Updated 7:24 pm CDT, Monday, July 15, 2019 A search helicopter hovers overhead in the Mojave Desert near Needles, Calif., Saturday, July 13, 2019. Authorities in California say they are searching for a bikini-clad Arizona woman who went missing while hiking in the Mojave Desert. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office says 69-year-old Barbara Thomas, of Bullhead City, was last seen Friday wearing a black bikini, a red baseball cap and tan hiking boots with black socks. less A search helicopter hovers overhead in the Mojave Desert near Needles, Calif., Saturday, July 13, 2019. Authorities in California say they are searching for a bikini-clad Arizona woman who went missing while ... more Photo: Dario Lopez-Mills, AP Photo: Dario Lopez-Mills, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 … [Read more...] about Bikini-clad woman missing in California’s Mojave Desert
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San Bernardino County Fire officials removed a mountain lion from a tree in a backyard of a home in Hesperia, California, on Saturday. The homeowner was gardening when they spotted the big cat perched on a 50-foot-high tree branch. Officials tranquilized the cat while removing it, and after it evaluated by wildlife experts it was released back into the wild. Firefighters in California are known for rescuing cats from trees – but things get a little bit more difficult when the cat is a big mountain lion. San Bernardino County Fire officials had to remove a large mountain lion from a backyard in Hesperia, California, after residents spotted the big cat perched on a 50-foot-high tree branch. The homeowner discovered the cat on Saturday when they were gardening, authorities said in a Facebook post about the incident. Staff from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife had to tranquilize the big cat before firefighters could get close to it. Once the cat was sedated, … [Read more...] about California firefighters had to remove a mountain lion from a backyard after residents spotted it perched on a 50-foot-high tree branch
By CALmatters January 17, 2019 at 5:54 am By By Julie Cart | CALmatters Gretchen Bakke thinks a lot about power—the kind that sizzles through a complex grid of electrical stations, poles, lines and transformers, keeping the lights on for tens of millions of Californians who mostly take it for granted. They shouldn’t, says Bakke, who grew up in a rural California town regularly darkened by outages. A cultural anthropologist who studies the consequences of institutional failures, she says it’s unclear whether the state’s aging electricity network and its managers can handle what’s about to hit it. California is casting off fossil fuels to become something that doesn’t yet exist: a fully electrified state of 40 million people. Policies are in place requiring a rush of energy from renewable sources such as the sun and wind and calling for millions of electric cars that will need charging—changes that will tax a system already … [Read more...] about As California enters a brave new energy world, can it keep the lights on?
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Allyson Chiu The Washington Post January 11, 2019 In most depictions, Joshua trees tower above the earth. Feathery-looking limbs topped with spiky green leaves twist skyward, completing the gangly succulent’s striking appearance.But now, viral pictures of these protected trees show a vastly different scene unfolding at Joshua Tree National Park, about 130 miles east of Los Angeles.The trees in the photos have been felled and are lying on the dusty ground - and Park Service officials say people, not Mother Nature, are to blame. Advertisement Shared widely on social media Thursday, the photos have sparked outrage over the plight of national parks that remain open amid a partial government shutdown, leaving them understaffed and vulnerable to the antics of unruly visitors. Parks nationwide have struggled to deal with a variety of issues ranging from … [Read more...] about With US parks understaffed, people are destroying California’s protected Joshua trees