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Correction: Grand Canyon Helicopter Crash-Witness story:

January 1st, 1970

PHOENIX (AP) — In a story Feb. 21 about a helicopter crash at the Grand Canyon, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Lionel Douglass was a pastor. Douglass is an ordained minister who doesn't lead a church. The AP also misspelled the minister's last name. The correct spelling is Douglass.


Tahoe ski resort develops plan to adapt to low-snow seasons:

January 1st, 1970

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Lake Tahoe ski resort is developing a plan to improve skiing during low-snow seasons by removing boulders and trees from several runs. Heavenly Mountain Resort's plan calls for widening a dozen trails and removing potentially hundreds or even thousands of trees. The hope is to reduce skier and snowboard traffic bottlenecks on busy days at the South Lake Tahoe resort straddling the California-Nevada line. Low-snow seasons are expected to become more common due to climate change. The Forest Service is currently reviewing the plan. It determined in a draft environmental assessment the plan would have no significant environmental impacts. The assessment is now subject to a 45-day public comment period.


Some vacation-planning strategies, from websites to haggling:

January 1st, 1970

Natasha Rachel Smith was good at math as a teenager and intrigued by personal finance. As an adult, she was determined to turn "marketing techniques on their head." Today, she works for TopCashback.com, which offers rebates and other deals to consumers who make purchases through the website — including for travel. The Associated Press asked Smith to share vacation-planning strategies along with some insights into how TopCashback works. THE FLIGHT For a last-minute winter getaway, Smith's first stop for booking was Skyscanner.com, where you can input your departure airport without putting in a destination. She then looked for whatever the cheapest fares were to anywhere from her home airport.


Detroit art museum hosting baseball-themed exhibition:

January 1st, 1970

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Institute of Arts is preparing to open a baseball exhibition including works from its collection, rare cards, memorabilia and collectibles. "Play Ball: Baseball at the DIA" runs March 30 through Sept. 16. Cards, memorabilia and collectibles are from the Rochester-based E. Powell Miller collection. The museum says a highlight of the exhibition will be a complete collection of more than 500 cards released from 1909 to 1911 by the American Tobacco Company. The exhibition comes ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Tigers winning the 1968 World Series. The display will include Tigers cards, programs and other publications as well as former Tigers outfielder Al Kaline's autographed bat and memorabilia.


Parts of Warsaw Ghetto wall to become historic monuments:

January 1st, 1970

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Two sections of the wall that isolated the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II should be added to a list of historical monuments, a regional conservation official in Poland said Tuesday. A proposal to list the red brick wall still standing at 53 Sienna Street says the barrier should be protected as a witness to history and preserved for future generations. It says monument status would give legal protection to a "unique historical memento, priceless to the Jewish and the Polish nation." Local residents have two weeks to appeal the regional official's decision. The wall can't be added to the regional list until the appeal period elapses.


Malta's only airport reopens after 2-hour closure for fire:

January 1st, 1970

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Authorities at Malta's only airport say a fire in a fish tank pump room forced the airport to close for two hours while half-a- dozen incoming flights were diverted to Sicily. No one was injured in the fire on Tuesday, which began in a room that holds pumps for a decorative aquarium located in the arrivals area at Malta International Airport. Airport officials say hundreds of passengers were evacuated and 16 flights were affected. They say 10 departing flights were delayed while six incoming flights were rerouted to nearby Catania, Sicily. When the airport reopened, the rerouted flights made their way back to Malta. Malta International Airport is the only airport serving the Mediterranean island nation.


On the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera art trail in Mexico City:

January 1st, 1970

MEXICO CITY (AP) — With her unibrow, braided updo, colorful clothing and mustache, the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has become an idiosyncratic cult figure in the United States. Kahlo has an equally passionate following in her native Mexico City. Her face is plastered on everything from handbags and jewelry to wall hangings and aprons. Her husband, the late muralist Diego Rivera, was better known during their lifetimes but she's eclipsed him in fame since their deaths in the 1950s. All around Mexico City, Frida and Diego-philes can find the couple's work at over a dozen museums and public spaces.


Mexican architect's modernist home, hidden on a cul de sac:

January 1st, 1970

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In a working-class neighborhood of Mexico City, two concrete buildings hidden near the end of a cul de sac draw visitors from around the world. This is the home and studio of Luis Barragan, one of Mexico's most influential architects, who lived and worked here for four decades. The complex, called Casa Luis Barragan, features a clean, minimalist style, accented by Mexican elements, with high walls, natural light and splashes of color creating magical spaces. Built in 1948, it became a museum after Barragan's death in 1988 and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004. Tour reservations for the complex must be made several weeks in advance. Most tours are in Spanish but there are some in English.


Cape Town pushes back 'Day Zero' to July 9 in water crisis:

January 1st, 1970

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's city of Cape Town has made more progress in putting off "Day Zero," the date when it might have to turn off most water taps because of a drought. The opposition party that runs the city of four million people says increased water saving by residents means that "Day Zero" has been pushed from June 4 to July 9. It says provincial farmers who released a large amount of water from private dams to help the city also contributed. The Democratic Alliance party says residents must still use fewer than 50 liters (13.2 gallons) per person daily to avoid the tap closure. Officials in the popular tourist destination initially projected "Day Zero" for April.


Dear Abby: Upset by poor work ethic of younger co-workers:

January 1st, 1970

Dear Abby: I am almost 62 and struggling to get through the day at work. It’s not because of the work itself, but I am extremely unhappy in the work environment. I have been here more than 20 years, and I have a real problem with the work ethic of the younger employees. They come in to work anywhere from a half hour to two hours late. One of them takes hour-long breaks and two-hour lunches and then leaves early. Another comes to work and complains nonstop about her drive, her ex, and all her aches and pains. (She just turned 40.) I go home every night frustrated and so stressed out I snap at my poor husband. I really want to retire.


Californians can go home but told to keep watch on wildfire:

January 1st, 1970

BISHOP, Calif. (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire in rural central California threatened hundreds of buildings Monday, including a historic railroad station, but officials said they made some gains after the flames exploded in size. The blaze scorched 3½ square miles (9 square kilometers) of chaparral bush and shrub oak in the small town of Bishop on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada that is popular for hiking, fishing, climbing and hunting. Officials ended most evacuations that were ordered near the town but warned that strong winds were expected in the area and urged residents to remain vigilant.


The Latest: Most evacuations over California wildfire end:

January 1st, 1970

BISHOP, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire burning in central California (all times local): 3:35 p.m. Most of the mandatory evacuations for a rural California area threatened by a wildfire have been lifted. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Cathey Mattingly says officials are allowing people to return home Monday. But she says the blaze near the small town of Bishop on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada is still burning and people need to stay vigilant. Mattingly says five Inyo County roads and the Pleasant Valley Campground are still closed. Several communities and campgrounds had been ordered to evacuate after the fire broke out Sunday.


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