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Livestock Produce More Greenhouse Gasses than ALL the World’s Vehicles Combined

Dumpster Fires at Quail Place Apartments

Police Request Public’s Assistance

December 1, 2015 New

BLYTHE, Calif – Over the last several days the Blythe Police Department, along with the Blythe Fire Department, have been dispatched to several trash dumpster fires at the Quail Place Apartments at 551 South Third Street. MORE

Keys for Making Life Better

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

November 28, 2015

The world in general can be a dim place. However here are eight keys to making life better.

Key One – Learn new skills. Education and training are a part of life. Do not embrace the "I am stuck" mentality. You can teach old dogs new tricks. Education does not necessarily mean college although it may. There are many trades you can learn today via self-study. Community college and vocational schools also offer a lot of learning opportunities you can complete in less than a year. Keep learning. MORE

Public Safety Tips for Holiday Season

November 25, 2015

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department would like to remind the public about some safety tips with all the entertainment and activities associated with the holiday season. It's easy to overlook some personal safety practices when enjoying the holiday's throughout the county. Below are some helpful tips to keep in mind during the holiday season. MORE

Despite Slaughter of Wild Horses, No Prosecution of BLM or Rancher Involved

"Wealthy lawbreakers again thumb their noses at the public when they know their government pals have their backs." (Publisher)

To The Desert Independent, Republished with Permission

November 22, 2015

Just two weeks after Ken Salazar was selected by President Barack Obama to become the 50th Secretary of the Interior in 2009, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency within the Department of Interior (DOI) sold and began shipping horses to rancher, and reported Salazar associate, Tom Davis, who in turn, in violation of the law resold them to slaughter houses in Mexico for horse meat. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa

Grand Canyon National Park Seeks Public Input on Backcountry Management Plan & Draft EIS

December 1, 2015 New

Grand-Canyon-from-Mather-PtGRAND CANYON, Ariz – The National Park Service (NPS) announced another opportunity for the public to weigh in on revisions to Grand Canyon National Park's Backcountry Management Plan (BMP). The NPS began developing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for this plan in 2011 in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). More than 580 public comments were submitted during the initial phases of the development of this DEIS. MORE

River Maintenance to Close Area North of Aha Quin Resort

November 28, 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office is initiating river maintenance and wash fan channel clearing at the Quien Sabe Wash Fan along the Colorado River beginning on Monday, November 30. The Quien Sabe Wash Fan is located within the Colorado River Indian Tribe’s reservation perimeter, seven miles north of the Aha Quin Resort at River Mile 151.1 on the California side of the river. MORE

Deputies Conduct a Contractors State License Board Operation

November 25, 2015

NEEDLES, Calif – On Wednesday, November 18, deputies from the Riverside Sheriff’s Colorado River Station and Needles Police Department, assisted investigators from the Contractors State License Board with an operation in the City of Needles. The pro-active undercover enforcement event was planned based on information from informants and complainants indicating criminal activity involving construction and construction improvement work by non-licensed contractors. MORE

CAL FIRE Hiring for 2016

Seasonal Firefighter and Inspector Jobs Open

November 21, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif – Have you ever dreamed of working for one of the largest firefighting agencies in the world? Now is the time to apply. CAL FIRE is currently accepting applications for seasonal firefighter and defensible space inspector (forestry aide) positions throughout the state for 2016. MORE

Riverside County Successfully Completes Statewide Emergency Drill

November 21 2015

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – On Friday, November 20, Riverside County health officials successfully concluded a week-long, statewide emergency response drill. County official Kim Saruwatari, Director of Riverside County Emergency Management Department declared they were “very happy with the way so many agencies came together this week to challenge and assess their ability to address a health emergency.” MORE

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

Ranchers & BLM Clandestine Grazing Agreement under Legal Fire

State of Nevada Determined to Run Roughshod over Environment

November 30, 2015 New

BATTLE MOUNTAIN, Nevada – This week documents were filed against the ongoing grazing agreement between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and livestock permittees (Users of public land at a bargain price sometimes called “welfare ranchers.”) of the “Argenta” allotments. This saga of intimidation, secrecy and rangeland degradation has spanned years and has been relegated, under agreement, to the National Riparian Services Team (NRST).

Members of WildLands Defense (WLD) and Wild Horse Education (WHE) cite multiple instances of agency failure to protect degraded habitat, while operating in apparent secrecy under intense political and physical intimidation by the livestock industry. MORE

Volunteers Needed for County Homeless Count

November 29, 2015 New

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – In just two months, communities nationwide will begin conducting their annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count and survey. Five hundred volunteers are needed to conduct Riverside County’s survey, which will help determine the region’s needs for homeless services and to guide decisions about how to use resources. MORE


He’s Isolated and Wants to Connect with Men

Q: I moved to a major city a couple of years ago for a great job opportunity. The career move has paid off. Unfortunately, where I once had a lot of friends and participated on community boards, etc., I now feel fairly isolated and it has taken a toll on me. I have lost confidence in myself and find that I am hesitant to put myself out to meet people. At the same time, I am noticing that I feel a real need to connect with other men. I cannot explain it very well, even to myself. But I can say that I am lonely and I wish I could find men with whom I can have fun, talk about issues bothering us, and build friendships. Have other men expressed the same feelings, and, if so, what did you advise them to do?

A: First of all, you’re not alone, although it feels that way. The isolation you’re experiencing isn’t unique to those in big cities. Men all over the country, in towns large and small, share that same sense of isolation, loneliness and hopelessness. You’d think that with so many men in the same boat, they’d find a way to meet each other. If only it were that easy. MORE


PV Valley
Transit Agency

Board of Directors Meeting
Wed, Dec 2 at 11:00 a.m.
PVVTA Operations Center
415 N. Main St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

Regular Meeting
Tues, Dec 8 at 6:00 PM
City Council Chambers

PV School District

Board Meeting
Tues, Dec 8 at 6:00 p.m.
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

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