CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1999 |
Despite eloquent pleas from sport fishermen and divers, the California State Lands Commission on Friday approved the dismantling of artificial Belmont Island off Seal Beach and relocation of its rock base to an artificial reef off Huntington Beach. Opponents had argued that the former oil production facility provides a reef-like habitat to scores of sea creatures. "I'm saddened to see the political process does not put together the science needed to see . . .
May 10, 2000 |
Filipinos call Jolo the forgotten island. It is no more than a jungle-covered speck at the nation's southern tip. Even the mayor of the town of Jolo finds life so dull here that he lives in Zamboanga, three hours northeast by boat on another island. There hasn't been much of a foreign presence on Jolo since the Peace Corps pulled out in 1974, and so few tourists come that the occasional backpacker who shows up on the dawn ferry draws curious stares.
May 28, 2006 |
TAKE a tribe of international adventure-seekers and a remote South Pacific island and what do you get? In this case, not reality TV. Two 26-year-old British entrepreneurs, Ben Keene (a.k.a. Chief Bengazi) and Mark James (a.k.a. Chief Marika), are seeking 5,000 people to join Tribewanted.com, a sort of tribal timeshare with a three-year lease on a Fijian island. The goal: to build a sustainable eco-community and keep at bay developers with dreams of massive hotel complexes.
March 16, 1995 |
Peter Jack held his palms to the beating sun in a gesture of despair. "Our lives have been really hurt by logging," Jack said. "The bulldozers have taken away the topsoil, and now we can't grow potatoes or yams in our gardens. Life is so different than before." Jack is a 40-year-old subsistence farmer whose family ekes out a living on the northern coast of Guadalcanal--a Pacific island, famous as the site of a savage battle between U.S.
November 24, 1989 |
Here in the western Pacific, on a remote, reef-fringed isle in the South China Sea, is a scene out of Africa. Giraffes nibble the tops of tamarind trees. Herds of zebra gallop across a grassy savannah. Two male impala crash their sharp horns in battle. Gazelles graze near scores of topi, waterbuck and eland, all antelope-like animals imported from a continent away. Calauit is one of the late President Ferdinand E.
October 18, 2006 |
These days, the forlorn widow never leaves her tiny shack in this bustling island village. She sits in the doorway, an emotional shut-in who rubs her painfully bloated legs and feet as she peers out longingly at a world that shuns her. "I am too ashamed to go outside," says Unas, a 48-year-old mother of six, her dark eyes welling with tears. "People look at me like I am something evil. I see it in their eyes."
June 18, 1999 |
It's hard to imagine that Texas banker Andrew Beal--visionary, opportunist, entrepreneur--never factored in the booby bird when he found a better and cheaper way to reach outer space from this desolate slab of rock. Beal, 46, parlayed real estate investments in the '70s into the largest privately owned bank in Dallas with assets of $1.4 billion.
May 18, 2008
RE "AGAINST THE FLOW" [May 11]: Ari Kletzky is not an activist in any normally used sense; his "Islands of LA" is not art, and his patently empty assertions of their "worth" does not make it so. His signs are, rather, trivial and distracting and will, in time, be found so. Get rid of it. Perry Bezanis San Pedro
June 7, 2009 |
Since climate change fears first gripped the globe, tourists have flocked to the Maldives to enjoy the islands' spectacular vistas before they vanish. Do they really need to rush? Scientists have long warned that the Maldives, an archipelago of nearly 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean, will be wiped out by rising sea levels in the coming decades. President Mohamed Nasheed is so convinced of his nation's imminent demise he has proposed relocating all 350,000 inhabitants to other countries.
January 28, 2008 |
The incoming top U.S. Army commander in the Pacific said he hoped to work with activists to overcome objections to a Stryker brigade in Hawaii and soldiers training in Makua Valley. But Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon said the Army was not going to leave the islands or stop using Hawaii for training. Environmentalists and Native Hawaiian groups have objected to basing a Stryker brigade in the islands, saying the unit's 4,000 soldiers and 320 armored Stryker vehicles would hurt the islands' environment.