September 5, 2013 |
In the world of Westeros, the man who is the King's Hand seems to get replaced like clockwork. In the real world of HBO's "Game of Thrones," that rotating role is Gregor Clegane. Clegane, known as The Mountain, will be played by a new actor in the show's upcoming fourth season. Icelandic actor and strongman contest competitor Hafthor Julius Bjornsson tweeted the news earlier this week. "For all my fans! I am happy to tell you that I will be THE MOUNTAIN In season 4 In Game Of Thrones :)
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September 4, 2013 |
Firefighters have fully contained a small but persistent fire in the San Bernardino National Forest that was one of many blazes sparked by lightning more than two weeks ago. Sparked on Aug. 19, the Gobblers fire grew to 413 acres and was driven into the Stockton Flats area after being fueled by down-canyon winds, steep terrain and dry sagebrush, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The fire was fully contained Tuesday, but some crews remained on “patrol status” Wednesday. Although smoke was visible from Cajon Pass and the high desert, the fire had not threatened any homes or communities.
September 3, 2013 |
Katherine Gould recently enjoyed a thrilling ride on Magic Mountain's fast-zooming, forward-and-backward-rotating, face-down-plunging X2 roller coaster. Then she underwent a frustrating experience trying to recover from Magic Mountain's lost-and-found department the smartphone that had gone flying from her pocket at some point during all that zooming, rotating and plunging. "I honestly didn't think I'd get my phone back," Gould, 45, told me. "But I did expect at least an attempt at customer service.
September 2, 2013 |
Rather than a big new ride for 2014, Six Flags Magic Mountain will unveil several smaller attractions throughout the year. The Valencia amusement park will run a couple of coasters backward in the spring, add a kiddie coaster and a pair of water slides in the summer and expand its Halloween offerings in the fall. After introducing the Full Throttle looping launch coaster this year at Magic Mountain, it makes sense that Six Flags would spread the wealth to other locations in the amusement park chain in 2014.
August 29, 2013 |
Ski season is only a few months away, so Mountain High, Southern California's closest winter resort, will celebrate with its annual season-pass kickoff party on Saturday at Fiesta Village in Colton at 1405 E. Washington St. The festivities - all free to new and current season-pass holders - include rounds of miniature golf, go-kart rides, water slides and laser tag. There are free batting cages, amusement rides, a skate competition, a...
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August 26, 2013 |
Powerful thunderstorms pounded mountain and desert areas of Southern California on Monday, dropping steady amounts of rain. The storms, sparked by moist air from the remnants of Tropical Storm Ivo, were reported from the Antelope Valley in Los Angeles County to the desert areas of San Bernardino and Riverside counties, officials said. At the Acton pump station in the Antelope Valley, 2.56 inches of rain was reported in a 60-minute span Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
August 23, 2013
Designed for entertaining, this gated contemporary has an open floor plan. Sliding doors open to a patio and pool area and bring in ocean and mountain views. Location: 23915 Malibu Knolls Road, Malibu 90265 Asking price: $4.395 million Year built: 2009 Architect: Michael Barsocchini House size: Four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 4,502 square feet Lot size: 1.22 acres Features: Family room, media room, 12-foot doors, bar, travertine flooring, granite countertops, two-car garage, courtyard.
August 16, 2013
Bringing to mind a country estate in Europe, the Tuscan-style Mendenhall Estate sits on acres of landscaped grounds in a gated community. The graceful mansion's high-ceiling living room, master suite and swimming pool take in views of the surrounding mountains and canyons. PHOTOS: The Mendehall Estate in Topanga Location: 21000 Mendenhall Court, Topanga 90290 Asking price: $21.5 million Year built: 2004 House size: Eight bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 12,000 square feet Lot size: 23 acres Features: Media room, office, wine cellar, children's wing with game room, covered terraces, saline swimming pool, spa, lighted tennis court, soccer field, bocce court, well, solar panels, fruit trees, four-car garage, 35 on-site parking spots, zoned for horses About the area: In the first half of the year, 42 single-family homes resold in the 90290 ZIP Code at a median price of $980,000, according to DataQuick.
August 16, 2013 |
TUCSON - Business owners Dave Michelson and Matt Brassard remember the outpouring of support and dollars when they held a fundraiser in Prescott for people whose houses were damaged in the Yarnell Hill fire and the survivors of the 19 firefighters who died fighting the blaze. The community was unified in grief, Brassard said. "It was amazing, the amount of people who came out in support," he added. Now, a conflict over whether to extend full survivors' benefits to the families of 13 firefighters killed on the job June 30 looms over Prescott, creating an uneasiness in the community.
August 14, 2013 |
Three days into the new school year, a surprise visitor sneaked onto the campus of one La Crescenta elementary school Wednesday without teachers' permission: a mountain lion. The mountain lion was spotted by a custodian about 6 a.m. near a staff parking lot at Monte Vista Elementary School on Orange Avenue, school officials said. It was said to have jumped over a fence and into bushes on the other side. By the time Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies arrived, the mountain lion had disappeared, said Deputy Caroline Rodriguez.