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September 19, 2010
SAN MIGUEL ISLAND, CALIF. San Miguel Island day trip When, where: Sept. 25, departs from Island Packers, Ventura Harbor Highlights: The Catalina Island Conservancy and Island Packers provide the chance to explore San Miguel, the westernmost Channel Island. The day includes hiking, a visit to an 11,600-year-old Chumash site and a stop at Point Bennett, home to one of the world's densest concentrations of wildlife, including more than 30,000 seals and sea lions.
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September 16, 2012 | By Hector Tobar
San Miguel A Novel T.C. Boyle Viking: 367 pp., $27.95 T.C. Boyle's new novel, "San Miguel," is written to the natural rhythms of a distant, isolated place, and to the human rhythms of tormented souls. San Miguel Island is a real place, the westernmost of the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California. In Boyle's book, it's a patch of earth beyond the end of the western frontier, a place where the mythical western ethos makes its last stand. "Terra incognita," one of his characters calls it. "Terra insolita … the last scrap of land the continent had to offer, an island tossed out in the ocean like an afterthought.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1992 | PATRICK McCARTNEY
A three-day trip for 37 sport divers to the Channel Islands came to an abrupt end in stormy seas off San Miguel Island early Monday, when their boat ran aground in Simonton Cove, authorities said. No injuries were reported in the early-morning incident, in which the captain of the 85-foot diving boat Vision managed to free the vessel before a U.S. Coast Guard cutter arrived on the scene, said Glen Fritzler of Santa Barbara's Truth Aquatics.
TRAVEL
September 19, 2010
SAN MIGUEL ISLAND, CALIF. San Miguel Island day trip When, where: Sept. 25, departs from Island Packers, Ventura Harbor Highlights: The Catalina Island Conservancy and Island Packers provide the chance to explore San Miguel, the westernmost Channel Island. The day includes hiking, a visit to an 11,600-year-old Chumash site and a stop at Point Bennett, home to one of the world's densest concentrations of wildlife, including more than 30,000 seals and sea lions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1992 | LARRY SPEER
A USC professor who drowned last month while diving off the coast of Ventura County was not the victim of faulty scuba gear, a medical examiner said Monday. Results of an investigation conducted by Aqua Ventures, a Camarillo dive shop, suggest that equipment failure did not cause Willard Van Tuyl Rusch, 58, to drown during a dive off the southern coast of San Miguel Island on May 27, deputy coroner Jim Wingate said. "All the gear came up fine," Wingate said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1994 | MATTHEW MOSK
A missing commercial fisherman was found safe Thursday off San Miguel Island after a search by Coast Guard officials, authorities said. Michael Carney, 42, of Thousand Oaks, who returned home Thursday, was reported missing Wednesday after he was two days overdue from a commercial fishing outing, Coast Guard officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1994 | J. E. MITCHELL
A 47-year-old Glendale man died Sunday morning following a scuba diving accident off San Miguel Island, authorities said. Kim Young was declared dead about 10 a.m. at Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks two hours after the accident, county Deputy Coroner Mitch Breese said. Young died of internal injuries caused by surfacing too quickly from 70 to 80 feet, Breese said. Young was taken by helicopter from the Ventura Harbor-based boat Spectre about 9 a.m.
SPORTS
October 23, 1991 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's serious fishing when: --Fishermen drive from as far away as 200 miles to board a boat at 2 a.m. --The boat is rolling through 60 degrees, gunwale to gunwale, but the anglers braced against the rails seem oblivious to all but the subtle sensations of their rods. --Between drifts, they stand guard over their selected sardines sloshing in the bait tank. For 16 weeks, nearly 5,000 fishermen ventured out on more than 50 boats from 13 landings between San Diego and Santa Barbara.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1994 | J.E. MITCHELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 47-year-old Glendale man died Sunday morning following a scuba diving accident off San Miguel Island, authorities said. Kim Young was declared dead about 10 a.m. at Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, two hours after the accident, Ventura County Deputy Coroner Mitch Breese said. Young died of internal injuries caused by surfacing too quickly from a depth of 70 to 80 feet, Breese said. Young was taken by helicopter from the Ventura Harbor-based boat Spectre about 9 a.m.
