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Two Arizona Residents Arrested for 2015 California Murder

September 26, 2016 New

SELIGMAN, Arizona – On Friday, September 23, arrested Dale Brewster (age 45) and Debbie Harris (age 48) both of Kingman for the murder of Allan Rick Godfrey (age 39 of Phelan, Calif). Earlier in the day homicide detectives had located Brewster and Harris in Seligman. There they met with Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies and arrested Brewster and Harris at a motel in the 22200 block of West Old Highway 66, Seligman for PC 187-Murder. They were booked at the Prescott Jail in Arizona with bail set at $1,000,000. MORE

Man Arrested for a San Francisco Murder

September 22, 2016

NEEDLES, Calif – On Wednesday, September 21, at 5:30 p.m., the Needles Police and San Bernardino County Sheriff Sheriff's Department received information regarding a homicide suspect that was possibly in town.  At 6:23 p.m., a deputy conducted a pedestrian check on the 200 block of J Street, on a man matching the description provided. MORE

BLM Director Announces No Killing of Wild Horses in Captivity

Points to TCF/AWHPC Lawsuit as Reason for Halting Wild Mare Sterilization

To The Desert Independent

September 15, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, BLM head, Neil Kornze announced that the BLM was not accepting the recommendation from their National Advisory Board to destroy wild horses in holding and to offer wild horses that had been passed over for adoption for sale without limitation. “This recommendation met a firestorm of outrage across the country and caused our phones to ring off the hook,” states Ginger Kathrens, Humane Advocate on the Advisory Board and Volunteer Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation (TCF), the sole dissenting vote to the board’s recommendation. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa

Register to Vote as part of National Voter Registration Day

Tuesday, September 27

Join the Riverside County Registrar of Voters and the California Secretary of State in spreading the word about National Voter Registration Day. Registrar of Voters Rebecca Spencer and Secretary of State Alex Padilla are encouraging all businesses, nonprofit organizations, community groups and every other Californian to promote voter registration on Tuesday, September 27, as part of National Voter Registration Day. MORE

Search & Rescue

Helicopter Rescue of Injured Hiker Near Mt Baldy

September 19, 2016

MOUNT BALDY, Calif – On Friday, September 16, at approximately 5:10 p.m., a San Bernardino County Sheriff patrol helicopter was dispatched to an injured hiker on in the San Antonio Canyon area of Mt Baldy. The hiker, later identified as James Hurlbut (age 40 of Santa Ana), was hiking down from Mt Baldy and fell, sustaining non-life threatening injuries. MORE

Lake Mohave Water Level Being Lowered

September 16, 2016

BOULDER CITY, Nevada – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region is lowering water levels in Lake Mohave to aid in harvesting razorback suckers, a species native to the Colorado River, from lakeside rearing ponds. The Bureau began yesterday, September 15, steadily lowering Lake Mohave from its elevation of 642 feet above mean sea level (msl) to an elevation of about 635 feet msl by the week of October 24. MORE

PVVTA – Blythe Wellness Express to Receive Grant

September 14, 2016

BLYTHE, Calif – On Monday September 12, the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) announced a grant to the Riverside County Transportation of $185,753 for the Blythe Wellness Express. This program provides access to preventative healthcare for South California residents. This travel navigator/mobility management coordination project will address access to services in an underserved area and involve staff from the public transit agency, healthcare providers and community volunteers. MORE

Arrest after Threatening a Family Member with a Firearm

September 12, 2016

NEEDLES, Calif – On Saturday, September 10, at approximately 5:24 p.m., deputies from the Needles Police and San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station responded to the 2000 block of Flora Vista, regarding a man bleeding with an AR15 assault rifle. While reroute to the call, deputies were advised the subject may have killed a family member. MORE

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department ends this Last Fiscal Year Budget in the “Black"

September 23, 2016

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department ended last fiscal year (FY 2015/16) within its authorized Riverside County budget target with a surplus of approximately $14 million. The surplus will be returned to the Board of Supervisors for their discretionary use in this new fiscal year that started on July 1. MORE

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Bush 41 – Backstabber

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

September 23, 2016

Is Bush 41 a backstabber? The Republican Party has carried his family throughout their entire lives. Now at the age of 92, is this what he has to offer a party that has so elevated he and his sons their entire lives? However, George H.W. Bush may have just accidentally sabotaged Hillary Clinton's Presidential race. MORE

Woman Arrested for Kidnapping

September 18, 2016

NEEDLES, Calif – On Friday, September 16 at 3:15 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station were dispatched to investigate a kidnapping which had occurred at the Katie Hohstadt Elementary School. The investigation revealed that a Needles resident, along with her two 1-year-old children, had given an acquaintance, Arlene Hewitt, a ride to the school so that the mother could pick up her other children. The mother left the children in the car, along with Hewitt. MORE

14 Significant Arrests and More than $670,000 in Drugs Seized

September 15, 2016

YUMA, Arizona – In the early morning hours of September 13, Yuma Station agents arrested Fortunato Lopez-Martinez, a 28-year-old Mexican national, for illegal entry. Lopez’s records revealed a prior conviction for attempted murder in Redwood City, Calif., in 2009, and served five years in jail before being deported. MORE


PV School District

Board Meeting
Tues, Oct 4 at 6:00 p.m.
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

Tue, Oct 11 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe

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