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Helicopter Rescue on Devils Backbone Trail of Mount Baldy

January 18, 2017 New

MOUNT BALDY, Calif – On Monday, January 16, Jennifer Fujita (age 34 of Irvine) and her brother were hiking down the Devil’s Backbone Trail near the Mount Baldy Summit at the 9200 foot level. While hiking down, she lost her footing and slid down the snow covered ridge approximately 50 feet. Jennifer managed to use her ice ax to prevent her from falling further down the steep rocky ridge. Her brother immediately called 911 and requested assistance. MORE

Whose Home on the Range?

To The Desert Independent

January 14, 2017


Riverside County’s Best Young Bands Sought for 2017 Battle of the Bands Competition

Submissions Due by January 23

INDIO, Calif – The search is on for Riverside County’s top young bands, to be featured in the seventh annual Battle of the Bands competition at the 2017 Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival. Bands made up of Riverside County residents, ages 26 or younger, have until Jan. 23 to submit their applications. MORE

Blythe Bluegrass Festival 2017

January 20, 21 & 22

BLYTHE, Calif – This year’s Bluegrass Festival will again be held at the Colorado River Fairgrounds starting Friday, January 20 and continuing through Sunday, January 22. This is one of the largest bluegrass festivals in the west and don't forget our famous annual quilting show. Don't miss it! MORE

U. S. Citizen Caught with Marijuana at Immigration Checkpoint

January 13, 2017

YUMA, Arizona – On Wednesday, January 11, Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint east of Yuma arrested a U.S. citizen caught with over 14 pounds of marijuana worth more than $7,000. MORE

Bush Contract

By ROBERT "Lincoln Steffens" JENSEN
The Desert Independent

Bob JensenJanuary 12, 2017

BLYTHE, Calif – The contract held by current Palo Verde USD Supe Charles Bush has been received from Becky Walker, current Superintendent of Fort Bragg. It was signed the 15th of May and is good until June 30, 2017.

It does not appear to have any sort of "pay-out" clause. MORE

Fatal Traffic Collision on East Hobsonway

January 12, 2017 Update

BLYTHE, Calif – On Wed, January 11, the Blythe Police Department released the identity of the man killed on East Hobsonway during the early morning roll-over last Sunday, Jan. 8. The 42 year old man was identified as Antonio “Tony” Rojas of Blythe. The driver of the vehicle Rocio Perez, also known as Rocio Rangel, remains in a desert hospital in stable condition. Police expect to send the case to the District Attorney by weeks end requesting charges against Rangel, which include felony driving while intoxicated and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. MORE

Fatality in Fire Ruled Homicide

January 18, 2017 New

IMPERIAL, Calif – The Imperial County Fire Department received an early morning call Tuesday, January 17, of a structure fire at 312 Chisholm Trail in the City of Imperial. This was a single family home that had one person in the home at the time of the fire. MORE

Citizen Volunteers Wanted for Citizens on Patrol

January 18, 2017 New

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif – The Sheriff's Departments Central Station, which serves the communities of Grand Terrace, Loma Linda and the County areas of San Bernardino, is currently recruiting volunteers over the age or 18 to join their Citizens on Patrol unit. MORE

Fire on Rice Street

January 17, 2017 New

BLYTHE, Calif – On Thursday, January 12 the Blythe Police Department received numerous 911 calls at about 3:52 p.m. regarding a structure fire at 120 W. Rice St. The structure was a vacant duplex style apartment. MORE

Public Meeting for Eagle Mountain Boundary Study

Wednesday, January 18

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif – The Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service will conduct a joint public meeting on January 18, from 6pm-9pm at UC Riverside Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211. The public will have the opportunity to comment on the Secretary of Interior’s proposal to withdraw approximately 22,462 acres of public lands for 20 years from all forms of entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws. MORE

Assault with a Deadly Weapon

January 16, 2017

JOSHUA TREE, Calif – On Saturday, January 14, at approximately 8:00 p.m., deputies from San Bernardino County Sheriff - Morongo Basin Station responded to a report of a domestic disturbance involving Tony Randall (age 51 of Joshua Tree) and the victim in the 62000 block of La Crescenta. MORE

Man Robbed at Gunpoint at Valero Gas Station – Arrest Made

January 15, 2017

JOSHUA TREE, Calif – On Friday, January 13, at approximately 8:50 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Morongo Basin Station responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Valero Gas Station at 61794 Twentynine Palms Highway. MORE

The Bush Resume

The Board Abdicated Its Responsibility

The Desert Independent

Bob JensenJanuary 13, 2017

BLYTHE, Calif – The following is the response to a request from The Desert Independent to the Riverside County Office of Education for the resume of Charles Bush, Superintendent of Schools Palo Verde USD Office of Education.MORE

Imperial County Fire Department Receives Grant for Hydraulic Rescue Tools

January 13, 2017

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif – Imperial County Fire Department (ICFD) has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a program with a special emphasis on enhancing emergency medical service efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. MORE

Trump's Inauguration – Ugly American Rancor

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

January 18, 2017 New

By the time you read this column the Inauguration may be over. Like it not Donald Trump is your President. Even if you claim he is not your President—he is. If you continue your citizenship in America he is your President. MORE

Truth or Twitter? Why Donald Trump is No John Steinbeck

America's new president is like a gambler on an all-night binge in Atlantic City, compulsively feeding nickel-and-dime tweets, retweets, and mentions into the slot-machine of his ego.

Guest Opinion by STEPHEN COOPER, ESQ.
To The Desert Independent

January 18, 2017 New

Donald Trump bragged, via tweet, that he’s the Ernest Hemingway of Twitter. Unfortunately for us, the new president possesses neither the courage nor the self-control of Hemingway, winner of the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature for writing unforgettably about bravery under fire. As the problems created by Trump-tweets pile up, the source of Trump's addiction to Twitter has become all too clear. Eugene Robinson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist, described it in words worthy of John Steinbeck: “Trump’s Twitter tantrums are a message of weakness.” MORE

22nd Annual Imperial Valley Jr. Trout Fishing Derby

Saturday, January 21

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif – On Saturday, January 21, the County of Imperial, California Department of Fish & Wildlife and Kiwanis of El Centro will host their annual Imperial Valley Jr. Trout Fishing Derby in Seeley. The event will run from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Sunbeam Lake. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa


PV School District

Board Meeting
Tues, Feb 7 at 6:00 p.m.
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

Tue, Feb 14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe

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