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"You're gonna want to put in earplugs for this," the teens told me before two of them launched into a song of their own creation that featured crunchy guitar licks and hard-hitting drum patterns. It was infectious rock 'n' roll, and those of us listening bobbed our heads and tapped our feet to the driving beat.


Dean Joseph Basler, 58, of Ventura, Calif. pleaded guilty to two felony counts of embezzlement associated with more than $250,000 in premiums that Basler received for homeowners insurance policies.


In partnership with Ventura Water, the City of Ventura and the Ventura Chamber of Commerce, Assemblyman Das Williams , D-Carpinteria, will be hosting a Water Conservation Summit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ventura City Hall, 505 Poli St. This event will feature presentations and panel discussions with educators, innovators and government officials as they discuss water conservation efforts, the current status of our water, and why it is so important to conserve for the future. Many agencies and community organizations will also be present to talk about conservation efforts and how the general public can become more water-wise in their residences, businesses, and landscaping efforts.


The first few minutes of Adam Rifkin's unique documentary , " Giuseppe Makes A Movie ," may harvest an extreme reaction of "What in the world am I watching? This is crazy-town stuff." This will be followed by thoughts of, "this is a really weird world in which I'm slowly becoming mesmerized."


The winning entries from this year's California Coastal Art &Poetry Contest will be on display through Sunday, November 9,2014, at Channel Islands National Park. Kindergarten through high school students from throughout the state participate in this contest, which is sponsored by the California Coastal Commission each year.


Greg Buckley of Oceanside, holds a portrait of his eldest son, Marine Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr., who was fatally shot by an Afghan police officer in Afghanistan on Aug. 10th.


Greg Buckley of Oceanside, holds a portrait of his eldest son, Marine Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr., who was fatally shot by an Afghan police officer in Afghanistan on Aug. 10th.


Just as lobster season kicks into gear, state health officials announced Monday that people should not eat the internal organs of lobster or rock crab caught off the Ventura County coast because they could cause a potentially fatal disease called amnesic shellfish poisoninga The concentrated levels of domoic acid have not been found in Santa Barbara waters. Public Health frequently collects and tests phytoplankton samples and seafood along the coast, according to California Public Health Department spokesperson Matt Conens.


Fall roundup Fall is here. Not that you'd notice in these fair parts of endless summers and springs eternal, but elsewhere in the country, the climate is changing and baseball is about to give way to football and basketball season.


Injured veterans and their supporters head from Ventura to Los Angeles on Saturday, Oct. 11 as part of the 2014 UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery California Challenge.


Constantly touring at the edge of the world, Anchor and Bear's "nautical rock" is completely within its element along the Gold Coast, its new album Ahoy! carrying them further into uncharted waters where the metaphors spawn and the music goes just swimmingly. Featuring Brian Bringelson, vocals, guitar, banjo; Kenny Bringelson, guitar and vocals; Katy Pearson, bass, ukulele and vocals; and drummer Eric White, the band is actually made of two separate acts: Paul Starling and Bearkat.


It's the close of a particularly scorching Southern California day, and moisture-laden air hangs heavy around the entrance to the Ventura Theater. Something like 18 security personnel are huddled near the long-retired ticket booth, prepping for a full house.


Ventura County Clerk Recorder/Registrar of Voters Mark Lunn announced today the deadline to register to vote in the November 4, 2014 Gubernatorial GeneralElection, is Monday, October 20, 2014. Lunn stated, "All citizens who have notyet registered to vote need to register by October 20 to be eligible to vote on Tuesday, November 4. Your vote is your voice; register and vote on November 4!" For convenience, voter registration is available online at www.RegisterToVote.ca.gov .


Ventura, California-based outdoor clothing company Patagonia is giving a big boost to the solar industry, saying today that it is investing over $13M to help create a new, $27M fund to purchase more than 1,000 rooftop solar power systems in Hawaii. According to Patagonia, it has entered into a deal with Kina'ole Capital Partners, to purchase more than 1,000 rooftop solar power systems in the island state, which is a prime candidate for converting to solar power due to the very high expense of importing coal and oil to the islands.


On Monday night, crowds packed the room at the Carpinteria City Council meeting as the council debated taking a position on two ballot measures - Measure U, a school bond initiative, and Measure P, the Healthy Air & Water Initiative to ban fracking and other high-intensity oil production in the county. Most of the speakers and attendees were there for Measure P. Carpinteria businessman Jim Taylor made the case for Measure P, saying, "Measure P made the ballot because the people of Santa Barbara County don't want hazardous chemicals injected into the ground below our feet.


California grower-shippers will offer field and facility tours at the Ventura County Sustainability Exchange, a two-day event leading up to the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit in Anaheim. The Oct. 15-16 tours will highlight their sustainability practices.

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