April 15, 2011 |
It was 1:30 a.m. at Coachella 2010, and thousands of weary festival-goers waited in long lines of dusty cars to exit the parking area. But just a field away, in the camping zone, hundreds of less-than-sober revelers were partying like the concert never ended. Pushing the Coachella experience deep into the night, they were roller-skating to the sounds of the '70s, starting impromptu soccer games, dancing to a surprise set from one of the day's electronic acts, and sharing drinks in the crisp night air. Welcome to the Coachella campgrounds, where Indio's midnight noise ordinance is as irrelevant as the need for a designated driver and everyone is your friend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2010 |
Mike Bradbury felt the air cooling and saw the sun sliding into the horizon, so he hurried to put up the tent where he and his family would sleep. He heard his son's small voice. "I have to go to the bathroom," Travis was telling his mother, who directed him to a portable toilet nearby. Travis was 8. Padding after him, as always, was his sister Laura, 3Â½. Laura was groggy after the long drive from the family's condominium in Huntington Beach to Indian Cove in Joshua Tree National Park.
August 21, 2010 |
The fugitive couple had zigzagged across much of the West, ducking authorities, kidnapping two truckers and allegedly killing a couple near a remote New Mexico ranch. Though authorities were besieged with hundreds of tips about the elusive pair's location, the last credible sighting of John McCluskey and Casslyn Welch was Aug. 6. And that was in Montana. Then, on Thursday, a ranger in the Apache and Sitgreaves National Forests in eastern Arizona noticed a campsite that looked somewhat odd. The Gabaldon Campground is a favorite of equestrians, but instead of horses, the U.S. Forest Service ranger found an untended fire and a grayish Nissan Sentra nearly hidden amid spruce trees.
June 6, 2009 |
A U.S. money manager pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from a plot to fake his own death in a small-plane crash in Florida to avoid financial fraud charges in Indiana. Marcus Schrenker, 38, parachuted out of his plane over Alabama in January and let it continue to fly on autopilot; it eventually crashed in Florida. He was arrested a day later at a Florida campsite. In U.S. District Court in Pensacola, Fla., Schrenker pleaded guilty to deliberately crashing a plane and placing false distress calls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2008 |
Five people were found shot to death early Sunday in a makeshift homeless encampment covered by thick brush near the 405 Freeway in Long Beach, police said. The crime upset neighbors and puzzled police, who had no suspects and struggled to comb the rugged terrain surrounding the crime scene near the freeway's intersection with the 710 Freeway. An anonymous caller tipped authorities Sunday morning about a slaying in an area near the 1500 block of West Wardlow Road.
August 29, 2008
Re "Unpaving paradise," Aug. 25 The first coastal campground in decades is paradise for the few! It is hard to believe that a space that once held more than 200 full-size trailers will now accommodate only 60 campsites. We do not need day-use facilities. The coastal campgrounds are far too few. During the summer months, the few sites that exist are all booked on the first day of reservations, which is seven months in advance, within 45 minutes or so. For years now, I have been unable to reserve more than four or five days of continuous stay at any of the state park beach campsites.