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The HIV/AIDS epidemic is far from over

They also held their annual Candlelight Vigil. Photos by Pacific Eagle Air Cam

Thousands of cyclists and volunteer “roadies” will embark on a 545-mile journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles, from June 4 through 10, united by a common cause: fighting to end HIV/AIDS. Over 2,200 cyclists camped overnight at San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura on the way to Los Angeles. They also held their annual Candlelight Vigil to remember those who have died from AIDS.

This year, AIDS/LifeCycle participants raised more than $15.1 million to support the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the HIV/AIDS-related services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Participants are ages 18 to 97 from nearly every state.

Now in its 16th year, AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully supported, 545-mile bike ride—not a race—that raises important awareness about the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic, in addition to funding services such as HIV testing and screenings for other sexually transmitted infections, HIV medical care, prevention services, and more.

“The commitment that AIDS/LifeCycle participants demonstrate to raising awareness and funds for HIV-related services is awe-inspiring,” said San Francisco AIDS Foundation CEO Joe Hollendoner.

Since 2002, when AIDS/LifeCycle first began, participants have raised more than $236 million and completed more than 58,000 journeys on bikes from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

“We’re living in unsettling times when the health care of many Americans, including those living with HIV or AIDS, is at stake,” says Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean. “That’s why we’re more grateful than ever for the heroes—and sheroes—of AIDS/LifeCycle who are journeying 545 miles to help end AIDS and care for those living with HIV.”

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is far from over. Currently there are 1.2 million people living with HIV nationwide and an estimated 39,000 will become infected this year.

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Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship award winners

Scholarship award winners were all smiles when presented their checks.

The Ventura Police Officers Association (VPOA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 14th annual Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships are to honor Sergeant Darlon “Dee” Dowell, who was shot and killed on August 7, 1978. Sergeant Dowell is the only officer in Ventura’s history to die in the line of duty.

In selecting scholarship recipients, the VPOA considered academic achievement, school and community service, financial needs, and other requirements:

Applicants must be entering his/her freshman through senior year in college.
Plan a course of study related to the field of public service;
Ventura resident or have graduated from a high school in Ventura within the past three years and have a grade point average of 3.0 or better.

2017 Scholarship Awards Winners:

1st Place $5,000.00 Taylor Grosenbach
2nd Place $3,500.00 Emily Kinnaman
3rd Place $2,000.00 Reyn Hoffman

Honorable Mention $500.00 Spencer Tilken

The VPOA would like to thank all of the applicants and congratulate the 2017 winners of the Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship!

“Be honest, be safe, and look forward to each day.” –Sgt Dee Dowell

City of Ventura’s 9th annual Art Tales

City of Ventura’s 9th annual Art Tales “writing contest inspired by art” recently held a standing room only reception to honor the 2017 contest winners. Youth, high school and adult writers submitted a record 123 works of short fiction and poems inspired by the City of Ventura’s Municipal and Public Art Collections that can be seen in the corridors of City Hall.

Contestants ranged in age from kindergarten to over 80 years old and most entries came from Ventura County.

Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko welcomed the writers and their guests at the reception held at the E.P. Foster Library in Downtown Ventura held on June 8. Mayor Nasarenko stated “Thank you, teachers, all of you, for inspiring your students to write such beautiful pieces inspired by art.”

Denise Sindelar, Ventura Community Partnerships Manager told those in attendance “The Art Tales program introduces the city’s Municipal Art Collection to a whole new community. Over 120 creative writing submissions were contributed by writers from all over the state. Wonderful works by talented writers inspired by world class art.”

Fair announces 2017 grandstand entertainment

The Fair will also feature nightly fireworks. Photo by John Ferritto

The Ventura County Fair, “Rooted in Tradition,” proudly presents the 2017 Grandstand Entertainment Series, including motor sports, music, comedy and rodeos.

The fair opens Wednesday, August 2 with Motor Sports, which requires a $5 admission in addition to paid Fair admission. (Children under 12 are admitted free with paid Fair admission).

Concerts and Rodeos are free with paid Fair admission.

This year’s list of entertainers, each with​ exceptional sound and style, will entertain Ventura County Fair visitors with every performance.

