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Blythe Police Log: Apr 2 - 15

BLYTHE, Calif – Two weeks of Blythe Police Department activity. New

Burnt Remains Discovered

April 13, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – In the early morning hours of April 11, the California Department of Forestry responded to a vegetation fire. While extinguishing the fire they discovered the burnt remains of an unknown-race adult male. MORE

Quechan Park Closed for Construction

April 12, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – Quechan Park will be closed for construction staring Monday, April 14. During the closure construction crews will install a new restroom, shade structures and paving. Construction will be completed and the park will reopen to the public in time for Memorial Day weekend.


April 9, 2014 Update

The victim, Douglas Miker, 24 years old from Blythe, succumbed to his injuries and passed away on Saturday, April 5, about 11:44 AM.

April 5, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On April 4, at approximately 6:15 AM, deputies from the Colorado River Station responded to 10th  Ave. between Defrain and Arrowhead, in the unincorporated area of Blythe, regarding a man down call. Upon arrival, deputies located a male adult on the side on the road on 10th Ave. with an apparent gunshot wound to his head. MORE

62 Year Old Woman Robbed & Beaten

April 8, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On Monday April 7, at about midnight, Officers from the Blythe Police Department responded to the area of Hobsonway by the Port of Entry regarding a reported robbery. Officers arrived and contacted a 62 year old female, who had been camped in the area. The victim had injuries to her head and face, and was transported to Palo Verde Hospital for treatment. MORE

Bicyclist Runs Stop & Collides with Car

April 7, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On Monday March 31, at about 5:54 PM, Officers from the Blythe Police Department responded to an injury traffic collision at Barnard and Palm. Officers learned that an 18 year old female had been riding a bicycle southbound on Palm approaching Barnard. MORE

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

America's Hope

America must hope and pray this Easter that our political leaders might become what we elected them to be – servants of the people.

To The Desert Independent

April 20, 2014

Christians around the globe celebrate the hope we have in the Easter message.

Unfortunately, millions of Americans are faintly holding on. They are holding on to the instilled American dream they saw in grandpa or even mom and dad. It's about the attainable dream of living securely with a job, a house, a car and trips to the grocery store. Don't forget a trip to the doctor when necessary. Many Americans can remember people in their family retiring at 55 - 65 years old. Those ages seemed old then but not so old today.

In the middle of today's political chaos, government shutdowns and the national finger-pointing blame game, many Americans keep hoping. Years ago many of us were instilled with belief, faith, hope and dreams. We were taught that you don't give up. We heard, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." We heard about independence, liberty and that eventually with enough work, faith and focus life would settle in and work out. MORE

Grand Jury Report – Blythe City Council

By Robert Winkler
The Desert Independent

April 7, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – The 2013-2014 Riverside County Grand Jury interviewed several elected officials from the City and the County of Riverside. Sworn testimony was also obtained from several full time city employees including contract employees. Documentation in the form of financial statements, annual budgets and written correspondence between various city representatives was also obtained. Additional recorded and written transcripts of meetings were also evaluated. MORE

Burglary, Attempted Robbery, and Brandishing an Imitation Weapon

April 8, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On Friday April 4, at about 8:16 PM, Officers from the Blythe Police Department responded to the 100 block of S. Ash in reference to a reported burglary. Officers learned that two subjects had heard breaking glass in the area of the victim’s residence, and had gone to see what had caused the noise. They were confronted by a Black male subject, who was carrying property later identified as being from the victims apartment. The suspect pointed a handgun at them, and demanded property from them. The subjects explained they had no property to give the suspect, and the suspect left the area on a bicycle. MORE

Rustling Critters NOT a New Wrinkle for the BLM

The entire situation was a perfect storm for “STUPID”

OpEd By R. T. Fitch
To The Desert Independent

April 20, 2014 New

I have tried to stay away from commenting, opinionating or postulating on the BLM vs Bundy fiasco in Nevada last week because, initially, I felt the BLM was doing the right thing and such a concept totally rocked my perception of reality. I have never ever been on the same side of the fence with this out of control rogue agency …the sky must be falling and look, pigs are flying.

Here we have a mealy mouthed, welfare rancher who carries vagrancy to a new level by not only grazing his private cattle on public land, your acreage, but he has refused to pay the teeny-weeny, token grazing fees for the past twenty, yes count them 20, years; bum, thief, slacker. MORE

Federal Spending: Defense First, Education Way Back

Clemens Lemons – A Financial Editorial

Special to The Desert Independent

April 9, 2014

Our Federal spending programs in the last 50 years have greatly benefitted our military, pension and health care systems at the expense of educational systems. MORE

Response to the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty

A Guest Editorial

To The Desert Independent

April 8, 2014

With all the debate recently for amending the United States Constitution in favor of certain issues and/or those constituencies, perhaps a more appropriate amendment should guarantee each citizen of the United States the right to food, clothing, shelter and medical care. Poverty is defined as the condition of being poor or lacking the necessary means of support to live or meet needs. MORE

This Week's Most Wanted

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RIVERSIDE, Calif – This week's most wanted courtesy of the Riverside Sheriff's Department.


He’s Unconscious and His Wife Has Had It!

Q: I am writing to you because it has been pointed out to me, many times, that I have a problem. It has not felt like a problem to me. But now that my wife wants a divorce, I guess, if I want to save my marriage, I will need to address this problem. I suppose that I am not very introspective. If asked about my opinion, either I have to think about it for a long time, or I just do not have an opinion. That has frustrated my wife. Can you help me get started on fixing this problem?

A: It must have been pretty frustrating for your wife all these years. I’m assuming you’ve been together for a while. I would guess she’s tried everything in her power to figure out what you wanted, how you felt, and what you needed through the years. That’s what a good woman will do in her attempts to properly manage the relationships in her family. MORE

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