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- UNLV’s President Smatresk has reiterated his commitment to the WBR project and has further committed full funding for IT and security costs.
- UNLV participated in a one-half day meeting with BLM to discuss the future WBR operating agreement between BLM and UNLV; UNLV participated in a 1.5 day meeting to review the 100% Design drawings.
- UNLV continues to wait on BLM for direction on how to mitigate the continuing deterioration of the ranch house.
- Weather station research continues and has produced the following this past quarter. 1) Ground-source heat pump (GSHP) Vs Photovoltaic (PV) technology: A detailed analysis comparing these two technologies is near completion. 2) Power-autonomous noral incidence pyrheliometer (NIP): A grid-independent power system is under construction. 3) WBR weather station website monitoring, maintenance and upgrading to include NIP data: The system is operating correctly and continuous meteorological data are being collected and evaluated. 4) Analysis of weather station data: Evaluation of data continues and data.
- A newly funded study to compile available data on Bow and Bell films, their availability, historical importance, and Bell-Bow researchers has generated the first two of four reports.
- Progress continues in developing pamphlets describing plants and animals native to the area and also describing the local geology.
- UNLV is working with BLM interpretation expert Carolyn Shelton and Condit on interpretative displays for the ranch.
- Dorothy Bell has donated blacksmith tools originally used at the ranch to UNLV. The items have been curated by a graduate level public history class and will be available for display in the future museum.
- The UNLV security consultant has completed his recommendations for the ranch, which have been reviewed by UNLV and forwarded to BLM and AECOM.
Bell, Rex, 1934-2011; Blacksmithing – Equipment and supplies; Bow, Clara, 1905-1965; Environmental literacy; Historic buildings – Security measures; Historic sites – Management; Meteorological stations; Motion pictures – History; Museums – Planning; Nevada – Searchlight; Ranches; United States – Mojave Desert; Walking Box Ranch (Searchlight, Nev.)
American Popular Culture | Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Historic Preservation and Conservation
Rees, M. N.
Walking Box Ranch Planning and Design Quarterly Progress Report: Period ending January 10, 2012.
Available at: http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/pli_walking_box_ranch/30