Conejo Valley Schools Dominate at Ventura Mock Trial Tournament

Despite the challenges of competing virtually, Conejo Valley high schools made an impressive showing this year at the 39th Annual Mock Trial tournament hosted by the Ventura County Office of Education and the Constitutional Rights Foundation. Out of twenty-six teams, Trinity Pacific’s Silver Team placed second, while their Blue Team placed first, earning them a spot in the upcoming state mock trial competition. Newbury Park’s Panther Team and Gold Team placed sixth and fifth, respectively. And Oak Park Gold and Oak Park Black placed eighth and fourth, respectively.  This year’s…

Local Restaurants Remain Open in Ventura County

Photo Caption: Matt Brimigion stands in front of his wall of flags. Each of the flags gifted to him has its own special story. One of the flags flew on the USS Enterprise warship in 2003, another flag flew over the 25th Naval Construction Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, another flag was flown above the capitol the day that the Civil Engineering Corps was established in Port Hueneme, and one other flag flew on the warship, USS Enterprise, from Norfolk to the Persian Gulf. It has been…

US Supreme Court Rules Against Newsom in Favor of Churches in California

restrictions on indoor religious gatherings.  This ruling came on December 3, 2020, just a week after it prohibited New York Governor Cuomo’s worship restrictions, in a 5-4 vote.  The decision is detailed in the Supreme Court Case, Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo.  “The application for injunctive relief…is treated as a petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment, and the petition is granted,” wrote the Supreme Court in the decision Harvest Rock Church, Et Al. V. Newsom, Gov. of Ca. which references the New York case for its…

Sam Gutnik Nominated as Future Medical Leader

Newbury Park High School senior Sam Gutnik was honored recently with a nomination to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders’ “Award for Excellence.” The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement, leadership potential, and determination to serve humanity in the area of medicine and research sciences.  Gutnik is interested in pursuing a career in the medical field relating to sports, possibly orthopedic surgery.  “My biology teacher, Mr. Erickson, got me interested in the medical field,” said Gutnik. “I had just hurt my collarbone in football, and I realized I could help other…

Vote Now; Here’s How

For the upcoming 2020 November general elections, Governor Newsom issued an executive order requiring every registered voter in California to receive a vote-by-mail ballot. If you have not received a mail-in ballot by October 16, 2020, contact the Ventura County Recorder’s office.  There are multiple other ways to vote. In-person voting is the recommended method of voting.  1. Early in-person voting began October 6 and will continue until October 30.  For registered Ventura County voters, your early voting center is the Ventura County Election Division Office at 800 Victoria Rd,…

Cast Your Ballot 2020

For the upcoming 2020 November general elections, Governor Newsom issued an executive order requiring every registered voter in California to receive a vote-by-mail ballot. If you have not received a mail-in ballot by October 16, 2020, contact the Ventura County Recorder’s office.  There are multiple other ways to vote. In-person voting is the recommended method of voting.  1. Early in-person voting began October 6 and will continue until October 30.  For registered Ventura County voters, your early voting center is the Ventura County Election Division Office at 800 Victoria Rd,…

Thousand Oaks Native in Space Force

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie Thousand Oaks native, 2nd Lt. Olivia Gillingham, became the first United States Space Force (USSF) member at the Vandenberg Air Force Base located in Santa Barbara.  Gillingham was a graduate from Grace Brethren High School in 2015 where she played varsity softball for four years and participated in many other school activities. After graduating, she moved on to the prestigious United States Air Force Academy where she pursued a BS in biology. After being commissioned, Gillingham was assigned as an acquisitions…