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Driver Injured in Canal Incident

December 10, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – In Tuesday December 9, at about 1:26 AM, officers from the Blythe Police Department responded to an injury traffic collision in the 2300 block of E. Hobsonway. Police were summoned by a Palo Verde Irrigation District employee, who found a Black Ford pickup, which had driven off of the west canal bank of the PVID canal located on the north side of the roadway there. The truck had come to rest on City of Blythe utility pipes, which run over the canal. MORE

Midday Stabbing on Hobsonway

December 10, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On Monday December 8, at about 2:33 in the afternoon, officers from the Blythe Police Department responded to a report of two females fighting in the 1200 block of W. Hobsonway. The caller reported that one of the subjects had been stabbed. MORE

County Streamlines Approval Process to Make Adding Guest Homes Easier

December 8, 2014

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Riverside County cut away some red tape for homeowners who want to build guest homes and other accessory structures on their property, and at the same time helped address some countywide housing needs.

Earlier this month, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a family and business friendly amendment to the county zoning and land use ordinance. The changes allow property owners on lots with a single-family home to add a second unit or detached accessory building without having to submit a plot plan or other permit applications before getting a building permit. MORE

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

Federal Officials, Horse Advocates Disagree Over Wild Status for Heber Herd

“That’s an animal that’s part of Arizona history”

By R. T. Fitch
To The Desert Independent

December 16, 2014

Multiple Sources

HEBER, Arizona – Residents in the eastern Arizona town of Heber are in disagreement with federal officials over whether free-roaming horses that have become part of the local landscape deserve to remain free.

The US Forest Service believes most of the horses trotting around on the public land are actually lost or abandoned. But supporters, including an Arizona congressman, say the horses were born in the wild and should be allowed to stay there as federally protected symbols of the West.

Federal officials said in an email statement earlier this month that the agency is developing a management plan that would not be completed until 2016, the Arizona Republic reported. MORE

Nighttime Sweetness and Hope

Home Country
To The Desert Independent

December 5, 2014

There is a nighttime sweetness and hope that hovers over us this time of year here at home. This is a time for summing up and looking ahead … and a time for dreams.

And at night… ah, that’s the time, isn’t it? Outside it’s dark, December dark, and we’re inside and warm and cocooned up. The cold makes our world shrink, especially at night. MORE

A Christmas Letter from Blythe

A Desert Independent Flashback

The Desert Independent

December 18, 2014

Originally Published Sunday, December 16, 2007

BLYTHE, Calif – Every year at this time we read many letters from people we know, letters known as Christmas Letters. By far, most of the news is good, and most of these people we know are doing things and going places well beyond the simple lives we lead here in Blythe.

Their kids are going to Harvard and USC, hubby just got a promotion which sends them into the next-highest tax bracket, the vacation to the Far East was "absolutely tremendous," and their new Mercedes Benz is a welcome addition to their family...right after their adopted Chinese daughter who joined them last spring. MORE

Hold up Two Fingers, America falls behind China

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

December 15, 2014

Many of us heard the news on December 4. America is no longer # 1. We are now number 2. The Chinese economy overtook our economy to become the largest in the world. We've been the leading economic power for about 150 years but times have changed. We can now take our number one finger down or instead hold up two fingers.

I remember as a child hearing about our country being number one in everything. We were the number one economic power. We were number one in Education. We were number one in the Olympics. We were the best in the space program. We were the best in making cars.

We smirked about our transistor radios made in Hong Kong although they were really good radios. We don't smirk today. If a television isn't made in Hong Kong or Japan we figure it's a piece of junk. MORE

Riverside's Wanted Fugitives

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RIVERSIDE, Calif – A listing of current wanted fugitives by the Riverside District Attorney.


He Needs Help With His Abusive Wife

Q: I don’t know if you have ever dealt with anything like this. When my wife gets angry, or she does not get her way, she gets really mean. Sometimes I will sleep in the spare bedroom because there is so much tension between us. The other night she did something that she has done in the past. In the middle of the night, while I was fast asleep, she came into my room and poured a glass of cold water on my face. She then went into another tirade. How do I get her to stop this?

A: Wow, that ain’t cool. In fact, that is terribly abusive behavior and it’s got to stop. The question is: if you were the man you wanted to be, how would you go about preventing this from happening in the future? MORE

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