Mojave Desert

Sheriff's deputies inspect the wreckage of the Virgin Galactic SpaceShip 2 in a desert field November 2, 2014 north of Mojave, California on The Virgin Galactic SpaceShip 2 crashed on October 31, 2014 during a test flight, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another. (credit: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

SpaceShipTwo Pilot Was Unaware Co-Pilot Had Unlocked Brakes

The pilot of the Virgin Galactic spaceship that tore apart over the Mojave Desert didn’t know his co-pilot had prematurely unlocked its brakes, despite protocol requiring the co-pilot to announce the step.

11/12/2014

Mike Alsbury was killed Friday in a test crash of a Virgin Galatic spacecraft. (credit: http://www.gofundme.com/MikeAlsbury)

GoFundMe Accounts Help Victims Of Hit-And-Run, Spaceship Crash

GoFundMe accounts set up this weekend helped, in particular, the loved ones of four people killed on Friday — three 13-year-olds struck in a hit-and-run accident in Santa Ana and Mike Alsbury, the test pilot killed in the Virgin Galatic crash.

11/02/2014

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SpaceShipTwo Crash Investigation May Take Up To 1 Year

Billionaire Richard Branson is promising to find out what caused the crash of his Virgin Galactic prototype space tourism rocket that killed a test pilot, but federal investigators are cautioning that it may take up to a year to learn exactly what went wrong.

CBS Los Angeles–11/02/2014

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Group Finds Adventure, Unity In Trek To Hidden ‘Social Pool’ In Mojave Desert

A number of local friends were given keys and a set of coordinates to take part in a one-of-a-kind desert adventure to find a pool installed somewhere in the middle of the Mojave desert.

09/24/2014

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4 Dead, 5 Hurt In Rollover Crash In Needles

The San Bernardino Sun reports several people were ejected from the vehicle.

03/30/2014

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$5.8M Settlement Reached In Mojave Desert Off-Road Race Crash That Killed 8

An agreement has been reached to pay $5.8 million to the families of eight people killed and 12 injured in a California desert off-road race crash in 2010, a lawyer said Wednesday.

12/18/2013

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Guilty Plea In 2008 Mojave Desert Bunker Slayings

The accused gunman in the execution-style slayings of a teen couple at an old Mojave Desert bunker has accepted a plea deal to avoid the death penalty.

12/03/2013

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Authorities ID 4 Killed In Lancaster Crash

Authorities have identified four people who were killed in a collision on a desert road in northern Los Angeles County.

09/22/2013

Priscilla Delzell has been missing since Thursday. (credit: Delzell family)

Barstow Mother Of 3 Reported Missing In Mojave Desert

A 44-year-old Barstow mother of three went for a walk in the Mojave Desert on Thursday morning and hasn’t been seen since.

07/20/2013

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National Parks Advocacy Group Claims Location Of Ivanpah Solar Power Project Comes At Nature’s Expense

A national parks advocacy group claims that a massive solar power plant being constructed in the Mojave Desert, southwest of Las Vegas, is generating clean renewable energy at the expense of nature.

CBS2 / KCAL9–07/02/2013

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Suspects Sought In Newport Beach Kidnapping

Authorities are searching for a pair of suspects in the kidnapping of two Newport Beach residents who were later found bound, beaten and cut in the Mojave Desert.

10/21/2012

Mojave National Preserve (Photo by Truc Dever)

Getaway Guide: One Tank Trip to Barstow, CA

While deserts may often be misrepresented as hot, barren wastelands, this desert adventure will expose travelers to the many geological wonders and abundance of desert wildlife waiting to be explored in California.

CBS Los Angeles–09/15/2012

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Mojave Desert Parents Return To Court Over Charter Proposal

A parents’ organization plans to return to court to force a Mojave Desert school district to accept a charter conversion proposal for a failing elementary school.

CBS2 / KCAL9–08/22/2012

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Company May Get $4.9B Federal Loan For High Speed Rail Linking Victorville And Vegas

On a dusty, rock-strewn expanse at the edge of the Mojave Desert, a company linked to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to build a bullet train that would rocket tourists from the middle of nowhere to the gambling palaces of Las Vegas.

03/25/2012

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2 ATV Riders Found Dead In Mojave Desert

Two off-roaders from Santa Barbara, have been found dead in the Mojave Desert.

CBS2 / KCAL9–12/23/2011

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