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Livestock Produce More Greenhouse Gasses than ALL the World’s Vehicles Combined

GOP letter to BLM Biased and Hypocritical

Promotes lack of accountability for ranchers and targets America’s wild horses

By Return to freedom
To The Desert Independent

November 20, 2015

LOMPOC, Calif – Return to Freedom (RTF) is challenging the recent letter from GOP Representatives to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze.

According to Neda DeMayo, Founder and President of RTF, the letter supports the "states rights" agenda that has been pushing for state control over the management of our federal land and resources since trespass rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff in 2013 after refusing to pay his livestock grazing fees in Utah. MORE

Letters to the Editor

Wild Horses Sold into Slaughter

Congressman wants to know why.

November 15, 2015

Dear Congressman Buchanan (R-FL),

Thank you for your excellent work. Thank you for demanding answers to the Tom Davis wild horse scandal.

The BLM has betrayed horses, duped tax payers and misused funds for decades. They are not held accountable nor do they deliver forever promised reform. It is a fiefdom of good ol'boys who mismanage our wild horses into extinction unless Congress stops them. An independent outside source ought to manage our wild horses, not the biased BLM who pushes their own agendas over any welfare or humane treatment to horses on the range and/or in holding. We have plenty of experts available to assist in enabling a satisfying solution to ensure our wild horses and burros have a future on the Western range in our country. MORE

Search & Rescue

Hiker with Hypothermia Rescued from Mountains

November 16, 2015

APPLE VALLEY, Calif – On Sunday, November 15, Travis Hughes (age 29 of Rancho Cucamonga) was in the Bowen Ranch area of Deep Creek when he began suffering from a medical condition. Hughes was unable to walk and after some time, began suffering from hypothermia. Other hikers in the area called 911 and requested assistance for Hughes. MORE

Two Hikers Rescued from San Antonio Falls

November 11, 2015

Sheriff's Aviation helicopterMOUNT BALDY, Calif – On evening of Sunday, November 8, Juan Cardoza (age 32) and two other hikers became lost hiking in Mt. Baldy area. The hikers made it to the area of San Antonio Falls, where Cardoza slipped and fell, sustaining non-life threatening injuries. One of the hikers called 911 on his cell phone and the Fontana Station dispatched personnel for a search and rescue. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa

CAL FIRE Hiring for 2016

Seasonal Firefighter and Inspector Jobs Open

November 21, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif – Have you ever dreamed of working for one of the largest firefighting agencies in the world? Now is the time to apply. CAL FIRE is currently accepting applications for seasonal firefighter and defensible space inspector (forestry aide) positions throughout the state for 2016. MORE

Riverside County Successfully Completes Statewide Emergency Drill

November 21 2015

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – On Friday, November 20, Riverside County health officials successfully concluded a week-long, statewide emergency response drill. County official Kim Saruwatari, Director of Riverside County Emergency Management Department declared they were “very happy with the way so many agencies came together this week to challenge and assess their ability to address a health emergency.” MORE

Inmate Escapes from Imperial County Correctional Center & is Captured

November 18, 2015

EL CENTRO, Calif – On Tuesday, November 17, an inmate from the Herbert Hughes Correctional Center was captured after a brief escape. During a routine facility count, floor officers discovered inmate Rafael Gomez (age 26) as unaccounted. MORE

Kidnapping Scams

Be aware of scams targeting parents to extort money from them claiming that they have & will harm their children.

November 11, 2015

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif – The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department would like to warn the public of a new phone scam that has occurred. Over the last week, several victims in various cities in the County of San Bernardino have received phone calls from unknown suspect(s), claiming their child/children had been abducted. MORE

Man Who Causes Ruckus & Threatens Police Arrested

November 9, 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – On Saturday, November 7 at about 8:00 p.m., the Blythe Police Department began receiving calls from a man staying at the Super 8 Motel in the 500 block of West Donlon Street. The man, later identified as William Geitz (age 43) who was obviously intoxicated and was calling using profanity and demanding the release of his vehicle, which had been stored by the California Highway Patrol the day before. MORE

Blythe Drug Robbery

Public’s Assistance Requested

November 9, 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – On Thursday, November 5 at about 6:40 p.m., Blythe Police received a 911 call reporting an armed robbery that just occurred at Blythe Drug. Employees reported a man had entered the store armed with handgun, demanded money, and fled northbound through the alleyway after receiving an undisclosed amount of cash. MORE

Blythe Police Activity: October 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – For October 2015 the Blythe Police Department logged 1751 Total Incidents and Documented 357 Police Reports. MORE

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

Despite Slaughter of Wild Horses, No Prosecution of BLM or Rancher Involved

"Wealthy lawbreakers again thumb their noses at the public when they know their government pals have their backs." (Publisher)

To The Desert Independent, Republished with Permission

November 22, 2015

Just two weeks after Ken Salazar was selected by President Barack Obama to become the 50th Secretary of the Interior in 2009, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency within the Department of Interior (DOI) sold and began shipping horses to rancher, and reported Salazar associate, Tom Davis, who in turn, in violation of the law resold them to slaughter houses in Mexico for horse meat. MORE

America Cannot Take Chances

We know our world is filled with evil people and ISIS proved it again in Paris.

Guest Opinion by GLENN MOLLETTE
To The Desert Independent

November 19, 2015

The radical Muslims associated with ISIS are unable to do anything but kill and destroy. They are a cancer to any country and to all good people. Christian people of America would love to think we could simply just send more missionaries with Bibles to Syria and try to convert them all to Jesus. Tragically, all the women would be raped and chained while the men would be beheaded. It would be nice to hear about ISIS militants coming to their senses and leaving Syria with help and support for the free and democratic countries of the world. However, would we be able to trust them? How do we know which ones to trust? MORE

Tri-State Vehicle Pursuit Ends in Driver's Death

November 10, 2015

NEEDLES, Calif – On Saturday, November 7 at 10:30 a.m., deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Colorado River Station in Needles attempted to stop a stolen vehicle driven by Nicollete Avery, a 28 year old female from Topock, Arizona. A record check of the license plate revealed the vehicle was stolen out of Okaloosa, Florida. MORE


He’s Isolated and Wants to Connect with Men

Q: I moved to a major city a couple of years ago for a great job opportunity. The career move has paid off. Unfortunately, where I once had a lot of friends and participated on community boards, etc., I now feel fairly isolated and it has taken a toll on me. I have lost confidence in myself and find that I am hesitant to put myself out to meet people. At the same time, I am noticing that I feel a real need to connect with other men. I cannot explain it very well, even to myself. But I can say that I am lonely and I wish I could find men with whom I can have fun, talk about issues bothering us, and build friendships. Have other men expressed the same feelings, and, if so, what did you advise them to do?

A: First of all, you’re not alone, although it feels that way. The isolation you’re experiencing isn’t unique to those in big cities. Men all over the country, in towns large and small, share that same sense of isolation, loneliness and hopelessness. You’d think that with so many men in the same boat, they’d find a way to meet each other. If only it were that easy. MORE


PV Valley
Transit Agency

Board of Directors Meeting
Wed, Dec 2 at 11:00 a.m.
PVVTA Operations Center
415 N. Main St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

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

PV School District

Board Meeting
Tues, Dec 8 at 6:00 p.m.
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

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