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HOME & GARDEN
March 29, 2014 | By Carren Jao
Fredda Weiss used to tell people visiting her Mandeville Canyon cottage for the first time to watch for the house "that looks like the seven dwarfs live there. " Weiss' 1950s home was warm and inviting - but also a little dark and dated. So after three decades of living in the 2,283-square-foot cottage, Weiss decided to give her storybook home a happy ending. And she had just the architect in mind: Zoltan Pali. "If I was going to do this house, he was going to be my architect," Weiss says.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2014 | Steve Chawkins
When Sean "Stanley" Leary's friends heard he'd gone missing in Utah's Zion National Park, they drove hundreds of miles to help. Leary was well-known in the tight-knit world of mountain adventurers. At Yosemite National Park, he was an old hand, with more than 50 ascents of El Capitan under his belt - including a record-setting 2 1/2-hour scramble up a 2,900-foot wall that demands several days from seasoned climbers. He explored new routes up peaks in the Arctic and in Antarctica and was an ardent BASE jumper - an adventure enthusiast who leaps off mountains and other high places.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A 70-pound mountain lion seen running on the slopes behind a retirement community was sedated by California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers and taken to the Cleveland National Forest, according to a news release issued Thursday by the city of Mission Viejo. The female mountain lion, believed to be 2 to 5 years old, was first seen near the Palmia retirement community near Santa Margarita Parkway and Promenade. The sighting was reported to the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to the city.
OPINION
March 26, 2014 | By Mark Butler
After nearly 38 years working for the National Park Service, I hung up my "flat hat" this month and retired as superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park. That means I can now speak out against pending proposals with the potential to harm our country's most spectacular national parks in the California desert. My experience in the National Park System began right out of high school, when I spent a season patrolling the mountainous trails of Yosemite National Park's backcountry as a wilderness ranger.
NEWS
March 26, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
In the hyperbolic battle for the self-proclaimed title of "Roller Coaster Capital of the World," Six Flags Magic Mountain will jump out to a seemingly insurmountable lead this summer as rival Cedar Point continues to fade in the race for amusement park supremacy. The Valencia, Calif., and Sandusky, Ohio, parks have fought for decades over the grandiose title bestowed on the park with the most coasters. The current score: Magic Mountain 19 and Cedar Point 16 (or 17, depending on who's counting)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A San Bernardino County woman has been given permission to shoot and kill the mountain lion blamed for killing her llama should it return to her 60-acre ranch in Devore. The mountain lion was spotted in the area over the weekend and Shelly Smith, who has lived on the Cable Canyon Road ranch for more than 25 years, blames the state's drought for driving the mountain lion down onto her property. "We're just assuming that he's thirsty and hungry and coming down for that reason, but unfortunately it's terrorizing our property," Smith told  NBC-LA . After hearing screaming sounds a few weeks ago, Smith said she found her llama, "Frosty," dead and another llama that had been bitten.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
Federal biologists clad in waders and armed with long-handled nets this week moved hundreds of red-legged frog eggs from a San Fernando Valley stream to carefully selected wetlands 10 miles away in the first attempt to expand the threatened species' range in Southern California. Five hundred eggs transported from the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve to the Santa Monica Mountains are expected to hatch any day. When they do, they will reintroduce red-legged frog tadpoles to historic haunts that are free of predatory fish, snails and crayfish that could tear them apart.
NEWS
March 11, 2014 | Brady MacDonald
Only at Disneyland would they tear down an old and dilapidated gold mining town in order to build a new and identical gold mining town and make it look old and dilapidated again. "The goal was to bring it back to exactly the way it was," said David Smith of Disneyland's facilities and maintenance department, which oversaw the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster rehabilitation project. The "wildest ride in the wilderness" is expected to reopen to the general public on March 17 after a 14-month rehabilitation, the most extensive overhaul since the ride opened in 1979.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
A children's bunk room that sleeps 12, maids quarters and a guesthouse mean there's plenty of room for the ski crowd at this three-story retreat on a wooded lot in the San Bernardino Mountains. The lodge-like living room, with soaring ceilings and wooden beams, centers on an oversized stone fireplace. Location: 160 Cedar Ridge Drive, Lake Arrowhead 92352 Asking price: $7.499 million Year built: 1996 House size: Nine bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 17,000 square feet Lot size: Four acres Features: Paneled office, den with bar, elevator, library, two-island kitchen, breakfast nook, gym, indoor spa and sauna, wine cellar and tasting room, terraces, attached garage space for six vehicles, outdoor kitchen About the area: Last year, 534 single-family homes sold in the 92352 ZIP Code at a median price of $285,000, according to DataQuick.
TRAVEL
March 7, 2014 | By Brian E. Clark
DEER VALLEY, Utah - Carving turns through light, puffy powder at just one of the resorts in Utah's Wasatch Range is plenty to write home about for most skiers. But to ski six of the state's premier areas in one day - linked by way of the backcountry - is a true coup, especially when the sky is a cloudless deep blue and untouched snow lines the bowls. You don't have to be an experienced mountaineer to pull this off. Schussers can navigate the route on a guided tour on the Interconnect, which starts at Deer Valley and weaves through Park City Mountain Resort, Solitude, Brighton and Alta - with dips out of bounds - before finishing at Snowbird.
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