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Wild Horses: Myths vs. the Truth

To The Desert Independent

June 27, 2017 New

For decades, the Department of Interior has taken America's wild horses off public lands to "restore the range." Know why that doesn't work? Wild horses aren't to blame, but Secretary Zinke may neglect to mention the impacts of livestock and extractive industries on the environment.

Budget 2018 calls for killing all wild horses and burros in Bureau of Land Management holding pens. That's about 44,000 equines according to BLM, and the roundups continue, this month. BLM records show more mustangs "gathered" in the first three months of 2017 than were captured in all of 2016. MORE

Search & Rescuee

Woman dies in off-road vehicle accident

June 20, 2017

LANDERS, Calif – On Saturday, June 17, at about 1:05 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department - Morongo Basin Station, responded to the 2800 block of Shawnee Trail in Landers, after getting a report of a missing female. Rhea Mears (age 64 of Landers) was last seen riding a quad in the area. MORE

Helicopter rescue of an injured hiker in Aztec Falls

June 20, 2017

LAKE ARROWHEAD, Calif – On Sunday, June 18 at 8:20 in the morning, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Aviation was requested by San Bernardino County Fire Dispatch to respond to the Aztec Falls area for a possible hoist rescue of a fall victim. The victim, Kevin Gaylord (age 23 of Los Angeles), was hiking through steep terrain when he fell and sustained non-life threatening injuries and could not hike out of the area on his own. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa

County receives $6 million grant to help stop re-offenders

June 27, 2017 New

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif –  Six million dollar grant will help Riverside County officials provide mental-health and substance-abuse treatment that can reduce the chances people will commit crimes again after they are released from jail. The services will be provided to eligible individuals who are seeking early release from prison under Prop. 47. The program is scheduled to begin July 1. MORE

Young mom jailed for animal & child abuse

June 21, 2017

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Monday, June 19, at about 10:28 in the morning, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Morongo Basin Station were dispatched to the 5000 block of Halsey Avenue to assist Animal Control. Animal Control officers were at the location in response to reports of dogs left outside in the heat with no access to water or shade. The approximate ground temperature was estimated at 145 degrees. MORE

2017-2018 Rogers Scholars named at CSUSB's Palm Desert Campus

June 20, 2017

PALM DESERT, Calif – Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus has announced the 14 recipients of the prestigious Rogers Scholars awards for the 2017-2018 academic year. MORE

Assailant jailed after assault with a metal pole

June 17, 2017

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, June 13 at about 6:14 in the morning, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station/ Needles Police Department responded to a home in the 1900 block of Desoto Street in Needles after a report of a man who had been beaten with a metal pole and sustained a broken leg. MORE

Two men jailed for sale of meth

June 17, 2017

BLYTHE, Calif – On Thursday, June 15, at about 1:00 p.m., members of the Blythe Narcotic Enforcement Team (BNET) and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Fugitive Warrant Enforcement Team (FWET) arrested Francisco Felix (age 37) and Angelo Reyes (age 50) both of Blythe. Both men were booked into the Blythe Jail on federal indictment warrants for Conspiracy and Distribution of Methamphetamine. MORE

May - Blythe Police & Fire Activity

BLYTHE, Calif – The following are the Monthly Incident and Activity reports taken from the last Blythe City Council Meeting Minutes. MORE

Search & Rescue

Helicopter rescue in Aztec Falls of a cliff jumper

June 27, 2017 New

LAKE ARROWHEAD, Calif – On Saturday, June 24 at 9:45 in the morning, a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Aviation helicopter was requested by San Bernardino County Fire Dispatch to respond to the Aztec Falls area for a possible hoist rescue of a fall victim. MORE

Bears & the London Philharmonic

Home Country
To The Desert Independent

June 22, 2017

SLIM RANDLESWell, the bears are out now and will be until late fall, so maybe a bear tip might be in order. As a guide and outfitter emeritus – and emeritus is Latin for “I’m too danged old to pack moose meat out on my back” I’ll talk a bit about ol’ ursus. MORE

Man arrested for felony probation for drug related offenses

June 21, 2017

JOSHUA TREE, Calif – On Saturday, June 17 at 1220 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Morongo Basin Station were in the 6400 block of Sunset Road in Joshua Tree when they spotted Jason Brown (age 35 of Joshua Tree), a person they knew was on felony probation for previous drug-related offenses and had two active no-bail felony warrants, also for drug-related offenses. MORE

Letters to the Editor

Wild horses – A better way

June 20, 2017

To the Editor,

I very much concur that the horses in short term holding and many in long-term holding should be set back into the millions of acres of zeroed out original Herd Areas and zeroed out Territories on the BLM and US Forest Service lands where they have legal right, for they were there in 1971. MORE


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