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February 19, 1998 | FRANK MESSINA
Hoping to answer the concerns of environmentalists and nearby residents, representatives of the Boy Scouts of America tonight will present plans for a scout facility at O'Neill Regional Park. The scout group wants to build a outdoor training center for scouts and adult leaders on four acres of the 3,100-acre park. The project would include administrative offices and a swimming pool, along with archery and BB-gun ranges. Local environmentalists are concerned about development in a public park.
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March 14, 1987 | Gordon Grant
Five elderly hikers from Laguna Hills strode briskly along a hiking trail in O'Neill Regional Park on Friday morning. For two of them, Ann Gahimer and Victor J. Van Lint, it was a kind of celebration of the park's reopening--this time with new rules to protect the public from mountain lions. The two had hiked at Caspers Wilderness Park on the day that it, too, reopened. O'Neill was closed Dec. 26 after several cougars were sighted.
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December 28, 1999 | JACK LEONARD and LOUISE ROUG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A brush fire briefly threatened homes in Trabuco Canyon late Monday but was quickly contained by more than 100 firefighters aided by water-dumping helicopters. By late evening, Orange County fire authorities declared that the blaze, which was reported at 3:41 p.m., was fully contained and no longer a danger to a dozen homes skirting O'Neill Regional Park northeast of Mission Viejo. As relieved homeowners looked on, fire crews continued to douse hot spots in the 38 acres charred by the flames.
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September 27, 2003 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Hikers and mountain bikers entering O'Neill Regional Park in Rancho Santa Margarita are warned of potential encounters with mountain lions, rattlesnakes and Africanized bees. But those dangers may pale next to the presence of small, unexploded, half-century-old Navy bombs. Over a 28-hour period beginning Wednesday morning, workers building an asphalt bike path through the park discovered 11 military bombs while grading about a foot deep near a path used by mountain bikers.
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November 29, 2003 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
The Army Corps of Engineers said it will begin its search in March for old military explosives along a proposed bike path in Rancho Santa Margarita's O'Neill Regional Park. The sweep for unexploded ordnance at the former bombing range had been scheduled for 2023 but was quickly advanced with the discovery two months ago of 11 small bombs under about a foot of soil by workers preparing to lay asphalt for a bike path in the park.
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July 9, 1996 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County Planning Commission on Wednesday is expected to approve a plan that calls for the grading of 9 million cubic yards of earth on environmentally sensitive hills in Trabuco Canyon for the construction of 300 homes. Officials estimate it will take 13 months of grading before construction can begin on the Saddleback Meadows project, a 222-acre development planned for a slide-prone area near Cook's Corner, east of El Toro Road and on the northern boundary of O'Neill Regional Park.
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May 25, 2004 | Susan Anasagasti, David Haldane and Regine Labossiere, Times Staff Writers
Three teenage boys who left Irvine's Northwood High campus during school hours Monday suffered major injuries when their car missed a curve and plowed into a tree on Live Oak Canyon Road, the edge of O'Neill Regional Park, authorities said. "We don't know where they were headed," Officer Katrina Lundgren, a spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol, said of the 10:30 a.m. accident near Rancho Santa Margarita.
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June 5, 2004 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has finished removing old artillery rounds from a section of O'Neill Regional Park in southern Orange County, and within two months will decide when to begin clearing the rest of the park. During a two-week project that ended last week, technicians found 12 ordnance-related items along a 22-foot-wide corridor being planned as a bike path. None of the munitions discovered in the search area of 1 2/3 acres was live.
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October 18, 2000 | Sean Kirwan (714) 966-5642
Hikes through O'Neill Regional Park are scheduled from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The hikes will leave from the O'Neill Nature Center. Participants will be taught to identify tracks and other clues left behind by park animals. O'Neill Regional Park is at 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road. The hike is free and parking is $4. Information (949) 858-9365.
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June 13, 2001 | TINA BORGATTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 5.2-mile trail opening in Ladera Ranch on Saturday will allow hikers to trek from the mountains to the sea in South Orange County, providing a "missing link" from O'Neill Regional Park to Doheny State Beach. "The trail covers a wide variety of terrain and offers sweeping views of the Arroyo Trabuco, the foothills, and the views stretch all the way to the Pacific Ocean," said Diane Gaynor, a spokeswoman for Ladera Ranch, which developed the new trail.
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