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Longtime Ventura County Journalist Dies

Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:01am

A reporter who covered Ventura County for some four decades, writing about everything from the news of the day, to agriculture and business has died.

Jim McLain worked for the Ventura County Star from 1969 until his retirement in 2007, and even after officially retiring, continued to write for the newspaper as a freelancer.

He never let vision problems which led to blindness stop him, using modern technology to continue to write.

McLain even continued to work for the Star after moving to San Diego County to be closer to his children, and grandchildren, conducting interviews by phone.

He was diagnosed with kidney cancer this spring, and died following complications from an operation.

McLain was 70 years old.

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