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December 5, 1989
In your brief report on this year's Barstow-Las Vegas motorcycle race (Nov. 26), you quote a Bureau of Land Management spokesperson saying that BLM officials went over the course before and after the race and found no desert tortoises. The implications that no tortoises were harmed by the race is completely misleading. To begin with, tortoises are now hibernating in their burrows and a surface sighting is very unlikely. Looking for tortoises crushed by off-road vehicles would make sense at other times, but not now. The danger is that off-road traffic has crushed burrow entrances, burying the endangered tortoises alive and suffocating them.
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December 18, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A $5.8-million settlement has been reached with the relatives of those killed and a dozen who were injured when a truck competing in an off-road desert race careened into a crowd of spectators, their lawyers announced Wednesday. In the 2010 accident in the desert near Victorville, the truck, a modified Ford Ranger, went out of control during the California 200 race and went airborne, slamming into the crowd, killing eight and injuring dozens. The settlement, reached Tuesday, includes 12 of those injured.  Lawyers said the bulk of the settlement - about $4.8 million - would be paid by the Bureau of Land Management, which failed to follow its safety procedures during the race, an internal review found.
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SPORTS
December 1, 1985 | Associated Press
Dan Smith, aboard a 500cc Husqvarna motorcycle, was the first to finish Saturday in a field of more than 1,200 riders in the 162-mile Barstow-to-Las Vegas motorcycle race. Smith, 22, of Visalia, Calif., completed the desert course in 3 hours 53 minutes to win the overall expert division for riders of motorcycles with engines larger than 250cc. Chuck Miller finished second aboard a 500cc Honda, with Larry Roeseler third on a 510cc Husqvarna. Scott Harden was fourth, Neil Christman fifth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
The mother of a spectator killed in the California 200 desert off-road race in August filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the promoter and the off-roader whose pickup truck careened into a crowd along the Lucerne Valley racetrack, killing eight. Doris S. Levinson's son, Andrew W. Therrien of Riverside, died in the crash after pushing his 3 1/2-year-old daughter to safety out of the path of the modified Ford Ranger. "Her dad pushed her out of the way of this truck, and she saw her dad killed at the race.
SPORTS
May 11, 1986 | Associated Press
Larry Ragland, driving without relief over 400 miles of sharp rocks and choking dust, was the elapsed-time winner of the 19th annual Mint 400 Desert race for off-road vehicles Saturday. Ragland, 43, of Phoenix, will move into the truck division after this race. He drove his single-seat buggy to an overall elapsed time of 8 hours 33 minutes 14 seconds. Cam Theriot and Greg Lewin teamed up to finish second overall but won the two-seat buggy division.
SPORTS
May 6, 1985 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
What appeared to be the world's largest auto wrecking yard on Saturday was turned back Sunday to the jack rabbits, lizards and Bureau of Land Management officials who inhabit the vast desert northeast of Nevada's gambling oasis--when it isn't given over to the Mint 400 off-road race.
SPORTS
January 16, 1987 | MARC APPLEMAN, Times Staff Writer
Ivan (Ironman) Stewart finds short-course off-road stadium racing exciting, but for sheer enjoyment, he says it pales by comparison to desert racing, which is dirty, dusty and downright wild and wonderful. "I enjoy the challenge of short course racing," said Stewart, 41, of Lakeside, "but desert racing is my first love. . . . Riding through the wild roads of Baja is much more attractive than racing in front of people (in a stadium)."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2010 | By Phil Willon and David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Authorities said eight people were killed and 10 injured when a driver racing in the California 200 desert race in Lucerne Valley lost control of his off-roader, which went airborne and landed on top of spectators. The driver, who was uninjured, and seven of the eight people killed were identified Sunday by officials. The driver "got airborne and, when he landed, rolled over straight into the spectators," said Officer Joaquin Zubieta of the California Highway Patrol, the agency investigating the deadly crash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A $5.8-million settlement has been reached with the relatives of those killed and a dozen who were injured when a truck competing in an off-road desert race careened into a crowd of spectators, their lawyers announced Wednesday. In the 2010 accident in the desert near Victorville, the truck, a modified Ford Ranger, went out of control during the California 200 race and went airborne, slamming into the crowd, killing eight and injuring dozens. The settlement, reached Tuesday, includes 12 of those injured.  Lawyers said the bulk of the settlement - about $4.8 million - would be paid by the Bureau of Land Management, which failed to follow its safety procedures during the race, an internal review found.
