On Tuesday, May 31st, FUSD held a special school board meeting to recognize retirees, students and athlete’s achievements for the 2021-2022 school year. Above are this year's retirees Kathleen Berrington, Luanne Brock, Peggy Escoto, Susan Fitzgerald, Trudy Garner, Rosa Hurtado, Patricia Hackman, Debra Louth, David MacDonald, Rosalind Mitzenmacher, Nelson Rollo, Linda Suttle, Matt Suttle, and Mary Whiteford.
On Tuesday, May 31st, FUSD held a special school board meeting to recognize retirees, students and athlete’s achievements for the 2021-2022 school year. Above are this year's retirees Kathleen Berrington, Luanne Brock, Peggy Escoto, Susan Fitzgerald, Trudy Garner, Rosa Hurtado, Patricia Hackman, Debra Louth, David MacDonald, Rosalind Mitzenmacher, Nelson Rollo, Linda Suttle, Matt Suttle, and Mary Whiteford.
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Student Representative 2021-2022: Student Representative Chloie Martinez.
Student Representative 2021-2022: Student Representative Chloie Martinez.
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Indian Education Student of the Year: Joshua Magallon, Jr., Mountain Vista, 5th Grade.
Indian Education Student of the Year: Joshua Magallon, Jr., Mountain Vista, 5th Grade.
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Migrant Students of the Year: Jimena Cortes and Cesar Aparicio. Migrant Speech and Debate Participants: Jimena Cortes, Karol Laiz, Karen Laiz, Cesar Aparicio, Sophia Rodriguez, Miriam Cacho, Ana Rodriguez Mares, Aaron Cacho, and Abraham Vargas Cortez.
Migrant Students of the Year: Jimena Cortes and Cesar Aparicio. Migrant Speech and Debate Participants: Jimena Cortes, Karol Laiz, Karen Laiz, Cesar Aparicio, Sophia Rodriguez, Miriam Cacho, Ana Rodriguez Mares, Aaron Cacho, and Abraham Vargas Cortez.
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Spring 1st Team All League TRACK AND FIELD: Michael Camilo Torres, Alianna Tapia, Makhi Hooker, Nathaniel Ocegueda, and Davian Gonzalez.
Spring 1st Team All League TRACK AND FIELD: Michael Camilo Torres, Alianna Tapia, Makhi Hooker, Nathaniel Ocegueda, and Davian Gonzalez.
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Spring 1st Team All League BASEBALL: Jathan Magana and Ivan Becerra.
Spring 1st Team All League BASEBALL: Jathan Magana and Ivan Becerra.
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Spring 1st Team All League SOFTBALL: Amber Cervantez, Aryanne Munoz, and Kayleen Jacinto.
Spring 1st Team All League SOFTBALL: Amber Cervantez, Aryanne Munoz, and Kayleen Jacinto.
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Julius Luna, 18, of Ventura
Julius Luna, 18, of Ventura

June 2, 2022 - District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced today that Julius Luna (DOB 10/09/03), of Ventura, was charged with the murder of Gabriel Cueva, of Piru. It is further alleged that Luna personally used a firearm in the commission of the murder causing great bodily injury or death, and that the murder was committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang. On May 29, 2022, at approximately 5:33 p.m., Ventura County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the call of a gunshot victim in the area of Azahar Street in Saticoy. Deputies located the victim who was receiving CPR from bystanders. The victim was transported to the Ventura County Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. Luna was arraigned on the filed complaint on June 2, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. in courtroom 13 of the Ventura County Superior Court. The arraignment was continued until June 30, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. and a bail proceeding was set for June 6, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. in courtroom 13. If convicted, Luna faces a maximum penalty of 50 years to life in prison. Luna is in custody with bail set at $1.5 million.

 


