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January 19, 1991 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A small oil slick--apparently fuel dumped illegally by an unknown ship--was cleaned up Friday off Bolsa Chica State Beach before it reached shore, Coast Guard officials said. The Coast Guard estimated that 20 or 30 gallons of a heavy type of bunker fuel used by ships formed a horseshoe-shaped slick several hundred yards long Thursday night. No oil came ashore, however, so beaches, harbors and wetlands were spared any harm.
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September 20, 2008 | Mike Anton, Times Staff Writer
Eleven pelicans have been found on Bolsa Chica State Beach this week with their wings intentionally broken, prompting an investigation by federal wildlife authorities and the offer of a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. The sole pelican to survive is being cared for at the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center of Orange County, which put up the reward.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1992 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A small diesel spill tainted a half-mile strip of ocean water Thursday morning but broke up before polluting the beach. The light sheen, caused by an estimated 15 gallons of diesel fuel, was spotted by Shell Oil crews about three miles off Bolsa Chica State Beach shortly before 9 a.m. It broke into patches and evaporated within a few hours. "It's so light you can't even skim it. This stuff naturally dissipates before it gets to shore," said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. John Meehan.
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September 3, 2007 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The sun is sinking over Bolsa Chica State Beach when the cars begin their nightly swap. Out go the boys hauling bodyboards, the sun-blistered tourists, the girls in huge shades and bikinis the size of washcloths. In drive the locals, carrying memories of summer nights spent beside the Pacific, huddled around a bonfire, toasting s'mores. Near lifeguard stand 21, Ben Garcia leaned as close as the flames allow. He spent nearly an hour cramming his girlfriend's Ford Explorer with scrap lumber to torch and squirmed through work, his mind already at Huntington Beach.
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June 8, 1996 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Worried by new tests showing elevated levels of bacteria in coastal waters, authorities have indefinitely closed two-thirds of Bolsa Chica State Beach, one of Orange County's most popular beaches. The shutdown, ordered late Thursday by the Orange County Health Care Agency, follows the discovery of dozens of cracks in a 2.5-mile sewer line serving the state beach's 14 restrooms.
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September 17, 1997 | CATHY WERBLIN
Nancy Wheatley, chief of technical services for the Sanitation Districts of Orange County, will receive a Poppy Award from the California State Parks for helping to find a solution to sewer line problems at Bolsa Chica State Beach. The award will be presented at 8:45 a.m. Thursday at the Bolsa Chica State Beach main lifeguard headquarters in Huntington Beach. Parts of the state beach were closed temporarily last year because of sewer line leakage from beach restrooms.
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November 29, 1987
Plans for a multistory garage and other improvements to Bolsa Chica State Beach will be considered Tuesday by the State Park and Recreation Commission at a public hearing in the Huntington Beach City Council chambers. The city recently approved an overall plan for improvements on 2 1/2 miles of state-owned beach north of the pier. The Bolsa Chica State Beach General Plan Amendment includes the garage, a 10,000-square-foot restaurant, a concession stand and a surf museum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A pedestrian was killed late Wednesday when he was hit by a car while crossing a street, police said. The man, who has not been identified, was crossing Pacific Coast Highway near Bolsa Chica State Beach when he was struck by a Ford Taurus at about 11:15 p.m., said Huntington Beach Police Sgt. Craig Bryant. The man, believed to be 18 to 25 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, Bruce Kelben, 46, of Costa Mesa, was not cited.
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July 18, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Repairs of a sewer line at Bolsa Chica State Beach soon will begin. Leakage problems with the sewer line were discovered last year by the Sanitation Districts of Orange County. Dozens of cracks in the line were detected. As a result, two-thirds of the beach was declared off-limits to surfers, swimmers and waders until the sewer line was temporarily fixed. Permanent repairs now will be done on the 2 1/2-mile underground line serving the beach restrooms.
