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May 12, 2008
Re "Homes, homes on the range," May 8 Construction of the sprawling Centennial and Tejon Mountain Ranch projects, 26,000 homes in three urban villages 100 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, spells jeopardy for the California condor and our regional environmental sustainability. Southern California must stop sprawling outward. It costs governments untold millions to serve the 70,000 or more drivers getting in line on Interstate 5 and to pay for new firefighters to protect the "village center" from being devoured in the next brush conflagration.
May 28, 1993
A moderate earthquake rattled a broad area of Central and Southern California on Thursday night. The magnitude 5.0 shaker hit at 9:47 p.m. and was centered in farm country 16 miles south-southwest of Bakersfield, said a seismologist at Caltech. Authorities had no immediate reports of injury or damage but said the jolt was felt from the Central Valley to Los Angeles. "Our 911 board lit up like a Christmas tree," said Kern County Sheriff's Sgt. Bob Yoon. "It was a pretty good, rolling quake."
November 23, 1993
Calvin O. Walters Jr., a Southern California business executive who served as president and chief executive officer of the Tejon Ranch Co. from 1977 to 1986, has died. He was 57. Walters died Friday at his home in Mendocino of kidney cancer. Tejon Ranch, a corporation partly owned by Times Mirror Co., comprises about 270,000 acres in the Tehachapi Mountains and has operations in cattle, farming, mineral production, timber and real estate development. A native of Savannah, Ga.
November 24, 2010 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors denied a request from Northrop Grumman Corp. to delay final approval of a major solar project in the Antelope Valley near the military contractor's facility for testing radar-evading stealth aircraft. On a voice vote, supervisors rejected Northrop's appeal Tuesday, opting to let plans for the 2,100-acre complex of photovoltaic solar panels proceed. Final approval is expected Dec. 7. The company argued that the project would "adversely impact the military mission" of the sensitive, 1970s-era testing center, just south of the Tehachapi Mountains in Kern County.
November 13, 2009 | Ann M. Simmons
A coalition of environmentalists, Native Americans and local residents filed a lawsuit Thursday aimed at halting the development of a 5,000-acre resort community on the Tejon Ranch in the Tehachapi Mountains. The suit, filed in Kern County Superior Court, argues that the Tejon Mountain Village project threatens the endangered California condor and would negatively affect villages and sacred Chumash sites. The project, which was unanimously approved last month by Kern County supervisors, also would degrade air quality and add traffic to the overburdened Grapevine pass on Interstate 5, the lawsuit alleges.
September 19, 1987 | ANNE Z. COOKE
The hills at the western reaches of the Tehachapi Mountains will be alive with the sound of musket and cannon fire Sunday--all in the name of history. At Ft. Tejon State Historic Park, about 70 miles north of Los Angeles where Interstate 5 snakes through narrow Tejon Pass, several hundred hard-core Civil War buffs will meet to breathe life and spirit into what outsiders usually consider a dry subject.
December 28, 1986 | DEAN MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
All six people aboard a private, twin-engine plane died Saturday when the aircraft plunged into San Francisco Bay, and one person died when a single-engine plane en route to Bakersfield from Hawthorne crashed at the foothills of the Tehachapi Mountains, authorities said. The only survivor of the two crashes was John Erick Howerton, 34, of Hawthorne, the pilot of the single-engine plane, authorities said.
November 14, 1997 | Special to The Times
Four young California condors are set to be released today into the Los Padres National Forest, joining 15 adult condors who already range the area where northern Ventura and Santa Barbara counties meet Kern and San Luis Obispo counties. With an estimated 116 condors remaining in the world, "releasing these four is a big step," said Jane Hendron of the Ventura-based California Condor Recovery Program.
June 1, 1990
A load of dry sulfur spilled and caught fire Thursday morning on the Golden State Freeway, forcing the closure of all lanes of the freeway near the northern Los Angeles County line for much of the day and backing up traffic for miles. The California Highway Patrol closed all northbound lanes at 9:30 a.m. when a tractor-trailer pulling two flatbed trailers skidded during a light rain and dumped two pallets of 50-pound bags of sulfur across four lanes.
March 8, 1987
A San Diego area woman, injured in a single-engine plane crash in the Tehachapi Mountains Friday that killed the pilot, was able to find her way down to Interstate 5 and direct searchers to the wreckage Saturday morning, authorities said. Susan Crook, 25, suffered facial lacerations and a fractured right arm in the crash, a nursing supervisor at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield said. She was listed in fair condition Saturday night.
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