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RV fire takes life of local man

July 13, 2018

BLYTHE, Calif – Today, Friday, July 13 at about 1:09 a.m. Blythe Police Officers along with the Blythe Fire Department, were dispatched to the 100 block of Green Valley Rd. regarding a recreational vehicle on fire. When officers arrived, they found a large Class A motor home on fire. The fire had advanced to the point that officers were unable to enter. Blythe Fire arrived and quickly extinguished the flames. MORE


Docs now have ability to check database for potential patient opioid addiction

July 13, 2018

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – This rollout comes in advance of new state law requiring physicians to consult statewide database. Doctors and pharmacists at Riverside University Health System (RUHS) have developed an electronic toolkit to help decrease the risk of opioid addiction among patients with chronic pain. MORE


Possession of meth for sale

July 13, 2018

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Tuesday, July 10 at about 4:30 p.m., a San Bernardino County Sheriff - Morongo Basin Station deputy conducted a probation compliance home visit at a residence located in the 4500 block of Adobe Road. MORE


Splash Pad Closure

July 9, 2018

BLYTHE, Calif – The Splash Pad in Todd Park will be closed for repairs the week of July 9. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience as we work on the park. MORE


Virulent Newcastle Disease detected in Riverside County

July 8, 2018

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – A confirmed case of virulent Newcastle disease was found in northwest Riverside County on June 30. The disease affects birds and can cause serious illness or death in an entire chicken flock in a single day. MORE


Two juveniles saved from human trafficking

July 3, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Central Processing Center identified two unaccompanied alien children believed to be victims of human trafficking. On Sunday, July 1 at approximately 9:30 a.m., a Yuma Station Border Patrol agent arrested eight subjects who surrendered after they illegally crossed into the U.S. near the San Luis Port of Entry. All eight were determined to be Guatemalan nationals and were transported to the Yuma Central Processing Center. MORE


CSUSB Palm Desert Campus launches new campus radio station

June 29, 2018

PALM DESERT, Calif – There’s a new radio station in the Coachella Valley – PAWS Radio – the first radio station produced by staff and students at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus. Students at the Palm Desert Campus lead the programming each weekday from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., playing alternative rock and popular hits. MORE


Agents arrest 26 in human smuggling attempts

July 15, 2018 New

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents working at two different immigration checkpoints arrested 26 illegal aliens in two significant human smuggling attempts over the last week. MORE


Man’s firearms seized after shooting rifle in the air

July 13, 2018

JOSHUA TREE, Calif – On Tuesday, July 10 at about 6:30 a.m., a San Bernardino County Sheriff - Morongo Basin Station deputy responded to a residence in the 61000 block of Petunia Drive, after getting a call regarding a male who was shooting a rifle in the air. MORE


Border Patrol Agents continue to see spike in meth and fentanyl seizures

July 13, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Blythe Station Highway 95 and Wellton Station Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoints seized two loads of methamphetamine and a significant number of suspected fentanyl pills over the weekend. MORE


Assault with a deadly weapon charged after biting victim

July 13, 2018

NEEDLES, Calif – On Monday, July 09 at 10:50 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department / Needles Police Department responded to the 900 block of Coronado Street after being contacted about a fight in progress. MORE


Yuma resident attempts to smuggle $158K worth of Meth

July 8, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – On Monday, July 2, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Wellton Station I‑8 Immigration Checkpoint arrested a Yuma resident for transporting 41 packages of methamphetamine in her vehicle. At approximately 10:31 a.m., agents sent a green 2005 Chrysler Pacifica to the secondary inspection area for further investigation. MORE


Private thoughts on our flag

Home Country
Fiction by SLIM RANDLES
To The Desert Independent

July 3, 2018

SlimWe all watched as the flag came by. It was the first thing in the parade, of course. Great big one, carried by two of the kids from the ROTC at the high school. The bands followed, along with the mounted patrol, the ski patrol in their summer-weight jackets, the float with the princesses on it, and the local kids leading dogs and cats – some rather reluctantly – on leashes. MORE



Thailand's watery cave – Something we can learn

Guest Opinion

By DR. GLENN MOLLETTE
To The Desert Independent

July 15, 2018 New

DR. GLENN MOLLETTEThe world celebrated the rescue of 12 Thai soccer boys from a flooded cave in Mae Sai, Thailand. We grieved over the loss of one brave man, Saman Kunam who sacrificed his life to deliver supplies to the trapped boys. Many of us watched the media reports fearfully, prayed and hoped for a miracle. MORE




County crop report goes high-tech with app about local agriculture

July 8, 2018

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Who’s growing wine grapes in Riverside County? How have crop values changed over five years? And did county fish farmers actually raise $3.6 million worth of tilapia in 2017? An innovative, online version of the county Agricultural Commissioner’s annual crop report answers those questions and many more. MORE


Two drug smuggling attempts disrupted at checkpoint

July 3, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Wellton Station Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint arrested three United States citizens in two separate drug smuggling events over the weekend. MORE


Meetings


PV School District

Board Meeting
Tue, July 31 at 6:00 pm
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe


Blythe City Council

Meeting
Tue, Aug 14 at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe





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