Mount Waterman ski resort faces uncertain future

first_imgThere are no long lines at the lift ticket office, no vehicles parked bumper-to-bumper on Highway 2, no parka-clad skiers and snowboarders hopping onto the chairlift for the ride to the top of the mountain. The only signs of life at Mount Waterman this ski season are hawks circling above the tall pines, squirrels running across the highway, and a white-haired man who stands at the base of the lifts looking up at the steep snow-covered mountain face. But just wait until next season, says 85-year-old Lynn Newcomb, the former owner of the long-closed ski resort. Newcomb and Rick Metcalf, a Southern California real estate developer and former Waterman skier, are negotiating to buy back the ski resort, which Newcomb sold in 1999 to a group of Southern California businessmen. “I’m older and shorter now, but I still want to keep a hand in it,” Newcomb said Thursday as he walked across the icy base area. If his plans work out, he and Metcalf hope to improve the facilities, including renovating the resort’s small restaurant, located within the warming hut and the ticket office. They also plan to bring up to standard the three chairlifts, which must pass state inspection. But running Mount Waterman again could be as challenging as skiing down the area’s steep front face. Newcomb decided to get back into the ski resort business after he heard that the U.S. Forest Service had revoked the operating permits for Mount Waterman and neighboring Snowcrest, formerly Kratka Ridge. Under orders from the Forest Service, the current owners must vacate the premises by June or the whole resort could be demolished. Alarmed by that news, Newcomb contacted Metcalf, a Del Mar real estate developer and longtime skier, who had expressed an interest in purchasing the ski area. Newcomb told him there were plans to wipe Waterman out and that something needed to be done, said Metcalf. “I felt like I wanted to save it because it’s such an unbelievable hill and I wanted future generations to enjoy it,” Metcalf said. Jody Noiron, forest supervisor for the Angeles National Forest, confirmed that the Mount Waterman permits were revoked for non-compliance reasons, including a lack of operating permits from the state to operate the chairlifts. The current owners have until the summer to remove all facilities, including the chairlifts, she said. If the facilities are not removed by the deadline, they become the property of the U.S. government. But the owners are still responsible for all the costs involved in their removal, she said. If the owners choose to sell the resort before that time, it will be a private transaction, she added. The Forest Service would get involved again if new owners apply to the agency for special-use permits, she said. Chuck Ojala, one of the current owners, said there have been negotiations with Metcalf, but no deal has been struck. “It’s in a state of flux with nothing decided on,” he said. “All I know is everyone wants to save it because it is a historic Southern California ski site.” The resort dates back to 1939, when Newcomb and his father built the first rope tow at the area, about 34 miles north of La Ca ada Flintridge in the San Gabriel Mountains. They began operating the first chairlift in Southern California on New Year’s Day 1942. Newcomb remained at the helm of the resort for all but a two-year period in the early 1990s, when he sold it to two San Gabriel Valley businessmen. When their ambitious plans for snowmaking and other improvements fell through, the businessmen returned it to Newcomb. He continued running it until 1999, when a new group of about 11 Southern California businessman purchased it and neighboring Snowcrest. The new owners formed a company, Angeles Crest Resorts, and also announced big plans to bring change to the resort, including adding 16 to 17 chairlifts, building up the acreage between Waterman and Snowcrest, installing extensive snowmaking and improving the parking areas. Instead, the resort has not operated since July 2001, mostly because of low snowfall seasons but also because the group did not have operating permits from the state for the chairlifts. Then in January 2005, Barry Stubblefield, a part owner who was digging out Waterman after a snow storm, died in an accident on the hill. Stubblefield and two ski patrol members were skiing when he fell and tumbled out of control, hitting a tree. The loss was devastating to the owners, Ojala said, but they still continued their efforts to get the resort running by this winter. Although they worked last summer to bring the chairlifts into compliance, the effort was not enough to satisfy the Forest Service, he said. “It’s been hard,” said Ojala. “We wanted to bring snow play to Snowcrest and snowmaking to Waterman, but it always seemed like the Forest Service was changing the rules and couldn’t make up their minds.” debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Starts Home Slate Against South Dakota and CSUN

