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PV School District

Board Meeting
Tues, June 30 at 6:00 PM
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

PV Valley Transit Agency

Board of Directors Meeting
Wed, July 1 Cancelled
Due to lack of actionable items.

Blythe City Council

Regular Meeting
Tues, July 14 at 6:00 PM
City Council Chambers

Desert Roadrunner Services Changes

Effective Tuesday, July 1

BLYTHE, Calif – Starting Tuesday, July 1, the following changes will be in effect for Desert Roadrunner service:

Blue Route 1: Routing on Birch Street and to Casa Encinas will be on request only. 10th Avenue will only be serviced on peak trips. MORE

RCC Student Tests Positive for Tuberculosis

June 26, 2015

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – A student at Riverside City College (RCC) has been diagnosed with active tuberculosis and Riverside County health officials are working with school officials to identify students and staff who might have been exposed to the illness. MORE

Time to Regulate Medical Marijuana

Guest Opinion 

To The Desert Independent

June 22, 2015

As a lifelong conservative, I’m no fan of government regulation. Even so, I’m convinced it’s time for California to aggressively regulate the medical marijuana industry.

I’ve spoken with concerned citizens, local government officials, rural law enforcement officers, federal officials, anti-drug crusaders and medical marijuana industry insiders.

The current cash-based system is dangerous. Crime, corruption and tax evasion are far too common. Murder and armed robbery rates in California’s rural counties have skyrocketed as the cannabis industry has grown. The FBI and US Attorney are investigating and prosecuting local law enforcement officials at staggering rates for taking cash bribes. MORE

East County Detention Center Approved

June 17, 2015

INDIO, Calif – A modern and efficient detention center that will add critically needed detention center capacity while creating hundreds of temporary and permanent jobs is set to begin construction this summer. The Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted 5-0 to award the $275 million East County Detention Center construction contract to Clark Construction Group-California, LP of Irvine. MORE

Riverside's Wanted Fugitives

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

Golf Course Vandalism

June 16, 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – Since early May of this year the Blythe Police Department has responded to several trespassing and vandalism complaints at the Blythe Golf Course. The damage is being caused by vehicles driving on the fairways and greens during the night time hours. MORE

Jet Ski Collides with Boat on Colorado River

June 26, 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – Shortly before noon on Thursday, June 25, the Blythe Police Department received multiple 911 calls reporting a boating collision near the KOA campground on Riviera Drive. Callers reported seeing a jet ski with three people on board collide with a boat on the Colorado River just south of the KOA campground. Blythe Police Officers along with Blythe Fire Department and Blythe Ambulance were dispatched. MORE

First Positive for West Nile in Mosquitoes This Year

June 21, 2015

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Mosquitoes collected in the Nuevo area have tested positive for west Nile virus, the first time this year there has been a positive test in the western-county area served by the Riverside County Vector Control Program. It is not unusual for mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus, especially during the summer months. MORE

Cool Centers Open as Temps Rise

June 17, 2015

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – With temperatures expected to rise as summer approaches, health officials are opening dozens of cooling centers across Riverside County as a way to protect residents from excessive heat. The centers are available at no cost and provide a break from the sometimes triple-digit temperatures that can bake the region. The National Weather Service is predicting 100 degree plus degree temperatures in some portions of Riverside County this week. MORE

Three Homes Burned in Suspicious Fire

June 16, 2015

NEEDLES, Calif – On Saturday, June 13, Deputies from the Needles Police Department responded to a fire on the 200 block of I Street in the City of Needles. Upon arriving on scene, Deputies were informed by witnesses that three homes were involved and all structures were vacant. The San Bernardino County Fire Department responded, as well as, the Mohave Valley Fire Department and Havasu Landing Fire personnel. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, along with neighboring law enforcement agencies, set up a perimeter around the area and diverted traffic. MORE

Blythe Police Activity: May 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – For May 2015 the Blythe Police Department logged 1696 Total Incidents and Documented 337 Police Reports. MORE

Special Olympics Torch Run Coming to Blythe

The Flame of Hope will arrive in Blythe on July 18 at 3:00 p.m.

BLYTHE, Calif – 0n May 14, 2015, the Flame of Hope, the official torch for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, was lit at the Sacred Site of Pnyx, opposite the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, formally beginning its journey to the World Games. In keeping with Olympic tradition and custom dating back to the Ancient Greeks, the torch will be lit by the sun's rays, and will remain lit until the end of the Games on August 2. MORE

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

Child Dies in Hot Vehicle

Father’s Day tragedy highlights risk to children – seventh death so far this year

June 26, 2015

POMONA, Calif – A Father’s Day tragedy in Pomona has focused Californians’ attention on the terrible losses of children in hot cars and led safety experts to deliver a clear message to parents: Don’t make the mistake of thinking it couldn’t happen to you.

Reports suggest that three-year-old Kiara Li died of a “heat-related injury” Sunday when she was accidentally left sleeping in the family van following a Father’s Day outing. Her parents and siblings believed that she had left the vehicle along with everyone else and only found her missing after waking from a nap. The child was found unconscious in the vehicle and died soon after at Pomona Valley Hospital. MORE

Embezzlement at Needles Animal Control

June 24, 2015

NEEDLES, Calif – On Sunday, June 21, Cindy Bumpus, a volunteer for the Needles Animal Control Center, was observed on surveillance video stealing money out of the cash register drawer. As a result of a thorough investigation, it was determined that Bumpus had been stealing money from the cash register for over a month. MORE

Guns in Church

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

June 22, 2015

A faith group in our town recently held a worship event with about 350 plus people in attendance. They expected people from several states and foreign countries including Nigeria, South Africa, Botswana, United Kingdom and Canada. The International group came together in celebration of their Christian faith to worship and recognize academic achievement.

Throughout most of the Friday evening worship event and Saturday morning recognition service two armed police officers were located in the main event auditorium. They were wearing uniforms and badges and wearing their pistols. There were also three people carrying concealed pistols. They have permits to carry concealed guns. MORE

New Program to Help Homeowners Conserve Water and Energy

Payments made through property taxes helps residents install drought-tolerant landscaping, water-efficient appliances, solar panels, energy-saving windows and more.

June 19, 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – The Blythe City Council launched the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program on June 15th. HERO financing enables homeowners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay for them through their property tax bill. Property owners repay the assessment over 5 to 20 years and the interest is tax-deductible with homeowners seeing immediate savings on utility bills. MORE


His Wife is Opposed to Him Reconciling with His Dying Sister

Q: My sister cheated, embezzled, and stole about seven grand from me in 2001 and we have not talked since. She has made several overtures which I have rebuffed. My wife is dead-set against reconciling with her. But my sister (who lives nearby) is ill and possibly dying and recently reached out again to me. I am not so much angry with her as opposed to dealing with anyone who would steal from me. On the other hand, I have heard often enough that forgiving is the way to go regardless. I think at this point if it were just me I would extend the olive branch, but there is the Mrs. factor. What do you think? Any thoughts appreciated!

A: It is just you. It’s you and your relationship with your sister. So the simple answer is, reconcile. She’s your sister. The $7K is just money. It might do you some good to clear up the money issue with your sis. Just make sure you don’t allow her to go back into your wallet. You shouldn’t have to ask for permission to have a relationship with your sister. Things happen. And if this isn’t the time for forgiveness, when is? MORE

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