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By Christy Roget | July 12, 2012
On a Friday night, just like every night, I let my three dogs go out in the backyard for 10 minutes to do their business before going to bed. When I opened the door to let them back in, Lucky, my 4-year old (and oldest) dog was missing, so I went out to get him, only to find him lying there on the ground, unconscious, barely breathing, in a puddle of his own blood. Adrenaline rushed through my entire body and, within seconds, I was in my car on my way to the animal hospital. The veterinarian looked mildly surprised as he informed me that a coyote had attacked my dog. He said that he sees animals hurt by coyotes every other day, and that no one really talks about it. A customer who was waiting mentioned that she had lost a dog and two cats to coyotes.
NEWS
March 17, 2014
The Costa Mesa Police Department plans to host an informational session on urban coyotes Wednesday. The session begins at 7 p.m. in City Council chambers at City Hall, 77 Fair Drive. Lt. Kent Smirl of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will speak. Discussion topics include how to keep household pets safe from coyotes, how to make homes less attractive to coyotes and how to respond when seeing the wild animals. Costa Mesa and Newport Beach residents have reported a number of coyote incidents in recent years.
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By Christy Roget | September 15, 2012
"You see, things were not always this way, recalled Kathy Anderson, a retired teacher and lifetime resident of Costa Mesa. "You could hear them in the distance, but never, ever, did they encroach upon our town. They were truly wild. " Fast forward several decades later, and they roam our streets at night and hang out in our yards. Everyone knows they exist. Most of us are unaware of how many there are. Some of us know of them only through a cartoon character. And, unfortunately, too many of us become aware of the problem when it is already too late.
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By Brianna Bailey | May 25, 2009
Just as if he had a watch, Bay Kitty, a 15-year-old gray-and-white tabby, would return to the Newport Beach home of Glenn and Paula Gelman at 7 a.m. and again 7 p.m. to receive his twice-daily insulin shots. The Gelmans knew their beloved diabetic cat was no more when he failed to return one evening a few weeks ago for his regular injection. “We were positive he was in trouble — we thought maybe he had fallen into a diabetic coma,” Glenn Gelman said. The next week, the Gelmans’ other cat, a 12-year-old big gray tom named Stripes, disappeared, leaving only a pile of fur across the street from their Sea View home.
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By Barry Faulkner | May 31, 2013
COSTA MESA — Newport Coast Elementary Coach Ramzi Ammari has the rarest of rosters for the fifth- and sixth-grade girls' silver division in the Daily Pilot Cup youth soccer tournament. In the Coyotes' tournament-opening 2-0 victory over Whittier on Thursday at Davis Elementary, they displayed depth, balance, passion, unselfishness and organization. But after completely dominating the pace of the game and amassing a 21-2 advantage in saves, there is at least one area of concern for Ammari as his team moves ahead: "The goalkeeper position is probably the most challenging to fill," said Ammari, who praised the heart and Johna Zahed, who made one save but faced her greatest challenge trying to stay entertained while the ball remained at the other end of the field virtually the entire game.
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By Barry Faulkner | May 31, 2013
COSTA MESA - Newport Coast Elementary Coach Ramzi Ammari has the rarest of rosters for the fifth- and sixth-grade girls' silver division in the Daily Pilot Cup youth soccer tournament. In the Coyotes' tournament-opening 2-0 victory over Whittier on Thursday at Davis Elementary, they displayed depth, balance, passion, unselfishness and organization. But after completely dominating the pace of the game and amassing a 21-2 advantage in saves, there is at least one area of concern for Ammari as his team moves ahead: "The goalkeeper position is probably the most challenging to fill," said Ammari, who praised the heart and Johna Zahed, who made one save but faced her greatest challenge trying to stay entertained while the ball remained at the other end of the field virtually the entire game.
NEWS
March 18, 2013
Re: "Commentary: Beware of Back Bay coyotes," March 15: I too lost my beloved dog in November 2011. He just went out to get some water. I was just inside the kitchen and instantly, and without sound, my dog vanished. I searched for hours too and concluded a coyote took him. I have written to the mayor of Newport Beach several times and to this paper, pleading that we come up with a plan to protect our children and family pets. It can be done and we can still maintain a respect for these wild animals.
NEWS
June 28, 2013
Exactly one year ago, our dog's life was brutally taken by a coyote. Our next door neighbor, who saw the coyote as it jumped over our 8-foot wall, said she had not seen one of these predators in more than 20 years. In disbelief, I surveyed almost 100 households in Costa Mesa, and I was shocked at the results. Half of those surveyed had no idea coyotes were around and a threat to pets and children, and no one had made an effort to reach out to them - something that, if done just days prior, would have saved Lucky's life.
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By Jillian Beck | August 8, 2012
With year-round coyote sightings in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, residents should take precautions, police say. "We've had animals that have been killed by coyotes in our neighborhood," said Laura Boss, who lives in the Paularino area. "They are all around us. It's good to be mindful of some of the precautions we can take in our neighborhood. " Boss, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's spokeswoman, reached out to the Daily Pilot after a community member asked the district to educate families about the dangers of coyotes.
