June 24, 2013 |
"Star Wars" mastermind George Lucas turned Skywalker Ranch in Marin County into a bit of a love fest Saturday evening when he married Mellody Hobson in a ceremony officiated by journalist Bill Moyers. Hobson, 44, was given away by former New Jersey senator and longtime friend Bill Bradley, according to the Huffington Post, which saw its founder, Arianna Huffington, among the guests. Huffington told the Post that Moyers' words were quite moving, while Ron Howard tweeted that it was "nothing short of profound.
June 14, 2013 |
We've all been to catered events where the main finger food is a big bowl of chilled broccoli and cauliflower florets meant to dip in a bowl of ranch dressing or cheesy dip. It's not all that wine-friendly, really. That dressing can kill the wine, not to mention the vegetal taste of the raw broccoli especially. If you love good olive oil, pinzimonio is the way to go. It's an Italian antipasti of raw vegetables to dip in peppery extra-virgin olive oil, preferably Tuscan. Sometimes, it's just raw carrots and celery stuck in a jar. More often, it's those gorgeous baby purple artichokes so tender they can be eaten raw. And when you get lucky, it can be a beautifully assembled platter of all sorts of vegetables.
June 11, 2013 |
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.
May 20, 2013 |
The massive tornado that tore through populated, urban areas in Oklahoma on Monday mostly skirted the state's livestock-rich areas, sparing many cattle auction sites, feedlots, ranches and farms. Still, some animals were lost in the storm. “As big and as long as it was, I'm certain that there will be some ranches affected,” said Jim Reese, the Oklahoma secretary of agriculture, adding the state was establishing shelters for pets and large animals. PHOTOS: Tornadoes hit Oklahoma Reese said the Oklahoma City area is home to smaller ranches that were hit, as well as the Orr Family Farm with 150 horses.The tornado, which struck the Oklahoma City area around 3 p.m., stayed on the ground for 40 minutes , leveling businesses, reducing houses to splinters and destroying two elementary schools.
May 4, 2013 |
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.
May 1, 2013
Re "Ranchers drawing a line in the coal," April 27 With ranchers in southern Montana possibly having their land divided by rail lines to deliver coal to Asia - disrupting their cattle operations and polluting their water - it does seem that the 1% may win again. Mining and shipping coal to Asia to make cheap products to sell back to U.S. residents seems problematic, with all that carbon dioxide spewing from unregulated plants that seek only bigger profits. Traditions and property that go back more than 100 years for ranching families may literally be thrown under the wheels.
April 16, 2013 |
Animal Planet needs to get its cameras trained on the Burrill brothers, Casey and Brady , at Valencia West Ranch High. They are quickly becoming adept at capturing and eradicating rattlesnakes. Call them "Rattlesnakebusters. " Since August, 11 rattlesnakes have been found on or near the West Ranch baseball diamond and sent to rattlesnake heaven. The diamond is located near a hill that's probably a nice home to lots of rattlesnakes. Coach Casey Burrill and his brother, Brady, the top assistant, have been the primary trackers of rattlesnake intruders.
April 10, 2013 |
In a rare case, a Los Angeles jury awarded $3.8 million in compensatory damages to a Porter Ranch doctor who contended insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross retaliated against him for being a strong patient advocate. The jury ruled late Monday in favor of Jeffrey Nordella, 58, an urgent-care and family-practice doctor who alleged that Anthem barred him from its network in 2010, when he applied to be a preferred provider. The damages could climb higher Friday, when the 12-person panel reconvenes and considers punitive damages against Anthem, a unit of insurance giant WellPoint Inc. The jury found that Anthem, the state's largest for-profit health insurer, violated Nordella's right to "fair procedure," and the company did so with "malice, oppression or fraud.
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March 25, 2013 |
A 19-year-old man convicted of raping and assaulting a woman during a burglary at her Stevenson Ranch home was sentenced Monday to 43 years to life in state prison. Jerry Moon was sentenced in San Fernando by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Lloyd Nash as part of a plea deal agreed upon in December, said Deputy Dist. Atty Julie Kramer. The woman was assaulted after Moon, who lived in Stevenson Ranch, broke into her home on Jan. 8, 2012. Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives arrested Moon about a month afterward and he has remained in custody.
March 7, 2013 |
Taco Bell officially launched its hotly anticipated Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos on Thursday, the day after fans revolted over expectations that the item would be available Wednesday. The new offering was preceded to the menu by the Nacho Cheese taco, which has sold more than 350 million units and is considered by the Irvine company to be its most successful product launch in its 51-year history. The run-up to the Cool Ranch debut was accompanied by a massive social media push and special events, including password-only previews for fans in New York, Dallas and Los Angeles.