STUNNING PICTURE SPECIAL: IAIN MILLER’S GREAT OUTDOORS: THE DUNAFF HEADLAND

first_imgIn this second article on the Donegal great outdoors, hidden gem series Ian Miller has chosen the little known and seldom visited ‘Dunaff Headland’ on the west coast of the Inishowen peninsula.Living on a northwest tip of the Inishowen Peninsula is the 230 meter high Dunaff Hill. This hill is hemmed in by Dunaff Bay to the south and by the lonely Rocktown Bay to the north, which in turn creates the dramatic Dunaff Headland.The seaward face of the headland is a 4 kilometre stretch of very exposed outrageous sea cliffs running its circumference to a high point of 230 meters which overlooks the isolated sea stack Bothanvarra.The Dunaff headland is a miniature mountain massif which sits marooned on the seaward side of the glacial flatlands containing Dunaff village.Underfoot on Dunaff lives a thick carpet of normally sparsely found flora and fauna. With a thick red undergrowth of the fly eating Sundew and in the damp gullies a mini forests of insect eating Butterworts.In many ways the headland is a botanist time capsule with many of the rarer Irish bog plants in residence.What the headland provides the recreational walker is outstanding coastal views towards Fanad Peninsula and Fanad Head Lighthouse to the west and Malin Head to the north.A highly recommended walk starts from the wee pier at Sudan Port and finishes on the b road at Dunaff Bay just beyond Colum Point.This walk hugs the coast line by following the cliff top path and affords the walker unforgettable panoramas in all directions as far as An Grianan of Aileach over Leenan and Dunree Heads to the south.What Dunaff head provides for the perhaps the more adventurous rock climber is a world class sea stack called Bothanvarra. Bothanvarra is a 70m high chubby Matterhorn shaped sea stack which sits in the most remote, inescapable and atmospheric locations on the Inishowen coastline.Access is by a very committing sea passage along the base of the unescapables or by a scary descent of one of the steep gullies overlooking the stack.After four attempts Bothanvarra has only been climbed once by one person, so it is safe to say it is not yet a very popular rock climbing location.But with a 50 meter high seaward face of currently unclimbed immaculate rock it is a future adventure climbers playground, with off course, suitably entertaining access issues. Access to Bothanvarra requires mirror calm seas, no wind and mid summer sun as the stack sits so close to the overlooking cliffs that it is rarely dry.What is guaranteed is it will receive several visits next summer and it sea ward faces will be explored by visiting rock climbers.Reference Linkshttp://www.uniqueascent.ie/sp/directory/details/dunaff-headhttp://www.wildflowersofireland.net/plant_detail.php?id_flower=272#gloshttp://www.wildflowersofireland.net/plant_detail.php?id_flower=52#gloshttp://iain-miller.blogspot.ie/2014/08/dunaff-head-inishowen.htmlhttp://iain-miller.blogspot.ie/2013/10/inishowen-rock-climbing.htmlSTUNNING PICTURE SPECIAL: IAIN MILLER’S GREAT OUTDOORS: THE DUNAFF HEADLAND was last modified: November 9th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Dunaff HeadIain MillerNEW! THE GREAT DONEGAL OUTDOORSlast_img read more

