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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1989
Proposals for a 558-unit housing project on the former Conrock gravel pit have been approved by the City Council. Under the plan, Orange Homes Inc. of San Clemente will build 73 single-family homes and 485 condominiums at the site, 454 N. Prospect St. In addition, traffic signals will be installed at the Prospect Street intersections with Spring Street, Bond and Walnut avenues.
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March 10, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A small town in southeastern Kentucky was in mourning Sunday after a weekend house fire killed seven people, including five young children and a pregnant woman. Officials have not yet determined the cause of the fire in Gray, a hamlet about 90 miles south of Lexington, although foul play was not initially suspected. “Gray is extremely small, teeny-tiny, and with such a small community, something like that, everybody was in shock," Tonya Ridener, who has organized a vigil for the victims, told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1987
R. J. Noble Co. has dropped its proposal for an industrial park on a 137-acre gravel pit, a site nearby residents want to see converted to a public park. The company, which owns the land, notified the city Tuesday that it has withdrawn the plan "because it became apparent that the council would not approve our application as we discussed it," Noble Co. president Paul Cleary Jr. said Wednesday. "They apparently weren't comfortable with it."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Dear Life Stories Alice Munro Knopf: 336 pp., $26.95 Alice Munro's short stories are often said to resemble novels. It's not just the density of life she crams into them - it's also their length. Inching into novella territory, the long title stories of her last three collections, "Runaway" (2004), "The View from Castle Rock" (2006) and "Too Much Happiness" (2009), explored the exurbs of the short story form. The casually impeccable stories in her latest collection, "Dear Life," are somewhat more traditional in that they are largely focused on a defining episode of a character's life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1987 | AMY MEDNICK, Times Staff Writer
Meridith Beeson bought her condominium on the Santa Ana River 13 years ago, enticed by visions of a park and a lake in place of the 137-acre gravel pit across the river. She even paid $1,000--on top of the $32,900--for a soon-to-be lake view. Instead, Beeson's Anaheim property someday might overlook an industrial park under a plan before the Orange City Council to annex the gravel pit site and create a commercial and industrial area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1988 | RICHARD SIMON, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles company has renewed an effort to turn another gravel pit in Sun Valley into a garbage dump. Los Angeles By-Products Co. proposes to dump 1,600 tons a day of trash at its Strathern Pit. The 160-foot-deep gravel pit is at Strathern Street and Tujunga Avenue, across the street from the Penrose Pit, another rock quarry owned by the company that was used as a landfill until 1985.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD
A Ventura County man has sued an area water district over a plan to turn an abandoned sand and gravel pit into a pond to be used to replenish ground-water basins and help prevent seawater intrusion into the county's largest underground water supply. John S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1998 | CHRIS CHI and NICK GREEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Superior Court judge has ordered county officials to reconsider the environmental effects of a proposed gravel-mining operation on the Oxnard Plain, ruling that the Board of Supervisors failed to thoroughly consider the possibility of contaminated drinking water and other problems. In a 34-page ruling issued Thursday, Judge Barbara Lane admonished county officials for failing to conduct a study that fully explored possible health hazards.
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October 17, 1991 | MICHAEL UTLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After months of negotiations, the City Council has approved a developer's plan to refill and convert a 130-acre abandoned gravel pit into a commercial and light industrial business complex. The $50-million project will be the city's largest development since the Miller brewing plant went up in the mid-1970s, said William Lockman, an engineering consultant to the city for 25 years. Lockman said he also believes it will be the largest reclamation of a rock quarry in Southern California.
