CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2008 |
When Jerry Colunga saw his 11-year-old son struggling in the water off Mal Paso, he rushed into the surf and started to swim toward him. The boy was 60 or 70 yards out, dog-paddling in surf that had suddenly grown ferocious. As he fought to reach his son, Colunga saw a fishing boat approach the boy, almost close enough, he thought, to rescue him. But a series of waves crashed into the boat and pitched it into the air. By the time the fishermen had pulled Colunga aboard, his only child -- Paul Maximiliano Gomez -- had disappeared.
May 29, 2001 |
The Anzalduas Canal should be brimming with water this spring, irrigating thousands of acres of rich Mexican farmland south of the Rio Grande along the Texas border. Instead, one of the largest canals in Latin America holds only a foot or two of stagnant water, choked with reeds and old tires. The pathetic conduit is one sign of a water shortage so severe that for the first time in recorded history, the Rio Grande stopped flowing into the Gulf of Mexico in February.
October 17, 1999 |
A $3-million study will help determine if Mexico and the United States can collaborate on an aqueduct to transport Colorado River water to the growing populations of San Diego County and Tijuana. Members of the binational International Boundary and Water Commission signed an agreement Thursday to authorize the study, which is expected to take up to 18 months. The study will consider possible routes for an aqueduct and provide estimates of its cost.
January 19, 1999 |
Visitors are greeted by a soothing canopy of green. Rubber trees. Torrey pines. Acacias. Lemons, limes, oranges. Colorful bursts of bougainvillea and bottlebrush edge the lush, 30-acre oasis, set on an otherwise arid hillside near Tijuana's industrial zone. Bring the children. Commune with nature. But don't cringe at why this park is so abundantly fruitful. It's the sewage.
March 24, 1997 |
Maria Isabella Gonzalez Portillo's Cucupa Indian forebears made a good living in the Colorado River delta, fishing, hunting and guiding in what was once the largest desert estuary on the North American continent. Today, Gonzalez Portillo is barely getting by--and, sadly, not because of the land. She makes $2 glass bead necklaces for sale to occasional visitors, while her husband drives a dump truck.
June 27, 1992 |
If faith alone could cure, Ernie Cohen surely would be a healthy man. Afflicted with AIDS and diabetes, Cohen, 39, has taken all kinds of treatments--insulin, AZT, radiation, vitamins, herbs and acupuncture. Now he is turning to "miracle" water from a well belonging to a wealthy rancher who just happens to be named Jesus. "I know it works," said an earnest Cohen, picking at the quick of his bitten thumbnail. "Of course, a lot has to do with faith. I believe God has touched the water.