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Couple Arrested for Willful Cruelty & Failing to Provide for their 4-Month-Old Child

August 25, 2016 New

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Wednesday, July 20, at approximately 7:00 PM San Bernardino County Sheriff dispatch received a call for medical aid for an unresponsive 4-month old in the 6300 block of Smoke Tree. The child was transported to the Naval Hospital in Twentynine Palms, and then transferred to Loma Linda Children's Hospital where he was evaluated by Forensic Pediatricians. During the evaluation, doctors discovered he had multiple fractures, and suffered from extreme malnutrition. MORE

Join the U.S. Customs & Border Protection Citizen’s Academy

October 5 to November 2

August 25, 2016 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

Four Arrested in Stolen AZ Car

August 22, 2016

NEEDLES, Calif – On Saturday, August 20, around 6:40 PM deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station / Needles Police Department conducted a high-risk traffic stop on a vehicle near the intersection of O Street and Barrackman Court on a vehicle that was reported stolen from Topock, Arizona. MORE

Boxer Calls for Accountability on Salton Sea

Urgent Action Must Be Taken to Avoid Severe Environmental and Health-Related Consequences

August 20, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today urged local, state and federal officials to take the immediate and long-term steps needed to restore the Salton Sea and ensure it remains a critical part of the region's natural habitat for future generations. MORE

Let’s Pump the Brakes on Cap-and-Trade

Guest Opinion 

To The Desert Independent

August 17, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif – In 2006, elected officials gave the California Air Resources Board (CARB) virtually unchecked authority to implement AB 32, which aims to reduce carbon emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. The legislation, including the controversial cap-and-trade program, expires in four years. MORE

Fatality in Joshua Tree National Park

August 16, 2016

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif – On Saturday, August 13, a 56 year old woman died while hiking in the Cottonwood area of Joshua Tree National Park.

At 10:00 a.m., a family group began hiking to the Mastodon Peak Trail. They missed the sign for Mastodon and continued toward Lost Palms Oasis. They realized they had missed their trail and turned around. While on the return hike, the woman began suffering from heat-related symptoms, and lost consciousness. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa

Low-Level Helicopter Research Flights Begin Over Yuma Area

August 25, 2016 New

YUMA, Arizona – Bureau of Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office, in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, is announcing an upcoming research project involving low-level helicopter flights in the Yuma area. The helicopter will be towing a large hexagonal frame over the Yuma agricultural production areas and the Colorado River over the next few weeks to survey and capture groundwater imagery. The flights will begin the last week of August and continue for up to 3 weeks. MORE

Imperial County Voter Feedback Survey

August 24, 2016 New

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif – The Registrar of Voters office is conducting an electronic survey to collect feedback from Imperial County residents about their recent voting experience during the June 7, 2016 Primary Election. The survey can be accessed online at the County of Imperial’s webpage. MORE

Traffic Stop Results in Drug Arrests

August 22, 2016

NEEDLES, Calif – On Saturday August 20, at approximately 5:07 PM, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station / Needles Police Department conducted a traffic enforcement stop at the intersection of Bazoobuth and Palm Way. During the stop deputies discovered the passenger, Bradley Underwood, was on felony probation. The driver, Edward Johanknecht and Underwood, were detained for further investigation. MORE

Health Officials Confirm First 2016 West Nile Case in Riverside County

August 20, 2016

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – A 73-year-old woman who lives in western Riverside County is the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus in the county this year, said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the county’s public health officer. The illness was confirmed this week based on test results and other clinical information. The patient was hospitalized, but has been released and is expected to recover. MORE

Horse Shipped by Nation-Wide Horse Transportation Dies

Republished from Facebook

August 18, 2016

On September 11th, 2015, my horse Ethereal, “Elle,” had to be euthanized after being transported from Ohio to Virginia by Nation-Wide Horse Transportation, a professional shipping company based out of Colorado Springs, CO. My family and I have spent the last eleven months seeking ramifications for Nation-Wide and trying to force the company to take responsibility for their actions. We have hit wall after wall and have been redirected countless times within the legal system, law enforcement agencies, and government regulatory departments. No one has been able to follow through with helping us, so I’m now going to tell this story publicly in the hopes that it can be shared with everyone and no one else will have to go through this nightmare. MORE

Agents Seize $78K Worth of Meth at I-8 Checkpoint

August 18, 2016

YUMA, Arizona – Border Patrol agents seized 26 pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $78,000, and arrested three male U.S. citizens when they attempted to smuggle the illegal drugs through a Yuma Sector traffic checkpoint Tuesday night. MORE

Jury Scam

August 13, 2016

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif – Imperial County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports of a person pretending to be from the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office has called local residents explaining to them that they have a warrant for their arrest. Callers are being told they did not show up for required jury duty and they have to pay a fine to clear up a warrant that has been issued. MORE

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

What Color Is Homelessness?

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

August 25, 2016 New

A young man stood on a street corner in St. Paul, Minnesota last Sunday. He was holding up a sign describing his plight, "Homeless, hungry, need help." He was across the street from a church where I was speaking. I stopped to talk to him and did give him a small donation. I asked him about his situation and he said, "I'll be honest with you. I became addicted to drugs and I have burned all my bridges. I have family in the area but I can't go back to any of them." Some people have no place to go while others have places to which they feel they can never return. MORE

Officer Involved Shooting

August 22, 2016

INDIO, Calif – On Saturday, August 20, at about 9:15 PM, officers from the Indio Police Department responded to the 44500 block of Jackson Street, when a man armed with a knife was threatening people in the area. Officers located the man, and during the contact, an officer involved shooting occurred. MORE

Lawsuit Filed to Uphold Right to Observe Wild Horse Sterilization Experiments

The BLM has refused to allow any opportunity for media or the public to observe and record these procedures, despite the fact that such observation would further the BLM’s own stated goal of assessing the “social acceptability” of these procedures...

To The Desert Independent

August 16, 2016

PORTLAND, Oregon – Two leading wild horse advocacy organizations today filed a lawsuit in Oregon U.S. District Court to uphold their First Amendment right to observe highly controversial and invasive sterilization experiments that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) intends to conduct on federally-protected wild horses at the agency’s Wild Horse Corral Facility in Hines, Oregon. MORE

Violent Crime Increases 14% in 2016 Across Riverside County

Unincorporated Area Violent Crime Decreases Nearly 4%

August 17, 2016

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has released preliminary crime statistics for the first 6 months of calendar year 2016, indicating an overall increase of 4% in all reported FBI Part I crimes. Violent Crime increased by 14.1% throughout the Sheriff’s areas of Riverside County (in both unincorporated areas and cities), along with 3.1% increase in overall property crime in those same areas. MORE

The Outzone by John Moran

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