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Woman climbing on rocks below highway injured in 40 foot fall

August 14, 2017

CRESTLINE, Calif – On Sunday, August 13 at about 9:00 in the morning, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Air Rescue 07 helicopter was dispatched to Highway 18 and Crest Forest Drive to assist the San Bernardino County Fire Department to rescue an injured woman. The victim, Jessica Christenson (age 46 of Long Beach), was attempting to climb on the rocks below Highway 18 when she fell approximately 40 feet. MORE

Arrests made in storage unit burglaries

August 7, 2017

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Saturday, August 5, at about 10:00 at night, a deputy from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a vehicle code violation in the area of Bagley Ave and Splitrock Ave. Randy Bryant (age 22 of Twentynine Palms) was contacted during the traffic stop and found to have a warrant for his arrest. MORE

New citrus disease found in Riverside County

August 4, 2017

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – A bug about the size of a gnat likely transmitted a plant disease that jeopardizes Riverside County’s $187 million-a-year commercial citrus industry. That threat and the battle against it will be the topic of a meeting August 9 with residents from north Riverside, where the presence of the disease was confirmed last week for the first time ever in the county. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa

Misty Reynolds Promoted to Captain, New Indio / Blythe Jail Commander

August 14, 2017

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Sheriff Stan Stiff promoted Lieutenant Misty Reynolds to the rank of Captain this morning, August 10, 2017, in Riverside to fill the command position being vacated by the retirement of Captain Daniel Ybarra. Captain Reynolds will become the commander for the Indio and Blythe Jails in early September. MORE

Midnight traffic stop results in three arrests

August 10, 2017

NEEDLES, Calif – On Sunday, August 6 just before midnight, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River station contacted Shayleen Coon (age 43 of Searchlight, Nevada), Trenton Mick (age 26) and Truman Pointer (age 41) both of Bullhead City, during a traffic stop on Needles Highway near Broadway. MORE

Boating accident on Colorado River claims a woman’s life

August 7, 2017

BIG RIVER, Calif – On Saturday, August 5, at about 6:29 in the evening, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department - Colorado River Boating Deputies responded to a fatal boating accident near the Big River Park on the Colorado River. MORE

Sudden violent storm overturns two boats

August 6, 2017

LAKE HAVASU, Calif – On Friday, August 4, at about 5:32 p.m., San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Boating Deputies responded to two boating accidents involving a recreational pontoon boat and a "Tarzan" play center pontoon boat on Lake Havasu near Grass Island. MORE

July - 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

Space Blanket Camping

Home Country
To The Desert Independent

August 4, 2017

SLIM RANDLESThis is going to be good, Dud thought, bringing his new tarp out to the car. There it was on that computer site. How to camp out with just a single tarp. I’ve been looking for something like that for a long time now. Amazing what you can find on the internet. MORE

Surviving Nuclear Attack

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

August 14, 2017

DR. GLENN MOLLETTEPresident Donald Trump has vowed to meet more North Korea threats with "power the likes of which the world has never seen" and Kim Jong-un has responded with a plan for a nuke attack on the US island of Guam. Plans are being made for a horror scenario we must take seriously. MORE

Another fatal boat accident on the Colorado

August 10, 2017

LAKE HAVASU, Calif – On Sunday, August 6, 2017 at about 9:30 p.m., San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station Boating Deputies responded to a fatal boating accident between Havasu Landing and Windsor Beach State Park on Lake Havasu. The Operator and 5 passengers left the Havasu Landing Marina in a 25 foot Carrera Deck boat. The vessel was traveling East toward Windsor Beach State Park, when a 28 foot Eliminator traveling north with 3 passengers, collided with the vessel. MORE

Cancer Drivers & Coordinators Needed

August 5, 2017

One of the toughest challenges cancer patients face is getting to and from treatment. Many patients don’t own a vehicle, can’t afford gas, or don’t have access to public transportation. Some may be elderly and unable to drive, too ill to drive, or have no family members or friends who can help with all their transportation needs. Without access to reliable transportation, cancer patients are unable to get regular treatment. And even the best treatment can’t work if a patient can’t get there. MORE

Captain David Teets, Incoming Colorado River Station Commander

August 2, 2017

BLYTHE, Calif – Sheriff Stan Sniff has announced that Captain David Teets will take command of the Colorado River Station effective August 3, 2017, replacing Captain Matthew Jimenez, who was transferred to the Court Services Division in Indio as part of a series of routine transfers for command level personnel. MORE


PV School District

Board Meeting
Tues, Sept 5 at 6:00 pm
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

Tue, Sept 12 at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe

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