May 3, 2011 |
I am a map lover from way back. As a child, I would hand-copy the continents from an atlas, and even now I can spend too much time on Google Maps seeing how things fit together, or geotagging old photos, pinpointing just where in the world I stood to take them. This is just by way of saying that I am a person who would be more than usually interested in watching something called "How the States Got Their Shapes. " Such is the title of a new, brief series premiering Tuesday on the History channel; it follows and shares a title with a 2010 special, which itself shared the name of a book by Mark Stein, who appears here as a talking head.
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.
March 25, 2012 |
River deltas are among the most biologically productive ecosystems on Earth, and for millions of years the delta of the Colorado River was no exception. After a 1,450-mile journey from its headwaters in the Rocky Mountains south into Mexico, the Colorado sustained verdant marshes teeming with life before emptying into the aquatic Eden of the upper Gulf of California. In 1922, the great naturalist Aldo Leopold canoed through the delta, which he described as "a milk and honey wilderness" and a land of "a hundred green lagoons.
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.
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.
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.
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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.