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  • Letters from the desert: Evenings here | Coyote Crossing
    week a quick trip to the closest ATM in Henderson fifty miles one way and coming back an hour before sunset into the north end of the Ivanpah Valley I saw the Providence Mountains from seventy miles north Their outline was as crisp as it was from Kelso but distance had transformed the range to a solid ruddy gray Find yourself a spot with a view of a few consecutive ranges and you may have trouble counting them They fade stepwise and imperceptibly into the sky beyond Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Blog Entries on July 22 2008 by Chris Clarke Post navigation Coyote Crossing Letters from the desert My home for the summer Search for On the Coyot es Network On Forgetting My Field Guide Birds and Words Published on September 16 2015 by Julia Zarankin My Hit Single Are Warblers Less Important Than Tigers Reconciliation Ecology Published on September 12 2015 by Madhusudan Katti Making Friends With Crows The Corvid Blog Published on August 2 2015 by The Corvid Blog The Heart of Freedom Cecil the Lion Wild Within Published on July 29 2015 by Jennifer Molidor There s Gold in Them Hills Dispersal Range Published on June 28 2015 by Meera Lee Sethi California note 1 Slow Water Movement Published on July 7 2015 by slowwatermovement Joe Eaton calls Fowl A Review Toad In The Hole Published on July 4 2015 by Joe Eaton The other invisible hand View from Elephant Hills Published on 5 June 2015 by T R Shankar Raman The Silurian Valley spared but will it be conserved Miracle or Mirage Published on December 5 2014 by Patrick Donnelly Lone Pine s lone pine Is Dead InyoOwnWay Published on August 13 2014 by Mike Prather A Good Defense Is Not Enough The Not Essential List Published on August 18 2013 by Shaun G Nevada Part 2 Basin and Range Watch Published on July 17 2013 by Basin and Range Watch Recent Posts Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist And this is his sofa is it Let Er Drift Louis Sahagun makes it into the Joshua Tree book Moon s up Recent Comments cithra on Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist katrinkavt on Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist chigau on Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist Dale Favier on And this is his sofa is it eamon knight on Social media isn t Get my free email newsletter Enter your email address powered by TinyLetter On Twitter Tweets by canislatrans Feeds RSS Posts RSS Comments My writing at Beacon Napping In the Belly Of The King August 27 2015 The Central Valley s Second Coming May 27 2015 The Desert Is Not Your Blank Canvas April 19 2015 Cynicism and Sentiment In The Desert February 17 2015 Coyote Hunting January 14 2015 What Kind Of Jerk Kills Coyotes For Fun December 10 2014 Permanence December

    Original URL path: http://coyot.es/crossing/2008/07/22/letters-from-the-desert-evenings-here/ (2015-09-25)
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  • Best writing prompt ever | Coyote Crossing
    wonderfuliciousnessness of Brightsource and their BFF Chevron using the sun to extract peak oil at Coalinga WeAgree J October 10 2012 at 9 34 am That revitalizing kick of corporate hubris JT Barnstormer October 10 2012 at 12 12 pm That s how you know you re doing it right Shazam Bill Worzel October 11 2012 at 6 45 am Cool Keep on writin Bill A October 11 2012 at 8 55 am Been wondering Glad to hear you re hanging in there Heidi October 13 2012 at 4 08 pm Yes Fred Levitan October 20 2012 at 11 40 am Dale Since Harry won t Search for On the Coyot es Network On Forgetting My Field Guide Birds and Words Published on September 16 2015 by Julia Zarankin My Hit Single Are Warblers Less Important Than Tigers Reconciliation Ecology Published on September 12 2015 by Madhusudan Katti Making Friends With Crows The Corvid Blog Published on August 2 2015 by The Corvid Blog The Heart of Freedom Cecil the Lion Wild Within Published on July 29 2015 by Jennifer Molidor There s Gold in Them Hills Dispersal Range Published on June 28 2015 by Meera Lee Sethi California note 1 Slow Water Movement Published on July 7 2015 by slowwatermovement Joe Eaton calls Fowl A Review Toad In The Hole Published on July 4 2015 by Joe Eaton The other invisible hand View from Elephant Hills Published on 5 June 2015 by T R Shankar Raman The Silurian Valley spared but will it be conserved Miracle or Mirage Published on December 5 2014 by Patrick Donnelly Lone Pine s lone pine Is Dead InyoOwnWay Published on August 13 2014 by Mike Prather A Good Defense Is Not Enough The Not