first_img Live Stats DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team hosts South Dakota Thursday in the team’s home opener. Tipoff at the Knapp Center is set for 6 p.m. and all of the Bulldogs’ night contests this season will tip at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast locally on Mediacom/MC 22 and digitally on ESPN3. This season, the second quarter was key in both of Drake’s road wins. Combined the Bulldogs outscored the Cornhuskers and Leathernecks, 59-19, in the second quarters. Drake shot a blistering 70.0 percent (21-of-30) from the floor and 75 percent (12-of-16) from beyond the arc in the two quarters. Redshirt junior Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) was named the first Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week on Monday. It is the fourth player of the week award all-time for Rhine, who was the 2018 MVC Sixth Player of the Year, and the 91st for the program. Rhine’s award, which she earned behind back-to-back double-doubles, is the 25th MVC player of the week award for a Drake player since Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk took over the program in 2012-13. Drake Game Notes ESPN3 South Dakota South Dakota Game Notes This season, South Dakota earned wins at Creighton and a home victory over Incarnate Word. The Coyotes are coming off a 29-7 record in 2017-18, including sweeping the Summit League regular season (14-0). Junior Taylor Frederick is the reigning Summit League Player of the Week who leads the team in scoring at 17.5 points per game. Drake (2-0) starts its home slate against a familiar regional rival in South Dakota (2-0). The Bulldogs and the Coyotes first played each other in 1979, but didn’t play again until the first round of the 2012 WNIT. Drake won the first four meetings in the series, but South Dakota has won four of the past five games, including a pair of victories in Des Moines. The last matchup was a 92-87 overtime thriller won by South Dakota. Following Thursday’s home opener, Drake welcomes CSUN Sunday at 1 p.m. in the first-ever meeting between the teams. The Matadors, who play in the Big West Conference, won the 2018 Big West Tournament. CSUN lost to the eventual NCAA champions, Notre Dame, in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Sunday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN+. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

Madison Bumgarner dominates again, Giants take down A’s in Bay Bridge Series opener

first_imgIn a second … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — In the challenging months of April and May, Madison Bumgarner asked for patience.Despite an ERA that frequently hovered above 4.00 and peripheral statistics that suggested a regression, Bumgarner believed his numbers would eventually look like they did during the best years of his career.With fewer than seven weeks left in the regular season, who’s still doubting him?last_img

Patel: Africa is vital to South Africa’s economy

first_img23 April 2015The continent is vital for the country’s economy, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has told factory workers.“We sell R260-billion worth of goods to other African countries. That R260-billion creates more than 160 000 jobs in South Africa,” Patel said. These jobs were in clothing, car manufacturing and the selling of agricultural produce to other African countries.Speaking at a general meeting with factory workers in Pretoria on 22 April, he warned workers that if South Africa cut the rest of Africa out of its economy and the rest of Africa cut South Africa out of its economy, people in the country would lose their jobs.“We need to stop the attacks on fellow Africans. We need to deal with the frustrations and problems in a different way.”The top countries to which South Africa’s clothing industry sold were Mozambique, Zambia, the US and Zimbabwe. The top countries it sold to in the footwear and leather products sector were Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola. In the textiles sector, the top country to which South Africa sold was Zimbabwe.“The attacks on foreign nationals must stop. We cannot take the law into our own hands and kill fellow human beings,” Patel said. The government was addressing the problems of South Africa, including unemployment, lack of housing, the provision of water and electricity. This included managing migration properly.“We must make sure at our border posts, we have proper procedures. We must make sure that people have papers if they are here legally. We must make sure we manage the numbers of people who come into South Africa.”Patel called on companies to treat all workers equally, regardless of race or whether they were foreign nationals or not. “We must make it clear to companies – don’t exploit foreign workers. Don’t pay them less than South African workers. so much so that South African workers are put aside.“Let everybody be treated equally because the law applies to everyone equally,” he said.He would have a meeting with the Department of Labour to request inspections of companies to ensure they were complying with labour laws.“We are going to deal with the frustrations of our people,” Patel said. The country needed to address the people who were in the country illegally. “Foreign workers who are here legally belong in the union movement, in our churches, they belong in our communities.“We’ve got to organise them and make them feel welcome. They are part of us,” he said.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Roger Goodell Is Getting Blasted For His Comment On Laremy Tunsil

