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I'm crazy about animals! I ski and mountain bike. Love spicy food and enjoy living on the edge. Also report news for South County for The OC Register.

Irvine votes to halt euthanasia at shelter — IRVINE - After an outcry from the community over conditions and mismanagement at the Irvine Animal Care Center, the Irvine City Council on Tuesday voted for a 60-day halt on euthanasia at the shelter for all animals who are not severely ill or suffering.Since hearing allegations about inhumane treatment of animals, botched medical procedures and mismanagement at the shelter during a Nov.

Whale watchers report record sightings off Catalina — Todd Mansur couldn't keep track of all the whale flukes popping up in front of his boat.In an eight-hour whale-watching trip to Catalina on Sunday, he counted 45 gray whales. Mansur had just pulled the Ocean Adventure out of Dana Point Harbor when he saw his first group.Less than two miles out, he encountered nine gray whales.

Struggling to save sea lions — Low weights among sea lion pups on remote Channel Island breeding grounds and effects of a warmer ocean on adult females and yearlings could bring record-high strandings to Southern California beaches. Marine mammal experts say the numbers could hit even higher levels than in 2013, which federal officials called an unusual mortality event.

Throwback Thursday: Looking back at Disneyland's 'Clock of the World' at Tomorrowland — The "Clock of the World" welcomed guests to Tomorrowland when Disneyland opened in 1955.Walt Disney wanted Tomorrowland to be a place where guests could participate in "adventures that are a living blueprint of our futures." The clock looked to the future by telling time in 24 time zones.

NORCO: Son of gillnet creator favors harpoons — Norco fisherman Todd Mansur, who grew up tending the drift gillnets on his father's boat, stopped using the nets to harpoon fish instead. As a teen, he worked on his father's boat using some of the earlier drift gillnets and remembers pulling in swordfish so tangled they looked like they were in a cocoon.

ENVIRONMENT: Plan to ban gillnets upsets fisherman — Source: NOAA State lawmakers are pushing to end a fishing practice that hauls in millions of dollars a year, puts swordfish on restaurant plates across Southern California, and is reported to kill more whales and dolphins than all other fishing practices combined.

An end to 'curtains of death'? — State lawmakers are pushing to end a fishing practice that hauls in millions of dollars a year, puts swordfish on restaurant plates across southern California, and is reported to kill more whales and dolphins than all other fishing practices combined.California Assembly and Senate have asked federal fishery managers to end drift gillnets, which some call "curtains of death."

Camp Pendleton's Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Green awarded highest enlisted position in Marine Corps — CAMP PENDLETON - The most senior enlisted Marine at the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force has been selected to the highest enlisted position in the Marine Corps, becoming its 18th Sergeant Major.Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Green, 50, who has served at Camp Pendleton since 2012, was selected Tuesday for the position by Marine Commandant Gen.

Video: Orcas play with stand-up paddleboarder off Laguna Beach — Rich German may be known as the "dolphin whisperer," but a recent meeting with some killer whales has left him in awe. "I've seen gray whales, humpback and fin whales," said German, an avid Laguna paddler. "I've dreamed of seeing orcas."

Everyday Heroes: For decades, Dr. Jorgensen was the man to see about AIDS — LAGUNA BEACH - Korey Jorgensen, a family physician, still weeps when he talks about treating patients infected with AIDS.This is true even though he spent much of the past three decades battling a health crisis that has defined his career and reshaped our culture.Jorgensen, 69, a former Navy doctor who came to Laguna Beach in the 1970s, after treating Marines and their families at the former El Toro Marine Base, started his civilian career with a family practice in Costa Mesa.
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