Ventura-based Paso Pacifico invents decoy sea turtle eggs with GPS to track criminals

Staff Report Baby sea turtles have plenty of natural predators to deal with on their way to adulthood. Add in the threat of poachers, who destroy more than 90 percent of sea turtle nests on many Central American beaches, and the odds of survival decrease even further. Paso Pacifico, a Ventura-based nonprofit organization, has created an innovative solution to help […]

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Initial distribution to be made from Thomas Fire Fund by United Way of Ventura County through Red Cross

Staff Report Before the end of the year, $500 prepaid credit cards will begin going out to up to 1,000 residents whose homes were destroyed by the Thomas Fire in the first distribution from the United Way Thomas Fire Fund. The American Red Cross of the Central Coast will process payments through their case management system. United Way of Ventura […]

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Red Cross Opening Thomas Fire Recovery Centers in Santa Barbara, Ventura

By Brooke Holland The American Red Cross is opening Thomas Fire recovery assistance centers in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties this week, as public agencies work to connect people with information about cleaning up ash, property damage, and flood prevention. Red Cross caseworkers will be on hand to speak with individuals about one-on-one recovery plans, provide emotional support, financial assistance to people who […]

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Thomas Fire threatens La Conchita overnight, grows to 96,000 acres

Firefighters and residents worked overtime last night to save the residential community of La Conchita, as the flames came dangerously close to structures. The Thomas Fire has now consumed more than 96,000 acres and is at five percent containment, according to fire officials. One abandoned structure has burned. Highway 101 has been reopened after a brief shut down Thursday morning. […]

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Winds Could Push Thomas Fire into Santa Barbara County

By Giana Magnolia The Thomas Fire could burn into Santa Barbara County when winds pick up again, and the evacuation zones expanded Wednesday morning to include Rincon Point, east of Carpinteria. The blaze had blackened 65,000 acres as of Wednesday and made a run to the ocean, crossing Highway 101 near the Solimar Beach area. Calfire reported 0 percent containment, 12,000 structures […]

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Thomas Fire updates and photo gallery

By Raiza Giorgi Photos and video by Daniel Dreifuss *Update as of Wednesday Dec. 6 – The Thomas Fire is at 65,000 acres and still zero containment, according to fire officials. The structures destroyed remains at an estimate of 150, however thousands more are threatened. * Greg Smith returned to his home in Ventura in hopes that there would be […]

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Thomas Fire burning near Ventura, thousands evacuated

*Update the fire is now reported at 45,500 acres. This fire is tough to battle as winds increase and access to water systems is difficult, according to Ventura Fire officials. Staff Report In a matter of hours, the Thomas Fire took thousands of residents in Ventura County by surprise overnight when the winds increased, growing a relatively small brush fire that […]

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Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Offers Free Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp in Ventura

A mini-camp will be offered in Ventura featuring Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp activities from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at Camino Real Park in Ventura. The adapted sports day is designed for youth ages 6-19 years old who can use a wheelchair to participate in sports. All participants requiring assistance will need to bring a caregiver with them. Funding from […]

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Nearby Channel Islands are a world away

By Raiza Giorgi Even though the boat ride is a short trip across the Santa Barbara channel, traveling out to Santa Cruz Island is like traveling to a time long ago when mankind lived solely off the land. My recent adventure started out of the Ventura Harbor with Island Packers, who are the concessionaires to the park. People who travel […]

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