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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.
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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.
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."
REAL ESTATE
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.
BUSINESS
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.
SPORTS
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.
BUSINESS
January 3, 2005 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
A building boom is underway along the Western seaboard of North America as ports strive to handle the growing flood of trade from China -- and possibly lure away some of the shipping that clogged the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach last year. Billions of dollars have been committed for dredging and construction projects in Alaska, Canada and up and down the West Coast. Expansion programs are on the drawing boards on the Baja peninsula and at the Panama Canal.
SCIENCE
December 25, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Populations of the American pika, a hamster-like rodent unable to survive in warm climates, continue to decline in the West, apparently due in part to global warming, researchers said. Local populations of pikas are extinct at more than one-third of 25 sites surveyed since the mid-1990s in the Great Basin region, according to the study conducted by a researcher for the U.S. Geological Survey.
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