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By Kelly Strodl | December 3, 2007
County authorities are still piecing together the mystery surrounding a dead body discovered this weekend in the Santa Ana River mouth. Foul play does not appear to be a factor in the man’s death, Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said Monday. “There were no obvious signs of trauma, no [questionable] bruises, gunshots, stab wounds and so on,” Amormino said. Orange County coroners have not identified the man, thought to be in his 30s, authorities said.
LOCAL
December 3, 2007
Surfers discovered the body of a dead man Saturday morning at the Santa Ana River jetties, Sgt. Dan Dwyer of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said. The body, which had yet to be identified Saturday evening, was unclothed and tattooed, according to Dwyer. He estimated that the man was in his 30s and had been dead for a while, but couldn’t speculate on the cause of death. “There were no signs of injury or trauma, for now,” he said. The body was seen at about 10:40 a.m. on a sandbar under a bridge that connects Newport Beach to Huntington Beach.
NEWS
March 10, 2005
Andrew Edwards Government numbers show ocean bacteria levels that spiked during recent rainstorms have begun to fall to normal levels, with the exception of the waters near the Santa Ana River mouth. "Pretty much the whole area's recovered, except for the area around the Santa Ana River because Prado [Dam is] still discharging," Orange County Health Care Agency spokeswoman Monica Mazur said. Prado Dam, west of Corona, is about 30 miles upstream from the ocean.
NEWS
June 15, 2000
Kenneth Ma HUNTINGTON BEACH -- County officials last week launched a full-diversion program to treat urban runoff in the Talbert Channel and parts of the Santa Ana River watershed during the dry season months. Diverting and treating runoff, officials said, should prevent a repeat of last year's multiple beach closures in an area from the Santa Ana River to Huntington City Beach. The program will last until the wet season in early fall. "We feel that this is one of the solutions," said Orange County Supervisor Jim Silva, who helped to create the program.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | September 20, 2007
State Sen. Tom Harman will lead a public meeting on the Huntington Beach Wetlands Restoration Project next week. The meeting covers the area of wetlands stretching from the Santa Ana River to Newland Street along Pacific Coast Highway, and will inform the public of its current status. As well as Harman, officials from the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy and consultants for the project will be present. The meeting is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sept. 27, at the Edison High School cafeteria, 21400 Magnolia Ave.
NEWS
October 30, 2003
Jenny Marder A group of residents fears that a plan to dredge a stretch of the Santa Ana River will destroy sensitive plant life and take away an endangered species habitat. The Orange County Public Facilities Resources Department and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to dredge the river to bring it back to its full design capacity, removing sediment and vegetation that has accumulated along a 4,000-foot stretch of the waterway that straddles Adams Avenue.
NEWS
December 16, 2004
Alicia Robinson The Orange County Sanitation District faces a $160,000 penalty for spilling nearly 1.6-million gallons of treated wastewater from a Huntington Beach pump station into the Santa Ana River on Labor Day weekend. Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board staff members recommended the penalty Monday, but board members have the option of reducing or eliminating the penalty if the sanitation district requests a hearing. "In this case, although this is probably a unique incident [and]
NEWS
October 12, 2000
The franchise agreement for a proposed toll road down the Santa Ana River is set to expire in January. Fountain Valley is opposed to the extension of the franchise agreement and the idea of the toll road. The California Department of Transportation will make its decision in the next few months. This franchise agreement has been in existence for 10 years and has been transferred to at least three private companies. If this project were truly feasible, one could reasonably expect it would have moved forward by now. In fact, franchise holder Interwest, now known as American Transportation Development, told us last year that a decision would be made by January 2000.
NEWS
December 16, 2004
HAPPENINGS A traditional treat "The Nutcracker" runs through Christmas Eve day at Golden West College. B1 ALSO: World-renowned jazz guitarist Peter White plays Huntington Beach Sunday. B1 John Volo samples the warming foods of Java City Cafe. B5. Tom Titus lauds his top pick at the Huntington Beach Playhouse in 2004. B3 CITYSCAPE Fat fine The Orange County Sanitation District faces a possible $160,000 fine for a sewage spill that dumped nearly 1.6-million gallons of treated wastewater in the Santa Ana River.
