March 21, 1993 |
This," breathed the man in the sweater standing next to me, "may be the most beautiful place on Earth." From anyone else, it would have been a stock, cliched response to the splendor before us: a mountain range bursting from a vast golden meadow, its rhyolite faces soaked crimson in brilliant afternoon sunlight. But this was John C. Sawhill speaking, the president of the Nature Conservancy, proprietor of the largest private system of nature reserves in the world. And this was the biggest, most costly of the 1,300 choice pieces of the planet owned by his organization, the wealthiest environmental group of all. Three years earlier, Nature Conservancy had invested $18 million, more than a tenth of its entire operating capital, right here: the mammoth Gray Ranch in southwestern New Mexico, on the U.S.-Mexico border.
April 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — Police and federal agents pulled the car over in a suburb north of Denver. An FBI agent showed his badge. The driver appeared not startled at all. "My friend," he said, "I have been waiting for you. " And with that, Jesus Audel Miramontes-Varela stepped out of his white 2002 BMW X5 and into the arms of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Over the next several days at his ranch in Colorado and an FBI safe house in Albuquerque, the Mexican cartel chieftain — who had reputedly fed one of his victims to lions in Mexico — was transformed into one of the FBI's top informants on the Southwest border.
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May 19, 1996 |
They put him on a horse when he was 2, expecting he would accept his role in affluent St. Louis society. Instead, Drum Hadley rode southwest, notching his own place in a seamless border landscape. Through his family-owned Animas Foundation, Hadley--poet, rancher, environmentalist--oversees the 500-square-mile Gray Ranch, covering more territory than the city of Los Angeles. The Nature Conservancy has designated the ranch one of the world's "last great places."
February 28, 1999 |
First, who he is: the highest-paid Spanish-language singer on Earth. Where he lives: among a dozen mansions and ranches across the Americas--but mostly on a rose-filled estate in Malibu. Age: middle. Style of music: gigantic ballads. Years performing: 28. Number of records sold: 35 million. Now, who he is not: Julio Iglesias, the Latin pop singer best known to English-language fans.
January 21, 1993 |
A solid majority of Americans favor U.S. military intervention to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq, and many are also willing to support some uses of armed force in Bosnia-Herzegovina and other conflicts around the world, the Los Angeles Times Poll has found. The results appear to give President Clinton a relatively free hand to use U.S. air and naval power in those situations and seem to refute the view that Americans have turned deeply isolationist.
July 17, 1989 |
The first time Robert O. Anderson started an oil company, things were simpler. In 1942, all he needed was $150,000 in capital, a couple of partners and $1,400 in drilling rig equipment. He packed up his belongings and his new wife and daughter and drove half a continent from his native Chicago to settle in the arid desert of New Mexico. It worked out pretty well. After 25 years as an independent oilman and wildcatter, Anderson helped create and run Atlantic Richfield Co.