Good morning, Orange County. I’m in your inbox today to get you caught up on everything going on in OC today, including updates on:

  • OC hiker found dead in Joshua Tree Park.
  • Burn-scar areas at risk of mudslides and flooding with storms.
  • Seal Beach Pier is temporarily closed.
  • Garden Grove Cleanup day.
  • The Orange County Museum was evacuated on Sunday.

But first, today’s weather:

Cool with variable cloudiness. High: 63 Low: 46.

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  1. An Orange County hiker was found dead in Joshua Tree National Park, officials said Tuesday. A woman in her 50s was found late Saturday by park rangers who responded to reports of an injured hiker in the Rattlesnake Canyon in the Indian Cove district of the park. National Park officials said the woman died of a fatal head injury. Foul play is not suspected. The National Park Service said in a statement, “Do not attempt to hike in these areas unless you are prepared for this environment.” (Orange County Patch)
  2. Orange County residents in burn scar areas braced for possible flash floods and mudslides as another storm brought rain and wind to SoCal Tuesday. Silverado Canyon “has seen severe damage” from rain and mudslides after the Bond Fire “left hillsides bare” and without natural vegetation to contain water flows. (KABC-TV)
  3. Seal Beach Pier repairs are underway, but there is no timeline for when the boat ramp will reopen. The Seal Beach Pier was damaged by damaging waves during last week’s storm “that took out the pier’s boat ramp.” The boat ramp, mostly used by oil workers to get to and from offshore platforms, will be closed until the pilings can be replaced. (LAist)
  4. If you live in Garden Grove, mark your calendar for Cleanup day. The City of Garden Grove, in partnership with Republic Services, announced that Garden Grove residents can bring bulky items to be disposed of for free on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Garden Grove Park, at 9301 Westminster Boulevard. Officials said the event is open to Garden Grove residents only. (ORANGE COUNTY TRIBUNE)
  5. The Orange County Museum of Art was evacuated when a fire alarm went off on Sunday. Guests were allowed to re-enter the museum when firefighters discovered the alarm was set off by a teenager vaping in the bathroom. In an Instagram story on Monday, OCMAโ€™s CEO and director Heidi Zuckerman posted, “Please do not vape in the bathrooms (or anywhere) @ocmamuseum.” (ARTnews)

Today in Orange County:

  • Drama One Acts in the Black Box Theater – Irvine (All Day)
  • Open Mic, Poetry, Jazz – Newport Beach (5 PM)
  • Scavenger Hunt – Barnes & Noble – Orange (10 AM)

From my notebook:

  • Meet Whiskey: “AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION Looking for a friendly, fun loving guy who is perfect as a photographic model? Well, please meet Whiskey. This young guy is about 1 year old and sees everyone as a potential friend.” (German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County via Facebook)
  • New Chiefs: “We are excited to introduce you to our two newly selected Chiefs of Police Services! Captain James Christian will be serving as Chief of Police Services in the City of San Clemente and Captain Isaac Flores will be serving as Chief of Police Services in the City of Laguna Niguel. Both will start on Jan. 13.” (Orange County Sheriff’s Department, CA via Facebook)
  • Vendor Information Day: “The first Vendor Information Day (VID) of 2023! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ“… Feb. 2, 2023 ๐Ÿ•˜ 9 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.๐Ÿ“ County Administration South (CAS) Building, County Conference Center, 601 N Ross St, Santa Ana.” (County of Orange, California via Facebook)
  • Make a difference: “Do you have a passion for video games and making a positive difference in the lives of children? Then apply for our part-time Esports Staff position today! To learn more and apply, visit” (YMCA OF ORANGE COUNTY via Facebook)
  • Thank you, Court Appointed Special Advocates: “CASA appreciates all of the ways that our community supports our mission of bettering the lives of youth in the OC foster care system. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our success through volunteering time or monetary gifts.” (CASA of Orange County – Court Appointed Special Advocates via Facebook)

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โ€” Paula Constance

About me: Paula is a contributing writer, author, and producer. When she’s not writing, you can find her hiking or watching fireflies in the sultry moments before sunset. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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