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Board of Directors Meeting
Wed, Oct 1 at 11:00 a.m.
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Board Meeting
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Tuesday, Oct 14 at 6:00 p.m.
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Robert Winkler


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Glenn Mollette


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Marian Kamensky

Crash at Hobsonway and Neighbors

September 30, 2014 New

BLYTHE, Calif – On September 29 at about 9:15 in the morning, the Blythe Police Department received a 911 call reporting a traffic collision at the intersection of Hobsonway and Neighbors Blvd. Blythe Police, along with the Blythe Fire Department and Blythe Ambulance were dispatched to the call. MORE

Community Improvement Fund Board Supports Measures W, X and Y

September 24, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – The Community Improvement Fund unanimously adopted a Resolution supporting the passage of Measure W (Sales Tax) Measure X (Transient Occupancy Tax) and Measure Y (Advisory) at their September 18th Board Meeting. Measure W will increase sales tax from 8% to 8.5%, Measure X will increase Transient Occupancy Tax from 10% to 13% and Measure Y is an advisory measure to promote public trust. MORE

A Movie Shoot is saved by Quick County Action

September 19, 2014

RIVERSIDE, Calif – The Riverside County Board of Supervisors chambers morphed into a sound stage recently, filling in on a family friendly film when a production company lost its original shooting location. That supporting role was just the idea Supervisors Jeff Stone and John Benoit had in mind last year when they proposed amending a county ordinance to give commercial production companies temporary, free use of county-owned property and facilities during filming. MORE

Riverside's Wanted Fugitives

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

Attempt Homicide

September 12, 2014

photo of Kyle ColeBLYTHE, Calif – On Tuesday, September 9, at about 6:00 in the morning, officers from the Blythe Police Department responded to a reported disturbance with a gunshot at an apartment in the 200 block of North Lovekin. When officers arrived, they contacted the residents of the apartment. They learned that a male subject, who did not reside at the apartment, but did have a child with a female who lived there, had attempted to shoot another male outside the apartment. Parties at the residence identified the suspect as Kyle Cole, age 25, of Blythe. MORE

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

Prescription Access Now Law

September 28, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif – State Assemblymember Manuel Pérez is pleased to announce that his bill AB 2603 to protect access to prescriptions was signed late yesterday by the Governor. The new law ensures that individuals who pick up a prescription medication for a family member or friend with the intent to assist them are able to do so without being in violation of the state’s illegal possession laws. MORE

Join the Suddenlink Family
As a Direct Sales Representative

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700 W Donlon St. in Blythe
Between 10am and 4pm

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Overcharged Tax on an Auto Purchase? Get Your Refund

September 19, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif – Californians who want to know if they overpaid sales or use tax when buying a car or truck should verify their local tax rate ( and review their vehicle registration paperwork carefully.

Sales and use tax rates vary widely across California, and consumers may be unaware if they are being charged the correct amount of tax. When purchasing a motor vehicle, a buyer should generally pay the tax rate where it will be registered (usually the owner’s home address). MORE

Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Provide Millions of Californians with Paid Sick Leave

The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 will go into effect July 1, 2015.

September 14, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On September 10, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (AB 1522) by Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), which provides paid sick days to the millions of Californians—roughly 40% of the state's workforce—who do not currently earn this benefit. MORE

Harvest Time in America, Pursuing and Reaping Happiness

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

September 28, 2014

Is Happiness Possible?

Problems plague the world. They always have. The world has never been void of troubles. War, hunger and unhappiness have dominated this life. There is plenty to go around.

The news gets us down. We hear about ISIS, Ebola and abusive NFL football players. We've watched communities torn apart such as Ferguson, Missouri. On top of this we cannot avoid non-stop political ads that pick opponents apart but never offer solutions on how to fix some of our troubles. While we have dramatic national and world troubles many Americans struggle with unhappiness. We battle depression, drugs, obesity, personal and family issues and a lack of job skills to survive. MORE

Blame it all on Watermelon and Pumpkin Pie

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To The Desert Independent

September 22, 2014

We can blame it all on watermelon and pumpkin pie. Both are delicious and American, and both come from gourds. That’s the problem, you see. Cooks all over the world therefore think that other gourds can be made edible, too.

Gourds, for example, like squash.

Squash. One of the English language’s most painful words, along with maim and trauma and rend and okra and Liberace. Why would anyone want to eat something that sounds as though someone sat on it? MORE

Wild Horses, Deception and the Despicable Feds

A Very Dark Day in Dodge This Past Week & it’s all Spades for the BLM

By R. T. Fitch
To The Desert Independent

September 15, 2014

Ace of SpadesAlmost a half a decade ago myself, my wife Terry and a team of competent, animal law attorneys huddled in conference calls and discussed multiple ways and means in an effort to halt the BLM from attempting to zero out the Adobe Town wild horse herd of Wyoming. Money was spent, research was done, plaintiffs were identified and one wild horse advocate and photographer was given hope that the herd which she loved might be saved, and then the potential promise was yanked out from under her, just as it was done this past week when history repeated itself much to the chagrin and pain felt by photographer Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation. MORE


He Compares Himself with Others and Always Falls Short

Q: As hard as I have tried over the years, I am still dealing with the same feelings of extreme inadequacy. Whatever I do to improve myself or to be successful, it is never enough. Last week I went to a holiday party. It was hosted by a very successful guy—my age—in his beautiful, enormous house. Having gotten back into exercising and playing music again, I was feeling pretty good about myself. But soon after I walked inside, I began to feel less than. I was comparing myself to this guy, and to the other guests, and feeling like a complete failure. It was overwhelming. I could not get out of there fast enough. What is my problem and can I ever expect to solve it?

A: Many of us kick the crap out of ourselves because we can never measure up. No matter what we do, accomplish or achieve, it's never quite good enough. It never quite gets us "there." Well, here’s how one man expressed his similar frustration to the men in his men’s group: MORE

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