  • Motor Sports (Wednesday, August 2 at 6:30 PM) extra ticket required
  • Smash Mouth (Thursday, August 3@ 7:30PM)
  • Sugar Ray (Thursday, August 3@ 7:30PM)
  • Huey Lewis and the News (Friday, August 4 @ 7:30 PM)
  • KC and the Sunshine Band (Saturday, August 5 @ 7:30PM)
  • Dia de la Familia Concert (Sunday, August 6 @ 3:00 PM)
  • Billy Currington (Monday, August 7 @ 7:30 PM)
  • The Spinners (Tuesday, August 8 @ 1:00 PM)
  • Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (Tuesday, August 8 @ 7:30 PM)
  • Shinedown (Wednesday, August 9 @ 7:30 PM)
  • Gabriel Iglesias “Fluffy Mania” 20 Years of Comedy Tour (Thursday, August 10 @ 7:30 PM)
  • Wynonna and the Big Noise (Friday, August 11 @ 7:30 PM)
  • PRCA Rodeo (Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13 @ 2:00 and 7:00 PM)

2017 Grandstand Entertainment Series is sponsored by Chumash Casino Resort.

Schedules are subject to change without notice.

The Ventura County Fair “Rooted in Tradition,” Wednesday, August 2 through Sunday, August 13. For information visit or call 648-3376.

Channel Islands National Park in the news

Main Ranch House at Santa Rosa Island. Photo by Doug Mangum

The National Park Service (NPS) discovered a significant ancient Native American site while conducting archeological monitoring during a rehabilitation project of the historic Main Ranch House on Santa Rosa Island.

Archeologists discovered artifacts characteristic of ancient Paleocoastal sites that were occupied by the first islanders on the northern Channel Islands between 8,000 and 13,000 years ago.

Scientists now believe that ancient sites from this period may be evidence of a coastal migration following the North Pacific Rim from Northeast Asia into the Americas, part of the peopling of the new world.

Among the artifacts uncovered were two types of stone tools that are distinctly representative of early North American Paleoindians —Channel Islands barbed points and crescents.

The early settlement sites on the Channel Islands produced several milestones in archaeology including the earliest evidence for seafaring and island colonization in North America, the oldest shell middens in North America, and the earliest basketry from the Pacific Coast of North America.

Santa Rosa Island is also the location of the discovery of Arlington Man, the oldest known human remains found in North America, dating to about over 13,000 years ago.

Part of the ancestral homeland of the Island Chumash, many contemporary Chumash families trace their heritage to Santa Rosa Island. There were up to 1,200 Chumash living there in at least nine known historic Chumash village sites, including Hichimin, which was located near the historic main ranch complex.

“This ancient site is believed to have considerable value and protecting it is part of the core mission of the NPS and the park’s enabling legislation.” said Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau. “Our goal is to preserve both of these important and irreplaceable cultural resources found in the park.”

Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau announced the release of the Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the replacement of the pier at Scorpion Anchorage on East Santa Cruz Island.

The park plans to replace the existing pier in order to provide safe, accessible, efficient, and sustainable access for visitors at Scorpion Anchorage. The new pier will provide more reliable access during low tide conditions for concessioner and National Park Service vessels.

The alternatives considered included taking no action, replacing the pier in its existing location, and replacing the pier at a location approximately 300 feet to the south of the existing location.

The preferred alternative is to construct a longer, wider pier to the south of the existing pier that will include a gangway for improved and safer visitor access.

A Record of Decision for this project will be prepared after conclusion of the 30 day no-action period commencing today with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announcement of release of the Final EIS published in the Federal Register.

Scorpion Anchorage is the most visited destination in the park, with about 65,000 people coming ashore each year to enjoy recreational activities such as hiking, picnicking, camping, kayaking, and swimming.

Ohana Pet Hospital as Small Business of the Year

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson presents award to Ohana Pet Hospital .

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has chosen Ventura-based small business Ohana Pet Hospital as her 2017 Small Business of the Year.

Ohana Pet Hospital is a veterinary hospital that specializes in medical, surgical, dental and wellness health care for dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, and select reptiles. They also provide preventative care such as physical examinations, behavioral and nutritional services. In the community, Ohana provides free physical exams to local animal shelters.

“Dr. Jan, the doctors and her staff are doing an amazing job in our community,” said Jackson. “This business is an inspiration to me: its concern for animals, its care for the environment, its commitment to its employees and the community it serves.”

