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April 5, 1994 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In some ways, it's still the good old days at U.S. Borax Inc., just like when Ronald Reagan hosted the company's "Death Valley Days" TV show in the 1960s and hawked Boraxo soap. It's been more than a century since U. S. Borax first mined ore from Death Valley and 67 years since it plumbed the depths of the Mojave Desert here in Boron, a tiny town 120 miles northeast of Los Angeles, to extract ore from one of the world's largest minable deposits of borax mineral.
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April 5, 1994 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In some ways, it's still the good old days at U.S. Borax Inc., just like when Ronald Reagan hosted the company's "Death Valley Days" TV show in the 1960s and hawked Boraxo soap. It's been more than a century since U. S. Borax first mined ore from Death Valley and 67 years since it plumbed the depths of the Mojave Desert here in Boron, a tiny town 120 miles northeast of Los Angeles, to extract ore from one of the world's largest minable deposits of borax mineral.
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January 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A borate mining pit in eastern Kern County, already the world's largest, may get even bigger. U.S. Borax Inc. wants to more than double the depth of the pit from 600 to 1,250 feet, though it has run into opposition from residents of the nearby town of Boron who said the dust raised by the open-pit drilling hurts their health and property values. Borate is used to make fiberglass, ceramics, glass, fertilizers and wood preservatives, and is mined in open air, using blasting.
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May 9, 2004 | Diane Haithman
Citing "personal reasons," Ian White-Thomson abruptly resigned as executive director of Los Angeles Opera in September 2001 -- five months shy of his three-year contract. Without going into detail, White-Thomson acknowledged later that his role as administrative and financial officer alongside artistic director (now general director) Placido Domingo had become "more pain than fun." Now White-Thomson finds himself back at the opera -- but on the other side of the table.
BUSINESS
February 10, 2000
* Guy Denniston has been named president of Weber Distribution of Santa Fe Springs. Denniston spent the last nine years as senior vice president of sales and marketing at Daylight Transport. He will be responsible for all day-to-day activities and will lead efforts for implementing automation and advanced technologies. * BSMG Worldwide, a public relations firm that is a division of True North Communications, has promoted Joseph Kessler to the new position of president of the firm's U.S.
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September 14, 2001 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ian White-Thomson, executive director of Los Angeles Opera, has resigned effective Monday after 19 months in the post. Leonard I. Green, the company's board chairman and chief executive, will fill the role while the opera launches a search for a new executive director. White-Thomson, a former chairman and chief executive officer of U.S. Borax Inc. who was named to the opera post in February 2000, announced his resignation at a Sept. 6 board meeting and cited personal reasons.
BUSINESS
February 19, 1995
* Ian L. White-Thomson, president and chief executive of U.S. Borax Inc., has been appointed chief executive of RTZ Borax & Minerals, the world's leading producer of borax and borate products, effective April 1. White-Thomson, 58, succeeds Gordon H. Sage, who will join the RTZ Corp. board and be chairman of RTZ Borax & Minerals. White-Thomson joined Borax in 1960 in London. He has held a variety of executive sales and marketing positions. U.S.
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July 17, 1997 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They Vanted to Party: Dracula lovers and supporters of KCET public television heralded Tuesday night's premiere of Houston Ballet's "Dracula" with a gala benefit dinner, show and cast party at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion hosted by the KCET board of directors and the station's Women's Council. A record $520,000 was raised to support programming and educational ventures.
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February 29, 2000 | SHAUNA SNOW
PERFORMING ARTS Mining L.A. Opera Wealth: Los Angeles Opera has named as its new executive director Ian White-Thomson, former chairman and chief executive of U.S. Borax Inc., a mining company. A native of England with degrees in Latin, Greek and ancient history from Oxford, White-Thomson, 63, joined the board of L.A. Opera last year after his retirement from Borax, but has no previous professional experience running an opera company. He will report to L.A. Opera Board President Leonard I.
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August 10, 1999 | D.B. YOUNG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While the San Fernando Valley is home to a patchwork of chambers of commerce--some of them small and struggling--the Santa Clarita Valley has learned strength through consolidation. The 1,100-member Santa Clarita chamber absorbed 63 members from its Canyon Country counterpart four years ago to form the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce--a regional business powerhouse that today boasts about 1,360 members--one of the five biggest in L.A. County.
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