Cast Your Ballot 2020

For the upcoming 2020 November general elections, Governor Newsom issued an executive order requiring every registered voter in California to receive a vote-by-mail ballot. If you have not received a mail-in ballot by October 16, 2020, contact the Ventura County Recorder’s office.  There are multiple other ways to vote. In-person voting is the recommended method of voting.  1. Early in-person voting began October 6 and will continue until October 30.  For registered Ventura County voters, your early voting center is the Ventura County Election Division Office at 800 Victoria Rd,…

How We Work: Conejo Pest Control Inspector

Route Clearance: Private First Class Brena (left), SGT Allen (middle), and Specialist Landis (right), had just come back from a 15-hour clearance mission in Taji, Iraq. SGT Allen was stationed at Camp Taji with the 84th engineers in the 3rd squadron of the 2nd Calvary Regiment. By Joel Allen as told to L. R. Ames I have a kind of unusual job—I get rid of fleas, termites, pill bugs, earwigs, bedbugs, and cockroaches.  Those last three we call “specialty bugs.”  You’d be surprised how many people call us with bedbugs,…

Seth Viso Eagle Scout Project: Scout Troop 711

On Saturday, August 29, Seth Viso’s friends, family, and fellow scouts gathered to paint the large restrooms at the new Hillcrest Christian School campus, former site of  Pinecrest Elementary School. Viso, a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 711, is working on his Eagle Scout project. He is 16 years old and is a sophomore at Beacon Hill Classical Academy.   As a Life Scout, a candidate for the Eagle Scout rank must develop, plan, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to a religious institution, school, or…

Enegren Brewing Company: Local, Handcrafted Beer

Chris Enegren started brewing beer in his college dorm room at Loyola Marymount University, but as he quickly outgrew his friend’s on-campus apartment stove, he knew he needed something bigger.  After a year of brewing stove to stove, his fellow Lacrosse teammate Joe Nascenzi offered his backyard and garage.  The rest is history, and in 2010 Chris, his brother Matt, and Joe co-founded Enegren Brewing Company with the goal of making handcrafted German lagers and ales for the people of Ventura County and beyond to enjoy.  However, like so many…

Conejo Youth Serving the Community

  All photos were taken before COVID.   Amidst a world that feels as if it is all but completely shut down, many have taken the opportunity to rise up and reach out to serve people in need through simple acts of service. The members of Trinity Pacific Christian School’s Service Club have been volunteering in our community for the past ten years and are refusing to let current events put a standstill to caring for those in need.          “People have always needed help; now the pandemic has caused…

How We Work: Life in California, Life in Uganda

by Loren Linquist, as told to L.R. Ames Today I work with home-schooling families in our beautiful Conejo Valley, teaching Spanish and doing what I can to help. But I used to live and work in San Jose, California, for 13 years, teaching bilingual education and training teachers for the San Jose Unified School District. All that changed in 2004, when my husband Craig and I uprooted ourselves from San Jose and went to Africa with the desire to serve the people of Uganda. There, we met a very different…

Hezi Sheli and the Israeli Martial Arts Academy—Equipping the Conejo Valley to Persevere

Honor, sacrifice, courage, and perseverance perhaps sound like admirable virtues exclusive to the military or to those of another era. However, Hezi Sheli and the staff at the Israeli Martial Arts Academy (IMAA) are instilling these virtues in the next generation through their world-class training in Krav Maga and mixed martial arts.  Hezi Sheli is one of the highest ranked and experienced Israeli Self Defense instructors in the U.S. His gym, the Israeli Martial Arts Academy, teaches martial arts and self-defense classes, including Krav Maga. Krav Maga, literally “contact combat,”…

Ventura County Charges Church with Contempt of Court

Rob McCoy, pastor of Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park, went before Ventura County Judge Vincent O’Neill, Jr., on August 21 to face a contempt-of-court-charge. The charge stemmed from an August 7 temporary restraining order issued by the court.  McCoy explained, while accompanied by his attorneys, “People need to be in fellowship… I never thought we would come to a place where our governor would declare our churches non-essential.” The terms of the restraining order banned 1,000 Godspeak Calvary Chapel attendees from gathering for indoor worship services in Ventura County.  …

A West Coast Deli with East Coast Charm

Those who grew up on the East Coast know the art and charm of the neighborhood deli. Much more than a food stop, the deli operates like a community center, a multigenerational gathering place where the owners know their customers personally, even extended family members. Ernie Zoumot has brought the charm of the East Coast deli to the Conejo Valley in Dos Vientos with the Village Trader Market and Deli. The Village Trader Market is Ernie’s “labor of love.” After working in the corporate world for more than 25 years,…

Hair Stylist Turns Rock Star

Anyone can make lemonade from lemons, but Newbury Park hair stylist Michelle Robertson can squeeze joy from rocks! After spending 25 years honing her creative skills and building a loyal clientele, the coronavirus arrived and challenged Michelle to meet her clients’ needs and bring light to those experiencing the pain of social distancing.  The Conejo Valley’s thriving beauty industry was no match for the pandemic. Thousands of stylists and barbers were forced to abandon salons and clients, while scrambling to file for unemployment and pursue other options.  Salon space rental…