February 28, 2010 |
The valleys and hillsides of the Southern California deserts have been preparing all winter for their close-up. Silent and forlorn, often harsh and austere, they're ready to shed their mantle of earth tones and dress themselves in wildflowers, thanks to the rain storms and subsequent warm days. Here's a look at what's unfolding in some of Southern California's best natural settings. If you go These five parks regularly update wildflower reports on their websites during viewing season.
November 27, 1999 |
In another Division XII quarterfinal: Kilpatrick 18, Mojave 12--Jermaine Marshall rushed for 181 yards and one touchdown in 24 carries for Kilpatrick (8-4) at Canoga Park High. Marshall's 15-yard scoring run capped a 72-yard drive to open the third quarter and gave Kilpatrick a 16-6 lead. Kilpatrick was penalized 15 times for 109 yards and lost three fumbles, allowing Mojave (10-2) to stay close. Dominic Snelson sealed the victory, intercepting a Mojave pass with under two minutes to play.
February 7, 1988
In response to "Decline in Desert Tortoise Spells Bad News for the Mojave" (Part I, Jan. 26): It seems that human activity in the desert is incompatible with the continued existence of many unique desert species of wildlife. It is especially sad when signs posted saying "Wildlife Preserve" seem to inspire some people to attack anything that moves with guns and/or clubs. A possible solution is the creation of a large desert national park such as the East Mojave Desert National Park proposed by Sen. Alan Cranston (D-Calif.
June 11, 1990 |
Two weekends ago my wife and I drove up to Weldon, in the Kern River Valley, where I was scheduled to talk at a luncheon of the Kern Valley Library Fund Raising Committee. It was a long way to go to deliver a casual talk, but I spent some of my early childhood in Kern County libraries, and I have tried to pay them back. The luncheon was scheduled for noon on a Friday at the South Fork Women's Club, in Weldon.
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September 27, 1999
Re "Reaching Way Out," Sept. 18: I disagree with UCLA sociologist Warren TenHouten, who considers it "pitiful" to call a phone booth in the middle of the desert and wonders, "What's the most interesting thing that could happen?" Thirty years ago my mother's college roommate dared her to make a crank call to a number they found on the floor of a public phone booth. That random connection became my father. I will always be grateful for the serendipity triggered by one anonymous pay telephone; I suspect that those who call and those who pick up the lonely Mojave phone share my appreciation for such intersections of will and fate.
September 29, 2008
Re "Lone rangers in a hostile land," Sept. 25 The description of the methamphetamine labs and train robbers in Mojave National Preserve was entertaining -- and troubling. The National Parks Conservation Assn. salutes The Times for highlighting some of the challenges this park faces. We would also like to add a few facts: The preserve was established to protect a unique cultural and natural landscape for the American people, and it allows us all to experience singing sand dunes, rock art sites that date back 8,000 years, the world's largest and densest Joshua tree forest and wild animals such as desert tortoises, Mojave fringe-toed lizards, prairie falcons, mountain lions, California condors and desert bighorn sheep.