May 23, 2000 |
What might have been the world's most isolated phone has rung for the last time. The decades-old telephone booth with the shot-out windows became a worldwide attraction in recent months because of its remote location deep in the Mojave National Preserve. However, Pacific Bell and National Park Service officials said they had to remove the phone last week because it attracted too many curiosity seekers.
November 2, 1999 |
A phone in the middle of the Mojave Desert, which gained a cult following after it became the subject of Internet sites, was temporarily silenced by vandals after ringing off the hook for months. Vandals apparently stole the handset of a phone in the isolated booth in the Mojave National Preserve, about 75 miles from Las Vegas. Pacific Bell repaired the phone Monday, said spokesman Steve Getzug. It was unclear how many days the phone had been out of service, he said.
September 18, 1999 |
With only the lazy Joshua trees and hovering buzzards out here to bear witness, this isolated expanse of high-desert plain could well be among the quietest places on the planet. By day, the summer heat hammers hard and the dull whistle of the wind is the only discernible noise. Come nightfall, the eerie silence is often pierced by the woeful bleat of a wandering burro. But wait. There's another sound.
August 13, 1999 |
Convicts are orchestrating drug deals, business frauds and even murders from behind the walls of the nation's 94 federal prisons--simply by picking up pay phones, according to a study released Thursday by the Justice Department. Investigators found that inmates in the federal system--including eight California facilities--have gained virtually unrestricted access to phones, often abusing that privilege to stay in contact with criminal associates in the outside world.
January 17, 1999 |
For generations, the pay phone symbolized comfort and convenience for those needing to stay connected. But as the number of public phones has skyrocketed in the last decade, some communities are beginning to see them more as graffiti-covered, unreliable eyesores than as sights for sore eyes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1998 |
Even in this complicated age, rural America isn't necessarily the best place to be. A schoolmate from my days growing up in Palm Springs, Mary Jo Stephens Churchwell, recently sent me her book, "The Cabin on Sawmill Creek," about living 13 years in a rustic cabin in the Idaho Rockies. "There are all kinds of costs nowadays having nothing to do with old-fashioned, simple survival," Churchwell writes. "There are taxes on property, goods and gasoline.