The water district is the life of small-town Twentynine Palms, California. According to District Secretary of Twentynine Palms’ Water District, Cindy Fowlkes, the town’s first water system was established in 1938. Fowlkes provided a history of the water district and conveyed that, in 1954, votes were made to develop combined public utilities. "This was the first government entity in town," says Fowlkes. The water district was established before the city was. Fowlkes stated that Twentynine Palms’ water district is one of the only water districts in the area that provides fluoride removal treatment and arsenic removal. "We have a unique water system that solely relies on … [Read more...] about A small town connected in a big way
By Raequan Harrison |Staff Writer| National and state parks have part of their funding due to the expiring of the law Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) by Congress. The LWCF’s purpose was to protect wildlife forestries and lands to provide a safe place for the public to visit. State and national parks haven’t always been open to the public. They were opened and maintained by the government under this law. In 1965, the bill was signed into law “to establish a land and water conservation fund to assist the States and Federal [H. R. 3846] agencies in meeting present and future outdoor recreation demands and needs of the American people, and for other purposes,” according to the … [Read more...] about Congress inaction; land and water fund runs dry
By Angel Lizardi |Staff Writer| The federal government shut down, leaving many federal employees without work until the Republican and Democratic representatives can reach an agreement on a short-term budget. According to the Wall Street Journal, “More than 800,000 government workers will go without pay.” According to NPR, departments that would be affected include, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), NASA, which would have to furlough 97 percent of its workforce, rendering the Mars Rover Curiosity, unattended, and the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) would lose all of its … [Read more...] about Federal Government Shutdown: What’s closed and what’s open?