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July 7, 1991 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a quiet, wooded area on a mountainside here, remains of an old silver mill sleep under a hot July sun. No roads reach into this section of Pine Canyon. A steep footpath is the only access. Only the singing of the birds and the sounds of leaves snapping against the breeze break the quiet. But with a little imagination, one can hear the sounds of Orange County's rip-roaring past. Against this now-quiet backdrop, hundreds of miners once dug deep tunnels into the mountain.
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April 4, 2000 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Looking at the towering, 125-year-old eucalyptus being cut down by Tustin city workers early Monday, arborist Harold Mitchell couldn't help but wonder how the tree's fate would have differed in the wild. A deadly fungus sealed the tree's future. But its immediate demise was the product of location, location, location. "In a forest, the tree falls on a bear," Mitchell said. "But here, it falls on people or a house--and that makes a huge difference."
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September 21, 1999 | Michael C. Malcomb, (949) 764-4312
The city's historic Brower orange grove could one day be known as the Sunkist Orchard if a preservation organization has its way. Preserve Our Past is seeking funding from Sunkist Growers for the $2-million ranch and orchard to protect the 3.66-acre estate from the bulldozer. "A couple avenues of potential financial support have been found," City Councilman Norman Z. Eckenrode said Monday.
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September 23, 1999 | Michael C. Malcomb, (949) 764-4312
The Brower orange grove soda-sponsorship plan has gone flat, leaving a local preservation organization with only three months to raise $2 million to save the property from development. City Council members rejected a request Tuesday by local preservation group Preserve Our Past, asking the city to pay $12,000 to the private firm Public Enterprise to evaluate whether the Placentia orchard could find a corporate sponsor in a big soft-drink company.
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September 23, 1999 | Michael C. Malcomb, (949) 764-4312
The Brower orange grove soda-sponsorship plan has gone flat, leaving a local preservation organization with only three months to raise $2 million to save the property from development. City Council members rejected a request Tuesday by local preservation group Preserve Our Past, asking the city to pay $12,000 to the private firm Public Enterprise to evaluate whether the Placentia orchard could find a corporate sponsor in a big soft-drink company.
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December 25, 1993 | JON NALICK
When Juan Pablo Grijalva arrived in the late 1700s, the entire population of what would later become Orange County was limited to the few denizens of the mission at San Juan Capistrano. Still, after 32 years in the Spanish army, in which he fought natives and explored the state from San Francisco to San Diego, he moved his family here and built the county's first private residence and ranch, said local historian Jim Sleeper. "He was kind of the pioneer's pioneer.
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March 24, 1995 | DEBRA CANO
The city will ask the state Historical Resources Commission to move next month's meeting, where it is to discuss the World War II artillery bunker on the Bolsa Chica Mesa, to Huntington Beach. The meeting is currently scheduled at Long Beach City Hall. Gary Reinoehl, associate state archeologist, said the panel will be discussing the impact that a 3,300-home development will have on the bunker and other cultural properties.
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April 4, 2000 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Looking at the towering, 125-year-old eucalyptus being cut down by Tustin city workers early Monday, arborist Harold Mitchell couldn't help but wonder how the tree's fate would have differed in the wild. A deadly fungus sealed the tree's future. But its immediate demise was the product of location, location, location. "In a forest, the tree falls on a bear," Mitchell said. "But here, it falls on people or a house--and that makes a huge difference."
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January 23, 1994 | DEBRA CANO
Remnants of Buena Park's past will get a permanent home in a newly created historical district on Beach Boulevard, across from City Hall. The City Council, acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, on Tuesday unanimously approved relocating two historic homes from their current park site on Manchester Boulevard. The Whitaker-Jaynes estate was built at the site in 1887 by Andrew Whitaker, the brother of the city's founder, James A. Whitaker.
