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April 6, 2011
During a trip to the Galapagos Island, Laguna Beach resident Nancee Wells visited a fish market and happened upon this scene. "After visiting the giant tortoise at the Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island, we were walking down the street and stopped at the fish market, where even the local animals were shopping!" she said. Located about 600 miles west of Ecuador, Santa Cruz Island is the second largest of the 15 major Galapagos Islands. For more on the Galapagos, check out "Evolution Runs Wild on Ecuador's Galapagos Islands.
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February 21, 2014 | By Ryan Ritchie
With a population of about 1,500, the 2-square-mile town of Summerland, Calif., epitomizes the cliché "Blink and you'll miss it. " Do your best not to blink as you drive through because this sleepy beach community six miles from Santa Barbara is home to an array of mom-and-pop antiques shops, a handful of local eateries and the sorts of views that make you want to do the good kind of nothing all day. The tab: a king bed at the Inn on Summer Hill begins...
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OPINION
October 13, 1996
I was saddened to read of the upcoming eviction of Francis Gherini from his ranch on Santa Cruz Island (Oct. 3). This summer, my wife and I were privileged to participate in a run from Gherini's Scorpion Ranch to Smuggler's Cove and back, along with about 200 other runners. It was a beautiful day we will never forget; our violation of the island was our footfalls on the established trails. After the National Park Service takes over Gherini's portion of the island, excursions like ours will be a thing of the past, and the island will be returned to what park officials deem to be its natural state, 20 miles off the coast, so that no one will ever again be able to enjoy it as we did this summer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A Mexican national was convicted of second-degree murder Wednesday in the death of a veteran Coast Guardsman thrown overboard when a panga boat rammed the U.S. vessel. Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III's 2012 death made him the first Coast Guardsman murdered in the line of duty since 1927, officials said. Horne, who spent 14 years with the Coast Guard, was posthumously promoted to the rank of senior chief petty officer. Horne's widow, Rachel, was pregnant with Horne's third son at the time of his death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2009 | Alexandra Zavis
The discovery of what appears to be a full mammoth tusk on Santa Cruz Island has excited scientists and may offer a glimpse of California beach life during prehistoric times. Scientists believe 14-foot-tall mammoths swam out to the Channel Islands from the mainland nearly 20,000 years ago, possibly lured by the sweet smell of island grassland for grazing. Later stranded by rising sea levels, the animals shrank over time to a dwarf version.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1985 | Associated Press
A plant believed extinct for about 50 years has been discovered on this island, which is being revived as a nature preserve, a researcher said. Researchers recently found the flowering plant, called the Santa Cruz Island rockcress, atop a rocky cliff on the island 25 miles off Santa Barbara and 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles, said Bob Hansen, manager of the Santa Cruz Island project for the Nature Conservancy, a private environmental organization.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2012 | By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
The Coast Guard recovered the bodies of three men whose 24-foot recreational boat was found capsized near Santa Cruz Island after a family member reported it missing Sunday morning, officials said. Searchers spotted the body of a fourth man who was on the boat but were unable to recover it, Petty Officer Adam Eggers said Sunday night. None of the men was wearing a life jacket. Eggers said he was prohibited by Coast Guard policy from releasing the victims' names. No one answered the phone at the Santa Barbara County coroner's office, which is involved in the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1995 | DAVID R. BAKER
A Lompoc man last seen diving off Santa Cruz Island, about 22 miles off the Ventura coast, is missing and feared dead after a Coast Guard search of the area failed to locate him. The Coast Guard called off its search for Omar John Joly Jr. around 5:30 p.m. Saturday after concluding that there was little chance he had survived. An investigation is continuing to determine what happened to the diver.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Channel Islands National Park has opened a new back-country campground on Santa Cruz Island, 25 miles off the coast. The Del Norte campground is at the end of a moderately difficult 3 1/2-mile hike through a series of canyons and over ridges, to a vista about 1,500 feet above sea level. The campground has four sites, each equipped with a picnic table and access to a nearby pit toilet. Water is not available--it must be packed in--and no fires are permitted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2001
In a $7.5-million effort to salvage threatened native plants and animals, biologists are proposing to kill thousands of feral pigs that roam Santa Cruz Island and burn away the fennel plants where they hide. About 4,000 wild pigs live on the island, and it would take at least six years to eradicate them, biologists said in a report released Tuesday.