NEWS
April 17, 2003
Paul Clinton Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and the county could face sanctions if they do not reduce polluted urban runoff flowing into the Santa Ana River. During water quality meetings held earlier this month, the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board told Surf City and its neighbors to clean up the river. Any blame that falls on Surf City's shoulders should be shared by inland cities, which also contribute pollution to the river, Mayor Connie Boardman said.
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NEWS
By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | August 17, 2011
Vic led a birding trip to Big Bear Lake recently for his senior citizen class in bird watching. I was more than happy to go with him because I love the San Bernardino Mountains. We drove up State Route 38 on a beautiful Friday morning, meeting the group at the Oaks Restaurant in Angelus Oaks for an early lunch. If you've never explored the dirt roads around the Angelus Oaks area, you're missing out on a treat. We took a sharp left off the highway at the first pullout beyond the Oaks Restaurant and bounced down the steep grade of Middle Control Road.
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NEWS
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | March 2, 2011
It was a cloudy Tuesday morning, but at least 110 students from the Pegasus School in Huntington Beach took to the beach to work on their scientific experiment with a goal to get local officials to notice and do something about plastic on the beaches and in the Santa Ana River. Some of the school's seventh- and eighth-graders have been invited to the 2011 Algalita's Plastics Are Forever International Youth Summit, where they will present their solution for plastic-free bodies of water.
LOCAL
February 4, 2010
A body found Jan. 27 floating in the Santa Ana River near Huntington Beach has been identified as a 20-year-old Santa Ana man. Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, said a pair of fishermen found the body of Johnny Sandoval at 2:05 p.m. An autopsy was conducted the following morning, but toxicology results are still pending, Amormino said. Sandoval’s death, he said, didn’t have any signs of foul play. “There’s nothing suspicious,” Amormino said.
FEATURES
By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | January 28, 2010
It’s official. National Weather Service forecasters say that a strong El NiƱo condition has developed in the Pacific Ocean. That means we’ll be having above-average rainfall in the Southland over the next two, or maybe even three, months. If last week was any foreshadowing, this could be a doozy of a spring. Last week’s storms left a lot of fresh snow in the Sierras, which is great for our imported water supply. Right now, the Sierra snowpack is a tad above average.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | August 20, 2008
Residents who lived near or walked in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands often had a dilemma when they saw someone breaking the law: call the police, and be told they couldn’t do anything on county land, or call the distant Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and face a long wait for deputies who might never come. “We’re in an island of county territory out in the middle of nowhere, and it really takes them a really long amount of time,” said Mark Bixby, a nearby resident and conservation activist who spends long hours in the wetlands.
LOCAL
December 3, 2007
Surfers discovered the body of a dead man Saturday morning at the Santa Ana River jetties, Sgt. Dan Dwyer of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said. The body, which had yet to be identified Saturday evening, was unclothed and tattooed, according to Dwyer. He estimated that the man was in his 30s and had been dead for a while, but couldn’t speculate on the cause of death. “There were no signs of injury or trauma, for now,” he said. The body was seen at about 10:40 a.m. on a sandbar under a bridge that connects Newport Beach to Huntington Beach.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | December 3, 2007
County authorities are still piecing together the mystery surrounding a dead body discovered this weekend in the Santa Ana River mouth. Foul play does not appear to be a factor in the man’s death, Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said Monday. “There were no obvious signs of trauma, no [questionable] bruises, gunshots, stab wounds and so on,” Amormino said. Orange County coroners have not identified the man, thought to be in his 30s, authorities said.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | October 4, 2007
How do you restore a marsh that?s been walled off from the ocean for 80 or 90 years? How do you bring fish and birds back to their traditional habitat? For the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy, which purchases land near the Santa Ana River for restoration, the answer is nearly this simple: just add water. The conservancy unveiled a $10 million plan last week to lower or demolish decades-old levees, and let the ocean back into two marshes in southeast Huntington Beach, raising the total restored habitat where the Santa Ana River reaches the ocean to 130 acres.
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