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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1991
The California Department of Water Resources said Wednesday that Southern California's water supply was not threatened by the "minuscule" amount of diesel fuel that spilled into the California Aqueduct from a truck accident in the northwestern corner of Los Angeles County. Department spokesman Jerry Reynolds said the amount was so small that the state was not taking any extraordinary measures to deal with it.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
A man in his 20s died Saturday after emergency workers pulled him from a vehicle that had plunged into the California Aqueduct. The Los Angeles County Fire Department received a call at 3:55 p.m. about a vehicle submerged in the aqueduct near Pearblossom Highway, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1998 | DARRELL SATZMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sheriff's deputies Tuesday resumed searching the California Aqueduct where screenwriter Gary Devore's car was found, looking for a gun he reportedly had with him when he disappeared. The car, with Devore's body still at the wheel, was found July 8 submerged in the concrete channel where its waters flow beneath the Antelope Valley Freeway. He had been missing since June 28, 1997, when he disappeared while driving to his Santa Barbara County home from Santa Fe, N.M.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2003 | Richard Fausset and Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writers
Not far from a billboard that reads "Danger: Deathtrap Highway," a pickup truck swerved off the Pearblossom Highway early Wednesday and sank in the California Aqueduct, killing an unlicensed driver and her three children. Only a 10-year-old girl survived the dawn plunge along a desolate and dangerous stretch of California 138 in the Antelope Valley. She was reported to be in a coma late Wednesday at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. The driver, Marisol Morales, 32, was killed along with Raul Jr.
OPINION
January 26, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Southern Californians are facing not one drought but three, interconnected yet distinct, each bringing its own hazards and each requiring its own emergency and long-term responses. The first drought is regional, caused by the lack of rain in our own mountains and our own backyards. In normal winters - or rather those we have come to accept as normal - storms blow south from the Gulf of Alaska, churning in a counterclockwise direction and keeping much of their stored water in the air until they move inland from the west and run smack into the San Gabriel Mountains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1998 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's late at night and you're cruising down the Antelope Valley Freeway. You suddenly swerve to avoid hitting a coyote, and crash through a lightweight barrier. Or you get off for gas and by mistake get back on the wrong side, then try to cut across the median to where you belong. Instead of finding safety, you land in the California Aqueduct and you're beginning to sink--as screenwriter Gary Devore apparently did a little over a year ago. What should you do?
NEWS
September 26, 1998 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson said Friday that he does not believe a canal around the troubled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta should be attempted in the next seven years--despite a plea from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Wilson's comments came at a ceremony where he signed a $235-million appropriation bill to make possible a historic water sales agreement between the Imperial Valley and the San Diego County Water Authority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Screenwriter Gary Devore's widow has sued the state Department of Transportation over his 1997 fatal plunge into the California Aqueduct, claiming dangerous conditions on the road led to his death, according to her lawyer. Devore, who authorities said was fatigued and disoriented after driving for 12 hours on his way home to Carpinteria from Santa Fe, N.M., got on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway headed north in the southbound lanes and accidentally drove off the road and into the aqueduct.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Even in the world of big-ticket water projects, where delays, cost overruns and controversy are frequent, the inelegantly named Inland Feeder Project was in a class of its own. In its two decades, the project has faced fire, flood, regulatory disputes, difficult geology, grouting problems, earthquake considerations, a switch of contractors and more. At one point it was $100 million over budget. The boss at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California jokes that the project suffered everything but a plague of locusts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1998
Sheriff's officials are looking for help in identifying an infant found Sunday floating in the waters of the California Aqueduct near Palmdale, authorities said. The baby girl, estimated to be a month old, was found about 11 a.m. by a man fishing in the aqueduct, authorities said. The body appeared to have been in the water for several days. The infant was discovered near a pumping station in a section of the aqueduct accessible from a dirt road off Sierra Highway.
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