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Easter – Think about it

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

April 18, 2019 New

DR. GLENN MOLLETTEEaster is an exciting day for Christians around the world. Churches around the globe look forward to celebrating the resurrection of Christ.

Clergy persons look forward to a one-day larger attendance. Church choirs and music programs try to shine brighter and give their best effort. For one day the light and victory of new life and victory over death rings bright in a world filled with so much gloom and death. MORE

Shooting behind Provident Bank

April 10, 2019

BLYTHE, Calif – On Saturday, April 6 at about 8:23 p.m. Officers from the Blythe Police Department were dispatched to the alleyway behind Provident Bank in regards to arguing and gunshots being heard in the area. As Officers were arriving at the scene Blythe Police Dispatch received a call from Palo Verde Hospital (PVH) staff advising a man had just entered the hospital with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. MORE

Drivers encouraged to ‘silence’ the distractions

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April 4, 2019

California drivers continue to shift their focus away from the road and onto their phones, despite the risks associated with multitasking behind the wheel.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Impact Teen Drivers (ITD) will be working together throughout the month to educate drivers on the importance of traveling free of distractions, as well as cracking down on drivers who violate the state’s hands-free cell phone law. MORE

Felon in possession of 3 pistols fires shots into neighboring homes

April 17, 2019 New

NEEDLES, Calif – On Friday, April 12 at 9:09 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Sheriff’s station / Needles Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Desert Drive in Needles for multiple reports of gun shots. When deputies arrived on scene, they found Larry Esquibel (age 51 of Needles) armed with three pistols. MORE

Trio of carjacking suspects under arrest

April 10, 2019

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Wednesday, April 3 at about 11:38 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department - Morongo Basin Station, were flagged down in the 73400 block of Twentynine Palms Highway, in Twentynine Palms by the victims stating their vehicle was stolen. MORE

A new documentary film: Fuel, Fire and Wild Horses

Guest Opinion by BILL SIMPSON
To The Desert Independent

April 10, 2019

Bill SimpsonAnyone who is being intellectually honest realizes that wild horses in America today are entering their darkest hour. That is an undeniable fact.

The efforts over past decades by paid wild horse and burro activist organizations (not sanctuaries or rescue orgs.), some of who receive a $-million dollars a year or more, have not changed the trajectory of the fate of wild horses. And the result is the BLM has committed to taking the total U.S. population down to about 27,000, which will be divided into tiny sub groups in many cases less than 50 horses in an area, guaranteeing inbreeding and genetic failure. This even thought there is no 'population problem' as alleged by some people. The pure and simple fact is that due to antiquated and flawed management paradigm, wild horses (and burros) today are simply being held and managed in many of the wrong locations. MORE

Murder charge filed in death of California Highway Patrol Sergeant

April 17, 2019 New

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – On Wednesday, April 10, the Riverside County DA’s Office filed one count of murder against a Winchester man for the death of California Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Licon. Michael Joseph Callahan, DOB: 5-19-82, is scheduled to be arraigned on the second-degree murder charge in Dept. S204 at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta. If convicted as currently charged, he faces a potential sentence of 15 years to life in state prison. MORE

Nat'l Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, April 27, 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.

INLAND EMPIRE, Calif – Inland Empire County Sheriff’s Departments are proud to announce their partnership with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” day will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. MORE


PV School District

Board Meeting
Tue, May 7 at 6:00 pm
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

Tue, May 14 at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe

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