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4/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
TIMES EDITORIAL: Blythe has so much to offer, growth will soon find it

It's good to see new businesses locating and building in Blythe. At the corner of Hobsonway and Ninth, a new Dollar General is opening and at the corner of Hobsonway and Carlton, Family Dollar plans to build a new store.

While some may snicker at the idea that two new dollar stores are opening in a town with a couple of dollar stores already, we see it as a positive sign. The more growth we have, the more growth we will attract - and everything begins with baby steps.

Each business, no matter how small, adds to our tax base and increases revenue to our city. And if one day we can find the right people to run City Hall, then there exists the chance that this additional revenue won't be wasted on management salaries but instead, on quality roads and amenities that will attract even more business.

Despite what its critics say, Blythe is a beautiful town that has a lot of great potential. It has a quaint downtown area with little traffic and plenty of room to grow. It has tree-shaded parks with ball fields and beaches. It has beautiful farmland scenery in just about every direction. There is always something going on so anyone who is bored living in this town would be just as bored living in New York City.

We have a world-class Bluegrass Festival that runs for an entire weekend and an up-and-coming Blues Festival that's being talked about all over.

In another week residents will be celebrating at the Cinco-de-Mayo Festival on Main Street, which is one of the most fun events in town if you like quality entertainment. On the same day Palo Verde Hospital is having a 5k Run/Walk/Bicycle event with a salsa contest to go with it.

The California Women for Agriculture recently held their annual Farmer's Ball, which was reported to be highly successful and entertaining.

The Fire Department's fireworks show at the fairgrounds is another night of spectacular entertainment and the fair itself is a very popular weekend event every year.

The Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway keeps local race fans entertained on many Saturday nights and a lot of Fridays as well.

The Palo Verde High School Drama Club always comes out with a quality production, year after year and we also have an almost full calendar year of high school sports, including football, basketball, baseball and softball.

The youth sports fields are also full with kids and parents throughout the year and always in need of more volunteers.

Palo Verde College is also getting heavily into the entertainment game with its new Fine and Performing Arts Center recently hosting Quartzsite's boogie-woogie blues performer Paul Winer and last Friday, the best Elvis impersonator in the business.

The Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce holds a pair of street fairs every year that attracts shoppers and visitors from throughout the valley and beyond and also sponsors the Miss Blythe Pageant, the Miss Blythe Outstanding Teen Pageant, and this year, the Mr. Blythe Pageant.

Run for the Wall, a group of veteran bikers will be stopping for lunch at the fairgrounds in Blythe on May 15.

The two-day annual Linda Faulkner Dance Recital is a must-see event - if you're lucky enough to get a ticket. It could probably be held in a basketball arena and still be crowded.

Then there are the parades that run down Hobsonway for Homecoming, Veteran's Day and Christmas, with Homecoming being an entire weekend of fun in itself.

And if you're looking to just get away and relax, we have the Colorado River to rest on and an entire desert to play in.

This list probably doesn't even cover half of what Blythe has to offer its residents and outsiders and it looks like more is on the horizon. So while some may laugh at our joy at having some dollar store locate in town, to us it's a sign of bigger and better things headed our way.

It's a privilege to live in Blythe and the folks who realize that are the ones happiest living here.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: To This is for To @ sure

The federal government provides a "safety net" to agricultural producers to help them through the variations in agricultural production and profitability from year to year.

Subsidy Totals 1995-2011 for Zip 92225 see:

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: This is for To @ sure

Do you mean that's how much they sold their cotton for or that's how much they received from the state to plant there cotton? I'm confused.

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: To @ sure

You are confusing regulation and handouts (subsidies) and believe me a lot of you Farmers and Businesses get those!
For the period 1995-2011 Riverside County Top 10 for Cotton Only!:
1 Tyson/ichida Farms ∗ Rancho Miage 92270 $5,389,848
2 Fisher Farms ∗ Blythe, CA 92225 $5,010,917
3 Red River Farms ∗ Blythe, CA 92225 $3,172,832
4 Robinson Farms ∗ Blythe, CA 92226 $2,266,811
5 Farm Rite Farms ∗ Phoenix, AZ 85064 $2,037,131
6 The Arrow Company ∗ Blythe, CA 92225 $1,651,223
7 Barnes & Berger ∗ Blythe, CA 92225 $1,518,399
8 Tara ∗ Blythe, CA 92225 $1,493,192
9 Joseph Deconinck ∗ Blythe, CA 92225 $1,303,734
10 Chaffin Farms ∗ Blythe, CA 92225 $1,246,925

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: @ sure

Yes - lets have less regulations - the only people afraid of less regulations are the nanny society. Bad things will happen & we CANNOT REGULATE away every conceivable accident or problem. We don't need the government regulating our daily routine unless u r lazy or ignorant. I do better running my business and home than the politicians. CA politicians do nothing for me except take and give to lazy people, like welfare idiots who have been on the dole for 20 years or inmates or illegals or ignorant folks, or lazy people or etc etc - u know the 51% of americans who can't function without the government handouts, folks like "sure". Did u know that hearst castle was financed & built in 2 years, created thousands of jobs and boosted the economy single handedly - that was before the regulations - now it takes 2 years to apply for the permission to build on your own property. In the end some politician says u can't do it because of some DUMB reason, stifles everything. We are being stifled daily and we call it safety. What about the unintended consequences of all the regulations??? People go around them, leave the state or what ever it takes to get around the new hoop. Regulation never protected anybody, just created a gravy job for the politicians nephew.

