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Sudden Illness Causes Accident

March 26, 2015 New

BLYTHE, Calif – On March 10 at about 7:30 a.m., the Blythe Police Communication’s center received a 911 call reporting a car that had run off the roadway in the 1100 block of N. Broadway. The caller told police that the female driver had also driven through a chain link fence, struck a tree and stopped in a dirt field. MORE

A Wedding Needs a Car

A Desert Independent Flashback

March 17, 2015

Originally Published August 28, 2007

BLYTHE, Calif – Ten years ago I registered several of my cars with a special rental car agency. Since I live in a remote area (Blythe) in southern California, and since my cars were not all that rare, I did not hear from the company. That's what I assumed.

In the meantime I sold a couple of cars and in turn bought a couple more from an estate, a fairly new 1997 Caddy and a 1950 Oldsmobile four-door sedan. I sold the Caddy and kept the Olds, a car similar to one my family owned back in 1948-49. MORE

Tire off of a Passing Pickup Injures Woman

March 10, 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – On Saturday, March 7, Blythe Police received a 911 call requesting an ambulance to the 200 block of N. Palm. The caller told the dispatcher that a 51 year old female had been hit by a tire that had come off of a passing pickup. MORE

Shots Fired at House on Bruce Court

March 10, 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – At about 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 Blythe Police received a call of shots being fired at a house in the 1300 block of Bruce Court. When Officers arrived they contacted several people in the home and determined no one had been injured. MORE

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

Beware – Scammers Targeting Taxpayers Might Call You Next!

March 25, 2015 New

Watch out! The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is warning Californians about tax-related phone scams.

The BOE has received multiple reports from taxpayers that received phone calls from someone impersonating a local police officer who demanded immediate payment for a tax liability and threatened arrest. The callers spoof police department or BOE telephone numbers on caller ID, creating the appearance that a legitimate party is calling. MORE

Blythe Solar Power Project Authorized to Start Construction Activities

By Robert Winkler
The Desert Independent

March 19, 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – The Blythe Solar Power Project can now proceed with full site construction activities as of March 23. The California Energy Commission staff has completed its review of the pre-construction conditions of certification submittals were required prior to the start of construction. Also, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staff has determined that construction activities may commence as of March 23. The BLM issued the Notice to Proceed on March 19, 2015. MORE

Riverside's Wanted Fugitives

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RIVERSIDE, Calif – A listing of current wanted fugitives by the Riverside District Attorney.

Cancer, It's Past Time

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

March 26, 2015 New

Cancer is one of the most feared words of all.

Almost every week I hear about a friend, acquaintance, old schoolmate or family member being diagnosed with cancer. I have Facebook friends who report almost daily about their routine chemotherapy treatments. They, along with millions more are in a battle for their lives.

Cancer routinely takes 577,000 plus lives every year in America.

The cost is over 103 billion in direct medical costs. The statistics are always changing but are staggering (Cancer facts and figures, 2012). MORE

Should Green Car Drivers Feel Guilty?

"...some politicians are conflicted. They want people to buy cigarettes but not smoke them."

To The Desert Independent

March 23, 2015

If you own a hybrid or electric vehicle, you probably feel pretty good about yourself. After all, you’ve made a socially responsible decision to help the environment, reduce your carbon footprint and improve air quality.

But you might feel a bit guilty, too. After all, you are in part responsible for the poor condition of our roads. Your car uses less gas per mile, so you pay less tax per mile too. Less tax means less transportation funding. Less funding mean worse roads—right?

Ignore the fact that the State of California wastes billions of dollars on bureaucracy and bullet trains. Or that the state took in record fuel-tax related revenues last fiscal year. If you’d only bought a gas guzzler instead of a green car, maybe our roads wouldn’t be in such poor shape. MORE


He Doesn’t Know How to Handle His Highly Emotional Wife

Q: I have a hard time with my wife. She is very loving and supportive. But when she gets upset about something, she goes from zero to 100 in the blink of an eye. I mean it. She can get so upset and irrational, so quickly, all I can do is try to hang on or get out of the way. But when I try to excuse myself, it makes her even more irate. This has felt like an impossible situation for years. I read your book and I have stopped arguing. But the insanity continues. Something has to change. Please give me some direction.

A: That something that has to change is YOU. You can’t handle your wife, or least her emotional outbursts. And when she sees that, it’s like throwing gasoline on her raging inferno. I think it’s time to share with you an important firefighting technique.

What you currently have with your wife is the opportunity to manage a “controlled burn.” In the forest, controlled burns are used to encourage the germination of desirable trees that would otherwise be prevented from growing by older growth. (Here comes the heroic leap to make sense of this metaphor.) Your wife has some old habits that can be burned away if you can demonstrate some new growth of your own. MORE

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