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Blythe City Council - Special Meeting

Thursday, July 29 at 1:00 PM, City Council Chambers AGENDA

PV School District

Board Meeting: Tue, Aug 5 at 6:00 p.m., District Admin Ctr, 295 N 1st Street

Blythe City Council - Meeting

Tuesday, Aug 12 at 6:00 PM, City Council Chambers

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Publications of Interest


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Metal Theft

July 24, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On July 23 at about 6:20 in the morning, the Blythe Police Department received a report of a man stealing aluminum siding from a building near the corner of Main and Murphy Streets. When Police Officers arrived they located Anthony Griego Jr., age 46, of Blythe, pushing a shopping cart loaded with aluminum siding. Police detained Griego and determined he did not have permission to take the siding. Griego was arrested for petty theft. MORE

Missing Person

July 23, 2014

Photo of McBethBLYTHE, Calif – On July 7 the Blythe Police Department received a report of a missing person. The family of 19 year old Blythe resident Devonte Lester McBeth reported not seeing him for several days. Although he is currently homeless, he had been checking in with his family daily. MORE

Mosquito Fogging July 23

July 20, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – Its mosquito season in the City of Blythe and the City’s Public Works Department is taking action to abate the problem. Vector Control has been fogging around the City in the late evenings when weather permits. Mosquito vector cannot be sprayed in windy conditions and is best applied from dusk until dawn when mosquito activity is at its peak. MORE

29 Arrested During Narcotics Enforcement Operation

July 20, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On July 18, Blythe Narcotic Enforcement Team (BNET) conducted a narcotic enforcement operation with the assistance of the Blythe Police Department and the Colorado River Station. The operation was conducted in the city of Blythe and the unincorporated communities throughout the Palo Verde Valley. The primary mission of the operation was to identify persons illegally using and possessing narcotics. MORE

Burglar Hits Two Homes, Gets Nothing

July 15, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – At about 1:00 in the morning on July 15, Blythe Police officers went to a home in the 400 block of North Second Street regarding a burglary. The caller told the 911 operator that she had been awakened by the sound of her back door opening. The caller got up and saw a thin Hispanic male in his late teens or early twenties, about 5’8” tall, standing in her living room. She yelled at the intruder and he ran out of the home. MORE

Blythe Police Log: June 1-15

BLYTHE, Calif – Two weeks of Blythe Police Department activity.

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

BLM Poised to Eradicate Last Large Wild Horse Herds in Wyoming

By R. T. Fitch
To The Desert Independent

July 23, 2014

ROCK SPRINGS, WY – The Cloud Foundation (TCF) with 280,000 followers, as well as numerous wild horse and animal advocacy groups, condemns the Bureau of Land Management’s scheduled roundup which will eliminate all wild horses on 1.2 million acre checkerboard land (alternating one mile square sections of private and public land for 20 miles on either side of Interstate 80) within the Great Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek Herd Management Areas (HMA).  The roundup of 946 wild horses is the first step in the planned total elimination of all wild horses in Great Divide Basin and Salt Wells Creek. MORE

Bob Jensen Arrested Twice for Public Intoxication

July 22, 2014

Photo of Bob JensenBLYTHE, Calif – On Friday July 11 at about 4:15 in the afternoon Blythe Police Officers were dispatched to a parking lot in the 100 block of N. First St. The caller told Police that there was a man attempting to get into his locked vehicle. When Police arrived they found Robert Jensen, age 62, of Blythe. Jensen was unable to care for his safety and was arrested for public intoxication. MORE

This Week's Most Wanted

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RIVERSIDE, Calif – This week's most wanted courtesy of the Riverside Sheriff's Department.

Arrest for Marijuana Cultivation & Sale

July 26, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On Thursday, July 24, the Blythe Narcotic Enforcement Team (BNET) served a narcotic-related search warrant in the 400 block of Palm Drive with the assistance of Blythe Police Department and members of the Colorado River Station. Marijuana, marijuana plants and “Honey Oil” were found at the residence. MORE

Illegal Immigration, how many will the boat hold?

America is not unsinkable.

To The Desert Independent

July 20, 2014

Two thousand two hundred and twenty-three people desperately tried to escape from the sinking Titanic. One thousand five hundred and seventeen perished, as they could not escape. Most of them could not escape because there were not enough lifeboats. There were boats for only eleven hundred and seventy-eight people. Sadly, the ship was not properly equipped with enough lifeboats.

Who in their right mind would have preferred the sinking ship to a lifeboat? No one wanted a sinking ship. People who drowned desperately wanted a lifeboat. Escape was impossible because there was no place to escape. MORE

The Treasure of Panorama Wash

A Desert Independent Flashback

By Don Moore
Special to The Desert Independent

Originally Published 2005

July 12, 2014

One cold blustery winter day, in the Mesquite Diggins of Imperial County, we heard this gruesome tale of good fortune, greed, and...Murder!

We were all sitting around W. D. Morrison's sheepherder stove in his cabin on the Panorama Claim. Mr. Morrison preferred to be called "Doug". All together there were about four visitors present that day: Heine Dutton a neighbor and resident of the Mesquite Diggins; R.O. Slane a good friend and partner of Doug's; Andy Anderson a good friend and neighbor of Doug's; and me the writer who lived in San Diego. Doug made sure we all had a steaming cup of "java" as he called it, and then began this strange tale. MORE


This Frustrated Newlywed is Bullying His New Bride

Q: I just married a great girl. We have been together for about four years. We have had some problems in the past with arguing. I am pretty intense and we are both somewhat controlling and stubborn. But for the most part, I think we make a great couple. But since the wedding, we have not had much sex. In fact, the frequency has gone down significantly. It started to decrease before the wedding. But I chocked that up to the stresses she had planning the wedding. Now I am wondering why she doesn’t want to have sex with me as much. When I try to talk with her about it, to find out what the problem is, she gets defensive and says she’s “being attacked.” Then we end up having an argument. I am getting very angry and very frustrated. What do you think?

A: I think your marriage is new, but the underlying issues in your relationship have been there for a while. You just weren’t paying attention, or you minimized what you saw and felt. MORE

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