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Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection in Blythe

Sat, Feb 25, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. New

BLYTHE, Calif – The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources has scheduled a free household hazardous-waste collection event on Saturday, February 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the County Administrative Center in Blythe. The collection is open to all Riverside County residents. MORE

Rummage Sale – Zion Lutheran Church

Saturday, March 4, 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. New

BLYTHE, Calif – Zion Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) will hold the group's rummage sale on Saturday, March 4, from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church. The church is located at 7th Street and Chanslorway. MORE

Search & Rescue

Evening Helicopter Rescue of Two Hikers from Mt. Baldy

February 18, 2017

MT. BALDY, Calif – On Wednesday, February 15, David Quezada (age 24 of Riverside) and Angelica Reyes (age 20 of Ontario) were hiking on the Barret Stoddard Truck Trail in Mt. Baldy. At approximately 6:00 p.m., they hiked to a steep location off the trail at the 3,500-foot elevation. Due to the steep inclination of the mountainside, they were unable to move any further safely, and called 911 for help. MORE

Helicopter Rescue of Man after his Vehicle Plunges Down Mountain

February 14, 2017

ANGELUS OAKS, Calif – On Sunday, February 12 about4:00 p.m., witnesses reported that a David Flores (age 59 of Beaumont) was suicidal and had driven his vehicle over the side of State Highway 38 near Angelus Oaks. Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department - Yucaipa Station and San Bernardino County Fire Department personnel responded. Sheriff’s patrol helicopter, 40 King 6, responded to the area and located Flores down a steep canyon where Flores was ejected from his vehicle. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa

High Speed Pursuit Results in Arrest of a Bullhead City Man

February 23, 2017 New

NEEDLES, Calif – On Wednesday, February 22 at 2:52 a.m., personnel from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station and Needles Police were requested to assist in the pursuit of a stolen 2002 Mercury SUV that was heading south into Needles from Arizona on Highway 95. MORE

Border Patrol Arrests Alien Drug Smugglers & Aggravated Felon

February 22, 2017 New

YUMA, Arizona – On Wednesday, February 22 Border Patrol agents arrested seven adult male illegal aliens during two separate events, one south of Tacna and another near Yuma. MORE

John Steinbeck’s Road Map for Resisting Donald Trump

Guest Opinion 

To The Desert Independent

February 21, 2017

A recent blog post of the National Book Critics Circle asked members “at this time of cultural shift” in the dawning era of Donald Trump to identify their “favorite work of resistance literature.” The writer Paul Wilner identified John Steinbeck’s “quietly furious” strike novel In Dubious Battle as his personal choice. MORE

Man Arrested for Multiple Vehicle Burglaries

February 18, 2017

BERMUDA DUNES, Calif – On Thursday, February 9 at 2:15 p.m., the Riverside County Sheriff and Special Enforcement Team Officers, served a search warrant in the 78500 block of Ave., Bermuda Dunes, related to recent vehicle burglaries. During the search, deputies recovered property taken from at least seven vehicle burglaries in Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, La Quinta, and Bermuda Dunes, that occurred between November 2016 and February 2017. MORE

U.S. Citizen Caught Smuggling 4 Illegal Immigrants

February 18, 2017

WELLTON, Arizona – On Wednesday, February 15, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Wellton Station arrested a U.S. citizen after finding four undocumented aliens in his Chevrolet extended-cab pickup truck during a vehicle stop west of Wellton, Arizona. MORE

Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Residential Burglary

February 15, 2017

NEEDLES, Calif – On Saturday, February 11, at about 1:30 p.m., the California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded to a single vehicle traffic accident on the Westbound I-40 west of Needles. The vehicle involved was a 1995 White 2-door Honda Civic and was being driven by Cristain Solis (age 22 of San Bernardino). When CHP officers arrived, they noticed the vehicle appeared to contain numerous possible stolen items. MORE

Man Arrested at Havasu Landing Resort Casino for Brandishing a Firearm

February 22, 2017 New

HAVASU LAKE, Calif – On Friday, February 17 at 10:59 p.m., San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputies from the Colorado River Station responded to the Havasu Landing Resort Casino for reports of a male customer brandishing a firearm at one of the gaming tables. MORE

Notice of Public Hearing – PVVTA

Wednesday, March 1, 11:00 a.m. New

BLYTHE, Calif – The Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency (PVVTA), the public transit service provider for the City of Blythe and unincorporated Riverside County areas of Mesa Verde and Ripley, will hold a public hearing to obtain comments from citizens regarding the proposed grant application for capital and operating assistance for Fiscal Years 2017, 2018, and 2019, which have been programmed for the following project: MORE

VA Imperial Valley Clinic Opens in New Location

February 18, 2017

EL CENTRO, Calif – The Veterans Affairs (VA) San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) will open a Imperial Valley VA Clinic at a new location at 1115 South 4th Street, El Centro – just 1.4 miles away from the current clinic on Tuesday, February 21. “We are very pleased to open this new clinic as it will expand our ability to serve Veterans in Imperial Valley,” said VASDHS Director Robert M. Smith, M.D. MORE

President Trump – Keep Us Out of Syria

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

February 18, 2017

President Trump must not authorize troops on the ground in Syria. Once our troops are moved to a country they never leave. Iraq and Afghanistan are cases in point. Part of our economic despair in our country can be traced to the trillions of dollars we've spent on foreign soil the last sixteen or so years. This doesn't include all the countries where we have troops and billions of dollars invested in military bases. America is scattered out around the world. MORE

The Winter of Our Discontent Deepens as Trumpettes Party

Guest Opinion by WILLIAM RAY
To The Desert Independent

February 14, 2017

It’s doubtful Donald Trump ever read The Winter of Our Discontent, John Steinbeck’s 1961 novel about greed, xenophobia, and corruption in Eisenhower-era America. But for fans of Steinbeck like me, the winter of America’s discontent under Trump is deeply troubling, despite fans of The Donald. Add one word to the line from Richard III quoted in Steinbeck's title—“Now is the winter of our discontent/Made glorious summer by this sun of New York”—and Shakespeare's metaphor for a usurping tyrant from English history aptly expresses the testy mood of Trump’s triumphant courtiers at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, a place I once enjoyed but now fear. MORE


PV School District

Board Meeting
Tues, Mar 7 at 6:00 p.m.
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

Tue, Mar 14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe

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