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Wearing long braided pigtails and a prairie dress reminiscent of the late 1800s, Violet Halub said she was proud to be part of a re-enactment that celebrated the 20th anniversary of Timber School, a reconstruction of the first one-room schoolhouse in the Conejo Valley built in 1889.

“I love history in general,” said the ninth-grader at Thousand Oaks High. “Being here is just an interesting way to bring my love of American history more local.”

Violet, 15, was among about a dozen youths who dressed the part for the re-enactment Sunday at the Stagecoach Inn Museum in Newbury Park, where the reconstruction of Timber School was built two decades ago by students in Randy Porter’s shop class at Newbury Park High School. http://bit.ly/1KlTNV9
The Timber School celebrated its 20th anniversary Sunday at Newbury Park's Stagecoach Inn Museum with children playing the part of students from the 1800s.
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The Cancer Support Community’s Faces of Hope celebration on Friday will recognize people who have given their time, inspiration, professional talent and resources to those facing the journey of cancer.

Every year, the gala is the biggest fundraiser for the Cancer Support Community, allowing it to continue providing free services, said James Campbell, president and CEO of the nonprofit organization in Westlake Village.

“This event is a celebration and time for us to pause and reflect upon survivorship, the many people who make survivorship possible, and the courage and fighting spirits of those affected by cancer,” Campbell said. http://bit.ly/1HLNZ9d
The Cancer Support Community will honor four during Friday's Faces of Hope gala.
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A car drove off the side of Box Canyon Road near Simi Valley and down a 100-foot embankment Sunday afternoon, according to Ventura County Fire.

The accident was reported at 4:43 p.m., and a person was reported disoriented after suffering a head injury when the silver Mazda went down the embankment.

Paramedics were called to the scene and a helicopter to airlift the injured person. The cause of the accident remained under investigation Sunday evening.

Authorities also closed the northbound lane of Box Canyon Road.

The area is southeast of Simi Valley. http://bit.ly/1KlM2OV
A person was reported disoriented after suffering a head injury when they vehicle went down a steep embankment as they were traveling on Box Canyon Road near Simi Valley Sunday afternoon.
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A water rate structure found to be illegal in San Juan Capistrano is unlikely to change things, at least immediately, for agencies in Ventura County that similarly use tiered pricing.

That’s because unlike in the Orange County town, agencies here can show the rates are justified by the costs to provide the water, several said.

The court case had been closely tracked statewide by water agencies, many of whom charge higher water users a higher rate.

Gov. Jerry Brown argued that the ruling last week by the 4th District Court of Appeal puts local agencies in a “straitjacket” at a time when they need to do whatever it takes to get residents to conserve. http://bit.ly/1KlIBYn
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Ventura residents, property owners and/or voters, there are people who want to talk to you.

On their minds is whether you’d be willing to support a sales or property-based tax to maintain or even improve city services.

The City Council decided earlier this month to gauge voter support on the issue, approving $38,000 for a community survey. It should be completed in five months, finance officials said.

“We’re maintaining 21st century services based on 20th century funding models,” Finance and Technology Director Gilbert Garcia said at the April 13 meeting. http://bit.ly/1HKRVa6
Ventura embarks on a study to gauge community support for a new tax.
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Police said they arrested an Oxnard man Saturday in connection with an altercation.

The arrest occurred after officers were called at 10:37 a.m. Saturday to the 400 block of West Juniper Street to investigate a fight. Arriving officers said they learned a man had thrown two bricks at a passing motorist who then confronted the man.

Police said they arrested Luis Gomez, 19, on suspicion of throwing an object at a moving vehicle and assault with a deadly weapon. He was also arrested in connection with an assault in the same area last on April 19, police said. He was booked into county jail, police said. http://bit.ly/1KkL8lH
Police said they arrested an Oxnard man Saturday in connection with an ­altercation.
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John Magana was doing maintenance work at his condo complex in Simi Valley when he heard yelling and saw his neighbor's home on fire.

"I was painting in the back and smelled smoke," Magana recalled of the midmorning incident on March 9 on Stearns Street. "I saw my neighbor straddling the window, and I knew he was going to jump."

Acting on instinct, Magana ran to grab a 24-foot extension ladder from his truck parked in his garage.

"It took me about 30 seconds, and when I got back, he was hanging," Magana recalled. "Another passer-by helped me extend the ladder, and at that point the young man was panicking. I said, ‘Relax, calm down,' and he walked right down." http://bit.ly/1KlT3iB
A Simi Valley man receives numerous honors for helping his neighbor get out of a burning home.
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Storytelling offers a bridge for people to cross, a way to connect and share memories — something that can get lost in these high-tech times, says Brian Bemel, founder of the Ojai Storytelling Festival.

“In today’s modern tech world, it’s more important than ever to develop personal connections,” Bemel said. “Human beings are wired for storytelling. It’s the way to pass on experiences, wisdom and humor.”

The 16th annual Ojai Storytelling Festival is designed to inspire connections when it runs from Thursday through May 3 at Libbey Bowl and the Ojai Art Center. This year’s theme is “Traveling the World Through Stories.”

“We have paired storytellers together to represent countries of the world,” Bemel explained. http://bit.ly/1KlMj4g
Thursday is the opening of the 16th annual Ojai Storytelling Festival, which takes on a multicultural flair this year.
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When Jordan Soto’s father called 911 from his cellphone while she was having a medical emergency, the call was routed to a dispatch center 30 miles away.

Soto lived within a quarter-mile from a Santa Barbara fire station, but responders didn’t make it to her home in time, and the 24-year-old died from an accidental drug overdose.

“That shouldn’t have happened,” said Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara. “They got there when it was too late.” http://bit.ly/1KlII6i
A bill approved by a state Assembly committee this month calls for a two-year study to improve accuracy in pinpointing locations of 911 calls made from cellphones.
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An Oxnard man was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of a robbery that occurred on April 2, police said.

Police said Sean Ryan, 35, was arrested early Sunday afternoon as he walked on Longfellow Way south of Pleasant Valley Road.

Ryan's arrest came after someone told police that he had robbed them with a knife, police said.

Ryan was arrested without incident. http://bit.ly/1Kls1rB
An Oxnard man was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of a robbery that occurred on April 2, police said.
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Shell-shocked and sleeping in the streets, tens of thousands of Nepalese braced against terrifying aftershocks Sunday while digging for survivors in the devastation wrought a day earlier by a massive earthquake that ripped across this Himalayan nation and killed more than 2,500 people.

Acrid, white smoke rose above the nation's most revered Hindu temple, where dozens of bodies were being cremated at any given time.

Aid groups received the first word from remote mountain villages — reports that suggested many communities perched on mountainsides were devastated or struggling to cope.
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Shell-shocked and sleeping in the streets, tens of thousands of Nepalese braced against terrifying aftershocks Sunday while digging for survivors in the devastation wrought a day earlier by a massive earthquake that ripped across this Himalayan nation and killed more than 2,500 people.
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A man was arrested after kidnapping his daughter and stabbing her mother Saturday near Ventura, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said.

The California Highway Patrol reported the stabbing to the Sheriff’s Office about 9:15 p.m. after the victim said she had been stabbed and hit by a vehicle, officials said.

The woman was stabbed multiple times in the back and neck at Foster Park, 483 Casitas Vista Road, police said. After she was stabbed, the man drove off in a pickup with their 2-year-old daughter, authorities said. http://bit.ly/1KkGIv3
A man was arrested after kidnapping his daughter and stabbing her mother Saturday near Ventura, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said. 
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