CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2012 |
The yellowing government survey map of San Nicolas Island dated from 1879, but it was quite clear: There was a big black dot on the southwest coast and, next to it, the words "Indian Cave. " For more than 20 years, Navy archaeologist Steve Schwartz searched for that cave. It was believed to be home to the island's most famous inhabitant, a Native American woman who survived on the island for 18 years, abandoned and alone, and became the inspiration for "Island of the Blue Dolphins," one of the 20th century's most popular novels for young readers.
September 16, 2012 |
San Miguel A Novel T.C. Boyle Viking: 367 pp., $27.95 T.C. Boyle's new novel, "San Miguel," is written to the natural rhythms of a distant, isolated place, and to the human rhythms of tormented souls. San Miguel Island is a real place, the westernmost of the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California. In Boyle's book, it's a patch of earth beyond the end of the western frontier, a place where the mythical western ethos makes its last stand. "Terra incognita," one of his characters calls it. "Terra insolita … the last scrap of land the continent had to offer, an island tossed out in the ocean like an afterthought.
May 13, 2012 |
Ask a Venturan and he or she will tell you that the city is both the end of Southern California and the beginning of the central part of the state. With a gorgeous coastline, an affinity for agriculture, a happening night life and a healthy enthusiasm for all things vino, this duality isn't just a clever marketing campaign - it's the real deal. The bed. The 76 rooms at Best Western Plus Inn of Ventura (708 E. Thompson Blvd.;  648-3101, http://www.bestwestern.com western.com, doubles from $85.49 in spring)
April 19, 2012
The Catalina Island Conservancy has accomplished the rare feat of encouraging tourism and, at the same time, preserving wildlands on the most visited of the Channel Islands archipelago off the coast of Southern California. The conservancy, endowed 40 years ago, handles a million visitors a year while protecting animals and plants and bringing back from the brink of extinction a unique island fox. Now it is considering ambitious proposals that would enhance the tourist experience, partly to generate increased revenue for preservation but, more important, to pique people's interest in becoming ongoing members of the conservancy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2011 |
For the family that once owned Santa Rosa Island, it was part Zane Grey, part "Robinson Crusoe. " Generations of Vail cousins would arrive from the mainland and take refuge for months at a time. They would explore places with pirate-map names: Skull Gulch, Abalone Rocks, China Camp. They were city kids, but they rode with the island's cowboys and knew the island lore — stories about ghosts, about shipwrecks, about a mythical temptress named Rita who supposedly awaited new cowboys.
August 27, 2011 |
To stay or leave. An entire school was seemingly waiting to hear the decision of three-sport athlete Jeremiah Valoaga. After his sophomore football season at Oxnard Channel Islands, the 6-foot-6, 225-pound Valoaga said he was wooed by Westlake Village Oaks Christian. It was the worst-kept secret on campus. "One day at school, it was, 'Are you leaving? Are you leaving?' I'm not sure," Valoaga said. His football coach, Gary Porter, admitted, "I didn't think he was going to come back.
August 26, 2011 |
Surfboard manufacturers have a number of concerns — heavy competition, expensive shipping and employees who occasionally like to slip out early when there's a good break. Product liability lawsuits typically aren't one of their worries. That's what makes a lawsuit that recreational surfer Tom Gregg filed against Channel Islands Surfboards a little unusual. Gregg contends that a fin on his Channel Islands board cut a deep gash on his right leg when he wiped out off the coast of France in 2009.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2011 |
Reporting from the Channel Islands -- Natalie Senyk and Ben Waltenberger peered out the bubble-shaped windows of the small research plane flying 1,000 feet over the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and scanned the ocean surface for signs of life. On that bright, windy day earlier this month, the federal scientists were looking, in particular, for blow holes or the gigantic, gray outline of surfacing whales. Photos: Separating whales and ships The aerial survey is part of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration mission to learn more about the movement of whales and to devise ways to keep them away from the container ships, fishing vessels, barges and sailboats that have been colliding with them at a rate of six a year in California.
July 24, 2011 |
The gig: Economist Sung Won Sohn, 66, is always in motion. He holds the Martin V. Smith professorship at Cal State Channel Islands in Camarillo, where he also directs the Institute for Global Economic Research. He's vice chairman of the board of clothing chain Forever 21 Inc., based in Los Angeles, and sits on the boards of Western Alliance Bank Corp. in Phoenix and Torrey Pines Bank in San Diego. And Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently appointed the Hancock Park resident to a five-year term on the commission overseeing the Port of Los Angeles.
June 30, 2011 |
Full Tilt Poker, one of the most popular online gambling sites, had its operations suspended by regulators in the British Channel Islands, delivering another blow to an industry already reeling from a U.S. crackdown. The gambling commission on the island of Alderney suspended the licenses of Full Tilt Poker and affiliated companies following an investigation prompted by indictments in the U.S., according to a statement Wednesday from the commission. Those indictments, filed in New York in April, charged company executives with bank fraud and money laundering.