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August 26, 2004
Dave Brooks It's just another day on the job for Robert Cummings. Moments after pulling his white Orange County Vector Control truck into the southern access point of the Bolsa Chica, the field biologist opens the rear cab of his rig and begins compiling his lab equipment to collect samples of one of the most feared buzz-diseases of recent years -- the West Nile virus. For someone who is about to interact with two dozen potentially contaminated birds, Cummings seems calm and unconcerned.
LOCAL
By Michael Alexander | May 21, 2008
County agencies are warning that West Nile virus has been found in an unusually high number of birds this early in the year, including in Huntington Beach. While no human cases have been reported in the area so far, officials are asking the public to take precautions. Members of the public have pointed out 13 birds in Orange County that tested positive for the virus in the first nine days of May. That’s a level that hasn’t been seen since an outbreak in 2004 that killed four people, Orange County Vector Control District spokesman Michael Hearst said.
NEWS
March 17, 2005
Dave Brooks The bugs are coming. Health officials are worried that this winter's record rainfalls could bring a dramatic increase in the local mosquito population and an outbreak of the West Nile Virus. Mosquito populations are already up substantially from last year when 64 people became infected with West Nile and another four died, said Mike Hearst of the Orange County Vector Control Agency, the group responsible for monitoring the insect.
NEWS
June 23, 2005
Police Helicopter to fight West Nile The county's mosquito fighters have a new ally in the sky to fight the West Nile Virus. The Huntington Beach Police Department will enter its second year of assistance with Orange County Vector Control, using its helicopter unit to identify potential mosquito breeding areas. Vector officials are expecting an increase in West Nile cases, said vector control spokesperson Michael Hearst. The winter's heavy rains have created ample breeding opportunities for the insect.
NEWS
September 30, 2004
Dave Brooks Special interests make him mad. The city's reluctance to deal with it's infrastructure really gets him going. And don't even bring up the West Nile virus. "When we have our first death, this place is going to be a nut house," City Council candidate Jim Moreno said. This year's effort marks Moreno's second attempt at office after coming in a discouraging 10th place in 2002. Running a campaign tinged with anger at the city, Moreno is hoping that voter discontent in the wake of recent scandals, along with his grass-roots machine, will push him out of the margins and onto the dais.
NEWS
September 2, 2004
Every dead bird strikes fear in the heart these days, and the once simply-annoying mosquitoes and their itchy bites are viewed as the kiss of death. With increased cases of the West Nile virus showing up in Orange County -- 20 human cases, 127 birds infected and one horse -- the masses are getting nervous. Especially with it hitting so close to home with the Orange County Vector Control reporting nine birds in the Bolsa Chica area tested positive for the disease in August.
NEWS
September 30, 2004
What is the biggest issue facing the city? There are complex issues that I feel are important to the residents of our city; public safety, environment, infrastructure, West Nile Virus, pension costs and senior and youth programs. But the most important issue we need to focus on at this time is budget financing and fiscal responsibility. Working closely with the City Council, city administrator and staff, I will insist on the monitoring of finances and contracts.
NEWS
July 15, 2004
VIC LEIPZIG AND LOU MURRAY All over the world, birds are getting hit hard by various diseases. In Asia, two separate viruses -- bird flu and avian flu -- are attacking domestic poultry. There is concern that these viruses may jump species and infect humans, causing a pandemic. Here in the U.S., West Nile virus is taking a heavy toll on wild birds, especially crows. Newspapers have reported dead crows dropping out of the sky like flies in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.
FEATURES
By Michael Miller | August 24, 2006
Jim Moreno has gone places in his political career. He's handled budgets for the supervisor of Los Angeles. He's sat on citizens' advisory boards for the city of Huntington Beach and the California Highway Patrol. Twice, he's run for elected office. Now, this fall, Moreno is returning to his roots. Moreno, 61, is in the running for the Coast Community College District's board of trustees, seeking the post that incumbent George Brown plans to vacate in November. As a product of the community college system, the Huntington Beach resident said he wants to help give back what he's received.
NEWS
By VIC LEIPZIG AND LOU MURRAY | December 15, 2005
There is no easy way to say this. On Dec. 3, our 43-year-old son, Bob Murray, fatally shot himself in a park near his home in Seattle. He leaves behind his wife, two teenage daughters, a brother, a mother, a father and two stepparents, plus his aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, all of whom loved him. Vic and I search for answers, but find none that make sense, other than this. Depression is a disease that kills as surely as a heart attack or cancer. With death by suicide, we want to know what drove the person to "choose" death.
