CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2012 |
House Republicans are backing legislation in Congress to give the Department of Homeland Security control of more than 50 national parks and forests within 100 miles of the U.S. borders. The legislation involves a sweep of land along the frontier with Canada and Mexico, but exempts state land, private property and federal holdings used for mining, livestock grazing and timber harvesting. The new authority would carve through 54 national parks, including Joshua Tree, Saguaro, Acadia and Glacier.
April 13, 2012 |
Trying to keep up with the party scene at Coachella is like trying to keep track of Snoop Dogg's Twitter feed. He's got 7 million followers and more than 9,000 tweets and you've got, like, 10 million parties to go to in the next two weekends. You'll be hopping from pool to pool in your finest gold lame swimsuit from the moment you arrive in the heat of Indio on Friday until the Doggfather and Dr. Dre close down the main stage at the end of the festival on Sunday night 10 days later.
April 10, 2012 |
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival takes place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. Th e Black Keys , Radiohead, the Shins, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg and a ton of other bands are featured at this year's outdoors concerts starting this weekend. The Saguaro hotel in nearby Palm Springs puts you close to the action and has a $199 room rate that comes with exclusive pool-side music parties in a kind of mini-Coachella celebration. The deal: The Saguaro , a relative newcomer to the Joie de Vivre chain of hotels, will host Desert Weekender parties 1-6 p.m. featuring DJs such as KCRW's Jason Bentley of "Morning Becomes Eclectic," live performances by Nosaj Thing, Tokimonsta and other bands, plus free food goodies too. The rate requires a two-night minimum stay during the weekends of the Coachella fest.
November 29, 2011 |
The newest thing in the desert might be the Saguaro, a hotel brand based on -- what else? -- the colors and casual style of the Southwest. One opened this month in Scottsdale, Ariz., and a second is to open in Palm Springs in February as a redo of the former Holiday Inn at Sunrise Way and East Palm Canyon Drive. The concept was developed by Sydell Group, and boutique hotel operator Joie de Vivre has been tapped to manage the new brand. For the record, 10:45 a.m. Dec. 1: An earlier version of this post said Sydell Group was the creative force behind Ace hotels in Palm Springs and New York.
January 11, 2011 |
The house on Soledad Avenue is comfortably in sync with the Sonoran desert, landscaped with cholla, nopal and saguaro cactus and mesquite. But since Saturday, the family home of Arizona shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner has been swarmed by investigators and news media. Loughner's parents, Randy and Amy Loughner, have kept out of the public eye since their son was apprehended at the scene and even skipped their son's first court appearance on Monday. In their first public comments, the Loughner family released a one-paragraph statement Tuesday distributed by aides to their son's public defender, Judy Clarke.
December 25, 2009 |
Steve Bowdoin can't hide presents under the teddy-bear cholla cactuses, at least not without getting pricked. He can't hang bulbs on the golden barrels or top the agave plants with stars. The 32-foot-tall saguaro cactus nicknamed "Grandpa" is magnificent, but it can't anchor a family room on Christmas morning. That's OK. Unlike the pines and Douglas firs bedecking most casinos and malls here -- including a 109-foot wonder that's among the nation's tallest -- Bowdoin's holiday display actually embraces the arid Mojave: three acres with 300 species of desert plants wrapped in half a million twinkling lights.