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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1992
Your report on the signing of Sespe Creek legislation (June 20) misses a vital point. While Rep. Robert Lagomarsino and Sen. John Seymour congratulate themselves on an important act of conservation, it is conveniently forgotten that the legislation, which they both crafted, specifically sets aside two future reservoir sites on the pristine Sespe--which in itself is unprecedented in the history of the Federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. ...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Crews are scheduled around the clock this weekend to clean up a spill that released more than 200 gallons of crude from an oil field in the Ventura County backcountry. A leak in a pipe linking storage tanks at a Vintage Petroleum facility north of Fillmore was detected during a regular inspection Tuesday afternoon. The spill flowed into Tar Creek, a tributary of Sespe Creek.
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September 14, 1989
Rep. Bob Lagomarsino has been quoted as describing environmentalists' proposals to protect all of Sespe Creek from development as "ridiculous." The congressman has, we believe, a genuine interest in protecting our Ventura County backcountry. What is happening is that the local population at large is actively demonstrating that they feel this protection ought to be increased. A Ventura County Star-Free Press poll at the County Fair found 77% (of nearly 900 polled) in favor of "barring dams on the entire creek."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A Fillmore man who used a truckload of concrete to alter a portion of Sespe Creek in front of his home has agreed to pay a $2,500 fine, a prosecutor said this week. William Leo Douglas allegedly failed to obtain the proper permit to alter the waterway in late 1999. He wanted to make the changes because of flooding problems caused by the creek, the prosecutor said. Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1991
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors recently approved a plan to preserve almost all of Sespe Creek, the region's last major undammed river. Water agency officials say the plan would eliminate a water supply that the county will need in the future. Should Sespe Creek be preserved or left alone for development as a water resource? John K.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1991 | PATRICK McCARTNEY
The Ventura City Council will consider today whether to support either of two competing bills in Congress that designate Sespe Creek a wild and scenic river. Both bills would create a Sespe Wilderness Area. The 55-mile Sespe Creek, which flows through the Sespe Condor Sanctuary, is the last undeveloped river in Southern California. One bill, introduced by Rep. Robert J. Lagomarsino (R-Ventura), would protect 31.5 miles of the river. It also calls for study of a 10.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1992 | KENNETH R. WEISS
Republican Sen. John Seymour predicted Friday that Congress will pass a bill this year to protect most of the Sespe Creek from future dams even though it may not be in the partisan interests of Democratic Sen. Alan Cranston. The two California senators are negotiating protections for Sespe Creek. But some Democratic strategists have suggested that Cranston may not want to push the bill through Congress, thereby robbing Seymour of any accomplishments that could help him in his election this year.
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March 30, 1995 | PAUL ELIAS
Rescue workers called off their search about 8:30 p.m. for two men who witnesses said fell off their rafts in Sespe Creek and clung to rocks, crying for help. But in five hours, divers and searchers in a helicopter found no one after exploring five miles of the mostly shallow creek near Fillmore. "They could have crawled out downstream," said Ventura County Sheriff's Deputy Jim Wade. "We just don't know." He said rescue workers will continue searching this morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1991 | PAUL PAYNE
Sespe Creek, the last major free-flowing river in Southern California, should not be dammed for any reason, the director of a Ventura County-based conservation group told members of Congress on Thursday. Speaking before the House subcommittee on national parks and public lands, Alasdair Coyne of the Keep the Sespe Wild Committee asked to have the entire 55-mile stretch of the waterway protected as a wild river. The designation, under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act written by Rep.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1990 | JANET BERGAMO
The Fillmore City Council has urged Congress to keep most of Sespe Creek "wild and scenic," but has not endorsed any of the three bills now being considered. Bills by Rep. Robert J. Lagomarsino (R-Ventura) and U.S. Sen. Pete Wilson (R-Calif.) would permit construction of a dam at Oat Mountain. The United Water Conservation District favors those bills, but the council opposed them because the dam would sit atop a fault capable of generating a 7-point magnitude earthquake. A bill sponsored by U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2001 | STEVE CHAWKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A coalition of environmental groups has sued the U.S. Forest Service over its management of three rivers in Los Padres National Forest, contending that plans to preserve the wilderness waterways are six years overdue. Portions of Sespe Creek and the Big Sur and Sisquoc rivers were placed under the protection of the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1992. However, the Forest Service has not prepared the comprehensive management plans that were required under the law by 1995, according to the lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
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June 27, 1999 | JOHN McKINNEY, John McKinney is the author of "Day Hiker's Guide to California's State Parks" (Olympus Press, $14.95)
In 1992 it became official: the Sespe Wilderness. But this land near Ojai has always been a wilderness. It remained a wilderness after Don Carlos Antonio Carrillo and his Rancho Sespe cattle operation and the gold miners of the 19th century came through; it even retained its wilderness character when oil companies drilled wells in the 20th century. The Sespe area had long been recognized as something special.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1997 | DAWN HOBBS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The goal is to save one of the last steelhead trout populations in Southern California--but that may be small consolation for some of the bullfrogs and other fish in Los Padres National Forest. The U.S.
