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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1991
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to look at an alternative site for an off-road vehicle park that had been proposed east of Santa Clarita. The alternative 700-acre site in Hume Canyon is north of Santa Clarita, near Sierra Highway. The original site was Whitney Canyon, near the interchange of the Golden State and Antelope Valley freeways. Supervisors approved a study of the alternative location at the urging of Supervisor Mike Antonovich.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2013 | By David Colker
If anyone could make lizards, salamanders, snakes and all measure of creepy, crawling things objects of wonder and even beauty, it was Robert C. Stebbins. His well-regarded books, lectures and artwork made him a superstar among those who studied reptiles and amphibians, from world-famous scientists to weekend naturalists who hiked with his nature guides in hand. Although he did much of his work alone and tended toward shyness, Stebbins' scientific discoveries and willingness to stand up for his convictions have been celebrated by many, including bestselling author Richard Dawkins.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1987 | MAYERENE BARKER, Times Staff Writer
The search for off-road vehicle park sites in northern Los Angeles County is back on again after County Supervisor Mike Antonovich postponed indefinitely consideration of three proposed locations in the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys. "This is not the end of the line," Antonovich aide JoAnne Darcy said Monday. "We're making a real earnest effort to find some other sites."
SCIENCE
June 17, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Environmental groups expressed concern Monday about the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's plan to open up an additional 50,000 acres of Imperial County's Algodones Dunes - including habitats for several rare species - to unlimited off-road vehicle use. "This plan is outrageous and we will challenge it," said Ileene Anderson, a spokesperson for the Center for Biological Diversity. "I'm shocked that the BLM decided to adopt such a destructive, damaging plan - right when it should be carefully protecting these wild creatures and places to make up for vast energy projects that are being developed nearby.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1988
Los Angeles County will apply to the state for $16 million to acquire and develop 606 acres near Santa Clarita as the county's first off-road vehicle park. After studying more than 50 possible locations for the park in the past three years, county officials selected Whitney Canyon, near the Antelope Valley Freeway and San Fernando Road, east of Newhall.
NEWS
April 14, 1988 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, Times Staff Writer
In a move that has angered park rangers, the state will soon ease a ban on unlicensed, off-road vehicles in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to allow groups of off-road enthusiasts back on park trails. Since last May, dirt bikes, three- and four-wheel all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and some dune buggies have been banned from the 600,000-acre park because some riders had veered off of trails and damaged environmentally and archeologically sensitive sites.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1991 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Left for dead just two months ago, a plan to build an off-road vehicle park on Otay Mesa was given new life this week when Gov. Pete Wilson restored money for the project in the state's $55.7-billion budget. Wilson saved the park by exercising his line-item veto to block a legislative attempt to transfer $8.
NATIONAL
January 12, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to study whether a lizard population in a stretch of Mojave Desert in eastern Nevada and western California should be listed as threatened or endangered. A notice published Thursday in the Federal Register begins a 12-month review of whether the Amargosa River population of the Mojave fringe-toed lizard merits federal protection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1989
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved applying to the state for a $17.5-million grant to build an off-road vehicle park in the Santa Clarita Valley. The board made the request contingent upon the project satisfactorily passing environmental tests. The environmental study for the park, proposed for rugged Whitney Canyon, is expected to be completed this summer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1992
Los Angeles County supervisors agreed to seek state approval Tuesday for an off-road vehicle park above Canyon Country, despite complaints from neighbors that the resulting traffic, noise and erosion would destroy their rural lifestyle. The proposal, which includes purchasing two parcels of land in Hume and Baker canyons off Sierra Highway, will be among those considered for funding by the state Department of Parks and Recreation beginning Monday, county officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2012 | Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
President Obama on Friday designated Ft. Ord a national monument, completing its conversion from bustling military base to popular Monterey Peninsula recreation area. The designation will afford additional protection to the 7,200 acres, which is managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management. The presidential action decreed that no mining or geothermal development can take place in the monument and called for the development of a management plan that preserves it in perpetuity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2010 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
Online videos of previous races of the California 200 show spectators standing dangerously close to the speeding off-road vehicles, with no concrete barriers separating them from the cars. The California 200 race in the Mojave Desert was the scene of a tragedy Saturday when eight people died after an off-road vehicle slammed into a crowd about 7:48 p.m., just after dusk. Witnesses described a chaotic scene in which the victims had no chance to flee. A video taken in August 2009 shows off-road vehicles speeding through the desert and becoming airborne a few yards away from a crowd of cheering spectators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2010 | By David Kelly
Eric Hamburg bought a house in this valley of wrinkled mountains and sugar-soft sand to escape life in Los Angeles and drink in the empty solitude only the desert can provide. "I loved the peace and quiet. I loved the tremendous sky. I loved the heat in the summer," he enthused about his remote getaway outside Twentynine Palms. "It was like a safety valve for me." But he quickly became aware of another way of life, one far less conducive to quiet meditation. "You see them buzzing around all the time and they just come closer and closer," he said of the men, women and children who blast joyously through the desert on rattling dirt bikes and quad runners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2009 | Louis Sahagun
A federal judge has rejected key provisions of a plan for managing millions of acres in the California desert, saying the U.S. Bureau of Land Management designated roughly 5,000 miles of off-road vehicle routes without properly taking into account their impact on public lands, archaeological sites and wildlife. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston on Monday ruled that the West Mojave plan, which the bureau approved in 2006 after a decade of development, is "flawed because it does not contain a reasonable range of alternatives" to limit the number of miles of off-road routes.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2009 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Yamaha Motor Corp. USA suspended sales of its Rhino off-road vehicles Tuesday and launched a repair program after the Consumer Product Safety Commission determined that they had been involved in more than 50 accidents resulting in 46 deaths and hundreds of injuries. About 145,000 Rhinos have been sold since the two-seat "side-by-side" vehicle, which looks like a small dune buggy, was introduced in 2003.
OPINION
February 20, 2009
The Republican lawmakers who held up the state budget for months showed a profound disregard for democracy, the government's fiscal health and the environment -- but for those who have followed the state party's antics over the years, that's hardly surprising. What really boggles the mind is that one of their key backroom deals came at the expense of their own constituents and big-business allies.
BUSINESS
August 20, 1985 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, Times Staff Writer
Suzuki of America Automotive Corp. has announced that it plans to introduce to the American road in November a low-priced, mini-Jeep-type vehicle that analysts say could cost 25% less than its closest U.S. competition and dominate a new niche in the off-road market. To be called "Samurai," the vehicle will be a joint venture of giant Suzuki Motor Co. of Japan and U.S. Suzuki Motor Corp., the Brea-based U.S. marketing arm for Suzuki motorcycles.
NATIONAL
January 12, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to study whether a lizard population in a stretch of Mojave Desert in eastern Nevada and western California should be listed as threatened or endangered. A notice published Thursday in the Federal Register begins a 12-month review of whether the Amargosa River population of the Mojave fringe-toed lizard merits federal protection.
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