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May 16, 1993 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the mud flats at the mouth of the Santa Clara River, cowbirds and gulls and other waterfowl gather at low tide for a ritual as old as the river itself. At the wildlife sanctuary, where the freshwater river meets the saltwater sea, the winged creatures settle as they always have on the sandbar-studded wetlands to feed and rest undisturbed. But this tranquil setting belies Ventura County's intensifying struggle to pluck birds, beasts and fish from the brink of extinction.
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August 26, 2001 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The ground war marches on at Kaz Iwamoto's Ventura County farm. It is a battle of sneak attacks and surgical strikes, a take-no-prisoners struggle involving millions of soldiers, some of whom liquefy their enemies before eating them from the inside out. And so far, the "good guys" are winning. Iwamoto is in the sixth year of a micro-war being waged by insects in fields of strawberries, green beans, cucumbers and tomatoes.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2000 | CATHERINE BLAKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This was one contest no beach wanted to win. But a winner there was: Oxnard's "Kiddie Beach" on Wednesday was named the most polluted in Southern California by a regional environmental group. The "Beach Bummer" award was bestowed upon the stretch of coastline--more formally known as Channel Islands Harbor Beach Park--in Heal the Bay's 10th annual report card, which grades water quality at beaches based on bacteria level.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2001 | MATT SURMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of Oxnard beach residents is upset about the possible site of a new boating center at Channel Islands Harbor, saying the project would destroy a prized habitat of about 100 blue herons. The site, near Hollywood Beach, was chosen from seven possible locations as the front-runner for the marine activities building, where boating and other subjects will be taught.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1999 | TONY LYSTRA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Holly and Don Huff began building their rural dream house in the 1970s. What started as a tiny bungalow in the woods of the Santa Susana Knolls was transformed through the Huffs' own labor into a rustic, two-story hideaway of redwood and stone. The Huffs and their neighbors--an eclectic group of artists, musicians and nature lovers--came to this hamlet just west of Chatsworth seeking a laid-back refuge from the hustle of city living. Then the city and the hustle came to them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2000 | MARGARET TALEV and GARY POLAKOVIC, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The 22,000-acre Newhall Ranch project would put homes, schools and parks smack in the middle of a strategic wildlife corridor that connects wild lands in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, scientists and environmentalists say. Cougars, bears, coyotes and bobcats use the Santa Clara River and its tributaries to move between the Santa Susana Mountains and Los Padres National Forest in search of mates and prey. They are sustained on their treks by the area's abundant water, food and vegetation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2000 | GARY POLAKOVIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pounding surf, dive-bombing birds and howling wind hardly seem a safe environment for a nursery, but Ventura County beaches have become a crib for a clam comeback the likes of which hasn't been seen in years, scientists say. A fortuitous alignment of environmental conditions is leading to a clam population explosion. Go to the right beach at low tide, turn a spadeful of wet sand and odds are you will uncover dozens of the bottom-hugging sea creatures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2000 | DAVID KELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 72,000-acre swath of avocado fields, citrus and open land between Fillmore and the Los Angeles County line will become Ventura County's newest and biggest greenbelt if approved Tuesday. The deal has been in the works for more than a year and if passed by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors will dwarf the region's current largest greenbelt, a 34,000-acre patch between Fillmore and Santa Paula.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2000 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state agency is negotiating the purchase of 221 acres of rare coastal dunes and wetlands near McGrath State Beach, an acquisition that would increase the size of the park by two-thirds and help protect an array of threatened or endangered species.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2001 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT and TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rattlesnake season hit full slither in Ventura County this week, prompting officials to issue stern warnings about hiking, spring cleaning and, yes, attempting to play with the venomous creatures. The snakes' hibernation period officially ended Sunday, ushering in the season when rattlers frequently are spotted on brushy hillsides and occasionally in suburban yards and garages. Hospital officials already have treated two bite victims this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2001 | GARY POLAKOVIC, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
