February 3, 2002
-- Don Leach Once in a while a winter storm will pass through the area cold and gray. Leaving behind a crisp new day. And for one day the snow-topped mountains come into play. How do you make them seem closer, like they are in your head? Put away the small lens, put on the big one, instead. So I went to the place where I knew I could put the elements together and make it seem like the mountains were as close as they seemed, the Back Bay. The first clear day after a storm is always unique because the mountains are bright and brilliant.
January 29, 2003
Lolita Harper It's probably a good thing the students of Whittier Elementary School were not in the mountains because the fervor and pitch of their giggles and shrieks at Tuesday's snow day could have caused an avalanche. Nuzzled in the far corner of the school's playground were 20 tons of snow with hundreds of euphoric youngsters reveling in it. Freckle-faced Farah Fox was among those who was the most excited. She spoke in rapid narrative about her adventures in the snow, pausing only briefly to catch her breath and dodge a nearby sled.
October 20, 2008
What do tissue paper and post-Impressionist Paul Cezanne have in common? A lot, if you were in Mrs. Blackwell?s class at Kaiser Elementary School on Monday. It?s all part of ?Art Masters,? an enrichment program that holds assemblies a few times a year to teach kids about an artist?s life, then shows them how to capture a bit of the master?s style. Under Art Masters teacher Laura Williams? instruction, students took squares of tissue paper and tore them into rough gray triangles for mountains, then layered finger-sized strips of blue and pink for sunset skies, green and yellow for grasses underneath, sticking the whole thing together with liquid starch.
January 16, 2001
Danette Goulet COSTA MESA -- In the fourth grade, students are at a stage where they are on the cusp of transforming into older, more responsible children and yet still maintain many childish traits. One minute they can be seriously informing you of a fact and the next grinning in chagrin as they make a mess of trying to write a sentence. That is what I took away from watching them interact in groups, at any rate. It was quite endearing. Jennifer Wedlock's fourth-grade class at Adams Elementary School was studying the various regions of California.
January 24, 2008
Authorities were on the alert for flash floods Wednesday night as a storm hit the area. An 80% chance of rain is expected in the Newport-Mesa area Thursday, and there is a 60-to-70% chance of rain over the weekend, forecasters said. A storm forming over the Pacific Ocean has brought with it heavy rains and snow up in the mountains, forecasters said Wednesday. The low-pressure system is expected to move inland by Saturday but heavy rains, mountain snow and strong winds should continue through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
January 26, 2007
Ahoy. We are experiencing great winter weather, and this weekend will be good with partly cloudy skies. The ocean conditions are typical for this time of year, but the Santa Ana winds with their offshore direction have been helping to keep the near-shore seas flat. Lately, it seems that the winds will never leave, and I am receiving a flood of e-mails inquiring why the recent Santa Ana winds were cold and not hot, plus what is the wind's true name. Let's start with the name.
April 4, 2000
There seems to be some confusion as to just who floated the first Christmas tree around Newport Harbor. The very first floating Christmas tree was put on the harbor by the original Junior Chamber of Commerce -- the pre-World War II chamber -- the existence of which came to a screeching halt on Dec. 7, 1941. That Junior Chamber of Commerce had three presidents: Bob Allen, myself and Cuba Morris. The first floating Christmas tree occurred during Cuba's reign.
November 3, 2002
Good things continue to mount for Daily Pilot Sports. I would presume, since you're reading this, you've found these pages as the "B" section of the Pilot, something that hasn't happened for many years. Beginning today the Sports on Sundays will come in this format, with expanded space and a continued emphasis on "Locals Only." We found our way back to Sundays in February of 2001, and finally came back to the Anteaters at UC Irvine last fall. That's a long way from where we were during the dark ages when the Daily Pilot went from a seven-days-a-week daily to six, then the horrible threes in '93 before bouncing back to five days a week, then six days a week, and now back to every day, with a "B" section on Sundays, as well as the customary Thursdays and Saturdays.
June 2, 2005
JOSEPH N. BELL I read the long, pictorial article in last Sunday's Los Angeles Times about the growing opium trade in Afghanistan with a special interest. I wrote an article 38 years ago that dealt with an identical problem a lot closer to home. Different times, different countries, but the plight of the farmers and the enormous difficulties in stopping this trade haven't changed very much in all those years. We learn slowly, and sometimes not at all. I got involved with this story in 1967 when the editor of Today's Health, the magazine of the American Medical Assn.
November 9, 2000
Until two weeks ago, my wife -- a born and bred Southern Californian -- had never seen the magic of the fall season. We looked longingly at travel folders of New England in October, but that's as close as we got until some dear friends who live in the southeastern corner of North Carolina invited us to visit and we decided to combine it with a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which bisects Tennessee and ...