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August 31, 1989 | Jack Smith
Things are tough all over. I would have thought that we would find Aspen (Colo.), a tiny ski resort in the Rocky Mountains, blissfully free of the evils that overcrowding and technology have visited on most of our other population centers, large and small. Though its central mall tends toward the overly quaint, Aspen is a very pretty and amiable little town. The air is pure, the sun brilliant. It is thronged by summer visitors, but they are for the most part pleasant and polite.
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March 12, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Families seeking a spring break escape with pool time, hiking, cycling, old school games and s'mores but have no time to plan should look for vacation packages with with built-in fun. Here are five in the West that fit the bill. Deal 1: The Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, Colo., offers a destination amid the Rocky Mountains with lots of kid fun stuff. The Spring Break Getaway package includes free movie tickets to the on-site movie theater, 15% off bowling lane rentals, 15% off some stores, a free fitness class (for one person)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1987
Many, many thanks to you for your stand on allowing the wolves back to Yellowstone. This lovely animal has been much maligned over many years. As part of our national heritage they deserve rightfully to exist in the wilderness. JOAN RICHARDSON Arcadia
NATIONAL
March 3, 2014 | By Michael Muskal and Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON -- Winter squeezed the Eastern United States on Monday, bringing snow and promising days of frigid temperatures in the region where too many unwanted, icy records have already been set.  Snow began falling in the mid-Atlantic region and the federal government took a snow day -- again. Nasty winds were blowing up the Eastern states and officials warned of hazardous driving conditions. “A late-season winter storm will continue to shift eastward through the Tennessee Valley and the mid-Atlantic today, making for hazardous travel conditions,” the National Weather Service warned.
TRAVEL
April 6, 1997 | KARIN DOMINELLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fish for 25-inch rainbow trout in Colorado on a three-day weekend fly-fishing trip Aug. 23 to 25. Participants meet in Denver and are transported to their cabin, which has a view of the Rocky Mountains. Fishing begins on Lunker Lake for rainbow and brook trout. Guests will also fish in a stretch of Colorado River for 15- to 22-inch brown trout and travel through Rocky Mountain National Park to stop at places to fish for cutthroat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2000
Forty-six percent of adult white-tailed ptarmigans in the southern Rocky Mountains suffer from cadmium poisoning, Oregon State University researchers report in today's Nature. The birds eat willows, which concentrate cadmium from the environment, said biologist James R. Larison. Many other animals also eat the willow and may have similar problems, he said. Cadmium is present in soil in the region, but mining makes even more of it biologically available.
NATIONAL
July 12, 2009 | Andrew Malcolm and Nicholas Riccardi
The Democrats have Vice President Joe Biden for gaffe laughs. Now the Republicans in Colorado have a candidate wrestling with an all-too-familiar PR scandal in his scenic home state: not being able to recognize his own state's mountains. It's the sort of gaffe possibly unique to a state with more than a dozen distinct mountain ranges. First it was former Rep. Bob Schaffer, whose initial ad in an unsuccessful U.S.
BUSINESS
May 28, 1993 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chevron Corp., continuing a long-running overhaul aimed at making the company smaller and more efficient, announced plans Thursday to sell two refineries and scores of service stations east of the Rocky Mountains and focus its marketing efforts in the West, Southwest and South. Noting that it anticipates very slow growth in demand for fuel products, Chevron said it wants to sell refineries in Philadelphia and Port Arthur, Tex.
NEWS
November 10, 2002 | Sarah Cooke, Associated Press Writer
The Mile High City nickname comes up a little short these days. The U.S. Geodetic Survey's newest calculations show that some parts of the city, including the state capitol, are 3 feet higher than reputation would have it. But geologists stressed that doesn't mean that Denver needs to change its famous nickname, and the mayor's office said there are no plans to do so.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
It was an unusual job even for the Seabees, the U.S. Navy's construction forces trained to hold a hammer in one hand and a Beretta M9 in the other. First, the team selected to build barracks high in the mountains of Afghanistan consisted of eight women, who are all stationed at Naval Base Ventura County. And second, the women completed the job far ahead of schedule. Beating deadline made up for long days and freezing nights in tents without plumbing, building four 20-by-30-foot structures, said Gafayat Moradeyo, the mission commander.
