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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.

Evidence pointed to Liampetchakul as having started the fire in April

Tipps Thai Cuisine has closed.

by Gail field

Tipps Thai Cuisine restaurant has officially closed its doors after serving Thai food to Ventura locals and visitors since 1983.  Owner Chang Liampetchakul and his family have made this decision.

Chang has been known throughout Ventura as a kind and generous person, often providing trays of food to families in need.

In February, Liampetchakul was hospitalized after suffering a stroke, but returned later to work at the restaurant.

On April 17, a fire erupted in the two story building on Main St. which housed Tipps on the ground floor and a meeting place for the Odd Fellows on the top floor.

Ventura Fire and Ventura Police investigated and found evidence that pointed to Liampetchakul as having started the fire.  He was arrested on May 10 and booked into the Ventura County jail for arson.  The case is set for a hearing in Superior Court on June 7.

A motive has not been determined, according to Sergeant Matt Cain of the Ventura Police Department.

20th Annual PAL Golf Tournament held at Olivas Links Golf Course

Photo by Richard Lieberman

On Friday, June 2, the 20th Annual PAL (Police Activity League)  Golf Tournament was held at the Olivas Links Golf Course which included a lovely lunch. Presented by Aera Energy the proceeds from this tournament help support our city youth programs including the Westpark Community Center, the REC mobile, climbing wall, PAL and the PEAK/ASES after-school programs. The best part is all money raised stays local and helps support our youth with positive after school activities to counteract the risk factors often present in their daily lives.

The Fireworks Show is the Rotary Club’s largest fundraising

July fireworks returning to Ventura. Photo by Dan Holmes

The Rotary Club of Downtown Ventura is bringing back the 4th of July Fireworks Show and Family Picnic to Ventura College’s athletic field this coming Independence Day.

In tradition, the gates at the Ventura College athletic field will open at 5 p.m. on July 4 and the choreographed fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m.  The fireworks display is the longest display in the county lasting more than 20 minutes designed and orchestrated by a renowned fireworks vendor with an impeccable safety record.  Families are encouraged to make a picnic of the event and enjoy the Kid’s Zone where a $5 wristband allows a child to enjoy 8 different attractions all night long as many times as they like.  The main stage will entertain families from start to finish with live local bands.

The Fireworks Show is the local Rotary Club’s largest fundraising event of the year.

Pre-sale tickets will go live on the EventBrite app in mid-June and at Vons stores in Ventura for a reduced pre-sale price of $6 per adult and $4 per child (4-12 years old, 3 and under are free), but can also be purchased the day of the event for $8/$6 online or at the gate.

Updates and insight can be accessed at or on the event’s Facebook page at interested in helping sponsor the event should contact Ken Leandro at

Dietrick Institute and KM AntPro on biological ant control

Dietrick Institute for Applied Insect Ecology and  University of California Cooperative Extension of Ventura County will bring Ken Kupfer, founding CEO of KM AntPro from Florida for a training session on ant baiting systems using liquid borate baits.

The event will be from 8 to 11 a.m. June 6,  at the UC Cooperative Extension Conference Room 669, County Square Dr., Suite 100, at no cost to farmers, landscape managers, and Master Gardeners.

The morning will open with Entomologist Anna Howell of the UC Cooperative Extension giving an overview on ant biology.

Kupfer will demonstrate why organic and biologically based pest control becomes challenging in the presence of ants and the need to manage ants for cost-effective biological pest management.

Jan Dietrick, founder of the non-profit Dietrick Institute and President of Rincon-Vitova Insectaries, Inc., is organizing the institute to offer local training programs about biological farming methods that help maintain healthy soil. “What many growers don’t know is that there are ways to manage ants without toxic pesticides that are effective and accepted on certified organic farms. “

Joining Howell and Kupfer is Pest Control Advisor Tom Roberts of Integrated Consulting Entomology to talk about ant management systems in different crop settings.

Future training workshops will cover other technologies for increasing soil biology on managed lands.

Contact Ron Whitehurst, PCA,  805-643- 5407, email for more information.

Honoring and remembering fallen law enforcement officers

Communities across the United States came together during National Police Week, May 15-21, to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.

This year, the names of 394 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. These 394 officers include 143 officers who were killed during 2016, plus 251 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.

The names of all 394 fallen officers nationwide was formally dedicated during the 29 Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13 held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is dedicated to honoring and remembering the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers in the United States.

