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What have the Irish ever done for us?

California's Irish heritage celebrated in new book

Book Review from The Desert Independent

March 25, 2016 New

Author: David Forsythe

The major contribution made by Irish immigrants to California is documented in a new book by author and journalist David Forsythe. What have the Irish ever done for us? tells the fascinating tale of Irish immigration and its positive influence over the centuries through the stories of dozens of individuals who have made an impact around the world. MORE

Family Place coming to Imperial County Free Libraries

Ribbon cutting on Tues, April 4 & Thur, April 6

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif – On Tuesday, April 4, and Thursday, April 6, the Imperial County Free Library (ICFL) will host ribbon cutting ceremonies at the Heber and Calipatria library branches to unveil a redesigned space for families with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The ribbon cuttings will take place at both locations at 5:30 p.m. on their respective days. MORE

Felon in possession of a firearm & controlled substance while armed

March 23, 2017

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, March 21, at about 11:15 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department conducted a probation search of Bradley Underwood (age 40 of Needles) as he sat on the front porch of a home (which was not his own) in the 400 block of D. Street in Needles. MORE

4 in SUV Commit Assault & Robbery – Arrests Made

March 17, 2017

NEEDLES, Calif – On Friday, March 10 at 8:28 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Sheriff /Needles Police responded to Coronado Street and J Street in Needles after receiving a report that a victim had been assaulted. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa

New Sales and Use Tax Rates go into effect on April 1

March 25, 2017 New

SACRAMENTO, Calif – The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) reminds Californians that new sales and use tax rates will take effect on April 1, 2017, as a result of voter-approved initiatives in several cities and counties. The tax rate changes for the cities listed below apply only within the indicated city limits. The countywide tax rate increases apply to all cities and unincorporated areas within the county. MORE

Border Patrol agent assaulted near San Luis

March 23, 2017

YUMA, Arizona – On Tuesday, March 21, a Yuma Sector Border Patrol agent escaped injury early Monday after being bombarded with rocks thrown over the border fence near San Luis, Arizona. The agent was tracking footprints from two individuals heading north from the border toward Avenue H. The agent followed the footprints and apprehended one individual who had illegally entered the U.S. MORE

Border Patrol agents arrest 9, seize over 700 pounds of marijuana

March 23, 2017

WELLTON, Arizona – On Monday, March 20, agents assigned to the Wellton Border Patrol Station arrested nine individuals and seized more than 700 pounds of marijuana, worth in excess of $350,000, during two incidents. Agents were tracking footprints south of Tacna, Arizona, and caught up with nine smugglers carrying more than 340 pounds of marijuana. MORE

US Citizen at checkpoint tries to bring in $407K in drugs

March 20, 2017

YUMA, Arizona – U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint east of Yuma arrested a 33-year-old female U.S. citizen Thursday for attempting to smuggle more than $407,000 worth of cocaine and methamphetamine. Agents working with a canine team discovered the drugs packed into the spare tire of a Ford Expedition the woman was driving. MORE

Yuma Sector Agents Seize Multiple Drugs & Arrest 5

March 16, 2017

YUMA, Arizona – On Monday, March 13, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents working at immigration checkpoints on Interstate 8 and Arizona Highway 95 seized multiple loads of hard drugs Monday, while agents from Wellton Station’s forward operating base apprehended illegal aliens carrying backpacks of marijuana. MORE

Search & Rescue

Injured man rescued by helicopter after falling 25 feet in Joshua Tree

March 26, 2017 New

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif – On Saturday, March 25, San Bernardino County Fire Department personnel responded to the Hidden Valley area of Joshua Tree National Park after getting a call about a fall victim. When personnel arrived, they found that Tom Hurgis (age 69 of Jackson Wyoming) had fallen approximately 25 feet while rock climbing. Hurgis came to rest on a rock ledge and was unable to move. MORE

Americans hope for better days

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

March 23, 2017

We hope for fewer taxes instead of more taxes. We hope for better fiscal spending and less wasteful spending. It would be nice if the very poor who are hurting could be helped until they are back on their feet. However the idea of delivering lifetime checks to adults who will not try to work has become a tiresome practice for many Americans. MORE

Mobile home fire results in murder investigation of girlfriend

March 20, 2017

THERMAL, Calif – On Saturday, March 18 at 11:41 a. m., deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff - Thermal Station responded to the 83500 block of Avenue 60 in Thermal, for a report of arson to a structure. When deputies arrived they found a mobile home fully engulfed in flames. Occupants of the home were not located on the property and information obtained from witnesses indicated that a domestic violence incident may have occurred between an adult female resident and her boyfriend before the home was set on fire. MORE

Search & Rescue

Helicopter rescue of one-year-old who goes over falls

March 20, 2017

LAKE ARROWHEAD, Calif – On Sunday, March 19 at 2:10 p.m., a family was at the area known at Aztec Falls near Lake Arrowhead during a day hike. The family members were near the top of a 25 foot waterfall when a one-year-old boy member of the family and another member of the family accidently went over the waterfall and into the pool below. MORE


PV School District

Board Meeting
Tues, Apr 4 at 6:00 pm
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

Tue, Apr 11 at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe

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