CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2001 |
Wendy Carol Roth, a former Los Angeles television producer who turned her advancing multiple sclerosis into an opportunity to help provide all disabled people with greater access to national parks, has died. She was 48. Roth died March 14 in Santa Barbara of complications of the disease she had battled for nearly 30 years, said her husband, film and video editor and photographer Michael Tompane.
September 13, 1998 |
BLACK HERITAGE SITES: THE NORTH; BLACK HERITAGE SITES: THE SOUTH by Nancy C. Curtis (The New Press, $19.95 each, paper). Anyone with an interest in American history knows that Memphis' Lorraine Motel is where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in 1968. Today, the Lorraine has been incorporated into the high-tech National Civil Rights Museum. My family and I blew off Graceland to visit it last summer and found it powerfully affecting.
March 2, 1997 |
Mother Nature gave Yosemite a severe winter, but it's the accommodation of Mr. and Mrs. America that is likely to make it a troublesome summer. In the aftermath of massive January flooding damage to Yosemite Valley and other parts of California's most-visited national park, Park Service officials are scrambling to devise a system that reopens popular park areas in time for the summer crush, but also limits visitor access. (Yosemite gets more than 4 million visitors a year.
October 13, 1996 |
Highlighting his work to protect the environment, President Clinton signed a bill Saturday containing $1.8 billion in federal aid for water cleanup efforts, including a major project in the Florida Everglades and several others in California. In his weekly radio address, Clinton also said he will sign a bill to improve or create about 120 national parks, trails, rivers and historical sites in 41 states.
May 14, 1996 |
As Congress pulls the purse strings tighter, the National Park Service is turning to corporate America for funds to refurbish and maintain many of the nation's parks and memorials, including the Washington Monument. Target Department stores recently announced a $1-million donation to help restore the 112-year-old monument and promised a nationwide campaign to raise the $4 million more needed before work on the exterior can begin.
April 23, 1996 |
The flood swept through with a ferocity that has already become legend. The Potomac River, which normally tops out at 4 feet at Little Falls, just upstream from Washington, D.C., crested at 22 feet. "I've heard it was the fastest flood in recorded nature," said Paul Rosa, executive director of the Potomac Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust that seeks to preserve undeveloped areas. That may be an exaggeration.