Isaac Arquilevich receives a hug from a friend and his brother, Holden Arquilevich (in blue) for graduating at Chaparral. (Ojai Valley News photos by Mariana Campos)
Misty Volaski, Ojai Valley News editor
Chaparral isn't your typical high school — its students come to the continuation school for many reasons, said principal Linus Raibys. "Students come here for a variety of reasons.
Ojai Roadrunner athlete Jackson Pulido soars through the air in the long jump during the team’s final meet of the season. Pulido managed to place fourth with a jump just over 8 feet. The Roadrunners recently completed their 39th season. (Photo by Holly Roberts)
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By Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
Sometimes the smallest gestures of good will are the most important. For Rick Raine, it was a scrap of plywood recently donated to his organization by Ace Hardware in Meiners Oaks.
By Mike Miller
Week two of the high school football season was not kind to the Nordhoff Rangers. NHS dropped their non-league game to the Oak Park Eagles, 13-3 despite taking an early 3-0 lead in the game.
Nordhoff was able to dominate the time of possession Friday night, but turnovers and missed opportunities would do in the Rangers as they fell to 0-2 on the season. The only points of the night for the Rangers came on their opening drive when Brendan Looker nailed a 37-yard field goal.
Oak Park scored on a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown and a touchdown run in the fourth quarter. One bright spot for the Rangers on the night was the play of wide out Noah Osborn who caught seven passes for 103 yards.
Tiobe Barron, Ojai Valley News correspondent
The Casitas Municipal Water District (CMWD) Board of Directors voted 3-2 Wednesday to approve a resolution granting a $615,000 contract to Union Engineering to renovate the front entrance at Lake Casitas.
Six incumbents — four in the Meiners Oaks Water District (MOWD) and two in the Casitas Municipal Water District (CMWD) — are running unopposed in the Nov. 4 election. Because no one is running against them, their names will not be on the ballot, according to Tracy Saucedo, Ventura County assistant registrar of voters. Instead, they will all be re-appointed to their positions by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. At Casitas, Bill Hicks and Mary Bergen will continue to serve; at MOWD, Larry Harrold, Mike Etchart, James Kentosh and Mike Krumpschmidt will rejoin the board.
Tim Dewar, Ojai Valley News publisher
A proposed coalition of the city of Ojai and Ojai Friends of Locally Owned Water (F.L.O.W.) has gotten the attention of the company that is the target of that pairing — Golden State Water Company (GSWC).
Kimberly Rivers, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Anterra Energy Services Inc. — a company that operates an oil field waste facility surrounded by strawberry fields in Oxnard — is appealing a recent citation regarding excessive truck traffic in violation of its conditional use permit (C.U.P.). The Ventura County Planning Commission is holding a public hearing regarding the appeal, which will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the County Government Center.
Tiobe Barron, Ojai Valley News correspondent
According to a recent memo from Ojai City Manager Rob Clark, the $90 fee the city of Ojai charges candidates to post political signs is unconstitutional.
Angelo Spandrio holds an acorns that is starting to sprout. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)
Maria Saint, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Angelo Spandrio remembers what started his passion for growing oak tree seedlings. After a rain shower in Ojai, he saw fallen acorns on a sidewalk that had gotten wet and had sprouted. Soon after, he started gathering acorns to sprout seedlings.
Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
Construction on the Topa Mountain Winery will be delayed for at least another month while the Ojai Planning Commission reviews data relevant to the owner’s latest modifications to the project. At least some of the modifications were listed on the agenda for approval at the Planning Commission’s regular session Wednesday. But by the time the meeting convened, city staff had issued a memo urging for the item to be continued.
This appeared to be a result of a failure on the part of the applicant, owner Larry Guerrera, to apprise city staff of all of the latest changes, a circumstance placing the design of the construction at 821 W. Ojai Ave. at odds with what the Community Development Department knew about it. “Staff has consulted with the city attorney, and per his direction, the project cannot go forward due to the discrepancies and will need to be continued,” wrote Ojai Community Development Director Kathleen Wold, author of the Feb. 3 memorandum.