Author: Nancy Lackey Shaffer

PHOTO CONTEST 2020 | Through your eyes

We got off track with our annual photo contest, running it in February rather than December. But clearly, we were the only ones that missed a beat — because the selection of images you guys sent in were fantastic, and made this year’s judging particularly difficult. We had wildlife and moments of zen, landmarks local and far-flung, and some interesting entries that played with perspective and exposure. It was a genuine pleasure to see the world through so many different lenses. Congratulations to this year’s winners and honorable mentions and thank you to all who entered. First, second and...

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POWER TO SPEAK | Clarifying Channelkeeper’s role in Ventura River watershed adjudication

PICTURED: Lower Ventura River Watershed. Photo by Jimmy Young for CFROG by Ben Pitterle I’m writing to the VC Reporter to offer clarification for property owners in the Ventura River watershed about Santa Barbara Channelkeeper’s role in the groundwater adjudication initiated by the city of Ventura. Santa Barbara Channelkeeper is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works to protect and restore the Santa Barbara Channel and its watersheds (including the Ventura River) through science-based advocacy, education, field work and enforcement. We are aware that residents throughout the Ventura River watershed recently received notice from the city of Ventura that the...

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POWER TO SPEAK | Be counted! The 2020 Census begins mid-March in Ventura County

by Ken Maryanski What, started in January, will affect every person in the United States, guide the flow of hundreds of billions of federal dollars and steer government and business planning for 10 years? If you answered the start of a new decade, you wouldn’t be far off the mark. Because 2020 brings the decennial census, and on Jan. 21, the first person was counted — in the remote Alaska Native village of Toksook Bay. Census takers have to get an early start in Alaska before the ground thaws into marsh and residents leave for fishing, hunting and other...

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LETTERS | February 2020

Feb. 6, 2020 Oxnard City Council kills term limits [On Tuesday, Jan. 21], the City Council did something dastardly — they adopted strict term limits in order to kill strict term limits. Yes, you read that correctly! Let me explain with a little background. As you know, we gathered signatures over the summer from Oxnard voters to qualify a term limits initiative for the November ballot … that would limit the Oxnard mayor and council members to two consecutive four-year terms. After a two-year break the officeholder would be eligible to run again. Knowing that we were about to...

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MARS TREK | NASA engineer Kobie Boykins discusses his career exploring the Red Planet

PICTURED: Mars rover Curiosity, which landed on the Martian surface on Aug. 6, 2012. Photo courtesy of NASA by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer From mythology to science fiction to present-day speculation, Mars has fascinated humans since it was first observed by ancient Egyptian astronomers. The fourth planet from the sun has beckoned with its reddish hue (from iron oxide on its surface), moon-like craters and polar ice caps reminiscent of those on Earth. It’s home to the highest known planetary mountain (Olympus Mons, also the largest volcano and more than twice the height of Mt. Everest) and one of...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Spiritual Bodies: Photography by Carlton Wilkinson

    January 10 @ 8:00 am - February 29 @ 8:00 pm
  2. History Lecture Series: Accommodation and Resistance

    January 14 @ 7:00 pm - March 10 @ 7:00 pm
  3. Meleko Mokgosi: Acts of Resistance

    January 22 @ 10:00 am - April 9 @ 4:00 pm
  4. ANNUAL PRESIDENTS’ DAY CELEBRATION

    February 17 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  5. Valentina: A performance by Ballet Nepantla

    February 17 @ 7:00 pm
  6. Harold Stoner Clark Lectures

    February 18 @ 4:00 pm
  7. The Death of Civility: On the Birth of Interreligious Rituals of Resistance

    February 19 @ 6:30 pm
  8. The NPR Politics Podcast Live: The Road to 2020

    February 19 @ 7:30 pm
  9. Artist’s Reception at Third Friday Event

    February 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  10. 2nd Annual FCancer Race

    February 22 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am