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July 28, 2004
Re "Winding Paths for Roadless Lands," July 26: This story and Stewart Udall's "Bush's Dark Pages in Conservation History" (Commentary, July 26) simply illustrate that President Bush and cronies are no more or less than America's version of Saddam Hussein and sons enriching themselves when they ruled Iraq. The implications of the "Winding Paths" article made me both angry and sick to my stomach. Besides negating more and more wild lands -- an irreplaceable resource -- these roads will consequently contribute to more forest fires and the spectacle and hazard of more and more oversized SUVs driven by cellphone-addicted drivers in places no one should ever have to see or fear them.
August 26, 2000 | Associated Press
The congested roads of the Northeast are the safest when it comes to car travel, while the wide-open highways of Western states are among the most dangerous, according to a national report to be released next month. Massachusetts, deemed the safest state for drivers, averaged 0.8 deaths per 100 million miles traveled last year, compared with a national average of 1.5 deaths, the National Safety Council found.
February 9, 1991 | From United Press International
A killer storm blowing out of Siberia sent temperatures plunging below freezing Friday across Europe and blanketed roads with snow, snarling traffic, stranding thousands of travelers and causing at least four deaths. The snow, falling from Yugoslavia to Britain and piling up more than three feet in places, shut schools and airports, caused traffic accidents and warmed the hearts of Austrian ski resort operators.
February 20, 1998 | DEBRA CANO
A stretch of Santiago Boulevard that takes motorists into Anaheim Hills will be closed for nine months while Caltrans works to stabilize a slipping hillside. The $784,000 project calls for excavating the hillside between Nohl Canyon and Nohl Ranch roads to create a secure new slope, said Pam Gorniak, a Caltrans spokeswoman. A retaining wall will be built to buttress the hillside. A deteriorated portion of Santiago will also be realigned and upgraded.
July 8, 2010 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
In 1923, famed British climber George Mallory was asked by a reporter why he wanted to climb the yet-to-be-conquered Mt. Everest. His answer went on to live in the pantheon of exploring quotations: "Because it's there." One could be forgiven for thinking this was Lexus' reasoning in producing its 2010 GX 460 sport utility vehicle. See, the GX is a body-on-frame SUV. That's an old-school way of producing a vehicle; the body of the vehicle is a separate component that is mounted to the chassis, which is the frame, drivetrain and suspension.
April 19, 1997 | LORI HAYCOX
The city will exercise its power of eminent domain to acquire land to widen the intersection at Cerritos Avenue and Los Alamitos Boulevard, the city attorney said. The city wants to construct a right-hand turn lane on westbound Cerritos Avenue so motorists can turn safely onto northbound Los Alamitos Boulevard. To build the turn lane, the city needs 1,300 square feet of land next to the intersection. The land is owned by Unocal Corp.
August 3, 1990 | SHANNON SANDS
A new hope for commuters struggling with traffic congestion on the Costa Mesa Freeway was unveiled by city and county officials Thursday with fanfare and a dash of controversy. For the first time, a 5-mile extension of Jamboree Road was opened to commuters Thursday. The $30-million addition stretches from Irvine Boulevard in Tustin to Santiago Canyon Road in Orange. Within the next year, officials plan to extend the road even farther, through the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.
June 23, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
A 200-foot stretch of road leading into the Angeles National Forest above Altadena was reopened to the public Tuesday by order of a Los Angeles Superior Court judge. The easement over private property links county-maintained El Prieto Road with the El Prieto Fire Road that winds through a portion of the forest. Attorney Paul R. Ayres said Tuesday's decision reopens the easement, which had been closed since July 5, 1999, through the actions of a local homeowners group.
After a one-month delay, Tioga Pass Road through Yosemite National Park's high country will open Friday, park Supt. B. J. Griffin and Caltrans said. It will be the latest opening in the history of the trans-Sierra route, which is barricaded before the start of winter. The opening was delayed by a record late-season snowpack and an avalanche earlier this month that killed a road worker.
December 19, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A sinkhole opened beneath a road in central Florida, swallowing four lanes of pavement and forcing evacuation from 20 homes. Officials had been watching the hole since Monday after noticing collapsed asphalt on a Deltona street. Workers were pumping a cement mixture under the damaged road when the hole formed. The ground opened up, destroying all four lanes. The hole, which grew to 50 feet deep, has not stabilized.
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