35s. The exercise is aimed at “unit-force training,” which, according to the U.S. Navy Surface Force Training Manual, will ensure that pilot and crew are familiar with “basic command and control, weapons employment, mobility (navigation, seamanship, damage control, engineering, and flight operations) and warfare specialty,” with a focus on the Point Mugu Sea Range. Residents in and around Camarillo and Oxnard could hear additional noise from the jets, but...

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REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE | Camarillo teacher builds imagination into classroom

by Kimberly Rivers Peter Wachtel, a teacher at Adolfo Camarillo High School, is one of 50 semi-finalists in the national Harbor Freight Tools for Schools 2019 Prize for Teaching Excellence competition. He is being recognized for creating an innovative product design and architecture program. “The teaching technique that I use is imagination,” said Wachtel. “Whatever is around you is worthy of exploration. The desire and love for what you do. Make it part of your life, the skills, experience, as well as the wisdom will come.” He explained that his goal in teaching and creating this program is to...

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