CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1993 |
Caltrans workers intentionally blew it Tuesday. The result was a rocky midmorning commute for motorists on the Antelope Valley Freeway in Santa Clarita. Traffic was briefly halted in both directions so Caltrans could blow up two auto-size boulders perched precariously on a rain-soaked slope above the west side of the freeway near San Fernando Road.
May 31, 1993 |
In the adrenaline-stoked realm of vertical rock climbing, Derek Geoffrey Hersey was regarded as one of the world's best, a daredevil among daredevils who did not use a rope. But for reasons that authorities said Sunday may never be known, the 36-year-old Hersey plunged to his death from the granite face of Yosemite National Park's Sentinel Rock. A native of Manchester, England, Hersey for the past decade had lived in Boulder, Colo.
September 6, 1992
Vernon Howard, 74, author of "do-it-yourself psychology" books and founder of the New Life Foundation. Howard taught himself to write, starting with magazine fillers and one-line gags and moving on to pen more than 100 self-help books expressing his philosophy. He also founded the New Life Foundation, which Desi Arnaz Jr., the group's spokesman, has credited with helping him overcome drugs and alcohol addiction.
July 4, 1995 |
A CSX freight train hit a boulder and derailed, blocking a route used by hundreds of Amtrak passengers and spilling 5,500 gallons of diesel fuel. No one was injured. Amtrak passengers used buses to skirt the area Sunday.
September 18, 2000 |
About 200 residents fled a mountain neighborhood while others chopped down trees to remove fuel from the path of an 800-acre fire that threatened about 250 homes. The fire's thick pall of smoke spread eastward for miles from the canyons and foothills about 12 miles southwest of downtown Boulder. As constantly shifting winds fanned the flames, fire managers were doubtful they could contain the blaze.
September 28, 2004 |
A falling rock killed an Australian adventure racer who was competing in the Subaru Primal Quest contest in Washington state last week. Nigel Aylott, 38, died when a competitor dislodged a boulder on Illabot Peak, 100 miles northwest of Seattle. Others ducked the tumbling boulder, but Aylott was below a ridge and may not have seen it, said Rebecca Rush, captain of Team Montrail, who was traveling with Aylott's team, which was then leading the race. He is the first fatality in the U.S.
June 28, 1987 |
The 24th annual "Best in the West" home-building and design competition was dominated once again by Southern California builders and architects who snared 19 grand awards, including two coveted "Home of the Year" prizes.
April 16, 1995
Re "Rock Climbers See Red When Film Crew Paints Boulders," April 7: What is the world coming to when you go to the local park and find your favorite boulders devoid of that wonderful graffiti that accents the landscape so well? After living in L.A. for seven years I thought I'd seen it all. But no, no, no. I found out that another one of those insidious film crews "desecrated" Chatworth's Stoney Point Park by painting two graffiti-covered boulders. Shock and surprise! What possible logic can these rock climbers have (and the advocacy groups that represent them)
September 6, 1989 |
Cars began filtering into the parking lot before dawn and the chairlift roared to life not long after. Practice runs were completed and John Tomac stood perched beneath the banner atop Snow Summit ski resort's highest mountain, ready to make one of the day's first runs. Tomac, considered the one to watch, charged through the starting gate and quickly reached speeds of up to 40 m.p.h. as he began his descent down the 1.3 miles of steep, rugged terrain.
August 11, 1989 |
To the average sports fan, it's not exactly Koufax and Drysdale returning to Chavez Ravine. But on the beach, the names Selznick and Vogelsang and Von Hagen and Menges also conjure visions of heroic summers long ago. They played volleyball. They were kings of the beach before the tour went pro and the "beach" was extended to Phoenix and Milwaukee and Boulder, Colo. Before light beer and cable television.