March 15, 2014 |
The John Arnholt Smith Hacienda, with its classic walled courtyard design, an olive orchard and an aviary, sits on what was once part of an early ranch. Handcrafted masonry, heavy timbers and wide corridors evoke the look of the California missions. Location: 760 Via Miguel, La Habra Heights 90631 Asking price: $3 million Year built: 1936 Architect: Cliff May House size: Four bedrooms, five bathrooms, 4,664 square feet Lot size: 2.4 acres Features: Library/study, wine cellar, breakfast area, service entrance, detached four-car garage, lawn, gardens, patios, swimming pool, mountain, city and ocean views About the area: Last year, 554 single-family homes sold in the 90631 ZIP Code at a median price of $425,000, according to DataQuick.
March 6, 2014 |
Snow, sleet and frozen rain damaged a year's worth of South Carolina's timber harvest last month, making it the most damaging storm in the region since 1989, officials reported. About 11% of the forestland was significantly affected by the pre-Valentine's Day storm, which left an inch of ice across half of the state. Though most of the $360 million in damage was considered “light” by the South Carolina Forestry Commission because some of it could be salvaged, the agency declared a disaster and called on timber companies Wednesday to save as much as they could.
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January 26, 2014 |
A large section of the historic Ventura Pier was reopened Sunday after inspectors determined damaged timber pilings did not threaten public safety. About two-thirds of the 1,600-foot-long pier was closed Friday after one of the supporting beams failed, apparently because of heavy waves. “We don't know definitively, but we suspect it was the high surf that caused it,” said Lysa Urban, a spokeswoman for the city of Ventura. The portion of the pier closest to shore, which provides access to two restaurants, was not affected by the closure, Urban said.
December 24, 2013 |
The Stanislaus National Forest was a thickly forested wonderland of streams, wildlife and campgrounds until last summer's Rim fire - started by a hunter's illegal campfire - scorched more than 250,000 acres of it and the adjacent Yosemite National Park. To many people, it's a tragic sight now. What was once dense greenery is now scarred, gray and empty looking. But nature takes the long view. From its perspective, fire is about rejuvenation. It reinvigorates the soil and stimulates the growth of a greater variety of healthy new plants.
October 3, 2013 |
It was entirely predictable. Even before the ashes have cooled on the 257,000-acre Rim fire in and around Yosemite this year, the timber industry and its allies in Congress were using the fire as an excuse for suspending environmental laws and expanding logging operations on federal land. "The Yosemite Rim fire is a tragedy that has destroyed 400 square miles of our forests," said Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove) in announcing a bill he introduced late last month that would expedite massive taxpayer-subsidized clear-cutting on federal public lands in the fire area.
September 28, 2013 |
GALAXY AT PORTLAND When: 12:30 p.m. Where: Jeld-Wen Field, Portland On the air: TV: NBC; Radio: 1330 Records: Galaxy 13-10-6, Timbers 11-5-13 Record vs. Timbers: 0-1-1 Update: This is the third and final regular-season game between these rivals in Major League Soccer's Western Conference, with both clubs battling to stay in the top five in the standings to earn a playoff spot. Portland is third in the conference with 46 points and the Galaxy is tied with Colorado for fourth, one point behind the Timbers.