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First wellness ride free on the new Blythe Wellness Express

July 20, 2017

BLYTHE, Calif – Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency has just announced a special offer for Palo Verde Valley residents who wish to try out the new Blythe Wellness Express. Each new registrant will receive a free round trip ticket which they can use to travel to and from the Coachella Valley any time during the following 60 days. MORE


Lincoln Navigator rollover on I-10 with fatality

July 15, 2017

BLYTHE, Calif – On Sunday, June 30 at about 1:35 in the afternoon, a 2001 Lincoln Navigator was traveling eastbound Interstate 10, near mile post marker 106. The driver, Maria D. Estrada (age 57 of San Jose) for unknown reasons, failed to maintain her vehicle on the roadway. MORE


Search & Rescue


Firefighter rescued by sheriff’s helicopter in heat-related emergency

July 12, 2017

LAKE ARROWHEAD, Calif – On Sunday, July 9 between 4:56 p.m. and 6:10 p.m., firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and San Bernardino County were working a fire north of Lake Arrowhead and south of the Deep Creek Hot Springs. During the incident, one of the fire-fighters from the Forest Service suffered a heat-related emergency and needed immediate medical care. MORE


Helicopter rescue of sick lost woman

July 12, 2017

LYTLE CREEK, Calif – On Friday, July 7 about 9:30 in the evening, San Bernardino County Sheriff - Fontana Station deputies requested the assistance of Sheriff's Aviation to respond to the Lytle Creek area and assist with locating a possible injured hiker. The female victim, Louisa Guillen, (age 29 of Bloomington) was hiking with her brother when they became separated. MORE


El Centro / La Mesa


US & Mexican citizens caught with more than $350K in drugs

July 20, 2017

YUMA, Arizona – On Saturday, July 15, Border Patrol agents at the Highway 95 immigration checkpoint north of Yuma arrested two men, a U.S. citizen and a Mexican national, after finding more than 40 pounds of hard drugs hidden throughout their pickup truck. MORE


Local law enforcement & Feds work together

July 20, 2017

TUCSON, Arizona – Since the beginning of fiscal year 2017 (Oct. 1, 2016) local law enforcement agencies in southern Arizona have been instrumental in working with the Department of Homeland Security to combat transnational criminal organizations by arresting hundreds of criminals and seizing millions of dollars’ worth of narcotics. MORE


Unclaimed property tax refunds deadline August 1

July 16, 2017

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Owners of residential or business property in Riverside County have until Aug. 1 to file for unclaimed property tax refunds. Board of Supervisors issued the reminder to give taxpayers sufficient time to file for refunds and not be caught short by the deadline. MORE


Property values to outpace property taxes for the average homeowner

July 12, 2017

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Property owners and residents will benefit from a 5 percent increase in home prices, but that does not mean property owners will necessarily see a commensurate increase in taxes, according to Riverside County’s Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder. MORE


June - 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


Arrest for transportation of marijuana for sale

July 10, 2017

NEEDLES, Calif – On Sunday, July 9 at 4:10 in the morning, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Needles Police conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle for failing to stop at a stop sign at 3rd Street & Crestview in Needles. While speaking with the driver, Kristina Pineda (age 25 of Needles), deputies could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. MORE


Sheriff seeks minimum funding in County budget to avoid further staff reductions

Budget shortfalls come at a high cost in reduced staffing levels in unincorporated areas and regional teams and task forces.

July 20, 2017

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has ended the last fiscal year “in the black” and balanced, after a near $40 million shortfall at the year’s start. The Sheriff argued last year in a recommended Sheriff’s budget to the Board of Supervisors for full funding. MORE



US & Mexican citizens caught with more than $350K in drugs

July 18, 2017

YUMA, Arizona – Border Patrol agents at the Highway 95 immigration checkpoint north of Yuma on Saturday arrested two men, a U.S. citizen and a Mexican national, after finding more than 40 pounds of hard drugs hidden throughout their pickup truck. MORE


House appropriations committee may have just signed horses’ death warrant

Could wild horses become slaughter victims?

By THE CLOUD FOUNDATION
To The Desert Independent

July 13, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Appropriations Committee today voted to lift the ban on horse slaughter in the United States. Although slaughter has been banned in the US for over a decade because of lack of USDA inspection funding, slaughter plants may be open once again beginning September 30, 2018. The vote came as the panel approved a Department of Agriculture funding bill. MORE



Search & Rescue


Helicopter rescue of hiker with diabetic emergency

July 12, 2017

HESPERIA, Calif – On Thursday, July 6 at about 9:19 in the evening, a San Bernardino County Sheriff's helicopter (40King3) responded to the Deep Creek Hot Springs area after getting a call about a hiker with an unknown medical emergency. The crew of the helicopter located the hiker and was able to land nearby. MORE


Meetings


Blythe City Council

Special Meeting
Tue, July 25 at 1:00 pm

City Council Chambers
Agenda


Blythe City Council

Meeting
Tue, Aug 8 at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe


PV School District

Board Meeting
Tues, Aug 15 at 6:00 pm
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe





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