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May 5, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
CALIENTE, Calif. - A new land ethic is taking root on 31,900 acres north of Los Angeles managed by an alliance of environmentalists and cattlemen who want to preserve ranching as a way of life while also protecting mountain lions, black bears, golden eagles and other wildlife. The area encompasses three adjacent ranches extending 15 miles from California 58 in southern Kern County to the southern end of the Sierra Nevada. It is framed by forested hills and watered by streams roiling through overlapping ecological zones - the Mojave Desert, the Sierra Nevada range and the Central Valley - making it among the most biologically diverse regions in North America.
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.
January 25, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
On a cold, wet afternoon two cowboys trudge across a muddy street in a western town carrying saddles on their backs as a loudspeaker blasts Jim Croce's hit song "I Got a Name. " The scene was being played out at the historic Melody Ranch in Santa Clarita, where director Quentin Tarantino was filming his upcoming western "Django Unchained," starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx. "It's a blast shooting here," Tarantino said during a break from shooting. "Most other western towns look like dollhouses.
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.
May 31, 1992 | Associated Press
An Arizona-based resort operator bought the Southfork Ranch of television's "Dallas" fame for $2.6 million at auction Saturday. The bid covered the 5,931-square-foot ranch house, a 63,000-square-foot convention center and 41 acres of land.
Singing cowboy legend Gene Autry on Friday sold the last 10 acres of his Melody Ranch movie set in Santa Clarita--scene of countless shoot-outs in which bad guys lost to Western stars such as John Wayne, Randolph Scott, Roy Rogers and Gary Cooper. The film production company that bought the property has promised to restore and preserve it. Realtor Steve Weston, who handled the sale, said the ranch sold for $975,000.
February 13, 1991 | DARYL KELLEY
A federal judge denied Tuesday a government request to seize about $5 million in property from a Somis flower rancher charged with enslaving at least 60 Mexican laborers at his 50-acre compound during the 1980s. U. S. District Judge Robert Takasugi ruled that federal prosecutors had not shown a likelihood that a jury would convict Edwin M. Ives of racketeering, one of 46 counts in a federal indictment against the rancher. Property confiscation is allowed only under racketeering law.
Militant vegetarians and animal-rights activists are being blamed by the FBI for a growing problem with sabotage and vandalism on Western ranches, apparently aimed at undermining the region's beef and wool-growing industries. Richard Whitaker of the FBI office in Las Vegas warned the annual Nevada Cattlemen's Assn.
June 17, 1988 | AMY STEVENS, Times Staff Writer
It's probably the only ranch in Los Angeles that's half a block from an automated teller machine. Behind the cow shed and the fruit pickers' trailers, where Crescenciano Lopez once harvested giant pumpkins, rises the new five-story headquarters of a multinational corporation. Farther down the street, a business park shadows land that used to be his cornfields.
February 22, 2004 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
In the 1920s and '30s, the cowboy was the classic American hero. On radio and in the movies, he rode dashing horses, sang simple Western songs and always managed to lasso a happy ending. Americans eager to emulate the clean-living hero flocked to a new kind of place for grown-up recreation, the dude ranch. But that way of living was closed to African Americans, who encountered segregation even on vacation. Murray's Dude Ranch changed that.
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.
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]
July 12, 1995 | JEANNETTE DeSANTIS
Jolene's Horse Rescue, a charity organization that saves horses from neglect, cruelty and slaughter, is itself in need of rescuing. After four years of taking in discarded horses at her rented Chatsworth ranch, Sandra Jolene Venables now faces homelessness, as do the 20 horses she is caring for, because the property is in foreclosure. The property, damaged by last year's earthquake and the recent rains, will be auctioned off Thursday, and with that Venables will have only days to relocate.
April 1, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A retired businessman wants to donate his 200-acre ranch to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, but only if the school can raise $10 million for an endowment to run the farm. Owner Walter Thomson has pledged $5 million to ensure the facility's livelihood. The university has until May 1 to raise the remaining $10 million.
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.
March 12, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Ron Popeil, the inventor and pitchman without parallel who founded the company Ronco, has listed his Rancho Quinta Ladera for sale in the Santa Barbara area at $4.995 million. The 150-acre manzanita- and oak-studded property includes riding trails, natural springs and 360-degree views. An 1898 adobe house, a guest house, a swimming pool, a pool house, outbuildings, a six-stall barn, a riding arena, riding pens and a 700-tree olive grove are among the amenities. There are five bedrooms and three bathrooms.
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