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July 22, 2000 | Reuters
Rivers in central Sweden swollen by weeks of heavy rain in the mountains washed away summer houses, roads and railway embankments Friday. Most trains to and from northern Sweden were canceled. Replacement buses were delayed because roads were blocked by debris being carried by the torrents south to the Baltic Sea. The army was on alert, and upstream power stations had to release huge volumes of water to prevent dams from overflowing. The rivers Voxnan, Ljusnan and Ljungan and their tributaries also were at dangerous levels.
July 3, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Bureau of Land Management on Friday formally approved 1,500 miles of roads in the northern and eastern Mojave Desert, opening more than 90% of the region's trails to off-road use. The decision affects 1.3 million acres of the 3.3 million acres the agency manages in San Bernardino and Riverside counties and substantially increases the amount of public land open to motorized recreation in the California desert.
April 18, 1985 | ROXANA KOPETMAN
The owner of a strawberry farm in Anaheim has agreed to give up part of his land to make way for roads the city needs for a $200-million development. The developers had asked Hiroshi Fujishige to sell them about eight acres of his land on 1854 S. Harbor Blvd. so they could comply with a city demand that roads be built for the proposed development on land adjacent to the farm.
April 18, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Eighty-seven House members are warning Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton that her agency's plan to transfer ownership of roads across the West to counties or states violates the law, and they are urging her to delay any transfers.
February 23, 2002
Proposition 42 ("No on 42," editorial, Feb. 18) does not go far enough. There are more of us driving more vehicles more miles. As vehicles become more fuel efficient, we burn less gas and pay fewer gas taxes. Demand for road space is up, but the means of providing supply is dwindling. Growth in the zero-emission-vehicle fleet compounds the problem. A crisis is brewing that legislators are reluctant to face. Gas taxes should go for roads. Even transit investments are a mistake, unless decision makers get serious about spending wisely.
December 27, 1988 | DEAN MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Jim Nelson veered onto a scruffy dirt road near the top of Laurel Canyon, his Jeep spitting dust as it dug into the dry ground. It was a clear autumn afternoon, and in the distance the city sparkled like the backdrop of a Hollywood set. But Nelson, the bearded leader of several hundred hillside dwellers, was not taken by the view. His eyes were fixed on the road--what there was of it--and nearby stacks of lumber and some freshly poured concrete. "Can you believe they are allowing this?"
December 10, 1998 | From Associated Press
The state Senate's leader on Wednesday proposed $16 billion in state bonds spread over several years and a majority vote threshold for local transportation taxes to fix California's "screwed-up traffic." President Pro Tem John Burton (D-San Francisco) also said he would offer his own dual primary election plan to avoid the use of party caucuses or state conventions to pick presidential convention delegates.
In two far-reaching actions, the Bush administration has thrown open the fate of the national forests, reigniting the battle over 58.5 million acres of backwoods and whether they will remain roadless or be available to logging companies, snowmobilers and energy and mineral extractors. At stake is as much as one-third of the nation's federally owned forests. Large swaths of the land are in the West, with the biggest chunks in Idaho and Montana. On Friday, Agriculture Secretary Ann M.
July 3, 1991
The Lancaster City Council has approved plans to build a controversial road that will improve access to an elementary school but will cut through a swath of desert woodland. Monday's 3-2 vote was a victory for parents who have pressed the city for a road leading directly to the Nancy Cory School, which opened two years ago. The parents complained that it was unsafe for their children to reach the school from the south or the east, where no streets exist.
Opponents of a planned street project say they feel vindicated by a consultant's report backing their belief that the road would be dangerous, but they still plan to press their case this week at City Hall. Residents near the planned extension of Borchard Road in Newbury Park have complained the road into the Dos Vientos housing project would be too steep--up to a 12% grade, which would be steeper than the Conejo Grade and far above the city standard of 5%.
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