October 29, 1995 |
The cycle of extreme floods and droughts during the past dozen years illustrates how fragile is our hold on the water that sustains the West. It seems like ancient history now, but it was only a few years ago that drought busters roamed L.A. streets and issued citations for wasting water; California, Nevada and Arizona were denied Colorado River water for the first time; Lake Powell recorded its lowest levels from 1987 to 1992.
July 30, 2013 |
John Wesley Powell, whose legendary descent of the Colorado River in 1869 brought the one-armed explorer fame and celebrity, worried about America's westward migration. The defining characteristic of Western lands was their aridity, he wrote, and settlement of the West would have to respect the limits aridity imposed. He was half right. The subsequent story of the West can indeed be read as an unending duel between society's thirst and the dryness of the land, but in downtown Phoenix, Las Vegas or Los Angeles, you'd hardly know it. By the late 20th century, Western Americans had created a miracle in the desert, successfully conjuring abundance from aridity.
September 22, 1985 |
Hoover Dam or Boulder Dam, which is it? It may no longer be the tallest or most massive dam in the world, but it is probably the only one with two commonly used names and historians blame petty politics for the confusion. The problem started in 1930 when then-Secretary of the Interior Ray Lyman Wilbur officially designated it Hoover Dam in honor of President Herbert Hoover, a Republican and prominent figure in the dam's planning stages.
August 20, 2004
Re "The Chasm Between Grand and Great," Commentary, Aug. 17: So Shawn Macomber would rather look at "more than 6 million tons of concrete restraining the Colorado River" than view the grandeur of the Grand Canyon? I suspect too that he would rather watch a reality TV program than a historical documentary or listen to a rapper than a church choir. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Unfortunately, more and more "beholders" have discarded the beauties of nature and the arts and have satisfied their "artistic" needs with the more mundane.
August 23, 2004
Re: "Wasting Energy on Words," editorial, Aug. 16: There are several good reasons the Commerce, Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 2 to 1 in favor of including all hydroelectric facilities as part of the city's Renewable Portfolio Standard. Counting Hoover Dam and the 15 hydroelectric facilities located along the aqueduct will save Department of Water and Power ratepayers $157 million through 2017. RPS legislation permits utilities to count hydroelectric facilities as part of their eligible renewables provided they are less than 30 megawatts in size.
September 21, 2011 |
If visiting Muir Woods, Monterey, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon are on your bucket list, a Mauiva AirCruise can help you cross them off inside a week. The Mauiva AirCruise Western Wonder Experience combines private plane flights on 30- to 70-seat turboprop planes and deluxe motor coaches to minimize travel time. In seven days, guests visit Monterey, Carmel, San Francisco, Sausalito, Muir Woods, Sonoma County and Yosemite National Park in California, the Grand Canyon in Arizona and Hoover Dam and Las Vegas.
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September 23, 1985
Imagine Franklin D. Roosevelt being at a loss for words about anything. But that was his reaction to the awesome expanse of Hoover Dam 50 years ago this coming weekend when an aide asked, "What do you think of it?" The President gazed at the impounded waters of Lake Mead on one side and the 726-foot face of the dam on the other, curving down to the newly controlled Colorado River. He said, "I'm speechless." Roosevelt was Roosevelt, however. A few minutes later on Sept.
July 3, 2002 |
The next time you flush the toilet, flip a light switch or take a spin in your SUV, you might just give a silent note of thanks to the beautiful minds and iron-clad resolve of the people responsible for making it all possible across this great land of ours. OK, now back to reality.
May 30, 1995
Water has always been a crucial resource. In almost everything we do, water plays a significant role. It is an essential element in food production--both in growing plants and sustaining livestock. It is also a source of hydroelectric energy. And as communities grow, so does the need for water. The greater the growth, the more complicated becomes the task of obtaining water. Since not everyone lives next to rivers or lakes, dams were built to help collect and distribute it.