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November 19, 1992 | CHARLES PERRY
Pike, a predatory freshwater fish esteemed by both sportsmen and gourmets, live pretty high on the food chain. How high? Last May, an American Staffordshire bull terrier needed six stitches after being bitten by a giant pike at a gravel pit in Holland. Boss Bhindi, Choice Chole, Idliest Idli "California's Best Indian Restaurants" lists over 200 restaurants in 90 California communities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2004 | Kristina Sauerwein, Times Staff Writer
Seventeen hollows, the deepest at 275 feet, puncture the San Gabriel Valley city of Irwindale. Full of quality rocks, the town's 9.5 square miles have been mined for more than a century. "There's probably not a road in the state without Irwindale rock," and Southern California developers credit the city for building Los Angeles, boasted Elaine Cullen, Irwindale's economic development manager. "We like to say, 'There's a little bit of Irwindale everywhere,' " she said.
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July 27, 2003 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
Investigators searching a remote, abandoned gravel pit outside Waco, Texas, discovered a body believed to be that of Baylor University basketball player Patrick James Dennehy II, who has been missing for six weeks, authorities said Saturday. The body was found Friday night, and investigators began combing the scene at "first light" Saturday, said McLennan County Sheriff Larry Lynch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2003 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
Get your rebar out of our lake. That was the message Wednesday from the Los Angeles City Council, nine months after the Army Corps of Engineers dumped chunks of concrete laced with steel rebar into a lake at Hansen Dam, a recreation spot popular with joggers and horse riders in the northeast San Fernando Valley. Last summer, residents noticed blocks of concrete under the water, discarded there by the corps after it rebuilt a nearby swimming lake.
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March 13, 2003 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
From deep inside Irwindale, things are looking up. That would be 200 feet down, inside the largest of the 17 gravel pits that are both the bane of the city's existence and the reason for its existence. The moonscape-like craters are what are first noticed by those traveling through the 9 1/2-square-mile San Gabriel Valley city on the Foothill and San Gabriel River freeways.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2002 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
State and federal regulators have failed to adequately monitor the environmental consequences of massive gravel mining that has carved canyon-sized holes in the San Gabriel Valley, Rep. Hilda L. Solis (D-El Monte) charged Friday. Gravel mining has taken place in the Irwindale area for more than 100 years, supplying the sand and rock for more than 70% of California's roads and much of the building material for Los Angeles' sprawling real estate development. Yet the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2001 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Plans to dig a 78-million-ton gravel mine in the Santa Clarita Valley would not jeopardize the survival of the endangered arroyo toad, federal officials said Thursday. Biologists for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did not find any adult toads on the property surrounding the proposed Soledad Canyon mine, where arroyo toad tadpoles were discovered last spring in pools along the Santa Clara River.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1988 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, Times Staff Writer
The head of the firm that owns a Sun Valley gravel pit sought support Wednesday from area businesses to turn the 160-foot-deep hole into a dump, promising them he would eventually build a "tournament-quality" golf course and recreation center there. Renewing a 10-year-old drive to gain community support to turn the 38-acre Strathern Pit into a landfill for household wastes, Claude D. Van Gorden, president of Los Angeles By-Products Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2003 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
From deep inside Irwindale, things are looking up. That would be 200 feet down, inside the largest of the 17 gravel pits that are both the bane of the city's existence and the reason for its existence. The moonscape-like craters are what are first noticed by those traveling through the 9 1/2-square-mile San Gabriel Valley city on the Foothill and San Gabriel River freeways.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2001 | CAROL CHAMBERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 500 Santa Clarita Valley residents traveled to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday hoping to block a proposed 460-acre sand and gravel mine in Soledad Canyon. The board delayed action for at least 90 days. In a hearing at the Hall of Administration, about 100 residents who oppose the project told supervisors that the plan by Transit Mixed Concrete Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2000
Re "Proposed Gravel Pit Gets Rocky Reception," Sept. 19. Santa Clarita is whining about a proposed nearby gravel pit that would save fuel and stem pollution overall in this region? This complaint from the most overdeveloping city in the area will generate no sympathy from me or my neighbors in Grimes Canyon, a major source of that area's aggregate. The dust, traffic and waste of resources generated by the pits here are in large part due to the ludicrous level of development going on there, more than 30 miles away.
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