WAR MEDAL FOR DONEGAL MAN – 70 YEARS ON

first_imgHugh McCrea of Ramelton finally gets his medal.A 91 year old Ramelton veteran of the Second World War has been honoured this week with medals of bravery from Russia for his part in the legendary Arctic Convoys.Hugh McCrea of Aughnish Road in Ramelton has been honoured 70 years after he was part of the legendary Arctic convoys that delivered essential supplies to the Soviet Union at the height of the Second World War.By John McAteer, editor of the Tirconail Tribune The Russian Embassy said the Ushakov Medal awarded to Hugh McCrea is according to the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir V. Putin – “For personal courage and bravery shown during the World War II with the participation in the Northern Convoys”.The Medal was awarded on behalf of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Ireland H.E. Maxim A. Peshkov by the Defence Attache to the Embassy of the Russian Federation Colonel Alexey Y. Korkach and Assistant Defence Attache Major Victor E. Milyutin.The medal commemorates Admiral Fyodor Ushakov who never lost a battle and was proclaimed patron saint of the Russian Navy.Hugh joined the Royal Navy in Liverpool in 1943 and served for three years in the service during the darkest days of the conflict. More than 3,400 seamen died over four years from 1941 on missions to keep open supply lines to Soviet ports, travelling what Winston Churchill dubbed the “worst journey in the world”.Hugh served in the Royal Navy for three years at the height of the war as part of the Artic Convoy Protection Patrols.Now seventy years on, he’s been presented with the medal for his contribution to the patrols that guarded cargo vessels from German bombers and U-boats as the war raged across Europe.Hugh is one three surviving Irishmen to be presented with the honour this year. He has described the presentation as a very emotional and proud occasion and said he was one of the very lucky ones to survive.“I feel very honoured and very humbled and I’m lucky to have survived a shocking period in our history,” he adds. He also recalls meeting his future wife, Renee Corry while home on shore leave from the Navy. They later married and had a family of four. Renee, who was one of stalwarts of the Ramelton Pantomime for a generation passed away ten years ago.Hugh served as a telegraphist with the British Navy between 1943 and ’46 and was part of the huge war effort to protect commercial shipping on the North Atlantic routes and to the port of Murmansk in Russia. Hugh recalls ‘celebrating’ his 21st birthday aboard a British escort sloop HMS Magpie on escort duty off the Russian port in 1944.He received the medals from officials of the Russian Embassy on Tuesday morning when they visited his home.With naval escorts, around 1400 merchant vessels sailed from Britain, Iceland and North America to the Soviet ports of Archangel and Murmansk. Sailors braved freezing conditions to deliver essential food and munitions to the Soviet Union and Hugh McCrea has the most vivid recollections of the hardships, the bravery, the loss of lives and ships and the freezing conditions they had to endure.The convoys carried food, munitions, weapons and vehicles donated under the Allies’ lend-lease agreement. These supplies were vital to Russian troops on the Eastern Front, particularly those resisting the siege of Leningrad.85 merchant vessels and 16 Royal Navy warships were lost over the course of the campaign. 3000 lives were lost and Hugh pays tribute to the bravery of all his colleagues whose contributions defeated the forces of Hitler in what was the darkest period of the Second World War.The crewmen of the convoys endured constant threat of attack by enemy submarines, aircraft and surface ships as well as atrocious polar weather conditions. If ships were sunk, sailors died in minutes in freezing waters.Of the many who served in the Arctic convoys, it is thought that between 200 and 400 sailors, all now at least in their late 80s, are still alive.Hugh McCrea is proud to be among them as he prepares to celebrate Christmas with his daughter and family.Hugh trained as a telegraphist in Belfast and Portsmouth before joining the Royal Navy and later came home to Ramelton to help run the family auctioneering business on the Mall. Basil McCrea’s firm was among Donegal’s most important selling agents and shortly after coming back, Hugh took over the business and also began importing coal when RJ Gamble’s opted out of the fuel services.Hugh McCrea says his brother, Bill who is now 93 served for over 20 years in the Royal Airforce and was also highly decorated for his bravery and services to th war effort.Hugh McCrea’s son, Basil is currently an MLA in the Northern Ireland Assembly.WAR MEDAL FOR DONEGAL MAN – 70 YEARS ON was last modified: December 18th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalHugh McCreamedalRameltonRussialast_img read more

