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Ventura County community unifies in “Solace” benefit gala

Ventura County community unifies in “Solace” benefit gala

Julia Fickenscher

January 29, 2018

As the lights began to flicker in Rancho Campana High School’s auditorium, audience members left the brisk outdoors and took their seats, unsure of what to anticipate. As written on the program, an evening hosted “by Students for Students affected by the Thomas Fire” took a simple idea and made it a...

The toxic combination of fire and flood

The toxic combination of fire and flood

Matthew Godfrey

January 18, 2018

With the infamous California Drought aiding the ravage of the Thomas Fire, rain had never sounded more ideal. However, this recent precipitation has clearly shown to be catastrophic. With the abrupt turn of unrelenting mudslides, damages have soared and lives have been lost. Regarding the safety of ou...

Recap with Rachel: Thomas Fire chemical reactions and effects

Recap with Rachel: Thomas Fire chemical reactions and effects

Rachel Chang

January 7, 2018

As the Thomas Fire has swept through Southern California and affected our own community members, there's still a few things we need to pay attention to. Learn about the different types of combustion reactions, its relationship to climate change, and how it affects our hemoglobin and immune system. ...

Winter Formal 2017 unifies students from around Ventura

Winter Formal 2017 unifies students from around Ventura

Marin Valerio

December 19, 2017

https://vimeo.com/247910144   Rainbow lights and smiles greeted high school students from across the city as they entered the Camarillo Airport for Foothill’s annual Winter Formal. Due to the fires, the Poinsettia Pavilion was unable to be used and the location was changed to the same venue as the formal in 2015. Because of the Thomas Fire, Associated St...

Community meeting provides updates concerning the ongoing Thomas fire

Community meeting provides updates concerning the ongoing Thomas fire

Nick Zoll

December 18, 2017

As the Thomas fire epidemic reached its 12th day, members of the Ventura community gathered at Buena High School’s Dr. A.W. McConnell Auditorium at 3 p.m. on Saturday for a meeting that touched on a wide variety of topics pertaining to the fire, including precautionary measures to take and the potential ri...

Destruction of Vista del Mar hospital poses threat to mental health care availability in Ventura

Destruction of Vista del Mar hospital poses threat to mental health care availability in Ventura

Nick Zoll

December 14, 2017

During the height of the Thomas fire, Vista del Mar Hospital fell victim to the flames. All of the Vista del Mar employees and patients were safely evacuated, but the hospital itself was destroyed. According to its website, the Vista del Mar psychiatric unit specialized in adult inpatient care, adolescent inpatient care and helping combat substance dependency...

Winter Formal venue changed to Camarillo Airport

Winter Formal venue changed to Camarillo Airport

Mayzee Oakes

December 12, 2017

Due to adversarial conditions caused by the Thomas Fire, the new Winter Formal location is the Camarillo Airport. No other details regarding the event have changed, but there will be an announcement concerning the reduction of ticket prices this Wednesday, Dec. 13. The venue had to change because...

VUSD, city, community meetings address plans following Thomas Fire devastation

VUSD, city, community meetings address plans following Thomas Fire devastation

Abby Sourwine

December 10, 2017

A series of meetings was held in Buena High School’s Dr. A.W. McConnell Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 9 to inform the community about changes that will take place in light of Thomas Fire. At 9 a.m., Superintendent David Creswell led a meeting for Ventura Unified School District staff. The meeting was followed by a closed-door Ventura City staff member meeting at 1...

Environmental club hosts Skating Plus fundraiser to aid victims of Thomas Fire

Environmental club hosts Skating Plus fundraiser to aid victims of Thomas Fire

Jill Vallance

December 9, 2017

Disasters prove to bring the community together, and in the case of the Thomas Fire, this couldn’t be more true as students and adults from all over the district gathered at Skating Plus to raise money for the victims of the fire. Organized by Foothill’s Environmental Club in collaboration wi...

Editorial: Ventura community faces the future with courage

Editorial: Ventura community faces the future with courage

Dragon Press Editorial Board

December 8, 2017

Outlined against the sky in yellowed spirals of ashy smoke, the Thomas Fire looms like an apocalyptic dawn, reducing hillsides to breathing embers and neighborhood blocks to blackened war zones. The eerie silence in some neighborhoods is punctuated by the whir of helicopters and the scream of sirens. ...

Staying safe in the Santa Ana winds

Staying safe in the Santa Ana winds

Lauren Shields

December 7, 2017

The 68,000-acre Thomas Fire has caused a considerable amount of devastation to Ventura County families, as tens of thousands have been evacuated and over 150 structures have been burnt down. The fire started on the night of Dec. 4 in Santa Paula and quickly moved towards Ventura and Ojai. According to Ron Ramire...

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