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May 1, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
The Southern California Bluebird Club's dedication to installing and monitoring nesting boxes in Orange County parks, golf courses, cemeteries and schoolyards has made the species' iridescent cobalt flash a common sight throughout the region. The effort started in 1984, when the club's founder, Dick Purvis, hung 10 hand-made boxes in the trees of Anaheim's Featherly Regional Park. A decade later, club members fledged about 1,000 Western bluebirds. This year, with about 2,000 nesting boxes placed in 40% of the county's parklands, “we expect to fledge about 8,800 bluebirds,” said Purvis, 85. “It's been a roaring success.
April 29, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
One pilot died after two small planes collided Monday afternoon over Ventura County, sending one plummeting into a mountainside and forcing the other to land on a golf course. Both planes were Cessna single-engine aircraft. At least one had departed from Santa Monica Airport before crashing about 2 p.m. in the Santa Monica Mountains, according to preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration. The other, which had three people on board, belly landed at the Westlake Golf Course.
April 29, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton
A small plane made an emergency landing at the Westlake Golf Course on Monday afternoon, resulting in non-life-threatening injuries to three people, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said. The Cessna made a belly landing at 2:15 p.m. near the third hole of the golf course. County fire officials and witnesses said the landing gear was still up. One person complained of back pain and was taken to a hospital. Aaron Jesse, 47, said he and some friends left work early Monday to fit in an afternoon round of golf when the small plane came in silently and hit the ground with a thud.
April 10, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Thursday begins the 77th Masters golf tournament. Wednesday was a day to wander and ponder. The sun shined, the temperature stayed in the mid-70s and the wind that can blow here so relentlessly was doing so somewhere else. Whether it is work or pleasure that brings you here, the first thing you need to do upon arrival is say a prayer of gratitude. This isn't a sports event. It's a shrine to its sport. Bobby Jones, Alister MacKenzie and Clifford Roberts built Augusta National 80 years ago and threw away the key. Simply saying it is pristine doesn't come close to capturing it. Thousands of writers over many years have waxed on and on about magnolias and azaleas, about the tranquillity of Amen Corner and the smell of spring in the South.
April 7, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
Westlake Village, 38 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, seems farther. It straddles the Ventura County line, its golf courses, man-made lakes and gated estates sprinkled among gentle hills. Some weekend visitors golf. Some loll in the spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village or chase immortality at the California Health & Longevity Institute. (David Murdock, the soon-to-be-90 founder of Dole Foods, owns the hotel and institute.) It's a good place to lie low. My wife, daughter and I spent $142 on lodging (one night, including tax)
March 24, 2013 | By Lauren Williams
A swarm of bees attacked three workers at a golf course in Costa Mesa, authorities said Sunday. Responding firefighters used foam to disperse the bees that attacked the workers who were suspended in a lift about 40 to 50 feet above the ground to work on a tower, according to the fire department. The incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. The workers suffered multiple bee stings. They were treated and taken to a hospital.  A bee company crew responded to the scene and was able to spray the hive using a ladder.  ALSO: Hiker killed at Eaton Canyon was 17-year-old girl Pain doctor's office raided in prescription drug abuse probe Bauhaus rocker Peter Murphy denies he was drunk when arrested
January 12, 2013 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
At dusk, driving north on Interstate 15 near the California-Nevada border, Loren Gill descends a graceful mountain straightaway and sees before him the twinkling lights of the Promised Land. But this isn't Las Vegas - that's still 40 miles away. Instead, Gill spies the stopover at Primm, Nev. With three casinos and sundry services, it's a roadside curiosity turned welcome mat to Nevada's casino culture. As the district manager of Affinity Gaming, which runs the three gambling establishments, it's Gill's job to make sure that a good number of the 40,000 cars, pickups, RVs and semis that pass here each day ignore the siren call of the Strip, if just for a moment.
November 29, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Michael Jordan may be the greatest player in NBA history, but even he can't get away with wearing cargo shorts on a golf course. Jordan showed up at La Gorce Country Club in Miami on Wednesday wearing cargo shorts, which is against the dress code at the facility. Apparently no one noticed until he played a few holes of his round, because while on the 12th hole, Jordan was approached by club personnel who asked that he return to the clubhouse and change his pants. Jordan refused.
November 15, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
In the eight years since he died, Ronald Reagan has lent his name to at least 31 roads, 17 schools, a federal courthouse in Orange County, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier based in San Diego, a missile-testing range in the Marshall Islands and now, a golf hole in Moorpark. It's the par-three 11th hole at Tierra Rejada Golf Course, where the tee commands a sweeping view that includes the Reagan Library on a hilltop in nearby Simi Valley. Course officials and Reagan Foundation executives on Thursday unveiled a plaque set in a rock monument and dedicated to the 40th president, "who always believed, like golfers do, 'Our most glorious achievements are just ahead.' " Taken from his speech at the 1992 Republican convention, the trademark ray of Reagan sunshine is not misplaced on the 210-yard hole, which requires golfers to loft their first shot over a cliff.
October 29, 2012 | By Mark Kellam, Los Angeles Times
L.A. Councilman Richard Alarcon is hoping to save the Verdugo Hills Golf Course from residential development by adding it to the city's list of historic and cultural monuments, citing its history as a detention center for Japanese Americans during World War II. Residents contend the planned housing project would bring a torrent of vehicle traffic to the urban-rural area and get rid of a long-standing recreational resource. Other efforts to prevent development on the land have included failed attempts to rezone it or cobble together enough grants and government funding to buy it outright.
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