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December 30, 1999 | CAITLIN LIU
A body found on a dirt road near Santa Clarita has been identified as that of Brian K. Pigors, authorities said Wednesday. The cause of death of the 33-year-old Canyon Country man has not yet been established, said Scott Carrier, spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Pigors' body was discovered about 10 a.m.
November 13, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Down a narrow dirt road in the Sierra Nevada lies a once-bustling gold mining ghost town - “the real McCoy” - complete with a gin mill and memories of an opium den. And for $225,000, the Northern California town of Seneca could be yours, according to an ad posted on Craigslist . Liquor license and all, the sleepy Plumas County town is for sale by its private owners, who are selling due to health issues, the ad states. The remote property includes the bar, three run-down cabins and 9.8 acres through which the Feather River runs, the ad says.
December 30, 1999
A body found on a dirt road has been identified as that of Brian K. Pigors, authorities said Wednesday. The cause of death of the 33-year-old Canyon Country man has not been established, said Scott Carrier, spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Pigors' body was discovered about 10 a.m. Sunday near Redview Drive and Golden Triangle Road by a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employee checking an aqueduct pipeline, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
April 25, 2013 | By Amy Nicholson
Antonio Méndez Esparza's assured first feature, "Aquí y Allá" (Here and There), has won festival awards from Mumbai to Thessaloniki, but the story the film tells is just across the border. Pedro (Pedro De los Santos) has returned to Mexico from his second tour of menial jobs in the States, and like the slow climb up the mountain to his home, re-integration is uphill. His daughters (Lorena Guadalupe Pantaleón Vázquez and Heidi Laura Solano Espinoza) barely know him, though the oldest knows better than to trust him to stick around.
January 29, 1987
The body of an unidentified man was found Wednesday alongside a dirt road about three miles south of Castaic, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The body, which was partly covered by an old mattress, had a "massive laceration" in the back of the neck, Deputy Pete Fosselman said. The man appeared to be 35 to 45 years old, he said. A worker at a nearby sand-and-gravel supply company discovered the body about 8:50 a.m.
May 26, 2000
Police said Thursday they suspect foul play in the death of a 32-year-old Los Angeles man whose body was found on a dirt road in Sunland. Authorities said Mark Anthony Escalante was found early Wednesday in the 8300 block of McGroarty Street by someone walking a dog. Escalante had visible head trauma, said Det. Charles Lenane of the Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Division. "We are considering this very suspicious," he said. "It looks like someone dumped his body out there."
August 15, 1990
Los Angeles County health officials Tuesday cleaned up equipment from an illegal drug lab found in a remote canyon in Val Verde, sheriff's deputies said. Judging by the size of the containers found near a dirt road off Hasley Canyon Road, deputies estimated that 35 gallons of the drug PCP, with a street value of up to $5 million, could have been manufactured with the equipment. Numerous trash cans and empty ether cans were found about 7:30 p.m. Monday by two deputies looking for abandoned cars.
June 15, 2004 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
A badly beaten and partially dressed woman was found Monday by two mountain bikers along a dirt road in the Cleveland National Forest, police said. The woman had been beaten beyond recognition and left for dead, police said. She was face-down in a pool of blood about 10 feet from Trabuco Creek Road when she was discovered semiconscious and barely able to move shortly after 7 a.m., officials said.
December 20, 1997 | JAMES RICCI
Every time Ramona Moloski looks out her front door, she's reminded of the uniqueness of the neighborhood she chose a quarter-century ago as ideal for raising her four daughters. Never mind that the girls, except for the 19-year-old youngest, are long since gone to adulthood and living elsewhere. Never mind, either, that suburbanization has trapped the little two-block Canoga Park neighborhood in its asphalt-and-concrete grid.
For once, Jody Williams was not already out of bed and working at her computer when the phone rang shortly before 5 a.m. Friday. On a normal day, she would have been at work for at least an hour, sending appeals via computer to government offices from Mozambique to Moscow or e-mail instructions to allies in her international coalition to ban land mines. The call from a Norwegian journalist was how she learned that she and the anti-land mine group she heads had won the Nobel Peace Prize.
April 4, 2013 | By Karin Klein
A decent whistle costs about a buck and weighs practically nothing. Had one been carried by the two young adults who spent four days lost in the Trabuco Canyon area, it could have saved thousands of dollars in search and rescue costs; it might have saved the pair from trips to the hospitals. It might have even prevented one rescuer from being injured in a fall. Reading the comment boards on the stories about the college students who got lost in Holy Jim Canyon, a side canyon to Trabuco, on Easter Day - aside from the judgmental buffoons who have decided that the young man is an obviously shifty sort because he wears earrings and is thus inadequate to the task of hiking - I see a lot of knowledgeable head-shaking among hikers, lists of the items no hiker should be without.