They are also committed to environmentally-friendly business practices. The hospital where they work, for example, has LED lighting, floors made of recyclables, recycled glass countertops, a paperless filing system, low water usage and energy-efficient appliances.

Medical director and founding partner, Dr. Jan Shinkawa (aka Dr. Jan), and Dr. Jill Muraoka Lim will accepted the Small Business of the Year Award from Jackson at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in downtown Sacramento.

Award winners

The ECTV Class of 2017 with Phil Taggart

Great news. Once again CAPS and ECTV were honored by the National Alliance for Community Media’s Hometown Awards. CAPS was awarded for its video Featuring Ventura- Counting the Vote for the Ventura County News Channel. The ECTV students from El Camino High School were awarded for the Best Community Event Coverage of Activism and Rallies for their episode ECTV – Social Awareness Night. Kudos to all.

Last week CAPS Media had the pleasure of once again covering the Knowledge Bowl which pits seniors from Suz Montgomery’s class with the senior dragons from Foothill High School. The seniors from Suz’s class won and many a fact were learned during the event held at the Ventura Townhouse. That’s just one of the events CAPS records with a full crew made up of faithful volunteers and staff.

There are spaces available for the renowned CAPS Media Digital Storytelling program. Young video storytellers, ages 10 to 15, get hands-on training with video cameras, audio recording equipment, studio green screen and computer editing to create the stories they want to tell. There are three week-long programs scheduled for July 10 (via Ventura Parks & Rec), July 17 and July 24. Each fun, creative and engaging program runs Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm. To learn more about the Digital Storytelling program, go to

CAPS Radio is on the air at 104.1FM. The recently launched Ventura community radio station is here for you. Drop by the CAPS Media Center on Tuesday June 27th for an open house with an introduction on how to become a radio host or volunteer. You can let us know what you think, what you like and what you want to hear on CAPS Radio KPPQ-LP at 104.1FM.

Become a Member/Producer of CAPS Media. Both our television and radio member programming is rich and diverse from travel to music to drama to politics and more. As a membership organization CAPS Media supports our Member/Producers’ creativity and helps them share their voices with the community.

Anyone who wants to share their story are encouraged to get involved at the CAPS Media Center. Those who live, work or attend school in the city of Ventura is eligible to become a member. Non-profit organizations are invited to join too. For annual fees of only $25 (individual) and $75 (non-profit organization), member/producers are trained by the knowledgeable CAPS Media staff in the art and fun of media communication. Once certified, member/producers may check out video cameras, tripods, and other gear for video production and book editing suites for postproduction to create the stories they want to tell.

Ongoing CAPS Media classes include new member orientation the first Thursday of the month. The HD Videography/Camera class is held the second Thursday and the Edit class follows up on the third Thursday. The CAPS Media website has all the info. Go to to see a schedule of upcoming programs on Channel 6 & 15, search the archives for past programs, get info on upcoming video and radio classes and much more.

Library events

E.P. Foster Library

Adult Programs & Special Events
E.P. Needlecraft and Fiber Arts Club
7/13 & 27 Thursdays @ 10:30am
Get together with makers from all across the fiber-arts world.
Meet, teach, connect, share.

Children’s Events
Summer Reading (SR) Shows:
7/5, 12, 19, & 26 Wednesdays @ 3-4pm
Kealoha Dancers (5th), Shawn McMaster (12th)
Nifty Balloons (19th), Ojai Raptors (26th)

Early Literacy Class
7/5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, & 27
Tuesdays @ 10:30am
Wednesdays @ 10:30am
Thursdays @ 5:30pm
A great way to introduce your child to early literacy and the library. Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft, and fun!

7/11, 18, & 25 Tuesdays @ 3:30-5pm
Lava Lamp (11th), LED Circuit Art (18th), Art Horn (25th)
Join us for creative STEAM projects! Age 9+

Teen Happenings
Library LAB Open Workshop
7/3, 10, 17, 24, & 31 Mondays @ 4-6pm

Makerspace Open Workshop
7/5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, & 26 Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 4-6 pm
Come by the Makerspace to learn, create, and share STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). We have 3D printers, computer coding, stop motion animation, a laser cutter/engraver, and so much more!

