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  • Unprecedented Movement Detected on Mojave Desert Fault Capable of 8.0 Earthquake: Caltech

    10/17/2019 2:00:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    ktla ^ | 10/17/2019
    In the modern historical record, the 160-mile-long Garlock fault on the northern edge of the Mojave Desert has never been observed to produce either a strong earthquake or to even creep — the slow movement between earthquakes that causes a visible scar on the ground surface. But new satellite radar images now show that the fault has started to move, causing a bulging of land that can be viewed from space. “This is surprising, because we’ve never seen the Garlock fault do anything. Here, all of a sudden, it changed its behavior,” said the lead author of the study, Zachary...
  • 69-year-old bikini-clad woman missing in California’s Mojave Desert

    07/15/2019 6:04:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 87 replies
    Mercury news ^ | 07/15/2019
    The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office says 69-year-old Barbara Thomas, of Bullhead City, was last seen Friday wearing a black bikini, a red baseball cap and tan hiking boots with black socks. The office says Thomas and her husband were hiking in the Mojave Desert approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of the I-40 freeway when they got separated.
  • Calico: A 200,000-year Old Site In The Americas?

    12/17/2001 2:22:22 PM PST · by blam · 164 replies · 13,626+ views
    ASA On Line ^ | unknown
    Calico: A 200,000-year old site in the Americas? New World archaeological sites inferred to be even slightly older than the 11.5 ka Clovis complexes have been controversial; so claims for a 200 ka site in North America have heretofore been treated with substantial disdain. But the acceptance of Monte Verde and Diring may soon change that. The classic "ancient site" in the New World is "Calico," located in the Central Mojave Desert of California (Shlemon and Budinger, 1990). Two issues have dogged acceptance of Calico by mainstream archaeologists: (1) the authenticity of the artifacts; are they truly the product of ...
  • Obama-Backed Solar Plant Could Be Shut Down For Not Producing Enough Energy(WTH!?)

    03/18/2016 8:41:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies ^ | 3/17/2016 | Michael Bastasch
    California regulators may force a massive solar thermal power plant in the Mojave Desert to shut down after years of under-producing electricity — not to mention the plant was blinding pilots flying over the area and incinerating birds. The Ivanpah solar plant could be shut down if state regulators don’t give it more time to meet electricity production promises it made as part of its power purchase agreements with utilities, according to The Wall Street Journal. Ivanpah, which got a $1.6 billion loan guarantee from the Obama administration, only produced a fraction of the power state regulators expected it would....
  • Dianne Feinstein’s Million-Acre Land Grab Falters

    11/27/2015 10:08:09 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 27, 2015 | Chriss W. Street
    Three months after Breitbart News and others outed Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) 's backdoor effort to freeze development on over one million acres of California dessert by having President Obama declare the area subject to the Antiquities Act of 1906, her efforts are going down in flames as Congressional Republicans are moving to ban the Antiquities designation. Feinstein's seven-year quest to convince "ongress to sequester over 1560 square miles of the Mojave Desert into three new national monuments under her proposed 'Desert Conservation and Recreation Act" has gone nowhere. Feinstein has argued that the area she wants designated as 'Mojave...
  • 'Volcano House' that TV's Huell Howser gifted to Chapman University is for sale at $650,000

    09/04/2015 6:40:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | September 4, 2015 | Marilyn Kalfus
    The Volcano House, a flying-saucer shaped home atop a 150-foot cinder cone in the Mojave Desert donated to Chapman University, has hit the market for $650,000. Huell Howser , the producer and host of the TV show "California's Gold," gave the iconic home to the university in 2012. Howser died a year later.
  • 800 Degree Heat From Solar Mirrors Frying Birds Mid Air

    07/10/2014 4:28:08 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 21 replies ^ | 11/07/2014 | Andy Tully
    There is growing evidence that birds flying in the vicinity of a solar thermal power project in California’s Mojave Desert are being injured and even killed either by the solar heat that’s focused with mirrors on its three energy-collecting towers, or by colliding with the mirrors themselves. Yet a task force set up to investigate the problem at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) has brushed aside several recommendations by the forensics laboratory of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), according to the minutes of a meeting on the subject obtained by the Los Angeles public television station...
  • New Solar Power Plants are Incinerating Birds

