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  • Jim Walters

    Managing Editor

    Walters has worked at The Daily Breeze, The Orange County Register, and the Los Angeles Times as a copy and news editor during the last 30 years. Smitten by dotcom fever, he left print journalism to work as managing editor at GeoCities before the company was acquired by Yahoo! in 1999. The Ohio native also has taught at the University of Southern California. An Orange Coast staffer since 2008, he loves huskies and malamutes, detests open-toed shoes on women, and doesn’t have an ATM card. He denies being Amish.

 

How to Drive Your GPS Crazy

Dozens of old Orange County town names it will never locate

Modern Orange County is a patchwork of forgotten places, of boomtowns gone bust and farm towns swallowed by cities. Traces of them still exist—a street sign here, a stray post office or church name there—but they’re unexplained glimpses of a past unceremoniously obliterated by the present. In the June 2013 issue, we sent Orange Coast Managing Editor Jim Walters back in time, into the Orange County Archives, to rediscover places that once were. To purchase a print or digital copy of the June 2013 issue here. Scroll down for a map of Orange County's vanished towns. You can also click here for a photo album of these same towns! Read more...

More Towns From Vanished O.C.

Photo gallery and interactive map

Modern Orange County is a patchwork of forgotten places, of boomtowns gone bust and farm towns swallowed by cities. Traces of them still exist—a street sign here, a stray post office or church name there—but they’re unexplained glimpses of a past unceremoniously obliterated by the present. In the June 2013 issue, we sent Orange Coast Managing Editor Jim Walters back in time, into the Orange County Archives, to rediscover places that once were. To purchase a print or digital copy of the June 2013 issue here. Read more...

What Not to Dump / Where to Dump

Surprisingly toxic trash and how to dispose of it properly

You probably wouldn't think twice about tossing some of these into the can before you wheel it out to the curb. But they don't belong in landfills—corrosive, toxic, and reactive materials find their way to the ocean. Read more...

Our Ocean: The Dredge Report

You won't believe what winds up in the ocean

You won't believe what winds up in the ocean. But you should. You put it there. Read more...

Road Trip!

From a California mountain lake to a valley in Mexico ...

... we found terrific destinations and lots of little adventures along the way Read more...
READ NOW: Serial Killer Seduction

Our "Center of the Universe" story is being read all over the world right now. Click here for the story.

 

Who Did Randy Kraft Seduce?

Current photos of author Jay Roberts.

 

A Fact-Checker's Journey to a 1980 Afternoon

Our intrepid intern tracks down the details in Roberts' story.

 

Why Isn't Randy Kraft Dead?

Our original piece on one of California's deadliest and most depraved serial killers. 

 

Editor's Letter, October 2013

Our editor considers "Center of the Universe" to be compelling—and incredibly frightening. Click above to find out why. 

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