Avenue Library
Children’s Special Events
Summer Reading 2017 “Reading by Design”
7/10 3:00 pm Kealoha & Co. “Expressions of Polynesia”
7/17 3:00 pm Magic with Shawn McMaster
7/24 3:00 pm Reptile Family @ Robert Addison Boys & Girls Club, 1440 N. Olive St.
7/31 3:00 pm Humane Society with Dawn Reilly

7/19 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Rocket Launcher
7/26 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Rube Goldberg Art
Create and build! Use your imagination and engineering skills with these fun STEAM activities! Aimed at children ages 9 and up.

Bilingual Early Literacy Class
7/3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Mondays 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun!

Saticoy Library
Children’s Special Events
Summer Reading 2017 “Reading by Design”
7/7 3:00 pm Humane Society with Dawn Reilly
7/13 3:00 pm Reptile Family @ E.J Harrison Boys & Girls Club 11321 Violeta St.
7/20 3:00 pm Nifty Balloon Show
7/27 3:00 pm Kealoha & Co. “Expressions of Polynesia”

7/18 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Rocket Launcher
7/25 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Rube Goldberg Art
Create and build! Use your imagination and engineering skills with these fun STEAM activities! Aimed at children ages 9 and up.

Early Literacy Class
7/6, 13, 20, 27 Thursdays 9:30 am – 10:30 am(Sponsored by Housing Authority City of San Buenaventura)
7/6, 13, 20, 27 Thursdays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun!

Vol. 10, No. 19 – June 21 – July 5, 2017 – Forever Homes Wanted

Hi: I’m Peaches a sweet 6 1/2 year old male Miniature Poodle who is in need of a new home as sadly my owner had to move to an assisted living facility that will not allow me to go too. I’m sad and a bit confused, but I know C.A.R.L. will help me find my forever home. I’m affectionate and enjoy a comfy lap to curl up in. I do not care for bigger dogs, but if you have a small fur baby in your home, please bring him/her along so we can do a meet and greet. I may do best in an older adult only home as I’m used to living with an older person. I hope it’s not long before I’m back in the comforts of a loving home. Canine Adoption and Rescue League Call 644-7387 for more information.


Mr. Kitty is a beautiful brown and white tabby. He is neutered, microchipped and love ready. Ventura County Animal Services – Simi Valley location – 670 W. Los Angeles Ave

Vol. 10, No. 19 – June 21 – July 5, 2017 – Harbor Patrol Blotter


1:05pm, received a report of a sealion who stranded itself in the Ventura West Parking lot had died. Officers working with Channel Islands Marine Wildlife Institute removed the mammal and disposed of it properly.

4:03pm, received a report from State Parks lifeguards advising that a small sailboat has capsized near the South Jetty of the Harbor. Officers responded and discovered the racing sailboat in no distress in the same area.


9:10am, received a report of pigeons onboard a vessel in the timeshare marina. Officers responded and discovered two young pigeons making quite a mess in the vessel. Bird rescue personnel we advised of the situation.


8:10am, officers en route in the Fireboat to assist / monitor the Hokolua outrigger canoe club with their annual race.

2:29pm, received a report of a stolen vehicle near Spinnaker Drive / Harbor Village. Officers responded and assisted a 65 year old female locate her vehicle that she had forgot where she had parked it.

4:08pm, received a dispatch to a cardiac arrest on the beach near Harbor Cove. Officers responded and assisted State Parks, Ventura Fire, Lifeline with the medical. The 56 year old patient was complaining of nausea and chest pain. He was eventually transported to local hospital for further evaluation.

4:58pm, received a dispatch to a water rescue at Marina Park, three persons caught in a rip current. Officers responded by boat and assisted State Parks, Ventura Fire & PD, AMR with the three victims. The disposition of the victims was unknown, but they were assessed for water aspiration.

8:06pm, received a report of a vessel taking on water. Officers responded and discovered a large fishing vessel with all of its gear on deck and a lot of water in its holds. No emergency was found, just laying low in the water.


10:41am, received a report of a vessel collision near Ventura Isle Marina. Officers responded and found a 24ft motor vessel had collided with a few moored vessels. No injuries were sustained, but moderate damage was sustained to the moored vessels. The incident is under investigation.

7:10pm, received a report of a person in the water, over-turned kayak from a tenant of the Ventura Yacht club. Officers responded, and found the kayakers near Ventura West marina, but they refused assistance.


4:35pm, received a dispatch to an unknown medical at the Holiday Inn express. Officers responded by vehicle and assisted Ventura Fire, AMR with a patient suffering from late stage cancer.