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July 10, 1998 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Think California Aqueduct and images come to mind of pristine mountain water rushing through the desert to thirsty Southern Californians. Well, think again. As one water department spokesman put it, "There is no such thing as pristine water in its natural form." Not to mention that as the aqueduct runs its 440-mile course from the Sacramento delta through farmland, under freeways and past creeping desert sprawl, it picks up a lot more than water.
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NEWS
July 10, 1998 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An unemployed attorney with an engineering degree and a taste for true crime novels is the mysterious armchair detective who, on a hunch, led authorities to a section of the California Aqueduct where divers recovered what is believed to be the body of Gary Devore, the screenwriter who had been missing for more than a year. While now an instant celebrity, Douglas Crawford said nobody believed him at first. "They told me that unless I killed the guy, call back Monday," he said.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1998
An infant believed to be as young as a few days old was found dead Sunday morning, floating in a section of the California Aqueduct near Palmdale, authorities said. A man who had been fishing in the aqueduct called Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies at 11 a.m. after discovering the baby in the brown waters of the aqueduct. The body appeared to have been in the water for several days and had begun to decompose, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1998
Sheriff's homicide detectives Tuesday arrested the estranged husband of a Lancaster woman found dead in the California Aqueduct last August, authorities said. Scott Glenn Mullins was taken into custody at his house in the 3300 block of 15th Street West in Rosamond, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. David Halm, a department spokesman. Halm said detectives received information that pointed to Mullins as the killer of Renee Elizabeth Mullins, 34, but said he could not describe the evidence.
NEWS
February 27, 1998 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State Water Resources Director David N. Kennedy disclosed Thursday that the California Aqueduct--the state's water lifeline--will be shut down soon to repair a leak related to the recent El Nino storms. Kennedy said it is unlikely that water delivery to customers in Southern California will be disrupted during the 45 to 60 days it takes to fix the damage near the San Joaquin Valley town of Los Banos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1995 | CARLA BARD, Carla Bard chaired the State Water Resources Control Board from 1979 to 1982 and now does environmental work for Patagonia Inc
Southern Californians need to know that their already degraded drinking water is going to get worse if the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and big agricultural interests from the west side ofSan Joaquin Valley have their way. They plan to reopen a 28-mile section of the concrete-lined ditch known as the San Luis Drain to let farmers dump more agricultural runoff, containing toxic amounts of selenium, heavy metals and pesticides in the San Joaquin River.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1994 | Research by JULIE SHEER / Los Angeles Times
Until the Los Angeles Aqueduct was completed in 1913, the arid San Fernando Valley had few options for obtaining water. Engineer William Mulholland masterminded the plan to bring water south from the Sierra Nevada, supplying water-starved Los Angeles but ruining fertile Owens Valley farmland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1993 | SHARON MOESER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The body of an Air Force staff sergeant who earlier this week fell into the California Aqueduct was found by a teen-ager fishing Wednesday morning. Samuel Bible Jr., 26, was found at 8:10 a.m. in the Soledad siphon, situated off Sierra Highway south of Barrel Springs Road in Palmdale. Bible had been carried 11 miles from where he fell in the aqueduct two days earlier at Godde Hill Road in the Quartz Hill area.
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