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.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.