CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 25, 2013 |
CHIVAS USA SATURDAY NIGHT VS. PORTLAND When: 7:30. Where: StubHub Center. On the air: TV: KDOC, KWHY; Radio: 690. Records: Chivas USA 6-19-8, Timbers 13-5-15. Record vs. Timbers: 0-1-1. Update: Last-place Chivas USA ends its turbulent season with its third match of the year against Portland, which has clinched a playoff berth in Major League Soccer's Western Conference. The Timbers lead the league in fewest losses with five and most ties with 15. Portland defeated Chivas USA, 3-0, in their first meeting May 12 in Portland, and the teams played to a 1-1 draw Sept.
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.
June 3, 2013 |
Knott's Berry Farm has restored a theme park attraction considered groundbreaking in its time to a technological level its legendary creator could have only imagined when the ride was conceived more than four decades ago. Photos: Timber Mountain log ride at Knott's Berry Farm The 1969 Timber Mountain log ride , still the most popular attraction at the Buena Park theme park, reopened Friday after a multimillion-dollar renovation that...