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Gamestop ordered to pay $500,000 for violating consumer protection laws

February 18, 2019

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin announced that a judge has ordered GameStop Inc., a Texas-based video game and consumer electronics company, to pay $500,000 in civil penalties and costs for violations of consumer protection laws. The stipulated judgment in the civil law enforcement action filed in Riverside County Superior Court is the result of an investigation and subsequent litigation related to unlawful business practices by GameStop. MORE


Search & Rescue


Sheriff’s Air Rescue Teams perform multiple swift water rescues

February 17, 2019

SANTA ANA RIVERBED, SAN BERNARDINO, Calif – From Wednesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon, February 13 & 14 a large amount of rain fell in the San Bernardino and nearby foothills. In this time period, the Colton Fire Department, San Bernardino County Fire Department, Redlands and Cal-Fire Riverside received several reports of numerous people stranded on “islands” in the Santa Ana Riverbed. MORE


Celebrate Dark Skies in Death Valley

Friday-Sunday, March 1-3

DEATH VALLEY, Calif – Death Valley National Park will be hosting the Death Valley Dark Sky Festival, March 1-3. Everyone is invited to attend this free night sky and space science festival. During the day, the Death Valley Dark Sky Festival rangers and scientists will lead guided hikes to explore the extreme environments of Death Valley and the similarities to other places in our solar system. MORE




Appropriation for Calexico West Land Port of Entry

February 18, 2019

CALEXICO, Calif – Imperial County officials applaud federal representatives, congressional leadership and the President for approving $191 million for the Calexico West Land Port of Entry (LPOE) reconfiguration and expansion project. The funding was finalized as part of a wide-ranging fiscal year 2019 appropriations package (H.J. Res. 31) that was signed into law February 15. MORE


Arsonist who started the Cranston Fire last July is sentenced

February 18, 2019

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – A Temecula man pled guilty on Thursday, February 14 to intentionally starting the Cranston Fire in the Idyllwild/Mountain Center area last July. Brandon McGlover, DOB: 1-10-86, entered guilty pleas to two counts of Penal Code section 451.5 (c), burning of a structure or forest land. In count one, which is the Cranston Fire, he admitted to an allegation of burning multiple structures. MORE


Collision on Twentynine Palms Highway & Utah Trail

February 17, 2019

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Tuesday, February 12 at 11:15 a.m., Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff responded to a traffic collision at the intersection of Twentynine Palms Highway and Utah Trail. MORE


Suspected Fentanyl confiscated

February 17, 2019

BLYTHE, Calif – On Tuesday, February 12, Blythe Station agents working at the Highway 78 Immigration Checkpoint arrested two United States citizens for the transportation of 17 pounds of suspected fentanyl. MORE


World Dilemma Think Tank

Home Country
Fiction by SLIM RANDLES
To The Desert Independent

February 9, 2019

SLIM RANDLES“Well,” said Steve, polishing off the last of his coffee, “what should we discuss this fine morning?”

“I’m awful glad you asked, ol’ pard,” came the cheerful voice of Windy Wilson, emerging through the swinging doors that came from the kitchen of the Mule Barn truck stop. “Yessir. Awful glad.”

Steve and the other members of the world dilemma think tank looked in amazement as this old camp cook and cowboy came over with the coffee pot and topped off their coffee mugs. Windy had found a dish towel and wrapped it around his waist, too. MORE


Complete survey for chance to win $50 gift card

February 18, 2019

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Residents urged to complete needs assessment survey for chance to win $50 gift card. Riverside County residents are being asked to participate in a needs assessment survey that will help officials learn more about the community and areas where services can be better directed. The confidential, 63-question survey touches on everything from housing to income, medical care and transportation. MORE



Holding My Stillborn Son

Guest Opinion

By DR. GLENN MOLLETTE
To The Desert Independent

February 17, 2019

DR. GLENN MOLLETTEMy wife and I got the news on May 30, 1989. Our full term nine-month old son was dead. Karen had not felt the baby move in a couple of days and when she checked into the hospital to deliver our son the worst news ever was reported; our son was dead. Something had happened. Somehow tragically the umbilical cord either had a kink in it or was wrapped around the baby's neck but oxygen somehow had been cut off to our son.

I watched the delivery of my first two beautiful sons ecstatically celebrating each birth. Watching the medical team deliver Jesse Caleb who was now dead ranks as one of the most emotional gut-wrenching moments of my life. MORE



Meetings


PV School District

Board Meeting
Tue, Mar 5 at 6:00 pm
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe


Blythe City Council

Meeting
Tue, Mar 12 at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe





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