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August 14, 1992 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tony Forster, a member of the prominent San Juan Capistrano ranching family, first heard about the legend from his father, Judge Thomas A. Forster, who probably heard it from his father, Frank. It's the story of Lucas Canyon, whose mere mention to South County old-timers stirs a California craving for gold as old as the state's ancient oaks.
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May 5, 1993 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County Board of Supervisors gave unanimous approval Tuesday to a nearly threefold expansion of a controversial quarry mining operation near the Cleveland National Forest, rejecting arguments from environmental groups opposed to the scope of the project. The decision, ending more than a year of debate, allows the Ortega Rock Quarry to tear down a 3,700-foot-long ridge in Lucas Canyon, expand its operation to 96 acres and build a concrete processing plant on the site.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1993 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Environmentalists opposed to the expansion of a controversial Rancho Mission Viejo rock quarry told the County Planning Commission on Wednesday that a larger operation would have a devastating and perhaps irreversible impact on the region's wilderness area. "The bottom line here is when this project is done as proposed, are we going to be comfortable with what's left?" asked Pete DeSimone of the National Audubon Society in testimony before the panel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1993 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Environmentalists opposed to the expansion of a controversial Rancho Mission Viejo rock quarry told the County Planning Commission on Wednesday that a larger operation would have a devastating and perhaps irreversible impact on the region's wilderness area. "The bottom line here is when this project is done as proposed, are we going to be comfortable with what's left?" asked Pete DeSimone of the National Audubon Society in testimony before the panel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1993 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County Board of Supervisors gave unanimous approval Tuesday to a nearly threefold expansion of a controversial quarry mining operation near the Cleveland National Forest, rejecting arguments from environmental groups opposed to the scope of the project. The decision, ending more than a year of debate, allows the Ortega Rock Quarry to tear down a 3,700-foot-long ridge in Lucas Canyon, expand its operation to 96 acres and build a concrete processing plant on the site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A quarry owner accused of illegally dumping dirt in a creek bed was sentenced Friday to five years of probation, 300 hours of community service and a $10,000 fine. John Schmutz, owner of the Ortega quarry in Rancho Mission Viejo, pleaded no contest to two felony and four misdemeanor charges that carried a maximum prison sentence of three years. He was accused of purposely dumping as much as 100,000 cubic yards of dirt in Lucas Canyon Creek in 1998 and 1999.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1992 | LEN HALL and JIM NEWTON
A high-ranking county official has ordered an inspection of a controversial Rancho Mission Viejo rock quarry that is seeking to triple its operations on future county parkland despite a history of permit and code violations. Thomas B. Mathews, planning director for the county's Environmental Management Agency, said he and a special team of investigators will tour the quarry in remote Lucas Canyon on Jan. 15.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1992 | LEN HALL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Orange County district attorney's office has opened a review of potential code violations by a Rancho Mission Viejo rock quarry that is seeking to triple its operations on land set aside for a future county park. Deputy Dist. Atty. David S. Kirkpatrick, a member of the consumer environmental protection unit, said Friday that he is reviewing documents forwarded to him by the county's Environmental Management Agency.
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April 5, 1990 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a recent warm spring Sunday in the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness, a volunteer crew of nine graded Orange County's newest trail through a final stretch of dense chaparral to join the end of another path that led to the canyon bottom below. Ken Croker, leader of the crew and self-appointed caretaker of the Santa Ana Mountains' trails, strolled across the newly blazed link and down the older path--an abandoned mining trail that Croker and company had rebuilt a decade before.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1992 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tony Forster, a member of the prominent San Juan Capistrano ranching family, first heard about the legend from his father, Judge Thomas A. Forster, who probably heard it from his father, Frank. It's the story of Lucas Canyon, whose mere mention to South County old-timers stirs a California craving for gold as old as the state's ancient oaks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1987 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
Rejecting a challenge from environmentalists, a judge cleared the way Friday to build a 23-building biomedical facility on a 100-acre site surrounded by Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park. Orange County Superior Court Judge Gary L. Taylor ruled that county supervisors had based last December's approval of the project on substantial evidence and complied with all environmental laws. Construction could begin by midsummer on the Nichols Institute facility.
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