Thursday, October 11, 2012

New blog address

This has the ability to turn into a real nightmare, so I have pulled the plug on having Wordpress host a big site and am going with a blog only there. I have made one post there and will probably make another today.

As far as the bighorn website, I really need to reflect upon what
I want for that site and how to get it- the software, the hosting- there are millions of links on Google to look at, it is overwhelming actually.

So please just bookmark the link above, at least there I can just keep blogging
without being buried in the details.

Thank you for your patience folks.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

In a couple of days, the new blog should be up.

I am undecided whether to keep the old name or to go with the new name.

I have decided to have WordPress host it as Paul suggested in a comment the
other day here; Paul as some of you remember met up with me out at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in late July, for some picture taking and getting acquainted time, as part of his California visit. Hopefully one day I will be able
to show him the local bighorn population, Paul make sure you bring that killer zoom camera when you come back again!

This site will stay on Google as long as they allow it- a good place for the archives, but except for minor updates like this, I doubt that I will be posting much here any longer.

It is time for a fresh start, and a new look, with an emphasis on ease of loading
the pages and less of the new bandwidth wasting gizmos that abound on sites
nowadays. It will probably be a turnoff to some of you, I really don’t get the new social media and don’t care to learn- I would rather do other things with my
time and energy, such as finally getting up to stateline and doing a little bike riding and photography in the Wee Thump area, future home of a gigantic, terrain altering wind farm. By the way, due to having only one day off this week, I did not go yesterday as promised, but hope to do so next week.

Initially the new site is going to look pretty bare bones and unkempt, stick with it
and ultimately it should begin to resemble a website, when it finally grows upSurprised smile


Sunday, October 7, 2012

This blog journey has reached its’ end.

After a couple of years and 622 posts, I have decided to get off the Google
bandwagon and strike out on my own.

With all the changes going on with Google and the new learning curve involved, it seems to me that I might be better served by learning how to put my own website together and start anew.

This site will stay up as long as Google allows it to and from time to time I might
offer minor updates and reminders to check out the new site.

Here is the plan and it is subject to change. I am going to make a bare bones
site, low bandwidth, and hopefully easy to use for those with slow
net connections. The site will probably be tabbed across the top or side, and
for sure will have a blog section which will be updated a couple of times a week, and a section for thoughts on current events and politics and the economy etc, desert related sections and especially trip reports, a desert issues commentary section, and a bighorn sheep section with photos of courseGoat.

I am now 58 years old and a part time shuttle bus driver, in a downsizing economy, about 4 years from drawing early social security, so I will most likely add ads at some point to the new site. But not right away, as it will be rough enough to get a new site up from scratch, just letting you know. The goal all along has been to one day generate supplemental income from the site, it just hasn’t happened yet.

I would like to say a public thanks to a few folks who have lent me a kind word
and linked to this site, almost from its’ inception. I would like to thank Chris over at Coyote Crossing, Shaun at the Mojave Desert Blog, and Laura and Kevin at Basin and Range Watch, as well as the DryCyclist, for all their help and words of encouragement, thank you. If I have forgotten anyone, I apologize, the spirit is willing but the mind is weakEmbarrassed smile.

I would also like to thank all those who commented here over the life of this blog and to all the readers who have stopped by to read posts on this site.
It has been a pleasure to have so many folks read this site over the last couple of years and I hope to see you again at the new site when it is up.

Vaya con dios, my friends.



Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Southern Nevada residents, it is time for you to rise up and derail the renewable energy freight train barreling down at your wild lands that surround you!

I read an interesting post over at the Mojave Desert Blog yesterday and have it open now
for further review. The post is about all the pressures being put on Nevada wildlands in the
greater Las Vegas area from renewable energy “farms” that are being built right now or in
the pipeline to be built.

Shaun has done a masterful job laying out all the details, including where they will be built
and near what scenic areas, etc. These “farms” if all built out will change this scenic area
forever in times of human lifespans, and will take hundreds, if not thousands, of years for
natural recovery, once they are decommissioned.

