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Kimberly Rivers, OVN correspondent
The Ventura County Planning Division admitted Tuesday it allowed an oil company to drill a well in a forested area in Upper Ojai without the proper environmental review.
What sparked the admission were two complaints filed in October by Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas (CFROG) against Mirada Petroleum.
Ralph Williams (above) stands next to one of the many planes he repaired during WWII and a picture of Williams (below) circa 1941 in his uniform. (photos courtesy of Ralph Williams)
He walks in the door clutching a well-worn photo album. Inside are 70-year-old memories, ones he never expected he'd make when he graduated from Nordhoff High School in 1941.
Ojai resident Andrew MacCalla hands out much-needed medical supplies in the Philippines. (photo courtesy of Direct Relief International)
Andrew MacCalla is at it again.
After about a week at home, he ships out to the Philippines Sunday for another 10 days. As emergency response manager for the Santa Barbara-based Direct Relief International (DRI), he will continue to oversee DRI's medical supply distribution network in the country, hit by the category 5 Typhoon Haiyan in early November.
Ojai Rancho Inn owners Chris Sewell (left) and Kenny Osehan have had their share of disagreements with the city. (photo by Tim Dewar)
Tiobe Barron, OVN correspondent
An annual holiday event at the Ojai Rancho Inn and a flurry of action by the city of Ojai sparked an outpouring of community support.
Each December, Ojai Rancho Inn “transforms into a festive holiday pop-up shop,” using the rooms as makeshift shops for vendors. This year, the event scheduled for Saturday from 3 to 10 p.m., came under fire by city staff in part because of previous noise complaints by neighbors for weddings and concerts at the inn.
On most Sundays, Ojai Valley School junior Sarah Silver, (above photo, right), serves customers at Marcie’s Pies at the Ojai Certified Farmers’ Market. Chaparral High School senior Liam Brennan (below photo) has been working at the McGrath Farms stand for about a year, selling produce. (photos by Daphne Psaledakis)
Daphne Psaledakis, OVN correspondent
It’s early on a Sunday morning and Ojai Valley School junior Sarah Silver is pushing pastry.
Around her is a flurry of activity — Ojai Certified Farmers’ Market veterans are selling homemade tamales, organic vegetables, and goat milk soap.
Compared to them, Silver is a rookie. But you could never tell.
Tiobe Barron, OVN correspondent
Ojai may soon have a new full-time community development director, as the city’s staff begins interviews for the position this week.
“The first round of interviews will be this week, but I cannot disclose who did or did not apply,” says Ojai City Manager Rob Clark. “I feel we have a good field and still expect to have a permanent director in place early next year.”
More than 120 people attended the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa’s Festival of Lights Hanukkah Celebration last Wednesday. Residents and resort visitors brought their own menorahs to light, including Loretta Altman (above). Rabbi Michael Lotker of Meiners Oaks temple K'hilat Ha'Aloneem spoke, and musician Bob Brik played acoustic guitar and sang (left). This year, Hanukkah ends tomorrow. Visit www.ojaitemple.org for more information on upcoming temple events. (photos by Ashley Wilson)
Tonight the Nordhoff Rangers and Bishop Diego Cardinals engaged in a game that will go down in history for both programs. The Rangers hung on in the final seconds to win 24-21 in a thriller and with the win have earned a spot in the CIF-SS Northwest Division Finals against the El Segundo Eagles.
Fifteen-year-old Jonah Cantu celebrates breaking ground on “Jonah’s Skate Spot.” From Vans apparel company to Frank’s Rooter in Ojai, many businesses and individuals have come forward to help make Jonah’s backyard skate park wish a reality. (photo by Jeff Shewmon)
It’s been a tough year for Ojai’s Cantu family, but this week has given them plenty to be thankful for.
Their son, Jonah, 15, underwent surgery Jan. 9 for an aggresive form of brain cancer: glioblastoma multiforme. What followed was six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation, then monthly trips to UCLA for more radiation and antibody treatments as part of a clinical trial.
Billy Teegarden, owner of Teegarden Painting, puts the finishing touches of paint on the Ojai Valley Museum Tuesday morning. The historic building is getting an extensive renovation thanks to the city of Ojai, which owns the property. Improvements include patching and sealing the stucco on the tower, tenting for termites and replacing two doors. Interior improvements will begin once the exterior is completed. Last week, the City Council approved spending an additional $25,000 — on top of the $25,000 it already set aside — for roof repairs. (photos by Garrett Combs)
Connor Floyd spends hours every day honing his craft. He hopes to play Division I college baseball. (photo by Kai Lin)
Kenton Shiffman, OVN correspondent
Ojai Valley School junior Connor Floyd has just received some of the most exciting news of his life: he was named an Under Armour Pre-Season All-American in baseball.Register to Read More
The Thacher Toads sent both their boys’ and girls’ cross-country squads to the 2013 CIF state finals last Saturday in Fresno. Both teams placed in the top 10 and both will be back in the hunt next season. Representing the Toads were: Bea Land (front row, from left), Sarah Voss, Isobel Hayne, Reade Rossman, Sophie McMillan, Arianna Finger and Georgie Becker; assistant coach Sarah DelVecchio (back row, from left), Kevin Griffee, Simon Novich, Jack Richardson, Spencer McCune, Ryan Jackson, Peter Callan, Jack Pierrepont and head coach Fred Coleman.
