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AT THE JIM BRIDGER Stories by Ron Carlson Picador USA 194 pages, $23 Contemporary stories and novels about the American West have developed certain conventions. There is a down-at-the-heels motel on a poor road at the edge of a wind-worn town. Its manager, an aging man with a dubious past, sits on a folding chair watching the flicker of the TV. Outside, a car pulls up on the gravel. A couple comes in and rents a room. A plot ensues.
October 1, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
OAKLAND - It's that time of year again, when fans around the country tune into the baseball playoffs, see a bunch of unfamiliar green-and-gold-clad Oakland Athletics playing in a creaky, leaky stadium built for football and think, "What are you guys doing here?" It's OK. The A's, whose talent, grit and World Series aspirations far exceed their small-market limitations, are used to it. Respect them or not, know them or not, they've won two consecutive American League West titles on a shoe-string budget and open a division series against the Detroit Tigers on Friday in Oakland.
The real West and the West of the imagination have been tangled up in people's minds since the first non-Indian artist went into the wilderness and drew the first portrait of a Native American. Modern media accelerated the blurring of the boundary between the two. Even after you've seen Monument Valley, you tend to think of it in terms dictated by the western epics of John Ford.
September 23, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It has been a nice little run for the Angels since Aug. 23, their 21-8 record before Monday's game against Oakland taking some sting out of another disappointing season, but they can't let it fool them into thinking they can roll into 2014 with this personnel. If the Angels are to end a four-year playoff drought next season, they'll need pitching, pitching and more pitching. "There are some fundamental things we need to look at that a good finish will not and should not mask.
March 10, 1995 | MIKE HISERMAN
The four-team American West Conference will begin its basketball tournament at Southern Utah today with nowhere to go but home when it ends. The American West is among four conferences that do not receive automatic invitations to the Division I NCAA tournament. Champion Southern Utah, in fact, may not even get a NIT spot due to a mediocre overall record. In first-round games today, Cal State Northridge (7-19, 4-2) meets Cal State Sacramento (6-20, 2-4) at 2 p.m.
July 17, 1992
Oscar Lewis, 99, a historian and author who was one of the first to define the West in the context of its history. Lewis emerged as an author and historian in the 1930s, when Californians were beginning to examine their pioneer past and celebrate their heritage. His best-known book, "The Big Four," was published in 1938 and told how four robber barons built the first transcontinental railroad. It is still in print.
Say this for the fledgling American West Conference: In no other college league in America is a group of basketball coaches and players more eagerly anticipating the start of a conference season. "That's the great thing about being in a conference," said Peter Micelli, a Cal State Northridge forward. "It's a chance to start all over." The American West consists of four teams, all of which could use a fresh start.
October 22, 1996
American West Bank, based in Encino, posted a 55% jump in its nine-month earnings. For the period that ended Sept. 30, American West posted a $440,385 profit, compared to net income of $283,306 a year earlier. Assets increased 14% to $65.4 million from a year earlier. Last month, American West Bank agreed to merge with the Bank of Los Angeles and that deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 1997. American West Bank's Chief Executive John Feldman will be CEO of the newly merged bank.
July 15, 2010
POP MUSIC Talk about sweethearts of the rodeo. You've got John Doe and Exene, the punk patron saints of our gritty metropolis, plus the sweet, ethereal harmonies of the Living Sisters, a trio of Angeleno performers who've come to reclaim the secret melodies of Laurel Canyon. Wear your best fringed accoutrement, cowboys and -girls. Museum of the American West at Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. Fri. 7-11 p.m. $22-$30. (323) 667-2000.
October 10, 1989
American West Bank announced that its earnings for the third quarter that ended Sept. 30 grew 45% to $224,185 from $154,272 a year earlier. Meanwhile, total assets at the Encino-based bank increased 5% to $58 million from $55.5 million. American West said that for the nine months that ended Sept. 30, earnings increased 26% to $478,515 from $380,028.