There is not much that I can add except to say that residents of the Las Vegas area need to
wake up to the destruction that is headed their way. Anyone there who rides a bike, or motorcycle,
or an off-road vehicle, goes hiking and camping, hoping to explore the wilderness, will start to see more and more areas now open to them, being cordoned off and forbidden to enter.

Count on it. Renewable energy projects and tourism and off roading and hunting do not currently
nor can they coexist. All of these projects, most of which number in the square miles in size, will
be fenced off and patrolled by armed security guards, stripped of all animal and reptile life, bladed
over, compacted, and sprayed with industrial strength soil holding agents and herbicides- life as
we know it will cease to exist.

All this nature will be replaced with mile after mile of giant 400+ foot tall wind turbines and miles
of flat solar troughs, mirrors, etc- basking in the sun- humming along and shipping the power
generated there mostly hundreds of miles away along the new transmission lines that will have to cut
through the mountains, valleys, and desert playas to the customers in California and elsewhere.

Now I know Las Vegas is in an economic depression right now and lots of folks will celebrate all the construction jobs that may be available, in dwindling numbers over a few short years, as the projects are
brought online, only to be laid off again at the end, as the 10-30 fulltime jobs will go to industry professionals. But after all, a one year or so short term job, when don’t have nor can find any job, looks
pretty good, and I understand that.

Las Vegan’s you had a chance to help out with the opposition effort to stop the Ivanpah solar facility
now being built out near Primm, for a look at the future facing you and your area, I suggest that you take a ride out there, about 35 miles from downtown via I-15, and drive past the stateline into California, looking
to your right where you will see the ongoing construction out there. Keep driving until you get to the Nipton
Road off ramp and pull off on the shoulder and look back. One new feature will dominate the scenic view,
you won’t have any difficulties spotting it, and that would be a good time to ask yourself a couple of
questions: is this the future I would like to see for my beautiful valley? What can I do to help change the direction of this runaway renewable energy freight train that is about to roll right in to my valley? Am I okay with this, and is this what I want my kids and grandkids to have to look on
for the rest of their lives?

This change is coming folks, guaranteed. The Obama administration is 100% behind these plans, actually
they probably drafted them, and the federal agencies involved are busy as beavers right now, bending and waiving the rules as they please, without fear that anyone gives enough of a damn to try to stop them.

Now just in case you don’t have a car or the time to drive out there to Primm, let me just leave you with a couple of images that will show you what you can look forward to seeing out there in your neighborhood,
and soon.

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Above is a shot of a now decommissioned solar plant near Barstow, California that was taken over a decade after the
plant shutdown.

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Above, photovoltaic solar panels on a location adjacent to a wind farm. This is near Palm Springs, California.

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Above is the Ivanpah SEGS from the roadside heading toward Nevada.

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The above picture represents the future of the endangered desert bighorn sheep in your area once all these projects
are built out, stranded high on a rocky hill without food and water, all exits blocked by solar panels, wind turbines, and
new roads, fences, and transmission lines.

In the end, it is really going to be up to you whether you will allow a bunch of greedy Wall Street investment banks, enabled
by a corrupt federal and state bureaucracy, as well as corrupt “environmental” groups, all of which have participated in
a scheme to tear up your federal lands for all time, to place it out of your reach and use for all time, to convert this wild and
scenic wilderness into a dead and sterile industrial zone- supposedly to combat global warming and climate change- when
millions of rooftops in this country sit there baking in the sun and uncovered with no solar panels atop them- and millions of acres of used up and degraded industrial land lie there poised for use as renewable energy “farms” with locations at or near to the users of the power.

It is up to you to stop the destruction that like a tsunami is heading your way over the next 2 or 3 years. Only you can stop it.
Outsiders can’t do it, only you folks have the power to make your elected representatives such as Senator Harry Reid, listen
to your concerns.

If you enjoy the wide open vistas that surround you as you bicycle or campout, or drive your 3 wheeler atv down the trail, for that matter if you want to be able to continue doing these things unimpeded, you had better start thinking of ways that you can mobilize for change, for ways you can alert your friends, families, and community to the devastation headed soon to a
wild scenic area that you care about.

The time to act is now, to save your quality of life and that of your local environment.