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December 23, 2010
Four Orange County residents, including a 23-year-old woman from Costa Mesa, were rescued in the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles County after being reported lost on Sunday, according to media reports. Authorities said the group had been lost since the weekend there, but was found at about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday north of the Northfork Canyon. The group was airlifted out by helicopter and evaluated by medical staff once they landed, said Capt. Sam Padilla of Los Angeles County Fire.
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From Daily Pilot staff reports | April 3, 2013
One of the two Costa Mesa hikers who got lost in Trabuco Canyon was found about 9 p.m. Wednesday. Orange County Sheriff's Department Lt. Jason Park said Nicholas Cendoya, 19, was found after a crew of hikers said they saw him and pointed in his direction. Cendoya was conscious but weak and confused, Park said. A helicopter was sent to pick him up in a thick brush area about a half mile from where his car was found. VIDEO: KTLA reports from the scene As of 10:30 p.m. Kyndall Jack, 18, was still missing.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | April 5, 2013
In a statement released Friday afternoon, one of the two Costa Mesa teens rescued from a hike gone wrong in Trabuco Canyon thanked the hundreds who staged the massive search for the pair and said he looked forward to seeing for himself that his hiking partner was recovering. "I was so relieved to hear that Kyndall [Jack, 18] was found and will be OK," said Nicolas Cendoya, 19. "I can't wait to see her face-to-face and give her a big hug. I just want to see for myself that she's OK. " Cendoya and Jack, who headed into the scrubby wilds near Rancho Santa Margarita on Easter Sunday, got separated early into their nearly weeklong ordeal, he previously told authorities.
NEWS
May 6, 2013
Re. " D.A. charges missing hiker with meth possession " (May 1): We should be thankful for the news that drug possession charges were filed April 30 against one of the two lost hikers, Nicolas Cendoya. It provides closure and an end to a mystery that troubled everyone in the area since the two hikers were found several days after getting lost on Easter Sunday. We don't have definitive proof that Cendoya and Kyndall Jack were on drugs during their hike, but there couldn't be a more searing set of indicators: drugs were allegedly found in Cendoya's car, according to investigators, and the pair were lost and separated from each other that first night.
OCNOW
By Jill Cowan | April 4, 2013
Just off Trabuco Canyon Road near the fire station, the wood-porched Trabuco Canyon General Store is an old-fashioned place that sells, among other things, chicken feed. And it smells like it.  There, longtime canyon denizens followed the search for two Costa Mesa hikers who had been missing since Sunday from a tiny TV mounted from the ceiling.  Russ Thompson, 75, sat perched in a busted, old chair tucked among snacks and supplies.  He said his guesses about the fate of Kyndall Jack, 18, and Nicolas Cendoya, 19, were "totally wrong.
NEWS
By Kevin Chard | April 8, 2013
First off, I want preface my comments by saying how happy and thrilled I am that the two hikers were found ("A tremendous victory," April 5) . There are too many daily tragedies for Kyndall Jack and Nicolas Cendoya's possible deaths to have been added to the horrible and non-ending list. But - and this a tremendously huge but - the Daily Pilot failed to mention, as was done in one of the Los Angeles Times articles, the tremendous cost to the taxpayer that was required to rescue these very, very inexperienced and novice hikers.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | February 18, 2012
Under gathering storm clouds, five young hikers and their parents set out on a moderate trail in Round Canyon earlier this week to observe first-hand the effects of precipitation on the local ecosystem. In the first Sounds of the Season hike, a new free program suitable for children ages 3 to 6, Irvine Ranch Conservancy docents led a group of about 10 on a 1-mile, round-trip nature walk that included educational and interactive activities. "The program is intended to help children connect with the outdoors and to provide an opportunity to wiggle like the animals and grow like the plants," said Kelly Reetz, conservancy interpretive specialist.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | April 2, 2013
TRABUCO CANYON - About 20 searchers were set to be deployed overnight Tuesday to continue looking for two missing hikers from Costa Mesa, after hundreds of friends and family had shown up throughout the day to help. Rescue workers from various agencies will return to Trabuco Canyon in full force Wednesday morning, said Orange County Sheriff's Department Lt. Erin Giudice. Kyndall Jack, 18, and Nicholas Cendoya, 19, called authorities about 8:25 p.m. Sunday, saying they were lost but thought they were about a mile away from their car, according to the Sheriff's Department.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | May 15, 2013
Orange County will not seek repayment of the $160,000 spent rescuing two Costa Mesa hikers who went missing Easter weekend in Trabuco Canyon, officials said Wednesday. Supervisor Shawn Nelson said the county does not have the legal authority to seek reimbursement. "We don't have a basis to go after them today - we didn't a month ago," he said. Rescue workers from Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside counties spent five days searching for Nicolas Cendoya, 19, and Kyndall Jack, 18. The pair went missing March 31 in Trabuco.
NEWS
April 30, 2013
A five-day search to find two missing Costa Mesa hikers cost more than $160,000, officials said Tuesday. Nicolas Cendoya, 19, and Kyndall Jack, 18, called authorities about 8 p.m. Easter Sunday from Trabuco Canyon, saying they were lost but thought they were a mile from their car. The cell phone died soon after. The search-and-rescue effort to find the Costa Mesa High School alumni took 1,907 hours, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Two other sheriff's departments, the California Emergency Management Agency, the Orange County Fire Authority and Orange County Parks joined the search.
