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By Elisabeth M. Brown | February 14, 2013
Seen from the air, the Mississippi snakes across the terrain in thousands of curves and loops. The landscape is dominated by circular and semicircular arcs, the remains of old meanders. Cutoff loops become ponds or lakes, called bayous. A river's length and shape are determined by a number of factors: topography and volume of water are the most important. In its mountainous headwaters, a river is fast-moving; rushing straight down slope, rough with rapids, and carrying large boulders.
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By ELISABETH M. BROWN | November 18, 2005
Seen from the air, the Mississippi snakes across the terrain in thousands of curves and loops. The landscape is dominated by circular and semicircular arcs, fossils of past meanders. The Louisiana bayous are old loops now cut off from the main river channel to become lakes and wetlands. A river's length and shape are determined by a number of factors; topography and volume of water are the most important. In its mountainous headwaters, the river is fast-moving, rushing straight down slope, rough with rapids and carrying large boulders.
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By Barbara Diamond | May 22, 2008
Redevelopment proposals for properties owned by Athens Group in South Laguna canyons came under scrutiny Monday night at a public meeting of the City Council and the Planning Commission. “On an issue of this magnitude, it is critical that we have maximum public involvement,” Planning Commissioner Norm Grossman said. “I thought people did a good job of doing what you are supposed to do in a scoping session, which is to identify areas of concern and to suggest alternatives to be analyzed in the EIR.” The usual comment period is 30 days for an initial study that deems an EIR is necessary.
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By Barbara Diamond | April 12, 2007
CORRECTION: Anne Caenn's name was misspelled in the story "Aliso Creek presentation draws crowd" in the April 6 issue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A standing-room-only crowd attended the Wednesday night Athens Group presentation of its plan for the development of its Aliso Creek property. The presentation included slides that showed construction clustered on the property closest to Pacific Coast Highway, except for the residential lots formerly known as Driftwood Estates; an ocean-to-the-mountains trail connection, long desired by environmental groups; tennis courts and a reconfigured golf course that will remain open to the public, with preference given locals; improved water quality in Aliso Creek and the spill into the ocean at Aliso Beach; restoration of habitat and flood protection.
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August 6, 2004
Supervisor Tom Wilson During my travels in and around Laguna Beach, I've become aware of a lot of speculation about what is or what is not happening in Aliso Creek, specifically as it relates to Montage and Ben Brown's. My experience tells me that rumor mills move quickly, so I wanted to take a minute and share with you what I know. As one of five Orange County Supervisors, I have had the opportunity to get involved in a number of very exciting projects.
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By Mike Beanan | September 1, 2006
Urban runoff at Aliso Beach is now running between 2 to 8 million gallons per day (up from 1 to 5 million 10 years ago), according to county monitoring reports. In 1976, surveys by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found tidewater goby (a fish found in California's coastal wetlands) at the beach wetlands pond, indicating a zero flow to the beach. The urban runoff ocean plume is pushed by currents into Treasure Island Cove, only 400 yards up coast in front of the Montage Resort, to expose unsuspecting visitors to possible gastrointestinal and respiratory illness, skin infections and even eye infections that can lead to blindness if not treated properly.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 10, 2009
The stabilization of Aliso Creek is not set in concrete. Construction of 26 low, concrete structures in Aliso Creek is only one option under consideration as a way to rehabilitate the creek and prevent further erosion, a county official assured the council Tuesday in an update on the status of the Stabilization, Utility Protection and Environmental Restoration project. “We had a lot of negative comments about the structures,” said Mary Anne Skorpanich, director of the Orange County Watershed Program.
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May 1, 2014
A half-mile portion of coastline near Aliso Beach Park was reopened Wednesday afternoon, two days after a raw sewage spill, said Larry Honeybourne, the Orange County Health Care Agency's assistant director of environmental health. Agency officials tested water quality samples and determined they met state standards, Honeybourne said. Sewage was reported flowing out of a manhole cover at La Paz Road and Moulton Parkway in Laguna Hills at 3:10 a.m. Monday, Honeybourne said. The sewage flowed into storm drains and entered Aliso Creek, which empties into the ocean at county-owned Aliso Beach Park in South Laguna.
