TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013
SEARCHLIGHT — Ellen Ross, a Las Vegas-based real estate agent, bought her 17-acre property in Searchlight nine years ago as a reprieve from Vegas noise and for the property’s long vistas of Joshua trees and the Newberry Mountains.
Her days of enjoying that uncluttered natural view became numbered, however, on March 13. That’s when she learned she’ll be getting new neighbors: a dozen 428-feet-tall wind turbines — each taller than the length of an American football field.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar approved the turbines. They’ll not only ruin her view, says Ross, but, more importantly, they’ll significantly reduce the value of her property.
“I’ve been in the real estate industry for over 30 years,” said Ross. “Who is going to want to buy property next to these giant turbines?”