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Search & Rescue

Helicopter Rescue of Injured Hiker

September 3, 2015 New

BIG FALLS, FOREST FALLS, Calif (about 1 hr. drive south of Big Bear Lake) – On Monday, August, 31 at about 5:00 p.m., an air rescue helicopter was dispatched to assist San Bernardino County Fire Department regarding a hiker later identified as Vanessa Lee (age 28 from San Bernardino) who sustained non-life threatening injuries from a 20 foot fall at Big Falls in Forest Falls. MORE

62 Year Old Female Hiker Found After Being Lost 9 Days

September 1, 2015

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif – On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, The Volunteer Forces Division of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department received a Mutual Aid request from the California Office of Emergency Services to provide Search and Rescue assistance to Fresno County. A 62 year old woman was overdue from her hike in the Sierra Nevada. MORE

Remember Alison Parker and Adam Ward, not the Killer

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

August 27, 2015

WDBJ-TV Virginia television reporters Alison Parker and Adam Ward were executed while doing their jobs. They were good people who were successful at what they did and loved their work.

The insane ex-reporter who murdered them on live television killed himself. There are reports of some wacky manifesto and a faxed message to ABC about his state of mind. His state of mind was pure craziness. Obviously he needed psychiatric help. We can be thankful that a policeman did not have to kill him. However, it might have been best if a policeman could have killed this murderer before he gunned down Parker and Ward. I wonder what the newsfeed would be today if a policeman could have shot the idiot before he took two innocent lives? MORE

Insight Prison Project Coming to Riverside County

Training and Recruiting Volunteer Facilitators

August 20, 2015

We see a dozen men sitting in a circle. Some are old, others young. Some are Latino, some white and others African American. Some are fit others wear ‘disability’ vests. The facilitator asks each man to check in with a new behavioral skill they used this week. This scenario looks much like any other men’s support group – however, it’s prisoners incarcerated in many California prisons and jails who are participating in Victim Offender Education (VOEG) groups. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa

Meth for Sale Seized

September 3, 2015 New

BLYTHE, Calif – On September 2, 2015, the Blythe Narcotic Enforcement Team (BNET) served a narcotic-related search warrant in the 200 block of North Second St, in Blythe. Blythe Police Department assisted with the warrant service. The search warrant resulted in the seizure of about an ounce of suspected methamphetamine and items indicative of drug sales. MORE

$652,500 Worth of Marijuana Seized

September 2, 2015 New

YUMA, Arizona – On Tuesday, September 1, two smuggling attempts were thwarted when Border Patrol agents seized $652,500 worth of marijuana and arrested one U.S. citizen attempting to smuggle two illegal immigrants around the Wellton Station checkpoint on I-8 east of Yuma. MORE

Sediment Control Proposed on Colorado River

August 29, 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – The Bureau of Reclamation's Yuma Area Office announced today the release of a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for review and comment on the proposed construction of sediment control structures in select washes along the Colorado River near Blythe. MORE

Woman Found Dead Near AVI Casino

August 24, 2015

NEEDLES, Calif – On Monday, August 24, at about 7:07 in the morning, deputies from the San Bernardino Sheriff - Colorado River Station were dispatched to the 41000 block of River Road for a possible deceased person. Upon arrival, deputies located an elderly white female, later identified as Barbara Purdy of Bullhead City (Arizona), dead in a field south of the AVI Resort & Casino. MORE

Customs and Border Protection Citizen’s Academy Invitation

August 21, 2015

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol, San Luis Port of Entry, and Office of Air and Marine are hosting an integrated U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) Citizen’s Academy. MORE

Imperial County Sheriff's Office Gets New Phone Numbers

August 20, 2015

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif – As of August 12, Imperial County Sheriff’s Office was issued with new phone numbers. Please be advised that the previous published numbers are still connected to allow the public the time to update their contact information. MORE

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

Blythe Police Activity: August 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – For August 2015 the Blythe Police Department logged 1490 Total Incidents and Documented 344 Police Reports. MORE   New

Weather from the World Dilemma Think Tank

Home Country
To The Desert Independent

September 2, 2015 New

There are a few universal truths in our lives: the sun comes up in the east, it rains in Ketchikan, and you can tell what the weather’s like by eavesdropping on the senior members of the world dilemma think tank … meeting daily at the Mule Barn coffee shop since God made dirt.

“My hens,” said Doc, “were sweating this morning.”

“Now Doc,” said Steve, “you know chickens don’t sweat.”

“Tell that to my hens,” he said. MORE

100 MPH+ Motorcycle Chase Ends in Arrest

September 1, 2015

TWENTY-NINE PALMS, Calif – On August 27, a little after 2:00 in the afternoon, a deputy from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department observed a motorcycle traveling east on Twenty-Nine Palms Highway at a high rate of speed. He paced the vehicle at over 70 MPH in a 50 MPH zone. The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. MORE

First-Half 2015 FBI Crime Statistics

August 21, 2015

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – The Sheriff has released preliminary crime trends for the first half of 2015 as reported to the FBI. FBI Part I crime statistics for the first 6 months of 2015 for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department indicate a 6.3% increase in FBI Part I violent crimes, largely due to increases in robberies and aggravated assaults. Property crimes increased nearly 2.2%, with an overall FBI Part I crime increase of 2.5% in the first 6 months of this year over the very same period in 2014. MORE


He’s Reluctant to Kick His Adult Son Out of His House

Q: My wife says it is time for my 26-year-old son (from a previous marriage) to move out of the house. I know she is right but I find it very difficult to deliver the bad news. My son is actually quite successful in his field and moved back to our house for what was supposed to be a short transitional period from old apartment to new. What was going to be “a few weeks” has turned into eight months. My wife feels that I am not taking care of her by letting this continue. She wants us to have our privacy back. I guess she is right. I am just concerned about my son. Your thoughts?

A: I’m concerned about you! You’re not seeing the big picture. Because of your reluctance to do what’s necessary, no one in your house is really getting what they need. You’ll see that it’s actually all good news, once you stop making it all about you. MORE


Blythe City Council

Regular Meeting
Tues, Sept 8 at 6:00 PM
City Council Chambers

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Board Meeting
Tues, Sept 15 at 6:00 p.m.
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

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Transit Agency

Board of Directors Meeting
Wed, Oct 7 at 11:00 a.m.
PVVTA Operations Center
415 N. Main St, Blythe

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