 
On Saturday, June 4th, the 2022 Sgt. Ron Helus – Ride for the Blue event took place honoring all first responders. This year’s ride began at 6:45am at Simi Valley City Hall. They made stops at the following police stations in this order: Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Camarillo, Port Hueneme, Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Paula, and at 3pm ended their ride at the Fillmore Police Station.
On Saturday, June 4th, the 2022 Sgt. Ron Helus – Ride for the Blue event took place honoring all first responders. This year’s ride began at 6:45am at Simi Valley City Hall. They made stops at the following police stations in this order: Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Camarillo, Port Hueneme, Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Paula, and at 3pm ended their ride at the Fillmore Police Station.
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Fillmore High had their Annual Senior Awards night on June 1st. The Fillmore High Alumni Association awarded a total of $50,000 to the 2022 alumni scholars. Congratulations to all Fillmore High Grads, 2022! Photo courtesy Mark Ortega’s Facebook page.
Fillmore High had their Annual Senior Awards night on June 1st. The Fillmore High Alumni Association awarded a total of $50,000 to the 2022 alumni scholars. Congratulations to all Fillmore High Grads, 2022! Photo courtesy Mark Ortega’s Facebook page.
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On June 1st, 13 graduating seniors were awarded scholarships from the Fillmore Women’s Service Club. Far left, FWSC Vice President Danielle Quintana, far right, FWSC member Houry Meguerditchian presented scholarship checks to the seniors. Photo by Carina Monica Montoya.
On June 1st, 13 graduating seniors were awarded scholarships from the Fillmore Women’s Service Club. Far left, FWSC Vice President Danielle Quintana, far right, FWSC member Houry Meguerditchian presented scholarship checks to the seniors. Photo by Carina Monica Montoya.
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Written by Carina Monica Montoya

On June 1, the Fillmore high school gymnasium was standing room only. Several graduating seniors received scholarships for their stellar academic, sports, and community service achievements. Family, friends, and teachers beamed with pride over these young accomplished seniors. Scholarships ranged from $100 to $7,000 from several organizations, including the Fillmore Women’s Service Club. The Fillmore Women’s Service Club was established in 1964 for the purpose of raising funds to help the community of Fillmore. The Club assists families in need, graduating seniors, women returning to education, school activities, local museums, libraries, and many other community groups. Learn more about the Fillmore Women’s Service Club and see photos of the Senior Awards Night event on Facebook (The Fillmore Women’s Service Club), and at www.fillmorewomensserviceclub.com

 
Memorial Day 2022 at Bardsdale Cemetery
Memorial Day 2022 at Bardsdale Cemetery
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Bob Hammond
Bob Hammond

On Monday, May 30, at 11am, a Memorial Day ceremony was held at the Bardsdale Cemetery, honoring those who sacrificed their lives in war. The Reverend Bob Hammond of Fillmore's St. Stephens Anglican Church gave the inspirational message and prayers. Featured speaker this year was Jannette Jauregui, who shared moving sentiments about her experiences interviewing past Veterans in Ventura County over the years. Also attending was VFW Post 9637, Boy Scout Troop 406 and Cub Scout Troop 3400. Music was provided by Alissa Allred Thompson, and Bill Morris assisted in this year’s ceremony. Photo credit Ernie Villegas.

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

A Ventura man, identified by authorities as Julius Luna, was arrested for murder Tuesday morning after the shooting death of Gabriel Cueva.

On Sunday, May 29, 2022, at about 5:32 PM, deputies responded to a disturbance call in the area of Azahar Street at Alelia Avenue. This location is in the Ventura County unincorporated area known as Saticoy. Deputies discovered Cueva lying face down in the street, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Lifesaving measures were attempted on Cueva who was ultimately transported to the hospital and later passed away at Ventura County Medical Center.

Detectives procured search warrants and obtained additional evidence linking Luna to the homicide. Luna was located in Fresno County and taken into custody, with the extensive assistance of the Fresno Police Department.

Luna was booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility where he is currently being held in lieu of a $1,500,000.00 bail. He has a scheduled arraignment in Ventura County Superior Court on 06/02/2022, at 1:30PM, in Courtroom #13.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Jamal Clark at 805-384-4740.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance and requesting anyone with videos or photographs from the incident to upload files to investigators at https://venturasheriffca.evidence.com/axon/citizen/public/saticoyhomicid....

The files are logged as digital evidence but contact information is not stored. Those submitting media can remain anonymous.

Nature of Incident: Ventura man arrested for fatal shooting of Piru resident
Report Number: RB# 22-70769
Location: 400 block of W. Sierra Avenue, Fresno, California
Date & Time: 05/31/22 @ 8:42 AM
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau, Sheriff’s Gang Unit, West County Patrol, Sheriff’s Property/Evidence Unit, Fresno Police Department
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent, City of Residence, Age
(S) Julius Luna, 18
(V) Gabriel Cueva, Ventura, Piru, 26
Prepared by: Sergeant William Hutton
Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau / Homicide
Approved by: Captain Victor Medina

