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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2001 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every year, the pilots at Aspen Helicopters in Oxnard talk about putting Santa and his reindeer out to pasture. They say it's not easy to fly when they are lugging around a 900-pound electric facsimile of the jolly old man and his sleigh, made up of bright-colored lights strung over a large sheet of chicken wire stretched between a steel frame.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2004 | From Associated Press
Dick Durrance, an American skiing pioneer who won 17 national championship titles and put Aspen, Colo., on the map of major ski destinations, has died. He was 89. Durrance died Sunday of natural causes in Carbondale, Colo., north of Aspen, family members said. Durrance, the first general manager of the Aspen Skiing Co., was a key developer of the resort at Alta, Utah.
NATIONAL
November 28, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
Those Coloradans sure do know how to party come wintertime. Throw in a full moon (like tonight's), dust some snow on a mountaintop, preferably the Rocky Mountain type, and you're sure to have a bona fide outdoor event. Jeff Hanle calls it full moon fever. Hanle, spokesman for the Aspen Skiing Co., is putting the word out to the hordes that officials expect to scale nearby Buttermilk Mountain to bask in the moonlight: Be careful; full moon or no, you'll be skiing down in darkness.  Buttermilk has a hut and a bonfire pit on its western peak where hikers can get warm before heading down the mountain.
REAL ESTATE
January 11, 1987 | RUTH RYON, Times Staff Writer
The mansion that was once purchased by newspaper czar William Randolph Hearst for film star Marion Davies is for sale at $25 million, making it one of the highest-priced houses in the United States, maybe even the world. Hearst bought the Beverly Hills home, which he named "Beverly House," in 1947 for $120,000. That per "The Estates of Beverly Hills," which Jeff Hyland (whose Beverly Hills firm Alvarez, Hyland & Young has the listing) co-authored with Charles Lockwood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1995 | ROBERT WELLER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Steamboat loves skiing. It has produced more U.S. ski team members than any other town. That may help explain why serious local misgivings about the side effects of growth seem unlikely to halt construction of what may be the last major new ski resort in America. "Isn't that a great epitaph for the Yampa River Valley?" asked Routt County Commissioner Ben Beall, a vocal opponent of the project. "Yeah, we love to ski. But does that mean we need another ski area?"
SPORTS
April 27, 2005 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Southern California, a hotbed of action sports, will be the long-term home of its grandest annual competition. ESPN is expected to announce today a contract extension with Anschutz Entertainment Group that will keep the network's popular Summer X Games in Los Angeles through 2009, with Staples Center and the Home Depot Center as primary venues. It had previously been announced that the Summer X Games, which were in L.A. in 2003 and 2004, would return for a third year. They will be held Aug. 4-7.
BUSINESS
July 15, 1988 | KEITH BRADSHER, Times Staff Writer
An investment partnership led by financier Marvin Davis has bought half of Sports Connection, a West Los Angeles-based health club chain with eight large, upscale gyms sprinkled across Southern California. The transaction announced Thursday will give Sports Connection the money it needs to continue building new gyms while remaining a privately held firm, said founder and President D. Michael Talla.
TRAVEL
January 19, 2003 | Eileen Ogintz, Special to The Times
What a life. Your children hang out at their mountain digs until a ski instructor swings by, steering them like VIPs to the best runs and bypassing lift lines. The instructor arranges for lunch and apres-ski action, even making sure they have dry socks. Just as kids these days have private tennis coaches, skating instructors, cello teachers and SAT tutors, so too are many getting personal assistance on the slopes.
TRAVEL
March 28, 1999 | EILEEN OGINTZ
All Liberty and Teton did was stare, and the room full of children was suddenly quiet. Liberty is a bald eagle, and Teton, a golden eagle. Injured, both can no longer live in the wild. "Liberty is kind of nervous because of meeting you," Daisy Margetts said to the kids. They giggled between bites of macaroni and cheese, never taking their eyes off the majestic creatures perched in a giant three-sided wooden crate.
TRAVEL
February 22, 1998 | KARIN ESTERHAMMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Follow the paths of the Nez Perce and Lewis and Clark on a tour through Idaho, Montana and Wyoming with historian-guide Jack McDermott. The nine-day tour starts in Lewiston, Mont., Aug. 1. Guests visit the Nez Perce Visitor Center in Spalding, Idaho, then walk the ground of the Battle of White Bird Canyon, where the first Nez Perce war with the settlers took place. The tour visits the site of Lewis and Clark's camp while they were en route to Weippe Prairie, Idaho.
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