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: Ghost Town

Having been in a Blythe for some time, I always wondered why it was shrinking when everything around it grew. I chalked it up to bad management and closed minds of certain people in this town to accept growth and outsiders. I use to laugh when I would think "if you take out the government in this town, you dont have a town." Well I think I may find out after learning they are planning to close the local Court House. Appears Blythe is just not worthy of anything in the eyes of this state. First the court House then what. Wake up Blythe. I think I just heard the door shut and lock on your little town.

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: To @ complain

Sure lets have less regulation so we can have dangerous industry next to schools and homes like Texas!

Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013
Article comment by: I'm finish with blythe!

Complain?? are you kidding me? I gave Blythe 20 years of my life. When people was moving out of Blythe to Palm Springs area for better housing and living. I purchase a house in Blythe hoping for change and each time crush. I feel when the move theater closed down that was the last straw. Blythe is not for everyone and sure wasn't for me. I live in Phoenix area and love it. So if you want to buy a really nice house please let me know because I'm never ever coming back. Yes I do miss my friends and church, but that is it......Long gone.

Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013
Article comment by: @ complain

U R right about many things - the main thing is society breakdown - to Palermo's point - the regulations and the nanny mind set is what is wrong with america, not just blythe the BLM Regs are Fed CA feeding the whole world on our backs due to free welfare, nobody gives a crap about anything anymore. What people fail to mention is that all the oldtimers who made blythe great are gone - the few community members who actually care cannot do it all when half of residents are takers and complainers. California lawmakers are killing blythe and CA. The Feds are killing what's left. The best thing we can all do is vote republican in all contests and get back to basics. Remove the regulations to help business start up and add more regulations to the welfare bunch - make it harder to get welfare, how stupid are we? Yes & I agree - society has to point the fingers at the takers, liars, cheaters, thieves, druggies, etc, etc. You can't expect good karma, when you know family members are partaking in bad karma - u know equal and opposite reaction. Too many takers are ruining the balance.

Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@, @EL PICA B. Some of those homeless persons that you see around town. Some get SSI Disability benefits. just keep an eye out and you will see that at the beginning of the month you will not see them out and about. That's because they are living the vida loca at a dive motel here until the money runs out, and then they back out on the streets. A certain council member should know this better than all. Yes those bums do help the economy here, but not to our benefit. You must then know about some of the young men on bikes, that some are runners for other people selling and using drugs. In a nut shell this is what is happening here now.

Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013
Article comment by: Great Article, Good to Know

Wow, if this is the kind of reporting that would get front page coverage, our little town would sound like a gem! Loved reading this!! And yep, the youth programs are full!! Lets keep them that way!

Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013
Article comment by: J. Martin

I love the Blythe Area and have looked at property there in 2009, but lost interest due to the fact that the solar energy developers along with the BLM/Interior Department have selected the entire area for massive solar development. I like the desert, the ironwood trees. I love McCoy Wash, but look at the BLM website. The whole area has been chosen for several square miles of solar panels. Blythe already has dust issues, but that Blythe Solar Project was partially developed. They bulldozed roads and t5he dust kicks up each time the wind blows. Look at Ford Dry Lake and the Genesis Project. It is a dust blackout on windy days. Solar developers do not mitigate their dust. The want to put ironwood trees in the woodchipper and bulldoze archeological sites. Who wants to live near that? Luckily, the solar industry is folding due to badly planned economics. The Blythe Project got suspended because they went under, but now Nextera wants to develop half of it and the adjacent McCoy Project. It is good that the Rio Mesa Project got canned. Too big and destructive. Photovoltaic projects will only end up creating about 10 to 20 full time jobs. Is it really worth it to trash your town for energy that works better on rooftops? If the solar industry continues to fold, I will look for property in Blythe again.

Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Article comment by: @EL PICA BUYAS BUYAS

Can you tell me why all over town in all directions you see young men on bicycles and homeless men and women pushing grocery carts filled with stuff and large bags filled with cans? Perhaps that's what our haven has become to the new faces that appear day to day. I pray that my own my drug user relative will not view this as the the way the world is headed. Perhaps conquering the war against the drug dealers and money rollers will be a good start.

Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Article comment by: @ Eddie H

Foster's freeze put up a sign over a year ago that says "gone on vacation" andit's been closed ever since. The drive-in was leveled in the late 70's or early 80's, and Dairy queen was connected to shell station but really was lousy so it closed down.

Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@fkca.gov. It's good that you love Blythe. If more people were like you,then maybe Blythe would be different But there are not. When you come here it's a small town feeling that most like. Also when you come here, you come from a place that has many stores to chose from, where the prices are much lower that here. Now try looking at it from the angle of the people living here. People living here have to find ways to stretch their income, and it's hard living here.

Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Article comment by: fkca.gov recon

I love blythe. Don't really know why the want of a big city. Big city life sucks. To me Blythe is home away from home. It's sportmans paradise, I love the b&b, yellow mart, rebel bbq and the river is all I need. Beware of the so called artistic hipster hippie crowd, they can ruin a town quick. Stay pro hunt and fish..

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