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  • Also referred to as a red tide or an algae bloom, the brilliant blue waves are caused by phytoplankton that emit blue light when disturbed. In previous years the event has been rare to find, occurring sparsely. Recently, primarily during the summer of 2023, bioluminescent waves could be seen splashing the shores of Ventura County.


    Bioluminescence: Wonders of the bright blue ocean

  • On Sept. 21, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) Girls Volleyball took a devastating loss of 3-1 in a league game against Bishop Diego High School. Students, Addi Fallon 25, Zac Crist 24 and Petra Falcocchia 24, show their support with colorful face paint. Many students also dressed to the theme of the game, which was cowboys and cowgirls.

    Girls' Volleyball

    Girls’ volleyball beat by Bishop Diego 1-3 in hard fought game

  • Throughout the city of Ventura, pollution is washed down to the beaches through rivers and gutters, depositing cups, bags and other various trash onto our beaches and into the oceans.


    Just how deadly is stormwater runoff?

  • The charming exterior of Butter and Fold attracts many customers at all hours of business. From the elegant teal and gold color scheme to the waft of freshly baked breads, it’s impossible to simply pass by without taking a peek inside.


    Butter and Fold: The perfect place to satisfy your pastry cravings this fall

  • At the Olivas Links Golf Course, on Sept. 21, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) girls golf team faced off in a league match against Bishop Diego. The Dragons played well and won the match with an overall score of 249-303. Pictured above, Maddie Wicks 26 concentrates as she putts her ball toward the pin, finishing hole five with three over par.

    Girls' Golf

    Recap: Girls’ golf takes Bishop Diego 249-303

  • On Sept. 22, 2023, Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) competed in their first Tri-County Athletic (TCAA) league meet. Foothill Tech races with five girls on varsity, including Danika Swanson-Rico 25, Bennett Rodman 26, Kalea Eggertsen 26, Emma Anderson 26 and Isabella Efner 25. They warm-up on the start line, exchanging words of encouragement and waiting for the queue to begin the race.

    Cross Country

    Cross country starts off strong at first league meet of the 2023 season

  • With beloved melodies and nostalgic anthems dating back over a decade, fans and general audience members alike enjoy singing along to her award-winning album, Fearless, from 2008.


    The Eras Tour: an adventure spanning 17 years of music 

  • On Sept. 21, 2023, Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) boys water polo hosted a home game against their opponent Malibu High School (Malibu). With lots of splashing, Ethan Ortiz 24 attempts to find an open teammate to give Foothill Tech an advantage to win their league match.

    Boys' Water Polo

    Recap: Boys’ water polo bested by Malibu

  • Students of Foothill Tech try to make button pins of their own design at Back to School Night. This college and career class provides an opportunity to learn life skills and creativity.


    Foothill Tech welcomes parents and guardians at Back to School Night 2023

  • In the teen show “The Summer I Turned Pretty,” an adaption of the popular Young Adult novel, protagonist Belly Conklin navigates her love life in a triangle between brothers Jeremiah and Conrad Fisher.


    “The Summer I Turned Pretty”: In Defense of the Fisher Boys

  • During F.I.R.E and lunch, members of the Associated Student Body worked hard to prepare an assembly line of delicious In-N-Out for the Class of 2024.


    Class of 2024 connects through In-N-Out Burger and festivities

  • On the sunny afternoon of Sept. 19, 2023 girls tennis played against the Villanova Preparatory (Villanova) School Wildcats. The tennis team huddles together and chants in a pregame ritual before beginning their matches.

    Girls' Tennis

    Girls’ tennis triumphs over Villanova in first league match

  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the much anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed and beloved video game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Announced in 2019 by Nintendo at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Tears of the Kingdom was released on May 12, 2023 after nearly four years of waiting. Since its release, the game has been met with widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike. The game directly follows the events of its predecessor, building upon them and expanding an already immense world. Writer Kelly Quinn shares his thoughts.


    “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” is victory for gaming

  • The three cakes that were reviewed were Lemon, Pumpkin Spice and Red Velvet all topped with a generous amount of cream cheese frosting.


    A dive into Nothing Bundt Cakes: America’s largest specialty cake company

  • Comprising of 12 songs, Olivia Rodrigos new album GUTS is her second studio album and was released on Sept. 8, 2023. Rodrigos first studio album, SOUR, released in 2021, was critically acclaimed and beloved by fans, making her second album long anticipated. Writer Isheeta Pal takes on the task of listening to GUTS and reviewing it, delving into its key themes and messaging.


