January 12, 2006
How many of you remember the names of those two radio characters from Pine Ridge, Ark.? If you remember the golden age of radio of the 1930s and '40s, you will remember those two lovable business partners, Lum and Abner, and their famous Jot 'Em Down store. Each week the characters, Lum Edwards and Abner Peabody, partners in Pine Ridge's General Store, would bring radio audiences some down-home humor as the partners serviced the needs of their fictional townspeople. The 1920s were a time of growth for Huntington Beach as oil was pumped out of the ground, refined and pumped back into the many cars in town.
March 18, 2004
Jenny Marder Crude oil and gas spewed 40 feet into the air from a ruptured well on Wednesday morning and rained down for hours, coating 100 houses and cars with a thin, sticky film. The idle well erupted just before 6 a.m., spurting oil and waking up surrounding residents with its loud, hissing spray. "It woke me up out of a dead sleep," said Nancy Buchoz, who lives on Rhodesia Drive, which intersects Magnolia Street where the spill occurred.
January 22, 2010
The Huntington Beach Fire Department and other agencies are working to clean an apparent oil spill in a flood control channel east of Beach Boulevard. The Fire and Public Works departments joined with the Department of Fish and Game, Coast Guard and Orange County Health Department to contain the problem after calls came in about 9 a.m. today. Martha Werth, a spokeswoman for the fire department, said the responders were trying to determine the substance’s origin. “They pretty much have determined it is oil,” she said.
March 23, 2000
Eron Ben-Yehuda HUNTINGTON BEACH -- A local company will be the first in the county to use a technique that promises to dramatically cut the time required to reduce the level of oil in the ground left from abandoned wells. Simple Green, with $350,000 provided by the city through a federal grant, will use its cleaning solution and a 37,000-pound machine known as The Microenfractionator to decontaminate a "sludge pit" adjacent to the Central Park Equestrian Center, at Goldenwest Street and Ellis Avenue, said Milt Krause, vice president of environmental techniques.
October 14, 1999
Oil is what Huntington Beach was best noted for, and with the coming of oil came the oil promoter. This week we'll look at one of these flamboyant oil promoters whose life of flashy cars, horses and dreams of quick wealth would lead Charlie Black into murder and to the taking of his own life. Charles F. Black was born in Belleview, Idaho in 1898, where his father ran the 7-up ranch. Black came to Huntington Beach with his wife and daughter Betty in the early 1920s, seeking his pot of black gold.
September 19, 2002
A LOOK BACK For nearly 98 years, the residents of Huntington Beach have enjoyed a peaceful way of life. Oh sure, there were floods, two world wars and an earthquake to interrupt their tranquil atmosphere, but those were no problem. But there was one word that struck terror in the hearts of Huntington Beach residents -- fire. We're not talking about a simple grease fire over a cooking stove at home, or even the burning of weeds in some vacant lot in town.
May 18, 2000
I ran into longtime resident -- and one of our favorite real estate agents of the past -- Pam Cooper at the post office on Olive Avenue. During our conversation, the name of this week's subject came up. This week, we're going back to look at an earlier Huntington Beach real estate agent, Carlos Joseph Reeves. Reeves used to tell people, "I was born the same day as Christopher Columbus, but all he did was discover America while I discovered that Huntington Beach was the best part of America."
July 8, 2010
With every step I take, I feel as if I'm walking farther from the world I knew. In disbelief, I keep trying to make sense of what it is I am seeing. I still can't. I have chills just thinking about it. My eyes are watering, and this untamable emotion is running through me. Visiting Grand Isle yesterday was just like attending my best friend's funeral because the ocean in Grand Isle is dead. It is a ghost town; the beach is empty except for rude and disrespectful BP cleanup crews, who adeptly avoid speaking about the spill.
March 25, 2004
Jenny Marder Crews are scrambling to clean hundreds of homes and cars that were sprayed with oil as it rained a greasy mist onto a neighborhood in Southeast Huntington Beach. "It's like tar on your feet from the beach," said Nancy Buchoz, whose house on Rhodesia Drive flanks Magnolia Street, where an oil pipe burst last week, gushing crude oil 40 feet into the air. Since the idle well erupted just before 6 a.m. on March 17, gushing out some 1,700 gallons of oil, about 87 homeowners have filed claims.