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Suit filed to protect world-famous Pryor Mustang Herd

Suit challenges bungled BLM management

To The Desert Independent

August 20, 2018 New

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo – The Bureau of Land Management’s Billings Field Office is being sued over a botched management plan in the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range.

On August 18, The Cloud Foundation filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for Montana to challenge the BLM’s recent decision to remove 17 young horses from the Pryor Mountain Herd because it will lead to the extinction of this world-famous wild horse herd in the Pryor Mountains on the Montana-Wyoming border. The Foundation is named for Cloud, a Pryor mustang stallion documented from birth by the Foundation’s Director, filmmaker Ginger Kathrens. MORE

Agents seize over 145K worth of hard narcotics

August 20, 2018 New

YUMA, Arizona – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Wellton Station Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint seized more than 42 pounds of hard narcotics in two separate smuggling events Thursday, August 16. In the first event at approximately 8:40 a.m., Wellton Station agents referred a gray Xpress shuttle van to the secondary inspection area for an immigration check of its passengers. MORE

Foreign nationals attempt to smuggle $84K in marijuana

August 16, 2018

GILA BEND, Arizona – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Wellton Station Targeting Enforcement Unit arrested three Mexican citizens and one Guatemalan national after they attempted to smuggle nearly $84K in marijuana along State Route 85 near Gila Bend on Thursday. On Friday, August 10 at about 5:15 a.m., agents observed a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu travelling northbound. MORE

1,709 marijuana plants & 19lbs of processed marijuana seized

August 10, 2018

BIG RIVER/VIDAL, Calif – On Tuesday, August 7, beginning about 8:45 a.m., investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department - Marijuana Enforcement Team served two search warrants at locations in the unincorporated communities of Vidal and Big River. Both locations had outdoor marijuana cultivations on the property. Over 1,709 marijuana plants and 19 pounds of processed marijuana were seized during the service of the search warrants. Investigators located evidence showing the locations are linked together. MORE

Parents are arrested after their two-year-old is attacked by the family dog

August 10, 2018

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, July 31, 2018 the Colorado River Medical Center contacted the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department after getting a report of a severe dog bite attack of a 2-year-old male. James Gordon Nagel (age 46) and Tiffany Marie Jensen (age 24) both of Needles and the parents of the victim, told hospital staff the victim was attacked by a stray dog on a beach in Needles. MORE

Palms-N-Paws Animal Shelter burglarized

August 5, 2018

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Sunday, July 22 just after midnight, Levi Irwin (age 20 of Twentynine Palms) and an unidentified male, forced open a door to the Palms-N-Paws Animal Shelter, 7086 Bullion Ave., and stole two Pitbull dogs. Irwin unlocked the other cages, which allowed all the dogs to run free. MORE

Felon arrested after accidentally shooting himself

August 5, 2018

BIG RIVER, Calif – On Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 4:52 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station/Parker Dam responded to the La Paz County Hospital after getting a report of a shooting victim. During the investigation it was determined that Allen James King (age 27 of Big River) accidentally shot himself with a .22 caliber rifle when he dropped it. King suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated and released. MORE

Man jailed for animal abuse after injuring girlfriends Chihuahua

August 20, 2018 New

NEEDLES, Calif – On Wednesday, August 15 a San Bernardino County Sheriff – Colorado River Station deputy responded to the 200 block of San Clemente Street after a report of Animal Abuse. The reporting party stated her boyfriend, Jvar Brooks (age 24 of Needles), injured her pet Chihuahua named "8 Ball" to the extent the dog was unable to stand or walk. MORE

National Recruitment Webinar for Customs & Border Protection

Thursday, August, 23

YUMA, Arizona – On Thursday, August, 23, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will have a nationwide recruitment webinar. The National Frontline Recruitment Command in collaboration with DHS’s Office of Academic Engagement organized the webinar. MORE

Human Smuggling

August 16, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Wellton Station Border Patrol agents patrolling the area of Dome Valley arrested a United States citizen found smuggling four illegal aliens Friday, August 10. At about 6:15 a.m., agents operating near Avenue 26E and Old Highway 80 performed an immigration stop on a grey 2016 Hyundai Accent. MORE

Agents seize 42.5 pounds of meth in gas tank

August 16, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Border Patrol agents arrested a 31-year-old Mexican national with a Border Crossing Card at the Wellton Station Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint Saturday, after he attempted to smuggle methamphetamine in his vehicle’s gas tank. MORE

Skeletal remains found in desert

August 10, 2018

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Monday, August 6, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Twentynine Palms/Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of possible human skeletal remains located in the desert near the 73100 block of Cactus Drive. Deputies confirmed the remains were human, appeared to be an adult male and contacted the Specialized Investigations Division and the Coroner Division. MORE

Agents arrest the same rapist for 2nd time in 5 months

August 10, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents patrolling along the Colorado River arrested a convicted rapist for the second time this year, as he illegally entered the United States again on Sunday, August 5. At approximately 12:45 a.m., Yuma Station agents arrested 57-year-old Manuel Araujo-Dominguez a Mexican national, with an extensive felony history. MORE

Burglary at Express Hardware

August 5, 2018

NEEDLES, Calif – On Wednesday, August 1 at 1:00 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Sheriff's station responded to a commercial burglary alarm at Express Hardware in the 300 block of Broadway Street. Deputies found the front glass door to the business had been broken. MORE

Agents arrest felony sex offender again

August 5, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a felony sex offender Wednesday, August 1 for the second time this year. He was apprehended in March, and deported through Nogales last month. MORE

Audio Recordings – Omarosa, President Trump and Billy Graham

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

August 20, 2018 New

DR. GLENN MOLLETTEPerfect people will never work in government. People make promises and look good in television advertisements but people are people and that always means human error.

A good person can easily say the wrong thing at the right time. Often people say things they meant at the time or didn't really mean at the time. People slip up. MORE

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Citizens Academy Invitation

August 20, 2018 New

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol, San Luis Port of Entry, and Air and Marine Operations are hosting an integrated U.S. Customs and Border Protection Citizen’s Academy. 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

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute fall registration now open

August 16, 2018

PALM DESERT, Calif – Adults 50 and over can register for fall classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a program designed for adults 50 and older who want to experience learning for the fun of it. OLLI offers non-credit, university-level courses, but without the grades, tests or homework. Membership is open to adults who enjoy learning, regardless of their educational background. MORE

Hearing Aid

Home Country
To The Desert Independent

August 5, 2018

SLIM RANDLES“Bert looks good this morning, Doc,” Dud said, quietly. Three stools down the counter, Bert smiled and said, “Yes, I certainly do!”

We turned toward our old pal. “You heard that?”

“Sure did, guys,” he grinned. “Look….”

He pointed to his ears. “Hearing aids,” he said. We walked over and looked, and sure enough.

“It was Maizie’s idea,” Bert said. “She made the appointment and everything. Said she was tired of having the TV on so loud.” MORE


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