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September 8, 2002 | JOHN McKINNEY
Shallow swimming holes and woodsy Murrieta Canyon are the attractions of this short jaunt on the outskirts of Ojai. Murrieta Trail meanders along a creek to oak-shaded Murrieta Camp. (The camp, creek, canyon and trail take their name--albeit a different spelling--from 19th century outlaw Joaquin Murieta.) Given the drought and Ojai's reputation for scorching summer days, my family was more than a little surprised to find pools of water on a recent hike to the creek.
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February 4, 2010
Not about children Re "Tiller's killer guilty of murder," Jan. 30 Thousands of children in the world die of starvation every day; many more die of illnesses easily preventable or cured. Disabled children fill institutions and live sad, short lives in squalor. There is so much to be done, if someone truly cares about children. The list is practically endless. The murder of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller wasn't about saving children. It was an attempt to control other people's lives.
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NEWS
September 7, 2006 | Hugo Martin, Times Staff Writer
STANDING on a granite perch, more than 20 feet above a deep turquoise pool in the San Gabriel Mountains, David Seiler musters the courage to jump. His eyes widen. He takes three deep breaths, shifts his weight forward and leaps from the rocky precipice. For a frozen moment, he hovers in the air -- arms flailing, feet kicking -- before breaking the shimmering surface with a splash. His four friends, transfixed on a granite cliff on the opposite side of the pool, shout and shriek in delight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2009 | Margot Roosevelt
Alice McGrath, a lifelong activist who first gained fame as a champion of the wrongly convicted young Mexican Americans in the 1942 Sleepy Lagoon trial, has died. She was 92. McGrath died Friday at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura of an infection resulting from a chronic illness, said her daughter, Laura D'Auri. McGrath was taken to the hospital on Thanksgiving. McGrath's role in the infamous trial was celebrated in Luis Valdez's play "Zoot Suit," which debuted at the Mark Taper Forum in 1978 and was made into a movie in 1981.
NEWS
July 6, 2004 | Bob Sipchen
Perhaps it was not meant to be. Maybe it's better this way. Still, the disappointment stings. To get here has required logistical contortions. A long drive to Lake Arrowhead. Stealthy unloading of bikes in the parking lot. Miles of pedaling past "road closed" signs, through a ghost town of chimneys and fire-stripped cars, along a helmet-clattering dirt road. Hide the bikes. Hike a stretch of Pacific Crest Trail. Scramble down a hillside that insists your descent is too slow.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1992
A recent Times article indicated that $74,000 had been awarded to design a 15-acre swimming hole at Hansen Dam, estimated to cost $2.1 million (not including inevitable overruns). Here are seven good reasons it is a stupid idea: It won't use the old lake. A very costly high ground hole will have to be dug and sealed, to prevent leakage. It will have to be filled and replenished with fresh drinking water (ever heard of a water shortage and rationing?) It will be very costly and perhaps impossible to maintain a safe bacterial count.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Work crews at the Hansen Dam Recreation Area have been ordered to stop dumping concrete and rebar into a popular swimming hole, an official with the Army Corps of Engineers said Friday. The Corps has not yet determined what to do with the debris, a spokesman said. Officials say the area used by swimmers is a pit meant to catch runoff from the foothills. Residents were upset after seeing trucks dump debris from a swimming lake that is under repair into the pit.
NEWS
October 10, 1987 | JOHN McKINNEY
Our State Water Resources Control Board suggests that one of the most beneficial uses of the upper Santa Ynez River is for "water contact recreation." Translated from bureaucratic jargon: "Go jump in the river!" Great swimming holes await hikers who venture to the attractive Santa Ynez Recreation Area in the mountains behind Santa Barbara. During dry years like this one, the river's swimming holes are filled by periodic releases from Gibraltar Reservoir upriver from the recreation area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1992 | MAIA DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Thousand Oaks swimming hole where a 29-year-old Newbury Park man fell from a cliff and drowned has been the site of at least three other deaths and many serious injuries, authorities said Monday. But danger did not deter at least a dozen youths from going to Hill Canyon on Monday to jump from the same cliffs where Mark Widner slipped and fell to his death.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 1990 | SHAUNA SNOW
CURRENTS: The latest uproar over sales of museums' treasures--a practice called deaccessioning-- concerns Sotheby's May 24 auction of Thomas Eakins' "The Swimming Hole," from the collection of the Modern Art Museum in Ft. Worth, Tex. The widely exhibited masterpiece of American art is expected to bring between $10 million and $15 million. "We agonized over it.