    Album Anatomy: “GUTS”

  • A sign displayed in the store highlights the unique vendors in the store as well as promoting shopping from local artists.


    Hey! Friends shows Ventura why shopping locally matters

  • Christopher Nolan hits it out of the park once again with his brilliantly done biopic about the man who invented the atom bomb, Oppenheimer.


    “Oppenheimer” is a mind-blowingly impactful film

  • In Laufey’s latest album “Bewitched,” released on Sept. 8, 2023, she brings a jazzy and soothing take on the journey of love. Following the success of her previous album, “Everything I Know About Love,” her sophomore album comprises 14 songs, each bringing their own unique spin that is sure to bewitch the listener. Join writer Lily Toreja as she reviews each song and delves into their individual meanings.


    Album Anatomy: “Bewitched” by Laufey

  • On the eventful evening of Sept. 14, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) Dragons faced off against Cate in their third league match. The matchup was very even and came down to the fifth and final set in which the Dragons were unable to secure the win. After bouncing and hitting the ball to set her rhythm, Malia Gray ‘24 (number 9) goes to serve, as her teammates and her alike hope for the best.

    Girls' Volleyball

    Girls’ volleyball endures a hard loss against Cate

  • Jackson Basurto ‘24 and Alfred “Mason” Borkowski ‘24 are in full recruitment mode as students pass by their table. The club offered a fun way to engage with other students while doing something they all enjoy.


    Dragons find their connection at Club Rush 2023

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Top 5 Clothing Stores in Downtown Ventura



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Patagonia is a locally founded brand specializing in warm, durable coats. It is known for its trendy down jackets. Credit: Sarah Kagan/The Foothill Dragon Press

Downtown Ventura is a unique and trendy clothing mecca. Some highly regarded brands call Main Street their home, and they serve many shopaholics.


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Urban Outfitters sells a mixture of things, including interesting clothing, record players and an assortment of accessories. Credit: Sarah Kagan/The Foothill Dragon Press

If you’re looking for high performance sportswear or just warm down jackets and cozy fleece sweaters, Patagonia is the place to go. Their clothes are extremely durable and are always returnable or refundable. Caitlyn Teague, sales associate, says their best sellers would probably have to be their down jackets; they range in a variety of different colors and styles. For rainy weather, she recommends the “really lightweight” Torrentshell jacket. And for working out, check out their activewear. If you’re not a hardcore snowboarder or mountain climber, it’s okay. Many people also shop at Patagonia simply for the look.


Urban Outfitters
Their clothes are very “risky and there’s no uniformity,” says employee Victoria Cami. Clothing ranges in variety, from “carefree” to sparkle; so you’ll be sure to find something that matches your style. Sweaters are thought to be their most popular article of clothing, according to Victoria. Urban sells accessories and vintage items as well. Their vinyls, record players, and Polaroid cameras are also some of their best-sellers.


Tiki Girl
Tiki Girl is a Ventura based boutique, selling “boho, contemporary, and trending basics” says manager Briana Garcia. In the summer, swimwear is their bestseller, and in the winter, denim and sweaters. Briana recommends any of their jeans or leggings. They style their models, so check out their Instagram and website for inspiration. Tiki Girl’s sale associates are “like personal stylists,” so if you happen to drop by, they would be happy to help you.


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Tiki Girl is a local downtown boutique that sells “boho, beachy” clothing such as woven shirts and flowy dresses. Credit: Sarah Kagan/The Foothill Dragon Press


Justine Blanks, employee, says their clothes are “boho, but there’s something for everyone.” Their staples are tank tops and leggings, but clothes come and go at Kariella. At Kariella’s they don’t restock clothes, “[there’s] always something new.” The store seems small, but their selection is huge.


Buffalo Exchange
The Buffalo Exchange is a high end consignment store, which buys, sells, and trades clothes. Manager Eileen says they only accept clothes in “wearable condition… no holes, no stains, no rips.” They sell a lot of new clothes, some even have the tags still attached. Their stock ranges from clothing to shoes to accessories. Eileen says they see a lot of designer brands, including a Chanel broach found in a Los Angeles Buffalo Exchange. Vintage items are also popular; dresses, shoes, and tops mirroring the pin-up look.

From cozy to modern to boho to retro, Downtown Ventura has it all.

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Buffalo Exchange is a high end consignment store. It only sells the trendiest second hand clothing. Credit: Sarah Kagan/The Foothill Dragon Press
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    Cherie EulauFeb 4, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Pleased you included Buffalo Exchange on your list. I recently got a Vera Wang dress there!