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By Sue Thoensen | July 22, 2007
Allan Fainbarg is 88, and he shares more than just a closeness in age with the Galapagos Island tortoise he visited at the San Diego Zoo a few years ago. As a teenager in 1937, Fainbarg was a Sea Scout who spent six months traveling around South America — and later Alaska — collecting exotic animals for the zoo. The tortoise, along with iguanas, penguins and other birds, was one of several Fainbarg's group of 25 scouts delivered to...
December 29, 2003
TODAY Basketball College women - Idaho State at UC Irvine, 7 p.m.; GSAC Challenge - Pikeville College (Kentucky) at Vanguard, 7:30 p.m. Community college men - Orange Coast at San Jose tournament, TBA. High school boys - Estancia Coast Classic championship semifinal - Riverside Poly at Estancia, 6:25 p.m.; fifth-place semifinal - Corona del Mar vs. Foothill, 3:15 .m.; Orange Holiday Classic 13th-place ...
December 27, 2003
TODAY Basketball College men -- Orange Coast College at San Jose City tournament; Malone at Vanguard, 7:30 p.m. High school boys -- Estancia High Coast Classic: Estancia vs. Workman, 8 p.m., CdM vs. San Clemente, 4:50 p.m.; St. Anthony tournament: Sage Hill at St. Anthony, 7:30 p.m.; Orange tournament at Chapman University: Costa Mesa vs. Kennedy, 10:30 a.m.; Capital City Classic at Juneau Douglas High, Alaska:...
August 28, 2000
Mathis Winkler As 10-year-old Josette got ready to board Orange Coast College's motor yacht to welcome her dad, Michael Last, out at sea, she could think of one reason why she enjoyed his absence from home. "I got to sleep in the big bed," she said, adding that she was "kind of" looking forward to having him back. Together with a dozen other sailing enthusiasts, Last brought the Alaska Eagle, the college's 65-foot sail training vessel, home from a 20,000-nautical-mile trip Sunday.
By Brad Avery, Special to the Daily Pilot | January 7, 2014
I took a last stroll around the deck of Alaska Eagle today. Every step, every hand rail felt familiar, as they do after finishing a long voyage. I was 29 when we first took students aboard from the Orange Coast College docks in October 1982. Now, 31 years later, Alaska Eagle is flying the Dutch flag once again, and in a few days will be loaded onto a ship in Los Angeles bound for Rotterdam. At a certain point in life you begin to realize that letting go is a skill, and happiness is related to how good you are at it. I have some work to do. What exactly am I letting go of?
By Emily Foxhall and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | October 9, 2013
One Newport Beach family knows quite well the drive to strike it rich that was common during the California Gold Rush. Sarajane Bartholomae, 67, and her four daughters - Kamme Hodge, 45, Korre Hartling, 43, Krista Hartling, 42, and Tori Hartling, 37 - traded five weeks of Southern California sunshine for five weeks of harsh Alaskan cold last fall to reopen the family's gold mines. Their adventure is the focus of "Alaska Gold Diggers," a six-episode series on Animal Planet premiering at 8 p.m. Thursday.
May 9, 2002
Name: Andrew Cole Born: Aug. 14, 1984 Hometown: Newport Beach Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 185 Sport: Swimming Events: 100 free, 100 back, free relays Coach: Jason Lynch Favorite food: Al's New York Cafe pizza Favorite movie: "From Dusk Till Dawn" Best athletic moment: "The first time I won an age-group state championship in Utah, or dropping six seconds off my best in the 200 back ...
July 4, 2003
June Casagrande As the top racers in the world face off in the prestigious Transpac race, none other than Orange Coast College's own Alaska Eagle is keeping track of their positions and transmitting the information to shore. For the eighth time, the 65-foot sloop owned by the college's School of Sailing and Seamanship is the official communications vessel for the race, which kicked off this week. The first wave of racers left Tuesday from Palos Verdes for the race to Honolulu, which lasts a week or more.
March 17, 2011
Kathleen Higgins Spurgeon (age 93), matriarch of the Spurgeons, founding family of Santa Ana and widow of W.H.Spurgeon III (creator of Special Interest Exploring, B.S.A.) passed away on 3/14/11 of natural causes. Kay is survived by her children: Sandra, Bill, and Shelley, and their families. No service planned. At her request donations may be made to: Orange County Council Boy Scouts of America, 1211 East Dyer Rd., Santa Ana CA 92705. Born: Anchorage, Alaska 1917 Died: Newport Beach, California
January 5, 2000
A 65-foot sailing vessel belonging to OCC finished in the top third of an annual boating race in Australia. The Alaska Eagle finished 24th out of 80 boats in the Telstra Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, which was staged between Christmas and New Year's Day. Only 50 yachts finished the 630-nautical-mile race. The rugged race touted by Australians as "The Sail of the Century" claimed six lives in 1998. No one was injured this time, but the sailing crews did have their share of problems.
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