Firefighters Silhouetted Against Sky at Thousand Oaks Fire

Firefighters inspect fire at top of ridge in the Thousand Oaks hillside fire around noon today.


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Fire on Thousand Oaks Hillside Across 101 Freeway from T.O. Civic Arts Plaza


A brushfire on a Thousand Oaks hillside looks like it is getting under control by firefighters, as of approximately 12:30 a.m.  I took these photos from the top floor of the City of Thousand Oaks parking lot by the Civic Arts Plaza.


I became aware of the fire at around noon when I smelled smoke in the air at the Westlake Promenade and then noticed a smoke plume to the east.

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And More Goats!


I couldn’t resist posting more photos of the goats on the steep hillside in Agoura Hills being herded to their trailer on Thursday, June 23.  What hot dusty, work for the herder, but how interesting for spectators who don’t get to see this often.


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The Recycled Water Fill Station Still Open at Las Virgenes MWD

Beth Miller, second resident to use the RW fill station

Beth Miller, second resident to use the RW fill station in August, 2015

Even though water use restrictions have loosened at both Oak Park Water Service and Los Virgenes MWD, the recycled water filling station they operate on Saturday mornings is still open.

To use it is simple…first take a short class on using recycled water for irrigation, get a State-required certificate showing you have taken the class, and then come any Saturday, from 8 A.M. to 1 P.M. to fill up.  The class is offered the second Saturday of each month at 9 A.M. at the office building at Rancho Las Virgenes (near where you go to pick up free compost).

Why take advantage of these unique filling station?  Because the water is free, and you could replace imported potable water with it and save on your water bill.  Here is a link for more info:

FYI:  Editor, Janna Orkney, is an elected board member of Triunfo Sanitation District which owns and operates Oak Park Water Service

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Goats Trim Grass on Hillside in Agoura Hills


It is a win-win to have a herd of goats chomp up the dry grass on a dusty hillside in the Conejo Valley.  The goats get food and we get a cleared hillside to comply with fire regulations.

I drove by a car-stopping scene on Thousand Oaks Boulevard Thursday, as 2 men herded  goats down a hill toward their truck and trailer carrier.  I joined a crowd of onlookers as one man on the hill above the goats waved a red flag in the air  and called to three sheepdogs working the herd.  Another man kept moving chicken wire fencing tighter and tighter around the goats, condensing the area where they were free.

I had expected that it would be easy to encourage the goats to move to the trailer, but that was not so!  For instance, some would get to the bottom of the slope by the sidewalk, and then start up the hill again, looking for more grass to eat, while others would just mill around.

I finally carried on with my day, thankful I didn’t have any goats to herd!

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Visiting President Reagan’s Memorial


I find the words written next to President Reagan’s memorial very moving.  I had time to reflect on them last Tuesday when two grandkids and I toured the Reagan Library and then wandered over to the memorial area overlooking Tierra Rejada.

To quote:  “I know in my heart that man is good.  That what is right will always eventually triumph.  And there is purpose and worth to each and every life.”


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Selling Good Stuff at the Beverly Hills High School Graduation

While Beverly Hills High is not in the Conejo Valley, I still want to comment on the school’s graduation program on the morning of May 27th.  My dear granddaughter Alia took was a graduate and I attended.  Of course I loved the program, had tears come to my eyes at the playing of Pomp and Circumstance, and cheered wildly when she collected her diploma.

I was also impressed that there were two tables at the back of the audience area where items were being sold that those attending might want.  One table sold coffee and containers of fresh fruit, and one table sold flowers and mugs in the school’s colors.  Impressive!  The fruit and coffee to make the audience comfortable as we waited for the graduates to file in and the flowers and mugs in case we did not remember to bring something for our graduate.

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Saddened that Sports Authority Stores are Closing


My grandkids and I stopped by the Sports Authority store in the Westlake Promenade yesterday looking for some good deals in their going-out-of-business sale.  One grandchild found some flip flops and one found a skirt – both items good for the summer and traveling, but not yet at true bargain prices.  However, they were name brands and 20% off and the kids were pleased with their purchases.

The photos above were taken 6-13-16 at the other Conejo Valley Sports Authority on Hillcrest in the old Sears building.  That store is closing in a few days and I believe that is why the discounts are greater.

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