first_imgLaremy Tunsil and Goodell smile holding his draft jersey.Laremy Tunsil.Former Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil’s draft experience was unraveling by the second Thursday night as both his Twitter and Instagram accounts were being hacked, sharing posts detrimental to his draft stock. No matter how you feel about the things posted to his social media accounts, one thing was clear: somebody was out to get him. But when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sat down with ESPN’s Mike and Mike Friday morning to discuss, he seemed to think the chaos was just part of the draft experience, telling Greeny and Golic: “I think it’s all part of what makes the draft so exciting.”Roger Goodell to @MikeAndMike on Tunsil situation: “I think it’s all part of what makes the draft so exciting.” https://t.co/W1S1NwgfcU— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) April 29, 2016While it clearly wasn’t meant to be a malicious statement, it probably wasn’t the best way to describe it either, and he’s getting blasted for it on Twitter. Oh, @nflcommish. It’s a good thing the owners don’t pay you for your public-speaking skills. https://t.co/SM9RuwhMaC— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) April 29, 2016 I’m pretty sure Roger Goodell is universally hated— Joseph Kennedy (@bigjoebadger) April 29, 2016 How can people respect this rat @nflcommish https://t.co/tvlPtAh0EG— Mike Sheerin (@Mike_Sheerin) April 29, 2016 Wonder why players and fans don’t trust @nflcommish to be judge and arbiter of “integrity”…https://t.co/eBODeJJvO6— Nick Dorich (@NickyDPharmD) April 29, 2016 @nflcommish I felt bad that u were booed all day yesterday …until I heard ur comments on what makes this draft so exciting. Keep booing!— Jason Trawick (@jasontrawick) April 29, 2016 Does @nflcommish realize how stupid he sounds? Nice job throwing @KingTunsil78 under the bus! Only thing deflated in the @nfl is #Goodell— Russ Weakland (@MrSandwich96) April 29, 2016 Roger Goodell has less than zero class. https://t.co/8A3A5vj0hm— John Archibald (@ResSports) April 29, 2016 @nflcommish thinks it’s “entertainment” to see a kid slandered and lose millions of dollars. I scream conspiracy.— TheBron James (@Phaulkner) April 29, 2016 @rogergoodell thinks a kid getting railroaded is #exciting. Never got a thank you for gift he gave to the Starks for their #redwedding #nfl— Ron Cardashenstein (@RonCar69) April 29, 2016Tunsil was picked up by the Dolphins and will begin his NFL career as a first round pick, but he’ll never forget draft night – for all the wrong reasons.last_img read more

Minister Grange Hails JFF’s Welfare Fund for Former Players

first_imgStory Highlights “We have to find a way to ensure that those who have contributed to the development of Jamaica… when they get older and are no longer seen as the current stars, that they are taken care of and that something is in place to help them,” Ms. Grange noted. Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, has lauded a decision by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) to establish a welfare fund to support five former football players who have fallen on hard times. Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, has lauded a decision by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) to establish a welfare fund to support five former football players who have fallen on hard times.A former netballer will also benefit from the support.“We have to find a way to ensure that those who have contributed to the development of Jamaica… when they get older and are no longer seen as the current stars, that they are taken care of and that something is in place to help them,” Ms. Grange noted.She was speaking at a ceremony to present the national women’s football team, the Reggae Girlz, with the Key to Spanish Town, during a ceremony in the old capital on December 18.Making the announcement on the welfare fund, President of the JFF, Michael Ricketts, disclosed that the last Sunday in every year will be reserved for a fundraising game, with the proceeds going towards assisting the former players.“So on the 30th (of December) the JFF has decided to have a fundraising game at Drax Hall (in St. Ann) and we’ve named a team comprised of all national masters. All of these players would have played for the national team in the World Cup qualifying era… We will have the national team, who will play against the Olympic squad,” he said.A welfare committee has also been established and will be chaired by former President of Netball Jamaica, Marva Bernard.Meanwhile, Minister Grange is urging the girls to prepare themselves for the future “so that when all the glory is over, you would have ensured that you are well prepared for it in your older years”.Ms. Grange called for additional assistance from the private sector, especially the St. Catherine Chamber of Commerce, to assist the women’s football team in their World Cup journey to France next year, which received support from the JFF President.The Sport Minister also announced plans for the phased development of the multi-use stadium, Prison Oval in Spanish Town, which is to commence in 2019.Spanish Town Mayor, Councillor Norman Scott, in his remarks, expressed pride in the Reggae Girlz and congratulated them for continuing to make Jamaica proud.The women’s football team Captain, Konya Plummer, thanked the Spanish Town Mayor for the honour bestowed on the squad.The team has already received keys from the Mayors of Montego Bay and Kingston, and is scheduled to be similarly honoured by the Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay later today. A former netballer will also benefit from the support.last_img read more

