Author: Kimberly Rivers

IN BRIEF | August 8, 2019

Nurses rally for better working conditions On Wednesday, July 31, about 150 nurses rallied outside of St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard to demand more nurses and better security. They say patient safety is jeopardized because not enough nurses are on duty and the hospital needs to improve security procedures. “I was kicked in the head while trying to restrain a violent patient,” said Don Hadland, a veteran ER Nurse at St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo The hospital is one of two Dignity Health-owned locations in Ventura County. The Camarillo location is also being targeted by...

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Times Media buys VC Reporter

by Kimberly Rivers At the end of the work day on Wednesday, July 31, staff of the Ventura County Reporter were notified that the paper, along with most of the assets of parent company Southland Publishing, had been sold to Times Media Group (TMG), a Tempe, Arizona-based company. The announcement came as a surprise to the team of 11 employees, some who have been with the paper for over two decades and were now told, effective immediately, that they had a new employer. “It was definitely a surprise, but I felt reassured when I was told that this was...

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FEELING SQUIDDISH | Local market squid fisheries impacted by warm blob in Pacific

By Kimberly Rivers The squid landing docks at the Port of Hueneme are quiet. In recent years the summer months were busy with dozens of boats coming and going, offloading millions of pounds of California Market Squid into tanks for export to Asia for processing and then returning to be served up for fried calamari or other dishes. The local squid fishery declined from 2014-16 in response to a warm water mass called “the blob.” The name was coined by Nicholas Bond, Alaska-based research scientist with the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) at...

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Two perish in plane crash in Camarillo | Victims identified.

The Ventura County Fire Department confirms that at approximately 1:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, August 7, a single-engine private aircraft crashed in Camarillo. Two on board died in the crash.  Cause of crash is unknown, pending investigation. Names of the deceased have not yet been released. Coroner is not yet onsite. Story will be updated.  Update: Aug. 8 –  The Ventura County Medical Examiner has released the names of the two people who died in yesterday’s plane crash. Tara Wells, 56 and John Wells, 60, both residents of Salt Lake City, Utah died as a result of multiple blunt force...

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IN BRIEF | August 1, 2019

Positions open on Ventura commissions and boards Several positions are available on various boards and commissions for the City of Ventura. Boards and commissions vote and make recommendations on issues that will ultimately be decided on by the city council. Application deadlines fall over the next few weeks. Some positions include modest paid stipends. The following positions are available: Housing Authority Board (deadline Aug. 1), Mobile Home Rent Review Board (deadline Aug. 12), Parks and Recreation Commission (deadline Aug. 1), Senior Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee, five positions open for a six-month term (deadline Aug. 16). The city is...

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  1. Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Printmedia

    August 22 @ 8:00 am - October 23 @ 8:00 pm
  2. Loni Love Headlines Levity Live

    September 20 @ 7:30 pm - September 22 @ 9:00 pm
  3. 3rd Annual Southeast Ventura County YMCA Reach For The Stars Gala

    September 21 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. Premiere Party for “Beyond Function: Fiber, Wood and Clay”

    September 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  5. Fundraiser for Channel Islands Marine and Wildlife Institute (CIMWI)

    September 21 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  6. Oxnard National Drive Electric Vehicle (EV) Showcase

    September 22 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
  7. Chamber On The Mountain presents Tomer Gewirtzman, Pianist

    September 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  8. Morning Stretch to Classic Rock

    September 23 @ 8:00 am - 8:45 am
  9. Dancer’s Body Barre

    September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  10. Rio Mesa Sidewalk Ribbon Cutting with VCPWA

    September 26 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am