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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.

Throwback Thursday: Looking back at the Aliso Beach Pier, which couldn't withstand the storms

ocregister.com — Tom Trager has finally adjusted his eyes to see that Aliso Beach no longer has its stubby diamond-shaped pier. "My eyes have totally adjusted now but for years I looked down there and thought,'My God, it's just so naked,'" said Trager, a lifeguard captain for the City of Laguna Beach.

OC Animal Care officers who cut deer's throat leave agency

ocregister.com — Two OC Animal Care officers accused of "barbarically" slaughtering a buck impaled on an Anaheim fence in September are no longer employees of the agency.Officer David Serrato and Sgt. Juan Orozco have been on paid leave since Oct. 1. Their last day was Jan.

The pay for a 3-month Irvine animal shelter director job? $99,000

ocregister.com — James "Rick" Greenwood said he knew Irvine needed help with its city animal shelter when the assistant city manager called him on Super Bowl Sunday night asking for him to take over as interim director.The city offered to pay him $99,000 for three months work to help rebuild the reputation of the once nationally recognized Irvine Animal Care Center.

Rash of sea lion strandings is overwhelming rescuers

ocregister.com — Nearly 1,000 sea lion pups have been found stranded on the Southern California beaches this year, about five times higher than what caused experts to panic two years ago.The pups - too young to survive on their own - have left Channel Island rookeries in desperation.

Rescues and drownings increase as beach visitation grows

ocregister.com — Jennifer Parnell hopes her son's death will teach others about the dangers hidden in the beauty of Orange County's beaches. "There's a reason that it says 'no trespassing' and 'dangerous,' - the writing is on the wall," Parnell said Friday, the day after lifeguards called off a five-day search for the body of 18-year-old Anthony Parnell.

Underwater camera fails to locate missing teen swept off rocks in Laguna Beach

ocregister.com — LAGUNA BEACH - OC Lifeguards on Thursday used a camera to look inside a crevasse in a rocky outcropping south of Thousand Steps Beach where a missing teen was last seen Sunday just seconds after being hit by a large wave.

Teen's disappearance off Laguna Beach reveals the dangerous draw of social media

ocregister.com — LAGUNA BEACH - Photos on social media have made a once secret beach hangout for locals, where a teen recently disappeared, a hot spot for rescues. The area - a rock outcropping that rises and stretches behind a cave at the south end of Thousand Steps Beach - has been well known by south Laguna Beach residents for years.

Irvine Animal Care Center gets interim director

ocregister.com — IRVINE - James Greenwood, an adjunct professor at the UCLA School of Public Health who supported an on-campus feral cat management program, will take over today as the Irvine Animal Care Center's interim director. Greenwood replaces Michelle Quigley. Quigley, hired in November 2013, resigned on Jan.

Everyday Heroes: Howdy's Homeless Helpers and how you can get involved

ocregister.com — HUNTINGTON BEACH - Kyle Ennis wiped away some tears as he crawled up a cement embankment to get out of a water channel. For awhile now, every week, Ennis had been bringing food to a homeless man who stayed in a tunnel in that water channel.

Throwback Thursday: Segregated in Santa Ana

ocregister.com — SANTA ANA - When Harriet Tyler moved here from Los Angeles in 1945, she didn't find the segregation much different than where she grew up in Louisiana. "It was terrible then; I'd cry all the time," Tyler said. Tyler lived on Townsend Street.
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Feb 05, 2015

Segregation for African Americans in 1940s Santa Ana not much different from the South - The Orange County Register ocregister.com/articles/santa…

Jan 29, 2015

RT @ABC: One of North America’s rarest mammals spotted in Yosemite for first time in nearly 100 years: abcn.ws/1BA4iQN pic.twitter.com/F3F66bjTFv

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