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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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