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October 26, 1986
On Aug. 31 there appeared an extensive article on the rural town of Somis. The three sections--one on the life style in Somis, one telling how citizens have kept the area rural and another giving readers a background of the Fulkerson Hardware store--were well-written, interesting and, most important, accurate. We are most happy with the results of staff writer Tom Omestad's numerous interviews. Mr. and Mrs. JNO. F. FULKERSON JR. Somis
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October 28, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County transportation officials Friday unveiled new gates and signals at two dangerous railroad crossings in Somis. The gates, with flashing yellow lights and bells, were installed near Hagle Tree Farm on Somis Road and near Somis Farms off California 118 at Sand Canyon Road.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2001
I was sorry to learn that Supervisor Judy Mikels was given the entire Las Posas Valley as part of her district. Preserving Somis as it is was one of the reasons I gave several hundred dollars to SOAR (Save Our Agricultural Resources). It is a distinctly little country town/village that reminds me of the remote country area I grew up in, in Canada. I was taken with Somis when one day I decided to walk through the residential area. So many homeowners have done something unique to their properties to make them very attractive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Southern California Edison pilot and a troubleshooter were killed Wednesday afternoon when the helicopter they were in crashed near Somis after it got tangled in high-voltage wires they were inspecting. Authorities said the crash occurred shortly before 2 p.m. in Solano Verde Ranch, a residential area in an unincorporated area of Ventura County north of Camarillo. The pilot was identified as Benny Kleven, 41, of Temecula.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1992 | TINA DAUNT
A motorcycle rider who was killed Saturday after colliding with two cars on California 118 in Somis has been identified as Robert Breton, 48, of Moorpark, officials said Sunday. Breton was a foreman at Southern California Edison Co.'s Mandalay substation, according to officers for the California Highway Patrol. He was killed about 4:30 p.m. Saturday after he hit the rear of a car that had slowed for traffic in the eastbound lane near Groves Place.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1998 | CHRIS CHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Days after defending a contractor repeatedly cited for illegal dumping, county Public Works Director Art Goulet said Friday he has launched an investigation of his agency's dealings with Tom A. Staben. The inquiry could result in the agency submitting evidence to the district attorney for a possible criminal case against the Somis-based contractor, Goulet said. "I want to see why we are not pursuing things, if they need pursuit," Goulet said. "If the D.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2002 | STEVE CHAWKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chunky at 55, Frank Garza makes clicking noises with his mouth as a determined young woman atop a thoroughbred named Uncle Bob lopes circles around him. "Squeeze those knees!" Garza commands from the center of the sand ring. Sweat cascades down the face of Xochi Flores, the sister of a jockey who has won million-dollar purses and raced in places as far-flung as Dubai. At 28, she wants to get into the game herself and has picked retired jockey Garza to help her. "Turn that left foot in!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2004 | Lynne Barnes, Times Staff Writer
After raiding a cockfight in an orchard near Somis over the weekend, Ventura County officials said Monday that the illegal fights occurred on a weekly basis around the county and that arrests were tough to make. Sheriff's deputies, acting on an anonymous tip, descended on an orchard on Los Angeles Avenue, where 50 to 75 people had gathered around a makeshift plywood ring, about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, said Det. Don Jennings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1992
I am deeply concerned about the reaction of our community over the recent Somis Union Elementary School District's decision not to renew the contract of Dale Forgey, our principal/superintendent. Due to current laws of confidentiality, the board has been unable to make public the information which is behind the decision. Until Mr. Forgey signs a release of information, we must be patient and not prejudge the board's decision. We need more information before we can know if the decision is appropriate.
