November 13, 2003
Jenny Marder A Blackhawk helicopter pilot who was fatally shot down in Iraq on Friday was honored at a Veterans Day ceremony in Huntington Beach, adding a sobering element to an already solemn event. The helicopter that Sgt. Paul Neff commanded was shot down over Tikrit, and it burned along the eastern bank of the Tigris River. Neff, who was from Fort Mill, S.C., and had family in Huntington Beach, died with five other soldiers. About 100 veterans, soldiers and Surf City residents gathered at Huntington Beach Pier Plaza at 11 a.m. Tuesday to honor those fighting overseas, to remember those, like Neff, who lost their lives in battle, and to reflect on pasts spent in combat.
February 6, 2003
WET AND WILD WITH ROCKIN' FIG The United States Surfing Federation is at the halfway point of the 2002-03 surfing season. It just held its sixth event at Ponto State Beach in Carlsbad, right by the jetties on Sunday. The surf was in the waist- to head- high-plus zone, picking up a little pulse of that northwest swell that rolled in, and it was pretty fun at certain tides. Although there was some heavy current. You definitely needed your best paddling arms out there, that's for sure.
September 23, 1999
Eron Ben-Yehuda The recent waves of misfortune lapping onto Surf City's shore threaten to drown its reputation as a beach paradise. "It's giving Huntington Beach kind of a bad name," said Traci Adams, manager House of Flys, a Downtown sunglass store. "I wouldn't come here if I was a tourist." The city's drive to attract visitors from out of town began in the early 1980s and slowly picked up steam with the Pierside Pavilion opening in 1989 and Pier Plaza, often characterized as the gem in the city's redevelopment crown, unveiled last year.
August 1, 2002
Wet and wild with Rockin' Fig It's the big week in Surf City as the $150,000 Phillips U.S. Open of Surfing is going full steam. The shape is actually pretty good, considering a lot of times when it's mackin' like it is, it gets out of control. Long freight train lefts and bowly rights were seen much of the time outside, with some reforms going all the way through connecting to the shore break. The overcast skies in the mornings, gave way to sunshine pretty early most of the time with air temperatures in the 70s. So far, conditions have been pretty happening, and the biggest crowds for the start of a U.S. Open contest were seen, with the sands full of beach-goers getting a treat with the high level of surfing going on. The start of the contest will feature many rounds of eliminations, in this case we've already run six of the men's rounds and narrowed the field of longboarders down to the semis.
September 29, 2005
There's a rock formation northeast of Los Angeles that you know. You may not know you know it, but you do. Its most notable feature is the series of huge, triangular and jagged rocks that climb hundreds of feet into the air. And since the early 1900s it's been a frequent, popular film location. It's in a car commercial running on TV right now. It was shown on Bonanza and the movie "Austin Powers." And, perhaps most famously of all, the large rocks were used repeatedly in the original "Star Trek" TV show.
June 17, 2004
Go ahead and prove Oscar Wilde wrong. Youth does not have to be wasted on the young. Today, hundreds of our kids -- perhaps it's time to stop calling them kids -- graduate from high school, taking that first step to, take your pick: college, a job, travel, experience. Life. It can be an intimidating time after high school graduation, a hectic time. And while we don't want to add to that craziness, we do want to add to the flood of good wishes and good advice our graduates are getting now. If your plan is to hit the ground running, preparing for college and earning extra cash with a summer job, good for you. If you opt for a more mellow transition with hopes of spending the summer with friends and family, great.
June 3, 2004
Andrew Edwards The numbers are in, and Huntington Beach once again ranks as one of the nation's 10 safest large cities. Surf City was knocked out of the top 10 last year when the FBI released nationwide crime figures for cities with a population of 100,000 or more, but numbers released on May 24 show Huntington Beach had the seventh-lowest crime rate despite a slight jump in the number of crimes reported in 2003....
July 10, 2003
WET AND WILD WITH ROCKIN' FIG Summer is finally in full swing and Surf City's beaches are crowded with sun worshipers, swimmers and surfers alike. That old June gloom has broken and we have some sunny skies and muggy, humid weather. Even the water temp has climbed to the upper 60s, setting up for some trunkable days. On the Fourth of July Main Street was packed for the biggest parade west of the Mississippi they say. Out in the surf zone the waves were firing, too. A lot of surf stuff has been happening -- at the last HB Surf Series, at the Huntington Beach Pier, in the Prime Source Mortgage final, Huntington ripper Ryan Turner took the win. Other shredders participating were Danny Nichols, Timmy Reyes, Brett Simpson , Mike Hoisington, Shawn Ward and Ryan Simmons.
April 8, 2004
Mike Sciacca Tyson is a lot like any other 2-year-old. Precocious. Rambunctious. Wanting and needing constant attention. And most of his cravings were met Monday afternoon, when the double-takes and finger-pointing from the beach-going crowd must have made him proud. One by one, they spotted Tyson coming from the north on the boardwalk. It was unusual to see a 2 1/2-year-old riding a skateboard so proficiently. More unusual was the fact that Tyson is an English bulldog.