The Desert IndependentLLC

Serving Blythe, California & the Desert Regions of the Southwest Since 2001


Follow us on Facebook


PV School District

Board Meeting
Tuesday, Nov 4 at 6:00 p.m.
District Admin Center
295 N 1st Street

Blythe City Council

Tuesday, Nov 25 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers

The Desert



Photo of Bob Winkler

Robert Winkler


Photo of Glenn Mollette

Glenn Mollette


Photo of Dr. Howard Markle

Dr. Howard Markle


Photo of Marian Kamensky

Marian Kamensky

Telephone Townhall for Restaurant Owners

October 20, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – Board of Equalization Member George Runner will host a telephone townhall for restaurant owners on Wednesday, October 29 at 10:00 a.m. The event, co-hosted by the California Restaurant Association, will provide specific information on tax issues important to the dining and beverage industry. MORE

Pedestrian Struck on Freeway

October 16, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On Wednesday October 15, 2014 at about 4:28 in the afternoon, officers from the Blythe Police Department and the California Highway Patrol responded to an injury traffic collision on I-10 at Seventh Street. When officers arrived, they found a pedestrian who had been on the freeway had been struck by a tractor trailer combination in the eastbound lanes of I-10. MORE

Shots Fired at Residence

October 16, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On Wednesday October 15, a few minutes before midnight, officers from the Blythe Police Department responded to a report of gunshots being fired at a residence in the 200 block of N. Lovekin Blvd. When Officers arrived, they learned that several shots had been fired at a residence there, and the front of the building had been struck three times. MORE

Join Citizens on Patrol

October 10, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – The Blythe Police Department is in need of any and all members of the community who are willing to help in a non-confrontational role assisting the Blythe Police Department members with community patrol, traffic control, office assistance, special event patrol, administrative duties and community involvement. MORE

Bus Transportation Available for PVHS Students to Attend College & Career Fair

October 9, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – Supervisor John J. Benoit is offering Palo Verde High School students free bus transportation to attend a long-running college and career fair in the Coachella Valley next week. MORE

Arson / Use of a Destructive Device

October 7, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On September 26 at about 8:20 at night, deputies from the Colorado River Station responded to the 17000 block of Green Street, in the unincorporated community of Mesa Verde, in regards to a suspicious fire at a residence. Cal-Fire located evidence that the fire was intentionally set and deputies assumed the investigation. Preliminary evidence indicated a destructive device, commonly known as a “Molotov cocktail” was used to start the fire. MORE

Riverside's Wanted Fugitives

Riverside DA Logo

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

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

Nevada Ranchers Suffer From Self-Deluded Drought Denial

Data Backs BLM Manager’s Allotment Cuts in Face of “Cowboy Express” Protest

By Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
To The Desert Independent

October 18, 2014

Grazing damage on the Argenta allotment, July 2014A U.S. Bureau of Land Management District Manager from Nevada targeted by angry Nevada ranchers was more than justified in removing cattle from drought-stricken public rangeland, according to data released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Tomorrow, protesting ranchers start a “Cowboy Express” ride to Washington demanding removal of BLM Battle Mountain District Manager Douglas Furtado as an “abusive federal employee” even as conservation groups urge that Furtado be commended not condemned for his actions.

Like much of the West, Nevada has been in the grips of persistent drought, with nearly 90% of the state under “severe to exceptional” drought for three consecutive years. This, in turn, causes greater conflict over dwindling water and forage. Not surprisingly, Nevada has also become Ground Zero for rising tensions on range management as illustrated by this spring’s armed standoff with renegade rancher Cliven Bundy who has been illegally grazing his cattle in southern Nevada for more than a decade. MORE

Green Dot MoneyPak Scams on the Rise

October 8, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – Over the last year the Blythe Police Department has seen a significant increase in various scams involving Green Dot MoneyPak cards. They're reloadable debit cards, available everywhere, and you can use them to pay your phone, cable, or credit card bill. They're typically for people who don't have, or want, bank accounts.

