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Land of Opportunity

Land of Opportunity

There’s long been a sense of relief for drivers as they crest Mountain Pass and start their descent along northbound Interstate 15 into Ivanpah Valley. As Primm’s trio of casinos comes into view, traveling Las Vegans get a subconscious boost in knowing they’re almost home, while visitors perk up as they realize they’re closing in …

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Turning his near-ghost town into a clean-tech boomtown

Turning his near-ghost town into a clean-tech boomtown

Gerald Freeman was prospecting for gold in the Mojave Desert when he stumbled on Nipton. In 1984, it had become a virtual ghost town. Its sole resident lived in the trading post selling sodas to the occasional wayward traveler who might briefly stop to watch freight trains rumble past on the nearby Union Pacific railroad. …

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A Ghost Town, Going Green

A Ghost Town, Going Green

NIPTON, Calif. — Gerald Freeman leaned on a walking stick on a dusty hill near the four rows of his solar arrays, talking about it like an apostle on a mission. Down the road are the eucalyptus trees he planted as a potential source of biomass. And not far away, he said, he hopes to …

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