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IT’S FOOTBALL TIME: THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Steve Hill, front, and his Yorba Linda teammates compete in a tug of war against La Sierra High during a passing league practice last week.

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ongratulations. You made it. It’s been nearly nine months since Yorba Linda last saw any gridiron action, but this month that all changes. The Yorba Linda Star recognizes the city’s insatiable thirst for high school football and has amped up coverage. Want to see a preview, roster, schedule, photos and the projected stars of your team? We have them, a full page devoted to each of our high schools that you can tack up and refer to during the upcoming season. This week we kick off our coverage by taking a look at Yorba Linda and El Dorado. While the teams qualified for the 20 1 2 playoffs, both suffered stinging first-round defeats. Can they take the next step this season? We’re ready to find out. Are you? PREVIEWS: PAGES 1 5-1 6

PHOTOS: KATIE DEES, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

A close look at each team This week, the Yorba Linda Star spotlights Yorba Linda High (Page 1 5) and El Dorado High (Page 1 6). Upcoming editions will provide more in-depth coverage: Aug. 22: Esperanza High, Valencia High Aug. 29: Kickoff special, with staff predictions

Yorba Linda’s Zack Sowder, right, battles a La Sierra player during a passing league football game last week at Yorba Linda High.

Model of Nixon’s Air Force One unveiled BY DANIEL LANGHORNE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

A pint-sized Spirit of ’76 – Richard Nixon’s Air Force One – is now on display at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum. The model is one-twentieth the size of the real plane, but is still more than 7 feet long and weighs 50 pounds. It will be on display in the library’s lobby with Nixon’s flight jacket and his proclamation naming the plane in honor of 1776, the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. The real plane was used by presidents from John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton. Frank Gannon, a former Nixon staffer, said one of his most vivid memories aboard the Spirit of ’76 was waiting on the plane and

Back in city’s hands, land spurs equestrian center talk Council also looking into whether restrictions on homes can be lifted.

COURTESY OF THE RICHARD NIXON FOUNDATION

A one-twentieth scale model of the SAM 26000 Air Force One, aboard which President Richard Nixon made his historic trip to China, is on display in Yorba Linda.

watching Marine One land at Andrews Air Force Base after Nixon’s final departure from the White House in 1974. Nixon flew from the base to California. “It’s arguably one of its least happy flights,” Gannon said. Ed Nixon, the late president’s younger brother, and Dwight Chapin, former deputy assistant to Nixon, also spoke about their per-

sonal memories on the Spirit of ’76 during an unveiling ceremony Tuesday. Among the plane’s other memorable moments was the swearing in of Lyndon Johnson after Kennedy’s assassination and when it carried Nixon’s body to the El Toro Marine base for his burial in Yorba Linda. The real plane is housed at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio.

BY DANIEL LANGHORNE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

The City Council is exploring new uses for cityowned land that was previously designated for Friends Christian High School, which was never built. The city terminated its lease with Friends Church after it failed to pay rent for the 32-acre site for more than a year. The council is now sorting through its options on what it can do with the site north of Bastanchury Road and an adjacent 7.6

acres on Lakeview Avenue. Recently, the council asked city staff to investigate the possibility of building homes on the land, which is currently prohibited. The city plans to negotiate with previous owners Shell Western E&P – which put conditions on the land use when it transferred the land to the city – about whether the business would be willing to lift the housing ban. Parts of these two cityowned properties can be

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Whether or not the restrictions can be lifted affects what options are available out there.” MARK PULONE CITY MANAGER

developed only for a public use, such as a park, equestrian center or library. Shell S E E L A N D ● PA G E 2


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