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November 3, 2002
Cox secures funding for Newport Beach projects Rep. Chris Cox, who will seek reelection on Tuesday, announced Friday that 12 separate environmental initiatives that he created will clean Orange County beaches and waterways in 2003. Among Cox's initiatives that will be funded in 2003 to help Newport-Mesa are $3 million for Lower Back Bay; $972,000 for Upper Back Bay rehabilitation; $1 million to help build a cover for Big Canyon Reservoir; and about $1 million toward two San Diego Creek watershed projects.
July 27, 2004
Water board to talk quality The Board of Directors of the Mesa Consolidated Water District will hold a public hearing regarding the 2004 Public Health Goals Report tonight. The report is prepared every three years to provide further information to the public in addition to the annual Water Quality Report, which was mailed out to residents in June. The report compares the district's drinking-water quality with public-health goals adopted by California's Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.
October 11, 2001
--Paul Clinton More than 325,000 gallons of drinking water spilled into Crystal Cove early Wednesday after a construction company ruptured a line near the Marriott Newport Coast villas. The spill occurred after workers with Southern California Grading Co. punctured the line while grading soil on Marriott property. The 24-inch line is owned and operated by the Irvine Ranch Water District. The line, also on Marriott property, was shut off and reported to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board at 10:23 a.m., said Kurt Berchtold, the board's assistant executive officer.
July 14, 2009
UC Irvine scientists have discovered a drug that can help restore memory in mice exhibiting the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The drug, called PMX205, is similar to one used in clinical trials to treat rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. In the UCI study, scientists added PMX205 to the drinking water of mice that had been genetically altered to develop age-related Alzheimer’s-like symptoms. The scientists then gave the treated mice learning and memory tests and examined their brains for evidence of the disease.
February 17, 2005
The long-running concern about what to do with the San Joaquin Reservoir came to a peaceful and beneficial end last week in a ceremony that saw gallons of reclaimed water empty into the long-dried-out body of water. By refilling the reservoir, officials from the Irvine Ranch Water District and the city of Newport Beach capped off a decade-long debate over the fate of the 55-acre man-made lake and restored it to its previous glory. The San Joaquin Reservoir was born some 40 years ago as a drinking water and firefighting source.
By Brianna Bailey | May 7, 2008
A Newport-Irvine Rotary Club member has been stranded at an airport in Bangkok, Thailand, for several days en route to Myanmar as the Southeast Asian country reels from the effects of a devastating cyclone, rotary club officials said Wednesday. Local Rotarian J.T. Warring was on his way to Myanmar to visit several orphanages on a Rotary-sponsored trip when Cyclone Nargis struck the Irrawaddy delta on the western coast of the country late Friday. The death toll from the storm could spiral past 100,000, a top U.S. official reportedly estimated Wednesday.
By Lauren Williams | February 6, 2013
A man who twice ejaculated into his co-worker's water bottle began serving 180 days in Orange County Jail Wednesday, a prosecutor said. Michael Kevin Lallana, 34, will serve 180 days for two 2011 misdemeanor battery convictions, said prosecutor Brock Zimmon. Lallana's attorney asked for home confinement, a request Judge Walter Schwarm denied, Zimmon said. Lallana and the co-worker met at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Newport Beach. Twice while the two worked together he left semen-laced water bottles on his female co-worker's desk - the first time in Newport, the second time in Orange.
August 14, 2003
Jenny Marder The nation's depleted drinking water supply has led researchers on a quest to find new resources, and Newport-Mesa's main water supplier, the Orange County Water District, will serve as the test subject. The district was selected by the National Science Foundation to serve as the testing site for a nationwide research program aimed at developing new water treatment technology. The water utility will use a $99,000 grant, guaranteed by the foundation for the next five years, to analyze equipment designed to purify water.
By Brianna Bailey | September 12, 2009
Newport Beach residents learned basic first-aid techniques and grabbed freebies like small emergency kits Saturday at the city’s first Disaster Preparedness Expo. The event took place at the Central Library in honor of National Preparedness Month. “I hope this event will just make the community aware of what we have available to them,” said Newport Beach Fire Chief Steve Lewis. “Maybe some of the people here will realize ‘hey, I might not be prepared.
June 18, 2004
Contaminant threat revised in UCI study Even at significantly higher rates than the state recommends, the contaminant perchlorate in drinking water poses no added risks to healthy people, according to a recent report issued by the UC Irvine Urban Water Research Center. The contaminant, which is a byproduct of rocket fuel manufacturing, was found to be less dangerous than was thought by an independent group of scholars, who will publish their findings to state agencies to aid in their decisions on the legal limits of perchlorate.
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