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May 25, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke, Los Angeles Times
A shallow magnitude 3.3 earthquake was reported Saturday evening 11 miles from Ft. Irwin in California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:58 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 1.9 mile. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 20 miles from Barstow, 22 miles from Barstow Heights, 48 miles from Apple Valley and 295 miles from Phoenix. In the last 10 days, there have been no other earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby. Read more about Southern California earthquakes .
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OPINION
March 29, 2014
Re "The Mojave solar threat," Opinion, March 26 Mark Butler's sensitive and heartfelt Op-Ed about Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave Desert aligns with my own feelings about the current state of the Antelope Valley's desert landscape. Formerly serene areas in the "delicate ecosystem," as Butler puts it, are facing what appear to be plans for wall-to-wall solar. The local government here has spearheaded solar without objectively considering the effects. A big short-term issue includes the numerous dirt storms that have disrupted our once peaceful valley.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1988
A little over 100 years ago Charles F. Lummis walked across the Mojave Desert, on his way to Los Angeles, a job with The Times, and a career of speaking out, often for "the little guy." Much of that desert is the same today as when Lummis saw it. Now a controversial plan to "preserve" the desert, by turning the current "East Mojave National Scenic Area" into a national park (Sen. Alan Cranston's SB 7), is being supported by the powerful urban media ("Protection for the Desert," editorial, April 4)
OPINION
March 26, 2014 | By Mark Butler
After nearly 38 years working for the National Park Service, I hung up my "flat hat" this month and retired as superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park. That means I can now speak out against pending proposals with the potential to harm our country's most spectacular national parks in the California desert. My experience in the National Park System began right out of high school, when I spent a season patrolling the mountainous trails of Yosemite National Park's backcountry as a wilderness ranger.
NEWS
May 23, 1986 | United Press International
An earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale shook the Mojave Desert 80 miles east of Bakersfield early today. The quake was recorded at 4:41 a.m. with an epicenter 29 miles northwest of Ridgecrest in the desert. There were no immediate reports of damage in the sparsely populated area.
NEWS
October 1, 1989
In an urgent move to protect the endangered desert tortoise, federal officials have imposed a quarantine on 59 square miles of the Mojave Desert, ordering the terrain off-limits to hikers, recreational vehicles and grazing sheep. "We're losing about 50% of the adult tortoises a year out there right now," said Lee Delaney, head of the federal Bureau of Land Management's area office in Ridgecrest. "If that continues, it would be a few short years before we don't have a tortoise population."
OPINION
January 2, 2010
Something to hide? Re "Policy thins the ranks in L.A. gang units," Dec. 28 What are these officers afraid of? In most government service, strict rules govern income from other jobs and basic financial disclosure. Avoiding duty just to get around such disclosure seems akin to refusing drug and alcohol tests. It should be setting off alarms all over the Los Angeles Police Department. Have we learned nothing since Rampart? Ron Hardcastle Los Angeles The right way to site solar Re "A Mojave power failure," Editorial, Dec. 26 I was disappointed to read your editorial lauding Big Solar as the solution to the planet's problems and conservation as the enemy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2010 | By David Kelly, Los Angeles Times
Less than two weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the controversial 7-foot-high Mojave Desert cross could stay put, but on Sunday someone else decided it should go. Investigators who arrived at its former perch Monday found a few bits of rusty metal, 1.6 million acres of desert and a big mystery on their hands. "One day it was there, the next day it wasn't," said Linda Slater, spokeswoman for the Mojave National Preserve, where the cross stood for 76 years. "It was bolted directly to the rock, and the bolts were cut. Someone has that cross."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
TECOPA, Calif. - Under a canopy of gleaming stars, Janet Foley made her way across a dab of marshlands surrounded by harsh Mojave Desert terrain, her headlamp fixed on a live trap the size of a loaf of bread. She peered inside, smiled and said, "Hi there, cutie. " The creature staring back at her was a federally endangered Amargosa vole, one of the rarest mammals in North America. Foley recorded its vital statistics, attached an identification tag to its right ear and released it back into the wild.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
Two mothers pleaded not guilty Monday to charges they vandalized a classroom at a Mojave Desert school after losing a battle to keep it from being transformed into a charter campus under the controversial parent trigger law. Lori Yuan and Chrissy Guzman were parent leaders against the effort to convert the low-performing Desert Trails Elementary School in Adelanto to a charter last fall in the state's first successful use of the 2010 parent trigger...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
Two mothers pleaded not guilty Monday to charges they vandalized a classroom at a Mojave Desert school after losing a battle to keep it from being transformed into a charter campus under the controversial parent trigger law. Lori Yuan and Chrissy Guzman were leaders against the effort to convert the low-performing Desert Trails Elementary School in Adelanto to a charter last fall in the state's first successful use of the 2010 parent trigger law....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Richard Winton and Ruben Vives
The man called Ridgecrest police early Friday morning with a warning: He planned to "wreak havoc" on the Central California community. Less than three hours later, the caller - already suspected of killing one person and wounding another - lived up to his word. He led authorities on a high-speed, 35-mile chase on a Mojave Desert highway, shooting at authorities and other vehicles and forcing drivers off the road. At some point, the gunman's trunk popped open, revealing a man and woman inside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Scientists have discovered four new species of legless lizards in California, including one species that lives beneath the sand dunes near Los Angeles International Airport. But before we go on, let's get one thing straight: Yes, a snake is a legless lizard, but not all legless lizards are snakes. Throughout the history of lizard evolution, several lizard lineages have lost their legs, James Parham of Cal State Fullerton said. Snakes are the best-known and most diverse of these lineages, but more than 200 other types of limbless lizards exist throughout the world.
SCIENCE
July 25, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
A Republican congressman who represents the northern Mojave Desert has asked the federal government to launch a full-fledged environmental review of Cadiz Inc.'s proposed groundwater pumping project. The request by U.S. Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) joins a similar one made last year by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), making a rare show of bipartisan unity on a publics lands issue. In a June letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell that was released Thursday by the National Parks Conservation Assn., Cook echoed  opponent concerns about Cadiz's plans to pump groundwater from beneath its holdings in the eastern Mojave and sell the water to urban Southern California.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The Los Angeles area isn't the only spot expecting record heat: Las Vegas is anticipating highs Saturday, Sunday and Monday of 117 degrees, tying an all-time record first set in 1942 and exceeded in 2005. The thermometer may soar higher still along the Strip, said meteorologist Reed Wolcott at the National Weather Service office in Las Vegas. “There's so much concrete there, it's going to be ever hotter,” he said. “That pavement could be 150, easily, and it radiates upward.” Wolcott's advice: “Stay indoors if you can, in air conditioning.” Which isn't so hard to do in Las Vegas.
NEWS
May 25, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke, Los Angeles Times
A shallow magnitude 3.3 earthquake was reported Saturday evening 11 miles from Ft. Irwin in California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:58 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 1.9 mile. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 20 miles from Barstow, 22 miles from Barstow Heights, 48 miles from Apple Valley and 295 miles from Phoenix. In the last 10 days, there have been no other earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby. Read more about Southern California earthquakes .
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