MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE GETTING MAJOR ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

A $4.1 million federal contract is resurfacing roads within the Mojave National Preserve to make them safer. The roads include Ivanpah, Morning Star Mine, Kelso Cima and ZzyZx. These roads are known to many as the back roads to Las Vegas from Twentynine Palms. This project will continue through the

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PROPOSED DESERT PROTECTION ACT WOULD AFFECT OUR MORONGO BASIN

Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced legislation that would create two new national monuments in our region of the California desert and designate six new wilderness areas. The California Desert Protection Recreation Act of 2015 seeks to create the Mojave Trails National Monument, protecting 942,000 acres of federal land between Joshua

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MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE NAMES SUPERINTENDENT

Todd Suess (pronounced “cease”) has been selected as the new superintendent for The Mojave National Preserve. Suess is currently the acting superintendent at the preserve and will continue in that role until he formally begins his new position as permanent superintendent. Suess has worked more than 26 years with federal

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UNIQUE PUBLIC PRIVATE SPONSORSHIP BRINGS OVER 15,000 ACRES TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The National Park Service says a unique public-private partnership has led to the permanent preservation of over 15,000 acres of private in-holdings across Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley and Mojave National Preserve. The parks and preserve were established under the California Desert Protection Act of 1994, but land acquisition

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RANCHO MIRAGE MAN DIES IN KELSO ROAD CRASH

A Rancho Mirage man was killed in an early morning crash yesterday on a rural highway east of Twentynine Palms known as a shortcut to Las Vegas. At 3:37 a.m. Wednesday, a 911 call reported an accident on Kelbaker Road, just north of Interstate 40 in rural Kelso. The California

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FOUR KILLED IN I-40 CRASH YESTERDAY

Four people were killed in a horrific crash on nearby I-40 yesterday. The County Coroner said at 4:45 p.m., a 911 call was received reporting a single vehicle rollover westbound on Interstate 40 at mile marker 104, west of the Fenner rest stop in rural Essex. When CHP arrived, they

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NEARBY BIGHORN SHEEP TO BE CAPTURED AND TESTED

Crews will capture, test and attach radio transmitters to Bighorn sheep in the nearby Mojave National Preserve this weekend. Experts will launch a $48,000 helicopter survey and GPS tracking effort this weekend to gauge the scope of a pneumonia epidemic that has killed more than 100 bighorn sheep in the

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WATER AND POLITICS TOPIC OF MOJAVE WATER AGENCY PRESENTATION TOMORROW

The mixture of water and politics will be the topic of a lecture sponsored by the Mojave Water Agency. “Muddying the Water: Mixing Water and Politics” will discuss some of the history of water wars in California, and whether an upcoming water bill will solve water problems. Presenters will also

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MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST TRAINING LAND MONITORS

If you have an interest in an active role in conservation, the Mojave Desert Land Trust would like to train you as a land monitor. Dan Stork has details…

The Mojave Desert Land Trust is holding a day of Land Stewardship Training on Saturday, September 28, from 9 a.m. to

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COUNTY TO GIVE UP ROADS IN MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE

San Bernardino County turned over about a dozen roads in the Mojave Preserve to the National Parks Service this week. The county had sued in 2006 over its rights to the roads because county crews had been maintaining them for decades before the preserve was created as part of the

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DUMPED SICK DOMESTIC SHEEP SUSPECTED IN BIGHORN SHEEP DEATHS

A pneumonia epidemic that has killed more than 100 bighorn sheep in the nearby Mojave National Preserve this summer, and is decimating another herd, may have come from sick animals illegally dumped off a truck en route to alfalfa fields in the Imperial Valley. Tuesday, Federal land managers said scientists

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MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST MOJAVE PRESERVE CLEANUP THIS WEEKEND

On Saturday, May 11, the Mojave Desert Land Trust, and other organizations are sponsoring a clean-up and restoration in the Lanfair Area within Mojave National Preserve, followed by a stargazing event. Dan Stork has the schedule…

The Lanfair cleanup in the Mojave National Preserve starts with optional free camping on

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OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLE RIDER DIES IN MOJAVE PRESERVE

San Bernardino County Investigators are investigating the death of an off-road motorcycle rider in the rugged Mojave National Preserve. According to a release, Saturday, April 27, at about 5:23 p.m., deputies from the Colorado River Station received an emergency activation of a “SPOT” GPS locating device, coming from an area

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