Scenes from the Searchlight wind farm protest today

It would’ve made a much louder statement if the weather had cooperated and been a windless day, after all they were protesting the planned installation of an industry-scale wind turbine farm east of Searchlight. (See earlier blog for details and a photo simulation.)

There were at least 40 protesters — at least half members of local Indian tribes — standing next to U.S. 95 across the street from the Nugget Casino, whose  longtime owner Verlie Doing is friends with protest organizer Judy Bundorf.

Nugget Casino in Searchlight mentions protest on its sign.

Nugget Casino in Searchlight mentions protest on its sign.

Protesters wave signs at passing motorists

Protesters wave signs at passing motorists

Crowd picked as day wore on.

Crowd picked up as the day wore on.

Drummer and singer Jesse Figueroa of California played what he called intertribal songs. This one, appropriately, is the eagle song. Electric turbine windmills have killed many eagles over the years and there are numerous bald eagles on Lake Mohave.

Avi Kwa Ame is better known as Spirit Mountain, one several sacred peaks in the area.

Avi Kwa Ame is better known as Spirit Mountain, one of several sacred peaks in the area.

Longtime local resident Donna Andress, left, and a couple from nearby Nelson, which they called a suburb of Searchlight, brave the wind to protest the proposed wind farm.

Many of those driving by honked, especially truckers, possibly in agreement with the protesters.

Ruth Nolan

Among those wind-whipped souls was Ruth Nolan, an English professor at College of the Desert who lives in Palm Desert. A former wildland firefighter, she was concerned about the visual, ecological and geologic impact on the desert by such industrial-size construction projects.

The author of “No Place for a Puritan: The Literature of California’s Deserts,” Nolan said she is concerned about how federal lands are being used, calling herself “more of an advocate,” who would like to see more respect for native people, desert flora and fauna, trails and archeology.

Area residents fear the windmills will be an eyesore that obstructs the scenery on the road to Cottonwood Cove on Lake Mohave.

Area residents fear the windmills will be an eyesore that obstructs the scenery on the road to Cottonwood Cove on Lake Mohave.

Many fear that century-old Joshua trees will be destroy during construction.

Many fear that century-old Joshua trees will be destroyed during construction.

8 comments on “Scenes from the Searchlight wind farm protest today

  1. John L. Smith says:

    Nice local coverage. Wish I could have been there. Chasing dead pimp story. Jls

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Steve says:

    Too bad its not getting any attention, other than here of course.

    Who would have thought you would be fighting the establishment all these later?

    Why does Don Quixote keep invading my mind when reading on this particular boondoggle?

    Can it get built if it does not get a PPA?

  3. So I see from today’s column.

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  4. Without a PPA it could never get funding.

    I have in fact used this quote from Cervantes:

    At this point they came in sight of thirty forty windmills that there are on plain, and as soon as Don Quixote saw them he said to his squire, “Fortune is arranging matters for us better than we could have shaped our desires ourselves, for look there, friend Sancho Panza, where thirty or more monstrous giants present themselves, all of whom I mean to engage in battle and slay, and with whose spoils we shall begin to make our fortunes; for this is righteous warfare, and it is God’s good service to sweep so evil a breed from off the face of the earth.”

    “What giants?” said Sancho Panza.

    “Those thou seest there,” answered his master, “with the long arms, and some have them nearly two leagues long.”

    “Look, your worship,” said Sancho; “what we see there are not giants but windmills …”

  5. Steve says:

    Since California won’t sign up, and NV Energy is all set, Harry has to move the goal posts in hopes of getting his.

    Repetition sucks but constant reminders are needed in cases like this, Harry Reid is a crook who used to work for the state of Nevada. Back then it was ok for this state. Today Harry is out for himself and couldn’t care less about this state.

    There was a time when Nevada Democrats made Massachusetts Republicans look downright liberal. I miss those people. If I came here today I would probably move back to Massachusetts after my time in service.

  6. […] Last year’s protest rally in “downtown” Searchlight. […]

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