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
The Fillmore’s Heritage Valley Blazers completed their 2022 season at the Southern California Track & Field Co-Conference Championships at Rio Mesa High held Saturday, May 14th to close out their season. Pictured are 2022 Heritage Valley Blazers Co-Conference Championship Qualifiers. Photos courtesy Erika Arana.
The Fillmore’s Heritage Valley Blazers completed their 2022 season at the Southern California Track & Field Co-Conference Championships at Rio Mesa High held Saturday, May 14th to close out their season. Pictured are 2022 Heritage Valley Blazers Co-Conference Championship Qualifiers. Photos courtesy Erika Arana.
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Blazers 8U Boys and 9-10 Boys Relay Teams.
Blazers 8U Boys and 9-10 Boys Relay Teams.
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Blazers 11-12 year old Division Distance Runners, Abel Arana, Destina Guzman and Lucy Zuniga.
Blazers 11-12 year old Division Distance Runners, Abel Arana, Destina Guzman and Lucy Zuniga.
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Blazers 9-10 Bantam Girls 4x400m Champions & 9-10 Bantam Boys 4x100m Relay Team.
Blazers 9-10 Bantam Girls 4x400m Champions & 9-10 Bantam Boys 4x100m Relay Team.
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By Erika Arana

The Heritage Valley Blazers track and field club kicked off their largest season yet, with 236 athletes, and the third largest club in the Ventura County Track Conference. This season, the conference welcomed the Rio Mesa Spartan Track Club, total athletes competing was nine clubs of 1,636 athletes.

The Blazer’s season opener was Saturday, March 14, at the Fillmore High School Track. They competed a total of six regular season track meets, JV finals at Buena High School on April 23, where most of the athletes finished their season. The Ventura County Track Championships (Varsity) was on April 30 at Moorpark High School and Blazer’s had 76 athletes qualify.

The Southern California Track & Field Co-Conference Championships were held on Saturday, May 14th at Rio Mesa High School. A total of 13 teams participated with only the conference top athletes who qualified. Heritage Valley Blazers represented well, with 56 athletes.

In Distance and Mid-Distance, Jacob Ramirez was the only (8U boy) to qualify for both the 800m and 1600m. He ran away with two medals, 11th in the 800m 3:27.39, and 8th in the 1600m 6:50.54 PR. Abel Arana (11-12yr/boys) was also the only who qualified and placed 7th in the 800m 2:38.41 and dominated in the 1600m, placing 2nd with a PR of 5:29.17. The Blazers had two (9-10yr/girls) qualify for the 800m; Jaylene Ponce out kicked her teammate for a 4th place 3:01.12 PR finish; In 5th plc was Itzel Arana, 3:03.72. Itzel also placed 4th, in the 1600m, 6:26.97. In the same race, close behind was Anika Uribe, 7th, 6:41.20 PR. Destina Guzman (11-12yr/girls) division took 10th, 2:53.43 and 6th in the 1600m, 6:05.23. Luzy Zuniga finished the season with an 8th place 6:08.78 PR. In the (13-14yr/boys) 800m, Noah Halcon started off fast and eased it through the finish line with a strained muscle. Diego Felix (15-16yr/boys) placed 6th in the 1600m, 5:29.75.

In the 100m, hurdles, Noah Halcon (13-14yr/boys), took 5th. The (15-16yr/girls) 100m hurdles, Maria Faulk took 2nd and Arianna Halcon was 3rd. Isaac Mohun (15-16yr/boys) finished in 1st place, 15.48.

In the relays, Blazers (8U/divisions) 4x100m, Aixa Lomeli, Avery Arias, Delilah Vargas and Nadia Rangel placed 2nd, 1:10.17. The boys, Isaak Romero, Koen Richie, Jacob Ramirez, and Jacob Santa Rosa were 3rd, 1:09.54. In the (9-10/divisions) we saw some impressive racing. For the 4x100m boys, Vincent Halcon, Michael Hipskind, Marcus Castro, and Jesse Navarro took 2nd by 7 hair biting milliseconds. The girls, Alexis Amaro, Itzel Arana, Itzel Abrego, and Jaylene Ponce took 8th, but redeemed themselves in the 4x400m taking 1st with a 5:23.36 PR. The (13-14/divisions) 4x100m, girls, C’enna Uribe, Sarah Cedillos, Jasmine Gonzalez, and Kimberly Magaña placed 4th, 54.08. Boys, Blasie Mohun, Abel Villela, Jacob Montes, and Jasiah Patterson, dropped the baton in the second leg exchanged and finished 7th. Amelia Cervantes, Daniela Hurtado, Kaylee Riedmiller and Sophia Aviles, (15-16yr/girls) placed 3rd, 55.80. Benedict Collins, Isaac Mohun, Joseph Weinkopf and John Paul Mohun (17-18yr/young men), took 1st in the 4x100m, 49.67. Diego Felix and Preston Good joined the Mohun brothers in the 4x400m, to run a 4:14.55.

