January 2011

Carlsbad Pipelines Launches New Website

by The Editors on January 30, 2011

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Witt Rowlett announced via Twitter (@Wittscarlsbad) today (January 30, 2011) that the new Carlsbad Pipelines website is now live. Here’s what Witt said:

The new website is officially up and ready for business! Check it out and let us know what you think.

Witt’s legendary surf/skate shop, located at the corner of Carlsbad Blvd and Elm Street Carlsbad Village Drive, has played an integral roll in the development of action sports as we know it. If you don’t believe us, just ask Tony Hawk. It’s great to see Witt embracing the digital era. Stop by, or click by the new online store and check it out.

[Link: Carlsbad Pipelines]

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Cierra Halstead Named 2010 Youth of the Year

by The Editors on January 27, 2011

Julianna Garner, Keith Blackburn, Faith Waters, Cierra Halstead, and Corey Cummins.

Carlsbad High junior Cierra Halstead was named The Boys and Girls Clubs of Carlsbad’s 2010 Youth Of The Year at during a Super Star Dinner held at the Clubs’ village branch on Wednesday, January 26, 2011.

Currently a junior at Carlsbad High School, Cierra considers the Boys & Girls Club her second home. She’s a ten year Club veteran, and has participated in just about every activity that’s been offered. Currently she serves as the president of Keystone Club, the teen leadership program. “The Club has shaped me as a person and has been the support system I needed to push through the hard times of my life,” stated Cierra. “It has been a life changing experience, and I know I would not be where I am today without it.”

Cierra was presented with a $1250 educational scholarship. First runner up Corey Cummins and finalists Julianna and Faith also received scholarships, courtesy of the Blackburn Foundation and Ted Vallas. Congrats to Halstead and all the other honorees. [click to continue…]

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Carlsbad Middle School Surfers Stay On Top

by The Editors on January 26, 2011

Sss LogoTeams from two Carlsbadistan middle schools finished 1st and 2nd for the second time this season at the Scholastic Surf Series contest last Saturday, January 22, 2011 at the Oceanside Pier.

The Aviara Oaks Middle School finished in first place, as they have in each of the three contests so far this season. The Vikings Surf Team from Valley Middle School finished in 2nd, for the second time this season. That finish along with a fourth place in another contest keeps the Vikings in second place overall.

Students from all three Carlsbad middle schools placed in the finals of each division. The next contest will be February 5, 2011 at D Street/Moonlight Beach in Encinitas.

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New Hilton Resort Coming To Carlsbadistan

by The Editors on January 24, 2011

Hilton-LogoIt’s a good thing that the Hyatt Park Aviara got an extension on their loan, because they’re going to get some serious high-end lodging competition from the $60 million Hilton Oceanfront Resort & Spa near the campgrounds, according to a story on San Diego Source.

Due for completion mid-year 2012, the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa will feature approximately 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, as well as a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center and oceanfront restaurant. The eight-acre site is located in Carlsbad’s southern Ponto region adjacent to the Hanover Beach Colony housing development.

It’s going to be sad to see that empty space go, but it will be good to have a nice resort that is close to the sand.

For a look at a Hilton Oceanfront Resort in South Carolina, click here.

[Link: San Diego Source]

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Carlsbadistan’s Perfect 2011 Marathon & Half

by The Editors on January 23, 2011

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Runners awoke Sunday morning January 23, 2011 to perfect running weather for the 2011 Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon– clear blue skies, 50 degree temperatures, and no wind. The only downside to the race would be for running surfers who had to plod along past perfectly glassy waves for almost the entire Half Marathon course. As we’ve said every year, there is nothing more beautiful than Carlsbad Blvd. with no cars on it.

Follow the jump for a little video from out on the streets. . .
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Broadreach Capital Gets Aviara Loan Extension

by The Editors on January 20, 2011

051609 3-1Carlsbadistan’s Park Hyatt Aviara Resort owners Broadreach Capital Partners are getting a little more time before they have to begin paying down their $186.5 million loan on the property. The loan, which was set to mature in 2012, has been extended five years to 2017.

Broadreach’s Director Heather Turner is happy with the extension.

