Mojave Desert National Preserve May 2011 Black Canyon Campground -photo by Terry Weiner

SHOULD WE BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE COUNTY’S COMPREHENSIVE RENEWABLE PLAN?

The first item, at tomorrow’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting, will be for the  County’s Chief Administrator to present the options for a comprehensive renewable plan.  This has prompted the Boards of Directors of the non-profit groups, The Protect Our Communities Foundation (POC) and Backcountry Against Dumps (BAD), to express their concern about further industrialization in East County, that More Info »

Another Ocotillo Dust Storm

SECOND DUST STORM STRIKES OCOTILLO; COULD DESERT ENERGY PROJECTS BE THE CAUSE?

An ECM special investigation finds links between rise in dust storms across outhwest, Valley Fever epidemic, and installation of large-scale desert solar and wind projects August 26, 2013 (Ocotillo)–A second dust storm has struck Ocotillo on Auugust 25, just two days after an earlier dust storm swept through the desert community.  Dust billowed thousands of More Info »

Ocotillo Dust Storm - Jim Pelley photo

MASSIVE DUST STORM STRIKES OCOTILLO

August 23, 2013 (Ocotillo ) – It looked like a scene out of the 1930s, when factory-scale farms removed topsoil in the Midwest, creating dust storms that swept across the western states, reducing vast areas to a Dust Bowl.   Is history repeating itself? Residents of Ocotillo and other desert communities across the Southwest have recently More Info »

Rain storm at Ocotillo - Jim Pelley photo

OCOTILLO: A MATTER OF CHOICE

The negative stories from Ocotillo continue … It rained for an hour last night. Normally the water would have been evenly distributed across the desert floor, but the project’s access roads channeled the water so that it became a river. You can watch the waters rising, in the video below, until photographer Jim Pelley felt More Info »