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Settlement of $9 million reached with large debt collection companies

November 17, 2018 New

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – District Attorney Mike Hestrin announced on October 31 that prosecutors have reached a $9 million settlement that cracks down on illegal phone-calling practices at one of the world’s largest third-party debt collection companies. The civil settlement sets phone call parameters for Allied Interstate LLC, its parent company, iQor Holdings Inc., and other affiliated firms. MORE


CHP helps seniors stay sharp and safe

November 17, 2018 New

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Every year, as the percentage of drivers age 65 and older increases, many look to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to help them maintain their ability to drive safely. The CHP has implemented the Age Well, Drive Smart program to assist senior drivers by providing them tools to remain safe and confident on the road. MORE


Pigeon Fever outbreak in wild horses being held for controversial sale

By LAURA LEIGH – WILD HORSE EDUCATION
To The Desert Independent

November 11, 2018

Sunday, November 4 the Forest Service killed 7 wild horses claiming that one had a positive test on October 26 for Pigeon Fever and 6 others were showing symptoms. In addition, they killed 4 others; two for what they said were preexisting conditions and two acute, including a foal. MORE


First flu-associated death reported

November 11, 2018

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – A 60-year-old Riverside man who recently died at a local hospital tested positive for influenza, according to health officials. The death is considered the first flu-associated death of this flu season in Riverside County. The Riverside resident had recently been hospitalized and died at the facility earlier this week, according to health officials. MORE


CHP acts against adult driver distraction

November 11, 2018

Distracted driving is a problem across all age groups. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will address the challenges of distracted adult drivers, who are often role models for younger drivers, with the aid of a year-long grant. The Adult Distracted Driving (ADD) program, which started October 1, combines education and enforcement. MORE



Narcotics & firearm seized in multiple events

November 17, 2018 New

YUMA, Arizona – Wellton Station Border Patrol agents arrested seven U.S. citizens and two illegal aliens in multiple smuggling events on Interstate 8 over the last weekend. In the first event on Friday, November 9, at approximately 6:25 p.m., Wellton Station agents assigned to the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint referred a gray 2004 Ford F-150 truck to the secondary inspection area. MORE


More than 650 illegal aliens apprehended in the last two days

November 17, 2018 New

YUMA, Arizona – U.S. Border Patrol agents in Yuma Sector apprehended 654 illegal aliens most being family units or unaccompanied juveniles from Guatemala, who surrendered themselves to agents on Monday and Tuesday, November 12 & 13. MORE


Trappin for…Skunk?

Home Country
Fiction by SLIM RANDLES
To The Desert Independent

November 11, 2018

SLIM RANDLESThe latest topic du jour at the world dilemma think tank is Dud Campbell’s trapline. It should be noted that no animals were harmed in the production. In fact, the “victims” of Dud’s trapline probably gained a pound or two during the ordeal.

It all began not long ago now when Mrs. Miller complained about having a raccoon come around at night and eating the cat food she’d left on the back porch for Sissy. MORE


$91K in crystal meth seized

November 11, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Wellton Station Border Patrol agents working near the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint arrested one United States citizen and four illegal aliens from Mexico after they attempted to smuggle over 30 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States Wednesday, Nov 7. MORE



Child sex offender arrested & drugs seized at checkpoints

November 11, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Border Patrol agents assigned to Yuma Sector immigration check  points arrested four U.S. citizens, including a child sex offender, and four illegal aliens during three separate narcotics and human smuggling events over the weekend of November 3 and 4. MORE


Cannabis tax revenue increases in 3rd quarter of 2018

November 17, 2018 New

SACRAMENTO, Calif – The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) reported increased revenue numbers today for cannabis sales for the 3rd quarter of 2018. Tax revenue reported by the cannabis industry totaled $93.1 million for 3rd quarter returns received through October 31, 2018. This includes state cultivation, excise and sales taxes. It does not include tax revenue collected by each jurisdiction. MORE



Thanksgiving and very thankful

Guest Opinion

By DR. GLENN MOLLETTE
To The Desert Independent

November 17, 2018 New

DR. GLENN MOLLETTEThis Thanksgiving I am thankful to not have cancer. I hope.

Six months ago my family doctor sent me for a CT scan because I went in to be checked out for something that felt weird which ended up being nothing. However, the CT scan did reveal some nodules in my thyroid. A local Endocrinologist did a fine needle biopsy and said one of the nodules was thirty percent suspicious of malignancy. MORE




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PV School District

Board Meeting
Tue, Dec 4 at 6:00 pm
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe


Blythe City Council

Meeting
Tue, Dec 11 at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe




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