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August 25, 2005 | Tim Reiterman and E. Scott Reckard, Times Staff Writers
A judge in Houston has ordered the federal government to pay $72 million to a company controlled by financier Charles Hurwitz, after concluding that federal banking officials had filed baseless legal actions against Hurwitz at the behest of California environmentalists. Likening the government's conduct to that of a "cosa nostra," U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes said Tuesday that regulators had a hidden political agenda when they sued Hurwitz and Maxxam Inc.
August 15, 2005 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
With a rugged grandeur that harks to the Old West, Las Tablas Ranch embraces more than 10 square miles of oak-draped hills and rolling pastures. The cattle ranch is 20 miles west of here, near Lake Nacimiento, where vineyards and home construction have been consuming open space and oak woodlands.
August 6, 2005 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
A federal appeals court Friday struck down a management plan that allows logging on roadless areas in Alaska's Tongass National Forest, handing environmentalists a victory in a long-running battle over wild lands in the world's largest intact temperate rain forest. In a wide-ranging decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a 1997 plan adopted by the U.S.
August 3, 2005 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge has concluded that the Bush administration broke environmental laws last year when it cleared the way for more commercial logging of old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California. In 1994, the government adopted environmental protections and limits on timber harvesting -- the Northwest Forest Plan -- to halt the decline of the northern spotted owl and other wildlife that depended on large, old trees.
July 6, 2005 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
Jason Wilson was just 21 when a Lakota elder gave him a spirit name. Wilson, she said, was destined to carry a heavy weight. He would need the medicine of the name she offered, she told him, "to carry that weight in a good way, a strong way and as far as it needs to be carried." Three years later, on a September day in 1998, the bearded redhead from Missouri lay in a fetal curl on the floor of a Humboldt County forest, rocking and sobbing in the duff.
June 16, 2005 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
A judge has thrown out a controversial lawsuit filed against Pacific Lumber Co. by Humboldt County prosecutors who alleged that the company fraudulently obtained state permission to cut many millions of dollars in timber on environmentally sensitive land. In a ruling filed Tuesday, Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Richard L. Freeborn did not address the merits of the allegation.
June 3, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Brazilian police said they had broken up the biggest illegal logging operation in the Amazon with the arrests of 89 people, nearly half of them from the government agency charged with protecting the forests from a gang that has allegedly illegally cut an estimated $370 million in Amazon timber since 1990.
May 28, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Brazilian Indian tribe armed with bows and arrows and unseen for years has been spotted in a remote Amazon region where clashes with loggers are threatening its existence. The Jururei tribe numbers eight or 10. It is the second "uncontacted" group to be threatened by loggers this month after a judge approved cutting in an area called Rio Pardo. In the most recent scuffles, Jururei Indians set booby traps with spikes, piercing the foot of one logger.
May 6, 2005 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
The Bush administration announced Thursday that it was dropping a wide-ranging Clinton administration rule that had placed nearly a third of the country's national forestland off-limits to road building, logging and oil and gas development. The move was denounced by Democrats and environmentalists and was likely to keep alive a battle over the future of 58.5 million acres of some of the country's most remote and pristine wild lands.
April 20, 2005 | Tyler Marshall, Times Staff Writer
Choosing her words carefully, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed concern Tuesday in Russia about a growing concentration of power in the hands of the Kremlin, but also pointed to indications that democracy had made gains here. Rice spoke to reporters shortly before arriving for a two-day visit to prepare for next month's summit in Moscow between President Bush and Russian President Vladimir V. Putin.
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