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November 7, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
National parks and national forests have a Veteran's Day deal open to all: free admission. Not all parks and forests charge an entry fee, but those that do will welcome visitors free of charge. The deal: The weekend marks the last fee-free day in 2012. (The next one is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in mid-January.) This means you save the $20 entry fee at national parks such as Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon and the $5 Adventure Pass fee in the Angeles National Forest and other nearby forests.
October 1, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
More than a century ago, Teddy Roosevelt went on a really big camping trip that forever changed America. In 1903 he visited Yellowstone National Park , the Grand Canyon and slept under the stars in Yosemite with John Muir, who pressed him to preserve the land of big granite walls as a national park. By the time he left office, Roosevelt had created five national parks, 18 national monuments, 51 federal bird sanctuaries and added millions of acres to the national forests.
September 28, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
National parks and monuments, national forests and other wild places will waive admission fees Saturday in honor of National Public Lands Day. The idea is to encourage people to get out and see these natural places and maybe even work to help preserve them. The deal: Not all parks and forests charge fees for admission, but those that do will be free. For example, Death Valley National Park usually charges $20 per car or $10 for those entering on foot or bicycle. Same price for Sequoia & Kings Canyon and Yosemite national parks.
September 16, 2012
EUROPE Presentation Distant Lands rail agent Susan Hickman will discuss the ins and outs of train travel in Europe, including planning your itinerary and buying a ticket or rail pass. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena Admission, info: Free; RSVP to (626) 449-3220 HIKING Presentation Craig Carey, author of the new book "Hiking and Backpacking in Santa Barbara and Ventura," will discuss destinations in the Los Padres National Forest.
September 10, 2012 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
The neighborhood was unfamiliar and the local roads confusing. So like any wise traveler, the 300-pound black bear that sauntered through Montrose on Sunday morning headed for the freeway, prompting the California Highway Patrol to stop traffic on the 210 in both directions. The bear strolled through several residential yards, caused a brief panic at a soccer game at Crescenta Valley High School and engaged in a short staring contest with a woman reading the paper on her porch.
September 2, 2012 | By Ruben Vives and Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Firefighters late Sunday were continuing to battle a blaze in the Angeles National Forest that had scorched more than 3,600 acres and forced the evacuation of campgrounds known to draw up to 12,000 visitors on Labor Day weekend. As of late Sunday, there were no reports of injuries or property damage caused by the fire, which started about 2:15 p.m. in the San Gabriel mountains north of Azusa. The fire was pushing north on steep terrain toward the Sheep Mountain Wilderness area and was about 5% contained, said John Wagner, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.
July 15, 2012 | By Matt Stevens and Danielle Paquette, Los Angeles Times
Miles deep in the Angeles National Forest, Glendale's favorite bear might be wondering whether he can make it back in time for trash day. After snoozing nearly five hours in a Glendale tree, the bear known to his social media fans as "Glen Bearian" and "Meatball" was tranquilized Sunday and driven back into the wild. This is the second time in four months that California Department of Fish and Game wardens have shipped the wayward bear back to the forest. Policy dictates that bears cannot be moved more than about 30 miles for a "return to habitat.
June 23, 2012 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
He's back. Months after entering the hearts of Glendale residents and feasting on Costco meatballs, the black bear tranquilized by wildlife officials and taken deep into the Angeles National Forest has reappeared. Known on Twitter as Glen Bearian , the ursine returned to the area Thursday with his orange ear tag, which was attached to make him stand out in a crowd. California Department of Fish and Game spokesman Andrew Hughan confirmed to The Times that the same bear that officials tranquilized in April was spotted in the Glendale-La Crescenta area Thursday afternoon.
June 17, 2012 | By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times
High winds forced Colorado firefighters to ground support helicopters Sunday but had little effect on the most destructive blaze in state history, officials said. The Larimer County Sheriff's Office said containment remained at 45%, with the 56,480-acre fire spreading about 1,500 acres. "That's pretty low growth, considering what this fire has done, and especially considering that red-flag warning" for high winds, sheriff's spokeswoman Jennifer Hillmann said. The 30- to 50-mph winds intensified the fire inside the containment lines, she said, and sent more smoke over nearby Fort Collins, about 15 miles east.
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