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The Town Dog

Home Country
Fiction by SLIM RANDLES
To The Desert Independent

April 22, 2018

SLIM RANDLESBilly’s been a busy guy ever since he became the official town dog here. Sally had been the town dog until she passed away on Doc’s porch, and then Billy’s owner died just two weeks after that, so it was something of a natural progression. Sometimes offices are filled without an election.

The high school wood-shop-boys built Billy a dog house next to the school crossing. However, Billy preferred Aunt Ada’s couch in the cold months, and a nice dog depression under an oak tree when it’s warm. MORE


New data shows homelessness decreased in Riverside County

April 19, 2018

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – The number of homeless people in Riverside County decreased by 4 percent compared to a count last year. This year’s “point in time” count totaled 2,310 adults and children, compared to 2,406 in 2017. This year’s federally mandated count in Riverside County was conducted the morning of Jan. 23. As in previous years, approximately 500 volunteers teamed up with outreach staff and experienced professionals from more than 130 agencies to canvass pre-identified areas. MORE


15th Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Saturday, April 28, 10:00 - 2:00

County Sheriff’s together with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 15th opportunity in over seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal on Saturday, April 28th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to any one of the below-listed collection sites. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. MORE


El Centro / La Mesa


March - 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


Search & Rescue


Personal Emergency Beacon guides rescuers to injured woman

April 16, 2018

MOUNT BALDY, Calif – On Sunday, April 15 at about 12:17 p.m., the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a personal emergency beacon activation. Information from the activation stated a female fell while hiking the Cucamonga Peak Trail near Mt. Baldy and suffered a lower leg fracture. MORE


School violence hoax threats investigated at San Bernardino County Schools

April 13, 2018

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif – Over April 8 and 9, deputies throughout San Bernardino County have responded to local school districts regarding an e-mail threat of violence. Investigators immediately responded and began working closely with members of the school districts, who have been very cooperative. MORE



Man arrested for inflicting great bodily injury to a 3-year-old child

April 13, 2018

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Friday, November 3, 2017, a 3-year-old female was removed from the custody of Otis Flemings by Children and Family Services (CFS). Once removed, CFS noticed numerous bruises on the 3-year-old and immediately took her to the emergency room. MORE


When Barbara Bush said damn

Guest Opinion

By DR. GLENN MOLLETTE
To The Desert Independent

April 22, 2018

DR. GLENN MOLLETTEI've always admired Barbara Bush. Like millions of others I was saddened to hear about her declining health and then recent death. Many television tributes and well deserved accolades have been verbalized in recent days. Her beautiful funeral service and all that was said from their Houston Episcopal Church was a tribute to one of America's finest ladies. MORE



Search & Rescue


Woman with head injury helicoptered out of mountain canyon

April 19, 2018

MOUNT BALDY, Calif – On Saturday, April 14 at 8:10 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Aviation unit and the Fontana Sheriff’s Station were requested by San Bernardino County Fire personnel to assist with a reported injured hiker on the Ice House Canyon Trail. The victim, Liliana Hurtado (age 42 of Whittier), was hiking the trail with friends and fell approximately 10 feet down a steep rocky hillside. MORE



Meetings


PV School District

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


Blythe City Council

Meeting
Tue, May 8 at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe





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