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February 6, 1988 | JOHN McKINNEY
Tranquil places, wild places and the trails that lead to them each year become more rare in Orange County. Huge housing developments--whole suburbs, in fact--are advancing up the slopes of the Santa Ana Mountains toward the borders of Cleveland National Forest. And yet some undeveloped places remain. One of these places is Holy Jim Canyon. A slow, bumpy drive along a dirt road and a short walk beside a trickling stream bring the city-dweller relief from the noise and confusion of everyday life.
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February 11, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Mountain lion sightings have been reported at an Orange County park where a 35-year-old cyclist was mauled to death along a popular trail in 2004. Officials said Monday night that they had stepped up trail monitoring and posted signs at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, where people have recently reported  mountain lion sightings.  The park remains open, but people are urged to be vigilant and stay on park trails, officials with O.C. Parks said. PHOTOS: Mountain lions need room to roam "Minors should be accompanied by adults at all times," officials said in a statement.
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November 15, 1986 | JOHN McKINNEY
The Santa Ana Mountains may be the most overlooked and underutilized recreation area in Southern California. Autumn is a nice time to explore the Santa Anas, which stretch the entire length of Orange County's eastern perimeter, roughly paralleling the coast about 20 miles inland. The coast has a cooling influence on what is often a very hot range of mountains and the western slopes are often blanketed with fog.
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April 7, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
Nicolas Cendoya, the 19-year-old college student rescued last week after getting lost while hiking with a friend in the Trabuco Canyon area of Orange County, on Sunday offered his first detailed public account of the ordeal that nearly cost the two their lives. Cendoya said he and Kyndall Jack, 18, realized they were in trouble as night began falling during a lengthy and poorly planned Easter Sunday hike in the Santa Ana Mountains. By then their water bottle was nearly empty, and he was shirtless and drenched in sweat from an arduous climb.
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August 2, 1993 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They die after horrific suffering, of gunshot wounds, gnarled limbs, disease and even cannibalism. For the past five years, the decimation of a population of cougars has been tracked by wildlife biologists in the Santa Ana Mountains, where the cats once roamed freely in vast expanses of local wilderness. This unprecedented study of cougar life in an 800-square-mile range has discovered that the animal today faces annihilation.
NEWS
May 13, 1993 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Rick VanderKnyff is a free-lance writer who contributes regularly to The Times Orange County Edition.
It's tempting to call the Santa Ana Mountains a well-kept secret, but then how discreet can a mountain range really be, especially one on the very edge of urban Orange County? The twin peaks of Old Saddleback (5,496-foot Modjeska and 5,687-foot Santiago) lend the county its most familiar landmark, a comforting presence but one that doesn't necessarily command a lot of day-to-day attention.
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August 9, 1993 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the past five years, the deaths of cougars have been tracked by wildlife biologists in the Santa Ana Mountains, where the cats once roamed freely in vast expanses of wilderness. This unprecedented study of the cougar population over an 800-square-mile range has discovered that its greatest threat is not gunshot wounds, disease or even cannibalism--all of which do occur. What kills more cougars than anything else is traffic.
NEWS
February 13, 2008
Riverside County: An article in Section A on Jan. 28 about ballot issues said Riverside County extended from the Colorado River west to the San Jacinto Mountains. It reaches the Santa Ana Mountains.
OPINION
April 6, 2003
Re "Eating Away at the Forests," March 28: Your editorial contains the most important points that we believe are necessary to preserve the Trabuco District of the Cleveland National Forest, essentially the Santa Ana Mountains. Thank you very much for printing this editorial. Paul Carlton San Clemente
TRAVEL
December 9, 2012
SAFETY Workshop For the winter backcountry traveler, this two-hour session introduces and explains where and why avalanches occur and provides a basic approach to managing risk. Learn to recognize basic signs of avalanche danger and how to avoid it. When, where: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the REI store in Manhattan Beach, 1800 Rosecrans Ave. Admission, info: Free. (310) 727-0728. ADVENTURE Presentation Follow a group of adventure seekers as it explores the Santa Ana Mountains in Orange County.
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November 15, 2009 | Rong-Gong Lin II
The Inland Empire and much of San Diego County were expected to be under a red-flag warning this morning through Monday night, signaling critical fire conditions, the National Weather Service said. High pressure over the western U.S. was expected to fuel northeast winds. Meteorologists forecast gusts of more than 35 mph in the Cajon Pass and Santa Ana Mountains. The air was expected to be particularly dry Monday, with humidity dipping below 10%. Fire weather watches in Los Angeles and Ventura counties were canceled.
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April 9, 2009 | Paloma Esquivel
Two teenagers who were killed when the Ford Mustang they were riding in crashed into a tree in Orange County have been identified. Mark Motley, 18, and Zachary Rafferty, 17, both of Trabuco Canyon, died at the scene Monday afternoon when their car crashed on Trabuco Canyon Road, a winding road that veers through the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. Motley was behind the wheel of the car when it crashed, according to the county coroner. Motley had graduated last year from Santa Margarita Catholic High School; Rafferty was a junior there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2008
A look at upcoming events: Today Pets: A ribbon-cutting ceremony in Hollywood will be held for Petco Place, a program that provides emergency shelter and support services for the homeless and their pets. Tuesday Big jet: Emirates Airlines will unveil its first commercial A380 aircraft, which will offer nonstop service from Los Angeles to Dubai beginning in late October.
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June 7, 2008 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
For the last several weeks, workers have flown by helicopter into the rugged Santa Ana Mountains, where they have dug deep into the earth to help determine whether a highway tunnel can be built between Riverside and Orange counties. If tests prove successful, in a decade or so trucks and cars coming from near Corona could be traveling through an 11.5-mile tunnel under the Cleveland National Forest, avoiding the congested Riverside Freeway, transportation planners say.
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April 30, 2008 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
It was early January. The team charged with stabilizing the scorched, slide-prone mountains above suburban Orange County had hiked for miles up twisting ravines when they spotted odd aluminum globules and jagged hunks of steel rooted in the earth. A U.S. Forest Service "smoke jumper" -- trained to vault out of airplanes into wildfires -- recognized the tangled debris. "Looks like an airplane wreck to me," he said. They pinpointed the coordinates and phoned Forest Service officials.
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October 28, 2006 | From Times staff and wire reports
A brush fire broke out early Friday in the Santa Ana Mountains, forcing authorities to evacuate about 140 children camping in the area, according to Orange County fire officials. The fire was thought to have begun in a structure on the Lazy W Ranch campground near Ortega Highway and Hot Springs Canyon Road about 4:30 a.m. A crew of 85 firefighters was able to extinguish it within four hours.
NEWS
February 13, 2008
Riverside County: An article in Section A on Jan. 28 about ballot issues said Riverside County extended from the Colorado River west to the San Jacinto Mountains. It reaches the Santa Ana Mountains.
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