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August 25, 2005 | Tim Reiterman and E. Scott Reckard, Times Staff Writers
A judge in Houston has ordered the federal government to pay $72 million to a company controlled by financier Charles Hurwitz, after concluding that federal banking officials had filed baseless legal actions against Hurwitz at the behest of California environmentalists. Likening the government's conduct to that of a "cosa nostra," U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes said Tuesday that regulators had a hidden political agenda when they sued Hurwitz and Maxxam Inc.
July 6, 2005 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
Jason Wilson was just 21 when a Lakota elder gave him a spirit name. Wilson, she said, was destined to carry a heavy weight. He would need the medicine of the name she offered, she told him, "to carry that weight in a good way, a strong way and as far as it needs to be carried." Three years later, on a September day in 1998, the bearded redhead from Missouri lay in a fetal curl on the floor of a Humboldt County forest, rocking and sobbing in the duff.
June 28, 2005 | Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
The iron gate was pulled tight across the front of the legendary Redwood 2nd Street Saloon on Monday at lunchtime, but about a dozen regulars slipped in through the side door anyway. They parked themselves in the torn leather chairs that line the long parquet bar and took a last look at the crushed-velvet banquettes that for more than six decades had equally embraced politicians, gangsters, police officers, judges, government workers and journalists who toiled in the downtown L.A.
February 26, 2005
Re "A Titan of Logging Threatens to Topple," Feb. 21: The current distress of Pacific Lumber Co. has nothing whatsoever to do with "environmental regulations," reasonable or otherwise. The family-owned and -operated company that logged on a sustainable basis, and that practiced reasonable forestry, is no more. The company went public and was bought by an irresponsible individual who began "tree-mining" of old-growth redwoods, at an unsustainable rate, to enrich himself and pay the interest on the junk bonds used for the purchase.
January 25, 2005 | Mark Hertsgaard, Special to The Times
"THE Secret Wars of Judi Bari" could be assigned in journalism schools to teach how not to do investigative reporting. Which is a shame, because there is a valuable, intriguing story to be told here, one full of personal neuroses, political idealism, corporate greed and police treachery.
December 2, 2004
Re "A Majesty for All Seasons" [Nov. 25]: Thanks for what was for me (a former SoCal tree-aholic now living on the treeless plains of Montana) a nostalgic look back. When we first arrived in Southern California from Maryland, I made the mistake of trying to re-create an East Coast landscape, using deciduous trees, but finally came to my senses for subsequent homes. A neighbor put up a "hedge" of fast-growing Leyland cypress close to our mutual property line. It was a glorious privacy wall until it had to be taken out due to its inappropriate size.
November 7, 2004 | Patricia Connell, Times Staff Writer
Santa Cruz It's been more than 20 years since I moved to L.A. from New York City, but certain things about wild California never lose their exoticism. Joshua trees. Hummingbirds. Migrating whales. Redwoods. And then there are monarch butterflies. Starting every October, thousands of monarchs from the northwestern U.S. and Canada make an epic journey down the California coast to spend the winter, their numbers peaking in November and December.
May 5, 2004 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
To the dismay of North Coast environmentalists and California lawmakers, a timber firm is attempting to alter key provisions of an agreement that was the cornerstone of a historic deal protecting the Headwaters Forest in Humboldt County. Pacific Lumber wants to revise the conservation plan in part so it can push logging closer to several of the rivers and tributaries that cut through its 217,000 acres.
April 5, 2004 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Few bank giveaway programs pay the kind of dividend that hikers in Brea's Carbon Canyon Regional Park get from one held decades ago. At the end of a dusty, 1.12-mile nature trail beckons the welcome shade of Southern California's largest grove of coastal redwoods (sequoia sempervirens).
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