Ventura County

Some high school students in Ventura County are spending part of their summer learning the science behind flying.

This aviation course teaches them how to use STEM - which stands for science, technology, engineering and math – to design and build small airplanes.

A 911 call about a murder had led to the discovery of a possible murder scene in Ventura County, as well an arrest, but no body.

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies went to a home on Meyer Road in Meiners Oaks on Sunday. They found a bloody scene at the house which fit with a homicide. No body was found at the scene.

A 3-D printer is whirring away, make a toy sized version of a van is sitting next to in a Ventura parking lot. The van is a 2019 version of something many of us knew as kids: A bookmobile. But you can’t call this gleaming new vehicle a bookmobile. It’s much more than that. It’s the Ventura County Library system's new Mobile Library.

A man who’s worked for Ventura County for a quarter of a century has been selected as the county’s new Environmental Health Director. Charles Genkel has worked for the county in several capacities over the years.

A small earthquake shook up parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties on Sunday morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the 3.1 magnitude quake happened at 3:52 am. It was centered in the Northridge area, and it was felt in Los Angeles as well as eastern Ventura County.

More than a hundred South Coast kids competed in a spelling bee this weekend.

The SAGE Ventura County Spelling Bee took place at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks on Saturday with 127 third through eighth-graders.

Photo by Ventura County Air Unit

Firefighters are making progress on containing the destructive 98,000 acre Woolsey Fire that’s burning in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. It’s now 82% contained.

Authorities say it has destroyed more than 800 structures and damaged more than 200. However, the burn assessment is only 70% complete.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

Firefighters are mopping up a brush fire which created some concern, but no threat to buildings in the Santa Clara River Valley Thursday.

(Photo by Duncan Lively)

A 100 acre plus brush fire is burning out of control in the Hill Canyon area of Ventura County, north of Newbury Park in the Santa Rosa Valley.

Ventura County Fire officials say there are 20 to 25 an hour winds. A water treatment plant in the area has been evacuated.

Photo by California Secretary of State's Office

There’s a new website to help California voters understand their rights and counter misinformation. A state senator who represents part of Ventura County spearheaded it. 

Senator Henry Stern, whose district includes Eastern Ventura County, co-authored legislation and secured funding for this Vote Sure campaign.

More than 100 middle and high school students throughout Ventura County who designed, built and coded their robots went head-to-head in a countywide competition.

Twenty-four teams competed in this VEX Robotics contest on Saturday at Holy Cross High School in Ventura.

There’s a growing need for people to fill jobs in a field of engineering called mechatronics, which combines mechanical and electrical engineering with computer programming. Some Ventura County teenagers are gaining the skills now to pursue such a career in the future.

Dozens of Ventura County middle and high school girls spent a large part of their weekend doing computer coding. 

The Ventura County Office of Education organized this Hackathon by the Sea that took place Friday evening and all day Saturday at its education center in Moorpark. It was geared towards getting girls excited about computer science.

Photo by A. Engstrom

Climate change is expected to cause sea level rise, which could severely impact the California coast. The County of Ventura is encouraging residents to be prepared. 

The coastal areas are already vulnerable to storms.

There’s something new that promotes literacy at parks in Ventura County.

Some people come to Camino Real Park in Ventura to play basketball. Others come for baseball. And now there’s another reason to stop by the park.

“It’s a little library. It’s a little free place for people to drop things off and pick up some cool treasures,” says Julie Morris of Ventura.