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May 6, 1993 | BOB ELSTON
The Planning Commission tonight will consider a controversial county plan to restrict public access to Upper Newport Bay Regional Park and restore its wildlife habitat. The commission discussed the plan two weeks ago but delayed a decision to get more input from residents and county harbor, beach and park officials.
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May 25, 1999 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The challenge: Build a 10,000-square-foot nature center overlooking one of the state's most environmentally sensitive areas, Upper Newport Bay, and put it in front of Newport Beach homeowners who don't take kindly even to trees that block their panoramic views. Daunting? Yes. For Tim Miller, it meant years of planning for Orange County's Upper Newport Bay nature center, which, when finished in December, will be the county's biggest park structure. Getting the $3.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1993 | BOB ELSTON
After deleting two proposed restrictions on recreational use of Upper Newport Bay Regional Park, the Planning Commission last week approved a county plan for developing the grassy meadow. Several dozen residents crowded into the City Council chambers to argue for removal of proposed restrictions on horseback riding or walking dogs. The county had proposed making the park off limits to horses and people walking dogs, and limiting use to all others between 7 a.m. and sunset.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1998 | BONNIE HARRIS HAYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The blustery fire that scorched 10 acres of Upper Newport Bay this week left a black scar on the fragile wetlands, a sore reminder to biologists of just how vulnerable the state-owned sanctuary is to injury. But the damage is not expected to have significant impact on the environment, officials said. "It's so, so sensitive, so susceptible to even the slightest interference," said Loren Hays, a Fish and Wildlife biologist who toured the charred area Thursday. "We were lucky this time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1990 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tours of the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Preserve began for the 23rd autumn season Saturday, luring 350 people to the paths lining the estuarine marsh where they caught glimpses of sea gulls, western grebes, great blue herons, white egrets and--through a telescope--even a rare peregrine falcon. Led by members of the Friends of Newport Bay and naturalists from the county and the state, groups of 30 people took the free, 90-minute tours throughout the morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1997 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A hiking and cycling route along the eastern edge of Upper Newport Bay will be closed as long as two months because of heavy damage from last weekend's record-setting rains, city officials said. The road, Backbay Drive, hugs the bottom of the bluffs along the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Preserve. On the segment south of San Joaquin Hills Road, storm runoff washed out about 100 feet of the roadbed, said David Niederhaus, Newport Beach's general services director.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1998 | BONNIE HARRIS HAYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The blustery fire that scorched 10 acres of Upper Newport Bay this week left a black scar on the fragile wetlands, a sore reminder to biologists of just how vulnerable the state-owned sanctuary is to injury. But the damage is not expected to have significant impact on the environment, officials said. "It's so, so sensitive, so susceptible to even the slightest interference," said Loren Hays, a Fish and Wildlife biologist who toured the charred area Thursday. "We were lucky this time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1999 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The challenge: Build a 10,000-square-foot nature center overlooking one of the state's most environmentally sensitive areas, Upper Newport Bay, and put it in front of Newport Beach homeowners who don't take kindly even to trees that block their panoramic views. Daunting? Yes. For Tim Miller, it meant years of planning for Orange County's Upper Newport Bay nature center, which, when finished in December, will be the county's biggest park structure. Getting the $3.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1996
Guided walking tours of the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Preserve are being offered today by Friends of Newport Bay. The tours will cover about a mile of Upper Newport Bay, with stops for exhibits and talks on the area's history. Small tour groups will depart from the corner of Eastbluff Drive and Backbay Drive every 10 or 15 minutes, beginning at 9 a.m. The last tour will start at 10:15 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2002 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An in-line skater believed to be in his 50s was critically injured Sunday in Newport Beach when he fell and struck his head on a concrete path after being pelted by paintballs fired from a nearby bluff, police said. The unidentified victim was rushed to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo, where surgeons operated on him for life-threatening injuries, said Newport Beach Police Lt. Mike Jackson. Police discovered the fallen man about 1:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1997 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A hiking and cycling route along the eastern edge of Upper Newport Bay will be closed as long as two months because of heavy damage from last weekend's record-setting rains, city officials said. The road, Backbay Drive, hugs the bottom of the bluffs along the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Preserve. On the segment south of San Joaquin Hills Road, storm runoff washed out about 100 feet of the roadbed, said David Niederhaus, Newport Beach's general services director.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1993 | BOB ELSTON
After deleting two proposed restrictions on recreational use of Upper Newport Bay Regional Park, the Planning Commission last week approved a county plan for developing the grassy meadow. Several dozen residents crowded into the City Council chambers to argue for removal of proposed restrictions on horseback riding or walking dogs. The county had proposed making the park off limits to horses and people walking dogs, and limiting use to all others between 7 a.m. and sunset.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1993 | BOB ELSTON
The Planning Commission tonight will consider a controversial county plan to restrict public access to Upper Newport Bay Regional Park and restore its wildlife habitat. The commission discussed the plan two weeks ago but delayed a decision to get more input from residents and county harbor, beach and park officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1990 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tours of the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Preserve began for the 23rd autumn season Saturday, luring 350 people to the paths lining the estuarine marsh where they caught glimpses of sea gulls, western grebes, great blue herons, white egrets and--through a telescope--even a rare peregrine falcon. Led by members of the Friends of Newport Bay and naturalists from the county and the state, groups of 30 people took the free, 90-minute tours throughout the morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2002 | EVAN HALPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police are searching for three boys they say shot several paint-ball pellets at a Newport Beach in-line skater Sunday, causing him to fall and crack his head on the concrete. The skater, Gary Holdren, 54, remains in critical condition at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo. He was shot with the pellets while skating around the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Preserve about 1:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1993 | BOB ELSTON
Because of more than half a dozen landslides along the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Preserve, city officials have sealed off scenic Backbay Drive to all traffic for at least a month while crews clean up the area. The heavy rains that fell earlier this month soaked the hillsides along Upper Newport Bay, triggering nine landslides. The worst occurred Friday night, when about 2,000 cubic yards of dirt collapsed onto Backbay Drive and almost trapped a bicyclist, officials said.
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