Essential List Published on August 18 2013 by Shaun G Nevada Part 2 Basin and Range Watch Published on July 17 2013 by Basin and Range Watch Recent Posts Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist And this is his sofa is it Let Er Drift Louis Sahagun makes it into the Joshua Tree book Moon s up Recent Comments cithra on Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist katrinkavt on Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist chigau on Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist Dale Favier on And this is his sofa is it eamon knight on Social media isn t Get my free email newsletter Enter your email address powered by TinyLetter On Twitter Tweets by canislatrans Feeds RSS Posts RSS Comments My writing at Beacon Napping In the Belly Of The King August 27 2015 The Central Valley s Second Coming May 27 2015 The Desert Is Not Your Blank Canvas April 19 2015 Cynicism and Sentiment In The Desert February 17 2015 Coyote Hunting January 14 2015 What Kind Of Jerk Kills Coyotes For Fun December 10 2014 Permanence December 5 2014 My writing at KCET You Can Help Clean Up Ocean Plastic on Coastal

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  • Found while reading the Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan | Coyote Crossing
    wouldn t be more feasible to put the solar panels directly on the houses in the city or cities which need them instead of in a remote site like a desert He thought some kind of repayment or incentive deal could surely be devised If these comments don t relate to a solar panel array just toss them calfrench October 2 2014 at 2 36 pm So the BLM is in the solar energy business It is no longer providing stewardship of our land The Mojave National Preserve administered by the National Park Service is just about the last source of protection for public lands in the Mojave When all the costs of these mega solar plants are calculated we ll see that all the benefits go into the pockets of the owners of the energy companies Remote solar is criminal Chas Peterson October 8 2014 at 8 00 pm no no see the BLM s mandate is Multiple Use Livestock motorcycles AND corporate solar In different places but still GarryRogers October 15 2014 at 5 15 pm BLM is primarily a resource harvest facilitator In the public interest BLM sacrifices nature for recreation livestock grazing mining energy production and transmission roadway construction and more Thanks Chris I ll add your post to the Nature Conservation News http wp me P26kDO 7ic Garry Ellie Robins December 17 2014 at 9 31 am Hi Chris I haven t been able to find an email address for you but I m in town researching a podcast on the DRECP and would love to talk to you If you have time to talk could you drop me a line at ellie someplacemagazine com please Thank you Leave a Reply Cancel reply Search for On the Coyot es Network On Forgetting My Field Guide Birds and Words Published on September 16 2015 by Julia Zarankin My Hit Single Are Warblers Less Important Than Tigers Reconciliation Ecology Published on September 12 2015 by Madhusudan Katti Making Friends With Crows The Corvid Blog Published on August 2 2015 by The Corvid Blog The Heart of Freedom Cecil the Lion Wild Within Published on July 29 2015 by Jennifer Molidor There s Gold in Them Hills Dispersal Range Published on June 28 2015 by Meera Lee Sethi California note 1 Slow Water Movement Published on July 7 2015 by slowwatermovement Joe Eaton calls Fowl A Review Toad In The Hole Published on July 4 2015 by Joe Eaton The other invisible hand View from Elephant Hills Published on 5 June 2015 by T R Shankar Raman The Silurian Valley spared but will it be conserved Miracle or Mirage Published on December 5 2014 by Patrick Donnelly Lone Pine s lone pine Is Dead InyoOwnWay Published on August 13 2014 by Mike Prather A Good Defense Is Not Enough The Not Essential List Published on August 18 2013 by Shaun G Nevada Part 2 Basin and Range Watch Published on July 17 2013 by Basin and Range Watch

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  • Despair | Coyote Crossing
