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Tiobe Barron, OVN correspondent
The scheduled changing of the guard on the Ojai Planning Commission was put on hold and the process for selecting commissioners could … well, change.
Tuesday, the Ojai City Council pulled the 2014 Planning Commission appointments from that meetings consent calendar and will take a closer look at the process used to seat members into the volunteer positions.
It's been five years since Ojai's public schools asked voters to approve a parcel tax; but the issue again came up during Tuesday's Ojai Unified School District (OUSD) board meeting. Since that unsuccessful bid in November 2008, state funding for OUSD has shrunk, forcing staff and the board to examine alternative sources of revenue to fill the gaps.
Kimberly Rivers, OVN correspondent
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved a mandatory spay and neuter ordinance Tuesday for most dogs and cats whose owners live in the unincorporated areas of the county.
Supervisors Steve Bennett, Linda Parks, Kathy Long and John Zaragoza voted in favor of the ordinance, while Peter Foy cast the sole nay vote.
From one end of the valley to the other, the Ojai area is getting into the spirit of the holidays. Tuesday morning, Monica Ros School kids got a wintery surprise when they came to school. Snowmaker Daz Hawkins ( top photo, back left) and student Steven Garcia (front left) watch as Troy Winbury tries to make a snow angel.
During the weekend of Nov. 2, deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Ojai sub-station responded to a report of several vehicle burglaries in the Matilija Canyon Trailhead parking lot. Vehicle windows were broken and property was taken from the vehicles, including purses and personal electronics.
Tiobe Barron, OVN correspondent
Ojai residents Jennifer and Mike Buckland may have lived here for only about a year, but they have already discovered some things that need changing, and despite two young children and 60-hour work weeks, they intend to give it their best effort.
Ranger fans didn't let sub-freezing temperatures stop them from coming out to support their team. See a recap of Saturday's game and keep watching our sports page for more updates and photos from last game and to learn whether the Rangers will advance in the CIF finals. (photo by Tim Dewar)
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.
The new turtle is a much-needed piece of equipment for Nordhoff baseball, say golf tournament organizers.
The Nordhoff baseball program recently held a baseball-themed Golf Tournament to raise funding to improve their facility. Proceeds enabled the team to renovate its batting cage, as well as purchase a turtle for batting practice. The turtle will allow the players to take live batting practice on a regular basis, and will save baseballs from being lost. In addition, the program was also able to purchase a portable pitching mound. “We raised the money thanks to our golfers, tee sponsors and donors and wasted no time in getting the equipment to the field for player use. We hope to see all the players back next year for our second tournament,” said event organizer Bob Boyd.
The Double Duffers Golf Club played its December scramble-format tournament in the bitter cold at Soule Park Golf Course.
First-place honors for the day went to the team of Caroline Thacher, Evelyn and Tom Gibson and Dave Sparks. In second place was Sue and Ken Lakes, Susan Gruber and Rocky Rockefeller. In third place (by one stroke) was the team of Linda Nugent, Shirley Saxby, John McDougal and Len Block.
The next tournament is set for Jan. 2, with a shotgun starting time of 8 a.m. New members are always welcome, couples or singles. Call Lakes at 646-4243.
The Nordhoff High School girls’ basketball program will be hosting its 38th annual varsity girls’ basketball tournament today and tomorrow.
NHS, Fillmore and Oxnard will represent the Gold Division and play in a round-robin pool play schedule against Blue Division representatives Royal, Thousand Oaks and Calabasas.
The first game tips off at 3 p.m. today, and at noon tomorrow.
The host Nordhoff Rangers, who most recently won the tournament in 2011, play at 6 p.m. today. Tomorrow, they will tip off at 3 p.m.
For local fans looking to take in some preseason tournament hoops, tickets can be purchased at the door. Call 640-4343 for more information.
Montessori School of Ojai kids recently teamed up to practice their ball handling skills in the “club sandwich” relay race during an Ojai QuickStart Tennis session. Pictured are Lilly Baker (left) and Jadyn and Dylan Winbury. (Photo by Holly Roberts)
The free Ojai QuickStart Tennis Program offered through the Ojai Recreation Department and taught by community tennis enthusiasts and volunteers recently finished a two-week session at the Montessori School.
Philippe Gache, program manager and teaching professional, explained that the program has already reached out to about 400 students between third and sixth grades this year so far. The program started in September with Sunset School, then visited Meiners Oaks Elementary, Montessori School of Ojai and will finish out the year at Mira Monte Elementary. The program will start out in January 2014 with Topa Topa Elementary, then Ojai Valley School, Summit School and finally go to San Antonio School.
QuickStart Tennis introduces the game of tennis to children using a smaller court, smaller-sized rackets, lower nets, and low-density balls. The program encourages early success by teaching the basics and engaging students with fun games and rewarding challenges.
"We asked Suzanne Lugotoff, director of Nutrition Services for the Ojai School District, to come once per school to talk to the kids about nutrition and healthy life," Gache added.
The fifth Ojai QuickStart Tennis Challenge will take place tomorrow at the lower Libbey courts from 1 to 3 p.m. Between 40 and 50 players from each participating school will be invited to join the challenge. All participants will receive a gift and winners earn trophies donated by the Ojai Valley Tennis Club. For more information about the Ojai QuickStart Tennis Program or the 5th annual QuickStart Challenge, contact Gache at ojaiquick
The Nordhoff defense will rely on players including Shane Hersh (No. 21) and Brandon Wadsworth (No. 1) to stop Corona del Mar’s high-powered offense. (photo by Ken Brown)
The Nordhoff Rangers continue to make history on the gridiron in 2013. After winning back-to-back CIF-SS Northwest Division titles, the Rangers have been selected to play in the 2013 CIF State Regional Football Championship Bowl game.
By winning the CIF-SS Northwest Division championship and by being rated one of California’s strongest teams in Division 3, the Nordhoff Rangers were selected to take part in the 2013 CIF State Regional Football Championship Bowl.Register to Read More
After saturday's win, Coach Tony Henney hoists the team's championship plaque. (photo by Ken Brown)
In front of a sold-out crowd of 3,000 at Ojai Valley Community Stadium, the Nordhoff Rangers defeated the El Segundo Eagles to claim the 2013 CIF-SS Northwest Division football title Saturday.Register to Read More
Nordhoff running back Tayler Livingston, No. 9, sets the tone for the night by breaking this big run in the opening series of the game. (photo by Tim Dewar)
Despite frigid cold temperatures at Ojai Community Stadium, the Nordhoff Rangers continued thier red-hot streak by winning back-to-back CIF-SS Northwest Division titles by defeating the El Segundo Eagles, 49-21 in front of thousands of cheering fans.Register to Read More
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