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By Bryce Alderton | May 1, 2014
The South Coast Water District will soon be able to produce higher-quality recycled water to irrigate certain types of land, such as golf courses and hotel grounds, for its South Laguna and Dana Point clients. City leaders and environmental stewards attended a dedication for the Aliso Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Aliso Canyon on April 24. The new structure is adjacent to the district's advanced wastewater treatment facility, which has produced recycled water for landscape irrigation since 1984.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | October 9, 2013
Members of the public are invited to pack the Aliso Creek Golf Course on Oct. 17. They'll just have to leave their golf clubs at home. For the first time, Aliso Creek Inn will host the 15th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, which runs from Saturday through Oct. 20. On Thursday, artists can gather to paint at the venue's 18 holes while guests watch. Recognized among art circles as the West Coast's leading outdoor art competition, the weeklong event attracts participants from around the world who will also flock to Treasure Island Park with their easels and paint kits.
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By Bryce Alderton | August 15, 2013
When it comes to Aliso Creek, Tex Haines often looks below the water's surface. Haines, 61, who remembers coming to Aliso Beach Park when he was 6, is concerned about the amount of sand that workers shovel into the ocean to open up the creek's entrance into the Pacific. Haines, founder of the Victoria Skimboards World Championships of Skimboarding, held every year at Aliso Beach Park, said the ocean's current already takes sand south along the South Laguna coastline where it settles atop tidepools.
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By Bryce Alderton | June 27, 2013
A private investment group led by longtime Laguna Beach resident Mark Christy has purchased the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course, according to a news release Thursday. Laguna Beach Golf & Bungalow Village purchased the 87-acre property from Aliso Creek Properties, which owned the parcel since 2004, the release said. The purchase price was not disclosed. "My partners and I feel fortunate to be a part of something that we believe will be an integral part of the fabric of Laguna for generations to come, and we're committed to keeping the public nine-hole course focused on serving area locals and visitors alike," Christy said in the release.
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By Elisabeth M. Brown | February 14, 2013
Seen from the air, the Mississippi snakes across the terrain in thousands of curves and loops. The landscape is dominated by circular and semicircular arcs, the remains of old meanders. Cutoff loops become ponds or lakes, called bayous. A river's length and shape are determined by a number of factors: topography and volume of water are the most important. In its mountainous headwaters, a river is fast-moving; rushing straight down slope, rough with rapids, and carrying large boulders.
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By Alisha Gomez | January 24, 2013
After 13 years, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn. will no longer host its annual Plein Air Invitational with the Laguna Art Museum. The association, known as LPAPA, first got word about the decision in December, according to President Greg Vail. It's already had discussions to continue the event at Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course, which itself is in the midst of a pending sale. The decision was made official earlier this month, Vail said. Several things were cited as a reason, he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joanna Clay | November 1, 2012
For the fourth year, the World Hunger Bowl will satiate an appreciation for art and fill the stomachs of those in need. About 25 professional artists from all over the world donated bowls — from as far as Kenya, Germany and Uganda — which will be auctioned off for charity Saturday at the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course. The event, which will feature 100 bowls including eight from Laguna artists, also includes tasty soups and other culinary offerings by local restaurants such as K'ya Bistro, French 75, Sundried Tomato Cafe, Sapphire Laguna, Nirvana Grille and Mozambique.
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By Barbara Diamond | February 2, 2012
At the Jan. 24 City Council meeting Mayor Pro Tem Verna Rollinger publicly supported funding sources for the removal of arundo in Aliso Creek. Arundo is a reedlike plant that can grow to more than 20 feet. The removal was a goal of the proposed SUPER — Stabilization, Utility, Protection and Ecosystem Restoration — project for the creek . The county had permits to remove the arundo but lacked funding, Rollinger said. However, Proposition 50 allocated $3.9 million to the SUPER project that must be used within the next two years or it will revert to the state.
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By Cindy Frazier | December 15, 2011
Nature is humming along at Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course - quite literally. The picturesque lodge and nine-hole golf course is the site of a new "green" initiative that combines locally-grown produce with the power of bees. Six new table-height planter boxes, built in June near the location of the conference and meeting rooms at the Inn, are now producing several varieties of lettuce, plus Thai peppers and a number of herbs, in addition to strawberries. At a remote location on the property, a beekeeping box hums along, with a healthy stock of Italian brown bees inside.
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