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Dog dies in locked car, owner arrested

May 27, 2017 New

NEEDLES, Calif – On Thursday, May 25, the San Bernardino County Sheriff/Needles Police received a call at 10:10 a.m. of a dog that was found in an unattended vehicle in the parking lot of the apartment complex at 1001 Lillyhill Dr., Needles. The dog appeared dead and was locked inside of a locked vehicle. MORE


Legal action filed – Federal obstruction against environmental advocates

May 24, 2017

RENO, Nevada – This month legal action was filed in federal district court on behalf of Wild Horse Education (WHE) founder Laura Leigh. The action is based on withholding of critical information through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that directly effects appropriate engagement in process, the ability to educate and inform the public and press, the ability to defend accusations against environmental interests and even the ability to keep oneself safe from physical dangers. MORE


Palo Verde College Theater to be renamed in honor of Francis (Ted) Arneson

By ROBERT JENSEN
The Desert Independent

May 22, 2017

BLYTHE, Calif – It has been over a year now since Francis (Ted) Arneson passed away after a valiant fight with cancer. His was a life of service, having retired from the school district where he served as an administrator and teacher. After, he went on to run the local Cancer Society, was elected to the Palo Verde College Board and served as president of Harmony Kitchens. MORE


Whither the Middle School

By ROBERT JENSEN
The Desert Independent

May 21, 2017

ROBERT JENSENBLYTHE, Calif – It has been several years now since the School Board in a 3-1-0 vote took Supt. Mike Davitt's advice and decided to close down the Middle School in quest of better test scores and budget cuts.

Since then, the 7th and 8th grades have been transplanted to the three elementary schools in a K-8 configuration that gave the district, which was in year five of state-imposed program improvement, a total reboot. MORE


El Centro / La Mesa


Border Patrol agents assist distressed aliens

May 27, 2017 New

GILA BEND, Arizona – A Wellton Station Border Patrol agent responded to a citizen’s call regarding two men in distress on Interstate 8 near Gila Bend and found the pair in obvious need of medical assistance. The agent was soon joined by a Department of Public Safety trooper and both provided first aid while waiting for Emergency Medical Services to arrive. MORE


Suspicious fire on Yucca Ave, Twentynine Palms

May 27, 2017 New

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On May 24 at about 8:24 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Morongo Basin Station responded to a report of a structure fire at an abandoned building in the 6400 Block of Yucca Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Prior to deputies’ arrival, the structure became fully engulfed and witnesses reported hearing explosions. MORE


Seat belt safety never takes a holiday – Buckle up!

May 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif – Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of summer and a time when many families and travelers will be on the go. California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers will take to the roads throughout the holiday weekend and will be working to save lives through seat belt education and enforcement. MORE


County selects new CEO

May 25, 2017

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – The Riverside County Board of Supervisors today appointed George A. Johnson as county executive officer, effective June 8. The announcement came after the Board appointed Johnson, 56, to the position in closed session following the regular Board meeting. The terms of his employment contract will return to the Board sometime in June. MORE


Needles man tries to set his own apartment on fire

May 22, 2017

NEEDLES, Calif – On Sunday, May 21, at about 7:45 in the morning, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station / Needles Police Department responded to an apartment complex at 1970 Clary Drive after a fire was reported. At the apartment complex deputies and fire personnel from the San Bernardino County Fire Department located an upstairs apartment where a neighbor had extinguished a fire burning on the exterior patio. MORE


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


Marines & Sheriff work together to rescue stranded civilian in desert on Marine Base

May 27, 2017 New

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER, Calif – On May 24 at about 4:13 p.m. a woman was reported missing to the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Morongo Basin Station. The woman, Johnnie Savage (age 57 of Chloride, Arizona) reportedly went to the Ludlow area on May 23, 2017 to look for rocks to collect. She was expected back, but had not returned. MORE



Volunteers needed for recycling classes & events

Next class will be Thursday, June 8

May 27, 2017 New

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif -- a Are you interested in helping the environment? Do you like to compost or recycle? Become an Outreach Volunteer with the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources and help the earth by helping others become better recyclers and composters. Outreach Volunteers assist with classes or events by interacting with the public, answering questions on outreach programs and distributing materials. MORE


Riverside County recognizes women, young ladies of the year for work on women’s issues

May 25, 2017

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – On Tuesday, May 23, ten women and young ladies chosen by the Riverside County Commission for Women were recognized for the their work to bring about social and economic change, for acting as role models and for improving the status of women in Riverside County. MORE


President Trump: "They are losers"

Guest Opinion

By DR. GLENN MOLLETTE
To The Desert Independent

May 24, 2017

DR. GLENN MOLLETTEPresident Trump has renamed terrorists from monsters to losers. I agree. People such as 22 year old Salmon Abedi who contrive to inflict such a heinous act as the carnage he recently inflicted in Manchester, England, is the worst of pathetic world losers. Abedi joins now a long list of scum who are so disconnected from rational thinking and healthy emotions that they are filled with hatred resentment of normal life loving people who simply want a night out on the town such as an Ariana Grande concert. MORE


Men with disabled vehicle call for help, arrested for burglary

May 21, 2017

NEEDLES, Calif – On Thursday, May 18 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies were contacted by two men with a disabled vehicle near the intersection of Broadway Street and D Street in Needles. They had a flatbed trailer loaded wSith items that appeared to be from a Needles automotive shop. MORE


Meetings


Blythe City Council

Special Meeting
Tue, May 30 at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe
Agenda


PV School District

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


Blythe City Council

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





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