CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 |
Peter Matthiessen, a rich man's son who rejected a life of ease in favor of physical and spiritual challenges and produced such acclaimed works as "The Snow Leopard" and "At Play in the Fields of the Lord," died Saturday. He was 86. His publisher Geoff Kloske of Riverhead Books said Matthiessen, who had been diagnosed with leukemia, was ill "for some months. " He died at a hospital near his home on Long Island in New York. Matthiessen helped found the Paris Review, one of the most influential literary magazines, and won National Book Awards for "The Snow Leopard," his spiritual account of the Himalayas, and for "Shadow Country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 |
Late winter storms have improved the Sierra Nevada snowpack, but it is still only about a third of the norm for the date, officials report. The snowpack is up from 24% a month ago and the abysmal 12% measured in late January. At 61% of average, precipitation in the Northern Sierra, a key source of water, has also climbed out of the basement. That has helped boost levels of the state's two largest reservoirs, Shasta Reservoir and Lake Oroville in Northern California. But both remain slightly less than half-full and state officials expect that this year will be among the 10 driest on record.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 |
More than a dozen teens have been charged in connection with a break-in at a La Habra Heights mansion, where they allegedly threw a party while the owners were away and stole, among other items, a mounted snow leopard. The 9,000-square-foot home sustained more than than $1 million in losses and damages in the November incident, authorities said. Among the looted items were pieces of armor, racks of designer clothing and the rare, $250,000 snow leopard. Detectives with the Los Angeles County's Sheriff's Department eventually found the leopard in one of the teens' possession.
March 11, 2014 |
About 350 people were stranded in eastern Montana on Tuesday when rivers overflowed their banks because of melting ice and snow. Hundreds of residents just outside the town of Roundup, about 50 miles north of Billings, have been cut off from outside help for more than a day after the Musselshell River burst through a dike and covered a crucial access road with several feet of water, officials and residents told the Los Angeles Times. The water is "up to the fence posts" and has gotten so high between the town and the stranded residents that “the county actually has a hard time getting a 'road closed' sign in on our side," Lance Redding, one of the stranded residents, told The Times.
March 10, 2014 |
In order to be a champion musher, you need dogs, sleds, a sense of athletic adventure and -- oh, yeah -- snow. Getting three out of four might work in baseball or basketball, but it just doesn't count when it comes to the Iditarod, the 975-mile race that traditionally tests human and animal against Alaska's elements. Let's face it: Without snowy, icy, even blizzard conditions, the race is nothing more than a fast, painful trek along Iditarod National Historic Trail. And this year the lack of snow along parts of the route have caused problems.
March 3, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- Winter squeezed the Eastern United States on Monday, bringing snow and promising days of frigid temperatures in the region where too many unwanted, icy records have already been set. Snow began falling in the mid-Atlantic region and the federal government took a snow day -- again. Nasty winds were blowing up the Eastern states and officials warned of hazardous driving conditions. “A late-season winter storm will continue to shift eastward through the Tennessee Valley and the mid-Atlantic today, making for hazardous travel conditions,” the National Weather Service warned.