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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

New coordinator hired to battle homelessness across the community

June 13, 2018

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – The head of an award-winning homeless services agency has been chosen to coordinate homelessness programs operated by the county and an affiliated network of community partners. Natalie Komuro has served for 11 years as executive director of Ascencia, managing programs in the cities of Glendale, Burbank, West Hollywood and northeast Los Angeles that provide street outreach, emergency housing and other services to help move people from homelessness into housing. MORE

Extreme heat safety precautions for border crossings

June 8, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol has placed their Border Search, Trauma, and Rescue Unit on high alert as temperatures rise in its harsh desert terrain. Persons considering crossing the U.S. border illegally should be aware that this decision is more than criminal, it could be deadly. MORE

Precauciones extremas de seguridad contra el calor para los pasos fronterizos

June 8, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – La Patrulla Fronteriza en el Sector Yuma ha puesto en alerta máxima su Unidad de Búsqueda, Trauma y Rescate en la Frontera (BORSTAR, por sus siglas en inglés) en la medida que se han registrado aumentos dramáticos de temperatura a través de la zona desértica. Las personas que consideren cruzar ilegalmente la frontera de los Estados Unidos deben conocer que esta decisión es más que un delito, podría ser mortal. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa

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

Sheriff seeking public's help with info on robbery of Pizza Hut

June 13, 2018

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Saturday, June 9 at about 11:00 p.m., a male wearing a hoodie and face mask entered the Pizza Hut at 72526 Twentynine Palms Hwy, armed with a handgun and demanded money from the register. MORE

Human smugglers caught

June 13, 2018

BLYTHE, Calif – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 78 Immigration Checkpoint near Palo Verde, California arrested two male United States citizens along with three Mexican nationals and one Guatemalan national in an attempted human smuggling event Sunday, June 10. MORE

Food for All

Home Country
To The Desert Independent

June 8, 2018

SLIM RANDLESMrs. Forrest has always been a compulsive feeder. Before she retired, she was cooking for the Mule Barn truck stop’s customers and is singularly responsible for about three flabby tons of avoirdupois on this nation’s truck drivers, and may have been marginally responsible, third-hand, for a cardiac event or two. MORE

Father's Day

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

June 8, 2018

DR. GLENN MOLLETTEIt's time to once again celebrate Father’s Day

I like Father’s Day. It's always interesting to see if my children or anyone remembers. Maybe I will get a text, an email or even a telephone call. Father’s Day is kind of like your birthday you don't really think about it until the day comes. You then can't help but notice who forgot or who simply does not care. MORE

Drug and human smuggling attempts

June 5, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents near Wellton and Quartzsite Arizona, arrested 15 subjects, including two United States citizens, in separate attempted human smuggling incidents, and averted a significant drug smuggling event Saturday. 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

Arizona: Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment Now

Guest Opinion by DIANNE POST
To The Desert Independent

June 13, 2018

Now is the time for Arizona to make history by calling a special session to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Illinois ratified the ERA leaving only one more state. Arizona should be that state.

Many people think the ERA has already passed or that the Fourteenth Amendment already protects women. Neither is true. A law is not a constitutional guarantee; a law can be changed; a law can be overturned. But the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Oncale v. Sundowner that the term “sex” represents both females and males so the ERA will protect everyone, not just women. MORE


PV Valley Transit Agency

Board of Directors Meeting
Wed, June 20 at 11:00 am
PVVTA Operations Center
415 N. Main St, Blythe
Meeting Packet

PV School District

Board Meeting
Thur, June 21 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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