March 8, 1987 |
It is an unlikely prize, a hole in the ground where clothing, plastic gloves and medical supplies contaminated by low-level radioactivity can be buried for generations. But a battle is brewing in the Mojave Desert over which of three dry lake basins will be selected as California's low-level nuclear waste dump. And the stakes for the communities near the chosen site are high.
May 24, 1991 |
Just how hot can it get in this blistering East Mojave Desert community? Perhaps by late summer, a 134-foot-high thermometer will be able to tell you. San Bernardino County planning commissioners Thursday approved construction of what is likely to be the world's tallest temperature gauge just off Interstate 15 on the road to Las Vegas. Expected to cost $600,000, the thermometer is the brainchild of longtime Baker businessman Willis Herron.
December 2, 1991 |
"Thank God no one was hurt," said Willis Herron when he saw the jumbled mess of metal and shattered glass, the remains of his 13-story, $750,000 thermometer that crashed to the ground in a windstorm here. When the giant thermometer swayed back and forth in gusts of 70 m.p.h. and suddenly snapped 20 feet above its base Wednesday, the hopes of this Mojave Desert town--a rest stop on the busy Los Angeles-to-Las Vegas interstate--were dashed as well.
November 29, 1991 |
As swirling gusts whipped the flames of several brush fires, residents throughout Southern California were buffeted by high winds on Thanksgiving day. The skies were sunny and the temperatures a mild 60 to 70 degrees, but gusts as high as 70 m.p.h. battered trees and set off burglar alarms. The winds downed power lines, causing brief power outages. Blowing dirt and debris in canyons and over passes obscured visibility along some roadways, leading to one fatality in Riverside County.
May 10, 1988 |
Many people thought that Howard Anderson had "one wheel in the sand" when he proposed launching an FM radio station to serve the Mojave Desert. After all, there were more jack rabbits and rattlesnakes than people in that desolate sun-parched portion of San Bernardino County. But Anderson had his sights on the 40 million motorists who each year travel the interstate highways linking the Los Angeles metropolitan area with Las Vegas and a host of Colorado River communities.
July 13, 1998 |
Because triple-digit temperatures are baking this pit stop along Interstate 15 between Barstow and Las Vegas, California Highway Patrol Officer Matt Sais warns motorists about the hazards of desert driving. Check your radiator fluid level. Check the belts. Check the tires. Check your gas. Carry drinking water in case your car conks out and you are stuck in the middle of the big, hot desert. On a recent afternoon, he didn't realize how intimate he would become with the subject.