CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2000 |
In Elysian Park, the current hot controversy, for a change, has nothing to do with the Dodgers, whose stadium has been a sore point with area residents for years. This time, the hassle is about bikes. The 580-acre park of steep hills northwest of downtown Los Angeles is ground zero in a battle over a pilot program that could lead to the eventual introduction of mountain bikes throughout the city's park system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1993 |
The tour was supposed to highlight the potential for flooding and mudslides in fire-stricken areas and, as luck would have it, rain made the message perfectly clear. In fact, Saturday's storm brought such a downpour and blinding mist at some points that it drove the official sightseers away from Saddle Peak Lookout, aborted a foray into Las Flores Canyon and cut short the bus tour sponsored by the Topanga-Las Virgenes Resource Conservation District.
February 2, 1993 |
Vetiver is a coarse, stubborn grass that grows six feet tall and under warm tropical sun may send roots down 12 feet or more. Strangely, this belligerent personality may present it with a bright future. The National Research Council has concluded that the little-known, if far-flung, grass could be a powerful weapon against a major environmental threat: soil erosion from the wind-swept plains of the United States to the African sub-Sahara threatened by the rapidly expanding desert.
January 11, 1993
Eastbound lanes of the Garden Grove Freeway from The City Drive to the Santa Ana Freeway were closed Sunday due to soil erosion and were likely to remain closed into this morning's commute, according to Caltrans. The route was closed Sunday at 6:45 p.m. to allow highway construction crews to repair a four-foot hole in the No. 2 lane in the approach to the bridge over the Santa Ana Freeway.
May 2, 1992 |
Nearly half of all farms surveyed by conservationists were potentially in violation of a law that requires owners to protect their farms from soil erosion or risk losing federal farm benefits. The Soil and Water Conservation Society said it found that 42% to 48% of the farms it surveyed represented potential violations of the government's conservation compliance policy if they are receiving farm program benefits.
February 16, 1992 |
Trucks loaded with hardwood logs are raising dust on the country roads of southern Chile and alarm among Chileans who want to preserve this country's shrinking native forests. One after the other, the trucks arrive at a plant where a huge machine grinds the bark off the logs, then noisily chews them into small chips used for making paper. Tawny mountains of chips rise by the docks of Puerto Montt, awaiting shipment to Japan.