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April 21, 1999 | Jason Leopold, (949) 574-4204
Council members have unanimously approved plans to dedicate Cousteau Pit and the Juan Avila Adobe as historical monuments. A formal ceremony is scheduled for July 3. The council also approved developing a historical guide to the city highlighting the landmarks. Fossil remains from rabbits, sabre-tooth cats and other creatures were first discovered at Cousteau Pit in 1965.
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September 21, 1999 | Michael C. Malcomb, (949) 764-4312
The city's historic Brower orange grove could one day be known as the Sunkist Orchard if a preservation organization has its way. Preserve Our Past is seeking funding from Sunkist Growers for the $2-million ranch and orchard to protect the 3.66-acre estate from the bulldozer. "A couple avenues of potential financial support have been found," City Councilman Norman Z. Eckenrode said Monday.
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April 21, 1999 | Jason Leopold, (949) 574-4204
Council members have unanimously approved plans to dedicate Cousteau Pit and the Juan Avila Adobe as historical monuments. A formal ceremony is scheduled for July 3. The council also approved developing a historical guide to the city highlighting the landmarks. Fossil remains from rabbits, sabre-tooth cats and other creatures were first discovered at Cousteau Pit in 1965.
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June 12, 1995 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The centuries-old mystery surrounding a small, dark cave could threaten the future of a $1.26-billion toll-road project. For 362 days a year, the little cavern along the Eastern Transportation Corridor in the western foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains looks like a hundred other insignificant holes in the steep rocks. But for three days each December, local Native Americans say, a strange event occurs there that makes it a spiritual nexus. During the winter solstice Dec.
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May 2, 1995 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As workers in Huntington Beach recently began dismantling a World War II bunker in Bolsa Chica, officials at Crystal Cove State Park began planning to preserve some of the history being lost to the battering ram. A smaller bunker built into the hillside overlooking Abalone Point to spot and locate enemy ships will be made into an attraction for people interested in the history surrounding the defense of the coastline during the war, they said.
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March 31, 1995 | DAVID HALDANE
A coalition opposed to development at the Bolsa Chica wetlands filed a request Thursday for a preliminary injunction barring the demolition of a historic World War II bunker at the site. "This really does represent an unusual period in our history," said Debbie Cook, a lawyer representing the group. "Where else can you go on our coast to see something like this? It's really quite impressive."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1994 | DEBRA CANO
Remnants of Buena Park's past will get a permanent home in a newly created historical district on Beach Boulevard, across from City Hall. The City Council, acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, on Tuesday unanimously approved relocating two historic homes from their current park site on Manchester Boulevard. The Whitaker-Jaynes estate was built at the site in 1887 by Andrew Whitaker, the brother of the city's founder, James A. Whitaker.
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September 1, 1991 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like a 1960s sit-in protester, the maroon Volkswagen is stationed in front of the towering eucalyptus tree, a barricade just big enough to keep chain saws away from the 70-foot giant. The abandoned car's purpose is stated plainly on a heart-shaped sign cut from green construction paper and taped to the windshield: "Save the Tree." But a shallow, foot-long chain saw gash across the tree's trunk shows that builder Jeffrey Eastman has other ideas.
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June 12, 1995 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The centuries-old mystery surrounding a small, dark cave could threaten the future of a $1.26-billion toll-road project. For 362 days a year, the little cavern along the Eastern Transportation Corridor in the western foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains looks like a hundred other insignificant holes in the steep rocks. But for three days each December, local Native Americans say, a strange event occurs there that makes it a spiritual nexus. During the winter solstice Dec.
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December 25, 1993 | JON NALICK
When Juan Pablo Grijalva arrived in the late 1700s, the entire population of what would later become Orange County was limited to the few denizens of the mission at San Juan Capistrano. Still, after 32 years in the Spanish army, in which he fought natives and explored the state from San Francisco to San Diego, he moved his family here and built the county's first private residence and ranch, said local historian Jim Sleeper. "He was kind of the pioneer's pioneer.
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