The Thacher School’s cross country teams both earned top ten finishes at the 2013 CIF State Cross Country Championships held at Woodward Park in Fresno. The girls’ team, paced by senior Sophie McMillan, raced to a ninth place finish in girls’ Division 5 while the boys’ team, led by senior Simon Novich, placed eighth in boys’ Division 5.Register to Read More
The Troublemakers, from the Ojai AYSO U-10 Boys’ division, finished second in the regular season, which qualified them for the area playoffs in Camarillo. The Troublemakers went undefeated in pool play, beating Ventura’s A Team, 3-1, North Oxnard’s A Team, 1-0, and Carpinteria’s A Team, 2-0.Register to Read More
vs. El Segundo (10-3)
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Ojai Valley Community Stadium
• Gates open at 5 p.m.; blankets set out before then will be removed.
• Reserved seating will be honored.
• Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for kids and students (with student ID). Available at the gate Saturday at in the NHS administration office today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• The parking lot will close once full; additional parking (paid) is available across the street.
• No RVs will be allowed in the NHS parking lot.
• Parents and fans are asking Ojai Valley fans to wear blue and gold in support of Nordhoff.
Nordhoff’s varsity football team salutes the crowd after beating Bishop Diego last week, which earned them a berth in the championship game for the second year in a row. (photo by Ken Brown)
Saturday night, the Nordhoff Rangers will host the El Segundo Eagles for all the marbles.
The Eagles and the Rangers will do battle here in the Ojai Valley for the CIF-SS Northwest Division title. The Eagles have earned their way to the finals by defeating three of Nordhoff’s Tri-Valley League rivals.
Junior defensive back Baylee Rogers (above photo) may have saved Nordhoff’s season with this tackle of B.J. Murillo in Friday night’s semifinal showdown. Rogers not only kept Murillo from scoring a touchdown — he also forced a fumble that was recovered by the Rangers. Nordhoff senior Austin Wolcott (below photo) goes for the strip against Bishop Diego’s Anthony Carter Friday night.(photos by Ken Brown)
When the Nordhoff Rangers and Bishop Diego Cardinals took the field Friday night in the CIF-SS Northwest Division semifinals, you could cut the tension with a knife and it was obvious the game was going to an entertaining one. The two rivals did not disappoint and they went back-and-forth before NHS won 24-21 in a heart-stopping affair.Register to Read More
Tonight the Nordhoff Rangers and Bishop Diego Cardinals will go to battle, with the winner earning a spot in the CIF-SS Northwest Division finals. A Nordhoff defender pressures Bishop Diego quarterback Anthony Carter when the two teams met in Ojai in November. (photo by Tim Dewar)
Sun Tzu, philosopher and military general, once said, “Most battles are won before they are ever fought.” As the Nordhoff Rangers prepare to take on the Bishop Diego Cardinals in tonight’s CIF-SS Northwest Division semifinal showdown, their mind-set is that they are the better team and this is their game for the taking.Register to Read More
The Thacher boys’ cross-country team will compete in the state finals tomorrow in Fresno. Representing the Toads will be (left to right) Jack Richardson, Jack Pierrepont, Spencer McCune, Ryan Jackson, coach Fred Coleman, Simon Novich, Kevin Griffee, and Peter Callan.
The Thacher School’s cross-country teams exceeded expectations Saturday at the CIF Southern Section Division 5 finals at Mount San Antonio College. The boys’ team came in second to a strong Flintridge Prep team, while the girls’ team came in fourth. Both teams advanced to the state finals in Fresno.Register to Read More
The Matilija Junior High girls’ volleyball team recently finished its season with a 9-1 record. Pictured above are coach Magda Perkins (back row from left), Grace Bergman, Abigail Bossart, Brenna Norris, Taylor Johnson, Sydney York, Meagan Kaser and principal Bill Rosen; Salma Hernandez (middle row from left) Annie Hyndman and Roni Kern; and Sadie Broida (front row, left) and Maddy Bailey. Not pictured are players Susanna Sinclair and Alexa Hall.
The Hitsman family, Cyndi, Noah and Ethan (front), show off their hardware after a recent tournament along with Senior Master Dan Cerminaro (right) from Ojai Valley Taekwondo Academy.
Cyndi Hitsman and her two sons, Noah, 14, and Ethan, 8, of the Ojai Valley Taekwondo Academy, recently took part in the Tiger Rock Fall 2013 National Championships in Menifee, Calif.Register to Read More