Chris Epting

Chris Epting
Author of 19 books and a Huntington Beach resident

In the Pipeline: Pageant winner is serious about literacy

I'm waiting to speak with the newly crowned Miss Huntington Beach, but she is busy. Watching as she works on college applications, writing...

In the Pipeline: Robin Samsoe marker unveiled on a day of hope for family torn by tragedy

In the Pipeline: Robin Samsoe marker unveiled on a day of hope for family torn by tragedy

We all met Sunday morning at about 8 o'clock on the front lawn at Dwyer Middle School, where a tree is planted in memory of Robin Samsoe.

In the Pipeline: H.B. memorial to slain Robin Samsoe, 12, to be dedicated Sunday

In the Pipeline: H.B. memorial to slain Robin Samsoe, 12, to be dedicated Sunday

I did not know Robin Samsoe personally, but I certainly have gotten to know her in the past few months. After I wrote a column about what...

In the Pipeline: Ocean View High coaching legends honored

In the Pipeline: Ocean View High coaching legends honored

"Seahawks, please draw your attention to the front of the stadium stands, where some very special guests are joining us for homecoming...

In the Pipeline: Ex-coach makes good on a promise after life-changing injury

In the Pipeline: Ex-coach makes good on a promise after life-changing injury

Barry Waters sits in his easy chair at home. Stacks of get-well cards are piled up in various parts of his comfortable, cozy den. The...

In the Pipeline: 'Endless Summer' star back where his story began

In the Pipeline: 'Endless Summer' star back where his story began

He's back – a homegrown surfing legend who has spent the past several years living in Costa Rica.

In the Pipeline: Ocean View is hitting it out of the park

In the Pipeline: Ocean View is hitting it out of the park

The Ocean View Little League program continues to be one of the strongest in the state, if not the country. Its 2011 Little League World...

In the Pipeline: Festival would be more festive with bigger crowd

In the Pipeline: Festival would be more festive with bigger crowd

Well, the first Huntington Beach Food, Art & Music Festival has come and gone. I wish the turnout had been stronger, but more on that later....

In the Pipeline: War still fresh for ex-flying ace

In the Pipeline: War still fresh for ex-flying ace

"They were red hot when I picked them up. Had it not been for that one little piece of metal that they hit in the plane, I probably wouldn't...

In the Pipeline: Big-time party coming to H.B.

In the Pipeline: Big-time party coming to H.B.

Outside of writing this column, I spend a lot of time working as a music journalist. As I travel to interview artists and review shows, I'...

In the Pipeline: Continue the fight for bonfires

"With the decision today of the Democrats to side with the [South Coast Air Quality Management District] in holding AB 1102, they sent the...

In the Pipeline: Remembering Huntington's queen of the pier

In the Pipeline: Remembering Huntington's queen of the pier

I never met Ella Christensen, known by many in Huntington Beach as the queen of the pier.

In the Pipeline: 97-year-old has a rich history

In the Pipeline: 97-year-old has a rich history

"They like me because I never complain. I never talk about my medication or my health or my doctors. Instead, I'll tell jokes and talk about...

In the Pipeline: 405 toll plan another government abuse

So here we go again. An unelected state government bureaucracy decides on its own to financially punish citizens without so much as a vote.

In the Pipeline: Big plans for surfing museum

In the Pipeline: Big plans for surfing museum

A couple of surfing stories today, given that the U.S. Open of Surfing will be getting underway in Huntington Beach in just days.

Emotions run deep during discussion of memorial to Robin Samsoe

I had never met Robin Samsoe's mom before last week's Huntington Beach City Council meeting.

In the Pipeline: Honoring soldiers with every step

It's after midnight, and I'm parked along Pacific Coast Highway at Goldenwest Street.

In the Pipeline: Mom faces down despair after daughter's death

In the Pipeline: Mom faces down despair after daughter's death

"I think Kelly would have said, 'Leave it alone, Mom!'"

In the Pipeline: Guitarist finds recovery in rock

In the Pipeline: Guitarist finds recovery in rock

"Most addicts and alcoholics need that stuff to believe in themselves. That's why they call it 'liquid courage,' right? But what we are...

In the Pipeline: A baseball league to remember

In the Pipeline: A baseball league to remember

Before heading off to Angel Stadium on Saturday to create new baseball memories, I spent the day enjoying baseball history thanks to a...

In the Pipeline: Barry Rillera is living rock history

In the Pipeline: Barry Rillera is living rock history

"Paul sat down next to me on the plane and asked me how I got that sound out of the guitar. I explained to him how I bent the strings when I...

In the Pipeline: The public wants its voice

I like it when City Hall is packed and public comments at the meetings take hours. Those are signs that our system is working and that...

In the Pipeline: A taste of boba done right

I think the Taste of Huntington Beach is my favorite event of the year and not just because of how full I am at the end of the day.

In the Pipeline: 'Ghost bikes' mark earthly tragedies

In the Pipeline: 'Ghost bikes' mark earthly tragedies

It started in 2003, in St. Louis, after a man named Patrick Van Der Tuin saw a bicyclist fatally struck by a car.

In the Pipeline: Tasty food truck tidbit

In the Pipeline: Tasty food truck tidbit

I recently went to the LeBard Park fields, where Seaview plays its Little League baseball games, and I had a chance to see the new marker...

