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May 26, 2013 | By Susan Spano
Wild and lonely, on the Central Coast about 45 minutes southwest of Lompoc, Jalama Beach County Park is one of those places that puts the golden in the Golden State. Getting here over mounded hills and through moss-bearded oak thickets is glorious enough, and then you see the beach stretching for miles from Point Arguello to Point Conception. The 23.5-acre park, donated to Santa Barbara County in 1943 by the Atlantic Richfield Co., has a small restaurant and store, a handful of cabins and camping sites, but nothing more to break the spell of clashing coast and ocean.
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August 27, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
The nation's largest rocket is ready to blast off from Vandenberg Air Force Base north of Santa Barbara, carrying a massive, top-secret spy satellite for the federal government. As early as 10:52 a.m. Wednesday, the 235-foot Delta IV Heavy rocket will lift off from the base's Space Launch Complex 6, leaving a thick white plume over the Pacific. The rocket, the tallest ever to be launched from the base, is set to place a classified spacecraft into polar orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office, the covert umbrella agency that operates spy satellites.
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TRAVEL
March 9, 2008 | Hugo Martin, Times Staff Writer
From a map, Jalama Beach County Park looks like one of the most isolated beach campgrounds in Southern California. The beach hugs a crescent-shaped coastline between Point Conception and Point Arguello, just south of Vandenberg Air Force Base. No multimillion-dollar mansions or rickety piers mar the coastline for miles in either direction. Just the ocean lapping at the raw land, as it has for millions of years.
TRAVEL
May 26, 2013 | By Susan Spano
Wild and lonely, on the Central Coast about 45 minutes southwest of Lompoc, Jalama Beach County Park is one of those places that puts the golden in the Golden State. Getting here over mounded hills and through moss-bearded oak thickets is glorious enough, and then you see the beach stretching for miles from Point Arguello to Point Conception. The 23.5-acre park, donated to Santa Barbara County in 1943 by the Atlantic Richfield Co., has a small restaurant and store, a handful of cabins and camping sites, but nothing more to break the spell of clashing coast and ocean.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
The nation's largest rocket is ready to blast off from Vandenberg Air Force Base north of Santa Barbara, carrying a massive, top-secret spy satellite for the federal government. As early as 10:52 a.m. Wednesday, the 235-foot Delta IV Heavy rocket will lift off from the base's Space Launch Complex 6, leaving a thick white plume over the Pacific. The rocket, the tallest ever to be launched from the base, is set to place a classified spacecraft into polar orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office, the covert umbrella agency that operates spy satellites.
NEWS
June 9, 2011 | By Benoit Lebourgeois, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Visitors to Jalama Beach on California 's rugged Santa Barbara County coastline between Point Arguello and Point Conception have a new option just in time for summer trips: overnight accommodations. Steps from the beach, seven new ocean-view cabins welcome guests at the isolated county park , 20 winding miles south of Lompoc.  Units sleep up to six in rooms furnished with queen, bunk and sofa beds but without bedsheets, pillows, blankets or towels.
TRAVEL
August 1, 1999 | DIANA MARCUM, Diana Marcum is a freelance writer based in Palm Springs
On this camping trip we numbered six girls under the age of 5, four dogs, seven adults and their toys: surfboards, fishing poles and kites. Jalama Beach County Park was the perfect spot for all. Especially kids and canines. It's one of the few California coastal campgrounds that allows leashed dogs on the beach.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
A massive 23-story rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Thursday shortly after 1 p.m. The three-engine Delta IV Heavy rocket, the tallest ever to be launched from the base, was carrying a top-secret spy satellite for the U.S. government capable of snapping pictures detailed enough to distinguish the make and model of an automobile hundreds of miles below, analysts say. The massive rocket lifted off from the base's Space Launch Complex...
NEWS
July 26, 1999 | DIANA MARCUM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This is a perfect slice of California. Just one back road winds to a sandy beach, dotted with driftwood and protected by bluffs. The waves are big, the marine life plentiful and there are miles of undeveloped coast. Many surfers consider the Santa Barbara County stretch a favorite spot. Families come to camp. Researchers and fishermen comb the teeming waters where Northern and Southern California collide. But this vision of a long-gone era sits in a space-age debris zone.
NEWS
April 8, 1993 | BOB SIPCHEN
Lists in magazines are popping up like poppies on the hills: Fortune just released its famous 500; Business Week doubled the ante to 1,000. But who cares about multibillion-dollar corporations' bottom lines when spring is in the air? Far more compelling is Sunset magazine's special Spring/Summer "Best of the West" issue, which rates everything from hamburgers to owner-built decks. Four million readers served as judges, the magazine says.
NEWS
June 9, 2011 | By Benoit Lebourgeois, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Visitors to Jalama Beach on California 's rugged Santa Barbara County coastline between Point Arguello and Point Conception have a new option just in time for summer trips: overnight accommodations. Steps from the beach, seven new ocean-view cabins welcome guests at the isolated county park , 20 winding miles south of Lompoc.  Units sleep up to six in rooms furnished with queen, bunk and sofa beds but without bedsheets, pillows, blankets or towels.
TRAVEL
March 9, 2008 | Hugo Martin, Times Staff Writer
From a map, Jalama Beach County Park looks like one of the most isolated beach campgrounds in Southern California. The beach hugs a crescent-shaped coastline between Point Conception and Point Arguello, just south of Vandenberg Air Force Base. No multimillion-dollar mansions or rickety piers mar the coastline for miles in either direction. Just the ocean lapping at the raw land, as it has for millions of years.
TRAVEL
August 1, 1999 | DIANA MARCUM, Diana Marcum is a freelance writer based in Palm Springs
On this camping trip we numbered six girls under the age of 5, four dogs, seven adults and their toys: surfboards, fishing poles and kites. Jalama Beach County Park was the perfect spot for all. Especially kids and canines. It's one of the few California coastal campgrounds that allows leashed dogs on the beach.
NEWS
April 29, 1986 | MILES CORWIN, Times Staff Writer
Local public safety officials on Monday accused the Air Force of failing to promptly inform fire and law enforcement agencies of the danger from the explosion of a Titan 34-D rocket above a launch pad here on April 18. The explosion and the huge toxic cloud that resulted posed no danger to area residents, because the wind blew the fumes out to sea. However, police and fire officials said they did not know the extent of the problem until about an hour after the accident.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Perched in the fog-covered hills of Lompoc north of Santa Barbara sits a massive 23-story rocket ready to blast off from Vandenberg Air Force Base. FOR THE RECORD An earlier version of this post stated that rocket's spy-satellite payload is capable of taking pictures detailed enough to distinguish the make and model of an automobile thousands of miles below. Its range is hundreds of miles. The three-engine Delta IV Heavy rocket, the tallest ever to be launched from the base, will be carrying a top-secret spy satellite for the U.S. government capable of snapping pictures detailed enough to distinguish the make and model of an automobile hundreds of miles below, analysts say. As early as Thursday afternoon, the massive rocket will lift off from the base's Space Launch Complex 6, leaving a thick white plume over the Pacific Ocean as it cuts across the afternoon sky. At 235 feet tall, it's so large that base officials have studied whether the thunderous blastoff will shatter windows nearby.
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