NEWS
June 16, 1994 | RICHARD KAHLENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Are you willing to trek 17 miles round trip over a desert island just to see a miracle of nature? Here's an incentive: There's a huge cast of pinnipeds involved. No, they're not L. Frank Baum creations, but sea lions and elephant seals--about 50,000 of them, the largest aggregation anywhere in the world. And they were rescued from near extinction, it turns out, right off our local shores, during our lifetime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2010 | By Joe Mozingo
The marine biologist picks his way down a mud ravine into the belching, bellowing madness of Cardwell Point. All eyes are upon him, this short ruddy creature with an orange jacket, red beard and sturdy legs that seem to glide effortlessly across the sand. Brent Stewart has studied elephant seals for 31 years and knows they are watching him. He scans the wind-scoured sand spit for rogue bulls -- bilious giants of blubber, muscle, whisker and teeth. They come here from the deepest, coldest reaches of the North Pacific to mate, and they don't like interlopers.
TRAVEL
June 29, 2008
Channel Islands: A June 22 article about vacationing in the Channel Islands said Anacapa is east of Ventura. The island is southwest. Also, an accompanying story said that San Miguel Island was the farthest from the mainland; it is the farthest from Ventura.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2005 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
He probably never set foot on the beach that bears his name. He may not even be buried on the island where a memorial marker has stood for nearly seven decades. But none of that matters to a group of history-loving San Pedro residents and volunteers. For 37 years, on the first Saturday after Labor Day, the group that calls itself the Cabrillo Landing Party disembarks ceremonially on San Miguel Island.
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February 18, 2001 | SUSAN SALTER REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under the wings of our plane, a Britten Norman Islander, the Oxnard fruit pickers follow neat lines that divide the rich earth into civilized squares. Red bandannas and yellow sleeves move through the green rows. Flower beds and tiny lots with swimming pools and boats tucked in their slips in the marina are the last terrestrial grid before we are swallowed by blue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1999 | LIZ THOMPSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the very bottom of the sea, it is dark, cold, and a little gritty. Life is sparse. Some oceanographers say that the sea floor existence is grim. And now it is grimmer yet--sea floor dwellers may be going hungry. The denizens of the deep ocean floor are suffering from a long-lasting--and worsening--food shortage, according to a recent study of the California coast by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. This decline in food supply, they suggest, may be due to increases in the temperature of the ocean's surface.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1999
Re "Island Infestation Can't Be Eradicated, Expert Says," June 11: Following the report of the demise of the island fox on San Miguel Island, we now have infected mice on the island. Thanks to our overly zealous custodians of the island who destroyed all the ice plant. The ice plant housed the mice. The mice fed the foxes. The foxes survived. It's not nice to fool around with Mother Nature. BEV ROBERTS Torrance
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2005 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
He probably never set foot on the beach that bears his name. He may not even be buried on the island where a memorial marker has stood for nearly seven decades. But none of that matters to a group of history-loving San Pedro residents and volunteers. For 37 years, on the first Saturday after Labor Day, the group that calls itself the Cabrillo Landing Party disembarks ceremonially on San Miguel Island.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1995 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Digging in a cave on San Miguel Island, anthropologists have discovered the fragments of what they believe was a child's sandal woven of sea grass 8,600 years ago by the ancestors of the Chumash Indians. A team of anthropologists found two woven fragments and hundreds of pieces of cord, which radiocarbon tests have dated at between 8,600 and 9,800 years old--twice the age of any other woven artifacts on the Pacific Coast. "The antiquity of this find is unparalleled," said Jon M.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1998
Re: Tracy Belles' letter about starving sea lions and the natural selection that is occurring on San Miguel Island: This planet is 5 billion years old and has been through many changes. This is one of them. El Nino is not a human creation. Where should all the animals go? Who is going to take care of them? Let's bring a daily truckload of fish to San Miguel Island until we have 12,000 sea lions on the island. What are we going to do in 20 years, when the next El Nino hits? (Two daily truckloads of fish?
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