CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 |
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 |
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.
July 25, 2013 |
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.
June 28, 2013 |
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.
May 25, 2013 |
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 .
May 21, 2013 |
It's now possible to enjoy stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) in the Mojave Desert only about half-an-hour from the Las Vegas Strip. Paddle to the Core offers boarding experiences at all levels on the tranquil waters of Lake Las Vegas , located in an upscale (think Celine Dion) community adjacent to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area . Stand-up paddleboarding is a water sport that's quickly growing in popularity. The experts at Lake Las Vegas treat SUP as much more than just a fun activity during a visit to Vegas.