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October 25, 1998 | JEFF WILSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
It's as though the Gipper never left. Near the front door of the main house at Rancho del Cielo is Ronald Reagan's sweat-stained ball cap. A luffa sponge, glycerin soap and Head & Shoulders shampoo are still in the shower he and Nancy shared. But three years have passed since the nation's 40th president visited his beloved mountaintop hideaway--known to a generation of Americans as the Western White House.
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June 8, 2004 | Steven Barrie-Anthony, Times Staff Writer
"George Washington had Mount Vernon. Thomas Jefferson had Monticello. JFK had Hyannis Port. And Ronald Reagan," says Reagan biographer Paul Kengor, "had Rancho del Cielo." Reagan called the sprawling, 688-acre ranch just outside of Santa Barbara his "open cathedral." "The ranch is more part of him than any other California home," says Kengor, author of "God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life" (Regan Books; 2004). "It was the most meaningful place in his life."
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September 16, 1996 | GEORGE SKELTON
Unable to resist, I turned off U.S. 101 at Refugio Beach 23 miles north of Santa Barbara and headed up the canyon. One more time on the narrow, winding road under oaks and elms, past lemon and avocado groves, over six creek beds and two cattle guards, up seven steep miles to the iron gate painted camouflage green. Last ranch below the 2,250-foot summit. Unlock the chain and drive onto "Pennsylvania Avenue," as the owner years ago dubbed his private road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1998 | JEFF WILSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
It's as though the Gipper never left. Near the front door of the main house at Rancho del Cielo is Ronald Reagan's sweat-stained ball cap. A luffa sponge, glycerin soap and Head & Shoulders shampoo are still in the shower he and Nancy shared. But three years have passed since the nation's 40th president visited his beloved mountaintop hideaway--known to a generation of Americans as the Western White House.
NEWS
March 8, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
An Army private was sentenced Monday to 60 days in prison for lying to investigators about a flight he took over President Reagan's Santa Barbara ranch. U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real also ordered Ralph Myers, 33, to perform 1,000 hours of charitable work in connection with the August, 1987, flight, which brought Myers' private plane within about 1,000 feet of Reagan's helicopter. "There's a lot to be said about the process.
NEWS
September 2, 1988 | WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writer
President Reagan, who has visited his nearby ranch numerous times during nearly eight years in the White House, has had only a negligible impact on this idyllic beach resort. It reflects Reagan's deep desire for solitude and the more mundane fact that his vacation home is about 30 miles away on a narrow, steep and dangerous canyon road from the center of the city. "When you get out there, the world is gone," he once told an interviewer for the local newspaper. Reagan prizes his privacy.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2004 | Steven Barrie-Anthony, Times Staff Writer
"George Washington had Mount Vernon. Thomas Jefferson had Monticello. JFK had Hyannis Port. And Ronald Reagan," says Reagan biographer Paul Kengor, "had Rancho del Cielo." Reagan called the sprawling, 688-acre ranch just outside of Santa Barbara his "open cathedral." "The ranch is more part of him than any other California home," says Kengor, author of "God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life" (Regan Books; 2004). "It was the most meaningful place in his life."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1986
The government of Honduras is telling the contras to leave their country. Perhaps it would be appropriate for their sponsor and Commander in Chief to invite them to his "Rancho del Cielo" in Santa Barbara to spend the winter and stay there until he decides where their next assignment will be. I am sure the so-called Freedom Fighters would appreciate that. ALBERT CALIFANO Los Angeles
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June 25, 1986 | Associated Press
After lobbying down to the wire for his $100-million package of aid to Nicaraguan rebels, President Reagan left the White House this afternoon and flew west for a Senate campaign appearance in Las Vegas and a delayed vacation at his mountaintop ranch. The House was debating the aid package as Reagan left and was headed for a final, close vote late this afternoon.
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January 23, 1989
Two people aboard a helicopter were killed when the aircraft clipped power lines and crashed in flames in a remote brushy area of Santa Barbara County, authorities said. The victims were identified as Francis William Murphy, 37, of Goleta, and William Donald Warren, 27, of Santa Barbara. The Robinson R-22 Alpha craft was owned by Enchanted Kingdom Helicopters and based at Santa Barbara Aviation. Murphy and Warren had taken the helicopter up for a 30-minute ride, officials said.
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September 16, 1996 | GEORGE SKELTON
Unable to resist, I turned off U.S. 101 at Refugio Beach 23 miles north of Santa Barbara and headed up the canyon. One more time on the narrow, winding road under oaks and elms, past lemon and avocado groves, over six creek beds and two cattle guards, up seven steep miles to the iron gate painted camouflage green. Last ranch below the 2,250-foot summit. Unlock the chain and drive onto "Pennsylvania Avenue," as the owner years ago dubbed his private road.
NEWS
September 2, 1988 | WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writer
President Reagan, who has visited his nearby ranch numerous times during nearly eight years in the White House, has had only a negligible impact on this idyllic beach resort. It reflects Reagan's deep desire for solitude and the more mundane fact that his vacation home is about 30 miles away on a narrow, steep and dangerous canyon road from the center of the city. "When you get out there, the world is gone," he once told an interviewer for the local newspaper. Reagan prizes his privacy.
NEWS
March 8, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
An Army private was sentenced Monday to 60 days in prison for lying to investigators about a flight he took over President Reagan's Santa Barbara ranch. U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real also ordered Ralph Myers, 33, to perform 1,000 hours of charitable work in connection with the August, 1987, flight, which brought Myers' private plane within about 1,000 feet of Reagan's helicopter. "There's a lot to be said about the process.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1996 | SCOTT HADLY
Instead of flowers, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is offering free admission to mothers and grandmothers Sunday for Mother's Day. Among the special exhibits are gifts given to the Reagans by former heads of state and an art exhibit titled "Ronald Reagan's American West," which features a collection of personal belongings from the Reagans' Santa Barbara ranch--Rancho del Cielo.
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August 21, 1988
American Indians gathered at Refugio Beach State Park near Santa Barbara for a "spiritual walk" to the gate of President Reagan's ranch after learning that he will meet with Indian leaders, probably in September. About 100 people assembled at the beach under sponsorship of the American Indian Action Group, and about 20 signed up for the 7-mile walk to the gate of the President's Rancho del Cielo. Michael Zarate, a leader of the organization, said the walk "is not a protest march."
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