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 Our Ojai cam is the latest victim in the wake of the July 2014 water main break that flooded the Ojai Playhouse and Jester. The building's owner, who has donated the spot for the camera and its related equipment for many years, shut off the utilities needed to operate the camera pending a resolution of his effort to get Golden State Water Company to pay for the needed repairs. We appreciate your patience as we look for a suitable temporary location.

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    An assistant at the livestock auction helps keep track of bids Friday. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)

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    Phoebe Gaston, 12, from the Citrus Valley 4-H, gets a nudge from her pig, Humphrey, during Friday's livestock auction. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)

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    Adrienne Kearney, 9, from the Citrus Valley 4-H, psoes with her pig at the livestock auction Friday. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)
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    Logan Rutherford, 11, with the Mira Monte 4-H club, hugs her pig Friday at the livestock auction. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)
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    Taylor Brown, with the Mira Monte 4-H club, walks his steer at Friday's livestock auction. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)
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    4-H members watch the livestock auction Friday at the Ventura County Fair. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)
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    Alexis Biggs, with the Ojai Valley Grange, shows off her lamb during the livestock auction Friday. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)

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    Anna Galbraith, with the Mira Monte 4-H, with her lamb just after it sold Friday at the Livestosck auction. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)
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    An auction assistant reacts Friday during the livestock auction at the Ventura County Fair. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)
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    The crowd waits for the next animal to be brought to the arena Friday during the livestock auction. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)
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    Riders and rodeo hands prepare for the final night of the 2014 P.R.C.A. Rodeo at the Ventura County Fairgrounds Sunday. (Ojai Valley News photo by Garrett Combs)

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    Anthony Estas ropes a calf during the 2014 Ventura County Fair Sunday. (Ojai Valley News photo by Garrett Combs)
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    A three-man team attempts to get a bronco out of the chute during the team saddle riding competition at the Ventura County Fair P.R.C.A. Rodeo Sunday. (Ojai Valley News photo by Garrett Combs)
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    Fans cheer as a rider competes in the bronco saddle riding competition during the 2014 Ventura County Fair P.R.C.A. Rodeo Sunday. (Ojai Valley News photo by Garrett Combs)
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    Xtreme Bronc Riding team members watch as their teammate, T. C. Buntin, takes off on a bronco during the final night of the 2014 P.R.C.A. Rodeo at the Ventura County Fair. (Ojai Valley News photo by Garrett Combs)
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    Kid Banuelos wraps his wrists in preparation for the final night of the 2014 P.R.C.A. Rodeo at the Ventura County Fair. (Ojai Valley News photo by Garrett Combs)

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The journey begins: Lady Rangers on the road to state wrestling championship

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Michaela Howe (right), with coach Robert Hastie, made her tournament debut as a Nordhoff High School wrestler and claimed tournament MVP honors.
The Nordhoff High School (NHS) girls’ wrestling team kicked off its season Nov. 26 traveling to Carter High School in San Bernardino, where more than 300 wrestlers were in attendance.
“All three of our wrestlers to compete there are returning veterans trying to reach
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Nordhoff wins battle of Ojai against Thacher on Zaucha buzzer beater

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
The Thacher boys’ basketball team did not trail for the game’s first 31 minutes and 58 seconds, but Nordhoff senior Josh Zaucha drilled a 24-foot jump shot with two seconds remaining to lift the host Rangers to a dramatic 58-56 non-league victory Dec. 6.
“It’s a set we’ve run a lot, and it’s always worked well, so I thought I’d be open,” said Zaucha. “Jon (Achee) set a good screen, Jake (Williams) drew the defense and I just had to knock it down.”
Thacher led by as much as 14 points in the first half behind the play of seniors Pierre Weil
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Wiggins, Nordhoff football looking ahead to 2017

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The Nordhoff High School football team only won two games this fall, but team officials are optimistic that more wins are in their short-term future.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
For Lance Wiggins and the Nordhoff High School (NHS) Rangers football program, the 2016 season was not what they were hoping for in terms of wins and losses. After his first season as NHS head coach, however, Wiggins thinks the program is headed in the right direction.
“We had a very good exit meeting with the players and the administration and I think we came
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McArthur leads senior league turkey shooters

