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Tuesday, Sept 9 at 6:00 p.m.
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DUI / Driver's License Checkpoint

Saturday, Aug 30, from 7:00 PM to 3:00 AM

BLYTHE, Calif – The Blythe Police Department and the California Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint on Saturday, August 30, from 7:00 PM to 3:00 AM in the City of Blythe, where a significant number of DUI-related collisions and DUI arrests have occurred. Officers will screen drivers passing through the checkpoint for sobriety and for a valid driver's license. Drivers found to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be arrested, and unlicensed drivers may be cited and have their cars towed. MORE

State Confirms Mosquitoes in Riverside County Test Positive for West Nile Virus

August 22, 2014

RIVERSIDE, Calif – The state has confirmed that mosquitoes collected from several locations in the Murrieta/Temecula area, and one location in the Hemet area, tested positive for West Nile virus.

The Riverside County Department of Environmental Health received confirmation from the Vector-borne Disease Section at UC Davis that tests on mosquitoes collected in Murrieta, Temecula and Hemet were positive. The samples were collected Aug. 11 and 12 from locations at Monroe Basin, the northwest corner of Temecula and western Hemet. MORE

Thomas Carroll Missing from RV Park...Returns

August 18, 2014 Update

BLYTHE, Calif – Mr. Carroll returned home on two days after he left in good health and spirits.

August 17, 2014

Photo of CarrollBLYTHE, Calif – On August 15 at about 1:30 in the afternoon, Officers from the Blythe Police Department responded to 500 Riviera Drive to check the welfare of Thomas Gordon Carroll. Tom lives in the R.V. park and had not been seen since Wednesday, August 13th. Officers checked Carroll's home but were unable to locate him. Officers began a search of the area and contacted many neighbors and park employees. Officers determined that Carroll had last been seen riding away from his trailer on his red bicycle Wednesday and had not returned. MORE

Bullhead City Council Meeting Spectacle

The Desert Freedom Press
Reprinted with Permission

August 14, 2014

BULLHEAD CITY, Arizona – Candidate for the Republican nomination for Arizona House of Representatives District 5 and current Bullhead City Councilman Samuel "Sam I Am" Medrano exhibited a serious lack of decorum at the August 7th special council meeting, yelling from the dais. MORE

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

75 Horses Dead in BLM Care

The ongoing, silent cruelty imposed on our wild horses by the big money, big rancher driven BLM is unconscionable.

By Monika Courtney
To The Desert Independent

August 27, 2014 New

Introduction by the Publisher:  When we remove an animal from its chosen wild environment, we take away its natural ability to find protection from the elements. As humane (meaning human) people, we therefore owe it to these now displaced animals to provide the protection that they would seek along with any dietary needs. It is also our responsibility as humane people to provide as much open space as possible and to maintain family relationships that have developed within these animal groups. Anything less is inhumane.

I believe history will not judge those at the Bureau of Land Management well for the way they have tortured one of our National treasures. What horrors have transpired over the last few years will sicken thousands for years to come. We have all witnessed the terrible things that people have done to one another. What the BLM has done to the wild horses is just one more tragedy, a tragedy that continues to this day. Robert Winkler, Publisher—The Desert Independent, LLC

The public has long expressed concern for the wild horses, attending BLM Advisory Board meetings, flying to Reno workshop with input, offering help for projects such as shade provision—we have asked for reform that was promised for years. MORE

Government Stonewalls while Horses Bake

The persecution of our wild horses is a national disgrace...

Editorial by Robert Winkler
Publisher, The Desert Independent

August 3, 2014

Another summer has come with its heat scorching down upon the wild horses while government stonewalling continues to keep them cruelly contained in their hot-box pens without shade. Next time you stand in the hot sun, think how nice it could be to stand under a tree or canopy to get some relief. The horses feel this misery every day.

Can America really not do better than this? The persecution of our wild horses is a national disgrace, as is the treatment they must endure at the hands of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Then there are the constant empty promises from BLM staff in charge of government wild horse management facilities such as Debbie Collins. This government employee has consistently refused to reply to any inquiries on a program that would provide shade at her government run horse internment camps. MORE

Foley's Horrifying Death – ISIS is a Cancer that Must be Eliminated

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

August 22, 2014

The beheading of American journalist James Foley was horrifying. My prayers are with his family. May God comfort Foley's soul in eternity.

Foley was one of our sons, brothers and friends. He was an American. I don't see how we can sleep in this country until we destroy ISIS.

ISIS is a world cancer that must be eliminated. I realize they are a long way from America, but cancer spreads fast.

Cancer is never welcome in any part of the human body. Cancer grows and kills. It has to be totally removed.

ISIS is the worst malignancy that has occurred on our planet since the Nazis. MORE

10 Year Old Missing in Colorado River Since Sunday Located, Drowned

August 12, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On Sunday, August 10 at about 2:30 in the afternoon, Blythe Police received a 911 call reporting a possible drowning in the Colorado River near the Interstate 10 Bridge. Officers responded and contacted the family of a missing 10 year old male. The family of the missing child told Police that the boy was swimming in the river near the I-10 Bridge when they lost sight of him. Blythe Police Boating Officers along with Ehrenberg Fire Department’s Dive Team responded to search for the child. Helicopters from the California Highway Patrol and CARE Flight also joined the search. However the child could not be located and the search was stopped near sundown. MORE

Jury Duty Scam

August 17, 2014

RIVERSIDE, Calif – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has an important message for the community! "Jury Duty Scam" if you receive a call asking for money because you have a warrant for not showing up for jury duty, hang up. This is a SCAM. MORE

This Week's Most Wanted

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

Man-to-Man New

He Compares Himself with Others and Always Falls Short

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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