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September 8, 2012
Creamy ranch dipping sauce Total time: 25 minutes Servings: Makes about 1 quart, plus 2 to 3 hours refrigeration time 1 (8-ounce) container cream cheese, softened 1 (16-ounce container) sour cream 1 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespon minced garlic 1/4 cup minced red onion 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon chopped chives 2 tablespoons chopped dill 2 tablespoons chopped tarragon Zest of 1 lemon, finely grated or chopped 1 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper Fresh ground black pepper to taste In a large bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise until very smooth.
April 24, 2014 | By David Horsey
The right-wing insurrection at the Bundy ranch in Bunkerville, Nev., has taken another weird turn with new revelations about the family history of Cliven Bundy. Bundy justifies his two-decade-long refusal to pay the Bureau of Land Management for grazing rights on the public land where he runs his cattle by claiming his ancestors gained livestock water rights in the 1870s, long before the federal government horned in on the deal. Now, it turns out, that is not exactly true.  KLAS, the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, checked out the Bundy family's history with the land and found Bundy's grandmother was born in 1901 to parents who had moved a few years earlier from Utah and farmed, not in Bunkerville, but in neighboring Mesquite County.
April 2, 2009
Re "A way of life slips out of range," Column One, March 30 This article reminded me of getting up at 5:30 a.m. and blow-drying a calf in our Alberta ranch house because the livestock got frostbite if they weren't dried off. My parents had to supplement their love for cattle with teaching, which paid the bills better than the ranch could. The Times illuminates the ranchers' drive, and the grit that makes it all worthwhile. Ian Clay Sewall Los Angeles
April 24, 2014 | By John M. Glionna and Richard Simon
BUNKERVILLE, Nev. - The first thing you see on the drive to Cliven Bundy's ranch are the American flags - tied to roadside guardrails, flapping in a hard desert wind. At a bend in state Route 170 sits the so-called Patriot Checkpoint, evidence of the tense power play raging between the rebellious 67-year-old cattleman and the federal government. Then there are the guns. Scores of grim citizen militiamen in combat fatigues - semiautomatic weapons slung over their shoulders, ammunition magazines at their belts - patrol from a base they call Camp Tripwire.
November 28, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- The Texas attorney general moved Wednesday to seize the sprawling ranch compound owned by convicted polygamist leader Warren Jeffs' group, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The filing "begins the final chapter of the state's nearly five-year effort to pursue widespread criminal misconduct" at the ranch, named Yearning for Zion, Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott's office said in a statement. Investigators filed a warrant to seize the 1,600-acre ranch in West Texas under state law that allows seizure of property used to commit or facilitate criminal conduct.
June 11, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Merv Griffin's former retreat in La Quinta has sold for $7 million. The 39-acre equestrian compound includes a racetrack, a 5,000-square-foot Moroccan-style main house, four casitas, three one-bedroom staff quarters and apartments at both ends of the 16-stall stables for a total of 14 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. The estate was developed by L.A.-based Griffin in 1986 as a desert retreat for entertaining and work. He raised Arabian horses and, later, thoroughbreds. Other features include an infinity pool and a 2.5-acre fishing lagoon.
August 10, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
It's getting hard keep pace with Ellen DeGeneres' real estate doings. At the end of July she listed her 26-acre Thousand Oaks ranch estate for $10.995 million. Then a week later she ramps the price up to $12.995 million to include the furnishings. Now, the Multiple Listing Service is showing a status change to “looking for backup” (translation: there's a buy on the hook). To review, DeGeneres and her spouse, Portia de Rossi, bought the rural property in 2009 for $8.5 million and offered it two years later at $16.5 million.
May 4, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Ellen DeGeneres' on-again, off-again love affair with her equestrian spread in the Hidden Valley area of Thousand Oaks would seem to be on again if you caught the recent Elle Décor article featuring the ranch retreat. In the “love it” corner: It seems she and Portia de Rossi were “seduced by the landscape,” Elle says. “There's a good chance that this place may be for keeps.” “De Rossi seems particularly attached to it.” It is interesting to note that they bought the 26-acre property in 2009 for $8.5 million and listed it two years later at $16.5 million.
August 23, 1987
In the Letters item about "Ranch With a Heart" that ran here last week, we gave the address in the wrong town. The correct address is M Bar J Guest Ranch, Box 67-H, Badger, Calif. 93603.
September 8, 1994
I enjoyed your piece on salad dressings (Aug. 25) and want to add a note on the "ranch" dressings. In the very early '50s, probably 1950 and 1952, my husband and I stayed overnight at a motel in Bakersfield. Both evenings we had our dinner at a restaurant close by (name long forgotten) and were served a delicious and completely novel salad dressing made with buttermilk. At least once I bought a jar to take along. The dressing was featured and labeled as the restaurant's own, and whether it was a precursor of Hidden Valley Ranch or an imitation, I don't know.
