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Blythe Bluegrass Festival 2018

January 19, 20 & 21

BLYTHE, Calif – This year’s Bluegrass Festival will again be held at the Colorado River Fairgrounds starting Friday, January 19 and continuing through Sunday, January 21. 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

Cal-Tax Adds ‘Fresh’ Category for Cannabis

January 14, 2018

The California Dept of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) has added a new category and rate for the cannabis cultivation tax, which took effect on January 1, 2018. Proposition 64, which was approved by voters on November 8, 2016, established a cultivation tax based on the dry-weight ounce of cannabis flowers and leaves. The CDTFA has added a new cannabis cultivation tax category for fresh cannabis plants at a rate of $1.29 per ounce. MORE

Customs & Border Protection Citizens Academy Invitation

Applications accepted until Feb 1

YUMA, Arizona – Officials from Yuma Sector Border Patrol, San Luis Port of Entry, and Air and Marine Operations will host an integrated U.S. Customs and Border Protection "Citizen’s Academy" from February 6 through March 6 in Yuma. This program is designed to provide Yuma County business, civic, religious and community leaders, as well as interested residents, an inside look at how CBP secures the border at and between ports of entries in southwestern Arizona. MORE

Search & Rescue

Helicopter rescue of hiker stuck on ledge

January 10, 2018

MOUNT BALDY, Calif – On January 5, at about 1:00 p.m., San Bernardino County Sheriff’s dispatch received a 911 call from Reina Perez (age 40 of Pomona) stuck on top of the San Antonio Waterfalls. A Sheriff’s deputy and West Valley SAR members responded to the location and requested Sheriff’s Aviation respond due to rocky terrain, drop offs, and diminishing lighting conditions. MORE

Three arrested on drug charges

January 9, 2018

NEEDLES, Calif – On Sunday, January 07 at about 1:00 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station / Needles Police Department, served a search warrant on the 100 block of South L Street in Needles. Upon entry into the residence, contact was made with multiple subjects. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa

Suicide on I-10 Avoided

January 10, 2018

BLYTHE, Calif – At about 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 10, the Blythe Police Department received a call from a motorist reporting a person sitting on the outside of the Interstate 10 pedestrian overcrossing. As police responded a 911 call came in from a male saying he wanted to die, but did not give his location. Blythe Police were able to ping the cell phone call to the area of the pedestrian overcrossing. MORE

Special Needs Resource Guide

January 10, 2018

After months of hard work and dedication, we are delighted to officially announce our updated online Special Needs Resource Directory replacing our annual printed directory. For over 25 years our resource directory has evolved into the most comprehensive resource available for parents and families of children with chronic health issues, disabilities and special needs, as well as to physicians, allied health care professionals and educational professionals, who are involved in their care and development. MORE

PVVTA 40th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, January 27

BLYTHE, Calif – The PVVTA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 40th Anniversary year of service for the transit Agency 1978 to 2018 serving the Palo Verde Valley of Eastern Riverside County. On Saturday, January 27, 2018 a celebration event will be held at 415 N. Main Street Blythe, CA 92225. MORE

Canine finds heroin at Immigration Checkpoint

January 10, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Border Patrol agents working with a canine at the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint east of Yuma arrested a Mexican woman Saturday after finding more than 5 pounds of heroin, worth almost $90,000, strapped around her waist. MORE

Sheriff’s deputies chase stolen ATV to make arrest

January 9, 2018

NEEDLES, Calif – On Sunday, January 07 at about 8:27 a.m., a deputy from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station was on patrol in the area of Needles Highway and North K. Street when he observed a male riding a quad. The driver, later identified as William Powell (age 35 of Needles), accelerated south on North K. Street towards Front Street. MORE

Hurting our young Americans' futures

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

January 9, 2018

DR. GLENN MOLLETTEMillions of Americans in states like California, Illinois and Kentucky are already in peril because of the horrendous government mismanagement of teacher's and state worker's retirement money. MORE

Man arrested for child endangerment & assault with a deadly weapon

January 14, 2018

BIG RIVER, Calif – On Wednesday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station responded to the 7300 Block of Oneida Trail in Big River for a domestic battery investigation involving Christopher Worthy (age 32 of Big River) and his live-in girlfriend. During the investigation deputies learned that Worthy had assaulted his girlfriend and pointed a firearm at her and their children, threatening to kill them. MORE

Search & Rescue

Hiker lost overnight rescued by sheriff’s helicopter & S&R

January 10, 2018

FOREST FALLS, Calif – On Saturday, January 6 at about 6:00 a.m., Bethany Sloan (age 32 of Redlands) and a friend went on a day hike up Vivian Creek Trail and attempted to reach the San Gorgonio Summit. Sometime during the hike, Sloan’s friend became tired and turned back. Sloan continued to hike and reached the summit around 1:00 p.m. However, on reaching the summit and preparing to descend, a weather system set in causing her to become disorientated. Sloan continued her descent and lost her way on the trail. MORE

Dec - Blythe Police & Fire Activity

BLYTHE, Calif – The following are the Monthly Incident and Activity reports taken from the last Blythe City Council Meeting Minutes. MORE


PV School District

Board Meeting
Tues, Feb 6 at 6:00 pm
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

Tue, Feb 13 at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe

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