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Annual Lake Moovalya drawdown to occur in January 2019 for maintenance activities

December 10, 2018

BOULDER CITY, Nevada – The Bureau of Reclamation is coordinating with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to lower the water level of Lake Moovalya by approximately one foot in elevation for about three weeks beginning in mid-January 2019. Lake Moovalya is the small body of water behind Headgate Rock Dam north of Parker, Arizona. Reclamation is coordinating this activity with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to allow the Colorado River Indian Tribes to perform annual maintenance on their canals. MORE


Two youths severely injured after falling off border wall

December 11, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – A pair of Guatemalan teens sustained severe injuries after they fell off the 18-foot border wall while attempting to illegally enter the United States Friday, December 7. At approximately 1 p.m., six illegal aliens from Guatemala illegally crossed into the United States east of the San Luis Port of Entry by scaling over the border wall. MORE


Bush Decency and America's Christmas List

Guest Opinion

By DR. GLENN MOLLETTE
To The Desert Independent

December 7, 2018

DR. GLENN MOLLETTEChristmas is coming and wish lists vary. Here are ideas from which most can benefit.

Medical care for all Americans. Congress must sever ties with lobbyists working on behalf of the pharmaceutical and medical insurance companies and represent the American people. Prescription costs are too high and the government pays too much money to the drug companies for those who receive various medicines from government coverage. All Americans should be able to see a doctor and receive medical care. Working Americans should have access to affordable medical care. Retired and poor/disabled/uninsurable Americans should have access to Medicare and Medicaid. All Veterans and military should be able to choose an alternate doctor or hospital when the VA hospital and doctors are not in close proximity or are inaccessible. MORE




Human smuggling attempted in a Jeep

December 11, 2018

EL CENTRO, Calif – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a 30-year-old Mexican national attempting to smuggle 10 undocumented immigrants in a Jeep Cherokee. The arrest occurred at approximately 11:15 p.m. while agents were working near the area of Mount Signal Road and Highway 98 this past Monday night, December 3. MORE


Juvenile arrested for felony vandalism

December 10, 2018

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, November 11 during the early morning hours, several areas in the city of Needles were vandalized with black spray paint that read “southside i.e.” The locations that were tagged included the overpass at J Street and Interstate 40, four vehicles at the 100 block of Spruce Street and the “California” tunnel located at West Broadway south of Needles Hwy. The total cost to repair city property, state property and personal vehicles is estimated at over $3000. MORE


CHP goes online to help alert the public

November 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif – When a person goes missing, every second counts. As the statewide coordinator for the AMBER, Silver, and Blue Alert programs, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) understands that time is of the essence and is using technology to help expedite the recovery process.

“Whether a child or at-risk adult has gone missing or a dangerous suspect is on the run, time and details are vital,” said CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley. “Using technology gives everyone involved in the process another tool to reach the appropriate audience with the information.” MORE


New-Aged Up

Home Country
Fiction by SLIM RANDLES
To The Desert Independent

November 30, 2018

SLIM RANDLES“I’m jest ‘bout new-aged up,” said Windy Wilson, sitting down and flipping his coffee cup to the upright and fillable position. Mavis filled it.

The other members sipping caffeine at the philosophy counter at the Mule Barn truck stop looked over at Windy. No one wanted to ask, so by the process of mind reading and silent linguistics, they managed to hold their tongues. They all knew Windy would never be content to leave it like that, and they were anxious to see how the feedstore philosopher would introduce the subject. MORE


Nearly $200K in meth seized from vehicle circumventing checkpoint

December 11, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized nearly $200,000 in methamphetamine from a vehicle that was attempting to circumvent the I‑8 Immigration Checkpoint Friday morning December 7. At approximately 7:54 a.m., Wellton Station agents working a commonly utilized route to circumvent the I‑8 Immigration Checkpoint near Dome Valley observed a suspicious vehicle traveling east, near Avenue 20E and County 7th Street. MORE



Multiple meth smuggling attempts

December 11, 2018

SALTON CITY, Calif – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint thwarted multiple attempts by individuals trying to smuggle methamphetamine over the weekend. The first incident occurred at approximately 11:50 a.m., Saturday, December 8 in the morning, when a female passenger in an unlicensed taxi, approached the checkpoint. During an immigration inspection, agents referred the vehicle to secondary inspection for further investigation. MORE



Volunteers needed to survey Riverside County’s homeless population

November 30, 2018

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Volunteers are needed in communities throughout Riverside County to help with the 2019 Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count and Survey, the County of Riverside Department of Public Social Services announced today. The 2019 survey is a one-day street-based and shelter-based effort to identify how many people in the county are homeless on a given day. MORE


Meetings


PV School District

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





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