August 15, 2003
Ahoy. I wonder how the sunrise will look this morning when I will near Mission Bay to stop for refueling. While you sip your coffee reading my column, I am on a delivery to Ensenada aboard a gas-powered boat, and I find it best to top off gas boats before crossing the border. I am often asked why, and why Mission Bay. I find that with new boats, no one knows the actual fuel usage, and the stop allows me to calculate our fuel burn. Many smaller gas boats do not hold much fuel, and it is always better to be safe than sorry.
February 28, 2007
A blue, Nissan X-Trail sport-utility vehicle drove off without a sound after being the first vehicle to fill its tank at the brand new hydrogen fueling station at UC Irvine, where more than 100 project collaborators, government officials and associates gathered to celebrate the facility's grand opening Tuesday morning. With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and California's South Coast Air Quality Management District, UCI's National Fuel Cell Research Center and Air Products, an international corporation that distributes gases and chemicals for industrial use, engineered and installed the station at the corner of Jamboree Road and Campus Drive.
March 2, 2000
-- Greg Risling Small amounts of diesel fuel leaked into harbor waters near the Balboa Pavilion on Wednesday, but the spill was contained by a private cleanup crew. Authorities said between 10 and 15 gallons spilled into the harbor from a gas station at about 11 a.m. The Orange County Sheriff Department's Harbor Patrol cordoned off the area while the fuel was cleaned up. It took several hours before most of the fuel was siphoned from the water. Authorities said small amounts of the fuel will spread throughout the harbor and will probably evaporate from sun rays.
July 30, 2001
Ahoy. I have finally returned from cruising in the Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, and Desolation Sound of northern Washington and Canada aboard a nice yacht. If you enjoy cruising smoother inner passages not subject to ocean swells plus scenic views, then this is the trip for you. However, I don't recommend it without caution. Unlike cruising in Newport Harbor and most places in Southern California, one must prepare very carefully for a trip in these areas, which have many hazards not found in Newport.
March 11, 2002
The Newport Beach City Clerk's office is now providing passport services. Hours are Monday until Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are not required. Adults need proof of U.S. citizenship as well as picture identification, two identical passport photos 2 inches by 2 inches. Photos are available at a number of local businesses listed in the Yellow Pages under Passport Photo and Visa Services. The cost to apply for a passport is $45 payable to Passport Services plus a $15 processing fee paid to the city of Newport Beach.
June 27, 2003
Deepa Bharath A fully loaded gardening truck towing a wood chipper rolled down and plunged into a ravine Thursday morning, threatening to leak fuel into the bay, officials said. No one was hurt in the incident that occurred at about 11:25 a.m. The Hazardous Materials Team from the Orange County Fire Authority contained the leak, preventing the fuel from going into the bay, said Donna Boston, spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Fire Department. The truck had been parked on Jamboree Road while workers were trimming trees and loading branches into the chipper, she said.
November 9, 1999
Alex Coolman NEWPORT BEACH -- The riverboat Angela Louise will be making her maiden voyage through Newport Harbor this evening as an electrically powered vessel. The boat is the first of its class to be approved for electric power, said Capt. Joseph Warren. The boat's power was switched to create a boating experience that is quieter for passengers and less harmful to the marine environment. The boat still has diesel engines available for use, Warren said, but they have been "relegated to a minute or two of use during each trip."
March 7, 2004
EDUCATION UCI now driving with hydrogen Researchers at UC Irvine's National Fuel Cell Research Center took delivery of a new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle Monday. They will use the state-of-the-art SUV, one of only 18 in the world, to study the feasibility of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed "Hydrogen Highways," a plan for a widespread rollout of hydrogen fueling stations. The hydrogen vehicles, built by Toyota, have the same body and chassis as their Highlander SUV. The prototype cars are years away from mass production.
February 27, 2008
Diesels are loud, smoky and they stink. Right? Wrong. Mercedes-Benz might have the answer to getting the average car buyer thinking much differently about the smog-inducing, black-smoke-puffing diesel era of the 1970s. It might even hold the key to a diesel revolution in North America. OK, maybe evolution. Bluetec, as Mercedes calls its new range of engines, is not your father’s diesel. In a very short time, the technology will find its way into more than just Mercedes vehicles.
July 4, 2003
Ahoy. Happy birthday America on this Fourth of July. Why not start your nautical festivities with the American Legion's Fourth of July Old Glory Boat Parade in Newport Harbor? This year's theme is "The Freedom to Dream," a salute to the Armed Forces members in Iraq. The Legion will open at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast until 11 a.m. for only $6 a ticket, after which lunch will be available. Also, there will be free harbor tours, live music and a missing man fly-over formation.