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By Bradley Zint | March 20, 2014
For Lt. Kent Smirl, keeping coyotes at bay in Costa Mesa comes down to three simple things: food, water and shelter. If a coyote sees those in your neighborhood, he'll be inclined to stick around. "You have to start thinking like a coyote," Smirl said. "You have to think why he's there. " The California Department of Fish and Wildlife officer was the guest speaker Wednesday evening at a coyote-awareness workshop at Costa Mesa City Hall hosted by the Police Department. About 40 people attended to hear how to make urban areas unappealing to the wild animals.
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NEWS
March 17, 2014
The Costa Mesa Police Department plans to host an informational session on urban coyotes Wednesday. The session begins at 7 p.m. in City Council chambers at City Hall, 77 Fair Drive. Lt. Kent Smirl of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will speak. Discussion topics include how to keep household pets safe from coyotes, how to make homes less attractive to coyotes and how to respond when seeing the wild animals. Costa Mesa and Newport Beach residents have reported a number of coyote incidents in recent years.
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June 28, 2013
Exactly one year ago, our dog's life was brutally taken by a coyote. Our next door neighbor, who saw the coyote as it jumped over our 8-foot wall, said she had not seen one of these predators in more than 20 years. In disbelief, I surveyed almost 100 households in Costa Mesa, and I was shocked at the results. Half of those surveyed had no idea coyotes were around and a threat to pets and children, and no one had made an effort to reach out to them - something that, if done just days prior, would have saved Lucky's life.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | June 2, 2013
COSTA MESA - The only bench the Newport Coast Elementary fifth- and sixth-grade girls' silver division soccer team had during this week's Daily Pilot Cup was the one Coach Ramzi Ammari carried to and from games over his shoulder. Ammari's two rows of five retractable plastic seats, that folded down to fit concisely in a convenient tote bag, allowed his players to rest during pregame talks, halftime adjustments and postgame breakdowns. During games, however, the seats sat empty, since all 11 players on the roster were on the field.
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By Barry Faulkner | May 31, 2013
COSTA MESA — Newport Coast Elementary Coach Ramzi Ammari has the rarest of rosters for the fifth- and sixth-grade girls' silver division in the Daily Pilot Cup youth soccer tournament. In the Coyotes' tournament-opening 2-0 victory over Whittier on Thursday at Davis Elementary, they displayed depth, balance, passion, unselfishness and organization. But after completely dominating the pace of the game and amassing a 21-2 advantage in saves, there is at least one area of concern for Ammari as his team moves ahead: "The goalkeeper position is probably the most challenging to fill," said Ammari, who praised the heart and Johna Zahed, who made one save but faced her greatest challenge trying to stay entertained while the ball remained at the other end of the field virtually the entire game.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | May 31, 2013
COSTA MESA - Newport Coast Elementary Coach Ramzi Ammari has the rarest of rosters for the fifth- and sixth-grade girls' silver division in the Daily Pilot Cup youth soccer tournament. In the Coyotes' tournament-opening 2-0 victory over Whittier on Thursday at Davis Elementary, they displayed depth, balance, passion, unselfishness and organization. But after completely dominating the pace of the game and amassing a 21-2 advantage in saves, there is at least one area of concern for Ammari as his team moves ahead: "The goalkeeper position is probably the most challenging to fill," said Ammari, who praised the heart and Johna Zahed, who made one save but faced her greatest challenge trying to stay entertained while the ball remained at the other end of the field virtually the entire game.
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By Matt Szabo | May 30, 2013
COSTA MESA - The girls' third- and fourth-grade bronze division is an interesting one at the Daily Pilot Cup. Many are dabbling in "the beautiful game" for the first time. But that didn't stop Newport Coast Elementary from starting strong in its pool-play game Thursday night against Kaiser. Alisa Tognoli scored in the game's very first minute for Newport Coast. Then, teammate Jessica Treska scored in the first minute of the second half to again give the Coyotes the lead. Tognoli would score again later, and Newport Coast would hold on for a 3-1 victory in its tournament opener at Davis Elementary.
NEWS
March 18, 2013
Re: "Commentary: Beware of Back Bay coyotes," March 15: I too lost my beloved dog in November 2011. He just went out to get some water. I was just inside the kitchen and instantly, and without sound, my dog vanished. I searched for hours too and concluded a coyote took him. I have written to the mayor of Newport Beach several times and to this paper, pleading that we come up with a plan to protect our children and family pets. It can be done and we can still maintain a respect for these wild animals.
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By Mary Elizabeth Perry | March 15, 2013
I moved to Newport Beach near the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve Conservancy from the other side of Dover Drive five years ago. We had an idea that there might be wild animals but never thought we would have to live with them or accept them preying on our pets. It was 4 a.m. Feb. 7. My 9-year-old little dog, Simba, woke me up by spinning around on my bed, scratching my leg, as if he wanted to be let out for his morning bathroom break. Following our familiar routine, I let him out the back door, turned on all the lights, ran to the bathroom and then proceeded to welcome him back in the front door.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner and By Barry Faulkner | December 8, 2012
BUENA PARK - Bob Torribio teaches history at Newport Harbor High. But in this his first season as the Sailors' boys' basketball coach, he is interested in rewriting his program's recent history. Coming off four straight losing seasons, Torribio's Sailors forged a 4-0 start, the program's best since the 2005-06 season. But that run came to and end in a 78-63 loss to Villa Park in the championship game of the Coyote Classic on Saturday at Buena Park High. Now, Torribio is hoping recent history does not repeat itself.
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