April 23, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
In a landmark legal victory that centered on fracking, a middle-class north Texas ranching family won nearly $3 million from a big natural gas company whose drilling, they contend, caused years of sickness, killed pets and livestock, and forced them out of their home for months. Tuesday's $2.95-million civil verdict by a six-person Dallas jury is thought to be the first of its kind in the nation. Other landowners have sued over drilling and reached settlements, but legal experts think this is the first jury verdict.
April 23, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Clint Eastwood's latest movie, "American Sniper," kicked off with a bang in Los Angeles County this week. The Warner Bros. film, which stars Bradley Cooper as a Navy SEAL who recounts his military exploits, began 10 days of filming Monday in an Afghan village set at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in the Santa Clarita area. The scenes involved "simulated warfare sequences with full load automatic gunfire, explosions, squibs, bullet hits, smoke, burning debris," according to a county film permit.
April 9, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Senior JK Torres of West Ranch scored 12 goals on Monday night in a 22-6 lacrosse victory over Simi Valley. Torres is one of the top scorers in California.  
April 7, 2014 | Sandy Banks
I've been feeling out of sorts lately - cranky, anxious, insecure - and not sure what to blame. My youngest daughter thinks Mercury might still be in retrograde. Her sister blames the recent swarm of earthquakes for my angst. And my eldest daughter suggests it's my advancing age; older people have more trouble adapting to daylight savings time, she says. They want me to figure it out soon so I can stop moping around. That's why last week's invitation for spiritual healing at a wolf preserve sounded like something I needed.
March 24, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Steven Seagal has listed his ranch in Northern California for sale at $12 million. Called Lava Lakes Nature Preserve, the 4,400-acre working cattle ranch sits in Shasta Valley with views of Mt. Shasta. The acreage includes seven lakes, meadowland, a 14,000-square-foot log home, a 4,200-square-foot house, a guesthouse, barns and corrals. The main house has high ceilings, 11 bathrooms, 12 bathrooms and off-the-grid capability. The smaller home has five bedrooms and three bathrooms.
March 22, 2014 | By Emily Young
Illustrator Betsy Everitt and water utility executive Christopher Schilling were Americans working in London when he landed a new job in Southern California. With two college-bound children, they began thinking about how they could pare down and simplify. So in 2009 they bought a dark, dilapidated ranch house in Brentwood, hoping to remake it into a streamlined haven of light and space. The couple loved their one-story house's pitched roof and high exposed-beam living-room ceiling and exposed-brick living room wall.
September 13, 1998
Re "Project's Approval by Council Was No Rush to Judgment," Sept. 6. Dear Moorpark City Council and Manager: Effective immediately, please do not make any more development deals like the one you just made with Hidden Creek Ranch on behalf of me and the other taxpayers of our small community. I do not wish to live in a Westlake wannabe. Please do not spend a dime of my tax dollars on underfunded future services without at least giving me the vote to tax myself. I'm paying to live in a small town and that is what I elected you to preserve.
July 21, 2005 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Meanwhile, back at the ranch ... Jeff Kent made a few phone calls and was relieved to learn that his 4,000-acre spread near Austin, Texas, was spared the wrath of Hurricane Emily, which spun on shore Wednesday about 70 miles south of the U.S.-Mexican border. "We'll get some wind and rain," he said. "We can use the rain." Kent's ranch is about 160 miles from Brownsville, where more than 4,000 people are staying in emergency shelters.
March 21, 2014 | By Liesl Bradner
The village of San Simeon, just across Highway 1 from the sprawling 80,000-acre Hearst Ranch and the entrance to Hearst Castle, is an overlooked gem on California's Central Coast. Whether you stop for a wine tasting or spend the day sightseeing, kayaking, windsurfing or hiking, this sleepy hamlet offers plenty to do. The tab: $330, including meals and one night at the Pelican Inn & Suites in nearby Cambria. The bed I snagged a last-minute booking at the Pelican Inn & Suites for $159 (6316 Moonstone Beach Drive; [888]
March 20, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
A state appellate court on Thursday cleared away a legal obstacle standing in the way of plans to build a community of 60,000 residents about 35 miles north of Los Angeles. The court essentially restored a permit issued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife that granted the Newhall Land and Farming Co. permission to alter a wild river. A three-judge panel of the California 2nd District Court of Appeal overturned a Los Angeles County Superior Court ruling that set aside a 5,828-page environmental impact report.
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