In the Sprints, first time track star, Nadia Rangel (8U girl) took 6th in both her races; 100m, 16.90 and 200m, 36.68. Vincent Halcon (9-10yr/boys), took podium 3rd place finishes in the 100m, 14.35 and 31.12, in the 200m. A blazing fast 12.86, 100m 1st place finish for Kimbery Magaña (13-14yr/girls), she also finished 3rd in the 200m, 27.54. Teammate, Leah Barragan was behind her in the 200m, 27.88 for 5th and took 4th, 1:04.19 PR. Andrew Estrada (13/14yr/boys) took 8th, 25.80 in the 200m and 4th in the 400m, 57.65. Sophia Aviles (15-16yr/girls) took 2nd, 13.68 in the 100m. Kaylee Riedmiller was 3rd in the 200m, 29.99. Aralynne Gonzalez took 4th in the 400m, 1:21.11. Isaac Mohun (15-16yr/boys) finished with a 58.09 PR, to take 1st place in the 400m. In the (17-18yr/young men) John Paul Mohun, took 2nd in both the 100m, 12.32 and 200m, 25.87. He placed 1st in the 400m, 57.66. Benedict Collins took 3rd in both the 100m; 13.35 and 27.63 in the 200m. He also took 2nd in the 400m, 1:03.38.

In Jumps, Nadia Rangel (8U girls) placed 2nd 9’-06” in the Long Jump. Vincent Halcon, 3rd place jump, 12-11.5. Isaac Mohun had a PR leap of 17’-07.25” for 3rd. His brother, John Paul, took 1st in 18’-05.75” and Benedict Collins, 16’-00.50” PR jump. Joseph Weinkopf (15-16yr/boys) was the only HVB high jumper to qualify and he did not disappoint. He had an impressive PR jump for a 1st place tie that ended in a 2nd, based off attempts, 5’-03.00”

In Throws, shot putters Isabella Zavala (9-10yr/girls) in 5th, 16’-10.25”. Hermelinda Ocegueda 3rd, 25’-02.75” and Jaylin Faulkner, 4th, 24’-04.25” for (11-12yr/girls). Ralph Avila managed to throw his best season PR of 33-10.50 for a 1st place finish. Andrew Estrada (13/14yr/boys) threw 31’-11.75”, for 2nd. In the (15-16yr/girls), Maria Faulk, 1st, 25’-00.50” PR and Kaylee Riedmiller, 2nd 23-04.75 PR. Sebastian Faulk (15-16yr/boys), took 2nd 28’-09.50” and Diego Felix, with a 7th, 24’-06.25” throw.

Heritage Valley Blazers is a nonprofit organization, providing each athlete the opportunity to reach their full potential by developing endurance, strength, self-esteem, discipline, personal accountability, and goal achievement while encouraging positive attitudes, good sportsmanship, and respect. With the help of our coaching staff, these young athletes have grown to love the sport. Until next Track & Field Season... GO BLAZERS!

 

Fillmore High School will live-stream their 2022 Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, June 9th. FHS seniors will take their walk
across the stage to say their final goodbyes to Fillmore High. You can view the entire graduation using this YouTube link: https://youtu.be/AqFKyBYktfQ

 
On May 28, 2022, at 10:00am, California Highway Patrol, Ventura County Fire Department and AMR Paramedics were dispatched to a reported solo motorcycle accident in the 1000 block of Grand Avenue, Fillmore. Arriving fire crews reported two patients; a female patient was being treated by paramedics for rash injuries and was taken to Ventura County Medical
Center by ambulance. The second patient suffered minor injuries. Photo credit Angel Esquivel--AE News.
On May 28, 2022, at 10:00am, California Highway Patrol, Ventura County Fire Department and AMR Paramedics were dispatched to a reported solo motorcycle accident in the 1000 block of Grand Avenue, Fillmore. Arriving fire crews reported two patients; a female patient was being treated by paramedics for rash injuries and was taken to Ventura County Medical Center by ambulance. The second patient suffered minor injuries. Photo credit Angel Esquivel--AE News.
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