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By Lauren Williams | July 12, 2013
The Orange County Fire Authority and a rescue worker injured trying to find a pair of missing Costa Mesa hikers are not crime victims and cannot seek restitution, a judge ruled Friday. The fire authority made a motion in Orange County Superior Court seeking restitution in the criminal case against one of the rescued hikers, Nicolas Cendoya, 20, who pleaded guilty to one felony count of methamphetamine possession in exchange for permission to enter a drug-diversion program for first-time offenders.
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NEWS
June 27, 2013
By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times Orange County fire officials said they are attempting to recoup the $55,000 it cost the department to recover two hikers who went missing for several days earlier this year in Orange County's back country. The Orange County Fire Authority said it was seeking restitution by filing a motion Wednesday in the criminal case of Nicolas Cendoya, one of the hikers, who now faces a felony count of possession of a controlled substance. "We feel we qualify as a victim" of Cendoya's alleged crime, said Kris Concepcion, a division chief for the fire authority.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | May 22, 2013
A rescued hiker who was arrested after methamphetamine was allegedly found in his car should not enter a program that allows first-time offenders to avoid jail, an Orange County supervisor said Wednesday. County Supervisor Todd Spitzer argued in a news conference against Nicolas Cendoya, 19, of Costa Mesa, entering the rehabilitation program that could expunge his conviction because a volunteer rescue worker fell 110 feet and was injured trying to help him and another hiker. "It's not unforeseeable that if you're lost and you are engaging in stupid conduct … people are going to come out and find you," Spitzer said.
NEWS
May 18, 2013
There's been a good deal of commotion about a pair of teenage Costa Mesa hikers who went missing in South County after Easter. Though the hikers were rescued after a five-day search, and drugs were allegedly found in one of their cars, the truly unfortunate part of this story is that a rescue worker trying to help them suffered serious injuries. The tab for the rescue effort grew to about $160,000. The Orange County Sheriff's Department opted not to seek reimbursement for the assistance, but the Board of Supervisors decided to examine whether it could on behalf of the taxpayers.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | May 15, 2013
Orange County will not seek repayment of the $160,000 spent rescuing two Costa Mesa hikers who went missing Easter weekend in Trabuco Canyon, officials said Wednesday. Supervisor Shawn Nelson said the county does not have the legal authority to seek reimbursement. "We don't have a basis to go after them today - we didn't a month ago," he said. Rescue workers from Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside counties spent five days searching for Nicolas Cendoya, 19, and Kyndall Jack, 18. The pair went missing March 31 in Trabuco.
NEWS
May 6, 2013
Re. " D.A. charges missing hiker with meth possession " (May 1): We should be thankful for the news that drug possession charges were filed April 30 against one of the two lost hikers, Nicolas Cendoya. It provides closure and an end to a mystery that troubled everyone in the area since the two hikers were found several days after getting lost on Easter Sunday. We don't have definitive proof that Cendoya and Kyndall Jack were on drugs during their hike, but there couldn't be a more searing set of indicators: drugs were allegedly found in Cendoya's car, according to investigators, and the pair were lost and separated from each other that first night.
NEWS
By Nicole Santa Cruz and Lauren Williams | May 1, 2013
One of the two hikers who went missing in Trabuco Canyon and inspired a $160,000 search effort has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, officials said. Deputies are reporting that they found 497 milligrams of methamphetamine in 19-year-old Nicolas Cendoya's car while they were searching for the Costa Mesa pair, said Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman with the district attorney's office. Cendoya was sent a letter to appear in court on May 22 to answer to the felony charge, which was filed Tuesday.
NEWS
April 30, 2013
A five-day search to find two missing Costa Mesa hikers cost more than $160,000, officials said Tuesday. Nicolas Cendoya, 19, and Kyndall Jack, 18, called authorities about 8 p.m. Easter Sunday from Trabuco Canyon, saying they were lost but thought they were a mile from their car. The cell phone died soon after. The search-and-rescue effort to find the Costa Mesa High School alumni took 1,907 hours, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Two other sheriff's departments, the California Emergency Management Agency, the Orange County Fire Authority and Orange County Parks joined the search.
NEWS
April 10, 2013
The two Costa Mesa hikers lost in Trabuco Canyon for several nights will not be billed for the days-long effort to bring them home, officials said Wednesday. The search, which included agencies from Orange, Ventura, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, stretched from March 31, Easter Sunday, through April 4 when Kyndall Jack, 18, was rescued from a rocky mountainside. Rescuers had found and rescued Nicolas Cendoya, 19, the night before. Neither teen will be billed for the rescue efforts, according to Gail Krause, public relations manager for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
NEWS
By Kevin Chard | April 8, 2013
First off, I want preface my comments by saying how happy and thrilled I am that the two hikers were found ("A tremendous victory," April 5) . There are too many daily tragedies for Kyndall Jack and Nicolas Cendoya's possible deaths to have been added to the horrible and non-ending list. But - and this a tremendously huge but - the Daily Pilot failed to mention, as was done in one of the Los Angeles Times articles, the tremendous cost to the taxpayer that was required to rescue these very, very inexperienced and novice hikers.
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