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July 31, 2006 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
When bulldozers finally smash through the wall of sand separating the Pacific from the Bolsa Chica wetlands, allowing millions of gallons of seawater to rush into the marsh for the first time in 107 years, a hard-core group of supporters will be on hand to cheer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A pedestrian was killed late Wednesday when he was hit by a car while crossing a street, police said. The man, who has not been identified, was crossing Pacific Coast Highway near Bolsa Chica State Beach when he was struck by a Ford Taurus at about 11:15 p.m., said Huntington Beach Police Sgt. Craig Bryant. The man, believed to be 18 to 25 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, Bruce Kelben, 46, of Costa Mesa, was not cited.
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June 30, 2003 | Jennifer Mena, Times Staff Writer
The body of a 14-year-old Fullerton boy who disappeared while swimming near Bolsa Chica State Beach washed up on shore Sunday, according to the Orange County coroner's office. A passerby saw a body floating in the water about 6:30 a.m. and called the Huntington Beach Fire Department, said Huntington and Bolsa Chica state beaches lifeguard supervisor Gus Avila. The body was identified as Oswaldo Jesus Ramos, said Deputy Coroner Cullen Ellinburg.
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November 27, 2002 | From Associated Press
Authorities on Tuesday suspended the search for two sport fishermen whose boat was found abandoned off Huntington Beach two days earlier. There was no sign of foul play in the disappearances of Hyong Kum Kim, 46, of Burbank and Dae Kyu Kim, 35, of Los Angeles, authorities said. A 25-hour, 1,400-square-mile search coordinated by the Coast Guard failed to find any trace of the men after lifeguards found their 22-foot boat Sunday afternoon outside the surf line at Bolsa Chica State Beach.
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November 14, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What appears to be good news for the Bolsa Chica wetlands--approval Tuesday by the California Coastal Commission of a tidal channel to restore the area to its natural state--is cause for concern among many surfers, who worry the channel will add pollution to local beaches. Jeff Gordon, 31, of Newport Beach said he is aware of the dangers of surfing in polluted water.
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November 7, 2001 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a surprise move, Caltrans on Tuesday removed the main obstacle to a $100-million restoration of the Bolsa Chica wetlands, paving the way for the project's approval next week. The agency's previous insistence on turning a four-lane section of Pacific Coast Highway into a six-lane bridge was the primary reason the California Coastal Commission staff had recommended against the project Friday. But Tuesday, the California Department of Transportation agreed to a four-lane bridge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1993
Wetlands Tours--Guided public tours of the Bolsa Chica wetlands will be held Saturday morning. The tours, sponsored by Amigos de Bolsa Chica, will depart from the wetlands' ecological reserve every 20 minutes beginning at 9 a.m. The last tour will depart at 10:30 a.m. A large variety of birds are at the wetlands, including egrets, grebes, terns, loons, waterfowl and other shorebirds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1990
6-year-old Garden Grove man who had been pulled from the surf unconscious and not breathing died Friday, authorities said. Witnesses at Bolsa Chica State Beach said Dennis Stauffer was paddling to shore on his surfboard Thursday when he fell off, coroner's investigators said. When Stauffer did not come up for air, bystanders went into the surf and pulled him to shore. Lifeguards performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation and paramedics took him to Pacifica Community Hospital.
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August 10, 2001 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Coastal Commission on Thursday heard from a divided environmental community about how best to restore the Bolsa Chica wetlands, once a flourishing coastal ecosystem cut off from the ocean a century ago and later contaminated by oil fields. Though the commission appears close to approving a $100-million project, the most expensive wetlands recovery effort in state history, several key issues still must be resolved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2001
Re "Project Makes Waves at Bolsa Chica Beach," June 12: The Bolsa Chica renovation project is going to be an inconvenience for travelers and the local community, especially during the summer months. Travelers come from all over for the beach city camping experience and now at Bolsa Chica State Beach all 59 camping spaces are closed. There will be no place for recreational vehicle parking and the majority of the travelers will have to find a new beach site. As a result, the downtown retailers are going to be affected by this closure and consequently lose money.
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