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June 19, 2006 | Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
A new alliance is about to give the sometimes unappreciated field of California and Western history a boost, scholars say. This contemporary peace accord is not among political parties, ethnic groups or water rights claimants who have squabbled in the region's past.
January 19, 2006 | From Associated Press
Apartment rents rose throughout most of the West last year in the latest sign that landlords were slowly regaining some pricing leverage, according to a report to be released today. All but two of the 20 major markets in the West surveyed by real estate research firm RealFacts Inc. ended 2005 with higher apartment rents than the previous year.
January 15, 2006 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
SO far this winter, it appears the heavens have answered the prayers of skiers, particularly of those who like to travel. Ski conditions across the Western U.S. are the most consistent in years, and significant or adequate snow is blanketing resorts across the Sierra Nevada, the Cascades and the central and northern Rockies.
January 2, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A New Year's Day avalanche killed two men who were snowmobiling near Rocky Mountain National Park northwest of Denver, and a snowshoer was missing and presumed dead after another avalanche in Utah, officials said. Forecasters warned that heavy snowfall and high wind made mountain conditions hazardous in both states. A blizzard was moving through the Colorado mountains near Trap Lake where the two snowmobilers were caught in the avalanche, authorities said.
August 3, 2005 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge has concluded that the Bush administration broke environmental laws last year when it cleared the way for more commercial logging of old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California. In 1994, the government adopted environmental protections and limits on timber harvesting -- the Northwest Forest Plan -- to halt the decline of the northern spotted owl and other wildlife that depended on large, old trees.
July 22, 2005 | Elizabeth Douglass and Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writers
The West's deadly heat wave brought record temperatures and several power plant failures Thursday, triggering Southern California's first electricity supply emergency in more than two years and hinting at problems the region could face on sweltering days this summer. Blackouts were threatened for a few hours Thursday afternoon as air conditioners kicked into high gear -- setting power use records in the Southland -- but utility customers largely escaped disruptions.
June 21, 2005 | PETER SHELTON
The highway ahead had turned to gold, reflecting the sunset. Time to find a place to pull off and camp for the night. U.S. Highway 6 in Nevada, running between Ely and Tonopah, may be even lonelier than its two-lane twin to the north, Highway 50, the self-proclaimed "Loneliest Road in America."
May 1, 2005 | From Reuters
A rapidly graying U.S. population will continue migrating to the South and West, according to new projections from the U.S. Census Bureau, with Florida, California and Texas making up nearly half of the total U.S. population growth between 2000 and 2030. The states are expected to each gain more than 12 million people during the period.
April 5, 2005 | From Reuters
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the governors of Nevada, Utah and Wyoming have agreed to build an estimated $20-billion electricity transmission system to meet rising demand for power, Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal said Monday. Freudenthal said during a conference call that the Frontier Line system would supply electricity-hungry California -- where power demand is growing about 4% annually, or double the national average -- with power from nearby energy-producing states.
February 3, 2005 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
Riviera Country Club might be one of the crown jewels of courses on the PGA Tour, but because of a revamped West Coast swing, it's no longer a must-play for some top players. "It used to be there were two or three good tournaments on the West Coast, now there are seven or eight maybe," said Davis Love III, who plans to skip the Nissan Open this year. "In the old days, you would play Pebble and Riviera and just throw another one or two in there." The Nissan Open, to be held Feb.
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