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June 12, 1993 | Associated Press
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway that hauls visitors up and down 10,786-foot Mt. San Jacinto was shut down Friday after inspectors detected a problem with one of the tram's cables. The popular attraction will stay closed to the public at least until early next week, when experts from Switzerland are expected to arrive to study the cable, said spokeswoman Linda Vivian. Workers "saw something they didn't like" during a routine inspection Friday morning, Vivian said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
Firefighters made significant progress Saturday gaining control of two Southern California wildfires -- one near Palm Springs and the other near the Grapevine. Crews were helped by the arrival of monsoonal moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, lowering temperatures, increasing the humidity, and bringing light rain. Officials, however, remained on guard in case the weather system brought lightning strikes or heavy rain that could cause flash flooding. By Saturday night, crews had established containment lines surrounding 49% of the Mountain fire near Palm Springs.
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TRAVEL
August 20, 2000
The reopening of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which takes riders from the California resort up the side of Mt. San Jacinto, has been postponed from this weekend to Sept. 1, a spokesman said last week. He said the postponement was caused by delays in the state inspection process for the tramway after its installation of new cars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
A massive fire spread farther across the mountains above Palm Springs on Saturday as several thousand firefighters battled to protect the tourist tram, Idyllwild and other small towns from flames that were raging up and down the steep slopes nearby. By noon, the Mountain fire had raced across more than 27,000 acres of timber and chapparal, moving north toward San Jacinto Peak, elevation 10,834 feet. The fire was 25% contained. Subtropical moisture moving in from the Las Vegas and Phoenix areas elevated humidity above 25% on Saturday morning.
NEWS
November 23, 2004
I can't believe I conquered Skyline (8,000 feet of gain in 12 miles from the desert floor in Palm Springs to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway station). There was a great deal of snow and, in parts, ice on the trail. I lost my footing several times crossing one chute. I was scared, big-time scared. But I'm ready to do it again. Rob Madrigal Rialto
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Danish man who became lost while hiking in the San Jacinto Mountains was found Monday, officials said. Hans Ebbenscaard, 38, was in fair condition after being found about 11:30 a.m. near Tahquitz Canyon, said Sgt. Earl Quinata, Riverside County sheriff's spokesman. Ebbenscaard was taken to a hospital. Authorities began searching Sunday after learning that Ebbenscaard's rental car had sat several days in the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway parking lot.
TRAVEL
August 13, 2000
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which takes riders from the California desert resort up the side of Mt. San Jacinto, is to reopen Saturday with new cars that offer a rotating panorama of the Coachella Valley and beyond. The tramway had been closed since June while the Swiss-made cars were installed. Despite the project's $12-million price tag, round-trip rides will cost the same as before the closure, a spokesman said: $19.95 adults, $12.50 ages 3 to 12. Reservations are not necessary.
NEWS
January 2, 1999 | From Associated Press
Firefighters on Friday gained control of a blaze that scorched 100 acres of brush near the Palm Springs aerial tramway. No injuries were reported. The tramway, a popular tourist destination, reopened shortly before 4 p.m. after Southern California Edison workers restored downed power lines, said Palm Springs Police Sgt. Dan Rose. The tramway was not damaged and neither were any structures. Firefighters believe the blaze was sparked by an illegal campfire. The blaze started about 8:30 p.m.
NEWS
June 13, 1988
A small plane with four people aboard crashed near Palm Springs, but its occupants escaped serious injury and one hiked down a mountainside to get help, authorities said. The pilot of the single-engine 46-Taylor aircraft had just taken off on a flight to Santa Barbara when the plane slammed into the side of Mt. San Jacinto at the 5,000-foot level, near the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Palm Springs police said.