According to Lt. Jeff Wade, scammers like them because they're convenient and virtually untraceable. MORE

More Fraud Schemes

October 9, 2014

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Many people in Riverside County have fallen victim to very convincing fraud schemes involving mortgage assistance, outstanding tax collection, foreign government assistance, and even to companies promising to return money lost in similar scams. These scams almost always request money be paid up front for services, or the threat of arrest, eviction or property seizure is made. Recently, many of these people have reported receiving suspicious telephone calls from young people claiming to be their grandchildren. These scammers asked for money for medical expenses, to avoid arrest, post bail or to purchase food. Our older community members are most often targeted and victimized in these cases. MORE

First Case of Enterovirus D68 is Confirmed in Riverside County

October 8, 2014

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Health officials have confirmed Riverside County’s first case of a potentially serious respiratory illness in a teenager from southwest Riverside County. The teen was treated at a medical facility in San Diego County for enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) and is recovering at home, said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, public health officer for Riverside County. Several other suspected cases are also being investigated. MORE

Ebola Website Established in Riverside County

October 21, 2014

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Riverside County health officials have created a website that focuses on the potentially fatal Ebola virus hoping to ease anxiety and provide a reliable source for information about Ebola. The Riverside County Ebola Website,  will house information from the Riverside County Department of Public Health, California Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other reliable sources to give the public and health providers the latest updates on Ebola and what is being done to prevent the spread of the virus. MORE

Ebola, Stop the Flights from West Africa

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

October 18, 2014

Ebola affected Liberians and other West Africans who can obtain plane tickets will be headed to the United States. How many more can we handle coming into our country? We only have a handful of hospitals that are currently equipped to handle Ebola. Each of these has only four or five equipped isolated treatment areas.

I have friends in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria. We must help them by providing West African hospitals with what they need to fight this fatal disease.

America spends billions on war every year. Spending a few billion on equipping West African hospitals and training staff will be a great investment in saving our planet. I hope the West African nations will help us financially since our nation is broke.

Closing commercial flights from this part of the world is a prickly idea for many. We have Americans who are living or visiting in Liberia who need to get back to America. We can screen them and fly them home. MORE

Handgun Stolen & Recovered, Arrest Made

October 7, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – At about 5:00 P.M. on October 6, the Blythe Police Department received a call to a motel in the 600 block of West Donlon. The caller reported seeing a Hispanic male steal a bag from his vehicle in the parking lot of the motel. The victim reported to Police that he was a retired Police Officer, and that the bag contained a loaded handgun. The victim told Police the suspect rode off on a bicycle towards another motel in the 500 block of W. Donlon. MORE

Shooting on Agate Road

October 8, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On Monday, October 6 at about 7:30 in the evening, the Blythe Police Department received a call from the area of Agate Road and Hobsonway. The citizen reported seeing a man walk up to a parked car on Agate. Moments later the man fell to the ground and the vehicle quickly fled the area. Another vehicle in the area picked up the fallen man and they too left the area. MORE


He’s Feeling Like a Failure

Q: As hard as I have tried over the years, I am still dealing with the same feelings of extreme inadequacy. Whatever I do to improve myself or to be successful, it is never enough. Last week I went to a holiday party. It was hosted by a very successful guy—my age– in his beautiful, enormous house. Having gotten back into exercising and playing music again, I was feeling pretty good about myself. But soon after I walked inside, I began to feel less than. I was comparing myself to this guy, and to the other guests, and feeling like a complete failure. It was overwhelming. I could not get out of there fast enough. What is my problem and can I ever expect to solve it?

A: Many of us kick the crap out of ourselves because we can never measure up. No matter what we do, accomplish or achieve, it's never quite good enough. It never quite gets us "there." Well, here’s how one man expressed his similar frustration to the men in his men’s group: MORE

Scan Code

This seal is issued to by StopTheHacker Inc. Contact Us    Advertising    Terms    Comments/Letters Policy    Submit an Article    Have a News Idea?

Copyright © 2008-2014 All Rights Reserved, The Desert Independent, LLC