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January 6, 1988
The Skunk Train, a picturesque relic of turn-of-the-century logging days, will likely be saved by an agreement between Georgia Pacific Co. and environmentalists. The tourist attraction that snakes through the redwood forests northwest of the Mendocino County city of Ukiah appeared doomed last year when the lumber company decided to level redwood groves bordering the railroad.
June 22, 1995
A La Puente citizens group is leading a recall against three council members they say misspent public funds on expensive meals, drained the city of reserves and mistreated the council's only female member, Sally Holguin-Fallon. The recall group calls itself Skunk Busters for Better Government. The targets of the recall say there is another motive: a potbellied pig. Recall supporters were livid when the council refused a resident's request to keep a pig as a pet.
November 16, 2005 | Steve Lopez
When I confessed a few weeks ago that I had a bit of a raccoon problem in my garden and was buying coyote urine to repel them, I had no idea I had joined the ranks of some of the most exasperated and unstable people in all of Southern California. It turns out that from Santa Barbara to San Diego, homeowners are at war with raccoons living in their attics, under their houses and in their yards.
Question: We'd love some information on skunks. This past summer I was in my backyard, and all of a sudden about 10 feet away, seven skunks appeared out of the bushes--a mom and seven babies--adorable! What should I do if I meet a skunk face to face? -J.S., Hacienda Heights Answer: If you run into a skunk "face to face," you should be able to read its body language. Skunks, like many other wild animals, would rather avoid a fight than engage in one.
March 15, 1987 | MARK A. STEIN, Times Staff Writer
It is 11:08 a.m., and Hans Burkhardt is standing where he usually can be found at this time of day: Waiting for the morning Skunk. Right on time, the cheerful yellow "Skunk Train," an aging, self-propelled passenger coach, lumbers out of the forest between the whistle-stop ghost towns of Irmulco and Shake City.
September 3, 1992 | Associated Press
A company has been ordered to pay $100,000 because its plant generated an odor that complainers said smelled like a thousand dirty gym socks. County Court-at-Law Judge Hannah Chow imposed the fine after Eurecat U.S. Inc. pleaded no contest to charges of air pollution. The smell was "bad enough to keep people inside their homes and postpone barbecues," prosecutor Roger Haseman said.
June 25, 2006 | Steve Harvey
The Angels may have the make-believe Rally Monkey, but the Long Beach Armada is playing in a stadium inhabited by a family of real-life skunks. During the seventh-inning stretch the other night, with the Armada losing 2-1, the scoreboard flashed: "Rally Skunk Time!" Sure enough, the Armada erupted to score six runs and win the game. Possibly because they're associated with a winner, the skunks reportedly did not release any perfume.
July 30, 2001
I read the account of the skunk attack ("With a Skunk Around, Family Life Stinks," July 17) with amusement and remembrances of horror. About 18 months ago my husband, adult son and I were rudely awakened at 3:30 a.m. to the horrific smell of what seemed to be a chemical fire. The fire department quickly arrived in force. Imagine our embarrassment to hear, "Lady, you had a skunk!" My husband showered, dressed and went to church to sing in the choir. The choir members politely requested he go home, change, and shower again between the first and second services, which he did. Monday morning we were delighted to hear about SKUNKS, a volunteer organization run by Share Bond at (310)
You live in L.A., you know the smell of skunk. Like night-blooming jasmine, it is the smell of summer darkness, rank and funky, rising from somewhere beneath the oleander, from amid the stands of eucalyptus and jacaranda. A familiar smell, not unlike badly burned coffee, not unbearable, it is simply part of the landscape. Until your house gets skunked at 3:30 in the morning and you realize you do not know the smell of skunk, or anything else, at all.
June 20, 1993 | Researched and written by Sharon Moeser / Los Angeles Times
It was 50 years ago this month that Lockheed and its renowned aeronautical engineer Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson promised the U.S. Army Air Forces they would build a prototype for a jet fighter in 180 days. World War II was raging as Johnson brought together a team of 23 engineers and 105 production people to design and build the XP-80. They worked under an order of absolute secrecy in a well-guarded shop building and circus tent-covered production area on Lockheed's Burbank facility.
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