Body Found in Laguna Beach Surf Positively I.D.'d as Missing Teen Anthony Parnell: Update

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High surf can be deadly.
UPDATE NO. 2, FEB. 19, 11:35 A.M.: The body that washed up in Laguna Beach around 4 p.m. Wednesday has positively been identified as 18-year-old Anthony Parnell of Las Vegas, according to sheriff's officials. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

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Big Bear Ski Resorts Offer Valentine's Day Lift Ticket Deal; Mammoth Digs Out of Snow Dump

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Snow Summit
His or her Valentine shot the picture?
Big Bear Mountain Resorts is allowing couples to ditch the flowers, chocolates and prix-fixe menus by offering two-for-one lift tickets on Valentine's Day at Snow Summit or Bear Mountain.

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[VIDEO] Orange County Beard and Moustache Competition Confirms that Humans are Strange

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Their beards have beards
Yes, it is moustache, not mustache in the world of competitive facial hair. The "ou" shows just how seriously some men take it. And at the annual OC Beard and Moustache competition you'll see that commitment range from classy, to pretentious, to badass, to just plain gross. Movember is over, but we caught up with the gents before they shaved off all their passive work. Although, we suspect some of these dudes did not just start growing last month.

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OC Screen Productions' Between Two Harbors, Chasing Hollywood Chase Kickstarter Funds

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We Are Ocean
Recovering from cancer on a surfboard, in the fledgling documentary Between Two Harbors.
Locally tingled small screen productions are currently seeking funding via Kickstarter, to varying success.


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$25 Big Bear Ski Lift Tickets Go on Sale TODAY; Mammoth Mountain Opens TOMORROW

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Go Productions
Thank you, global warming!
Lift tickets for $25 each to Snow Summit and Bear Mountain in Big Bear go on sale this morning through Friday morning. Is there a catch? You betcha!

Meanwhile, Mammoth Mountain outside Bishop opens Thursday morning. Is there snow? Apparently!

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Mammoth Mountain to Acquire Snow Summit and Bear Mountain Ski Resorts for $38 Million

UPDATE: Mammoth is picking up the two Big Bear area resorts for $38 million, reports the Los Angeles Times, which notes the move "comes in the midst of a historic drought." Mammoth CEO Rusty Gregory explains to the Times, "My father used to say in business you want to do the opposite of what everyone else is doing. This does look like a questionable time to buy a ski resort operation."

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Hopefully the ownership change won't mean less of this.

The Dick Kun ownership era at the Snow Summit and Bear Mountain ski resorts in the San Bernardino Mountains is over as the owners of Mammoth Mountain are set to acquire the properties, it was announced this morning.

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78 Percent of OC Voters Oppose Extending the 241 Toll Road: State Parks Foundation

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A thumbs up is given to stopping the 241 toll road extension ... way back in 2008.
The thousands who have turned out at every turn to oppose the Michael Myers of Orange County road projects--the alive/dead/undead extension of the 241 toll road through San Onofre State Beach and perilously close to Trestles beach--can now find solidarity with many others.

They are otherwise known as 78 percent of registered voters in Orange County.

That's the conclusion of a California State Parks Foundation survey released Wednesday that also showed 64 percent of respondents strongly oppose the damn extension. Jeez, I think an international airport in South County drew more support.

"Orange County voters continue to overwhelmingly oppose the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) proposal to build their toll road through San Onofre State Beach--California's fifth most popular state park," says Elizabeth Goldstein, the foundation's president.

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High Surf Coming But Not as High as It's Been

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How have things been at The Wedge? Swell.

High surf is predicted through the start of the weekend along the Orange County coast, but it won't be as high as it's been--like 25-foot sets at The Wedge--the past couple days.

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Hurricane Marie-Whipped High Surf Pounds Balboa Pier But Occupants Don't Seem to Mind

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Heavy surf pounds Balboa Pier Wednesday evening.
It's a mystery why anyone would want to line a pier or dine at the Ruby's at the end of it as hurricane-whipped surf pounds the wooden structure, but that's exactly what happened Wednesday at Balboa Pier in Newport Beach.

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Hurricane Marie is Bringing High Surf, Mucho Traffic and Scant Parking: Update

See the update at the end of this post on Newport Beach officials warning of high traffic and scant parking because of people flocking to the coast to see high waves, particularly at The Wedge.

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Buckle up, OC!

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 25, 11:06 A.M.: If you thought the surf that pounded Orange County beaches was treacherous this past weekend, you apparently ain't seen nothing yet.

But you will very soon, according to forecasters.

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