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Blythe City Council

Tuesday, Jan 27 at 6:00 PM
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PV School District

Board Meeting
Tuesday, Feb 3 at 6:00 PM
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Double Car Theft

January 27, 2015 New

BLYTHE, Calif – At about 9:30 AM on Friday, January 23, the Blythe Police Department received a report of a red Chevy Cruze that had been stolen overnight while parked in the 700 block of E. Hobsonway. The owner of the car told police that he had parked it in the lot and went to work. The car was discovered stolen when he returned, shortly before calling police. MORE

Local Families Needed for Exchange Students

January 22, 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE) is seeking local host families for international high school boys and girls. These students are 15 to 18 years of age, and are coming to this area for the upcoming high school year or semester. These personable and academically selected exchange students are conversant in English, bright, curious and anxious to learn about this country through living as part of a family, attending high school and sharing their own culture and language with their newly adopted host family. MORE

Blythe Solar Power Project Authorized to Start Limited Construction

By Robert Winkler
The Desert Independent

January 17, 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – The Blythe Solar Power Project has been given the go-ahead to proceed with some limited site pre-construction activities while the California Energy Commission staff is in the process of completing its review of the pre-construction submittals, provided the Bureau of Land Management has issued their notice to proceed. MORE

Riverside's Wanted Fugitives

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RIVERSIDE, Calif – A listing of current wanted fugitives by the Riverside District Attorney.

Woman Hit in Crosswalk

January 16, 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – At about 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 10, the Blythe Police Department received multiple 911 calls reporting a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle at Ninth Street and Hobsonway. When officers arrived they found a 25 year old female from Blythe lying on the roadway in front of a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup. The female had sustained moderate injuries and was eventually flown to Palm Springs. MORE

Two 14 Year Old Females for Residential Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property & Vandalism

January 13, 2015

NEEDLES, Calif – On Saturday, January 10, a little after 6:00 in the evening, a deputy from the Needles Sheriff’s Station investigated a report of vandalism to a parked car at a home in the city of Needles. The victim reported his vehicle’s windows were broken with a cinderblock. A resident in the area saw three female juveniles running from the vandalized vehicle the previous night. MORE

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

Plane Crash Northwest of Needles

January 23, 2015

MOUNTAIN PASS, Calif – On Tuesday, January 20, San Bernardino Sheriff's Dispatch received a call regarding a missing Beechcraft Bonanza near Mountain Pass, northwest of Needles, California. The aircraft was enroute from California City, CA to Henderson, NV, when contact was lost.

Deputies responded by helicopter and searched for over an hour in poor weather. The crew did not pick up any emergency locator signals nor see signs of a crash site. Due to low clouds and deteriorating weather conditions, their search area was limited to the estimated flight path and extended to the foothills of Clark Mountain in the northern section of Mountain Pass. MORE

VFC to Operate Volunteer Advocacy Services to Children

January 22, 2015

RIVERSIDE, Calif – Voices for Children (VFC) will now oversee the recruiting, training, and supervising of volunteers who are appointed by the juvenile court to advocate and speak up for abused and/or neglected children living in Riverside County’s foster care system.

Riverside County residents interested in learning more about becoming a CASA volunteer in their area can sign up to be notified when Volunteer Information Sessions commence in Riverside County. Prospective volunteers in both San Diego and Riverside Counties should visit the Voices for Children website at MORE

Barstow Christian School Secretary Arrested on Several Counts of Child Molestation

January 14, 2015

Kristen BlantonBARSTOW, Calif – Kristen Blanton, age 37 of Barstow, was arrested last Monday, January 12 at her job as a secretary at the Barstow Christian School on several counts of child molestation. On January 11, the victim’s parents discovered inappropriate text messages on his cell phone and notified the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Barstow station. An investigation was begun by the Specialized Investigators from the Crimes Against Children Detail. MORE

Grandpa's Store

A Reflection of My Childhood

January 21, 2014

Author: Glenn Mollette

Published by Johnny House Press, an imprint of Liberty Torch Press in Newburgh, Indiana

Book: Grandpa's StoreMollette recounts the era between 1958 through 1971 which were his child and young teen years. It was also the era when President Lyndon Johnson came to Martin County. The book is filled with inspiration, humor and a little nonsense. All ages will enjoy Grandpa's Store as the book will take readers back to a simpler time in American life. Mollette recounts the years that he spent at his Grandpa and Mama Hinkle's country grocery store on rural Milo road in East, Kentucky. It was the scene of hard work, family gatherings and community social life. MORE

Change the World – For Good

We have a kind of fear in America that we had never known before 911.

Guest Opinion by DR. GLENN MOLLETTE
To The Desert Independent

January 16, 2015

Recently on cable news a little boy appeared to execute two men in Syria. Beside him a thug chants something that is probably related to the Muslim religion. Days before this, men arrogantly stood in the streets in Paris France shouting Islamic religious rhetoric.

In recent months we have seen beheadings of journalists and humanitarians in Syria while their hooded captors recited words from the Koran or Islamic prayers. While this is going on militant Islamists recruit Europeans, Africans and Americans to come and join their forces. MORE

The Toboggan Run

Home Country
To The Desert Independent

January 7, 2015

The whole thing began right after the first good snow this year. Herb Collins was looking out his window at the point on his small farm where Lewis Creek cuts through a rather steep hill. Neighborhood kids were sledding up there and trying to avoid rocks and one gnarly tree that stuck out. He also noticed that if the kids were successful in avoiding death and destruction, they came to an immediate and violent halt at a submerged log next to the creek.

He brought this up at the next unscheduled-but-daily-anyway meeting of the World Dilemma Think Tank down at the Mule Barn. Some executive decisions were made rather suddenly, and construction began the following day. MORE


He’s Stuck, Feels Guilty, and Can’t Imagine a Solution

Q: I am going out of my mind. I need some time alone. I am successful in business. I work long hours to take care of my rather large family—we have five children. My wife and I love each other. She is a superb mother and we are very close. But I am having a hard time sleeping at night, my attitude at the office has been deteriorating, I am gaining weight, and I just do not seem to have my usual patience with the kids. My problem is time. I just cannot seem to find the time for myself. Plus, I feel terribly guilty about the prospect of me getting time off when my wife is not asking for the same relief. Any insight?

A: Before you can really hear what I’m about to tell you, you’ve got to take a deep breath and give yourself a chance to regroup. And the rest of you guys out there who feel similarly, take a few deep breaths, as well. Close your eyes. Breathe in and out very, very slowly. Do it ten times. Just concentrate on your breath. Then open your eyes. MORE

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