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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1996
Sand dunes are very important to our beaches. They serve as a living habitat for native plants such as silver beach wood, Brewer's saltbush and red sand verbena. They are also home for some nonnative plants like ice plant, European beach grass and Bermuda grass. The citizens of San Buenaventura should learn what the native and nonnative plants are and what they look like. We wouldn't want anybody accidentally stepping on the plants, because the state parks are doing a restoration project for Ventura's state beaches to restore and revive the sand dunes.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2014 | By Gale Holland
A 43-year-old man was swept out to sea Sunday during a baptism ceremony at a coastal park in northern Santa Barbara County. Two other people were also dragged into the ocean but returned to shore during the early morning service at Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve. But an extensive search by emergency teams failed to find the missing man by nightfall, the Santa Maria Times reported . Jesus Christ Light of the Sky, the Santa Maria church that put on the ceremony, performs similar baptisms two or three times a year, Pastor Mauro Cervantes told the paper.
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October 22, 1995 | JOHN McKINNEY
Is autumn too early to make a New Year's resolution? Not if that resolution is to plan a winter trip to An~o Nuevo State Reserve. The reserve attracts visitors from all over the world who want a close-up look at the largest mainland population of elephant seals. From December through April, a colony of the huge creatures visits An~o Nuevo Island and Point in order to breed and bear young.
SCIENCE
February 7, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Yee-haw! After perching near its tip for days, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity rode down the largest sand dune it has ever attempted on the Red Planet. “I'm over the moon that I'm over the dune!” the rover's Twitter account tweeted Thursday. Rover driver Matt Heverly at  Jet Propulsion Laboratory tweeted his relief. “Seeing this picture from the bottom of the sand dune put an even bigger smile on my face today,” Heverly wrote .  Riding this dune, about a yard high and 10 yards long, was risky,  but the engineers on the Mars Science Laboratory mission had led Curiosity here for a reason.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Off-road enthusiasts crowded into California's largest sand dunes area Friday, but officials reported there had been no repeat of the mayhem of past Thanksgiving weekends. The Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area was expected to attract up to 200,000 visitors, which would more than double the population of Imperial County. By Friday, authorities had arrested eight people and issued 261 citations, mostly for safety-related issues.
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July 2, 1995 | DAN LEETH
It's ski season at Great Sand Dunes National Monument--sand skiing season. This summer, when the snow-deprived need a downhill fix, the shifting slopes of mountainous sand at the monument, 28 miles northeast of Alamosa in southern Colorado, may satisfy. The monument covers about 39 square miles and crests nearly 700 feet above the grassy plain of the San Luis Valley. Sturdy, cross-country telemark gear is best suited to skiing the sand dunes.
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May 2, 1993 | JOHN McKINNEY
Colorado seems forever identified with its Rockies: snow-capped peaks, alpine lakes, great skiing. Even the state's new major-league baseball team is called the Rockies, as was the former National Hockey League franchise. But there's another Colorado--of wide prairies, long valleys, dry gulches and great sand dunes. This Colorado is south-central Colorado, where the San Luis Valley, the state's largest alpine valley (indeed, one of the largest in the world), beckons the traveler.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2000 | MARISSA ESPINO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Orange resident Jennifer Whyte never dabbled in volunteer work until she got fed up with trash piling up at her favorite off-roading spot two years ago at the Imperial Sand Dunes in Glamis, east of San Diego. Visitors wouldn't pick up after themselves, so she decided she was going to try to rally hundreds of people to clean up the sand dunes, considered one of the largest and busiest off-highway vehicle areas in the nation, during a one-day event in 1998.
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January 4, 1987 | MICHELE GRIMM and TOM GRIMM, The Grimms are writers/photographers based in Laguna Beach. and
Not all of California's grand sand dunes are in the desert at Death Valley. You'll discover some of the state's most spectacular sand piles along the ocean east of Guadalupe. That farm community in the Santa Maria River Valley is flanked by two side roads leading to a pair of scenic coastal parks and the rolling dunes. You're welcome to climb the huge white mounds near Oso Flaco Lake in Pismo Dunes State Recreation Area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2001 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Bureau of Land Management on Friday reaffirmed its decision to close 49,300 acres in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area east of Brawley. Off-road vehicle enthusiasts vowed to continue their fight to get the regulation lifted. The closure, which affects about a third of the recreation area, is meant to protect the Peirson's milk vetch, an endangered plant that grows only in the Imperial Valley desert.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
After a couple of years and price cuts, actors Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have closed up their longtime Malibu beach house, selling it for $9.5 million. Entered through a gated courtyard, the Balinese-inspired house backs up to sand dunes and the ocean. The 4,200-square-foot house, built in 1978, was redesigned and renovated in 2005. There is a screening room, an office and a detached guest house. The master suite features floor-to-ceiling windows and a beachfront balcony for a total of four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms.