January 19, 2013 | By Charles Fleming, Los Angeles Times
Here is a lovely country-in-the-city walk, with delightful views, varied greenery and an unlikely hilltop lake - all within 15 minutes of downtown Los Angeles. The Stats Distance: 3.5 miles Duration: 1 hour Difficulty: 2.5 (on a scale of 1 to 5) Details: Park at Hermon Park off Via Marisol or take Metro bus No. 256. FOR THE RECORD: L.A. Walks: In an article in the Jan. 19 Saturday section detailing a hike at Ernest E. Debs Regional Park, the "Stats" box gave an incorrect duration for the hike.
June 17, 2012 | By April Orcutt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
JARBIDGE, Nev. - To find Jarbidge - a town so isolated the federal government rates its air quality as some of the country's purest - my husband, Michael, and I spent hours covering 50 miles of a rock and dirt road, twisting and turning alongside rivers and through mountain passes. Of course, the drive would have been shorter if we hadn't stopped so often to take photographs. I had heard that Jarbidge Canyon held bizarre pillars of rock known as hoodoos, and that the 113,167-acre Jarbidge Wilderness was beautiful but that neither the canyon nor the area's 10,000-feet-plus peaks were visible from major highways.
May 11, 2012 | By Robert Abele
The Filipino horror movie "The Road" takes its own sweet time drawing you into its world of frightened teenagers, bloody apparitions and buried secrets. Co-writer/director Yam Laranas prefers protracted enigmas to quick-and-easy shocks, making for some slow going early on. The story centers on a trio of adolescents who sneak out in a car for a late-night ride on a closed-off dirt road where two young sisters famously disappeared a decade ago. Laranas then flashes back to the sisters - a captivity tale involving a grim-faced teenage boy in a dilapidated house off that same road - before hopping even further back for the tale's whole twisted family origins.
April 3, 2011
If you go From Los Angeles, take Interstate 10 east to Palm Springs. In Palm Springs, exit on North Gene Autry Trail (California 111) and head south about six miles. Turn left on East Palm Canyon Drive. As you pass Rimrock Shopping Center, turn right on Palm Hills Drive and find a parking spot. The dirt road that heads up the hill takes you into the canyons and hills that are home to the "goat trails. " You can stock up on water and snacks at the shopping center. Cellphone service on goat trails can be spotty, but take your phone just in case.
January 9, 2011 | Chris Kraul
By Chris Kraul Weather-beaten rancher Leonardo Bautista brings to mind the character in a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel who waited years in vain for a pension. Only Bautista is waiting for a new road, or any other benefit to filter down to those who live at ground zero of Colombia's oil boom. Every day, 150 crude-laden semitrailer trucks grind over his town's dirt road, raising dust and spewing oil. Bautista and his neighbors want a paved road to mitigate the noise and environmental damage, and to leave room for other vehicles, which often get muscled off course as the lumbering tankers swerve to avoid potholes.
August 17, 2003 | Holly J. Wolcott, Times Staff Writer
A 28-year-old Camarillo man who failed to return home from a trip to the market the night before was found dead on a dirt road in Piru early Saturday morning, authorities said. The body of Jorge Lopez Cervantes was found wrapped in a blanket about 2 a.m. on Holser Canyon Road, about 50 feet from Piru Canyon Road, according to Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Ernie Montagna. A passing driver spotted the body and called 911.
Decomposed granite may be only a step above ordinary dirt, but this humblest of paving materials is seen in some very grand gardens--from the golden estates of the 1920s by designers such as Florence Yoch, to the most contemporary gardens by designers such as Nancy Goslee Power, currently working on the Walt Disney Concert Hall--which will have decomposed granite paths. Landscape professionals love decomposed granite because it looks so indigenous to the garden, but can you do it yourself?
November 19, 2010 | By Erin Van Rheenen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sinkyone Wilderness, Calif. ? The wind roared like a Roosevelt elk in rut. Rain smacked into plank walls like waves breaking on rocks. Down the bluff, the Pacific surged and heaved. What bothered me, though, was the scurrying in the rafters. We had found shelter after hiking through a downpour but apparently were not alone in this drafty seaside barn in Mendocino County's Sinkyone (pronounced SINK ee yoan) Wilderness. A muffled plunk sounded inches from my face, the only part of me not encased in a mummy bag. Struggling to free an arm, I groped for the flashlight.
September 30, 2009 | Laura King
A crowded Afghan passenger bus struck a roadside bomb today in the violent southern province of Kandahar, killing 30 people and injuring more than three dozen others, Afghan officials said. As many as 10 children were reported to be among the dead. The incident underscored the growing danger of road travel in much of Afghanistan, even on main highways, and the deadly peril faced by civilians in such mundane activities as walking to school, going to market or riding a bus. The United Nations reported last week that August had been the deadliest month so far this year for civilians, who often find themselves caught in fighting between Western troops and insurgents.
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