Thursday, December 13, 2012


Anasazi Strip is set in the isolated area north of the Grand Canyon known as the Arizona Strip, a spectacular land of redrock and forgotten civilizations.

This is the first book in the Jenny Hatch mystery series, featuring Forest Service archaeologist Jenny Hatch, a tough red-haired investigator who has dedicated her life to unraveling the mysteries of the ancient Anasazi.

Anasazi Strip takes us through strange lands rarely seen – Western Grand Canyon, the Kaibab National Forest, the Paiute Indian Reservation, uranium mines, small Mormon towns, Lake Powell, the underground art world where Indian artifacts fetch big money from anonymous buyers from around the globe, and the forbidding Paria Plateau where all hell breaks loose at the Burial of the Magician.

Along the way we meet many colorful characters that seem to leap off the page - brave cowboys, dying Indians, the unluckiest birdwatcher on earth, drug-crazed bikers, Jack Mormons, eco-terrorists, a soul-catching Killer who knows the Ritual of the Feather and Fur, and the unstoppable Jenny Hatch who enters the spirit world and comes out on the other side.

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While working as a surveyor for the U.S. Forest Service on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon during the rape and pillage years of President Ronald Reagan, Steve Carr, a young man from back east learns surreal survival lessons as he journeys into some of America's most phantasmagorical lands and national parks where he encounters greedy loggers, federal land barons drunk on power, brain-dead cowboys, clueless tourists, strange Mormon polygamists, crazed firefighters, amazing Anasazi ruins, mysterious Indians, canyon loonies, lady travelers looking for fun and excitement, environmental terrorists, menacing wild animals, and the outlandish characters who live at the bottom of the earth. Each stand alone story is laced with lurid flashes of forgotten Southwest history and sprinkled with a heavy dose of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll as the reader is transported into a magical world where flash floods, broiling canyons, freak snow storms, hallucinogenic visions, and bone-crushing rapids come alive with all the power and the glory. Each struggle leads Steve closer to a final confrontation with the Forest Service over the future the Kaibab Forest and the essence of the Kachina Way.
You can purchase “The Canyon Chronicles” @ Amazon Books:

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Water Views brings together three of Annapolis' most famous chroniclers and represents three unique ways of looking at the water and the Chesapeake Bay way of life. This very unique book provides three lenses from which to view our beautiful and often troubled world: the written word, the black & white photo image, and the satirical political cartoon.
Collected here, Stephen Carr's informative and humorous stories testify to his intimate knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay region and his intense concern for its well-being. Gained through his personal experience in the great outdoors, Steve's essays represent urgent advocacy for environmental resources that continue to be at risk and his deep appreciation for all the Bay has to offer.
Water Views is beautifully enriched by compelling images from the collection of nationally esteemed photographer, Marion E. Warren, who seeks out and portrays his concern for the fragile and precarious harmony of the Chesapeake Bay country. Marion's meritorious stream of published photographic essays have educated and delighted us with the earliest visual images of daily life in Maryland, and of its present condition, as portrayed in his Maryland Time Exposure, and Bringing Back the Bay. Marion's participation in this book underscores his enduring celebration of, and support for, the Bay country and the way of life dependent upon its preservation.
To round out the Bayview picture, the absurdly apt cartoons of Eric Smith furnish caustic editorial comment aimed cynically at the complacency that is our sin. For 35 years, Eric's award-winning caricatures have amused and outraged readers of The Capital, Annapolis' daily newspaper.
Water Views was published by The Annapolis Publishing Company. The coffee table, soft-backed edition sells for $20.00 (includes postage).
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When Marvels Appear

On a cold winter day, with a stiff northwest wind blowing the Chesapeake Bay south toward the Atlantic, 11-year-old twins Cole and Wyatt Greene stumbled on a strange sight as they explored the exposed mudflats of Herring Bay. Buried in the mud appeared to be the remains of an old ship. A really big ship.

The two boys announced their find to their mother. Back they ran with an iPhone and tape measure to record the shipwreck. It measured a whopping 129 feet by 25 feet. Nearby, another wreck 20 feet long lay broken in the mud.

Diane Greene was impressed with her sons’ discovery and phoned the news into the Maryland Historical Trust.

Intrigued, the home-schooling Greenes embarked on their own voyage to uncover the mystery of Herring Bay’s phantom ship.

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The Sinking of the Levin J. Marvel
On August 8, 1955, the Levin J. Marvel, a ship whose seaworthiness had been questioned by the Coast Guard, left Annapolis on a six-day pleasure cruise with 23 passengers and four crew.

Meanwhile, 500 miles east of Palm Beach, Hurricane Connie was barreling up the East Coast.

By the time the Marvel reached Cambridge two days later, storm warnings were up with winds gusting to 73 miles per hour.

But the next day the hurricane warning was lifted. With the wind blowing about 35, Captain John H. Meckling decided to make a break for Annapolis. Twelve hours later, near the Bloody Point Light, gale force winds forced the ram-schooner to sail southwest.

With the hurricane bearing down, the Marvel anchored near Fairhaven in Herring Bay. There the storm overwhelmed the ship’s bilge pumps and it rolled. Passengers and crew abandoned ship. Fourteen of the passengers, including a 13-year-old boy, drowned.

Soon after the Marvel’s sinking, the Coast Guard plotted the ship’s location on nautical charts and marked it with a lighted buoy.

In 1956, the Army Corps of Engineers determined that the ship was lying in 16 feet of water and had broken into several pieces. As it was not considered an “unreasonable menace,” the buoy light was removed and the Levin J. Marvel slowly drifted into oblivion.

However, its sinking helped pass the Federal Boating Act of 1958.

Ghost of the Marvel?
The Greenes’ research led them to the doorstep of John Ward of the Deale Area Historical Society. Ward has devoted decades to researching the Marvel. The boys’ video looked like a shipwreck, he agreed. But not the Marvel, he thought, because its location at Rose Haven was too far away from the last reported location of the wreck.

So what did Wyatt and Cole Greene find that frozen February day?
That’s still a mystery.

Come spring, Maryland’s Maritime Archaeology Program plans a dive to determine definitively whether the boys’ find could be part of the Marvel’s remains. In addition, the recon will support the site’s nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

Marvel or not, the Greenes’ “prompt and appropriate action” has earned them the Maryland Maritime Archaeology Program’s Volunteers of the Year Award for 2012.

“I am just so impressed by the boys,” says Maryland State Underwater Archaeologist Susan Langley, who is project leader for the Marvel investigation.

“They seized the moment and had the initiative to determine what would be needed and took measurements, photographs and video, then undertook research online to see if they could determine what they had found and made the effort to ensure it was reported to the correct authorities.”

The twins also have an invitation to join the dive — if they get diving certification — or monitor the action from above as snorkelers.

The only other National Register submerged site in Maryland is U-1105, a World War II experimental German submarine captured and eventually scuttled by the Navy off Piney Point in the Potomac River.

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