HOME & GARDEN
August 16, 2007 | Janet Eastman, Times Staff Writer
Buried deep into a slope in the Hollywood Hills are concrete-and-steel columns that prop up a glass-edged pool, creating a backyard where there was none. Tons of rock and dirt were blasted away in Hidden Hills to make room for a $3-million pool that is shaded by two man-made caves. And jutting out of houses on graded cliffs in Newport Beach are swimming channels that extend into thin air.
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June 17, 2007
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NEWS
September 7, 2006 | Hugo Martin, Times Staff Writer
STANDING on a granite perch, more than 20 feet above a deep turquoise pool in the San Gabriel Mountains, David Seiler musters the courage to jump. His eyes widen. He takes three deep breaths, shifts his weight forward and leaps from the rocky precipice. For a frozen moment, he hovers in the air -- arms flailing, feet kicking -- before breaking the shimmering surface with a splash. His four friends, transfixed on a granite cliff on the opposite side of the pool, shout and shriek in delight.
TRAVEL
June 11, 2006 | John Corrigan, Times Staff Writer
FIVE hundred miles away, there's a lawn that needs mowing. The desk at the office is buried with work. Right now, none of that matters. I'm reclining against a warm, smooth rock after a swim in the turquoise-hued pools of Havasu Creek, and the only thing I have to worry about is getting too much sun. A thundering waterfall makes conversation difficult. That's good.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2005 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
Dive into the rooftop pool of the Pegasus Apartments -- 13 stories above downtown Los Angeles -- and the first few strokes you make will seem remarkably familiar. Swoosh. The chlorine stings the eyes. Its smell permeates. Swoosh. But soon you realize there's something different about the pulls you are making here. The squeak of bus brakes is audible as you bob above the water. An air-conditioning unit on a nearby building hums at a near-constant pitch.
NEWS
July 6, 2004 | Bob Sipchen
Perhaps it was not meant to be. Maybe it's better this way. Still, the disappointment stings. To get here has required logistical contortions. A long drive to Lake Arrowhead. Stealthy unloading of bikes in the parking lot. Miles of pedaling past "road closed" signs, through a ghost town of chimneys and fire-stripped cars, along a helmet-clattering dirt road. Hide the bikes. Hike a stretch of Pacific Crest Trail. Scramble down a hillside that insists your descent is too slow.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1992 | COLLIN NASH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Ventura man apparently drowned Saturday after jumping into a swimming hole to rescue his friend on a popular hiking trail near Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, sheriff's deputies said. The 19-year-old man, reported missing about 2 p.m., was believed to be trapped in a murky, rain-swollen whirlpool at the end of a hiking trail near Los Padres National Forest known as the Devil's Punchbowl, Sheriff's Deputy Al Moussa said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1998 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER
An 18-year-old man was rescued from a swimming hole in Angeles National Forest early Monday morning after falling nearly 20 feet into the water Sunday night. The 250-pound Palmdale teenager was climbing up a 20-foot cliff sometime before 8 p.m. Sunday when the rope broke, said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Bill Bell. He was uninjured, but wasn't able to get out of the swimming hole, a popular gathering spot for teenagers that sits in a remote box canyon off Lake Hughes Road, Bell said.
TRAVEL
September 8, 2002 | JOHN McKINNEY
Shallow swimming holes and woodsy Murrieta Canyon are the attractions of this short jaunt on the outskirts of Ojai. Murrieta Trail meanders along a creek to oak-shaded Murrieta Camp. (The camp, creek, canyon and trail take their name--albeit a different spelling--from 19th century outlaw Joaquin Murieta.) Given the drought and Ojai's reputation for scorching summer days, my family was more than a little surprised to find pools of water on a recent hike to the creek.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Work crews at the Hansen Dam Recreation Area have been ordered to stop dumping concrete and rebar into a popular swimming hole, an official with the Army Corps of Engineers said Friday. The Corps has not yet determined what to do with the debris, a spokesman said. Officials say the area used by swimmers is a pit meant to catch runoff from the foothills. Residents were upset after seeing trucks dump debris from a swimming lake that is under repair into the pit.
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