    of Desert Life Like the sun and cry with the rain knowing some of us need your pond to drink from montemerrick June 26 2014 at 11 27 am Here s some small good news A red tailed hawk a big 1150grams strong female her tail just now turning red was hit on US 101 between Eureka and Arcata We picked her up early Monday morning no broken bones but her eyes were closed she was barely responsive her head tracked uselessly from right to left Her conditon remained exactly like this for 36 hours I repeatedly checked on her My dismay was mounting And then late afternoon Tuesday I pulled the sheet back from the clear acrylic door of the incubator where I d housed her and there she was facing me her hawk stance returned eyes open Ready to meet me regardless She s not flying yet but in time she will And then she ll be free 41 other cases in care right now raccoon kits mule deer fawns juvenile brown pelicans striped skunks a glaucous winged gull who ate a fish hook All of these animals have a good prognosis for release After that who knows Against the 6th extinction who knows But against the next five minutes of my one wild and precious life everything chascpeterson June 26 2014 at 4 25 pm hey uh yeah Next week is good for me Chris Clarke canislatrans June 26 2014 at 9 52 pm You re on Doctor Peterson Greta June 27 2014 at 1 14 pm Deep sigh Bearing the unbearable I get it Deep breath g2 b6cf52792c3ddd31913490458fd3a7f6 June 28 2014 at 4 10 pm I m not sure if this is helpful for what you are looking for worth a look Very much hear you and send you best wishes Yaddo Type Residency Location Saratoga Springs New York Website http www yaddo org E mail address chwait yaddo org Yaddo offers residencies of two to eight weeks from late October through May to poets fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers on a 400 acre estate in Saratoga Springs New York Residents are provided with a private bedroom work space and meals Using the online submission system submit 10 short poems or an excerpt of a longer poem or up to 30 pages of prose a résumé and two letters of recommendation sent directly to Yaddo by the references with a 30 application fee by August 1 A limited amount of financial assistance is available Call e mail or visit the website for an application and complete guidelines Yaddo Admissions P O Box 395 Saratoga Springs NY 12866 518 584 0746 Candace Wait Program Director walterlamb August 2 2014 at 11 29 pm You make environmental journalism sound so glamorous I made a very small donation that may let you retreat long enough for a lunch break It is a sad reflection of our society that writing about the environment is considered less valuable than writing

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  • Desert Solitudinousness | Coyote Crossing
    bed and stripping even the droughtiest desert plants of moisture I went outside to photograph the dust storm a curator emeritus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History was standing across the road The cat is crazy with the wind 88 degrees today but with the wind it felt like 88 albeit windier Magnesium will help your restless leg syndrome said Rebecca smoothing my knotted calf with a strong oiled hand You haven t taken a deep breath in a long time have you A typical human body contains 25 grams of magnesium though that constitutes a dietary source of the mineral only in the direst of situations There is no wind like a Mojave wind This desert will become uninhabitable with toxic dust storms reaching as far as the coast I will be right back I told the cat lying through my teeth Grief and breathing are tightly linked people coping with loss don t draw deep breaths The sudden sharp pain opened my eyes I think I told her that I get angry because it s easier than being sad Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Desert Solitudinousness Writing on June 16 2014 by Chris Clarke Ladderbacks by Chris Clarke 2 Replies Another walk tonight as the wind picked up this one two hours before the moon Walking in the desert in the dark with only the dim light of other people s homes to guide me a metaphor for something or other Three miles and change almost all with sand ground into my heels Arrived at the front door shaking with hunger some of it for food At the house in the late afternoon after my trip down out of the Mojave to drop A at the Los Angeles shuttle I watched two absurdly gawky ladderbacked woodpeckers wrangle over the hummingbird feeder They were teens with back haircuts and pointed elbows One climbed the window frame and drummed on it for a few minutes then drummed on the window pane to see how that worked What it did was summon the cat and each regarded the other with frankly hostile interest In Palm Springs this afternoon I found myself idling in traffic in front of the vet where last I saw Thistle All at once I couldn t see the street in front of me blurred with saltwater I pulled over to let the moment pass Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Desert Solitudinousness Nosy Parker Pets The Neighborhood Thistle on June 15 2014 by Chris Clarke Moonlit by Chris Clarke 12 Replies I hung up the phone and walked out into the night Two miles Three Probably more I lost count of the long desert blocks of my breaths of the pallid bats circling my dusty footfalls of the creosotes and the shining eyes in the distance It was perfect weather for walking cool and a slight scented breeze A shame really