Dick McArthur recently shot a 64 to capture the low-net prize in the annual Soule Park Senior Men's Golf Club Turkey Shoot event.
Pinky Throckmorton (68) and Pete Shedlosky (78) were runners-up.
In other November tournament action, Dietmar Mages (69), Don Gluyas
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McNeil medals in World Games

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John McNeil, of Ojai, stands on the winner’s podium with Joan McNeil after competing recently in the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah. McNeil, who competed in cycling, earned three silver medals. The Ojai resident competed in a 20K time trial, and raced around a 1-mile flat course at altitude. A total of 325 cyclists competed in the cycling events in various age groups. McNeil raced in the 75- to 79-year-old group. In total, more than 10,500 athletes from 34 different countries took part in the games. McNeil expects to ride in the World Senior Games again in 2017.

Nordhoff freshman hoop squad wins top prize in Ventura Tournament

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The Nordhoff High School freshman basketball team, coached by Mike Probyn, won the Ventura County Classic Tournament Dec. 3 and Dec. 4. The Rangers defeated host Ventura in the finals to claim the championship. This year’s freshman squad includes (front row from left) Bailey Thompson, Shane Garcia, Edger Turcios, Christian Garcia, Chase Plott and Korey Stevens, (back row from left) Probyn, Henry Wilson, Carson Gross, Grant Booher, Matthew Rosen, Nikolai Mannes and Chase Gorell.

Weil Academy brings in Italo to launch track-and-field program

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Weil Academy founder Mark Weil (from left) is joined by his new track and field team members Angie Ruiz, Molly Harrold, Tess Edwards, Claudia Adelman and head coach Ed Italo.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
In July, former varsity sprint and middle distance coach at Nordhoff High School (NHS) Ed Italo, joined Weil Tennis Academy as head track coach. Italo’s task was to add an
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Nordhoff hosting varsity basketball tournaments

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Nordhoff's boys' and girls' basketball programs will be hosting their annual varsity tournaments during the next two weekends. 
The 74th annual Nordhoff varsity boys' tournament opened Nov. 30 and continues
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Softball clinics offered

Six local high school softball players have been selected to be part of a national team that will travel to Italy for a series of games next summer.
Villanova Preparatory School (VPS) players are Tessa Bartholio, Rebecca Saucedo, Grace Davis, Sidney York and Annie Hyndman.
Representing Nordhoff High School will be Taylor Erickson.
In order to help pay for the trip, Team USA will host
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Youth softball sign-ups under way

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Lexi Kehoe, Willow Williams, Hannah Ignacio and Marley Loza enjoy a break between softball games during last year’s Ojai Valley Girls’ Softball Association (OVGSA) action. The 2017 softball season is right around the corner and interested players can register at www.OVGSA.org or in person between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 3 at Sarzotti Park.

Thacher harriers take sixth in state meet

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Thacher runners Rico Lopez (from third from left), Ford Sharper and Colin Kirkpartick attack the Woodward Park cross-country course at the CIF state meet Nov. 26.
Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Despite losing its top two runners from the group that finished seventh at State Cross Country Championships in 2015, The Thacher School boys’ team found a way to improve
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Thacher cross-country runners make a dash for state meet

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Thacher junior Rico Lopez (right), shown here last season, helped propel the Toads to the State Championship Cross-Country Meet. Thacher continues to be one of the most successful distance running programs in California.
Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
The Thacher's School boys' cross-country team recorded the fastest team time in school history (81 minutes, 34 seconds) in Riverside Nov. 21, and the team placed fourth in its CIF-Southern
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Matilija volleyball crew achieves perfect season

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The Matilija squad celebrates a point in late-season action.
The Matilija Junior High School volleyball program finished a perfect season by winning the championship of the Oxnard Recreation seventh- and eighth-grade girls’ volleyball league.
The final game of the tournament was a hotly contested match, played
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