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Register Article on the Rise in Mountain Lion Deaths in Orange County

The unfortunate recent encounter between a mountain lion and a family hiking in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park has heightened concerns about the survival of these big cats and the tragic consequences of human encroachment. The Register is reporting an alarming rise in the number of mountain lions who have died at human hands, including vehicle [...]

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The Shadows of Old Saddleback: A Book Review of Sorts, Eighty Years Too Late

You might have guessed that Don Juan Ortega fancies himself a bit of an amateur Orange County history buff, but he also acknowledges that no one can truly claim amateur historian status in Orange County unless they have read a copy of Terry Stephenson’s venerable “The Shadows of Old Saddleback: From the Day of the [...]