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Riverside County Health Officials Monitoring 2 People Who Recently Traveled to West Africa

October 29, 2014 New

RIVERSIDE, Calif – The health department is actively monitoring two low-risk individuals who recently returned to Riverside County after traveling to the impacted countries in West Africa. Neither person shows any symptoms of Ebola and denies contact with anyone who had the illness during their travels. MORE

Halloween Safety Tips

We would like for everyone to have a safe and happy Halloween. Using the below safety tips and common sense can help you make the most of your Halloween and make it as enjoyable for your kids as it is for you!

Here are a few helpful tips and ideas:


Welcome “trick-or-treaters” with your porch lights and any exterior lights on.

Report any suspicious or criminal activity to law enforcement immediately.

Keep dogs and other pets away from doors so children will not become frightened or injured. MORE

Telephone Townhall for Restaurant Owners

October 20, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – Board of Equalization Member George Runner will host a telephone townhall for restaurant owners on Wednesday, October 29 at 10:00 a.m. The event, co-hosted by the California Restaurant Association, will provide specific information on tax issues important to the dining and beverage industry. MORE

Pedestrian Struck on Freeway

October 16, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On Wednesday October 15, 2014 at about 4:28 in the afternoon, officers from the Blythe Police Department and the California Highway Patrol responded to an injury traffic collision on I-10 at Seventh Street. When officers arrived, they found a pedestrian who had been on the freeway had been struck by a tractor trailer combination in the eastbound lanes of I-10. MORE

Shots Fired at Residence

October 16, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On Wednesday October 15, a few minutes before midnight, officers from the Blythe Police Department responded to a report of gunshots being fired at a residence in the 200 block of N. Lovekin Blvd. When Officers arrived, they learned that several shots had been fired at a residence there, and the front of the building had been struck three times. MORE

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

Search Warrant Results in Substantial Meth Seizure

October 30, 2014 New

MESA VERDE, Calif – On Wednesday, October 29, Colorado River Station investigators and deputies served a narcotic-related search warrant in the 17000 block of Palowalla Road, in the community of Mesa Verde. The search warrant resulted in the seizure of a substantial amount of suspected methamphetamine and items indicative of drug sales. MORE

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Alarm Catches Thief at Community School

October 27, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On Saturday, Oct 25, at about 3:00 in the morning, Blythe Police received a report of a burglary alarm activated at the Community School, 260 N. Main Street. When Sgt. Cornwell arrived he saw a 17 year old male exiting a window carrying a 40” television. The suspect saw Sgt. Cornwell approaching, dropped the TV and fled on foot. Sgt. Cornwell chased the suspect to the 200 block of N. Palm where he was caught and taken into custody. MORE

Nevada Ranchers Suffer From Self-Deluded Drought Denial

Data Backs BLM Manager’s Allotment Cuts in Face of “Cowboy Express” Protest

By Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
To The Desert Independent

October 18, 2014

Grazing damage on the Argenta allotment, July 2014A U.S. Bureau of Land Management District Manager from Nevada targeted by angry Nevada ranchers was more than justified in removing cattle from drought-stricken public rangeland, according to data released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Tomorrow, protesting ranchers start a “Cowboy Express” ride to Washington demanding removal of BLM Battle Mountain District Manager Douglas Furtado as an “abusive federal employee” even as conservation groups urge that Furtado be commended not condemned for his actions. MORE

Ebola Website Established in Riverside County

October 21, 2014

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Riverside County health officials have created a website that focuses on the potentially fatal Ebola virus hoping to ease anxiety and provide a reliable source for information about Ebola. The Riverside County Ebola Website,  will house information from the Riverside County Department of Public Health, California Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other reliable sources to give the public and health providers the latest updates on Ebola and what is being done to prevent the spread of the virus. MORE

America Should Not Go Greek in the Bathroom

Houston Lesbian Mayor Flexes Muscles

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

October 30, 2014 New

I've been to Athens, Greece. It's an interesting place. There are a lot of ancient buildings and lots of history. A lot of Christianity can be studied in Greece.

There was one thing that bugged me in Greece and that was adjusting to the bathroom situation. When our group was traveling and eating in different restaurants women would be doing their business in the men's restroom. My wife went into her restroom and there was a man sitting on a toilet. In the men's restroom women would come in and find a stall without regard to the men lined up at urinals. Or, a man would come in, flip his hair back and pull up his skirt. I don't mean to sound discriminating but I thought that was weird.

I'm for equal rights but I am not for stupid. I don't think any man who can't determine which gender he is on a given day should be using the women's restroom. This is the way it is in Greece. I don't like it. Greece is one of the nastiest places I've ever been. MORE

Probation Check Nets Drugs, Gun & Arrests

October 28, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On Wednesday, October 22, Blythe Police Detective Terry Reynolds was assigned as a member of a special enforcement team to conduct Probation compliance checks within the City of Blythe. The team consisted of members from Riverside County Probation, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the United States Border Patrol (USBP). At about 8:30 A.M. the team went to the 900 block of West Barnard to contact Francisco Valenzuela, age 39, of Blythe. Detective Reynolds was able to make contact with two females at the front door of the residence, Crystal De Sousa Dias, 33, of Blythe and Christine De Sousa Dias, 36, of Blythe. MORE

Riverside's Wanted Fugitives

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


He’s Feeling Like a Failure

Q: As hard as I have tried over the years, I am still dealing with the same feelings of extreme inadequacy. Whatever I do to improve myself or to be successful, it is never enough. Last week I went to a holiday party. It was hosted by a very successful guy—my age– in his beautiful, enormous house. Having gotten back into exercising and playing music again, I was feeling pretty good about myself. But soon after I walked inside, I began to feel less than. I was comparing myself to this guy, and to the other guests, and feeling like a complete failure. It was overwhelming. I could not get out of there fast enough. What is my problem and can I ever expect to solve it?

A: Many of us kick the crap out of ourselves because we can never measure up. No matter what we do, accomplish or achieve, it's never quite good enough. It never quite gets us "there." Well, here’s how one man expressed his similar frustration to the men in his men’s group: MORE

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