Author: VCR Staff

EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Sewer not best local alternative for food scraps

by David Goldstein, Ventura County PWA, IWMD Some people love the convenience of their garbage disposals so much, they would rather risk the occasional inconvenience of a sink clog than deal with the odor of leftovers filling their kitchen trash container. If materials washed down sinks are small enough, and if homeowners run their faucets and keep the disposal motor running long enough, clogs are rare, according to Bob Vila, whose helpful website, at, also has tips for unclogging drains.  The first thing Vila suggests for unclogging a kitchen sink drain is to turn off the breaker controlling...

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IN BRIEF | June 3, 2021

Pictured: Mia Rogers (center) has been named 2021 Ventura County Teacher of the Year, with  Christine Schieferle (left), Assistant Superintendent of Santa Paula Unified School District and Dr. Lydia Olivo, principal of Glen City Elementary School on May 27, 2021. Photo submitted.  by Kimberly Rivers Camping fire restrictions in Los Padres As of May 25 open fires, campfires and charcoal fires are prohibited in areas outside of developed recreation sites or designated campfire use sites within the Los Padres National Forest (LPNF). The restriction is due to an increase in wildland fire risk and will be in place...

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HAPPENINGS | June 3-10, 2021

MONARCH AND MILKWEED CONSERVATION CONFERENCE |  Saturday, June 5, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. FREE online conference of educational workshops on local monarchs and California native milkweeds. Speakers include experts from Santa Monica Mountains Foundation team, the National Park Service, California Fish and Wildlife, Xerces Society, and Ventura County Resource Conservation District. Learn about how you can help support habitat for Monarch butterflies by cultivating their main food source. For more information on the conference visit  Happenings includes community events, meetings, classes, resources, needs and Arts Listings. To submit an item for inclusion email to:  Thursday –...

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FREE OUTSIDE FUN | With playgrounds, trails and more, local parks are the perfect place for celebrating summer

Pictured: Kole Berg at Sapwi Bike Park, Thousand Oaks. Photo by Erik Winkler.  by Kimberly Rivers A neighborhood park is more than a green space. It’s a meeting place, a spot to sit under a shady tree, a location for a birthday party or family reunion, and an area where kids of all ages can climb, slide, crawl and jump. Many parks provide a connection to the natural landscape around us.  Ventura County is home to some fabulous parks that are open and ready for summer explorations. Here is a spotlight list of just a few of the public...

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VENTURA SKATES | Skateboarding across Ventura County

by Kimberly Rivers Ventura County’s unique style gets amplified with summer. The weather, the sun, the surf and skating. To the non-skate set it seems like the world of kids on boards dodging pedestrians (and sometimes the cops) is way too sketchy. But for those who are working to make ollies, flip tricks, and land the perfect nollie, it’s a way of life.  “No Skateboarding Allowed” signs are still prominent in many public spaces, but over the past several decades local governments (frequently compelled by families organizing and forcing the issue) have realized the value of this physical...

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