Comment policy


As of July, 2016, comments are enabled on Coyote Crossing. They were off for a while because too many people were being unkind, unconstructive, and unfriendly.

Be the opposite of all those things and we’ll get along fine.

If you haven’t commented here before, your comment will go into moderation. I sometimes have better things to do than check email for notices of moderated comments, so it may take a little time for yours to show up. It’s not personal.

19 thoughts on “Comment policy

  1. Desert canary

    Seems plumb fair ’nuff to me! But, it stops that naughty poem I was bout to post! (:<)

  2. Mary

    I wished you could write an article on what has been happening to the male Bald Eagle at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens in Norfolk, VA. Just because his mate was killed by an incoming get at the Norfolk International Airport several years ago, It was decided to tear down all of the Bald Eagle nests at the garden and harass the Eagle and his intended new mate with paint balls, and various other noise makers. This Bald Eagle will not leave his territory because of the abundant food source in the area.

  3. Joe Napolitano

    Just trying to reach out to you and thank you for the listing on the “7 Best Observing Spots in Ventura County” Also we are more organized than the info you have. We can be found at which has all information about our efforts – upcoming dates etc.
    I organized monthly Star Parties where we have the park turn off all the lights and will some times be there til late at night if seeing is good, there is no 10pm curfew. We also offer basic astronomy classes for beginners at the Star Parties and have many scopes available from our sponsors for viewing. We’ve made a big outreach effort over the past two years and the monthly events have grown tremendously. Recently we’ve also added live ambient music in the background to create a wonderful atmosphere.
    Thanks again for your kind words and feel free to contact me if you would like any additional information.

  4. Carol Scott


    My Dad, S. Dell Scott, was on the MWD for 30 years and worked with Bridge the Gap to stop Ward Valley and bring the issues to the attention of the Met and other public officials. We are donating his papers to the Water Library at Claremont along with material on Ward Valley. I sent your KCET articles to the librarian, Leslie Crane, to alert her to the importance of the Ward Valley issue and the Met. Thanks for the great articles.

  5. tuwalets

    hi chris, what a positive and thoughtful site. my comment is about the article you wrote on murray’s dude ranch. i was one of the kids from a white family who loved vacationing there, precisely because it was integrated. our family of five would stay for a week at a time at a very reasonable rate. that would have been the late 1940’s, early 1950’s when i was 9, 10, 11 years old. i have wonderful memories of horseback riding, campfires, etc. i liked helping in the kitchen and remember watching, for the first time, a chicken having its head cut off. it ran around for quite a while. i also remember murray who was a warm, wonderful person. my parents probably learned from other union people and other lefties about the ranch. it was a great experience. thank you for writing about it. judy

  6. Marlene Pollitt

    Hello Chris, just a country girl (girl used loosely) from Somerset, KY. Through an unbelievable journey on this thing called THE NET, I staggered upon your site. Just so you know I read all the above but I am most computer illiterate. The whole purpose of my comment is to tell you I just read my first post or whatever it is called, of yours on introverts and extroverts. This article cracked me up and you can only guess why this was the one I chose of all. I laugh very seldom and you made me laugh. I plan to read more with the hope I continue finding such humor! Thank you very much for the laughter! Laughter is good for the soul! Marlene

  7. Christie

    Dear Mr. Clarke,

    I am a college student doing an independent study on the California Poppy. I was advised to seek you out for possible information about the poppy’s origin in North America. I am also looking for palynological/pollen records from Rosamond Lake and Rogers Dry Lake to determine when the poppies first arrived in the Antelope Valley. Perhaps you can point me in the right direction. If you could find the time to get back to me, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


  8. Dr. Rudolph Sellei

    Dear Mr. Clarke,
    I am contacting you regarding the Father Kovary entry which, I am sure, is old matter to you but which came to my attention just recently.
    Like Fr. Kovari, I too am a Hungarian and I finished high school in Hungary. One of my very favorite teachers was a Lajos Kovary whose son escaped from the old country in 57, the same time I did. Could your Fr. Kovary be that son of Lajos Kovary? By the way, Lajos Kovary passed away last year. I also met the son on the ship which brought us over and met him again in the New Jersey camp where refugees were housed. It would be interesting for me to know what happened to him.
    Rudolph Sellei

  9. Benson Parker

    The first Ranger I talked with at Joshua Tree said there was no such place as Ted’s Mountain but after I sent her a couple of articles that mentioned Ted’s Mountain in Joshua Tree she passed me off to another Ranger who said he knows where it is but that it is Park policy not to tell anyone how to get there. What do you know about it, and how do I get there?

  10. Brad Vickery

    Chris you really hit the nail on the head with your article about what is wrong with Yucca Valley. I come from an old Cal Family from the mid 1800’s. My I thought your article did better in respect to folks understanding Urban spread and its effects on the area. I would like very much to chat in person. Invite made. I’m on 5 acres on Yucca Mesa.

  11. Brad Vickery

    Hi Benson After Ted service his son took whom ever wanted to go up and if my memory serves the scattered his ashes. We didn’t go to that. I may have some mutual friends that know. His son has since been killed in a road accident. Email me at and I’ll give you my phone. I’m thinking Carol (his sweetheart) would be good for that info but I don’t know if she is still in town?

  12. Arthur Sylvester

    I tripped across your 2013 KCET piece yesterday about the myth of east-west mountains and how you credited me with nuancing the myth in an interview I did with Sanden Totten a few years ago. At first I was going to write a rebuttal, but then got to thinking that our divergent views are merely a matter of scale. My comment referenced east-west mountains as being few from the continental scale – and in that regard, there are few east-west mountain ranges in North America: Yes, the Uintas, the Transverse Ranges, but also the Ouachita-Wichitas, the south end of the Appalachians through Alabama, and the Brooks Range in Alaska. Your point is well taken, however, at the regional scale, especially in the Mojave Desert. So if we can agree that the number of east-west mountains in North America is a matter of scale, then we have no quarrel.
    In reading through some comments directed to you on your web site, I saw that you have written a piece about how the Joshua Tree got its name. I have searched in vain through a lot of your writing for that piece. Please point me in the right direction or tell me the answer at your convenience. You have written a lot of good things that I need to go back and read through more carefully. I share a lot of your views about the desert.

  13. Brad Vickery Professor of Precession Guesswork

    I am a Cal native from 1838 Currently living on a small rancho with a view of the complete side of JTNP. I have about 100 JTs on my property. Love it!
    The most accepted reason of how the Joshua tree got its name for us has been as this fron the park service is given:

    How did the Joshua tree get its name?
    According to legend, Mormon pioneers considered the limbs of the Joshua trees to resemble the up stretched arms of Joshua leading them to the promised land.

    As for the NW shift in direction of the San Bernardino & Angeles National forest Mountain ranges is Tectonic plates colliding with each other. I also share a lot of your views about the desert. Because of our history I am often consulted by various