Ventura Assistant Police Chief Darin Schindler commented, “Police Officers in the City of Ventura, the State of California and throughout the nation put their lives on the line every day for their communities. We are fortunate that these brave men and women have chosen to dedicate their lives to the safety of others.”

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. The week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

A proclamation in honor of Police Week was presented at the May 15 Ventura City Council Meeting.

For more information about National Police Week, please visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund online at

Selecting a new district superintendent

The Board of Education of the Ventura Unified School District will select a new district superintendent. Community input regarding the desired characteristics is needed to assist in the recruiting and selection of the new superintendent. The Board of Education is soliciting your feedback. You are invited to attend either of the two districtwide community forums:

Tuesday, May 16 Wednesday, May 17
Buena High School Cafeteria
Cabrillo Middle School Cafeteria
5670 Telegraph Road 1426 E. Santa Clara St. Ventura
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Spanish translator provided)

Mr. Ben Johnson and Mrs. Aida Buelna-Valenzuela of McPherson & Jacobson, LLC search firm, selected by the Board of Education, will oversee this important process. Individual input from members of the community, parents, students, employees and others interested in the Ventura Unified School district are welcomed.

Your participation may also be offered through an online survey available on the District’s website at and link will also be posted on every school website.

Mortgage rates drop to five-month low

Realty Watch: by Patricia Fasen, Realtor

U.S. mortgage rates dropped for a fifth week, sending home-loan costs down to their lowest point since the week after the presidential election.

The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage was 3.97 percent, down from 4.08 percent last week and the lowest since November, Freddie Mac said in a statement Thursday. The average 15-year rate decreased to 3.23 percent from 3.34 percent, the McLean, Virginia-based mortgage-finance company said.

Yields for the Treasuries that guide mortgage costs have dropped on investor expectations that an economy under President Donald Trump won’t be as robust as anticipated, according to Guy Cecala, publisher of the newsletter Inside Mortgage Finance.

“The real factor has been the stock market and investor perception of how the U.S. economy is doing,” he said. “After we saw health-care reform efforts fail, the stock market reacted and investors started rethinking what was doable under a Trump administration.”

The decrease in mortgage rates may encourage homeowners to refinance in the short term as buyers take advantage of lower borrowing costs. An improving job market is increasing demand for real estate as supply of homes for sale tightens. Listings of existing homes for sale are scarcer than they’ve ever been, and bidding wars are becoming more common again in hot markets like the San Francisco Bay area, Denver, Boston, and in our backyard, Ventura County.


Walk with NAMI Ventura County in the 13th Annual NAMI Ventura County Walk

Last year’s NAMI Walk was attended by hundreds of concerned folks.  

by Jennifer Tipton

NAMI Ventura will be holding their annual walk on May 6. The NAMI Walk raises awareness about mental health issues and it is also a fundraiser for NAMI Ventura County. The funds raised from the Walk are what makes it possible for NAMI to offer all their classes, programs, and services at no cost to anyone. Please join in at 9  am at the Ventura promenade!

The Walk is a tradition that provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the facts of mental illness, to erase the stigma associated with mental illness, and to raise funds so that NAMI Ventura County can continue to offer all of their programs and services at no cost to persons who can be helped by those services. It gives everyone a chance to show their support for all of the efforts put forth by NAMI Ventura County.

NAMI bases their mission on the principles of support, education, and advocacy for persons impacted by mental illness. They provide classes for family members, providers, and persons with a lived experience of mental illness. They also present in schools, hold support groups for family members, and provide outreach to persons who come to see persons who are in the inpatient psychiatric units in Ventura County. NAMI Ventura County also has a Peer to Peer class for persons in recovery and a Connections support group for persons in recovery as well.

David Deutsch is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked in the field of mental health for about 13 years, as the executive director at NAMI, David is also a certified addiction treatment counselor and he states that often substance abuse disorders and mental health disorders go hand in hand. David reports, “we are an organization that doesn’t charge anything to anyone, the walk is our biggest fundraiser, it’s what makes it possible for all of our programs and services to be free.” According to David there were 1,500 people last year with 84 teams and over 1,300 walkers.

The Walk in Ventura County is a fun family event with activities for children and opportunities to socialize. It also provides our community with a way for us all to come together to show our support for needed services for all persons impacted by mental illness.

To register as an individual walker or to form a team and/or to find information about sponsorships please visit