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Helicopter Rescue of Injured Hiker on Mt. Baldy

August 28, 2016

LYTLE CREEK, Calif – On Friday, August 26 at 12:30 PM, Cynthia Cork (age 59 of Newport Beach) was hiking the Cucamonga Trail near Mt Baldy when she slipped on a narrow steep section of the trail injuring her left ankle. She was unable to continue hiking and called 911 for assistance. San Bernardino County Sheriff Sheriff’s deputies from the Fontana station and Sheriff’s Helicopter Air Rescue 306 responded. MORE

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

August 25, 2016

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

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

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

El Centro / La Mesa

Two Career Criminals Arrested after Burglary

August 30, 2016 New

29 PALMS, Calif – On Monday, August 29, at approximately 11:09 PM, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Morongo Basin Station responded to the 5000 block of Adobe Road for a burglary investigation. Deputies found that suspects forced entry to the Golden Barber. The owner was contacted and responded to the business. The owner was able to show deputies video of the suspects. MORE

Low-Level Helicopter Research Flights Begin Over Yuma Area

August 25, 2016

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

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

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

Prop 66’s Five-Year Death Penalty Appeal Fallacy Won’t Fool Californians

Guest Opinion 

To The Desert Independent as published by City Watch

August 30, 2016 New

Prop 66 proponents claim their deeply flawed ballot initiative will turbo-charge California’s machinery of death by ensuring that all death penalty appeals are decided within five years.


You don’t need to be a constitutional law whiz to know Prop 66’s promised regime of five-year death penalty appeals is a sham; a basic civics lesson on our Constitution’s “separation of powers” doctrine (and our three separate but equal branches of government) will suffice. But, you don’t even need that. Just recall: In our country, one branch of government doesn’t have the constitutional authority to tell another branch how to do its job. MORE

What Color Is Homelessness?

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

August 25, 2016

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

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

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


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