    08/18/2014 8:30:30 AM PDT · by No One Special · 62 replies ^ | August 18, 2014 | Eric Zerkel
    Thousands of birds are flying into a new solar "mega-trap" in the middle of California's Mojave Desert, killing the avian lot at a rate of up to one bird every two minutes, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The state-of-the-art Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS), which opened in February, is the world's largest solar plant to utilize "power towers," skyscraping structures that receive beams of focused solar rays to generate electricity. At Ivanpah, the sun's ray's are redirected from a sea of more than 300,000 mirrors on the desert surface below to hit water filled boilers...
  • Sacrificing the desert to save the Earth

    02/05/2012 6:24:31 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 5, 2012 | By Julie Cart
    Environmentalists are torn over the high cost of breaking reliance on fossil fuels. Industrial-scale solar development is well underway in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. The federal government has furnished more public property to this cause than it has for oil and gas exploration over the last decade — 21 million acres. In the fight against climate change, the Mojave Desert is about to take one for the team. "I have spent my entire career thinking of myself as an advocate on behalf of public lands and acting for their protection," said Johanna Wald, a veteran environmental...
  • Missing ATVers found dead in Mojave Desert

    12/26/2011 11:15:57 AM PST · by ColdOne · 70 replies · 2+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/22/11 | Tracy Sabo
    (CNN) -- The bodies of two ATV enthusiasts missing since Sunday in California's Mojave Desert were found Thursday after a massive search, authorities said. Kern County, California, sheriff's Lt. Steve Hansen said the bodies of Daniel Preddy Carbonaro, 27, and Chris Wayne Rice, 29, were found and the search was ended. He had no additional details. Carbonaro and Rice, both of Santa Barbara, California, had traveled to a remote corner of the desert with their girlfriends, hoping to test out Rice's new 2011 Polaris ATV, family members said. The area is popular with "off-roaders," campers and recreational enthusiasts. "I am...
  • ACLU Pushes High Court to Destroy Cross Memorial

    10/09/2009 2:46:56 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 10 replies · 1,063+ views
    TownHall ^ | September 8, 2009 | Ken Klukowski
    The Supreme Court joined in a fight between the ACLU and the federal government over a World War I memorial in the shape of a cross. While neither legal team hit the ball over the fence, the majority seems inclined to save this cross in what will be the first religious liberty case of the new Court. On Oct. 7, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Salazar v. Buono. This case is a decade-long fight over the so-called Mojave cross, pitting Obama Solicitor General Elena Kagan against the ACLU’s Peter Eliasberg. (This doesn’t mean Barack Obama necessarily wants to protect...
  • Soldiers fight for desert cross ( “On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross” )

    09/19/2009 1:22:41 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 26 replies · 2,077+ views
    svherald ^ | Today | Bill Hess
    Soldiers fight for desert cross By Bill Hess Published/Last Modified on Sunday SIERRA VISTA — “On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,” goes the opening of an old hymn. But for Sgt. Zachary Thomson, a cross on a hill in California’s Mojave Desert has a different meaning. It’s not a religious symbol to the 26-year-old Sierra Vista resident, who is serving with a Military Police unit at Fort Polk, La. It’s a war memorial, put up in 1934 by veterans of World War I, to honor Americans who died in that conflict. But now the memorial is...
  • Disputed Solar Energy Project in California Desert Is Dropped

    09/19/2009 4:00:43 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 893+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 18, 2009 | Elisabeth Rosenthal
    A proposed solar energy project in the California desert that caused intense friction between environmentalists and the developers of renewable energy has been shelved. BrightSource Energy Inc. had planned a 5,130-acre solar power farm in a remote part of the Mojave Desert, on land previously intended for conservation. The company, based in Oakland, Calif., said Thursday that it was instead seeking an alternative site for the project. The Wildlands Conservancy, a California environmental group, had tried to block the solar development, as had Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, who proposed that the area become a national monument. The land...
  • Battle Brewing Over Giant Desert Solar Farm

