Category Archives: Trona News

Jerry Dufloth: Class of 1961

Our community lost a very special person yesterday, Jerry Dufloth. The service will be Service for Jerry Dufloth will be Saturday May 20, 2017 at the Trona Cemetery at 11:00 AM.  We will gather at the Trona Elks Lodge after the service. If you would like to make a dish or dessert please contact Bob Huggins or Analisa Huggins. 209-595-7287,

Jerry was a graduate of Trona High School and has been a long time resident of Trona.

New Provisions for Use of Content on this Site

Due their lack of understanding of lack of desire to understand the content provided here and and becaue they told me that they do not give a crap about the conditions of use set forth on this websites copyright notice page and their defiant disregard for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Timothy Bryne, Lola Bryne of Ridgecrest, California and Harvey Hodges of Vivian, Louisiana are specifically excluded from using content from this website and related websites owned by me for any reason or purpose whatsoever under any circumstances this includes the related websites:,,,,, and any subdomains of such as


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Tiny desert community of Trona hopes to rise from the ashes

The San Bernardino Sun News posted a great article about Trona on October 24, 2015. I just had to link to it here for those Trona fans that don’t do Facebook.

“Anywhere else is not Trona,” Sandy Sprouse said. “It’s unique in every sense of the word.” The tiny unincorporated community is on Death Valley’s southeastern border, about 170 miles northwest of Los Angeles and an hour and a half north of the tiny High Desert community of Adelanto. Souvenirs sold at the Searles Valley Historical Society museum in Trona display a road sign —created to promote a local sign company — that reads “End of the World, 10 miles; Trona, 15 miles.” [ …. more ]

Road to Death Valley Reopens Jan 31, 2014

By Mike Bodine

An intense storm hit the high desert area in July 2013, wreaking havoc in Ridgecrest and surrounding areas. The event, called a micro-burst, lasted only a few minutes, but the damage is still being repaired. The rains and subsequent flash-flooding destroyed portions of the Trona-Wildrose Highway that leads from Trona to Panamint Valley in Death Valley National Park. Portions of the Panamint Valley Road have been closed due to the flooding as well. Aside from being a nuisance for travelers, the road closure has put a damper on local tourism.

Bob Brown, supervisor for Inyo County’s road department, said Wednesday that crews have been working tirelessly since the Thanksgiving weekend to make the repairs. He said an emergency opening of one lane of the road should be made by the end of the working day on Friday, “If everything goes OK.” 

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Patricia Banks on The Price is Right

The family of Patricia (Stevens) Banks, Trona High School class of 1953 , were on The Price is Right. To be exact her husband, Ray Banks and grandson Ray Banks were selected from the audience. They won the the big prize at the end. It was taped in September and aired January 2, 2014.

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Patsy Lorraine Sizemore 1926-2013

Patsy Lorraine Sizemore, 86, of Columbus, Kansas and formerly a long time resident of Trona died peacefully in her sleep on February 17, 2013.  Having moved to Trona in 1947, Patsy was an active member of the Trona Business and Professional Women’s Club and the VFW Women’s Auxiliary.

She was a teller for Security Pacific National Bank, which had its office on Main Street in Trona.  She later worked as a postal carrier when the Trona Post Office started home mail delivery service.  She wrote poetry, song lyrics, and a column called A Woman’s Point of View for the Trona Argonaut and, later, for the Baxter Springs News.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one son, James H. Sizemore; and one grandson, Jeffery A. Sizemore.

She is survived by four sons Jerry H. Sizemore, Thomas A. Sizemore, Michael R. Sizemore, and A. Lee Sizemore; one daughter Cholla Sizemore; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

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Reprinted here at the request of Cholla Sizemore.

John C Heater

John C. Heter – Class of 1963

John C. Heter passed away on June 19, 2013 in Ontario, California. He was 68 years old. John resided in Ridgecrest, California since 2010, having moved from Valencia, California. He was born May 3, 1945 in Trona, California. John was a geologist before retiring in 2010, and served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970. John will be missed by his Facebook friends.