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4th Qtr top 500 Sales & Use Tax Delinquencies in California

December 14, 2017 New

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) has updated its Top 500 Sales & Use Tax Delinquencies in California list, as it does every quarter. The total delinquency amount of all the businesses and individuals on the list is $448,932,834. The 34 new taxpayers added to the list this quarter owe a combined amount of $31,419,022. Since the list began with the top 250 delinquencies in 2007, $18.18 million has been collected from 257 taxpayers. MORE

Winter Music & Community

Home Country
To The Desert Independent

December 14, 2017 New

SLIM RANDLESIt began the way most miracles do: by accident or the hand of God, take your pick.

It might have been the weather, at least partly. For December, the day had been almost balmy and warm. You know, sweaters instead of heavy coats. No mittens in sight. MORE

County buildings again targeted – Public’s help needed

December 7, 2017

BLYTHE, Calif – On Tuesday, December 5 shortly after 6:30 a.m., a person called 911 when he saw a fire outside the main entrance to the Blythe Courthouse. Officers arrived and extinguished the fire and the extent of the damage was minimal. The Blythe Police Department is only releasing limited information at this time as this is an active and on-going investigation. MORE

Search & Rescue

Night helicopter rescue of climber dangling from rope

December 7, 2017

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif – On Saturday, December 2 at about 6:00 p.m., the crew of Air Rescue 306 helicopter was requested by San Bernardino County Fire to assist with the rescue of a fall victim in the Joshua Tree National Park. Initial information received was a climber had fallen approximately 150 feet and was dangling from a rope in a remote area of the park. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa

Agents rescue two illegal aliens during weekend

December 14, 2017 New

YUMA, Arizona – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Sector rescued two illegal aliens during separate weekend incidents. The first incident occurred Saturday, December 9 in the evening south of Dateland, Arizona where Wellton Station Border Patrol agents responded to a rescue beacon activation. MORE

Record 129 million dead trees in California

US Forest Service and CAL FIRE working together to address forest health

December 14, 2017 New

VALLEJO, Calif – On December 11 the U.S. Forest Service announced that an additional 27 million trees, mostly conifers, died throughout California since November 2016, bringing the total number of trees that have died due to drought and bark beetles to an historic 129 million on 8.9 million acres. The dead trees continue to pose a hazard to people and critical infrastructure, mostly centered in the central and southern Sierra Nevada region of the state. MORE

Local man thrown from car in rollover

December 7, 2017

BLYTHE, Calif – At 6:30 Sunday morning, December 3rd a passerby called in an accident from the previous night to CHP that took place on Hobsonway just east of Mesa Drive. Investigation revealed that David Barocio (age 22 of Blythe) was driving a 1996 Dodge pickup westbound on Hobsonway at an unknown speed when for an unknown reason, he allowed his vehicle to drift left, across the oncoming lane and onto the eastbound dirt shoulder. MORE

Domestic abuse event results in SWAT team callout

December 7, 2017

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Monday, December 4 at 5:30 p.m., San Bernardino County Sheriff's dispatch received a call from neighbors in an apartment complex at the 6500 block of Oasis Avenue in Twentynine Palms reporting a domestic disturbance with people arguing and items being thrown inside. Upon arrival at the apartment, deputies contacted Peter Wolik (age 36 of Twentynine Palms) who had barricaded himself inside, holding a knife and requesting deputies to shoot him. MORE

Riverside County's Agricultural Production Report

December 7, 2017

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Agricultural values in Riverside County eclipsed $1.2 billion in 2016. A report released by the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office today (12/5) details the acreage, production and valuation of agricultural commodities produced by Riverside County farmers. With nearly 200,000 acres of production farmland, Riverside County growers continue to provide locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables to the region, the state and around the world. MORE

High speed police chase

November 30, 2017

BLYTHE, Calif – On Wednesday, November 29 about 3:19 in the afternoon, officers from the Blythe Police Department, responded to a theft of packages in the 3000 block of Wells Rd. While police were on their way to the theft location, the caller reported that the suspect vehicle was a red Chevy extended cab pick-up. The vehicle was last seen south bound on Lovekin Blvd near 6th Ave. MORE

Letters to the Editor

Sexual Harassment

December 14, 2017 New

To the Editor,

This letter is in response to the articles covering the sexual harassment allegations made against men in the media and government throughout the United States.

To all males living in this country I issue a collective statement: enough already! Who are you to impose your sexual desires on someone because they did not give you their consent? Once again, we are witnessing those in authority positions taking advantage of the situation. Resignation is the least you can do. Prosecution is the best we can do...and we will. MORE

How to have a Merry Christmas

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

December 14, 2017 New

DR. GLENN MOLLETTEChristmas is the most depressing time of the year for many people. New Year's Eve is another difficult time.

There are lots of reasons why depression and suicide rates soar during these holidays. Feeling alone, financial distress, health issues, family problems and the list can actually be long.

Here are some quick tips for you. Keep this column handy for reference over the next two weeks. MORE

Legal challenge filed to protect wild horse habitat

To The Desert Independent

December 7, 2017

Today Wild Horse Education filed a legal challenge in court, the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA), against the “Gold Bar Mine project” in Nevada. The mine expansion disturbs multiple aspects of wild horse and wildlife habitat. Three wild horse HMAs will be affected with the Roberts Mountain herd taking the brunt. MORE


PV School District

Minutes of Nov 14 Board Meeting

PV School District

Board Meeting
Tues, Jan 9 at 6:00 pm
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

Tue, Jan 9 at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe

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