CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1995 |
It's the grandest visitors' center by a dam site. Or by any site, for that matter. Brass railings gleam in the harsh desert sun, partially diffused by the tinted windows imported from Italy. Australian tile lines the floor while state-of-the-art elevators whisk tourists through shafts bored 530 feet into solid rock. More than a dozen years in the making, Hoover Dam's visitors' center finally opens to the public Wednesday at a cost of some $123 million--nearly four times the original estimate and almost as much as the dam itself cost.
March 4, 2012 |
Myron Martin was in fourth grade when he attended an opera at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston. "Our school bus pulled up to the front, and I saw this majestic building, and I knew that we'd gone someplace special," he said of his first encounter with theater. "I happened to sit in the eighth-row center on a mohair seat. Just as the house lights were going down and the curtain was going up, I got goose bumps all over. " That was the catalyst for a career in the performing arts that would take him from Texas to Broadway and, eventually, to Las Vegas.
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.
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.
June 6, 2010
JUNE Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl Daniel Pinkwater Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Pinkwater brings a magical realist perspective to YA fiction in the third volume of the series that begins with "The Yggyssey" and "The Neddiad." The Clock Without a Face Gus Twintig McSweeney's This fable for kids includes riddles and a real-life treasure hunt: Nine of the 12 emerald-encrusted clock numbers buried across the U.S. remain to be found.
September 16, 2013 |
Art in the Park, one of southern Nevada's oldest and biggest cultural events, returns Oct. 5 and 6 to Boulder City. Since it began in 1963, Art in the Park has been the primary annual fundraiser for the nonprofit Boulder City Hospital . The event draws about 100,000 people to the town 25 miles east of the Strip, near Hoover Dam. Admission is free. More than 300 artists sell their wares at what has become one of the largest juried art shows in the Southwest. Their works are judged in fine art, fine/contemporary craft and traditional craft categories. This year's featured artist is Ventura County resident Ora Tamir , who chose oil paint as her medium when she was 12 years old. “I paint by soul, never bending to trends or criticism,” she said in a news release.