June 21, 2004 |
The U.S. Forest Service's national fire plan coordinator told Western governors that the agency was prepared to consider returning a limited number of heavy air tankers to fire lines following a move to ground the aircraft over safety concerns. Corbin Newman, addressing the Western Governors Assn. in Santa Fe, N.M., said the Forest Service had agreed to a plan with federal transportation officials to review proposals from new contractors to fly the tankers.
January 15, 2001 |
Bruce Babbitt nursed a chardonnay and perched uncomfortably on an ottoman, wincing occasionally as a parade of his soon-to-be former employees dredged up embarrassing stories. One after another, wildlife biologists, wolf experts, park rangers and conservation activists spun out anecdotes collected from the Interior secretary's eight years in office. The setting, a gathering over the weekend at Yellowstone National Park, was weighted with symbolism.
February 6, 1998 |
It will be 10 p.m. here--5 a.m. in Los Angeles--when Michelle Kwan and Tara Lipinski complete their possible skate-off for the Olympic women's figure skating gold medal on Friday, Feb. 20. Eighteen hours later, West Coast television viewers will be able to tune in to CBS to see just how Kwan or Lipinski may have triumphed. In fact, every gold-medal performance at the Nagano Winter Olympics will be seen tape-delayed on the West Coast.
July 17, 2003 |
Firefighters made advances Wednesday on one side of a forest fire that has forced as many as 5,000 people from their homes, but wind and lightning could threaten their progress. The fire on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation was 10% contained after blackening 14,000 to 16,000 acres and leading to several thousand evacuations in Whiteriver and other reservation communities in eastern Arizona.
July 10, 2007 |
Fire crews hoped for breaks from the weather to help fight blazes fueled by high temperatures, tinder-dry conditions and gusty winds across the West on Monday. A Hot Springs, S.D., wildfire that killed a man and left more than 30 families homeless spread somewhat to the southwest of the tourist town Monday, but fire officials expected to gain on it in the next day or so. "My best guess is that we'll make some good ground on the fire," said Joe Lowe, state wildland fire suppression coordinator.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2002 |
With much of the Western U.S. suffering a severe drought, a top Bush administration official gently but firmly warned California on Wednesday to fulfill its promises to use less water from the Colorado River or suffer a mandatory cutback in the near future. The call by Assistant Interior Secretary Bennett Raley was backed by representatives of six other states that depend on the Colorado River and are eager for California to stop using more than its share.
December 26, 2008 |
As much of the country awoke to a welcome reprieve from heavy snowfall and ice-slickened roads, a new winter storm in the West snarled holiday traffic and darkened lights on Christmas trees in thousands of homes Thursday. In the Sierra Nevada, heavy snow and whiteout conditions led police to shut down an 80-mile stretch of Interstate 80 for several hours between the California-Nevada line and Applegate, Calif. The California Highway Patrol told drivers to be prepared for slow going.
April 22, 1988 |
Democratic members of Congress from nine Western states, acknowledging that Republican George Bush will likely sweep the South in the November presidential election, Thursday called on the party to adopt a "Western strategy" by choosing someone from their region as the vice presidential nominee. Among those being mentioned by Western Democrats as possible vice presidential nominees were House Majority Leader Thomas S. Foley (D-Wash.
December 31, 2006 |
A winter storm stretching nearly from Canada to Mexico rolled out of the Rockies on Saturday, sparing Denver another round of heavy snow but trapping drivers farther east in 10-foot drifts. Denver had expected at least a foot of additional snow through today, but the storm trudged northeast from New Mexico into the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. Parts of eastern Colorado still expected up to 2 feet, along with high winds.
November 5, 1988 |
In a major setback for environmentalists, a federal judge on Friday cleared the way for the Reagan Administration to lift restrictions on mining and development on as many as 180 million acres of federal land in the West, including up to 10 million acres in California. The decision, handed down in Washington by U.S. District Judge John Pratt, covers some lands in California that have been designated as environmentally sensitive.