July 21, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Two well-pitched, crisply played victories Friday and Saturday night yielded to an unsightly Sunday for the Angels, who put together an all-around clunker in a 6-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics. The Angels didn't pitch well. Jerome Williams (5-6) was tagged for six runs, four earned, and eight hits in five innings and has given up 21 earned runs and 26 hits in 13 innings of his last four starts. They didn't hit much of anything. Bartolo Colon, the Athletics' rotund right-hander who won an American League Cy Young Award with the Angels in 2005, threw his third shutout this season, giving up four hits, striking out five and walking one, to improve to 13-3 with a 2.52 earned-run average.
June 4, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
The Angels held Josh Hamilton out of their starting lineup Monday, the second time in 16 days they have given the struggling outfielder what Manager Mike Scioscia calls "a recharge day. " Hamilton is batting .216, the lowest average of any regular in the American League West. The Houston Astros started left-hander Erik Bedard on Monday; Hamilton is batting .169 against left-handers, with no home runs and 24 strikeouts in 59 at-bats. "This is a half-step back that maybe gets him to take two steps forward," Scioscia said.
April 27, 2013 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Recruiting a new leader for a big museum can take months - sometimes more than a year - involving search committees, consultants and rounds of interviews and negotiations. In the case of the Autry National Center of the American West, finding its fourth chief executive since opening 25 years ago was a much simpler affair. The biggest challenge was for board chair Marshall McKay, tired from a 12-hour day of meetings, to muster the energy to rush through a hotel corridor in Portland, Ore., catch up with the man he'd pegged as the Autry's next leader, and make him a proposal from out of the blue.
April 3, 2013 | By Monte Morin
It's long been held that North America's rugged and mountainous west was formed by the movement of the undersea Farallon plate, and that the process was roughly similar to the way groceries pile up at the end of a supermarket conveyor belt.  Millions of years ago, when the lands of present-day Nevada and Utah were oceanfront properties, the Farallon tectonic plate began sliding eastward beneath the continent, dragging island chains along with...
October 4, 2012 | By Alyson Kenward
Over the summer and on into the fall, images of flames, smoke plumes, firefighting teams and ruined homes have been on replay, and with good reason: As of Aug. 31, this year tied the record for total acreage burned by wildfires, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. More than 8.4 million acres have burned to date - an area larger than the state of Maryland up in flames. But as intense as the wildfires have been this year, they provide just a glimpse of the future of the American West.
September 26, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It seems almost blasphemous for the Angels to root for a division rival, one that seized the American League West title from them in 2010 and hasn't let go, but that's an unsavory byproduct of the wild-card system. The Angels began play Tuesday seven games behind Texas in the AL West with nine to play. They were two games behind Oakland for the second wild-card spot. The Rangers and Athletics were playing in Texas. Do the math. "If it comes down to simply numbers, I'm rooting for Texas, because we're closer to Oakland," Angels left fielder Mark Trumbo said.
July 17, 1990
American West Bank in Encino said its second-quarter profit rose 26% from a year earlier, to $204,323 from $162,576. For the first half of 1990, American West's earnings totaled $409,211, up 61% from $254,094 in the same quarter of last year. The bank, which caters to local businesses, had assets totaling $66.4 million as of June 30, up 23% from $54.1 million a year earlier.
September 16, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Angels Manager Mike Scioscia will keep both Jered Weaver and Zack Greinke on regular rest for the remainder of the season, putting the right-handers in line to pitch in both of the remaining three-game series against the American League West-leading Texas Rangers. Weaver will start Tuesday night against Texas in Anaheim. Scioscia said left-hander C.J. Wilson, who has had a problem with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand, is "penciled in" for Wednesday, and Greinke will start Thursday.
September 2, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE -- The addition of a second wild-card team may improve the odds of the Angels' reaching the playoffs, but it won't ease their degree of difficulty getting there. The Angels lost to the Seattle Mariners, 2-1, in Safeco Field on Sunday, their winning streak ending at five games when Jered Weaver gave up home runs to Jesus Montero in the fourth inning and .143-hitting Carlos Peguero in the fifth. Though they have won nine of 12 games since Aug. 21, the Angels are 81/2 games behind first-place Texas in the American League West, 51/2 games behind Oakland for the wild-card lead and 31/2 games behind Baltimore for the second wild-card spot.
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