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Blythe City Council - Special Meeting

Tuesday, July 22 at 6:00 PM, City Council Chambers AGENDA

PV School District

Board Meeting: Tue, Aug 5 at 6:00 p.m., District Admin Ctr, 295 N 1st Street

The Desert



Bob Winkler

Robert Winkler


Dr. Howard Markle



Marian Kamensky


Terry N Winkler

Publications of Interest


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Mosquito Fogging July 23

July 20, 2014 New

BLYTHE, Calif – Its mosquito season in the City of Blythe and the City’s Public Works Department is taking action to abate the problem. Vector Control has been fogging around the City in the late evenings when weather permits. Mosquito vector cannot be sprayed in windy conditions and is best applied from dusk until dawn when mosquito activity is at its peak. MORE

29 Arrested During Narcotics Enforcement Operation

July 20, 2014 New

BLYTHE, Calif – On July 18, Blythe Narcotic Enforcement Team (BNET) conducted a narcotic enforcement operation with the assistance of the Blythe Police Department and the Colorado River Station. The operation was conducted in the city of Blythe and the unincorporated communities throughout the Palo Verde Valley. The primary mission of the operation was to identify persons illegally using and possessing narcotics. MORE

Burglar Hits Two Homes, Gets Nothing

July 15, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – At about 1:00 in the morning on July 15, Blythe Police officers went to a home in the 400 block of North Second Street regarding a burglary. The caller told the 911 operator that she had been awakened by the sound of her back door opening. The caller got up and saw a thin Hispanic male in his late teens or early twenties, about 5’8” tall, standing in her living room. She yelled at the intruder and he ran out of the home. MORE

Local Competes in US Army Reserve’s Best Warrior

July 6, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – Spc. Stanley Hale, Jr., a supply specialist with the 1st Battalion, 415th Regiment, 2nd Brigade, checks to make sure his compass works by finding magnetic north before the night land navigation event during the 2014 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., June 23. MORE

Blythe Police Log: June 1-15

BLYTHE, Calif – Two weeks of Blythe Police Department activity.

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

Do Wild Horses Need Endangered Species Protection?

Wild horses are severely endangered ... they could become extinct.

By Alicia Graef as published on Care2
To The Desert Independent

July 5, 2014

Equine advocates are taking a new approach to get wild horses much-needed protection by petitioning the Department of the Interior to have horses who roam on federal public lands listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

The petition was filed by Friends of Animals (FoA) and the Cloud Foundation over concerns that if the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) doesn’t change the course its on soon, the agency will mismanage these American icons into extinction. MORE

Illegal Immigration, how many will the boat hold?

America is not unsinkable.

To The Desert Independent

July 20, 2014 New

Two thousand two hundred and twenty-three people desperately tried to escape from the sinking Titanic. One thousand five hundred and seventeen perished, as they could not escape. Most of them could not escape because there were not enough lifeboats. There were boats for only eleven hundred and seventy-eight people. Sadly, the ship was not properly equipped with enough lifeboats.

Who in their right mind would have preferred the sinking ship to a lifeboat? No one wanted a sinking ship. People who drowned desperately wanted a lifeboat. Escape was impossible because there was no place to escape. MORE

The Treasure of Panorama Wash

A Desert Independent Flashback

By Don Moore
Special to The Desert Independent

Originally Published 2005

July 12, 2014

One cold blustery winter day, in the Mesquite Diggins of Imperial County, we heard this gruesome tale of good fortune, greed, and...Murder!

We were all sitting around W. D. Morrison's sheepherder stove in his cabin on the Panorama Claim. Mr. Morrison preferred to be called "Doug". All together there were about four visitors present that day: Heine Dutton a neighbor and resident of the Mesquite Diggins; R.O. Slane a good friend and partner of Doug's; Andy Anderson a good friend and neighbor of Doug's; and me the writer who lived in San Diego. Doug made sure we all had a steaming cup of "java" as he called it, and then began this strange tale. MORE

This Week's Most Wanted

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RIVERSIDE, Calif – This week's most wanted courtesy of the Riverside Sheriff's Department.


This Frustrated Newlywed is Bullying His New Bride

Q: I just married a great girl. We have been together for about four years. We have had some problems in the past with arguing. I am pretty intense and we are both somewhat controlling and stubborn. But for the most part, I think we make a great couple. But since the wedding, we have not had much sex. In fact, the frequency has gone down significantly. It started to decrease before the wedding. But I chocked that up to the stresses she had planning the wedding. Now I am wondering why she doesn’t want to have sex with me as much. When I try to talk with her about it, to find out what the problem is, she gets defensive and says she’s “being attacked.” Then we end up having an argument. I am getting very angry and very frustrated. What do you think?

A: I think your marriage is new, but the underlying issues in your relationship have been there for a while. You just weren’t paying attention, or you minimized what you saw and felt. MORE

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