CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2006 |
MARTIN Litton eased his bulky frame out of the cramped back seat of a Subaru sedan and walked across the road. "Let's get a look at the mess they've made here," he said, his blue eyes darting to fresh tree stumps and logging trails gouged into the pale, dusty earth of the southern Sierra. He climbed slowly up an embankment and started snapping photographs. Litton is two months short of 90, hard of hearing and equipped with two artificial knees.
May 11, 1997 |
Water running over rocks, Normal people don't come here --Martin Litton On the Grand Canyon * No one is likely to insult Martin Litton by calling him normal, average, conventional, reasonable. Not in describing his life, not when considering his ideas.
December 26, 2006
Re "A matter of grove concern," Column One, Dec. 21 Thank you for the story about Martin Litton's crusade to protect our sequoias. I've long admired him, and if I ever get to fulfill my dream of floating down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, it will be his way (nonmotorized, in dories) or no way! The U.S. Forest Service profits from logging and therefore can never be trusted to do what's right for a forest. True, unbiased scientific research should be the basis for all forest management decisions.
July 10, 1988
The whole thrust of "The Thrill That Can Kill" seems to be to sensationalize and mislead. Tales of mishaps are unduly emphasized, and repeated. The very positive (and safe) side of river floating is slighted. Charlie Walbridge is quoted: "If someone can't accept risks, he'd be better off going to Disneyland." You might as well say, "He'd be better off not getting out of bed in the morning." Does Disneyland claim to be risk-free? You might check out its liability insurance premiums.
September 14, 1995 |
Even narrator-host James Taylor playing his drippingly sincere songs by the banks of the Colorado doesn't stop us from getting into the flow of TBS' "Colorado River Adventure," which is really eight parts river and one part adventure. Taylor takes his teen-age son, Ben, and joins 13 others for a three-week ride in handmade dories down the Colorado, through the Grand Canyon and ending at the headwaters of Lake Mead.
December 21, 1988 |
The Pentagon is considering possible criminal prosecution against eight, or possibly nine, of the nation's biggest defense firms for allegedly trafficking in classified Defense Department documents, a Pentagon official said today. John Donnelly, director of the Pentagon's Defense Investigative Service, said that eight firms were involved in "systemic, company-approved" efforts to obtain classified information to help compete for lucrative defense contracts.