SPORTS
December 5, 1985 | SHAV GLICK
The merged off-road groups of SCORE International and the High Desert Racing Assn. will conclude a highly successful eight-race season Saturday with their jointly-organized Frontier 250. A record entry of 250 cars and cycles, including the cream of off-road racing, will compete in the fifth annual race on a 60-mile course laid out near Sloan, Nev., south of Las Vegas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2010 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
The federal Bureau of Land Management on Thursday suspended all off-road racing events organized by Mojave Desert Racing Productions, the promoter in charge of the race where eight spectators were killed last weekend. A spokesman for the federal agency said the suspension will remain in place while federal officials investigate the tragedy at the California 200 off-road race in San Bernardino County's Lucerne Valley. "The BLM is continuing to cooperate with state and local law enforcement agencies in the ongoing investigation into Saturday night's tragic accident at Johnson Valley Open Area," Stephen Razo, spokesman for the agency's California's desert district office, said in a statement.
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August 16, 2010 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
In company safety rules, the promoter of the California 200 off-road race where eight spectators died says that fans must stay at least 100 feet away from the course. But videos of Saturday's crash and the promoter's other races show crowds regularly lining the track, just feet away from speeding off-roaders. Mojave Desert Racing of El Monte also failed to adhere to a requirement in its contract with the Bureau of Land Management to keep spectators 50 feet away from the racing vehicles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2010 | By Phil Willon and David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Authorities said eight people were killed and 10 injured when a driver racing in the California 200 desert race in Lucerne Valley lost control of his off-roader, which went airborne and landed on top of spectators. The driver, who was uninjured, and seven of the eight people killed were identified Sunday by officials. The driver "got airborne and, when he landed, rolled over straight into the spectators," said Officer Joaquin Zubieta of the California Highway Patrol, the agency investigating the deadly crash.
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November 5, 2007 | From the Associated Press
VICTORVILLE -- Members of a Carnegie Mellon University team of engineers and their tricked-out, driverless Chevy Tahoe known as "Boss" won $2 million for their victory in a Pentagon-sponsored robot race in the high desert, race officials announced Sunday. Tartan Racing's "Boss" turned in the top performance Saturday as it navigated through an urban-style obstacle course at a former Air Force base set up by race organizers from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2006 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
After two tense weeks of waiting for uncounted absentee ballots to be tallied, Democrat Steve Clute on Tuesday conceded a cutthroat Assembly race to incumbent Bonnie Garcia. Clute's announcement came after Riverside County election officials finished counting roughly 100,000 absentee ballots late Monday, including about 17,000 that affected the race for the 80th Assembly District. The updated count doubled Garcia's election day lead over Clute to 2,202 votes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2006 | Sara Lin and Jonathan Abrams, Times Staff Writers
A tough Assembly race in the desert and a San Bernardino ballot measure to pay for more police officers on city streets top the contests and issues voters in Riverside and San Bernardino counties will be asked to decide in November. The race for the 80th Assembly District, which includes the Coachella Valley and Imperial County, pits former Democratic Assemblyman Steve Clute of Palm Desert against incumbent Republican Bonnie Garcia, who is running for her third term.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1989 | Terry Rather, Times staff writer
"Like driving at nighttime in the fog while doing about 80 m.p.h." is how Karla Sturckow, 26, a desert off-road ATV racer, describes her sport. The El Cajon resident and pet store owner took up racing in July, 1987 after working as part of a pit crew for her brother's racing team for several years. In only two years, she has gone from recreational racing to a well-respected racer in the predominantly male sport.
NATIONAL
October 10, 2005 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
Stanford University's robot racing team Sunday was declared the winner of $2 million in the Defense Department's Grand Challenge race to develop an autonomous vehicle that could become a model for battlefield robots.
NEWS
February 7, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. runner Tom Johnson battled heat, sand and stray camels to outrun an Arabian horse in a 50-mile desert endurance race, finishing just 10 seconds ahead of the animal. Johnson, of Loomis, Calif., 25 miles northeast of Sacramento, finished the race in the United Arab Emirates in 5 hours, 45 minutes, taking advantage of the horse's need for a total of one hour's rest. "It was a big challenge," Johnson, 42, said after beating Al Buraq, ridden by American Jennifer Nice.
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