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October 8, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
There's still time for a summer vacation, if you head south -- way south -- and like to cycle. BikeToursDirect offers a guided bicycling tour of central Chile that winds through the country's lake and volcano district. The eight-day tour along back roads starts in Temuco and travels south to Puerto Varas. During the trip, participants tour the Andes Mountain area at the border with Argentina and then visit a national park in the Alto Bio-Bio area. Trip highlights include visits to adventure tourism town Pucon, the Huilo Biologicall Reserve as well as Lake Llanquihue, Vicente Perez Rosales National Park and Petrohue Waterfalls.
April 5, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Gregory Kelly is a small-scale historian who is out to memorialize big-time Southern California landmarks, one by one. There's the miniature Watts Towers, an elaborate depiction of Newport Beach's Balboa Pavilion and a proportionally correct model of Silver Lake's Music Box Steps - all tucked in Kelly's crowded Tustin hobby shop. Not bad for a man who had never even built a plastic model airplane before deciding at age 20 to open his own shop in a building owned by his father.
June 13, 1991
When they drained the lake at Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights, somebody forgot to warn the ducks. As a result, a lot of waterfowl are rapidly becoming mud fowl, and as the summer progresses, they may have to learn to be dust fowl. But the ducks seem to be managing all right so far. And when the lake is refilled at summer's end, they'll have a far healthier puddle.
March 23, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
LOS ALGODONES, Mexico - The mighty Colorado River, which over millenniums has carved the Grand Canyon, does an unusual thing when it gets south of the Arizona-Mexico border. It dies. The Morelos Dam - sitting on the international boundary - serves as its headstone, diverting nearly all of the river water into an aqueduct that serves agriculture as well as homes in Tijuana. South of the dam, the river channel travels about 75 miles to the Gulf of California. Except when filled by rains, the channel is bone dry. But starting Sunday, the river will flow again, part of an unprecedented experiment by U.S. and Mexican officials.
July 4, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Budget cuts have forced Los Angeles County parks officials to restrict swimming at three lakes this summer. Starting Monday, parks officials are closing beaches at Castaic Lake State Recreation Area in Castaic, Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas and Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Sept. 7. Beach closure signs will be posted at park entrances, parking lots and shorelines, a parks spokesman said.
August 30, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The state Division of Wildlife is stocking hundreds of high mountain lakes with fingerling trout dropped from hoppers mounted in Cessna 185 aircraft, aquatic biologist Sherman Hebein said in Aspen. The planes, traveling about 85 mph, get within 125 feet of the lake surface before releasing the fish so they don't dry out before they hit the water.
A new landing strip has been opened to handle traffic in the busy airways over Los Angeles, but this one is strictly for the birds. The "airport" is a 1 1/2-acre lake at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, complete with overnight and nesting facilities for migratory birds and their less-traveled cousins. The planting of seeds for grasses and native wildflowers was completed Monday, marking the finishing touches on the $350,000 project.
December 29, 1992 | ROBERT BARKER
Officials plan to reopen two small fishing lakes in February after spending about $290,000 to seal the bottoms to hold water. The rehabilitation at the lake at Chris Carr Park will make it possible to revive a state-acclaimed fishing derby for disabled youngsters in the community. The derby is scheduled for April or May. Lakes at Chris Carr and Jack Greer parks were fenced off in March, 1991, when water leaked out. Botulism developed at both sites, and fish and other wildlife were killed.
December 9, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
At a public hearing Wednesday, the Los Angeles Board of Recreation and Park Commissioners will ask for input on its recommendation to reduce the size of two lakes to be built in the Hansen Dam Recreation Center. Financial considerations led the city and Army Corps of Engineers to agree earlier this year to reduce the size of the lakes from 15 to 10.5 acres, said Dallan Zamrzla, director of planning and development for the city Recreation and Parks Department.
November 1, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
More than 15 years after an accumulation of silt forced the closure of Holiday Lake, swimmers and boaters will be able to return to Hansen Dam Recreation Area by the spring of 1999, Army Corps of Engineers officials said. On Thursday, the Corps of Engineers signed a $7.6-million contract with Southwest Engineering Inc. of Santa Monica to complete the long-delayed project. The contract covers construction of a 1.
