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April 11, 2013 | Louis Sahagun
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Wednesday recommended designation of the San Gabriel River watershed and most of the San Gabriel Mountains as a national recreation area, making the popular playground eligible for additional law enforcement, interpretive signs, hiking trails, trash collection and other services. Salazar's long-awaited recommendation to Congress seeks to balance a crush of tourists with conservation. The designation would transform the 655,000-acre range, portions of the San Gabriel River and Rio Hondo corridors and Puente-Chino Hills into a unit of the National Park system co-managed by the National Park Service, federal officials said.
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February 14, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Irwindale police continue to investigate the case of a decapitated corpse that was discovered Thursday in the San Gabriel riverbed. The body, described as that of an adult male, was found in some brush around 5:30 p.m. by a man scavenging for recyclables, not far from Foothill Boulevard and Irwindale Avenue, police said. The head was found 20 feet from the rest of the body. "We don't know how that occurred," Irwindale police Sgt. George Zendejas said. He said coroner's officials will determine the man's identity and the cause of death.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | By Robert J Lopez
Human remains were discovered Tuesday along a bank of the San Gabriel River in the Pico Rivera area. The grisly find was made by Los Angeles County flood-control workers conducting a survey along a water causeway, authorities said.  Homicide investigators were dispatched to the area after the remains were found Tuesday about 8:30 a.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.  Department officials said the remains...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2013 | By Gale Holland
Benny Perea, a veteran of two wars, found himself at age 78 sleeping on a mattress behind a liquor store and hanging out in homeless encampments along the San Gabriel River. He once owned a home in Baldwin Park and worked as a plumber for the Chevron refinery. But he struggled with addiction and saw his marriage fail. "It's going to happen to everybody all over the world, when you wake up one day and you have nobody but yourself," Perea said. Despite entreaties from advocates for the homeless, Perea had resisted moving to an apartment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1995
About 4,200 gallons of oil from a ruptured Unocal pipeline seeped into the San Gabriel River, coating at least 50 birds, officials said. Workers from the state Department of Fish and Game and Unocal have spread more than 2,000 feet of containment booms along the river to catch the oil. About 36,000 gallons gushed from a 10-inch pipeline after it was clipped Monday afternoon during construction of a Norwalk Metrolink station, south of Imperial Highway near Bloomfield Avenue.
NEWS
September 5, 1985
The state Department of Fish and Game has granted the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works permission to clear portions of a two-mile stretch of the San Gabriel River south from Valley Boulevard in the City of Industry to Thienes Avenue in South El Monte. Plants, fish and other wildlife have returned to that portion of the river in recent years.
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December 26, 1985 | VICTOR M. VALLE, Times Staff Writer
The state Department of Fish and Game has lost its first bid to change more than 80 years of management practices by other agencies that it says have nearly dried up a four-mile portion of the San Gabriel River.
NEWS
March 27, 1988 | ASHLEY DUNN, Times Staff Writer
Reaching into the chilly waters of the West Fork of the San Gabriel River, Jim Edmondson turned over a slippery rock and gazed at the crawling collection of bugs underneath. Half-inch caddis flies squirmed for cover and dropped into the water; smaller mayflies crawled away from Edmondson's fingers as he probed the underside of the stone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2012 | Louis Sahagun
Thousands of picnickers and gold prospectors park every weekend along a two-lane road overlooking the East Fork of the San Gabriel River, then trundle down to the mountain creek with ice chests, boomboxes, shovels, sluice boxes and baby carriers strung with diapers. They litter, light campfires, defecate in the wild, dig for gold and engage in many other banned activities along the river. U.S. Forest Service rangers try in vain to curtail the abuses but are hopelessly outnumbered.