NEWS
July 8, 2013 | By Susan Spano
The 100th birthday of the Asilomar Conference Center is being celebrated this year with a full slate of events, including lunch and lecture series, guided walks, chef-led cooking demonstrations and holiday guest packages. All are designed to welcome back folks to the historic meeting grounds designed by architect Julia Morgan in 1913 as a YWCA summer camp on the Central Coast between Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove. The old girl has great bones thanks to Morgan, the first female architect licensed in California and best known for designing Hearst Castle . She put her rustic, Western Arts and Crafts signature on 11 buildings at Asilomar (a National Historic Landmark)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
A new federal plan for managing the Imperial Sand Dunes calls for reopening to off-road vehicles 40,000 acres that have been closed since 2000, when the site became embroiled in a legal battle involving threatened plant species. Counting that acreage, 84% of the 215,000-acre dunes system would be open to motorized recreation under the Bureau of Land Management plan, released Tuesday. The plan is the result of a 13-year process that moved in fits and starts as each iteration from the agency was challenged in court.
NEWS
September 12, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Help restore sand dunes in Morro Bay State Park and rebuild a greenhouse at Hearst Castle on your next trip to the Central Coast with California-based Nature Corps , an organization that pairs vacation volunteers with conservation projects. Those who reserve a spot for a September trip receive a free pass to  the Savor the Central Coast food and wine festival too. Volunteers spend two half-days working on conservation projects at two California State Parks under the direction of  biologists and other professionals during the five-day trip to Morro Bay, San Simeon and San Luis Obispo.
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August 31, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
India's annual cattle and camel fair provides a chance to see an extraordinary gathering of animals -- and soak up a little culture too. Thousands from throughout the country come to the annual trade event to race and sell about 50,000 camels. The fair features music, dancing and other traditional festivities. A 16-day custom tour called the Colors of Rajasthan can be scheduled during the Pushkar camel fair (Nov. 20-28 this year) or other times of the year. The itinerary includes ancient kingdom hot spots such as Jodphur, the Blue City at Mehrangarh Fort and Udaipur on Lake Pichola.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actors Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have put their Malibu beach house back on the market, chopping $3.5 million from last year to price it at $11.2 million. The Balinese-inspired home faces sand dunes and the ocean. The 4,300-square-foot house, built in 1978 and renovated in 2005, is entered through a gated courtyard. Features include a screening room, a bar, a gym, an office and a detached guest house. The master suite has floor-to-ceiling windows and a beachfront balcony for a total of four bedrooms and 41/2 bathrooms.
NEWS
November 10, 1991 | From Associated Press
A fierce Atlantic storm Saturday lashed North Carolina's Outer Banks with strong winds and large waves that crashed through sand dunes shielding oceanfront homes. Residents fought back with sandbags and bulldozers. At least one home--already heavily damaged by previous storms--was knocked down by waves, authorities said. The rest of the East Coast braced for the wintry onslaught, less than two weeks after another storm pummeled the region.
TRAVEL
March 18, 2012 | By Rick Steves, Special to The Times
The economies in France and Spain are in turmoil, but there are positive changes in those countries this year that will affect the traveler, especially one on a budget. In France, a new electric-car-share program called Autolib' ( www.autolib.eu , in both English and French) is designed to function much like the city's successful Velib' bike-share program. Eventually 3,000 electric cars will plug in at 1,000 (mostly underground) stations - and yes, Americans and Canadians can rent one as long as they have an International Driving Permit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2011 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
Freed from the confines of Washington, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Sunday kicked up his heels in the California desert, where he raced across undulating dunes in a souped-up sand rail. And, perhaps as a reminder of the gridlock he left behind on Capitol Hill, Salazar's vehicle became mired in the sand as he attempted to surmount a steep dune. The daredevil antics were driven by a serious intent: to reach out to a constituency often antagonistic to federal officials and their management of public lands in the West.
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