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NEWS
June 5, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times
"Insane Coaster Wars" would be the ultimate road trip for any ride enthusiast who had about $100,000 to drop on a single vacation and the fortitude to travel around the world. Photos: 28 thrill rides competing in 'Insane Coaster Wars' Premiering at 8:30 p.m. Sunday on the Travel Channel, the internationally themed second season of "Coaster Wars" will take viewers on a virtual ride aboard 28 roller coasters in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and the United States.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
More than 200 firefighters and half a dozen aircraft were battling a fast-spreading fire near Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia on Tuesday afternoon. The fire started west of the amusement park before 11:30 a.m. and by 1 p.m. had burned 35 acres and was 25% contained. “We've done really quick work today,” Los Angeles County fire inspector Scott Miller said. Officials triggered a three-alarm call for the blaze, which pulled in 228 firefighters, three helicopters and four fixed-wing planes to douse the flames before it got out of control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A brush fire that began Tuesday near Magic Mountain spread to 25 acres in 40 minutes because of gusty winds, according to Los Angeles County firefighters. The blaze began before 11:30 a.m. with gusts carrying embers away from the origin and igniting more fuel. Two Los Angeles County water-dropping helicopters were fighting the flames and a fixed-wing craft from the Los Angeles Fire Department was en route, officials said. More than 190 firefighters were at the scene and no structures were threatened, officials said.
SPORTS
April 26, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Saturday marks the opening of trout season, and for more than 40 years the senior class from tiny Big Pine High - enrollment 36 - has tried to cash in. Outside the school on U.S. Highway 395 starting at 6 a.m. Friday, the 12-member senior class will line up to welcome fishermen and visitors headed toward Bishop and Mammoth Lakes. They will offer coffee, doughnuts and a friendly smile. And worms. Lots of worms. Selling the worms - a container of 10 goes for $5.50 - is the way the students pay for their senior trip.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Tim Burkhart, 54, is corporate vice president of maintenance and construction for Six Flags Entertainment Corp. , the parent company of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia and 17 other parks in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Burkhart's resume is pretty short. He has spent his entire career at Six Flags, starting in 1977 when he was in high school and worked as a ride operator on Revolution, the first looping roller coaster. It was meant to be a temporary job to raise money for some senior-year fun. Instead, Burkhart said, he fell in love with the park and its employees.
NEWS
October 10, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Like a slow but determined zombie, Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain continues to lumber in the right direction after years of generic Halloween fare. > Photos: Fright Fest 2012 at Magic Mountain Following the addition of more mazes and monsters last season, Fright Fest 2012 introduces a new standard of excellence by which all future haunted attractions will be judged at the Valencia amusement park. A state-of-the-art makeover of the Willoughby's Haunted Mansion, a venerable but aging Fright Fest mainstay for more than a decade, raises the bar for all Magic Mountain mazes and serves as a warning shot that the Six Flags park is prepared to go head-to-head with its Southern California rivals.
NEWS
September 12, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain has always labored in the shadow of the Herculean Halloween events at Universal Studios Hollywood and Knott's Berry Farm . > Photos: Fright Fest 2012 at Magic Mountain Last year saw a significant improvement in Fright Fest's offerings with more haunted mazes, scare zones and monsters in the park. The Valencia amusement park promises to continue the bigger-and-better trend this October with a complete makeover of an aging workhorse maze and the addition of two new mazes.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Escalating the amusement park arms race, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia said it would open the world's tallest and fastest looping roller coaster next spring. The debut of Full Throttle will bring the number of coasters at the park to 18, widening Magic Mountain's lead over its longtime rival Cedar Point. The Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park has 15 coasters. For years, Cedar Point and Six Flags Magic Mountain have battled for the title of "roller coaster capital of the world" by adding and operating the most coasters of any amusement park.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
In the amusement park arms race, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia announced Thursday what the park says will be the world's tallest and fastest looping roller coaster, set to open next year. The debut in 2013 of a coaster called Full Throttle will bring to 18 the total number of coasters at the park, putting Six Flags ahead of its longtime rival, Cedar Point, a theme park in Sandusky, Ohio, which now has 15 coasters. For years, Cedar Point and Six Flags Magic Mountain battled in the media for the title of "roller coaster capital of the world" by trying to operate more coasters than any other amusement park.
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