March 21, 2014 | By James Barragan
When: 1 p.m. PDT. Where: Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah. On the air: TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: 1330. Records: Galaxy 0-1-0; Real Salt Lake 1-0-1. Record vs. Real Salt Lake: 0-1-0. Update: The Galaxy was eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League by Mexican side Club Tijuana on Tuesday by an aggregate score of 4-2 and has not played a Major League Soccer game since its 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake in the season opener March 8 in Carson.
March 17, 2014 | By Carren Jao
 A sliver of a yard can be a powerful thing. Materials & Applications has proved this time and again by collaborating with architects to put up fantastical creations on a 25-by-40-foot gravel yard fronting Silver Lake Boulevard. Past double-take-worthy installations include a golden-leafed Mylar canopy in the shape of a black hole by Ball-Nogues Studio, a motorized vegetative cover that opens and refolds like origami by Eddie Sykes and a sinuous, fire-shaped gazebo made of pressure-laminated panels by Edmund Ming-Yip Kwong.
March 14, 2014 | By Jason Wells
No injuries were reported Friday morning after a small landslide was triggered at a residential construction site in Silver Lake. The cascade of dirt occurred on a barren, three-home hillside lot in the 1400 block of North Occidental Boulevard at about 8 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. None of the multi-story homes was affected by the flow of dirt, which partially came down onto the street below. Six fire engines were sent to the scene. Aerial television news footage showed construction workers assessing damage to the hillside as a small Bobcat-type excavator worked to dig out the dirt.
March 12, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Avast! The pirate ship that submerged in Big Bear Lake during a heavy winter storm will soon rise from its watery grave. The Big Bear Pirate Ship--a popular tourist draw in the mountain lake community about 100 miles east of downtown Los Angeles--sank during a storm Feb. 28 while it was tied off at Halloway's Marina. Crews plan to use inflatable lift bags Thursday morning to refloat the one-third scale replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon, also known as Time Bandit.
March 9, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
CORNUCOPIA, Wis. - On some days, Kevin Hunt stands at his Star North gas station in this eye-blink of a town on mighty Lake Superior, marveling at Mother Nature and his own dumb luck. Everywhere he looks: ice and people. Months ago, many warned him not to invest in a place where fair-weather tourists flee in the fall and the big lake's waters turn cold and storm-tossed, forcing the 100 or so hardy full-time residents of Cornucopia to hibernate for the winter. He'd be out of business by March, they said.
March 8, 2014 | By James Barragan
Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando spoiled the night for a sold-out crowd of 25,364 at StubHub Center on Saturday night, blocking a Robbie Keane penalty kick in the 92nd minute to maintain a 1-0 lead that handed the Galaxy a loss in its season opener. Although Real Salt Lake walked off with the 1-0 victory, the conversation of the game will center on questionable calls made by replacement referees who were calling the game after the league's officiating union could not settle a labor dispute before the start of the season.
September 9, 2007 | Rosemary McClure, Times Staff Writer
Float into autumn on the blue waters of Arizona's Lake Powell with a lodging-and-boating package that starts at $175 a night. The deal: The Bed-and-Breakfast package includes overnight accommodations at Lake Powell Resort, breakfast for two in the hotel's Rainbow Room and a three-hour scenic boat tour of Navajo Canyon.
February 8, 1992
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract to an Irvine firm for design work on a proposed 15-acre swimming lake at Hansen Dam in Lake View Terrace, Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Panorama City) said Friday. The $74,000 contract, awarded to Noble Consultants Inc., is the final step before construction can begin on the lake, part of a long-planned renovation of the 660-acre Hansen Dam Recreational Area. The lake and related facilities are expected to cost $2.1 million.
March 8, 2014 | By James Barragan
The Galaxy added some much-needed depth to its strike force this off-season the signing of two foreign players, veteran Canadian Rob Friend and young Brazilian Samuel. But the team, which opened their 2014 MLS regular season against Real Salt Lake on Saturday night, might get a boost on offense from a more local source: Gyasi Zardes. Zardes was one of the most highly touted prospects in Galaxy history when he was signed in December 2012. In the last two years of his college career at Cal State Bakersfield, Zardes scored 33 goals in 37 games, making him one of the most sought-after college strikers heading into the 2013 MLS draft.
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