Category: Business and Economics

VVWRA Receives $122,000 Incentive from SCE

The Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority has received an energy saving incentive check of $121,919.84 from Southern California Edison for its aeration energy efficiency upgrades. The check was presented by SCE representative Amy Olson to the VVWRA Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting on Thursday, February 18th.

The aeration energy efficiency upgrades will save VVWRA about 1,336,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. That is the equivalent to the amount of electricity needed to power 122 homes annually. “These upgrades allow us to save energy while improving our wastewater treatment process”, said VVWRA Director of Operations Gilbert Perez.

The aeration energy efficiency upgrades at VVWRA consisted of a new electric powered, 400 hp Piller turbo blower and new Aquarius, fine bubble diffusers installed in aeration basins 1 through 8. The Piller blower replaces three blowers that were powered by internal combustion engines. The Aquarius fine bubble diffusers have much better oxygen transfer efficiency than the previous diffusers and thus require less energy.

A crucial part of VVWRA’s treatment involves blowing oxygen into the wastewater held in large aeration basins in a process called “activated sludge”. The oxygen stimulates microorganisms that help break down the organic matter. It also is one of the most energy intensive processes at the VVWRA treatment plant.

“VVWRA continues to take steps to reduce its power consumption, while increasing electricity production through its Waste to Energy Program”, said VVWRA General Manager Logan Olds. “This is another big step on our path to energy neutrality.” VVWRA’s Waste to Energy Program involves collecting naturally occurring methane from the anaerobic digesters and using the bio-gas to power a pair of large 2G 800 kwh generators, which in turn provide electricity to run the plant.

Local Chambers Offer Great Business Support

Chambers of Commerce in the High Desert offer lots of networking, educational and leadership growth opportunities for business owners.

Over the past month, there were networking breakfasts and lunches, and many ribbon cuttings, mixers, awards banquets, and other opportunities for businesses in the area to be involved.

Victor Valley Chamber’s VMI breakfast is very popular, and the January event featured a chance for attendees to learn about the subjects of business law, health in the workplace, social and digital media, real estate, and much more.
Because all of the local chambers cooperate with eachother, sometimes they hold joint ribbon cuttings and other events, all to benefit their members.

This page is only a small sampling of the great activities offered to chamber members.

To find out about joining the Victor Valley Chamber call (760) 245-6506; Hesperia Chamber (760) 244-2135; Apple Valley Chamber (760) 247-2753; Barstow Chamber (760) 256-8617; Big Bear Chamber (909) 866-4607 ext. 2200; Phelan Chamber (760) 868-3291; Wrightwood Chamber 760) 249-4320; Newberry Springs Chamber (760) 257-1072, Running Springs Chamber (909) 867-2411, Adelanto Chamber (760) 246-5711.

Assemblyman Obernolte Top Chamber Business Awards

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte hosted the 1st Annual Top Chamber Business Awards for the 33rd Assembly District on January 9.
The banquet showcased outstanding businesses and local chambers of commerce. Three finalists from each chamber was recognized, with one being chosen to receive the 2016 award.

The Big Bear Chamber recipient was Big Bear Lake Brewing Company, which opened in April 2014. The other finalists were Helicopter Big Bear and Re/Max Big Bear.

Running Springs Chamber honoree was Pali Muontain summer camp, and the other finalist was Bacon-Wagner Excavating, Inc.

The Adelanto Chamber awardee was the Geo Group, and the other finalists were Desert Community Bank, and Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group.

Apple Valley Chamber honoree Walmart Distribution Center has been located there since 1996. Runner ups were Apple Valley Communications and Mojave Copy & Printing.

Barstow Chamber finalists Barstow Tire & Brake and Revolution Bowl were upstaged by Barstow Community Hospital for the award.

The Hesperia Chamber honoree was Sam Thatte Visual Communications.  Other finalists were Louisiana Cajun Seafood and Thompson Family Plumbing.

High Desert Hispanic Chamber winner was El Pescador restaurant, located at the Green Tree Golf Course. Runners-up were Bounce Realty and Edible Arrangements.

Victorville Chamber’s winner was ICR Staffing,with runners-up Mojave Copy & Printing and Southwest Gas Corporation.

Subscribe to the Desert News Post!

Get your subscription now to the Desert News Post newspaper, and you’ll be guaranteed continued access to all of our publications and the website.

We cover county-wide news with more of a “positive” spin than other newspapers. Topics generally include economics, business, real estate, infrastructure, education, entertainment, social concerns and opinions.

We don’t believe that our country is “going to hell in a hand basket,” the way mainstream media portrays it.
There are many positive, uplifting events going on in our world and our local communities.

We like to point out the good things that businesses, non-profits and individuals are doing to keep our community a great place to be.

Yes, there are some challenges and situations that arise at times, and our local leaders like County Supervisor Robert Lovingood and Congressman Paul Cook work hard to handle these in the right way.

Sometimes there’s what I like to call a “good” fight, such as when big business tries to squash the little guy. That’s why we’ve strived to publish factually accurate information on big solar and wind projects, and smart meters that spew radiation into your home, and were installed without your permission.

Car crashes and shootings do occur, but they don’t have to get a place of honor on the front page of our local newspapers. What do people think when they see that on the front cover of a paper? “Why would I want to live or locate my business in that area?”

I’ve personally lived here since 1987, moving from the San Francisco Bay Area. People sometimes ask me why I don’t move back there. And, I say “I love it here!” I love the weather, the change of seasons, the beautiful desert skies and sunsets, and the nature and wildlife that we have in our own back yards!

I plan to stay here a good long while, and to keep bringing you this kind of news as long as I can. I’ve been publishing the Senior News for 17 years, and it’s always been free to seniors since we like to light up your faces with a smile when you see photos from an event you attended, or even your own photo!

Since 2011 we’ve published the Desert News Post, and distributed it free. Since 2014 we’ve given you free news and free access to our website,, and this is where we need your help.

The Desert News Post newspaper is working towards an adjudication. If you don’t know what that is, the easiest explanation is that it allows us to accept legal ads like Fictitious Business Names, government announcrments, and other legal notices (divorces, name change, foreclosure, estate sale, etc). The only detail we need to qualify, is we need more paid subscribers!

So, soon we are going to limit access to our website to those who have paid subscriptions. I can’t give you a date, but ask you to subscribe today, using the form on page 10. next page, and mail it right away!