| Feb 16, 2011
| 2:45 PM
Oak View Elementary School students learned a thing or two about hearts, just in time for Valentine's Day.
They sliced and diced sheep hearts Thursday as part of an after-school academic program.
"We're going to dissect sheep hearts so we can learn...
| Feb 23, 2011
| 4:22 PM
I made a goof in my last column about the Bolsa Chica Land Trust's plan for the mesa. The error is mine, not Vic's. I said the Land Trust was going to excavate no deeper than 8 feet to bury its 2,825-gallon water tanks in the ground. Actually, the tanks...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 2:50 PM
Mesa View Middle School is one of four schools nationwide whose students received recognition for innovative math and science projects.
Four seventh-graders created a bike that beeps until the rider puts on a helmet. The Surf City Smartbikes was their...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 2:49 PM
In this column this summer, I've wanted to occasionally focus on a few things slightly outside of Huntington Beach. As a travel writer, I enjoy sharing interesting places, especially for families, and this week provided something special.
By now, you may...
| Nov 17, 2010
| 2:34 PM
The Bolsa Chica Land Trust just released its "Wings Over Bolsa" wall calendar, a 13-month calendar featuring beautiful full-color photos of the birds and wildlife at Bolsa Chica. For nature lovers, it makes a wonderful holiday gift, and proceeds help with...
| Mar 9, 2011
| 4:04 PM
The Bolsa Chica Land Trust and California Department of Fish and Game are finally holding a public meeting where they will present their plan for the Bolsa Chica mesa.
The meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Huntington Beach Central Library. As we're...
| Dec 8, 2010
| 4:27 PM
One of the pleasures that Vic and I enjoy at our home is feeding birds and providing a place where bees and butterflies are welcome. As wild areas shrink due to development, habitat for birds and other wildlife disappears. We do what we can in our yard to...
| Mar 14, 2012
| 4:13 PM
To play on a phrase from "Star Trek": "Space. The final weather frontier."
I just learned that space weather is something that exists. I asked Vic if he had ever heard of space weather, and he said no.
We knew about solar wind, which is a steady...
| Mar 28, 2012
| 3:47 PM
About two years ago, I experienced my first grunion run — a late-night visit to the beach in the hopes of seeing mobs of the elusive fish, the grunion, appear to perform their mysterious spawning rituals.
I'd heard many stories of people trying for...
| Apr 26, 2012
| 1:39 PM
I had the distinct pleasure of watching Nina Kar in action recently at St. Joseph Hospital of Orange.
The tennis-playing Mater Dei High School sophomore, born and raised in Huntington Beach, has so far worked hundreds of volunteer service hours as a...
| May 2, 2012
| 4:00 PM
When a dolphin swam into Bolsa Chica sometime before noon Friday, the wetlands got a surprise visitor.
Now, they may have an unintended mascot. Five days and many media stories later, the dolphin still hadn't left the water near Warner Avenue and Pacific...
| May 15, 2012
| 11:25 AM
Vic and I were in the Eastern Sierras a few weeks ago.
He was leading an Audubon birding trip, primarily to see greater sage-grouse on their courtship display grounds, which are called leks. The lek is just north of Crowley Lake, a few miles outside...