In the Pipeline: Elvis sightings — for real

We all know that Elvis has left the proverbial building.

In the Pipeline: Young ambassador in her own right

In the Pipeline: Young ambassador in her own right

In honor of its Sister City program with Anjo, Japan, Huntington Beach is hosting a Japanese Cultural Festival on Saturday with all kinds of...

In the Pipeline: Western star in our midst

In the Pipeline: Western star in our midst

I received a note early this week from regular column reader Ron Terranova letting me know that he enjoyed the article about Jeff Lebow...

In the Pipeline: Nature abounds, share with those in need

In the Pipeline: Nature abounds, share with those in need

It all started about six years ago when Jeff Lebow was on a ladder in his backyard picking persimmons.

In the Pipeline: New entertainment complex brings in new cuisine

In the Pipeline: New entertainment complex brings in new cuisine

"Italian enchiladas, orange chicken mole and a homemade, savory corn bread waffle topped with a grilled steak chili cheddar cheese and...

In the Pipeline: Saving Wintersburg, a page at a time

In the Pipeline: Saving Wintersburg, a page at a time

"I'm an accidental historic preservationist," Mary Urashima, a government and public affairs consultant, says with a laugh.

In the Pipeline: Students caught up in spirit of Dwyer school

In the Pipeline: Students caught up in spirit of Dwyer school

Does Ethel Dwyer haunt the Huntington Beach middle school that bears her name?

In the Pipeline: K-9 unit deserves your help

In the Pipeline: K-9 unit deserves your help

At the going rate, 27 kilos of cocaine will fetch $1.3 million on the street.

In the Pipeline: Centered on the creative mind

In the Pipeline: Centered on the creative mind

"She's a one-of-a-kind," Kate Hoffman, executive director at the Huntington Beach Art Center, tells me. "We had over 1,300 people here the...

In the Pipeline: Where's the common decency?

In the Pipeline: Where's the common decency?

The letter is dated 5:40 a.m. Jan. 22, 2014.

In the Pipeline: Local team helps Marine in need

In the Pipeline: Local team helps Marine in need

Cpl. Bradley Diaz is a 25-year-old firing range coach and Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton. Last week, he got a full dose of Huntington...

In the Pipeline: Assemblyman pushes back to protect fire rings

In the Pipeline: Assemblyman pushes back to protect fire rings

When I spoke to Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) a few days ago, he was cautiously optimistic that the bipartisan Assembly Bill...

In the Pipeline: Wyland takes on Surfboards on Parade

In the Pipeline: Wyland takes on Surfboards on Parade

When the famed marine-life artist Wyland unveils a new piece near the pier on Jan.14, he will be just across from the Golden Bear, where...

In the Pipeline: Norma Gibbs has been a jewel for H.B.

In the Pipeline: Norma Gibbs has been a jewel for H.B.

Norma Gibbs' soft laughter blends peacefully with the wind chimes outside her airy and cozy Huntington Harbour home, which is all...

In the Pipeline: Mysterious underwater outline has experts stumped

In the Pipeline: Mysterious underwater outline has experts stumped

It's a mystery that goes back at least to the mid-1980s, when a Sunset Beach diver named Greg Lacey first discovered what he called treasure...

In the Pipeline: A fitting garage tribute to beloved musician

In the Pipeline: A fitting garage tribute to beloved musician

They all gathered in a Huntington Beach garage, which was fitting, given that they were honoring a garage band legend.

In the Pipeline: City should have tread lighter regarding sign

In the Pipeline: City should have tread lighter regarding sign

Johnny Kresimir excuses himself during our conversation to recharge his cell phone for the third time that day.

In the Pipeline: More than just a day at the beach

In the Pipeline: More than just a day at the beach

I first saw them last week at the beach while I was riding my bike, what appeared to be a father pushing his young son in a wheelchair along...

In the Pipeline: AQMD makes another run at fire rings

In the Pipeline: AQMD makes another run at fire rings

I jotted something down last summer at the South Coast Air Quality Management District hearing held in Newport Beach when the fire pit issue...

In the Pipeline: A star among stars

In the Pipeline: A star among stars

Just five months ago, astronaut Chris Hadfield, then commander of the International Space Station, struck an emotional chord with millions...

In the Pipeline: Hope on the horizon for Bartlett Park

In the Pipeline: Hope on the horizon for Bartlett Park

This is the second part of my column on Bartlett Park, which is located near the Newland House Museum in Huntington Beach.

In the Pipeline: Bartlett Park a blemish on the city

In the Pipeline: Bartlett Park a blemish on the city

On a balmy, breezy and drizzly morning, Suzanne Messina-Cervellone walked me around Bartlett Park.

In the Pipeline: Reminder of a great American journalist

In the Pipeline: Reminder of a great American journalist

Whenever I see an email from Bob Chatt, I never pause before opening because I know it will be something interesting.

In the Pipeline: Priest makes a difference near and far

In the Pipeline: Priest makes a difference near and far

More than 8,000 miles away, in India, a groundbreaking is taking place thanks to someone who lives here in Huntington Beach.

In the Pipeline: Remember the tragedies too

In the Pipeline: Remember the tragedies too

I took our dog out at about 11 a.m. Sept. 30 for our usual walk around the block, including the street that runs parallel to ours. We passed...

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