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  • Boundaries | Coyote Crossing
    people who forget that they do not actually know me It s usually benign I am mildly prominent online and the temptation to treat mildly prominent people as a favorite TV show is well documented Sometimes it gets annoying but forgivable as when strangers with familiar names offer unsolicited advice on health or relationship issues Mainly everyone means well But sometimes as today it goes over the line into block this person and forswear all contact country My work is a combination of writing and activism and having a wide group of cooperative sources and collaborators is part of what has given that work whatever degree of success it can claim There s no way for me to refuse to give out an email address to a stranger that asks for one to talk about something as that s how some of my best work has been sparked The percentage of contacts who fail to respect personal boundaries is fractional at this point but it seems to be growing I guess it s an inevitable consequence of relying on a trust based system some will take advantage of it knowingly or not It makes me tired Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Activism Blogging Politics on June 2 2014 by Chris Clarke Post navigation Another one exhumed from the Ancient Poetry Archives Antidepressants One thought on Boundaries Judith Elaine Bush June 3 2014 at 6 11 pm I lurked on Usenet but found online community with LiveJournal LiveJournal s design encouraged reciprocity so one often read the journal entries of those who were reading what one wrote There aren t many new folks joining and many folks have left for Facebook and Plus and Twitter I m still there because reflective exploratory writing is what i enjoy And so i also enjoy reading your blog Leave a Reply Cancel reply Search for On the Coyot es Network On Forgetting My Field Guide Birds and Words Published on September 16 2015 by Julia Zarankin My Hit Single Are Warblers Less Important Than Tigers Reconciliation Ecology Published on September 12 2015 by Madhusudan Katti Making Friends With Crows The Corvid Blog Published on August 2 2015 by The Corvid Blog The Heart of Freedom Cecil the Lion Wild Within Published on July 29 2015 by Jennifer Molidor There s Gold in Them Hills Dispersal Range Published on June 28 2015 by Meera Lee Sethi California note 1 Slow Water Movement Published on July 7 2015 by slowwatermovement Joe Eaton calls Fowl A Review Toad In The Hole Published on July 4 2015 by Joe Eaton The other invisible hand View from Elephant Hills Published on 5 June 2015 by T R Shankar Raman The Silurian Valley spared but will it be conserved Miracle or Mirage Published on December 5 2014 by Patrick Donnelly Lone Pine s lone pine Is Dead InyoOwnWay Published on August 13 2014 by Mike Prather A Good Defense Is Not Enough The

    Original URL path: http://coyot.es/crossing/2014/06/02/boundaries/ (2015-09-25)
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  • Desert words I want | Coyote Crossing
    English lacks That Exmoorian zwer works as well for a covey of Gambel s quail taking wing as it does for Devonian partridges so that s covered But I want a word for that season in which those Gambel s coveys dissolve into mated pairs the formerly cooperative males suddenly regarding one another with something like suspicion That season would roughly correspond to summer but longer beginning with spring nesting and mating ending when the baby quail no longer require their parents solicitude I want a word for the ring of chaff surrounding the hills of the Mojave s ubiquitous small red and black ants created when each hill s workers take the seeds they ve gleaned from the surrounding desert and husk them then carry the inedible seed coats only as far as they have to from the nest I want another word for the circle of bloom that bursts forth when the flower seeds those ants accidentally discarded with the chaff get enough water to germinate A word for three days after a rain and the difference in color of the desert soil at the surface and just below the surface I want a word for the scent of rain a dozen miles away and another for the sight of storm clouds on the hundred miles distant horizon I want a human word for that coyote word that is neither bark nor howl