Gov. Gray Davis' decision this week to relax emission controls at power plants will help keep the juice flowing, but will also retard progress against smog. The changes are bound to cause mischief for some California areas on the cusp of achieving healthful air after more than 30 years of effort. Even a little extra pollution could be enough to thwart attainment of the national health-based ozone standards in the Bay Area, San Diego and Ventura County, officials say.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2001 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first court-ordered limit on use of a legal pesticide in Ventura County, a lemon rancher has been barred from spraying on the portion of his orchard closest to an elementary school when students are on campus. The preliminary injunction issued Friday by Judge Henry Walsh also requires rancher Daniel Campbell to notify Ventura Unified School District officials 72 hours before any spraying, and mandates that licensed pest-control advisors be on site during all applications.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2001 | KEVIN F. SHERRY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Think of it as "The Crocodile Hunter"--but on a smaller scale. For the past several months, biologists from the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area have been climbing steep hills and lugging equipment through creeks to catalog the reptiles and amphibians that make their homes in the area. The National Park Service thinks about 35 species of reptiles and amphibians live in the mountains. Of those, 13 species are considered rare, threatened or endangered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2001 | MATT SURMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Coastal Conservancy has acquired hundreds of acres along the Santa Clara River in Ventura, the first step in its plan to buy and restore a 15-mile swath of private riverbank land, the agency announced Monday. It also is close to deals for two parcels in Santa Paula, one for 225 acres of the Valley View Ranch property and another for 150 acres next to the Santa Paula Airport. Peter Brand, the group's project director, said it is also eyeing three other properties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2001 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jean Harris won a stunning victory this month when Oxnard school officials shelved a three-year campaign to build an elementary campus on prime farmland east of town. But that last hurrah almost killed her. So now, at age 78, Ventura County's most enduring environmental crusader is calling it quits as she recovers at a hilltop retreat near Santa Barbara. "I'm stepping off the merry-go-round; I've really been sick," Harris said last week. "Now I want to smell the roses."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2001 | MATT SURMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County environmentalists are worried that budget cuts proposed by the Bush administration signal enthusiasm for the removal of Matilija Dam may be waning in Washington. "Things have been going downhill lately" on environmental issues, said Paul Jenkin, head of the Matilija Coalition. "I don't expect a lot of support from this administration."
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October 22, 1992 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two dozen critics of the proposed $1-billion Ahmanson Ranch project told the Ventura County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday that an environmental study of the new mini-city is seriously flawed and that the development should not be built in the rolling hills near Calabasas. But an equal number of speakers at the four-hour hearing supported the Ahmanson Land Co.'s plan to build a 3,050-dwelling golf course community on 2,800 acres at the Los Angeles County line.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1999 | MICHAEL GOTTLIEB
The Thousand Oaks City Council has gone on record as opposed to the proposed Ahmanson Ranch housing development. A letter signed by all five members to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, dated July 23, states that the city opposes the proposed 5,433-acre, 3,050-unit project because it would be built about seven miles east of Oak Park in an area that should be classified only for rural, very low-intensity uses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2001 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT and TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rattlesnake season hit full slither in Ventura County this week, prompting officials to issue stern warnings about hiking, spring cleaning and, yes, attempting to play with the venomous creatures. The snakes' hibernation period officially ended Sunday, ushering in the season when rattlers frequently are spotted on brushy hillsides and occasionally in suburban yards and garages. Hospital officials already have treated two bite victims this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2001 | MATT SURMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four options for no-fishing zones around the Channel Islands are being proposed to help protect fish stocks and wildlife. The proposals by an advisory panel range from designating 8% to 50% of the area's national marine sanctuary surrounding the islands as no-fishing zones. The 1,252 nautical-acre sanctuary, which provides some federal protections such as prohibiting gasoline dumping, encircles San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz and Anacapa islands off the Ventura County coast.
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