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“REVERSAL OF CONVICTION” | New evidence reverses 2010 attempted murder conviction

Pictured: Ignacio Ixta Senior (left) and Ignacio Ixta Junior during a recent visit at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, CA. Photo courtesy of the Ixta family  by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com On April 12, 2021, a hearing will take place in Ventura County Superior Court at which the Ventura County District Attorney will support Ignacio Ixta Junior’s request that the court throw out the guilty verdict against him as a result of exculpatory evidence. Ixta had just turned 21 in 2010 when he was found guilty of attempted murder by a jury in Ventura County Superior Court. He...

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HAPPENINGS | April 8-15, 2021

OJAI URBAN HERB WALKS | Sunday, April 11, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Herb Walks with Lanny Kaufer are back! Join local author and naturalist Lanny Kaufer for a two hour urban walk in downtown Ojai on Sunday mornings in April and May. Locations and routes will vary. Total walk distance will be less than a mile and you’ll learn about useful native and non-native plants in and around the downtown area. The April 11 walks will start and conclude in Libbey Park, a great setting to see how native plants integrate in urban landscapes. Non native plants in...

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HAPPENINGS | April 1-8, 2021

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL HONORING ATLANTA SHOOTING VICTIMS | Saturday, April 3, 6 p.m. Hosted by 805 AAPI Solidarity a collaboration of the Social Justice Fund for Ventura County and WeBelong:805 with Advocates for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and local public officials will gather in vigil to offer expressions of unity against anti-AAPI hatred and misogyny in the wake of the March 16 shooting deaths of six Asian women in Atlanta. Face masks and social distancing protocols required. Central Park, 3200 N. Oxnard Blvd., Oxnard. https://www.facebook.com/805aapisolidarity  Friday – April 2 FIRST FRIDAYS |  The celebration of local art has gone...

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805 AG KIDS HOPES FOR LIVESTOCK SHOW AT FAIRGROUNDS | 2021 Show and Auction registration opens April 1

Pictured: Tyler Hook with the lamb he raised at the 2019 Youth Livestock Show and Auction at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Photo submitted.   by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com 805 Ag Kids is hoping the Board of the Ventura County Fairgrounds will allow the nonprofit organization to host the show portion of the 2021 Invitational Youth Livestock Show and Auction in person at the fairgrounds in August.  “If it is safe to do so . . . That’s what we’re hoping,” said Megan Hook, president of 805 Ag Kids and a parent of an auction participant.  805 Ag Kids formed...

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“ZERO TOLERANCE FOR EXTREMIST CONDUCT” | Naval Base Ventura County conducts stand-down training

Pictured: U.S. Navy Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 re-take the Oath of Office and Oath of Enlistment as part of stand-down training against extremism in the ranks on March 27, 2021 at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme. Photo by U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Stephane Belcher.  by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com  On March 27, in response to a Feb. 5, 2021 order to the entire U.S. Navy from Hon. Thomas W. Harker, Acting Secretary of the Navy, training was conducted at Naval Base Ventura County designed to “address issues of extremist ideology within the...

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