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September 29, 1996 | JOHN McKINNEY
The midsection of Sespe Creek, about 17 miles north of Ojai, is wild and scenic but not officially designated as "wild and scenic" like the lower Sespe is. The reason for this is the intense lobbying efforts of dam proponents who long to construct Cold Springs Reservoir a few miles down-creek from California 33. In the meantime, Middle Sespe Trail is a bit of a tease. After the first mile, the path leaves the Sespe and does not return to it until it approaches Lion Campground.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1996 | SCOTT HADLY
A small amount of oil that leaked from an old pipeline north of Fillmore seeped into the Sespe Creek on Friday afternoon, but the oil was quickly cleaned up by crews from the Ventura County Fire Department. A homeowner near the leased property on Goodenough Road reported the leak about 1 p.m. and firefighters were able to plug the dripping pipeline, which had leaked about 25 gallons onto the ground, said Jackie Noel, a Fire Department spokeswoman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1995 | ANDREW D. BLECHMAN
The U. S. Forest Service is looking for help from the public to complete its study of Sespe Creek and its native steelhead trout. "We're looking for people who have old photos of the Sespe, who might have fished the Sespe years ago or who have old maps of the area," said George Garcia, a biologist for the Forest Service. The study seeks to compare historical accounts of the Sespe with current conditions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1990 | JOANNA M. MILLER
A Ventura company has donated $1,500 to help encourage legislation to protect all 55 miles of Sespe Creek. Patagonia Inc. donated the funds to the Keep the Sespe Wild committee, a group of environmentalists who hike in the Sespe and want to preserve the area in its natural state. The committee will use the funds to support legislation by Sen. Alan Cranston (D-Calif.), a spokesman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A Fillmore man who used a truckload of concrete to alter a portion of Sespe Creek in front of his home has agreed to pay a $2,500 fine, a prosecutor said this week. William Leo Douglas allegedly failed to obtain the proper permit to alter the waterway in late 1999. He wanted to make the changes because of flooding problems caused by the creek, the prosecutor said. Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1995 | PAUL ELIAS
Rescue workers called off their search about 8:30 p.m. for two men who witnesses said fell off their rafts in Sespe Creek and clung to rocks, crying for help. But in five hours, divers and searchers in a helicopter found no one after exploring five miles of the mostly shallow creek near Fillmore. "They could have crawled out downstream," said Ventura County Sheriff's Deputy Jim Wade. "We just don't know." He said rescue workers will continue searching this morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1994
I can remember the "good old days" when Hoot Bennett, John Conlan, Tom Laubacher, Frank Jewett and a few others--who didn't depend upon a county paycheck for their livelihood--used to make decisions based on what was good for the majority of people living in the county. In the last few years, it seems as if the majority of our Board of Supervisors has caved in to the Ojai squeaky wheels on more issues than I care to remember, starting with Petrochem (ensuring the demise of the local oil industry)
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