Supreme Court says Harpers tough on crime laws unconstitutional

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down two federal laws from the previous Conservative government’s tough-on-crime agenda, ruling both to be unconstitutional.The decisions mean an end to rules for minimum sentences for specific drug crime convictions and limits on credit for pre-trial detention in certain conditions where bail is denied, giving trial judges more leeway in how they deal with offenders.In both decisions, the top court said Parliament has the right to set laws to maintain public safety, but the rules should not be so overly broad that they capture offenders whose incarceration would benefit neither themselves nor the public.Speaking in Waterloo, Ont., Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government is reviewing the laws around mandatory minimum sentences.“There are situations where mandatory minimums are relevant,” Trudeau said.“The Liberal party of the past in government brought in mandatory minimums around serious crimes like murder, but at the same time there is a general sense, reinforced by the Supreme Court decision today, that mandatory minimums brought in by the previous government in a number of cases went too far. This is what we are reflecting on.”In a 6-3 ruling, the high court said a mandatory, one-year minimum sentence for a drug crime when the offender has a similar charge on their record constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, a violation of section 12 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Only twice before has the court found mandatory minimums to violate that particular section of the Charter.The majority ruled that mandatory minimums in this instance cast too wide a net and catch conduct that can range from a “cold-blooded trafficker of hard drugs for profit” to someone who shares a small amount of marijuana with friends. Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, writing for the majority, said that in the latter instance “most Canadians would be shocked to find that such a person could be sent to prison for one year.”The case came about after Joseph Ryan Lloyd was convicted in September 2014 of three counts of possessing crack, methamphetamine and heroin for the purpose of trafficking in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.An addict, Lloyd also had a 2012 trafficking charge.The provincial court ruled that while the appropriate sentence for Lloyd was one year, the mandatory minimum sentence constituted cruel and unusual punishment and violated the charter.Raji Mangat, director of litigation for the West Coast Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, which intervened in the case, said the Supreme Court’s decision righted a wrong by giving judges more leeway in sentencing.“Those sentencing judges, this is what they do day in and day out,” Mangat said. “They have the expertise to be able to decide what is going to be a fit and appropriate sentence and we think that that discretion should stay with the judges.”The Supreme Court also unanimously agreed to strike down provisions passed in 2009 that prohibited a trial judge from giving more than one-for-one credit for pre-trial detention if a justice of the peace denied bail to the person because of a previous conviction.That’s what happened in the case of HamidrezaSafarzadeh-Markhali, of Pickering, who was arrested in November 2010on drug and weapons charges.He was awarded extra pretrial credit by his trial judge and the Ontario Court of Appeal agreed, noting that three offenders with the same criminal records and given the same sentence could effectively end up serving substantially different amounts of time depending on whether they received bail.Safarzadeh-Markhali has since been deported to Iran.The Supreme Court found the law was overly broad and would capture offenders who, for instance, might have been convicted for failing to appear in court.Safarzadeh-Markhali’s lawyer, Jill Presser, said the decision means thousands of people will serve less time in jail “by a factor of days to even years,” many of whom couldn’t get bail because of their circumstances or a lack of support.Combined, she said, the decisions continue to dismantle the Harper-era, tough-on-crime agenda.“The question for Parliament now is do they want to rebuild the structure on solid constitutional grounds, or simply let it come down?”last_img read more

