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December 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Off-road vehicles will be banned from part of the Sonoran Desert National Monument early next year because reckless riders have done extensive environmental damage, federal officials say. Kevin Harper of the Bureau of Land Management and other officials said riders had ignored postings, taken their vehicles off designated roads, carved new trails and mangled vegetation. In doing so, they have created ruts and other problems for the desert ecology, the officials said.
March 11, 2014 | By Scott Gold
GROVER BEACH, Calif. - For a long time, even as hotels rose in nearby towns and posh homes went up along groomed fairways down the road, it seemed that this sleepy town might never move beyond an old real estate slogan: "Home of the average man. " Then Debbie Peterson ran for mayor. She was a real estate agent, a single mom and a free spirit, known to wear a business jacket with running shoes. She had moxie and business experience. Voters in 2012 chose her by a wide margin. They expected a jolt - but nobody expected this.
May 8, 2001 | From Associated Press
The California Coastal Commission decided Monday to continue allowing up to 4,300 off-road vehicles a day at the only beach in the state where they still are allowed to zoom among sand dunes. The temporary limit on the number now using the beach was set for Oceano Dunes just south of San Luis Obispo. The Sierra Club had hoped for a ban to protect the endangered snowy plover, least tern, red-legged frog and steelhead trout.
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.
June 15, 2004 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit by environmental groups Monday that accused the federal government of failing to safeguard Western wilderness areas from an onslaught of off-road vehicles. The unanimous decision said environmental groups could not use the courts to compel the federal Bureau of Land Management to take more aggressive action to protect land that is under study for designation as wilderness.
September 6, 1989 | PETE THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
Cars began filtering into the parking lot before dawn and the chairlift roared to life not long after. Practice runs were completed and John Tomac stood perched beneath the banner atop Snow Summit ski resort's highest mountain, ready to make one of the day's first runs. Tomac, considered the one to watch, charged through the starting gate and quickly reached speeds of up to 40 m.p.h. as he began his descent down the 1.3 miles of steep, rugged terrain.
May 3, 2000
Re "U.S. to Curb Snowmobiles in Parks," April 27: Off-road vehicles, including dirt bikes and ATVs (four-wheel motorcycles), are a menace to our environment and a nuisance to other public land users. Let's finish the job and restrict ORVs to special ORV parks where they can have fun and not bother the rest of us or the environment. DOUG PARHAM Palmdale
February 3, 2002
Re "Forest Plan: Let It Be," editorial, Jan. 5: How does The Times have the arrogance to infer that off-road vehicles should be excluded from the "people's" forest? Off-road vehicles are the people. These groups are family-oriented and consist of policemen, firemen, business owners and most other professions. They are also taxpayers. Part of this forest plan should include designated and maintained ORV trails for vehicular access to the forest. The forest should be for everyone.
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.
July 2, 1992 | AMY PYLE
Residents of a rural Canyon Country area where Los Angeles County wants to locate an off-road vehicle park said Wednesday that they are opposed to the plan because of the dust, noise and traffic it will cause. Rose Coyle, an officer with the Lower Mint Canyon Property Owners Assn., said her group last year submitted a petition containing at least 100 signatures to Supervisor Mike Antonovich's office.
June 18, 2013 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
A new federal plan for managing the Imperial Sand Dunes calls for reopening to off-road vehicles 40,000 acres that have been closed since 2000, when the site became embroiled in a legal battle involving threatened plant species. Counting that acreage, 84% of the 215,000-acre dunes system would be open to motorized recreation under the Bureau of Land Management plan, released Tuesday. The plan is the result of a 13-year process that moved in fits and starts as each iteration from the agency was challenged in court.
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.
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.
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.
March 24, 2010 | By David Kelly
After an emotional 4-hour debate Tuesday, San Bernardino County officials lifted a key restriction on off-road vehicles, angering those who say the move will further erode the quality of life in the desert. "They have left us defenseless against the onslaught of off-road vehicles," said Philip Klasky, president of Community ORV Watch in Wonder Valley. "They have put the rights of special interests before the rights of private property owners." The Board of Supervisors' 3-to-1 decision to drop a requirement forcing groups of 10 or more off-roaders to buy a $155 permit before assembling on private or public property touched a nerve here.
January 31, 2010
Santa Barbara County is celebrating 100 years of filmmaking. Beginning in 1910, movies were shot at Flying A Studio, which occupied two full blocks along Mission Street in downtown Santa Barbara. Most of the buildings are gone, but a piece of the former studio, at the corner of Mission and State Street, is now home to Garrett's Old Fashion Restaurant, (805) 567-0400. Photos from Flying A's heyday are on display. The local visitors bureau offers a variety of information, including the Santa Barbara County Film Tour booklet, which is chock-full of movie lore and locations; 1601 Anacapa St., (805)
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.
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