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July 8, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Monday afternoon seven miles from San Simeon, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 12:13 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 3.7 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 24 miles from Paso Robles, Calif., 28 miles from Morro Bay, Calif., 29 miles from Atascadero, Calif., and 197 miles from Sacramento. In the last 10 days, there has been one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.
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March 21, 2014 | By Liesl Bradner
The village of San Simeon, just across Highway 1 from the sprawling 80,000-acre Hearst Ranch and the entrance to Hearst Castle, is an overlooked gem on California's Central Coast. Whether you stop for a wine tasting or spend the day sightseeing, kayaking, windsurfing or hiking, this sleepy hamlet offers plenty to do. The tab: $330, including meals and one night at the Pelican Inn & Suites in nearby Cambria. The bed I snagged a last-minute booking at the Pelican Inn & Suites for $159 (6316 Moonstone Beach Drive; [888]
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January 5, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Here's a $99 coupon deal for a hotel stay that positions you perfectly to visit Hearst Castle and the beaches along Central California 's rugged coast. LivingSocial offers a one-night getaway in San Simeon that includes room, wine-tasting and easy access to springtime sightseeing. The deal: The stay is at the the Morgan at San Simeon , named for Julia Morgan, the architect of the dazzlingly ornate Hearst Castle. This $99 deal goes a long way; it includes a room with a king-sized bed or two queen beds, continental breakfast, a glass of wine, free Wi-Fi and a wine-tasting at Harmony Cellars that comes with a bottle of wine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Shelby Grad
 Here are some facts about Sunday's 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Northern California: Q: How big was this earthquake? A: It was a major earthquake, larger in magnitude than the destructive 1994 Northridge quake, which was magnitude 6.7. In California the two most recent larger quakes were the 1999 Hector Mine temblor, magnitude 7.1, and the 1992 Landers quake, which was magnitude 7.3. In 2005, there was an offshore quake in Northern California...
TRAVEL
January 13, 2008
Christopher Reynolds' piece on San Simeon ["The Inner Workings of the Castle," Dec. 30] is a marvelous example of keen observation, a relaxed sense of story and a writing style in perfect pitch. I have never been to San Simeon and have never wished to climb that particular hill. But now, even at 76, I believe I would like to come out there and see for myself. James J. McManus Madison, Ga.
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May 27, 1990 | KENNETH TURAN
Hearst Castle's two-year-old visitor center features nine ticket windows, a snack bar and a souvenir store that sells everything imaginable about the castle (and a few things that aren't), plus an exhibition hall where a fine, concise history of both the castle and its builder are given. Tours: The castle is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Tours, which last 1 3/4 hours each, leave roughly every 10 minutes from 8:20 a.m. to 3 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An earthquake shook Central California early Saturday, about five miles northeast of San Simeon, home to Hearst Castle. There were no immediate reports of damage, officials said. The magnitude 4.2 temblor hit at 5:17 a.m., according to a preliminary report from the U.S. Geological Survey. A magnitude 4.4 quake hit the area Oct. 2. Sgt. Rex Reece of the San Luis Obispo County sheriff's Cambria station said there was no structural damage or injuries.
TRAVEL
January 6, 2008
Unfortunately, there have been many instances where the Los Angeles Times promotes a popular domestic travel destination and yet fails to suggest Amtrak as a means of "getting there." The feature on San Simeon is a case in point ["Behind These Castle Walls," Dec. 30]. Amtrak provides wonderful rail packages to Hearst Castle. Let's not let our rail system eventually become something we can only talk about. Mike Ziegler Laguna Niguel
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January 1, 1998 | FRANK CLIFFORD, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
Setting the stage for a political battle royal over the future of one of California's most breathtaking coastal landscapes, the staff of the state's Coastal Commission on Wednesday recommended denial of the Hearst Corp.'s proposal to build a sprawling resort complex on the headlands north of San Simeon. With the blessing of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, the Hearst Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2008 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
Three northern elephant seals were found shot dead Saturday morning at the Point Piedras Blancas elephant seal colony near San Simeon, Calif., five miles north of Hearst Castle, authorities said. The three seals -- each about 1,000 pounds and between 2 and 5 years old -- were discovered shortly before 9 a.m. by a docent conducting a seal count on the beach. They had been shot in the back of the head.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Anthony York
Lady Gaga has a new message for all of her “little monsters”: Save water. The five-time Grammy Award winner will soon be on the air with a public service announcement urging Californians to do their part to help with the state's drought. So how did Lady Gaga become the new face of drought awareness? It started when the “Poker Face” singer wanted to use Hearst Castle for what the Hearst Castle Foundation is calling "a special creative project. " The San Simeon estate, which is now a state park, is doing its part to help with the water crunch.
