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Recent celebrity deaths are an opportunity to help others manage suicidal feelings

June 23, 2018 New

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – In the wake of recent high-profile celebrity suicides, behavioral health experts at Riverside University Health System are encouraging community members to educate themselves about resources available to those struggling with feelings of isolation and hopelessness. MORE

Citizens are warned to lock their vehicles, garage, and home doors following a string of burglaries

June 23, 2018 New

NEEDLES, Calif – The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department/Needles Police Department is investigating a series of thefts and burglaries which have occurred throughout the City of Needles since May 1, 2018. Since that date, there has been an increasing number of burglaries and thefts from motor vehicles in the area of Coronado Street/De Soto Streets and R Street/California Avenue. MORE

18-wheeler driver parks rig on I-10 Colorado River Bridge & jumps 60 feet to water below

June 21, 2018

BLYTHE, Calif – On Tuesday, June 19 at 4:01 p.m., the Blythe Police Department received a 911 call reporting a man had just jumped off the I‑10 Bridge into the Colorado River. The caller reported the man appeared to be unconscious after hitting the water and was floating down river, face down. MORE

Man runs at deputy’s car with rock

June 21, 2018

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, June 19 at about 3:25 p.m. a San Bernardino County - Colorado River station Sheriff's Deputy was driving east on W. Broadway Street near E. Street in Needles responding to a radio call. The suspect, Dane Perry (age 32 of Needles), ran into the roadway with a rock in his hand and was about the throw it at the Sheriff’s vehicle. MORE

Be the bystander who knows what to do!

June 16, 2018

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Free stop the bleed class trains the public how to stop life-threatening bleeds after trauma injury. Stop the bleed Presented by Riverside University Health System Trauma Services in partnership with the American College of Surgeons, is a free 45-minute class that is regularly offered to train members of the public how to stop massive bleeding from traumatic injuries such as gunshot wounds and vehicle accidents. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa

Man extradited from Oklahoma for a 2017 attempted murder charge

June 23, 2018 New

NEEDLES, Calif – After a nationwide search, Jerry Endsley (age 38 of Needles) was located and arrested by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Department in Tulsa, Oklahoma. On Wednesday, June 20, detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Specialized Enforcement Division flew to Tulsa, Oklahoma and took custody of Endsley. MORE

CHP says plan ahead for safe summer travel

June 23, 2018 New

CALIFORNIA – Summer in California is a time for many people to enjoy road trips, see the sights, and visit new places. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reminds everyone to put safety first and prepare for travel so summer fun does not become summer disaster. MORE

Meth smuggler caught at checkpoint

June 23, 2018 New

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate‑8 Immigration Checkpoint arrested a Lawfully Admitted for Permanent Residence (LAPR) male from Mexico after he attempted to smuggle five packages of methamphetamine on Thursday, June 21. MORE

Desert Roadrunner service changes

June 22, 2018

BLYTHE, Calif – The following Desert Roadrunner services changes will be effective Sunday, July 1:

Blue Route 1 – No changes will be made on this service.

Gold Route 2 – Route service will continue to be provided based on the Palo Verde College operating schedule. No changes will be made on this service. MORE

New Mecca Pharmacy

June 21, 2018

MECCA, Calif – Residents of the unincorporated communities of the eastern Coachella Valley once again have a local pharmacy to improve their health and well-being with Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo’s (Clinicas) Mecca Pharmacy, which opened for business on Friday, June 15. MORE

Deceased adult male found in desert

June 16, 2018

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Wednesday, June 13 at about 6:40 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station responded to a residence in the 71600 block of Indian Trail, Twentynine Palms following the report of a deceased adult male located in the desert. MORE

Border pain and our children

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

June 23, 2018 New

DR. GLENN MOLLETTELots of outrage has been seen and heard around America over the treatment of families illegally entering the United States. President Trump has signed an executive order to keep the families together. I'm not sure where Americans want to keep these families who took a great risk to enter our country hoping to gain entrance quickly and illegally. It did not work out for them. MORE

Search & Rescue

Continue search for missing person in the area of the Amboy Crater

June 21, 2018

AMBOY, Calif – On Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 3:07 p.m., officials from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) notified San Bernardino County Sheriff's Dispatch of a vehicle that had been parked at the Amboy Crater Trailhead parking lot for approximately 10 days and appeared to be abandoned. BLM Rangers conducted a preliminary investigation and requested the assistance of the Sheriff's Department. MORE

Dangers of illicit and misbranded pharmaceuticals

June 19, 2018

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Unsuspecting customers buying pharmaceuticals online, or from stores and homes that are not licensed pharmacies could be getting drugs that either don’t work as expected or may contain ingredients that have dangerous – even deadly – side effects. MORE

First two West Nile Virus cases for 2018 reported

June 16, 2018

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – A 74-year-old Riverside woman and 50-year-old Eastvale man are the first confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus in Riverside County this year, said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, county public health officer. They are also one of the first confirmed human cases in California this year. MORE


PV School District

Board Meeting
Thur, June 26 at 6:00 pm
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

Tue, July 10 at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe

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