OUTRAGE AFTER WOMAN ORDERS CHILDREN TO DUMP KITTEN AT SIDE OF ROAD

first_imgSick kitten Poppy was dumped in a box but is now recovering.A tiny sick kitten is lucky to be alive after she was heartlessly dumped in a box at a roadside near Donegal Town and left to die.Luckily for the kitten, a local woman was outside gardening at the time and witnessed a car pulling over and acting suspiciously near her home.The woman driving the car then ordered three young children aged between 5 and 10 to get out and dump a box at the roadside. Despite the children’s pleas and obvious reluctance to part with the box, the woman, forced them to leave it on the ground, after which the children returned to the car and they drove away leaving the box behind them.The witness then went to investigate what they had dumped and was horrified to find a tiny, extremely sick, 6 week old kitten cowering inside.The kitten, now named Poppy, was rushed to Donegal Town-based animal rescue Animals In Need, where she is now being treated for a severe eye infection and cat flu.An outraged Animals In Need spokesperson said ‘This was such a callous thing to do. The box was only found by chance or that poor little kitten would have suffered a horrific, slow death in there.’ She continued ‘We regularly go round the schools as part of our Education Programme to teach the children to respect and care for animals but what is this woman teaching her poor children? That it is ok to just throw away sick animals and drive off without a backward glance?’The shocked animal rescuer added ‘Why are people still dumping kittens in this day and age? There is help available either by ringing a rescue or a vet. Kittens can’t survive on their own so dropping them off to fend for themselves is sending them to an agonising death where they will starve, become sick or injured and ultimately die. We would ask people to please take responsibility and stop this cruelty.’Thankfully Poppy is responding to treatment for cat flu and it is hoped that she will not suffer any long term damage to her eyes. She is a very friendly little girl and when she has recovered she be able to join the other foster kittens in the cattery and then go on to find a loving forever home.If you would like to help towards Poppy’s medical expenses please donate €2 via your phone by texting the word ‘KITTEN’ to 50300. The helpline for dogs is 087 1356188 and for cat/kitten enquiries please call 087 7644420.OUTRAGE AFTER WOMAN ORDERS CHILDREN TO DUMP KITTEN AT SIDE OF ROAD was last modified: June 15th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:animals in needDonegal Towndumpedkittenlast_img read more

RTE STAR TUBRIDY KEEPS HIS PROMISE TO VISIT BUNCRANA

first_imgThe Ryan Tubridy Show set to tour The Wild Atlantic Way and the RTE star has kept his promise to visit Buncrana.The Ryan Tubridy Show has joined once again this year with Fáilte Ireland’s summer marketing campaign and will be broadcasting live with RTE Radio 1.Last month the RTE star told his listeners that the one place he would be visiting would be the Inishowen town.He was speaking in the wake of the Buncrana drowning tragedy which claimed the lives of five members of the one family. The Buncrana stop will be the first as Ryan visits the Wild Atlantic Way from Monday 30th to Thursday 2nd June with the ‘Tubs on Tour on the Wild Atlantic Way’ summer holiday broadcasts.People across Donegal will see the visual spectacle of the first Wild Atlantic Way and RTE Radio 1 bus – branded from top to toe with Wild Atlantic Way and RTE Radio 1 branding and Ryan’s image – travelling the Wild Atlantic Way taking in some key Discovery Points along the way and stopping off for live broadcasts in four locations along the route.The RTE Radio 1 team has a busy schedule as the popular host broadcasts live from:Buncrana, Co Donegal (Monday, 30th May) – Main St. BuncranaStrandhill in Sligo (Tuesday, 31st May), The Seafront on Strand Rd (beside the Strandhill Surf Shop)Clifden, Co Galway (Wednesday 1st June) – The main Market Square (outside EJ Kings bar and restaurant)Kilkee, Co. Clare (Thursday, 2nd June) – The West End Car park near the Pollock holes Ryan will be interviewing some local tourism businesses from the surrounding area and discussing some of the many activities and experiences available to anyone touring the Wild Atlantic Way.Fáilte Ireland is encouraging everyone to come out and attend the broadcasts.Looking forward to the arrival of the popular RTE Radio 1show, Fiona Monaghan, Head of Wild Atlantic Way, Fáilte Ireland, said they are delighted that Ryan has decided to experience the Wild Atlantic Way first-hand and more importantly tell his listeners all about it.“This is the third consecutive year the show has chosen to showcase the Wild Atlantic Way. This year spectators coming down to watch the broadcast in Buncrana, Strandhill, Clifden or Kilkee can expect to see plenty of festivities, interviews, live music, and of course prize giveaways as well as hear about local tourism highlights. We are encouraging everyone to come on down and join in the fun to bring the Wild Atlantic Way to life through the airwaves.”RTE STAR TUBRIDY KEEPS HIS PROMISE TO VISIT BUNCRANA was last modified: May 19th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranadonegalInishowenRyan TubridyWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