Health Frontier of Gene Editing to Target Sickle Cell Disease

first_imgAn amalgam of faith, race and genetics is poised to revolutionize the medical industry and the ways scientific researchers contend with illnesses such as sickle cell disease (SCD).This emerging fusion of disciplines has riveted a growing consortium of Black healthcare specialists, scientists, faith leaders and sufferers of various genetic disorders, who are advocating for increased awareness of precision medicine and genome editing. The field is maturing in medicine – among other industries such as agriculture and animal testing – but could potentially lead to a future where disease is permanently eradicated worldwide.Tshaka Cunningham (Courtesy Photo/www.niaid.nih.gov)According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, precision medicine is “an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.” On a molecular level, genome editing is an assemblage of technologies that allow scientists to change an organism’s DNA, according to the National Institute of Health.“For the first time in our history we have the capacity to really gain an understanding of disease at the genetic and biomolecular level; that is getting down into the cell and understanding what mutations have occurred and understanding how those mutations lead to disease,” Tshaka Cunningham, a molecular biologist, told the AFRO.  Those “technologies allow genetic material to be added, removed, or altered at particular locations in the genome.” Cunningham is also affiliate faculty in the School of Systems Biology at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.The Minority Coalition for Precision Medicine (MCPM), co-founded by SCD survivor Shakir Cannon and advocate Michael Friend, is driving efforts to catapult genome editing technology and genetic engineering to the forefront of Black healthcare initiatives. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the organization has spent more than $1 billion researching SCD since 1972 when the National Sickle Cell Anemia Control Act was passed. However, funding still has not led to a universal cure.Genetic editing may revolutionize the protracted course of SCD treatment and Cannon knows firsthand the medical limitations patients face. His life has been marked with painful, invasive SCD treatments and he suffered a stroke at age 3. He undergoes blood transfusion therapy every three weeks to constrain the disorder’s effect on his body.“For the Sickle Cell Disease community, it would mean a new horizon of hope,” Cannon said. “SCD is a hereditary illness that has been well studied throughout the over 100 years since its initial discovery, but yet has been lacking new root-disease causing therapies. Gene editing provides hope that one day folks who suffer – some of which suffer daily in constant agonizing pain – from SCD may be afforded the liberty of living a happier lifestyle. Not only that, but they could perhaps look forward to living long past the median life expectancy of 42 years of age that those living with SCD are afforded.”Although genome editing will likely become a vital element of future healthcare paradigms, Cunningham said pinpointing exactly when the science will achieve total accuracy is difficult to determine. Should researchers discover a cure for SCD and similar disorders, global disease elimination will require widespread access to treatment, just as small pox has been stamped out due to universal access to vaccines.MCPM has substantial plans to not only pique interest among people of color, but to establish 10 regional centers to engage minorities in precision medicine and genomic research. The centers are slated to open in major cities with the highest prevalence of ethnic diversity based on data from the U.S. Census. Additionally, MCPM aims to found five sequencing centers that partner with institutions which support minority causes, such as HBCUs. They hope to have fully functioning locations by late 2020 and anticipate setting a headquarters location in Baltimore.The non-profit also interweaves religion and ethics into their development model. Faith and religion have been cornerstones of the Black community, Friend said, and the MCPM wants to involve religious community leaders to build trust and confidence with Blacks. Moreover, he hopes religious leaders will help Blacks better understand the positive health implications genome editing may yield.MCPM works closely with Timothy Tee Boddie, general secretary and chief administrative officer of the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC). Boddie said his advocacy for precision medicine and gene editing technology is fueled by some of the principles the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King promoted. He believes by using King’s lessons of anti-racism, materialism, and militarism as a platform, the PNBC will “stride towards eradicating racism through addressing health disparities, and economically empowering [African- American] people by ensuring that we are fairly compensated for the contributions we make in the development of new medical treatments and disease prevention.”While MCPM touts the benefits of precision medicine and genome editing, the science also begets questions such as how scientific advances in this area will affect economics; potential adverse health risks resulting from altering genetic material, and how access to treatment will be sustainably accessed by people of disparate incomes.“There are, no doubt, some ethical problems with the misuse of genome editing, in the same way that some people may have almost superstitious reluctance with cremation or organ donation. Again, the key is to be informed and to become more educated about all the pros and cons of such new technologies so that we can make well-informed decisions in which the ends justify the means and the benefits far outweigh the liabilities,” Boddie said.last_img read more

Liberty Global has bought into tcommerce technolo

first_imgLiberty Global has bought into t-commerce technology company Delivery Agent. The cable TV group was one of several investors that contributed an extra US$30.5 million (€22 million) to Delivery Agent in a new round of fundraising.
The technology company provides t-commerce services to numerous TV companies including NBCU, Fox, CBS, Discovery and HBO via a proprietary platform.
“Based on Delivery Agent’s proprietary technology platform, we believe the company is well positioned to lead contextually relevant transactional capability across television and other digital platforms, both inside and outside of the US,” said Bruce Dines, VP of Liberty Global Ventures.last_img read more