Mark Olalde, The Desert Sun

Mark Olalde

The Desert Sun

Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, GP, South Africa

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Past articles by Mark:

Clock is ticking on dreams of saving Salton Sea with water from Mexico's Sea of Cortez

California's Natural Resources Agency has until the end of 2022 to decide what its long-term plan will be for the state's largest lake → Read More

Gene Autry, Indian Canyon reopen after wind storm

Roads heading north from Palm Springs reopened Thursday after Wednesday's windstorm → Read More

Chauvin guilty: 'While this is a victory in the courtroom, it's a sad moment in our history,' Indio leader says

The Coachella Valley reacts as Derek Chauvin found guilty for killing George Floyd. → Read More

Deadly virus in rabbits threatens to upend some Western ecosystems

Rabbit hemorrhagic disease has spread in the U.S. since spring 2020, with an epicenter in the Southwest and Southern California. → Read More

Coachella Valley breaks 100 degrees for first time in 2021

Much of the Southern California desert peaked at around 100 degrees on Saturday, the first time → Read More

Glamping company brings Airstreams to Joshua Tree. Can development and nature coexist?

AutoCamp broke ground on a 55-unit upscale resort in January near the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. Is it a model for ecological development? → Read More

17 key environmental bills on the 2021 agenda in California's Legislature

Bills related to oil, electric vehicles, climate change, whales and other environmental topics have been proposed by California lawmakers this year. → Read More

Joshua trees can be legally protected in California, court rules

A court threw out a challenge to the western Joshua tree's listing as a candidate species for protection under the California Endangered Species Act. → Read More

California sued over its oil and gas permitting practices

The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a lawsuit against the California Geologic Energy Management Division. → Read More

Biden's Interior Department halts Trump's attempt to change desert conservation plan

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan covers 10.8 million acres in the Mojave and Colorado deserts → Read More

Harvard study links fossil fuels to millions of 'premature' deaths

In related news, California approved 11 new fracking permits west of Bakersfield in Kern County. → Read More

In California, effort to recall Governor Newsom gains steam amid frustration over COVID-19

Push to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom has plenty of grievances and money. It faces a mid-March deadline to get 1.5 million signatures. → Read More

Residents sue Oasis Mobile Home Park over tainted water and unsanitary conditions

The Oasis Mobile Home Park saga continues as residents went public with a lawsuit against owner Scott Lawson and his daughter Sabrina. → Read More

California Highway Patrol on 'tactical alert' in advance of inauguration

Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco also expected protests and said his department would not tolerate violence. → Read More

Trump administration announces 11th-hour rewrite of desert conservation plan

The Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday announced proposed changes to the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. → Read More

Rep. Raul Ruiz speaks out as President Trump impeached for second time

President Donald Trump became the first U.S. president to be impeached twice, this time for his actions surrounding the Capitol Building riot. → Read More

'I prayed. I prayed to God': Rep. Raul Ruiz, Congress shelters as Trump supporters storm Capitol

Republican protesters have stormed the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. → Read More

Cathedral City Mayor John Aguilar to join Coachella Valley Water District board

The Coachella Valley Water District will get another Latino voice when outgoing Cathedral City Mayor John Aguilar's term begins Dec. 9. → Read More

Wildlife corridor near Joshua Tree National Park gains additional protection

The Mojave Desert Land Trust has agreed to purchase 227 acres between Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley from the Institute of Mentalphysics. → Read More

Unions, Renova Energy, family money try to influence IID board election via campaign cash

JB Hamby and Javier Gonzalez appear headed to the Imperial Irrigation District board of directors after weak showings by two incumbents. → Read More