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Ventura Strong—Look At Us Now

Ventura Strong—Look At Us Now

Jordyn Savard

December 4, 2018

It has been a year, 365 days since you paid our Little, Innocent, Peaceful Town of Ventura a visit.   Directly affected or not, This fire, this monster that killed the land we for so long called home Is one that will forever remain in the back of our minds. As time...

Thomas Fire: Olivia Jacobson ’20 then, city rebuilding now (photo essay)

Thomas Fire: Olivia Jacobson ’20 then, city rebuilding now (photo essay)

Olivia Sanford

December 4, 2018

Click the image above to be taken to Adobe Spark to view the photo essay which documents the remains of the home of Ventura High School student Olivia Jacobson '20 in Dec. 2017, as well as the rebuilding of damaged Ventura homes in Nov. 2018 (optimal for viewing on desktop). ...

CLIMATE CHANGE: EVERYONE’S WORST NIGHTMARE

CLIMATE CHANGE: EVERYONE’S WORST NIGHTMARE

Jonathan Soriano

December 4, 2018

Wake up! The past passive talking points about climate change are irrelevant. We are not experiencing a “global warming hiatus” such as one that allegedly occurred between 1998 and 2012. Climate change is real! It is not a nightmare independent of reality. It is a reality. Current events poi...

A year after the Thomas Fire, financial impact still staggers

A year after the Thomas Fire, financial impact still staggers

Mason King

December 4, 2018

Almost a year ago, the Thomas Fire broke out near Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula. Due to "the strongest and longest duration Santa Ana wind event we have seen so far this season,” according to the National Weather Service, the Thomas Fire moved at almost an acre per second during certain periods, enabling it to consum...

Rebuilding after the Thomas Fire

Rebuilding after the Thomas Fire

Elie Bufford

December 4, 2018

1,343 structures were destroyed or damaged in the Thomas Fire. Now, they all have to be rebuilt. Throughout Ventura County, construction workers, contractors and designers are in the midst of the long process of rebuilding. Contractor Ruth Smith believes that “it’ll be another couple years” before r...

GOP’s perception of climate change

GOP’s perception of climate change

Rachel Chang

December 4, 2018

  Cartoonist Rachel Chang believes that having both our policy makers and the electorate understand factual, scientific analysis is critical to making wiser and more informed policies, even beyond climate change debates. ...

Ventura Strong – Two Trees Lives On

Ventura Strong – Two Trees Lives On

Lillian Li

December 4, 2018

  Cartoonist Lillian Li expresses her solidarity for victims of the Thomas Fire through a watercolor piece commemorating the survival of the famous Two Trees, and by extension, the survival of the Venturan spirit through those trying times....

Thomas Fire Stories: Cherie Eulau

Thomas Fire Stories: Cherie Eulau

Amanda Perez

December 4, 2018

  “It was absolutely surreal and sort of terrifying,” teacher Cherie Eulau said, regarding the Thomas Fire. She had been prepared and organized for a fire after seeing what happened with the fires in northern California in early 2017.“I had sort of a list together of things that I would...

Thomas Fire Stories: Kelly More ’20

Thomas Fire Stories: Kelly More ’20

Amanda Perez

December 4, 2018

  As Kelly More ‘20 started to fall asleep on Dec. 4, 2017, at around 9:30 p.m., she could hear her parents walking around and moving things. She was fast asleep by 10:30 p.m. when her dad bursted into the room. Her initial thought was that one of her dogs had been eaten by a coyote sin...

Thomas Fire Stories: Gunner Nagel ’20

Thomas Fire Stories: Gunner Nagel ’20

Amanda Perez

December 4, 2018

  At the beginning of the night on Dec. 4, 2017, Gunner Nagel ‘20 didn’t think the fire would get to his home on Via Ondulando. When he heard about the fire near Steckel Park—a place Nagel had gone to frequently for camping—it had just started, and he had no idea how big it might...

Thomas Fire Stories: Jay Ryan ’20

Thomas Fire Stories: Jay Ryan ’20

Amanda Perez

December 4, 2018

  The night of the Thomas Fire, Jay Ryan ‘20 had been at his mom’s while his father's house was burning down. When the fire had just started, he texted his dad, asking him if he was okay. His dad responded by telling Ryan that he was trying to sleep. Worried about his safety, he s...

Thomas Fire Stories: Lisa Harvill

Thomas Fire Stories: Lisa Harvill

Amanda Perez

December 4, 2018

  Lisa Harvill, one of Foothill’s assistant principals, had received a phone call from her daughter on Dec. 4, 2017. She called wondering if Harvill knew about the fire in Santa Paula and the voluntary evacuation announcement in Clearpoint, where her dad and stepmom live. By 9:00 p.m., Harvill...

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