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Understand the gift tax rules

July 3, 2015 - 11:00am

Retirement columnist Julie Jason goes over the rules behind gifting and gift taxes.

Religious groups plan events

July 3, 2015 - 10:35am

Religious groups, churches, chabads and others have events planned.

Three good reads: Books for those summer days

July 3, 2015 - 10:00am

Each week, we feature three books for kids, recommended by local librarians.

Thousand Oaks planning, council meeting canceled

July 3, 2015 - 9:12am

The next set of meetings will be July 13 and 14.

Authorities report stabbing in Santa Paula

July 3, 2015 - 8:28am

A person was stabbed early Friday morning in the 100 block of Sheppard Road in Santa Paula, authorities said.

Daily walks helps a caregiver

July 3, 2015 - 8:22am

The Rev Molly Rockey, who is a caregiver for her husband, finds a daily walk renews her soul.

Events and festivals, July 3-10, 2015

July 3, 2015 - 7:00am

This week: Dudley House open house in Ventura, Fourth of July pancake breakfast in Newbury Par and Ventura County Wine Trail Celebration in Oxnard

Classes aimed at preventing falling

July 3, 2015 - 5:00am

A free class aimed at people worried about falling will be held Monday in Ventura.

Man arrested after short foot chase in Moorpark

July 2, 2015 - 11:15pm

A man was arrested in connection with possession of narcotics paraphernalia Thursday night after running away from police in Moorpark, officials said.

Dog found in Oxnard with deep gash on her neck

July 2, 2015 - 9:23pm

Officials with Ventura County Animal Services said the are hoping to build an animal abuse case after a dog was found in Oxnard last week with a metal chain collar embedded in her neck.

Fireworks-filled van explodes on freeway

July 2, 2015 - 9:23pm

The Chevrolet box van was packed with fireworks and had ignited along southbound Interstate 15 Thursday near the Nevada border shortly before 1:30 p.m., burning to the ground on the side of a Southern California freeway and clogging the main artery between Los Angeles and Las Vegas for hours.

Man arrested in Oxnard rape, kidnapping

July 2, 2015 - 6:58pm

A man was arrested Thursday in connection with the rape and kidnapping of a woman a few months ago in Oxnard, officials said.

La Reina building middle school with portables

July 2, 2015 - 6:36pm

La Reina High School is adding six portable buildings to create a middle school at the back of its campus in Thousand Oaks.

Bicyclist hit by vehicle in Ventura

July 2, 2015 - 6:05pm

A bicyclist was injured after being hit by a vehicle Thursday in Ventura, officials said.

Victory is savory for 'MasterChef' cook from T.O

July 2, 2015 - 5:41pm

The 100th episode of "MasterChef" on Fox featured Thousand Oaks resident Olivia Crouppen leading her Red Team to victory despite receiving an anti-pep talk from judge Gordon Ramsay. It also included one of the tackiest eliminations in the show's six-season history.

Simi, Ojai firework shows take extra precautions

July 2, 2015 - 5:27pm

Officials behind the Simi Valley and Ojai Independence Day fireworks shows said they will continue to take extra safety precautions after injury-causing mishaps in 2013.

Drum and bugle corps covering 25,000 miles

July 2, 2015 - 4:20pm

Nine students from Ventura County are taking part in Pacific Crest's summer tour.

Gimmicks and tech: Calif. learns to save water

July 2, 2015 - 3:54pm

Billboards and TV commercials, living room visits, guess-your-water-use booths, and awards for water stinginess — a wealthy swath of Orange County that once had one of the worst records for water conservation in drought-stricken California is turning things around, proving it's possible to get people to change their ways.

Prices above nation's in Ventura County

July 2, 2015 - 3:44pm

Rent prices may be much higher than the national average in Ventura County, but the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that prices paid here for goods are slightly less, and for services are only moderately more.

Mural builds bridge between U.S., Cuba

July 2, 2015 - 3:44pm

As President Obama works to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba, a mural in downtown Ventura works to bridge the cultural gap between the two nations.