50% of adults find official documents difficult to understand

first_imgThe National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) have revealed that in their polls, half of adults in Ireland find official documents difficult to understand.NALA are encouraging businesses to cut down on the overly-technical waffle used in many official documents, and thus are announced details of its 2016 Plain English Awards which is now open for entries to combat the overuse of overly-complicated jargon.Pictured are RTE radio presenter and Plain English Awards judge John Murray, Inez Bailey, CEO, the National Adult Literacy Agency and Declan Black, Managing Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran.Picture by Shane O’Neill Photography.This year NALA is encouraging businesses and organisations from different sectors (Financial, Health, Regulatory and Public Sector) to submit documents that they think are outstanding examples of plain English. An independent panel of plain English experts, including RTE radio presenter John Murray, will judge the entries and decide on the winners in each category.Speaking about the awards, Inez Bailey, CEO, NALA, said: “Plain English is very important for organisations and businesses as they can deliver a better service while saving time and money by not having to clarify misunderstandings with the public. We developed these awards as we want to publicly acknowledge organisations that choose to communicate in plain English.” 50% of adults find official documents difficult to understand was last modified: August 26th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:jargonliteracyNalanational adult literacy agencyofficial documentswafflelast_img read more

MAN THREATENED SENATOR IN MINI-BUS BUST-UP

first_imgA man who threatened Fianna Fail Senator Brian O Domhnaill during a late night bust-up on a mini-bus has been ordered to pay €5,000 to charity.Jimmy Sharkey ordered to pay €5,000 donation.Jimmy Sharkey pleaded guilty to using threatening and abusive behaviour against Senator O Domhnaill. Other charges of actual assault by another man against Senator O Domhnaill have been adjourned after the man also pleaded guilty.Sharkey, a 46 year old father-of-four, who is based in Bayside, New York, admitted being involved in the incident at 4.50am on August 22nd, 2010.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard Sharkey and his co-accused Cathal O’Donovan (44), of New Eltham, London met Mr O Domhnaill outside a chipshop in Gaoth Dobhair.It was alleged that he told the two men they could get a lift in a mini-bus back to where they were staying.However the two men missed their stop and ended up “on a tour of North Gaoth Dobhair.”Senator O DomhnaillThe men were then left back to a local hotel An Chuirt where they got out.However, the men protested and tried to get back on the mini-bus during which Sharkey was alleged to have become engaged in threatening and abusive behaviour towards Mr O Domhnaill with intention to provoke a breach of the peace.O’Donovan also admitted assaulting Mr O Domhnaill.The court heard that Mr O Domhnaill never got off the minibus and Judge Keenan Johnston said it should be noted that he was not in any way responsible for the incident.Barrister Damian Crawford said his client had never been in trouble before and had lived in New York for 20 years.He said the case had caused him serious distress and that his father was currently very ill in hospital.“This was a simple matter that escalated into people being driven around the country in the middle of the night and people were annoyed. Mr Sharkey has never fallen out with anyone and wants to apologise to everyone on the bus,” said barrister Crawford.He asked Judge Johnston not to record a criminal conviction but deal with the matter by way of a donation to charity.Judge Johnston agreed the incident arose out of drink but said Sharkey was a 46 year old who had never been in trouble before.He told Sharkey that if a sum in total of €5,000 was paid to the Friends of Letterkenny Hospital by April 1st, then he would not record a conviction against him.Sharkey later returned to court and paid the €5,000 into court and Judge Johnston discharged the case.MAN THREATENED SENATOR IN MINI-BUS BUST-UP was last modified: January 29th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assautbreah of peaceCathal O’DonovanGaoth DobhairJimmy SharkeySENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILLlast_img read more

