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By Alan Blank | August 11, 2008
A pirate-clad ukulele player and a septuagenarian celestial navigation buff sit down at a dinner table. What do they talk about? How do they pass an entire night together? It’s almost a rhetorical question given the improbability of this pairing, but about a dozen people now know the answer thanks to a transpacific sailing expedition that recently ended in Newport Beach. The Alaska Eagle, a 65-foot aluminum sailboat that just returned from a yearlong, 20,000-mile trip to New Zealand and back, was staffed by a motley crew of sailors, and they didn’t just eat one meal together.
By Steve Virgen | August 6, 2008
She keeps playing. Not knowing what tomorrow brings, or what even today holds, she keeps playing. Golf is Debbie Albright’s game and she said it has helped her battle through the worst days of her life. The Newport Beach community has also greatly supported the 50-year-old, who has been dealing with an inoperable brain tumor for over the past year. Some grow frustrated hitting a small, white ball around a large course and following it around, yet somehow golf has brought peace for Albright, who won her 12th ladies championship at Newport Beach Country Club in May. But, golf is not really about winning for Albright, especially today when she will be playing in Newport Beach Country Club’s Seahorse Classic, the two-day member-guest tournament with her sister, Joanne Peacock, who is visiting from New Zealand.
March 14, 2008
The pre-trial hearing for the New Zealand man living out of a swanky Newport Beach hotel charged with possessing and selling drugs and questioned about the death of a woman found preserved in dry ice in his room has been pushed back to April 11, prosecutors said Thursday. Stephen Royds, 46, was charged with possessing and selling cocaine. When detectives searched his room, they found the frozen body of Huntington Beach resident Monique Trepp, 33, Newport Beach police said. Trepp had been dead for at least a few months and maybe up to a year, said District Atty.
March 11, 2008
Stephen Royds, the man whose arrest by Newport Beach police led detectives to a woman’s body stored in a bin of dry ice in the swanky Fairmont Newport Beach hotel, pleaded not guilty to two counts of possessing and selling narcotics Monday. Police arrested Royds, 46, of New Zealand, last Thursday night for possessing and selling cocaine. He was convicted of similar charges in 2002 when he skipped his sentencing and has been wanted on a warrant ever since. If convicted, Royds faces up to 12 years in prison, prosecutor Dennis Conway said.
December 19, 2007
Judy Louie took in some sightseeing in New Zealand recently. But that wasn’t the extent of her trip. The Corona del Mar resident also helped a U.S. women’s tennis team to a bronze medal. Louie won three doubles matches with her partner Carol Clay of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., as part of the Americans’ third-place finish in the Alice Marble Cup, an international tournament for 60-year-old women in New Zealand. Louie’s team, a group from the United State Tennis Assn.
By Kelly Strodl | November 23, 2007
For seasonal lifeguards Jesse Heydorff and Alex Scurr, traveling abroad is nothing new; they toured Europe together. But for their next trip, the longtime buds will journey in another direction, crossing the Pacific Ocean to the shores of Northern New Zealand as the next participants in the California/New Zealand Lifeguard Exchange. Now until the spring, Scurr, 23, a resident of Costa Mesa and Heydorff, 24, of Los Alamitos, will piggyback the best Kiwi lifeguards all along the coast, learning new techniques and even getting their hands on some new technology.
By Barry Faulkner | November 16, 2007
Daily hardships and family sacrifices have been incurred in order for Kevin Ah-Hi to pursue the chance to earn a free college education in the United States. So, Saturday, with his father in the stands, having flown in from Idaho, Ah-Hi was more than happy to show he, too, was carrying his share of the load. Carry, and carry, and carry he did. An Orange Coast College-record 48 carries later, Ah-Hi had amassed 266 rushing yards, just nine shy of the school single-game record, while helping the Pirates earn a 20-14 triumph over Mission Conference American Division rival Long Beach at OCC. After being blanketed with congratulations from teammates and coaches from both teams, and also dealing with the media after Saturday’s game, Ah-Hi was eager to share the experience with his father, Vena.
By Barry Faulkner | November 9, 2007
With the amount of injuries, defections, suspensions and coaching-staff turnover the UC Irvine women’s basketball program has experienced the last three seasons, Coach Molly Tuter might have expected Governor Schwarzenegger to show up any day with an offer of disaster relief. Instead, Tuter and her players have kept their heads down, kept their rehabilitation appointments, and kept churning toward a time when someone might be made to pay for their collective misfortune. That time may have arrived this season.
By Steve Virgen | October 13, 2007
The blood that remained cool amid the cold now flows through Bob Ctvrtlik. It’s in his veins, the lines run, too, through his three sons. That blood that kept Josef Ctvrtlik alive while steps away from a torturous death, resides somewhere deep in his youngest son. How does Bob Ctvrtlik block out the periphery and finish the task at hand? How is he able to ignore turbulence for the sake of reaching a destination? Why does his life seem so picture perfect, though there is reason to feel gloom?
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