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March 22, 1992
My children and I tuned into CBS' two new shows, "Scorch" and "Fish Police." Just what audience are these programs trying to reach? They are unacceptable for children and I can't imagine an adult sitting through such nonsense. Sherri Sandell, Somis
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2005 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
An Amtrak train collided with a dump truck at a private railway crossing near Somis on Wednesday, not far from a similar crash earlier this month that injured nearly two dozen people. There were no major injuries in the 2 p.m. accident on tracks near Sand Canyon Road, about nine miles southwest of Moorpark, said California Highway Patrol Officer Brandon Mumme. Initial reports indicate that the dump truck drove onto the tracks in front of the westbound train, Mumme said. Pacific Surfliner No.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Authorities on Saturday were still investigating the cause of a train crash in Somis late Friday in which an Amtrak passenger train struck a large dump truck at a crossing in Ventura County. Both the California Highway Patrol and the Federal Railroad Administration are investigating the crash. CHP officials could not be reached Saturday. Steve Kulm, a spokesman for the railroad administration, said it would take his agency some time to complete its report.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2004 | Lynne Barnes, Times Staff Writer
After raiding a cockfight in an orchard near Somis over the weekend, Ventura County officials said Monday that the illegal fights occurred on a weekly basis around the county and that arrests were tough to make. Sheriff's deputies, acting on an anonymous tip, descended on an orchard on Los Angeles Avenue, where 50 to 75 people had gathered around a makeshift plywood ring, about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, said Det. Don Jennings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Warning signs in English and Spanish have been posted near rural railroad crossings in Somis where several fatal accidents have occurred in recent years. The 10 safety signs warn people to "Stop, Look and Listen" for trains, officials said. The mostly private crossings are typically marked with stop signs instead of the flashing lights and gates found at public road crossings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2003 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Edward Smith wanted to remind students Thursday about the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Not the one two years ago. But the one that preceded it a decade ago, the one that claimed the lives of his wife and unborn child. So the Simi Valley resident asked the fourth-grade students at Somis School to stand during a ceremony to honor victims of the Sept. 11 assaults.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2003 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
After 37 years in the classroom, it seems like Eric Johansson has taught nearly everyone in the tiny town of Somis. A history and geography teacher at Somis School, he has guided about 1,200 youngsters over a period spanning eight presidential administrations, witnessing firsthand the evolution from blackboards and ink wells to computers and Power Point presentations. Some families in this rural community north of Camarillo have sent three generations of students through his classroom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1995
I find it interesting that County Supervisor Judy Mikels is quoted in The Times Oct. 15 as saying, "Quite honestly, I really don't see the county changing that much as far as quality of life. It will remain rural to the extent it is now. We have greenbelt agreements in place, and there would be battles you wouldn't believe if they try to change that." But as I write this letter, Mikels is supporting the request of a British company to win approval for a zoning change that would allow construction of 189 houses on 195 acres of farmland in Somis--a community whose road and highways are already completely overburdened by congestion caused by overdevelopment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1998
Longtime county resident Violet Ka-Wai Loh died Wednesday after a brief illness. She was 50. Loh was born Nov. 11, 1947, in Hong Kong. She married Dr. Christopher W. Loh before moving to St. Louis, Mo., in 1973. The Lohs had two sons before moving to Camarillo in 1977. In 1982, Loh and her family settled in Somis, where she was active at Los Primeros Structured School. She also worked in her husband's medical office for eight years. Loh served on the Ventura County Chinese American Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2003 | Rodney Bosch, Times Staff Writer
After confirming that a chicken in Somis died from the exotic Newcastle disease, Ventura County's agricultural commissioner said a door-to-door inspection will begin next week to identify any other infected poultry across the county. State and federal inspectors will begin their search at the Somis property and fan out in every direction, Commissioner Earl McPhail said. At its peak, the search could involve as many as "a couple hundred inspectors," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A 22-year-old Somis woman was killed early Sunday when her car slammed into a big rig north of Camarillo, authorities said. April Nattkemper was pronounced dead at St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital shortly after the 6:30 a.m. accident. According to the California Highway Patrol, Nattkemper lost control of her 2002 Ford Mustang convertible as she turned from California 34 onto California 118. The car collided with a tractor-trailer driven by Orlando Olmedo, 26, of Oxnard, the CHP said.
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