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Theater Director Crosses Spanish Divide

Theater Director Crosses Spanish Divide

By Tim Pompey George Sandoval has grown up with a cultural quandary. “I’m Mexican-American,” he said. “This means that here in Ventura County, a lot of people seem to think I should speak Spanish.” While he does speak some Spanish, it’s not his first language. “My mother came to this country when she was one […]

Living large on a living barge–13 A six month per year barge tour of Europe, in installments

Living large on a living barge–13 A six month per year barge tour of Europe, in installments

By Tom Miller Tom and family are touring Europe by barge. This is the eleventh in his series of reports on what is to be six months per year of cruising the waterways there. Editors Note: Last week Tom visited Dinant Belgium where the hometown hero is Mr. Sax who invented the Saxophone From Ecluse […]

Six important tax tips for homeowners

Six important tax tips for homeowners

UPDATE; Please keep in mind that the tips apply to federal income tax returns and not all apply to State of California returns By Jeff Reeves For tax year 2013, the standard deduction is $6,100 for single Americans and $12,200 for those married and filing jointly. That means unless you can claim more than those […]

Living large on a living barge–12 A six month per year barge tour of Europe, in installments

Living large on a living barge–12  A six month per year barge tour of Europe, in installments

By Tom Miller Tom and family are touring Europe by barge. This is the eleventh in his series of reports on what is to be six months per year of cruising the waterways there. Editor’s Note: Last week Tom  and crew stole their way into a chateau. The following morning we waved goodbye to Chateau […]

Living large on a living barge – 11

Living large on a living barge – 11

By Tom Miller Tom and family are touring Europe by barge. This is the eleventh in his series of reports on what is to be six months per year of cruising the waterways there. . Editor’s Note: Last week Tom bid farewell to The Netherlands and visited the town of Liege, Belgium. Ten years ago […]

Fillmore Fusion – Successful local musician Jayme Lewis wears many hats

Fillmore Fusion – Successful local musician Jayme Lewis wears many hats

by Daniel Gelman If you want to make a living playing the electric bass while living in Fillmore, you have to be clever, creative, and conscientious. Jayme Lewis, 27, found that out early and committed himself to a flexible schedule, an open mind, and the focused concentration of a master musician. When he isn’t in […]

Proposed national park could swallow 170,000 properties, 500,000 acres

Proposed national park could swallow 170,000 properties, 500,000 acres

  By BRAD JONES Land rights groups are outraged with a federal study aimed at creating a huge national park in Southern California. The proposed national park threatens to shut down small-scale mining among other outdoor and commercial activities. The American Land Rights Association and Public Lands for the People are two opponents of the […]