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IMPORTANT – Do Not Toss that Ballot Californians

October 14, 2020

BLYTHE, CA – Due to COVID-19, voting in the November 3, 2020 Election will be different. EVERY registered voter in the State of California will automatically receive a Vote-By-Mail ballot. Ballots will be mailed beginning October 5th. There are several ways to cast your vote in this year’s Election: MORE

Enjoy your usual life, but vote

Guest Opinion

By DR. GLENN MOLLETTE, Syndicated Columnist
To The Desert Independent

October 14, 2020

Dr. Glenn MolletteOccasionally we all feel like we are living in a rut. Our days and weeks are filled with the same activities and schedules. We mow grass, rake leaves, clean the house, sweep out the garage and do the same jobs. We go to the same grocery store on a certain day, wash our car at the same place and see the same people along the way. We go to the same place of worship, and read the same daily or weekly newspaper. Our lives are made up of routines, schedules and the usual.

Occasionally we get bored with the usual and do something different. We enjoy the change briefly. There is always a rush of adrenaline with something different. For example, you may change grocery stores for the week or even drive out of town to try out a restaurant. You may even take a trip to a distant part of the state to see something different. While the unusual is stimulating it often makes us tired and we pine to return to the usual.

The usual is the known and the expected. We've done it so many times and usually have the same results. The same results are good if they make us happy. You know what to expect at the little coffee place you frequent and that's why you keep returning. The grocery store has what you need and you know where to find everything. Unless they change everything around in the store and this drives us crazy until we learn our way around again.

We visit with the same people and often have the same types of conversations because those conversations are within our comfort zone. The usual things we do are all about our comfort levels. With Covid-19 you may not feel comfortable doing a lot because of the unknown. People's comfort levels have changed over the last year. Worship attendance has dramatically changed. Work places have changed. Community gatherings have changed or don't exist.

Whatever your usual is, try to continue to enjoy the familiar and the routine. Keith Urban sings a song about "All that wasted time." One line in the song says, "The best years of my life was all that wasted time." We seldom see the usual we do as wasting time. Usually it's moving forward with the routines of life. It's going to school. Doing our homework. Going to work. Earning a paycheck. Saving some money. Paying our bills. Maintaining our houses and cars. Going to the doctor and caring for ourselves. When you really think about it, we're very fortunate if we have daily and weekly routines. The best of life is often what we do every day.

We don't vote often. Once or twice a year we may go to the polls. Break with your routine and do something great for your local, state and national government. Go vote. When the election results come in then you'll know you did your part when you return back to doing your usual. MORE

PVVTA Official Public Notice

October 14, 2020

BLYTHE, CA – The Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency (PVVTA) is applying to the CA State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for a Section 5311 Capital Grant in the amount of $202,146 for the purchase of replacement vehicles.

A public hearing is scheduled during the regular PVVTA Board of Directors Meeting on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 11:00am at the PVVTA Operations Center 415 N. Main Street Blythe, CA 92225 to consider public requests or testimony regarding this application. MORE

Chicken, Alaska

Home Country
To The Desert Independent

October 14, 2020

SLIM RANDLESChickens have forever had a place in our hearts and on our tables. Why is that? Well … why not?

And so, I’d like you to come with me back to the summer of 1970, ‘way up north of Fairbanks, Alaska, to what was once the thriving gold mining village of Chicken, Alaska. I was on my way, hitchhiking with a 17-foot canoe, to paddle down a stretch of the Yukon River and to see the cabin where Jack London spent the winter once upon a time.

Just as an aside here, hitchhiking with a canoe, or with a sled and 11 dogs, would make a lengthy how-to book all by themselves. It doesn’t sound easy, does it? It isn’t.

So, what I would do on these “adventures” of mine, (my boss, Larry Fanning, referred to them as Slim’s tin-cup trips because of all the scrounging I had to do) is go to neat places and interview great people, and write stuff. My column in the Anchorage Daily News was called … brace yourself … “Slim’s Column.”

Truth in advertising.

So, I arrived in Chicken, Alaska, only to find I’d nearly doubled the local population. In the far-distant past, Chicken was a ghost town. When the gold gave out, so did Chicken.

So, what was left was “the business” consisting of a gas pump, a coffee pot, some postage stamps and a couple of nice folks. But there was something else, too.

There was not only an outhouse there, but it was electrically lighted. So where should I write my column? In an electrically lighted outhouse in Chicken, Alaska. MORE

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