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April 16, 2014
An apparently intoxicated Costa Mesa resident drove her car into a Newport Beach nature preserve and then crashed into a marshy area of Upper Newport Bay early Wednesday, police said. About half an hour after midnight Tuesday, the woman drove down a trail and broke through a barrier on the side of a bridge, dropping into the shallow water below, according to Newport Beach police and a report from KTLA-5. The driver, Amy Melissa Gibson, 29, of Costa Mesa, was the only person in the vehicle, Newport Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | September 18, 2013
A memorial service will be held this weekend for a former Newport Beach city councilman. Ray Williams, an early advocate of the Upper Newport Bay ecological preserve, died of natural causes at his home in Lake Arrowhead Aug. 15. He was 79. Williams "stood in the front lines" with others during the efforts in the 1970s to protect the bay area from development, according to his wife, Tatyana "Mary" Melnikoff. The nature-enthusiast lived in Newport Beach for 12 years, beginning in 1969, she said.
NEWS
December 12, 2003
Alicia Robinson The California Coastal Conservancy announced on Thursday that it will give the county a $12.5-million grant that will allow the restoration of Upper Newport Bay to begin. Design of the project, now underway, should be completed by September 2004, with construction beginning in fall 2005, said Donald Spencer, the project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "We're very excited," Orange County coastal engineer Susan Brodeur said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jim de Boom | October 4, 2011
The 23rd annual Interfaith Hunger Walk steps off at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 from Our Lady Queen of Angels School, at Jamboree Road and East Bluff Drive in Newport Beach. Hundreds of walkers from different faiths, age groups and walks of life will walk along the beautiful Upper Newport Bay, according to Bob Johnston, the lead organizer. There will be live music, games, food, drinks and prizes awarded at the end of the 4K/7K walk. A quarter of the proceeds from the walk will benefit local organizations, including Share Our Selves Jewish Family Services, O.C. Interfaith Shelter, Catholic Worker and Stand Up For Kids.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | June 25, 2013
The Federal Aviation Administration could revisit Newport Beach's request that the agency consider developing an advanced departure procedure from John Wayne Airport that would dampen the roar of jet engines over homes neighboring the Upper Newport Bay, according to a letter the FAA sent the city. But first, FAA officials said, the world's busiest airport is in line for a test version of the upgrade. Starting this fall, Delta Air Lines pilots taking off from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will have the option of flying a Requiered Navigation Performance departure procedure, which would "take aircraft on a curving path over a golf course" west of the airport, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor wrote in an email.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | March 25, 2014
Two residents have sued Newport Beach in hopes of blocking a residential, commercial and marine development proposed for a section of the Upper Newport Bay. Bert Ohlig and Susan Skinner, who make up the Stop the Dunes Hotel group, sued the city, council members and others March 14 in Orange County Superior Court, alleging that the parties did not provide adequate review of the project's potential environmental impacts. The city and a potential operator of the proposed Back Bay Landing project have called the lawsuit meritless.
NEWS
June 18, 2007
Several local streams and the Upper Newport Bay didn't meet water quality standards during a recent day of testing around the county, according to data from water quality watchdog Orange County Coastkeeper. The group recently issued results from a May 5 event, when volunteers and water quality experts collected samples from 31 spots along the Orange County Coast and its feeder streams, including several in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach. The Upper Newport Bay also had problematic levels of dissolved oxygen and one kind of bacteria.
NEWS
By Leslie Daigle | August 28, 2009
I recently toured Upper Newport Bay with engineers from the county and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to view the progress of the restoration project to date. These unsung heroes met the challenge of engineering a plan to excavate 2.3 million cubic yards of sediment while minimizing disturbance to wildlife. Together we marveled at the ability of nature to regenerate. The mud flats at 23rd Street are a huge success. Birds are foraging for worms and crustaceans in record numbers.
NEWS
By Roger Mallett | April 20, 2010
Earth Day, which officially falls Thursday, is a time for all of us to think about how we can protect our planet. There are many ways to do this: recycling, reusing, conserving resources, preventing pollution. Often simple steps are all it takes. We just need to understand what those steps can be. From 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Sunday, we, the Newport Bay Naturalists and Friends, and our partners at Upper Newport Bay will be holding our 20th annual Earth Day event at the spectacular OC Parks Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, which overlooks the bay. What better place to celebrate Earth Day than at a facility constructed mainly with recycled materials, such as the nearly 200 tons of spent oil filters used in making the steel bars that reinforce the concrete in the floor, walls and roof.
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NEWS
April 16, 2014
An apparently intoxicated Costa Mesa resident drove her car into a Newport Beach nature preserve and then crashed into a marshy area of Upper Newport Bay early Wednesday, police said. About half an hour after midnight Tuesday, the woman drove down a trail and broke through a barrier on the side of a bridge, dropping into the shallow water below, according to Newport Beach police and a report from KTLA-5. The driver, Amy Melissa Gibson, 29, of Costa Mesa, was the only person in the vehicle, Newport Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said.
