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Vehicles Flee Checkpoint, Caught Later with Marijuana, Guns

October 20, 2016 New

BLYTHE, Calif – On Wednesday, October 18, Border Patrol agents working at a checkpoint seized more than $76,000 in marijuana and three weapons during separate incidents yesterday, two of which involved vehicle pursuits. MORE

Fall 2016 Women’s Fitness Challenge

Saturday, October 22

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department invites you to explore the numerous career opportunities for women within our Department. We will be hosting the 2016 Women’s Fitness Challenge on Saturday, October 22. The Women’s Fitness Challenge is a free event that is open to women who are interested in a career as a Correctional Deputy or Deputy Sheriff. MORE

Landmark Appellate Court Decision Stops BLM Wyoming Wild Horse Wipeout

BLM Violated Federal Laws

To The Desert Independent

October 14, 2016

DENVER, Colorado – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit today issued a landmark decision that stops the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from wiping out wild horses from over one million acres of public land in the Wyoming Checkerboard. The ruling holds that BLM violated two federal laws in its conduct of a 2014 wild horse roundup that removed over 1,263 wild horses from the area, and means that the agency’s plan to round up 500 more horses from the Checkerboard beginning on October 18 is also illegal. MORE

Family Messages Can Save Teen Drivers

October 14, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recognizes National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 16-22, which provides an excellent opportunity for families to have lifesaving conversations with their teen drivers. MORE

Burglar Arrested after Breaking into Residence Twice

October 13, 2016

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, September 27, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff and Needles Police Department responded to a residence in the 2000 block of Flora Vista following the report of a burglary. On October 7, 2016, the suspect, later identified as Richard Leonard (age 28 of Needles) returned to the residence and attempted to break in a second time. The victim was home and confronted the suspect, causing the suspect to flee on foot. MORE

Imperial County Appoints New Chief Public Defender

October 13, 2016

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif – On Wednesday, October 12, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors announced the appointment of Ben Salorio as the new Chief Public Defender of the Imperial County Public Defender’s Office (ICPDO) to replace retiring Chief Public Defender Timothy Reilly who retires on October 13. Mr. Salorio will begin serving as Chief Public Defender on Oct. 14. MORE

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Prospective Students Invited to Open House at CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

Saturday, Oct. 29

PALM DESERT, Calif – Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus invites prospective undergraduate students and others interested in learning about the undergraduate admissions process to an Open House in its Oliphant Auditorium, Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. MORE

Imperial County Sample Ballot Booklets and Vote by Mail Ballots Delayed

October 18, 2016

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif – Debbie Porter, Registrar of Voters, wishes to inform all registered voters of Imperial County that they should expect to receive their sample ballot booklets and vote by mail ballots by Friday, October 21. MORE

Riverside County Sheriff Increases Protection of Deputies

October 15, 2016

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – As a result of shooting incidents on our nation’s law enforcement officers, Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff authorized a number of changes within the Department to better protect members in responding to incidents in its field operations. MORE

Man Arrested for Holding Baby While Trashing Ex’s Car

October 15, 2016

NEEDLES, Calif – On Thursday, October 13, at 5:47 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station and the Needles Police Department were dispatched to a disturbance near the intersection of G Street and W. Broadway Street. Through an investigation, Matthew Kormes (age 22 of Needles) was found to be extremely intoxicated and under the influence of methamphetamine. MORE

Riverside County Recruiting Poll Workers for Nov. 8 General Election

October 14, 2016

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Poll workers are needed at voting locations throughout Riverside County for the upcoming Nov. 8 General Election. No experience is required and training will be provided by the Registrar of Voters office. MORE

Imperial County Registrar of Voters Launches Early Voting Program

Reminds of Voter Registration Deadline

October 14, 2016

Early Voting Program

The Imperial County Registrar of Voters Office is launching a new early voting program that will allow registered voters to cast their ballots prior to the November 8, 2016 Election Day from the Imperial County Department of Social Services Mobile Office. The Mobile Office is a 36 foot RV that will visit eleven different communities throughout Imperial County on designated days to make voting more convenient and accessible. MORE

Vote-By-Mail Ballots for Nov. 8 Election on the Way to Voters

October 13, 2016

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Approximately 600,000 vote-by-mail ballots were started being mailed to voters on Tuesday, October 11 for the general election on November 8. Ballots should arrive in mailboxes by the end of the week. MORE

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, October 22, from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 PM

Inland Empire County Sheriff’s Departments are proud to announce their partnership with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” day. The event will take place on Saturday, October 22, from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 PM. The program allows the public to drop off potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at any of the below listed Sheriff’s Stations throughout the counties. MORE

Agents Arrest 12, Seize Nearly $450K in Drugs

October 18, 2016

WELLTON, Arizona – Wellton Station agents took a dozen illegal aliens into custody and confiscated nearly 900 pounds of marijuana Friday morning worth almost $450,000. MORE

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Two Men Shot by Property Owner after Entering His Home

October 14, 2016

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Tuesday, October 11, at approximately 12:08 a.m., Sheriff Dispatch received a call of a shooting in the 72000 block of Indian Trail. Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Morongo Basin Station responded to the scene and located Robert Ash Jr (age 29 of Twentynine Palms) and Norman Nelson (age 54 of Twentynine Palms) both suffering from multiple gun-shot wounds. MORE

Major Victory for Wild Horses: Federal Appeals Court Tosses State of Wyoming’s Anti-Mustang Lawsuit

Precedential Decision Has Implications Across The West

To The Desert Independent

October 12, 2016

DENVER, Colorado – Yesterday, October 11, the U.S. Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the State of Wyoming against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) seeking the removal of hundreds of wild horses from public lands across the state. The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), The Cloud Foundation, Return to Freedom, and wild horse photographers Carol Walker and Kimerlee Curyl were granted the right to intervene in the case and filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit against the BLM. MORE


Blythe City Council

Tue, Nov 8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
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PV School District

Board Meeting
Tues, Nov 15 at 6:00 p.m.
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

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