NEWS
November 20, 1986 | LILY ENG, Times Staff Writer
The 35 fishermen scattered along the banks of the West Fork of the San Gabriel River last Saturday found the chilly, rainy weather perfect for their sport. But they had traveled to the small stream to cast rocks, not fishing lines. The fishermen spent the morning breaking up man-made stone dams built by visitors to create pools in which they could swim.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
A violent crash in Pico Rivera that killed three people, including two children, Thursday night appears to have been caused by a speeding driver who crossed into oncoming traffic, authorities said. A preliminary investigation shows that the northbound Honda Civic was going too fast around a curve in the 3500 block of San Gabriel River Parkway and veered into the southbound lanes, where it slammed head-on into a Nissan Sentra, said Lt. Arthur Scott of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2013 | Louis Sahagun
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Wednesday recommended designation of the San Gabriel River watershed and most of the San Gabriel Mountains as a national recreation area, making the popular playground eligible for additional law enforcement, interpretive signs, hiking trails, trash collection and other services. Salazar's long-awaited recommendation to Congress seeks to balance a crush of tourists with conservation. The designation would transform the 655,000-acre range, portions of the San Gabriel River and Rio Hondo corridors and Puente-Chino Hills into a unit of the National Park system co-managed by the National Park Service, federal officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | By Robert J Lopez
Human remains were discovered Tuesday along a bank of the San Gabriel River in the Pico Rivera area. The grisly find was made by Los Angeles County flood-control workers conducting a survey along a water causeway, authorities said.  Homicide investigators were dispatched to the area after the remains were found Tuesday about 8:30 a.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.  Department officials said the remains...
OPINION
October 6, 2012
Re "An alpine creek that reeks," Sept. 30 My parents were born in the San Gabriel Valley, my father in 1928 and my mother in 1932. My grandfather helped to build the road through the San Gabriel Canyon during the Depression; his family lived in camps along the road as it was built. Needless to say, this was my father's playground as a child; as an adult, he introduced us to the beauty and wonders of the San Gabriel Mountains. We spent many wonderful weekends camping at Crystal Lake, cooking Sunday breakfast over a campfire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2012 | Louis Sahagun
Thousands of picnickers and gold prospectors park every weekend along a two-lane road overlooking the East Fork of the San Gabriel River, then trundle down to the mountain creek with ice chests, boomboxes, shovels, sluice boxes and baby carriers strung with diapers. They litter, light campfires, defecate in the wild, dig for gold and engage in many other banned activities along the river. U.S. Forest Service rangers try in vain to curtail the abuses but are hopelessly outnumbered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2012 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
A long-running dispute over whether Los Angeles County should be forced to clean up the polluted runoff that is swept into the ocean by two urban rivers will be heard by theU.S. Supreme Court. The high court justices agreed Monday to hear the county's appeal of a lower court decision that sided with environmental groups. A federal appeals court panel ruled last year that the county and its flood control district are responsible for tainted runoff released into the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers, in violation of the Clean Water Act. The Natural Resources Defense Council and Santa Monica Baykeeper sued the county in 2008 in an effort to get the agency to treat or divert tainted water before it reaches the beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2001 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Coastal Commission on Tuesday approved plans to replace a deteriorating 1930s-era bridge over the San Gabriel River that links Seal Beach and Long Beach. The new span will be built with half the number of existing traffic lanes to make room for a bike path and a landscaped median, and have airier handrails to allow for better views. The commission unanimously approved the $5.7-million project in a 15-minute public hearing in Redondo Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2011 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
The sister of a hiker who died after he went missing in the east fork of the San Gabriel River is faulting the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for not doing enough to find him. Joe Le, 20, of Anaheim was hiking with a friend across the river at a rope crossing Friday afternoon when rushing water knocked him off his feet and carried him downstream. A volunteer found his body two days later, less than a mile from the crossing. Victoria Le, 27, said in an interview Wednesday that she believes her brother could have been saved if sheriff's officials had put more effort into the search-and-rescue operation immediately after the accident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2011 | Jack Leonard
A body believed to be that of a hiker who went missing in the icy waters of the east fork of the San Gabriel River was found Sunday as scores of friends, relatives and other volunteers searched the area, authorities said. Joe Le, 20, was crossing the river at a rope crossing with a friend on Friday afternoon when rushing water knocked him off his feet, carrying him downstream, L.A. County Sheriff's Department officials said. Deputy Benjamin Grubb said that the body of a male adult was discovered about 3:20 p.m. near the Coyote Flats area of the Angeles National Forest, a popular destination for hikers, gold prospectors and other visitors.
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