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January 19, 2014 | Amanda Jones
The economy is picking up, and this might be the year for a bucket list trip. Here are 14 ways to vacation like a rock star in 2014. 1 National Geographic Expeditions' Around the World by Private Jet The ultimate in luxury trips, spend 24 days on a private jet heading to the world's wonders on five continents, guided by National Geo experts and explorers. See iconic locations such as Easter Island, Machu Picchu, the Great Barrier Reef and the Serengeti Plain after arriving by jet (only 77 passengers)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2012 | By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
A veteran U.S. Coast Guard chief petty officer was killed Sunday after suspected smugglers rammed his vessel near Santa Cruz Island, casting him into the ocean with a fatal head wound. Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III, 34, of Redondo Beach was second in command of the Halibut, an 87-foot patrol cutter based in Marina del Rey. Authorities said they could not recall a Coast Guard chief petty officer being killed in such a manner off the coast of California. Early Sunday morning, the Halibut was dispatched to investigate a boat operating near Santa Cruz Island, the largest of California's eight Channel Islands.
TRAVEL
August 18, 2012
Truth Aquatics' one-day adventure to Santa Cruz Island is a great day on the water, with whale watching, a visit to Santa Cruz's Painted Cave, snorkeling, kayaking and just plain relaxing. $90 per person includes breakfast and barbecue lunch; $50 for kids ages 5 to 12. Multiday hiking trips to the island also are available. Truth Aquatics, Santa Barbara; (805) 962-1127, http://www.truthaquatics.com Doris Schaffer Santa Barbara
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2012 | By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
The Coast Guard recovered the bodies of three men whose 24-foot recreational boat was found capsized near Santa Cruz Island after a family member reported it missing Sunday morning, officials said. Searchers spotted the body of a fourth man who was on the boat but were unable to recover it, Petty Officer Adam Eggers said Sunday night. None of the men was wearing a life jacket. Eggers said he was prohibited by Coast Guard policy from releasing the victims' names. No one answered the phone at the Santa Barbara County coroner's office, which is involved in the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2011 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
A major restoration project could bring back a long-degraded wetland to one of the remote islands off the Southern California coast. Workers have broken ground on a $1-million project that will cut down 1,800 nonnative eucalyptus trees and scoop out tons of dirt and gravel to restore a coastal wetland on Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park officials announced Monday. In the coming months, crews will work to return some 60 acres of habitat on the rugged island to its native state, before it was degraded by ranching and farming activity more than a century ago. Crews have started using heavy equipment to reshape the mouth of the island's largest stream so it will flow freely onto four acres of restored wetland at Prisoners Harbor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2011 | By Sam Quinones and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Before dawn Tuesday, California National Guard troops spotted a suspected smuggling boat moving up the coast from San Diego. The boat had no lights and after about an hour, it headed for shore at Crystal Cove State Park, near Newport Beach in Orange County. In the rough surf, the small craft flipped, spilling its occupants into the ocean. No one was hurt. But federal customs authorities, working with the Guard troops, arrested 14 suspected illegal immigrants, all from Mexico; another immigrant escaped and remains at large.
NEWS
October 4, 1996
The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a sweeping parks bill that forces the last individual owner of land on Santa Cruz Island to sell his interest, thus completing the Channel Islands National Park. The measure, which awaits President Clinton's signature, could allow the federal government to take control of the 6,200-acre ranch within 90 days and to turn the island 20 miles off the Ventura coast into a publicly owned camping and hiking destination.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2011 | By Hector Becerra and Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
Stranded off the Santa Barbara coast, the illegal immigrants decided that being rescued was more important than reaching their destination undetected. So one used a cellphone to call 911 on Friday. Boats carrying officials from the U.S. Coast Guard and National Park Service set off to find them amid the rugged beauty of the eight Channel Islands. Two days later, authorities landed on Santa Cruz Island, where 15 famished, but otherwise healthy, Mexican immigrants awaited. "They were stranded and couldn't get to the mainland," Coast Guard Petty Officer 1 s t Class Adam Eggers said Monday.
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