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By Joseph Serna, Mona Shadia and Brianna Bailey | February 5, 2010
Thursday’s low-key police raid on a Costa Mesa marijuana dispensary operating illegally is a sign of things to come, Police Chief Chris Shawkey said Friday. Police served a search warrant on West Coast Wellness, a medical marijuana dispensary at 1260 Logan Ave. Four people were arrested on marijuana-related charges, officials said in a news release. “This should be a message to them that our intent is to take whatever appropriate action we can to close them down,” Shawkey said.
By Wheelbase Communications | 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.
By Joseph Serna | December 3, 2008
Apparently, if he’s not busy constructing homes, he’s busy saving them. In what could have been a greater loss than it was, Newport Beach concrete construction worker John Balch helped suppress a kitchen fire with only a garden hose in a Corona del Mar home Wednesday afternoon until firefighters arrived minutes later. To say he was proud of his quick thinking, or excited to battle flames for even a moment, would be an understatement. “I got in the door, leaned down.
By Emily Foxhall and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | October 9, 2013
One Newport Beach family knows quite well the drive to strike it rich that was common during the California Gold Rush. Sarajane Bartholomae, 67, and her four daughters - Kamme Hodge, 45, Korre Hartling, 43, Krista Hartling, 42, and Tori Hartling, 37 - traded five weeks of Southern California sunshine for five weeks of harsh Alaskan cold last fall to reopen the family's gold mines. Their adventure is the focus of "Alaska Gold Diggers," a six-episode series on Animal Planet premiering at 8 p.m. Thursday.
January 25, 2000
We asked Newport Harbor High School students about the state of their school's facilities. Here's what they had to say: "I think the buildings are fine. I think they should spend the money on getting more teachers."MARLON HERNANDEZ, 18 Costa Mesa "The bathrooms are pretty bad. They are not taken care of. They smell and they are always out of toilet paper. The toilets overflow." MISSY CARTER, 15 Newport Beach "The P.E. locker rooms smell really bad. The lockers have mold growing in them.
April 15, 2002
A gas leak that caused authorities to evacuate the terminal at John Wayne Airport for a little more than 20 minutes late Friday was found to have come from an external source. Officials with the airport's Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Unit, along with hazardous material teams from the Orange County Fire Authority combed the terminal and found no source of the smell inside the building, said Ann McCarley, airport spokeswoman. "It could have come from a vehicle driving by on the [San Diego Freeway]
February 8, 2005
"I probably would have liked to be a blacksmith because I like crafting with metals and plastics." Spencer Carey, 9 Newport Beach "I probably would have wanted to grind corn or something like weave baskets. I think it would be more fun than building adobe bricks, and more easier." Sunnie Kim, 9 Newport Beach "Made wine, made adobe bricks. I've tried making wine before and I've tried making adobe bricks and it's really fun." Josh Apple, 10 Newport Beach "I would have liked to maybe raise the cattle and stuff like that because I like animals and I like the smell of cows 'cause they smell bad."
By RON VANDERHOFF | September 22, 2007
“Heaven is under our feet, as well as over our heads.” — Henry David Thoreau   As odd as it may seem, digging in the soil — on hands and knees — is nearly a lost art. A generation ago whole families would put on their jeans, lace up some old shoes and head out into the garden to plant — real planting. They may have started out standing up. With a shovel in hand, dad would turn over the soil while others grabbed the weeds and other undesirables and cast them aside.
By Jessica Brunner | August 22, 2007
Four 20-somethings. A Ford F350. Eight surfboards. A 40,000-mile coastal route from Newport Beach to the tip of South America and back. It’s the ultimate surf trip for Newport Beach residents Eric Paine and Sean Robbins and their two buddies, but they’re more than a band of beach bums looking for an extended spring break. They’re four college grads setting out with a long bed, crew cab truck that runs on veggie oil. Their surfboards are made of Biofoam, soy-based as opposed to petroleum-based, and, in addition to surfing some of the world’s best breaks, the foursome will be volunteering with local nonprofits and spreading environmental awareness along the way. “Newport Beach gets to be a bubble after a while; nothing against Orange County, but we wanted to explore some more of the world in a way that’s environmentally low-impact,” said Paine, 27. “There will be a lot of surfing, a lot of adventure, some wild stories I’m sure, but we will also be doing a lot of good.
September 15, 2000
--Jennifer Kho Mesa Consolidated Water District has received a $10,000 grant to educate customers about its colored-water treatment plant, which is expected to open this month. The Costa Mesa-based utility received the money Thursday from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. An ozone and biofiltration process will be used at the plant to remove the slight tea color and sulfur-like smell from colored water, which is high-quality ground water found in aquifers between 600 and 1,200 feet deep.
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