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Tues, March 10 at 6:00 PM
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PV School District

Board Meeting
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I-10 Pursuit into AZ leaves One Suspect Shot Dead by Sheriff’s Deputy

Homicide Suspects Fleeing Police take Potshots at Passing Motorists

March 1, 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – On Saturday, February 28, at about 2:17 PM, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department responded to the area of Dillon Road and I-10 regarding information that two homicide suspects from Sonoma County were near the area. The suspects and vehicle information was provided by Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department. MORE

Sutterfield to Serve as Interim City Manager

February 25, 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – The Blythe City Council has appointed Mallory Sutterfield to serve as Interim City Manager beginning March 19, 2015. This appointment follows the resignation of current City Manager Frank Luckino who will be leaving Blythe in March to serve as City Manager of the City of Twentynine Palms. MORE

Attendance at School Board Meetings

A Desert Independent Flashback

The Desert Independent

February 21, 2015

Originally Published June 29, 2006

BLYTHE, Calif – We did not attend the school board meeting last Tuesday, the first one in June. We stayed home and watched sports on TV. We don't like to attend board meetings but have done so, because four years ago we at the "Inde" thought about becoming a street newspaper that would cover stories the other news outlet considered none of their business. So we did, but lately, we are down to attending only the K-12 district; only occasionally do we visit city hall, hospital board, and College Board. And we are giving serious thought to no longer attending the Unified board meetings as well as staying away from the other gatherings. MORE

First Flu-Related Death of the Year Confirmed

February 18, 2015

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – A 33-year-old man from western Riverside County who recently died has tested positive for influenza. Health officials said it is the first influenza-related death of the flu season in Riverside County. The man tested positive and died last week after being hospitalized, according to Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County public health officer. Officials say the patient had other underlying health issues that contributed to his death. MORE

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

Colorado River Fair 2015

March 19 -22 at the Fairgrounds New

Pict of FairBLYTHE, Calif – The 2015 Colorado River Fair opens Thursday, March 19 at the Blythe Fairgrounds and runs through the weekend. Competition categories include: agriculture, home arts such as baking collectables, fine arts such as painting and photography. 4H and FFA will be there to show their many projects. MORE

Fraudulent Scam Phone Calls

March 3, 2015 New

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – This is another reminder to the public about ongoing fraudulent scam phone calls. Recently, various frauds have occurred in the Riverside County area where criminals contact victims by telephone to impersonate law enforcement officials or utility company officials. MORE

Coffee with a Cop

9:00 AM, March 18 at Starbucks

BLYTHE, Calif – On March 18, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department along with officers from the Blythe Police Department offer community members of the Palo Verde Valley to come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee. MORE

Charges Filed Against 3 Men Involved in Human Trafficking, Child Porn & Sexual Assault

February 23, 2015

RIVERSIDE, Calif – On February 17, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin announced that charges have been filed against three men for their involvement in a significant ring of human traffickers and child pornographers. MORE

Riverside's Wanted Fugitives

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RIVERSIDE, Calif – A listing of current wanted fugitives by the Riverside District Attorney.

Man Dies in ORV Canal Accident

March 3, 2015 New

BLYTHE, Calif – At about 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 1, the Blythe Police Department received a report of an off-highway vehicle accident just south of 10th Avenue along the east bank of Palo Verde Irrigation’s “D” Canal. When Officers arrived they located a 38 year old Blythe man with major injuries. MORE

Troubles with Veggies

Home Country
To The Desert Independent

March 4, 2015 New

“It’s all watermelon’s fault,” said Steve, shaking his head and sliding in to the philosophy counter. He nodded at Loretta while flipping his mug to the upright and fillable position. She brought the pot and filled it.

“I always thought you liked watermelon, Steve,” Doc said. “I’ve eaten it with you, even.”

“That’s why it’s watermelon’s fault, Doc,” he said. “We love watermelon, and that lulls us into a false sense of security, and the first thing you know, we think other gourds are edible.” MORE

Militant Crazy Religion, Avoid the Damage

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

February 27, 2015

Faith has been a major part of my life for a long time. Belief in God, the Bible and church involvement go way back for me. There is so much about all of it that has shaped and impacted every fiber of my life. A faith relationship with God is peaceful, hopeful, helpful, positive and life changing in so many ways. I've written a lot about faith in articles, books and public messages.

At this juncture of my life I can say with confidence that my faith is as great as ever but I detest militant religion. I guess we are all religious in some areas about some things. However, religion does not always connote faith and relationship, especially militant religion. MORE

Buy-Back Program Offering $1,000 for Pre-1996 Autos and Trucks

Program Deadline Extended to March 31

Updated February 21, 2015

MDAQMD* – Owners of older, higher-polluting vehicles manufactured in 1995 or before are now eligible to receive $1,000 for scrapping their operable cars, vans and light and medium duty trucks through the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District’s Voluntary Accelerated Vehicle Retirement program. This marks a change from the previous eligibility year of 1994. MORE


His Wife is More Interested in the Kids’ Teacher

Q: My two boys attend a small private school. My wife came home the other day and told me one of their teachers had asked her out for coffee. She said she was interested. He is married as well. I felt like I was kicked in the stomach. Nothing has happened yet and she told me right away. So that is a positive. But there is some back-story here. I had an affair a couple of years ago. My wife found out, called the woman to tell her to stay away, and has not been able to forgive me since. Couples counseling, books, individual therapy for us both—nothing is working. I am a much better husband now than I was. Now I really understand how devastating my affair has been to her. I truly want to save my marriage and keep my family together. What am I supposed to do now?

A: If “nothing” had happened, we wouldn’t be having this little chat. A lot of damage has been done and your wife is crying out for help. So far, we know that “teach” has heard her cries. The questions is, are you ready to hear them? And are you ready to fight for your marriage without compromising yourself as a man? MORE

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