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November 9, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A motorcyclist was killed when he collided with a pickup truck on Ortega Highway in Orange County on Saturday morning, briefly closing the highway and snarling traffic, authorities said. The victim's motorcycle collided with a black Toyota pickup truck about 11 a.m. on the highway about 20 miles east of San Juan Capistrano, according to a spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol. The highway reopened to motorists about 12:40 p.m. The victim in the crash has not been identified, authorities said.
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November 9, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A motorcyclist was killed when he collided with a pickup truck on Ortega Highway in Orange County on Saturday morning, briefly closing the highway and snarling traffic, authorities said. The victim's motorcycle collided with a black Toyota pickup truck about 11 a.m. on the highway about 20 miles east of San Juan Capistrano, according to a spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol. The highway reopened to motorists about 12:40 p.m. The victim in the crash has not been identified, authorities said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1998 | SUSAN DEEMER
The historic Ortega Highway, which leads to the Mission San Juan Capistrano, is set to undergo a $1.1-million widening between Interstate 5 and Rancho Viejo Road. Plans to widen the highway have been discussed for five years; Caltrans will begin construction next year. The project, expected to be formally approved at Tuesday's City Council meeting, will extend the westbound right-turn lane from Rancho Viejo Road to the Interstate 5 northbound onramp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Evacuations remained in place Tuesday for residents threatened by the 1,500-acre Falls fire near Lake Elsinore. Advancing flames from the fire that started Monday morning in the Cleveland National Forest prompted evacuations for Lakeland Village, Decker Canyon and Rancho Capistrano, according to the Incident Information System website . An evacuation perimeter was set up between the intersections of Grand Avenue and Ortega Highway and...
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March 9, 1991 | LEN HALL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ortega Highway, a well-traveled commuter route between the Lake Elsinore area and Orange County, will remain closed for repairs from La Pata Avenue near San Juan Capistrano to Grand Avenue in Lake Elsinore from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the weekend, a Caltrans spokesman said. The two-lane highway, California 74, has been closed for road repairs since March 1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Ortega Highway was closed for three hours Thursday after an accident in Riverside County, officials said. The California Highway Patrol issued a SigAlert after the 5:30 a.m. accident. Authorities said that several people were injured when their car overturned about three miles west of Grand Avenue in Lake Elsinore. The road was closed on the Orange County side at the Nichols Institute, about five miles east of Interstate 5.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2000 | CHRIS CEBALLOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Mission Viejo man died after his car rolled off Ortega Highway and down a hill early Friday, authorities said. James Earl Mitchell, 48, who reportedly was not wearing his seat belt, was ejected from his Cadillac and pinned beneath it at the bottom of the embankment. The accident occurred about 3:30 a.m., east of San Juan Capistrano, just past Antonio Parkway. California Highway Patrol officers closed Ortega Highway about 4 1/2 hours. Mitchell was driving alone, reports state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1996
Two big rigs collided on Ortega Highway on Monday afternoon, closing the hilly commuter artery for more than five hours and sending one driver to the hospital with minor injuries, sheriff's officials said. The trucks--both asphalt carriers--were headed in opposite directions near Shade Tree Lane when the driver of the truck heading east braked to avoid hitting a car. His truck jackknifed and swung into the truck traveling west, Lt. Richard Paddock said. The 2:30 p.m.
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August 5, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
A rapidly growing brush fire has burned at least 1,200 acres and forced evacuations in and around the Cleveland National Forest. Residents of Lakeland Village, Decker Canyon and Rancho Capistrano are under a mandatory evacuation order, according to the U.S. Forest Service's incident information website . The Ortega Highway, a connector route between Riverside and Orange County, has also been closed to nonresidents between Lake Elsinore and...
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August 5, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
A brush fire was burning out of control near Lake Elsinore, forcing evacuations and prompting officials to close local roads. The Falls fire began this afternoon east of Lake Elsinore near Ortega Highway. Nearly 200 acres had burned. According to Inciweb, "Mandatory evacuations [were ordered to] Decker Canyon and Rancho Capistrano residents. Ortega Highway is closed to nonresidents. " An evacuation center was opened at Lakeside High School. ALSO: Children found locked in trunk of car driven by mother Venice crash: Italian newlywed died of blunt force trauma BART official 'confident' deal can be reached in labor dispute  
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August 2, 2013 | From a Times Staff Writer
On consecutive nights this weekend, the 5 Freeway will be shut down in both directions in San Juan Capistrano as construction crew demolish the southern half of the Ortega Highway bridge. The freeway, a primary north-south artery in southern Orange County, will be closed starting at 11 p.m. Friday, as will the Ortega Highway overpass. The freeway is scheduled to be reopened by 7 a.m. Saturday. The cycle will be repeated Saturday night into Sunday morning. Traffic, both northbound and south, will be routed off the freeway and around the construction work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2010 | By Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times
Gustavo Ortega had expected problems, but nothing like this. The overnight storm, a typical February torrent, had rolled through La Cañada Flintridge, and Angeles Crest Highway stood right in its path. The next day, Ortega surveyed the damage. Less than a mile out, with the rooftops of the city still visible in his rearview mirror, he stopped. The road ahead had nearly disappeared, 24 feet of asphalt reduced to a sliver barely the width of his Expedition. Somewhere in the canyon below lay the rest of the pavement.
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September 5, 2009 | Ann M. Simmons
A fire that erupted overnight Thursday in steep canyons along Ortega Highway in southern Orange County has been fully contained and the highway reopened. The blaze erupted about midnight in the Cleveland National Forest about 12 miles east of San Juan Capistrano and charred about 25 acres, said Marty Driscoll, spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority. The fire never threatened homes, he said. Aircraft and about 160 firefighters were used to fight the blaze. One firefighter was injured, falling and breaking her leg, Driscoll said.
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September 3, 2008 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
DETROIT -- The Angels still rank second in the major leagues with 80 quality starts, but two somewhat shaky turns through the rotation have raised enough concern that Manager Mike Scioscia probably will give several pitchers extra rest this month in hopes of avoiding fatigue. In 10 games before Tuesday, Angels starters combined for a 5.40 earned-run average, with Joe Saunders (12 earned runs in 6 2/3 innings) and Jon Garland (10 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings) getting the worst of it. That's almost a run and a half higher than the starters' season ERA of 3.99.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2008 | Deborah Schoch
A look at upcoming news events: Today New hotel: The Beverly Hills City Council is expected to approve a proposal to build a Waldorf-Astoria hotel and two condominium buildings on the Beverly Hilton property. Tuesday Ortega Highway widening: Caltrans will meet with residents to discuss widening a stretch of Ortega Highway from two to four lanes. Wednesday Sex education: Planned Parenthood of Orange will release an Orange County-wide audit on high school sex education programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2008 | Christian Berthelsen
Two hikers who became lost Saturday evening in the Santa Ana Mountains were rescued Sunday afternoon without injuries, despite spending the night in the forest during a rainstorm, authorities said. Serena Neff, 24, of Dana Point and Carter McCoy, 33, of San Clemente called for help from Neff's cellphone about 5:45 p.m. Saturday, saying they had hiked into Hot Springs Canyon from the Lazy W Ranch off the Ortega Highway and could not find their way back. But phone service in the canyon was spotty and their contact with authorities was sporadic.
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