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June 25, 2006 | Miguel Bustillo and Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writers
A prolonged drought has created ideal wildfire conditions across much of the West and Southwest this summer, alarming forestry officials, who already are dealing with an unusually high number of fires. Nationwide as of Saturday, officials have reported 54,686 fires charring more than 3.2 million acres this year, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. Both figures are the highest in at least a decade for the same period.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
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.
TRAVEL
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.
NATIONAL
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.
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October 2, 2005 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
While legislators across the country are cutting programs to close deficits, this state's lawmakers are to return to the Capitol here this week for a special session on how to spend some of their $230 million in spare change. The windfall comes partly from the recent energy boom that has further dotted the West with gas rigs and coal pits, alarming environmentalists but pleasing state officials who have seen coffers fatten.
NATIONAL
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.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
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."
NATIONAL
June 2, 2005 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that thousands of inmates in California and eight other Western states could challenge prison sentences imposed before the U.S. Supreme Court freed judges from mandatory sentencing guidelines. Wednesday's ruling by the 9th Circuit, based in San Francisco, is the latest from federal appeals courts sorting out the effect of a landmark Supreme Court ruling that sentencing guidelines were no longer binding on federal judges.
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