“We are particularly pleased with the extension of the term which will allow the resort the time it needs to recover from both macro-economic and hotel-specific challenges of the last few years,” says Turner. “This modification is in the best interest of the resort and all of its stakeholders and provides the best opportunity to maximize value,” she adds.

The Park Hyatt’s General Manager Mark Stiebeling says this allow the hotel to continue to deliver the kind of experience customers are accustomed to.

“This decision illustrates Broadreach’s long-term commitment to the success of Park Hyatt Aviara,” says Mark Stiebeling, General Manager of the Resort. “Under Hyatt’s management, our team has successfully maintained the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award and we have extensive plans underway to further enhance the Aviara guest experience.”

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Ruby Summer’s Mermaids & Poets

by The Editors on January 19, 2011

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Carlsbadistan’s singing sisters Ruby Summer (Ruby and Summer Spiro) say their new album Mermaids & Poets should be available real soon. From the sounds of the some of their new songs it is more amazingly well produced pop on the way. . . that beach looks familiar? For the latest follow them on Twitter @rubysummer.

[Link: Ruby Summer]

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2nd Annual Mitchell Thorp Walkathon

by The Editors on January 13, 2011

MitchellthorpOn Saturday, January 22, 2011 over a 1,000 people will gather at Carlsbad’s Poinsettia Park for the second annual Mitchell Thorp Foundation Walkathon in support of families whose children are suffering from life-threatening illnesses.

Funds generated from this event will go to the Foundation; a nonprofit, public benefit 501 (c) (3) organization founded by the Thorp family whose son, Mitchell, battled an undiagnosed illness and lost his fight at the age of 18. The family started the foundation in their son’s name to give back to the community, and to support the many other families in need of assistance. . . “The specific purpose of the foundation is to help as many children and families in the community as possible,” said Brad Thorp, president, and father of Mitchell. “The sudden onset of a child’s life-threatening illness is devastating to a family; 24/7 care and hardship become a way of life, our goal is to create as much normalcy in the family unit as possible.”

Sign-in begins at 9 AM and the walk starts at 10 AM at Poinsettia Park at 6600 Hidden Valley Road in Carlsbad. Follow the jump for all the details.
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2011 Carlsbad Marathon Street Closures

by The Editors on January 11, 2011


On January 23, 2011 10,000 runners and walkers will invade Carlsbadistan as the Tri-City Medical Center Calrsbad Marathon and Half Marathon fills the streets with the huffing and pounding of shuffling feet. That means there are going to be some road closures (and we love it). here’s the list:

  • Marron Road between Monroe Street and Jefferson Street
  • Monroe Street between Marron Road and Carlsbad Village Drive
  • Jefferson Street between Marron Road and Laguna Drive
  • Laguna Drive between Jefferson Street and State Street
  • State Street between Laguna Drive and Carlsbad Boulevard
  • Carlsbad Boulevard between the north city limits at Buena Vista Lagoon to the south city limits at La Costa Avenue
  • Palomar Airport Road between Carlsbad Boulevard and El Camino Real (both lanes from Carlsbad Boulevard to Avenida Encinas then eastbound lanes only from Avenida Encinas to El Camino Real)
  • Avenida Encinas between Cannon Road and Palomar Airport Road
  • Poinsettia Lane between Avenida Encinas and Carlsbad Boulevard
  • Camino Vida Roble between Palomar Oaks Way (south) and Palomar Airport Road
  • Palomar Oaks Way south of Palomar Airport Road (entire roadway)
  • I-5 at Palomar Airport Road both northbound and southbound off-ramps and southbound on-ramp closed

Follow the jump for more details, or click here for past Carlsbadistan race coverage and photos. [click to continue…]

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Life Technologies’ $500 Million Buy Back

by The Editors on January 11, 2011

LifetechOur favorite Carlsbadistan based life sciences company Life Technologies Corporation announced that they will be using $500 million to repurchase shares on the open market “or in privately negotiated transactions.”

“The company remains committed to our long-term growth plan and our balanced capital deployment strategy,” said Gregory T. Lucier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Life Technologies. “Given our continued outlook for significant free cash flow generation, we believe the Company is in strong financial position to meet both our capital requirements to invest for future growth, while also returning excess cash to shareholders.”

Gotta do something to drive that share price up right? Follow the jump for the rest of the details.
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