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September 6, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Cristian Solano of San Fernando continues to dazzle. He completed 18 of 21 passes for 450 yards and six touchdowns in a 55-24 victory over Chatsworth. San Clemente junior quarterback Sam Darnold rushed for 176 yards in 14 carries and scored three touchdowns and completed 12 of 18 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns in San Clemente's 35-32 win over Cabrillo. He scored the winning TD with 25 seconds left. Josh Rosen completed 16 of 23 passes for 221 yards and one touchdown in St. John Bosco's 48-0 win over Clovis North.
August 31, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Mission Viejo came away with a 49-20 win over Baldwin on Friday night in Hawaii, with seven players scoring touchdowns. It was a good opening night for the South Coast League, with four of the five teams getting wins. Tesoro had the upset of the night, beating La Mirada, 43-14, in the debut of first-year Coach Matt Poston. Jon Rivera ran for 208 yards and Devon Modster passed for 186 yards. San Clemente and Trabuco Hills also came away with victories. San Clemente has a rising junior quarterback in Sam Darnold, who's going to provide strong competition to Josh Rosen (St. John Bosco)
August 31, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
U.S. Border Patrol agents seized marijuana valued at more than $14 million at a San Clemente checkpoint, authorities said. The stash was discovered at 12:50 p.m. Thursday after agents stopped a 43-year-old man at the Interstate 5 checkpoint, authorities said. The suspect was hauling a 53-foot-long trailer and after being questioned was directed to an inspection area. A K-9 unit alerted agents to the trailer, which was found to contain 218 boxes filled with marijuana. The marijuana weighed 18,458 pounds -- about nine tons -- with an estimated street value of $14,766,448, officials said.
August 26, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
A San Clemente middle school teacher pleaded guilty Monday to sexually assaulting a student on campus and committing lewd acts against two others, the Orange County district attorney's office said. Richard John Rack's jury trial was underway and the prosecution had rested its case when the former teacher pleaded guilty to felony counts of lewd acts on a child age 14 or 15, lewd or lascivious acts with a minor under 14 and oral copulation of a minor under 16. Rack had been a teacher at Shorecliffs Middle School in San Clemente since 2002.
July 21, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND - The unique wildlife of San Clemente Island has survived the appetites and hooves of feral livestock, bombardments by Navy vessels and wave after wave of amphibious assault vehicles storming local beaches and grassy plateaus. The operative word is "survived. " Through it all, native species clung to life on the 57-square-mile volcanic isle about 75 miles northwest of San Diego that includes the only ship-to-shore bombardment training range in the United States.
June 27, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Southern California Edison issued layoff notices to 600 employees this week, following news this month that the San Onofre nuclear plant in San Clemente would be permanently retired. The coastal plant that once supplied power to 1.4 million homes in Southern California was closed in January 2012 when a tube in its newly replaced steam generators leaked a small amount of radioactive steam, leading to the discovery that the tubes were wearing down at an unusual rate. The shutdown will mean the utility company will reduce its staff at the plant from about 1,500 to 400. Quiz: How much do you know about California's economy?
June 25, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 600-foot stretch of Mariposa Street Beach in San Clemente has been closed due to a sewage spill, officials said Tuesday afternoon. The area will be closed until further notice, the Orange County Health Care Agency said. Officials with the agency also reported Tuesday that bacteria levels had exceeded health standards at three other beaches in Newport Bay, Dana Point and San Clemente. In Newport Bay, high levels of bacteria were detected at Sapphire Street Beach and at Bayside Drive Beach on Balboa Island.
June 23, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
More than 90 years ago the San Clemente Dam rose on what John Steinbeck called in a novel "a lovely little river" that "has everything a river should have. " These days, that's not so true of the Carmel River, which empties into the Pacific Ocean just south of Carmel. The river is overpumped. Flood plain has been lost to development, and the silted-up San Clemente is vulnerable to collapse in an earthquake, threatening 1,500 downstream structures. But next month, in what officials say is the state's largest-ever dam removal, work will begin on a three-year project to dismantle the 106-foot-tall concrete dam and reroute half a mile of the river.
June 23, 2013 | By Abby Sewell and Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
The picturesque beach city of San Clemente has hummed along for decades just up the highway from the ominous concrete domes of the San Onofre nuclear plant. To residents, there were always reminders of their neighbor's presence - the quarterly emergency siren tests and the potassium iodide tablets that local agencies kept on hand to distribute to residents in the 10-mile emergency planning zone around the plant. But for the most part, the 63,000 residents of this city on the southern edge of Orange County - known for its proximity to legendary surf spots and the rolling coastal hills of Camp Pendleton Marine base - went about their daily lives for years with little thought of the nuclear generating station four miles down Interstate 5. The tide began to shift in 2011, however, when a tsunami inundated Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, leading to equipment failures and meltdowns at three reactors and raising new concerns about the safety of Southern California's own coastal nuclear plant.
June 15, 2013 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
Hard to imagine, but in the 1950s there were no more than a couple hundred surfers in Southern California. Spying one of these early adopters gliding across the waves was a rare treat. Rarer still were the people who photographed them. They captured the early legends of modern surfing before they became household names. And they caught the spirit of an emerging California beach culture that was soon to sweep across the nation. At the time, no one thought this was history in the making.
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