Lifelong resident Susan Straight writes about Riverside and the Inland Empire for national newspapers and magazines and fictionalizes it in her novels. Her memoir “In the Country of Women” is getting a push this month from Barnes & Noble. I interview her on her front porch for Friday’s column.
A state senator from Lake Elsinore drops some salty language. Also: a 1970s TV shoot in Upland is recalled, Metrolink offers free weekends rides for children (accompanied by paying adults) and an important Ontario anniversary is cited, all in Sunday’s column.
I know, I wrote already about Nordstrom closing its two Inland Empire stories in Montclair and Riverside. But then a few more comments came in, all about the Riverside store, and they were thoughtful ones. So here’s a follow-up. As a bonus, you’ll find two items from Pomona and Upland, all in Friday’s column.
A reader said I should write about the demise of the Inland Empire’s two Nordstrom stores, which closed in May (but were essentially already closed) without fanfare. That was a good idea, and I took her up on it for Wednesday’s column. It didn’t hurt, naturally, that the column might appeal to readers across a geographic span.
The 12-man crew on the Enola Gay is gone, but the widow of the radio operator, Richard Nelson, still lives in Riverside. We spoke Thursday, 75 years to the day of the mission that dropped the first atomic bomb, for my Friday column.
UC Riverside-based FarmSense is a tech startup aimed at farmers. Its goal is to provide “the next generation of insect monitoring.” How could I resist? I write about it in my Wednesday column.