    08/05/2009 10:13:18 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies · 1,340+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 5, 2009
    Tessera Solar plans to plant 34,000 solar dishes — each one 40 feet high and 38 feet wide — on 8,230 acres of the Mojave Desert in Southern California. Although the lengthy licensing process for the Calico solar farm remains in the early stages, several environmental groups are already raising red flags about the massive project’s impact on such protected wildlife as the desert tortoise, the Mojave fringe-toed lizard and Nelson’s bighorn sheep. Calico is one of dozens of industrial-scale solar farms planned for the Southwest that have divided environmentalists over the need to promote renewable energy while protecting fragile...
  • "Anti-cross agenda" (ACLU’s attack on war veterans memorial reaches U.S. Supreme Court)

    06/09/2009 5:05:37 AM PDT · by kellynla · 23 replies · 2,077+ views
    California Catholic Daily ^ | June 9, 2009 | staff
    ANN ARBOR, MI – The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced today that it has filed a friend of the court brief opposing the ACLU’s campaign to tear down another war memorial cross. At issue is a small cross originally erected on Sunrise Rock in 1934 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars in memory of the dead of all wars. The cross is located in California’s Mojave Desert, in a remote area where the only visible signs of human activity are off-road vehicles and trail hikers. The ACLU succeeded in...
  • Veterans Fight to Keep Mojave Desert Memorial Cross

    06/02/2009 1:18:27 PM PDT · by NoRedTape · 3 replies · 1,234+ views
    YouTube ^ | June 2, 2009 | NoRedTape
    This simple but powerfully symbolic Cross is in the Mojave Desert. It's been there for 75 years. That is, until some guy from Oregon decided that he didn't like it there since it's on Federal land. That person called the ACLU. The ACLU has managed to legally cover the Cross. The Veterans want it back - out in the open. Watch the Video here. Fortunately, there's a great Legal Team on the side of the Vets. We can only hope for the best. 
  • (U.S. Supreme Court) Justices to decide if vets can be honored with cross

    05/25/2009 2:42:41 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 68 replies · 4,644+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, May 25, 2009 | Washington Times
    Some see it as the universal symbol of sacrifice in World War I, others see it as the undisputed sign of Christianity, but it will be up to the Supreme Court to make a final determination as to whether a 7-foot cross remains standing in a California desert to memorialize war veterans. The cross was first erected in 1934 in what is now the federally protected Mojave Desert Preserve by a group of veterans whose doctors advised them that the desert heat would help them recover from shell shock. Veterans today say this war memorial and others like it across...
  • Justices to decide if vets can be honored with cross

    05/25/2009 7:06:02 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 56 replies · 1,785+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 25, 2009 | Audrey Hudson
    ...but it will be up to the Supreme Court to make a final determination as to whether a 7-foot cross remains standing in a California desert to memorialize war veterans. The cross was first erected in 1934 in what is now the federally protected Mojave Desert Preserve by a group of veterans...w Veterans today say this war memorial and others like it across the country that use religious symbols are under attack by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)...>p> But the civil liberties group says the cross is offensive to Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim and other non-Christian veterans.... "If the plaintiff...
  • Group sees 'violation of trust'; Wildlands Conservancy desert [land] now being opened to development

    03/29/2009 4:18:15 PM PDT · by bornred · 6 replies · 537+ views
    Wind Watch ^ | 3/14/2009 | Janet Zimmerman
    A land conservancy from Oak Glen spent years amassing $45 million in private donations and negotiating the purchase of more than a half-million unspoiled acres in the California desert so it could be turned over to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for protection. Now, the BLM is considering applications for wind turbines and solar-energy arrays on thousands of those acres. The proposals on the donated Mojave Desert parcels have riled residents, visitors and members of The Wildlands Conservancy, which orchestrated the land deals involving a broad scattering of parcels in eastern San Bernardino County. “It’s a violation of trust,...
  • Feinstein wants desert swath off-limits to solar, wind projects

    03/26/2009 4:47:14 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies · 1,169+ views ^ | March 25, 2009 | Richard Simon
    Reporting from Washington -- While President Obama has made development of cleaner energy sources a priority, an effort is underway to close off a large swath of the Southern California desert to solar and wind energy projects. In a move that could pit usual allies -- environmentalists and the solar and wind industries -- against each other, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is preparing legislation that would permanently put hundreds of thousands of acres of desert land off limits to energy projects. The territory would be designated California's newest national monument. The move has triggered cries of NIMBY-ism on Capitol Hill....