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BUSINESS
May 28, 2007 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
As California becomes increasingly reliant on oil from elsewhere, state and federal officials are trying to figure out how to get enough energy to the West Coast if disaster strikes. The need became clear in August, when corroded BP pipelines threatened to halt supplies from an Alaskan oil field that fed West Coast refineries.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2007 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
Crime busters they aren't. But for more than 60 years, a group of myth busters, led by a literary "sheriff" and his posse of fact-checking historians, has pursued the legends of Western lore as doggedly as real lawmen chase outlaws. The organization was founded in 1944 by a group of Chicagoans who considered themselves Westerners, not Easterners. They dedicated their group, the Westerners, to "fun and scholarship." Since then, it's spun off more than 140 chapters around the world.
SCIENCE
March 16, 2007 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
Gonorrhea cases are rising at an alarming pace across the western United States, even while declining in the rest of the country, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. The number of cases in California and seven other western states increased 42% from 2000 to 2005 while declining 10% nationally, according to the report. An increase in gonorrhea is typically associated with a rise in other sexually transmitted diseases -- most importantly HIV infection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2007
Although much of the Western United States has been in the throes of a drought that began around 2000, Southern California's taps have continued to flow, thanks to a giant system of aqueducts and storage reservoirs that draw from different regions. Here is a look at the drought and how this area's urban users have been largely protected from it so far. The parched Western U.S.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2007 | Janet Wilson and Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writers
In a plan to curb global warming, five governors from Western states agreed Monday to work together to set a regional cap this year on carbon dioxide emissions, and join forces in a market-based emissions trading program within 18 months. The agreement came as the largest utility in Texas, TXU Corp.
NATIONAL
January 19, 2007 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
LIKE many Western towns, Rifle is a plain-looking community in a remarkable location. The town is wedged into a gulley carved by Rifle Creek as it trickles from the northern plateaus into the Colorado River. Most of Rifle consists of a narrow grid of modest clapboard and midcentury houses. It's the scenery that commands attention here. Looming above town are enormous sagebrush-studded plateaus, framed by rocky triangular hills that recede into the horizon.
NATIONAL
December 31, 2006 | From the Associated Press
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.
NATIONAL
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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