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October 6, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Republican-led House voted Tuesday to break up the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, an action opponents said was motivated by conservatives' ire over some of the court's rulings. Nine Western states are covered by the 9th Circuit, but the legislation would leave only California and Hawaii in a revamped lineup.
August 5, 1988 | LEE MAY, Times Staff Writer
Democratic presidential nominee Michael S. Dukakis holds a substantial lead over Vice President George Bush in almost every region of the country, including the West, where usually anti-government voters favor increased federal action on health care and other social concerns, according to a Gallup Poll. The survey, conducted for Times Mirror Co.
May 15, 2003 | Julie Cart, Times Staff Writer
The National Park Service is proposing to cut millions of dollars for repair projects in California and elsewhere in the West in order to pay for nearly $20 million in expenses for deploying rangers to thwart terrorists.
March 2, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The number of illegal immigrants arrested in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah soared last year to 12,183, a 32% jump over 2001. Tony Rouco, supervisory agent for the Denver office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, said 94 people were prosecuted in 2002 for smuggling undocumented workers into the country and three Denver-based asbestos removal firms were convicted of hiring illegal immigrants. Most of those immigrants arrested were headed for farm jobs, he said.
August 5, 2003 | Elizabeth Douglass
ChevronTexaco Corp. said it signed a memorandum of understanding with an Australian venture to distribute at least 2 million metric tonnes, or 4.4 billion pounds of liquefied natural gas to California and other West Coast markets for 20 years starting in 2008. The deal involves the San Ramon, Calif.-based company and the Gorgon Joint Venture, which is developing a huge natural gas field off the West coast of Australia.
June 21, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
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.
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.
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 | From Associated Press
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 | From the Associated Press
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.
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