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The new millennium has been a transformative time for newspaper publishing.

Changing reader habits and the advent of new technology have placed big demands on companies in the print news business.

The Acorn and its parent company, Times Media Group, understand that their biggest responsibility is not only the delivery of credible, relevant information in a timely fashion, but making sure residents have easy access to the publication when stories become available.

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Following a five-year stretch in which Acorn readers were given the option of purchasing online subscriptions to the paper, that so-called “paywall” is coming down.

“Mr. Publisher, tear down this wall,” the late President Ronald Reagan might have once said.

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Starting immediately, all online content from our five Acorn publications will be available at no charge to the reader, meaning a paid subscription is no longer required to click and read articles. The weekly Acorn has always been delivered to your driveway at no cost—that more than 40-year tradition will continue—and from now on The Acorn on the internet will be free as well.

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Maroon Mob picks up CIF title rings

FOOTBALL /// Simi Valley Pioneers

The Pioneers earned priceless hardware. Forgive them if they feel like showing it off to the world Simi Valley High football players, coaches, cheerleaders and staff picked up their CIF-Southern Section Division 6 championship rings during a ceremony June 5 on campus. The Pioneers earned their first CIF football in team history on Nov. 25, 2023, in a 44-38 win […]

The sands of time, space . . . and spikes

GIRLS’ BEACH VOLLEYBALL /// Royal Highlanders

As Bill Walton flies into the mystery of a champagne supernova on Mona Lisa Overdrive, with the Grateful Dead jamming alongside day-glo gummy bears on Garden parquet, while dancing across the water from visions of Montezuma to Zuma, the Royal High girls’ beach volleyball team dominates like no one else in the existence of the universe. The Highlanders, with their […]

Hart-less gut punch

Moorpark High celebrates CIF title— for five minutes
BASEBALL /// Controversy on the diamond

Moorpark High’s baseball team celebrated a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 championship win. Taylor Busch launched a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning that cleared the fence in left field. Greg Lareva, a senior captain and outfielder, crossed home plate first. When Busch touched home, the Green Machine celebrated with a dogpile at Diamond Stadium in Lake […]

For the record

Jacob Horton, a senior libero for the Simi Valley High boys’ volleyball team, was omitted in last week’s article, “Pioneers, can you dig it?”

Pioneers, can you dig it?

The Pioneers dug deep—literally and figuratively—while notching digs, kills and blocks. Simi Valley High’s boys’ volleyball team finished this season with an 8-19 overall record, including 2-6 in the Coastal Canyon League. The Maroon Mob swept the season series from Moorpark, earned a three-set sweep of Chaminade on March 5 and took Calabasas to the limit in a five-set marathon […]

Highlanders win CIF gold

Royal High track and field athletes Quincie Richards and Thenuk Chandrasekera won gold medals at the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 track and field championships on May 11 at Moorpark. Richards took first place in the girls’ triple jump (39 feet, 6 inches) while Chandrasekera bolted to first in the boys’ 100-meter sprint (10.68 seconds) and the 4×100 relay (41.9). Olivia […]

Tim Bird earns coaching award

Tim Bird is USA Football’s Coach of the Year. Bird, president and coach for Simi Valley Bulldogs youth football organization, earned the national coaching award from the sport’s governing body. Bird was honored for teaching proper fundamentals to youth players. The Simi Valley man also coaches flag football. According to a press release by USA Football, Bird is a “positive […]

Royal’s Gamble makes college soccer choice

Emmy Gamble will not gamble on her future. The Royal High junior verbally committed to Kansas Wesleyan University’s women’s soccer team. Gamble, a forward on the soccer pitch, sports a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.

Paths of glory


If John Wooden is the Wizard of Westwood, then Craig Rond is the Shaman of the Conejo. Rond, the first-year head coach of Thousand Oaks High’s aquatics program, navigated the boys’ swim team to the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 championship on May 2 at Mt. San Antonio College. This is the first CIF aquatics title—in water polo or swimming for […]

Cal Lutheran men’s volleyball team wins first NCAA title

Michael Stahl could barely walk the day before the California Lutheran University’s men’s volleyball team was set to compete against Vassar College on April 28, but despite his injured foot, Stahl managed to play his best in the most important game of his life. That determination and drive charac­terized the Thousand Oaks-based Kings­men this season and led them to become […]

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