but something unresolvably between I want words to distinguish the group howl from the solitary the tentative yip from the full throated song of the successful rabbit hunt There ought to be a word to describe the islands raised up a foot from the sea of surrounding desert buttressed with ancient roots and well fed with resinated humus that surround every single creosote bush in the desert I want a word for the spiny gloriole of backlit cholla I want a word for the tracks of Pinacate beetles fearlessly straight across a desert full of beetle eaters I want a word for the earth s shadow in the sky on a summer sunset evening that terminator between pink and indigo and the knowledge in the gathering chill that tomorrow s sun will be every bit as hot Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Desert Natural History Writing on February 28 2015 by Chris Clarke Post navigation Ethical malfeasance and the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan This weekend 10 thoughts on Desert words I want Karen March 1 2015 at 7 14 am Thank you for this As a fan of nature writing I want these words too Are writers like Edwin Way Teale now obsolete or just a curiosity guestnic March 1 2015 at 10 23 am A great essay Chris I assume there are Inuit words for most of the natural phenomena we experience up here but I certainly don t know them The gradual impoverishment of English seems to come partly from disuse partly from ignorance and

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  • Ethical malfeasance and the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan | Coyote Crossing
    s report but presumably Vicki Campbell told investigators again in the words of the report that she and other DRECP team members disagreed with Black about adding certain areas for renewable energy development to the DRECP because the areas were not biologically supportable She said that the areas were ultimately added but the DRECP team decided to add requirements for them to mitigate the environmental issues She said this was one of the ways the team dealt with Black s involvement She stated that DOI officials including Black also asked the team to find more areas for wind development in the DRECP but doing so would be difficult in the desert because the eagles and condors that lived there were not real compatible with giant spinning blades Black did not inform Interior Department ethics staff of his interest in the AWEA position according to the Inspector General s report until March 4 at which point he was informed that he should not engage in matters that affected AWEA s finances Had Black informed Interior ethics staff of his interest in the AWEA position when it first arose in January that proscription would assuredly have included intervening to increase the acreage available for wind development in the draft DRECP Black s unethical tinkering in the DFA selection process is a matter of public record And yet the draft DRECP contains no indication as to which DFAs may have been included or expanded as a result of Black s influence And that means that those of us who are observing and commenting on the DRECP process can not extend our full confidence that those DFAs were selected and mapped under the highest scientific standards required by the National Environmental Policy Act the California Environmental Quality Act and general best practices followed by the state and federal agencies contributing to the draft plan Ethical lapses like those Black committed must not be allowed to shape land management decisions and policy in the California Desert At a very minimum the Interior Department should fully disclose precisely which areas were added to the roster of wind Development Focus Areas as a result of Steve Black s unethical influence into the process Those DFAs should be removed from the final DRECP or else supported with the best available science to explain just why the initial decision by agency staff to exclude them from consideration should not be trusted Without such disclosure and transparency the full plan will remain shadowed by the suspicion that the DFAs were chosen more to benefit Steve Black s personal and financial well being than to move California to a renewable energy future or to protect its irreplaceable desert public lands Thank you for this opportunity to comment Chris Clarke PO Box 1086 Joshua Tree CA 92252 213 254 5382 Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Desert Politics on February 23 2015 by Chris Clarke Post navigation Heart Desert words I want One thought on Ethical

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