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October 24, 2013 | Elaine Woo
Vladimir Keilis-Borok, an internationally known seismologist and geophysicist who never wavered in his dogged pursuit of what he called his profession's "holy grail" -- a method to accurately predict earthquakes -- died Saturday at his Culver City home after a long illness. He was 92. His death was announced by UCLA, where he had been a professor since 1998. The eminent Russian scientist garnered headlines after two large temblors -- in Japan and Central California -- occurred in 2003 within the time frame forecast by his international team of earthquake experts.
NEWS
July 8, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Monday afternoon seven miles from San Simeon, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 12:13 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 3.7 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 24 miles from Paso Robles, Calif., 28 miles from Morro Bay, Calif., 29 miles from Atascadero, Calif., and 197 miles from Sacramento. In the last 10 days, there has been one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.
TRAVEL
January 20, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
From land or sea, the Big Sur coastline dazzles. This 90-mile stretch of rugged Central California landscape draws millions of visitors annually, most of whom are content to pull over at Highway 1 viewpoints to catch a quick glimpse of the rocky Pacific shoreline. But I wanted more. I wanted a window on the sea. The bed High above the ocean, Ragged Point Inn & Resort offers a spot of green in a landscape of browns and blues. The 17-acre park-like resort (19019 Highway 1, Ragged Point; [805]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Phoebe Hearst Cooke, who was a granddaughter of publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst and used one of the nation's biggest fortunes to support a variety of philanthropic causes, has died. She was 85. Cooke, who had pneumonia, died Sunday in a Templeton, Calif., hospital, according to a statement from the Hearst Corp., the media company she served as a director for 36 years. Her twin brother, George Randolph Hearst Jr., who was a former publisher of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, died in June after a stroke.
NEWS
November 16, 2012 | By Anne Harnagel
Looking for a way to give back this holiday season and explore the Central Coast at the same time? As part of Nature Corps' volunteer vacation tour Dec. 13-16, participants will spend a morning helping to ready the gardens at Hearst Castle for the festive season. Also included is a one-of-a-kind evening tour of the legendary hilltop manse in all its holiday finery. Rounding out the itinerary is a bike ride to Avila Beach, a visit to the elephant seals, a hike along the coast and opportunities for shopping as well as dining and wine tasting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2004 | Kenneth Reich, Times Staff Writer
A new survey on losses from the magnitude 6.5 San Simeon earthquake shows that in addition to the two deaths widely reported there were also 47 serious injuries and damage to 290 homes and 191 commercial buildings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
A moderate aftershock of the Dec. 22 San Simeon earthquake rattled through the Central Coast on Tuesday, and the U.S. Geological Survey said it measured magnitude 4.0. No damage or injuries were reported from the 10:25 a.m. temblor, which was centered 11 miles southwest of Paso Robles and was at a depth of two miles. Geological Survey seismologist David Oppenheimer said that as of Tuesday, 5,522 aftershocks have been reported since the 6.
OPINION
August 28, 2012
Re "Anti-doping officials aren't playing fair," Column, Aug. 26 Mike Hiltzik's indictment of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's prosecution of seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong illustrates a larger problem with the American legal system. Courts have increasingly enforced arbitration clauses in a wide variety of contracts. It is a legal fiction to hold that signatories voluntarily consent to waiving their fundamental right to have their grievances adjudicated in court.
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