NEWS
July 28, 1985
A Costa Mesa woman has sued the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and the state for $5 million, claiming that a fall from a viewing area damaged her brain. An attorney for Cheryl McKendry, 24, said his client now has the mental capacity of a 5-year-old and cannot care for herself. McKendry and a companion, Michael Thomas Leib, of Marina del Rey had taken the tram up from Palm Springs to Mt. San Jacinto Park where they fell asleep near a viewing area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
Southern California got a rare dose of July rain Saturday, as monsoonal moisture pushed in from Arizona and provided some relief from hot summer weather. The humid conditions, expected to last through Monday,  were helping firefighters battling the Mountain fire near Palm Springs and the Rancho fire near the Grapevine. But fire crews were concerned about the possibility of lightning strikes, which could spark new fires, or thunderstorms that may unleash heavy rain and could trigger flash flooding and powerful flows of debris falling down the mountainside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
The massive Mountain fire remained three to four miles away the mountain tourist resort of Idyllwild on Friday, with firefighters struggling to prevent the blaze from hitting the town. Authorities reported Friday that the fire had burned 24,818 acres and was 15% contained. More than 6,000 people have been evacuated from the community, and it's unclear when they can return. Those living in the Apple Canyon and Bonita Vista areas were permitted to head home Thursday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2013 | By Rick Rojas and Kurt Streeter
IDYLLWILD - Firefighters were cautiously optimistic that this popular getaway town could be spared as crews battled a wildfire Thursday raging through forested slopes south of Palm Springs. Working in searing conditions and aided by water-dropping aircraft, crews cleared paths and laid down red-colored fire retardant on the outskirts of Idyllwild and several nearby communities - an effort to contain the flames and keep them from residential areas. "That's our primary goal," said Bob Poole, a fire information officer with the U.S. Forest Service, who noted the blaze came as close as 2 1/2 miles to Idyllwild.
NEWS
April 8, 2013 | By Terry Gardner
The Palm Springs Aerial Tram will begin selling its summer pass on Monday -- for $50 to celebrate 50 years of carrying visitors to the cliffs of Chino Canyon. Pass holders receive unlimited tram rides through Aug. 9, along with 10% off guests' tickets and a 10% discount at Peaks Restaurant and Pines Café at the Mountain Station. Passes can be purchased online or at the Tramway's Valley Station. The Mountain Station also offers spectacular views, a natural exhibit area and two documentary films about the tramway, along with access to 54 miles of hiking trails within Mt. San Jacinto State Park.  The tram opened on Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Danish man who became lost while hiking in the San Jacinto Mountains was found Monday, officials said. Hans Ebbenscaard, 38, was in fair condition after being found about 11:30 a.m. near Tahquitz Canyon, said Sgt. Earl Quinata, Riverside County sheriff's spokesman. Ebbenscaard was taken to a hospital. Authorities began searching Sunday after learning that Ebbenscaard's rental car had sat several days in the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway parking lot.
NEWS
October 18, 2005
Regarding "Wilderness Express" [Oct. 11]: As a proponent of wilderness conservation and the wife of a disabled spouse, I have a dual perspective on the proposed people mover from the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to Long Valley on Mt. San Jacinto. Yes, easy access to wilderness does degrade it, but Long Valley is already accessible to those who can walk. Admitting the disabled will not harm anything or anyone. JEAN E. ROSENFELD Pacific Palisades As one of those overweight San Jacinto Mountain visitors with aging knees and backs, I can't wait for the people mover to become real.
NEWS
October 18, 2005
Regarding "Wilderness Express" [Oct. 11]: As a proponent of wilderness conservation and the wife of a disabled spouse, I have a dual perspective on the proposed people mover from the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to Long Valley on Mt. San Jacinto. Yes, easy access to wilderness does degrade it, but Long Valley is already accessible to those who can walk. Admitting the disabled will not harm anything or anyone. JEAN E. ROSENFELD Pacific Palisades As one of those overweight San Jacinto Mountain visitors with aging knees and backs, I can't wait for the people mover to become real.
NEWS
October 11, 2005 | Ann Japenga, Special to The Times
THE trip to the top of Mt. San Jacinto is as easy as hopping into a gondola via the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and soaring one vertical mile above granite escarpments, lodgepole pines and waterfalls spilling into gorges choked with wild grapevines. It's a slice of the Sierra and prelude to a challenging hiking path with a controversial future.
NEWS
November 23, 2004
I can't believe I conquered Skyline (8,000 feet of gain in 12 miles from the desert floor in Palm Springs to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway station). There was a great deal of snow and, in parts, ice on the trail. I lost my footing several times crossing one chute. I was scared, big-time scared. But I'm ready to do it again. Rob Madrigal Rialto
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