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NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | March 25, 2014
Two residents have sued Newport Beach in hopes of blocking a residential, commercial and marine development proposed for a section of the Upper Newport Bay. Bert Ohlig and Susan Skinner, who make up the Stop the Dunes Hotel group, sued the city, council members and others March 14 in Orange County Superior Court, alleging that the parties did not provide adequate review of the project's potential environmental impacts. The city and a potential operator of the proposed Back Bay Landing project have called the lawsuit meritless.
NEWS
March 13, 2014
Firefighters battled a blaze in the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve on Thursday morning that burned just under an acre, officials said. It occurred around 6 a.m. near Irvine Avenue and Santiago Drive, not far from where another vegetation fire burned about 1.5 acres last week . Investigators from Newport Beach Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Authority will be looking for any people or series of circumstances connecting the...
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | September 18, 2013
A memorial service will be held this weekend for a former Newport Beach city councilman. Ray Williams, an early advocate of the Upper Newport Bay ecological preserve, died of natural causes at his home in Lake Arrowhead Aug. 15. He was 79. Williams "stood in the front lines" with others during the efforts in the 1970s to protect the bay area from development, according to his wife, Tatyana "Mary" Melnikoff. The nature-enthusiast lived in Newport Beach for 12 years, beginning in 1969, she said.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | June 25, 2013
The Federal Aviation Administration could revisit Newport Beach's request that the agency consider developing an advanced departure procedure from John Wayne Airport that would dampen the roar of jet engines over homes neighboring the Upper Newport Bay, according to a letter the FAA sent the city. But first, FAA officials said, the world's busiest airport is in line for a test version of the upgrade. Starting this fall, Delta Air Lines pilots taking off from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will have the option of flying a Requiered Navigation Performance departure procedure, which would "take aircraft on a curving path over a golf course" west of the airport, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor wrote in an email.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | June 21, 2013
New California Department of Fish and Wildlife signs telling users of the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve that they may be subject to a fee have left Newport Beach residents and officials scratching their heads. At Tuesday night's meeting, the City Council is set to discuss the matter and authorize the city to send the department a letter asking that the reserve be free. The signs indicate that users must have a Lands Pass - which costs $4.32 for a day at the reserve or $22.68 for the year and is required for people who want to hike, bike, bird watch or do anything but hunt in any of seven Fish and Wildlife-managed areas, including the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve, the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area in Butte County and the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area in Solano County.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | May 3, 2013
A mechanical shriek followed a low rumble as the Boeing 737 came closer, a looming albatross partially obscured by a thin, misty cloud. Within moments, it had passed and was soaring over the gunmetal waters of the Upper Newport Bay and toward the ocean. Then, the jet did something it wasn't supposed to do: It flew straight ahead. "He didn't turn," observed Ken Shapero, a GE Aviation Systems official, peering skyward. The plane, striped in Southwest Airlines' distinctive yellow and red, should have curved left to stay roughly over the bay to comply with a flight pattern aimed at protecting residents from noise.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jim de Boom | October 4, 2011
The 23rd annual Interfaith Hunger Walk steps off at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 from Our Lady Queen of Angels School, at Jamboree Road and East Bluff Drive in Newport Beach. Hundreds of walkers from different faiths, age groups and walks of life will walk along the beautiful Upper Newport Bay, according to Bob Johnston, the lead organizer. There will be live music, games, food, drinks and prizes awarded at the end of the 4K/7K walk. A quarter of the proceeds from the walk will benefit local organizations, including Share Our Selves Jewish Family Services, O.C. Interfaith Shelter, Catholic Worker and Stand Up For Kids.
NEWS
May 13, 2011
Date of Birth Feb. 12, 1929 Passed away 5/7/11 Born in Santa Ana, CA to Fred and Cleo Hein, Ron was raised mostly in Chino, CA, graduating from Chino High School in 1947.  In 1949 he married Marilynne (Shanks) Hein, also of Chino.  They raised their two children there, and moved to Newport Beach in 1969. They were happily married until her death in 1999, just shy of their 50th anniversary. Following his father Fred Hein into the Department of Fish and Game, Ron spent a long and fulfilling career as a wildlife manager, in Orange, San Diego, and LA County.  He was proudest of his efforts  connected with the fight to preserve the Upper Newport Bay from development .  He co-authored a report by California Dept of Fish and Game that favored conserving the bay, and asked the question “what kind of legacy does this generation want to leave to those of the future?
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | March 30, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — From pulling people from burning cars to hauling a downed plane out of mud and water, business leaders and Newport Beach city officials were regaled Wednesday with stories of police officers' actions in the last year. The stories were part of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce's 40th annual Police Appreciation Breakfast. "These awards are representative of a great many more acts by our Police Department every day," said Mayor Mike Henn. Officers were lauded in two categories: lifesaving and merit.
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