NATIONAL
February 17, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Two more skiers have been killed by a large avalanche, this one in Colorado, bringing to 15 the number of fatalities nationwide this season. The bodies of Justin Lentz, 32, and Jarrad law, 34, both of Portage, Wis., were recovered Sunday afternoon near Independence Pass, about 80 miles southwest of Denver, the Lake County Sheriff's Office said. Three other skiers were hospitalized for injuries. Lentz's father, Robert, said his son had been skiing since he was 5 or 6 years old. He was an electrician and engaged to be married.
SPORTS
January 22, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Dodger Stadium in mid-January is peaceful after sundown. The distinctive scoreboard is barely visible through the twilight, the air is cool, and the quiet is almost a presence itself. "We've heard coyotes howling late at night," Dan Craig says. A ballpark at rest is a pleasant place to be … except this one isn't slumbering. It has an NHL-size hockey rink set in the infield, a beach volleyball court in left field, a small pond in right field, an in-line/street hockey area, and two performance stages waiting to be completed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison
After an emotional hearing that had residents of southeast Los Angeles County talking about family members who have died of cancer, air quality officials voted unanimously Friday to adopt strict new rules on emissions of arsenic, benzene and other toxic chemicals from lead-acid battery facilities. The rules, which will go into effect next month, apply to Exide Technologies in Vernon and Quemetco in the city of Industry - the only two battery recyclers west of the Rocky Mountains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
Amid an outcry over arsenic emissions from a Vernon battery recycler, the South Coast Air Quality Management District is now raising concerns about emissions from the other battery recycler in Southern California. Officials with the air district earlier this month ordered City of Industry-based Quemetco, one of two battery recyclers west of the Rocky Mountains, to perform a health risk study of its operations after a source test in November showed elevated arsenic emissions. The issue at Quemetco comes amid a fierce public outcry over emissions from Exide Technologies in Vernon.
NATIONAL
November 23, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
A fierce storm blamed for deaths in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas is heading east, promising to bring sleet, snow and freezing rain to much of the country over the next several days and into the Thanksgiving holiday. The storm, which was over Southern California on Saturday, is caused by a   large cyclone that's moving very slowly east and expected to hit the Texas panhandle by Monday afternoon. On the way, however, the storm will collide with an unusually chilly air mass east of the Rocky Mountains that could cause dangerous winter weather in the South and Southwest.
NATIONAL
September 19, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
After a day of “intense and comprehensive” work by detectives, the number of Colorado residents unaccounted for in flood-damaged communities fell sharply, state officials said. The Colorado Office of Emergency Management reports that 201 people  were missing as of late Wednesday night. The number was down from more than 300 the day before, and about 1,200 at its peak. Boulder County, one of 17 counties hit hard by flooding, reported the biggest drop with four people missing, down from 109 Tuesday night.
MAGAZINE
November 26, 2006 | Jim Robbins, Jim Robbins lives in Helena, Mont., and is the author of "Last Refuge: The Environmental Showdown in the American West," among other books.
For a long time, people settled in this country where the natural resources were, or along railroads and highways. That left giant swaths of American outback empty by default, and the Rocky Mountain West, with its mind-numbing distances and extreme environment, was, for a long time, among the emptiest. Thirty years ago, when I moved from upstate New York to Montana, it was still a high-country Brigadoon, hidden away from the real world by its location, climate and deficit of jobs.
NATIONAL
September 18, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
EVANS, Colo. - The panicked escapes that took place in this riverside town last week were worth it: The trailer parks that frame the shoreline of the swollen South Platte now sit smashed and throttled by mud. And not just any mud. When the flood claimed the nearby wastewater treatment plant too, officials and residents worried that the deluged edges of Evans had turned into a toxic open sewer. "In our living room, there's 6 to 8 inches of pure, black mud," said Karen Kesterson, 68. "You just kind of slide around in it. " Colorado's epic rains brought more than just broken timber and broken homes.
NATIONAL
September 10, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
After a two-year courtship, Jordan Linn Graham and Cody L. Johnson wed this summer. They were expected to live happily ever after in the majestic  Montana country  where the Rocky Mountains kiss the sky. They didn't. After eight days of marriage, Graham, 22, had growing doubt, then quarreled with Johnson, 25, she said. During an argument while hiking, she pushed him off a cliff in the rugged Glacier National Park, according to court documents filed in federal court in Missoula.
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