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LOCAL
By Michael Alexander | May 21, 2008
County agencies are warning that West Nile virus has been found in an unusually high number of birds this early in the year, including in Huntington Beach. While no human cases have been reported in the area so far, officials are asking the public to take precautions. Members of the public have pointed out 13 birds in Orange County that tested positive for the virus in the first nine days of May. That’s a level that hasn’t been seen since an outbreak in 2004 that killed four people, Orange County Vector Control District spokesman Michael Hearst said.
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NEWS
By Elizabeth Glazner | December 27, 2007
In 2007, thousands invaded our borders. They took up residence in low-lying areas near the coast, evading authorities and often reacting aggressively when confronted. It was rumored the intruders were procreating. Residents were warned to seal their doors and windows against the threat. But despite best efforts, “sometimes they get in the house just because you’re coming in the door,” one Huntington Beach resident reported. How were we to know that opening an inlet from the ocean to the wetlands for the first time in 100 years would spawn an invasion of black salt-marsh mosquitoes?
FEATURES
By Michael Miller | August 24, 2006
Jim Moreno has gone places in his political career. He's handled budgets for the supervisor of Los Angeles. He's sat on citizens' advisory boards for the city of Huntington Beach and the California Highway Patrol. Twice, he's run for elected office. Now, this fall, Moreno is returning to his roots. Moreno, 61, is in the running for the Coast Community College District's board of trustees, seeking the post that incumbent George Brown plans to vacate in November. As a product of the community college system, the Huntington Beach resident said he wants to help give back what he's received.
NEWS
By VIC LEIPZIG AND LOU MURRAY | December 15, 2005
There is no easy way to say this. On Dec. 3, our 43-year-old son, Bob Murray, fatally shot himself in a park near his home in Seattle. He leaves behind his wife, two teenage daughters, a brother, a mother, a father and two stepparents, plus his aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, all of whom loved him. Vic and I search for answers, but find none that make sense, other than this. Depression is a disease that kills as surely as a heart attack or cancer. With death by suicide, we want to know what drove the person to "choose" death.
NEWS
June 23, 2005
Police Helicopter to fight West Nile The county's mosquito fighters have a new ally in the sky to fight the West Nile Virus. The Huntington Beach Police Department will enter its second year of assistance with Orange County Vector Control, using its helicopter unit to identify potential mosquito breeding areas. Vector officials are expecting an increase in West Nile cases, said vector control spokesperson Michael Hearst. The winter's heavy rains have created ample breeding opportunities for the insect.
NEWS
March 17, 2005
Dave Brooks The bugs are coming. Health officials are worried that this winter's record rainfalls could bring a dramatic increase in the local mosquito population and an outbreak of the West Nile Virus. Mosquito populations are already up substantially from last year when 64 people became infected with West Nile and another four died, said Mike Hearst of the Orange County Vector Control Agency, the group responsible for monitoring the insect.
NEWS
September 30, 2004
What is the biggest issue facing the city? There are complex issues that I feel are important to the residents of our city; public safety, environment, infrastructure, West Nile Virus, pension costs and senior and youth programs. But the most important issue we need to focus on at this time is budget financing and fiscal responsibility. Working closely with the City Council, city administrator and staff, I will insist on the monitoring of finances and contracts.
NEWS
September 30, 2004
Dave Brooks Special interests make him mad. The city's reluctance to deal with it's infrastructure really gets him going. And don't even bring up the West Nile virus. "When we have our first death, this place is going to be a nut house," City Council candidate Jim Moreno said. This year's effort marks Moreno's second attempt at office after coming in a discouraging 10th place in 2002. Running a campaign tinged with anger at the city, Moreno is hoping that voter discontent in the wake of recent scandals, along with his grass-roots machine, will push him out of the margins and onto the dais.
NEWS
September 2, 2004
Every dead bird strikes fear in the heart these days, and the once simply-annoying mosquitoes and their itchy bites are viewed as the kiss of death. With increased cases of the West Nile virus showing up in Orange County -- 20 human cases, 127 birds infected and one horse -- the masses are getting nervous. Especially with it hitting so close to home with the Orange County Vector Control reporting nine birds in the Bolsa Chica area tested positive for the disease in August.
NEWS
August 26, 2004
Dave Brooks It's just another day on the job for Robert Cummings. Moments after pulling his white Orange County Vector Control truck into the southern access point of the Bolsa Chica, the field biologist opens the rear cab of his rig and begins compiling his lab equipment to collect samples of one of the most feared buzz-diseases of recent years -- the West Nile virus. For someone who is about to interact with two dozen potentially contaminated birds, Cummings seems calm and unconcerned.
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