€15,000 FOR GIRL WHO SUFFERED AFTER CAR CRASH

first_imgA TEENAGE girl has been awarded €15,000 in damages after a car crash two years ago.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how the girl – then 16 – was injured in the accident in Castlefinn in August 2013.Her barrister told the court that she suffered neck, shoulder and lower back injuries in the crash and was off school for four or five days. She continued to suffer psychological effects for around a year after the incident.“Those symptoms were gone within a year of the crash,” said the barrister.Judge John Aylmer approved the settlement by the insurance company.€15,000 FOR GIRL WHO SUFFERED AFTER CAR CRASH was last modified: December 9th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:castlefincourtletterkennysettlementlast_img read more

ALMOST €13,000 FOR GIRL (11) WHO HURT HEAD IN CAR CRASH

first_imgA GIRL who suffered headaches and nightmares after a car crash has been awarded almost €13,000 in compensation.Letterkenny District Court heard how the girl, who was 11 at the time, was involved in a road traffic accident in Co Donegal on April 5, 2014.Barrister Leona McCauley told Judge Paul Kelly that the girl – now 13 – struck her head in the crash and suffered headaches, dizziness and vomiting. The lawyer said the girl was discharged from Letterkenny General Hospital the same day but was re-admitted three days later suffering from the same symptoms as well as neck and spine pains.A GP later found the girl suffered from intermittent headaches which were relieved by paracetamol.She was no longer suffering nightmares and the girl had “more or less forgotten about the accident”.The case was before the court for approval by the judge.Judge Kelly said he was recommending “the exceptionally favourable settlement” and ordered a total pay-out of €12,977 including medical expenses, with €12,000 of that for the injuries suffered.ALMOST €13,000 FOR GIRL (11) WHO HURT HEAD IN CAR CRASH was last modified: February 3rd, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accidentdonegalpay outlast_img read more

High gas prices get many more drivers on bus

first_imgThe Simi Valley Transit buses operated by the city of Simi Valley, with a $1.25 fare, had a 14 percent increase from April 2005 to April of this year to 38,831 riders. “Part of it is because of the surge in gas prices and part because of the Town Center mall opening,” said Claude McFerguson, the city’s transit superintendent. Three of the city’s main routes have stops at the mall, which opened in October, two routes have stops at the Simi Valley Metrolink station, one goes into the San Fernando Valley and stops at the Chatsworth Metrolink station and one stops at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. “I think it is terrific people in Simi are using mass transit to get around,” City Councilman Glen Becerra said. “It shows we have a bus system that allows people to navigate the community. Our buses are beautiful, clean and new. They are a wonderful way to get around town. You are taking cars off the road. There are all sorts of benefits to the community.” Although many bus riders say they have no choice because they are unable to drive, others say the high gas prices made them choose public transit. Jeremiah Win of Simi Valley said he has a car but likes to ride the bus. “I’m going to the Simi Valley Cultural Center,” said Win, who is taking a film class there. “I’m taking the bus to save gas and parking. It also relieves my stress from driving.” Concerns about money led Matthew Martinez to take the bus, and he enjoys the air-conditioned rides. “I don’t make enough money to spend this much on gas,” he said. “I’ve been riding the bus for about three weeks because of the gas prices.” Gary Bodkins, 63, said he lives in a senior citizen housing complex where most of the residents, including himself, don’t drive. “I started riding the bus in 1999 because of the expense of driving a car,” he said. “As you get older, it’s one of the costs you no longer need.” He said not having a car has actually allowed him to travel more. “I went to Spain and Portugal last year,” he said. Thousand Oaks has also seen dramatic increases in ridership. From July 2005 to April, it stood at 136,692, compared to 114,302 during the same period a year before, an increase of nearly 20 percent. In the first three months of this year, Thousand Oaks Transit ridership jumped to 45,558 from 33,140 in the first quarter last year, a 37 percent increase. The Thousand Oaks Transit system provides service for a $1 fare within Thousand Oaks, and riders can connect to the San Fernando Valley through the VISTA system and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Stops include The Oaks and Janss Marketplace shopping centers, the senior and teen centers, Los Robles Regional Medical Center and the Civic Arts Plaza. The VISTA, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks systems are all subsidized by tax money that comes through federal, state or local government agencies, and as the price of gas goes up, the costs of operating the bus systems also rise. But officials say they are happy to see more riders leaving their cars and taking buses. “It lessens congestion on the road, it helps the air quality,” said Roy Myers, transportation analyst with the city of Thousand Oaks. “The word we have from most people is they feel more relaxed.” eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – Police Sgt. Blair Summey usually drives a car but decided to take the bus for a recent shopping trip to buy a fishing pole and some clothes. The bus ride cost him $1.25, and he figured he saved about $6 in gas money. “It’s my way of fighting the oil companies,” Summey said. “When you see gas prices over $3, this is my way of saying no. Besides, the bus is air-conditioned and you meet nice people.” Bus ridership has jumped in eastern Ventura County as gas prices have risen, putting unprecedented pressure on local residents to leave their cars and take advantage of their local public transit systems. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We’re concerned about reaching capacity on some of our buses,” said Ed Webster, contract manager with VISTA, the Ventura Intercity Service Transit Authority, which is operated by the Ventura County Transportation Commission. The VISTA buses connect cities in Ventura County and also to other transit systems in the San Fernando Valley and Santa Barbara. Ridership jumped about 24 percent in the first quarter of this year to 186,513, compared to 150,476 during the same period in 2005. Webster said the VISTA bus rides, which cost $1 between cities, are not only saving money for riders but allowing them to read or just relax – things they can’t do while driving. Within the VISTA system, there was a 22 percent increase in ridership on buses that connect Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Warner Center. Another part of the increase comes from VISTA’s East County service connecting the Amtrak-Metrolink train station in Moorpark with the Thousand Oaks transit center, The Oaks mall and Simi Valley Town Center. On that East County line, ridership increased 11.6 percent in the first quarter to 14,463. last_img read more

Missing hiker’s remains found

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Coroner’s officials were expected to identify the remains in a few days, Quinata said. Day and Allen were visiting the desert east of Los Angeles for a convention when they wandered off a mountain trail during a two-hour stop with other tourists. Prepared for a brief hike, they wore light windbreakers and tennis shoes and had no food, spare clothing or cell phones. When they came across the deserted campsite, they found identification showing the camper was Donovan, a 60-year-old retired social worker and experienced hiker. The items he had left behind included a warm sweater, dry socks and matches that the couple used to light a signal fire. They were rescued after the flames from the fire were seen from a helicopter. “Even in his death, he was helping people,” Donovan’s longtime friend, Chris Hook, of Richmond, Va., said at the time. PALM SPRINGS – Deputies searching an area where two lost hikers were found last month discovered remains they believe may be those of a missing man whose abandoned supplies helped save the couple. Brandon Day, 28, and Gina Allen, 24, of Dallas were found last month after spending three nights in the rugged San Jacinto wilderness. The third night they came across a backpack of supplies at the deserted campsite of John Donovan, a Virginia man who vanished while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in May 2005. Deputies returned Sunday by helicopter to the desolate area, where they found the remains. “It gave us the location because the backpack belonged to the missing hiker,” Sgt. Earl Quinata said Monday. “It gave us a better location to begin a search.” 160Want 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