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First Confirmed Human Case of West Nile Virus in Riverside County this Year

August 31, 2014 New

BLYTHE, Calif – A 78-year-old man who has been hospitalized is the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Riverside County this year, said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, public health officer. The individual lives in western Riverside County. The illness was confirmed this week and health officials are trying to determine where the patient was when he was bitten. MORE

State Confirms Mosquitoes in Riverside County Test Positive for West Nile Virus

August 22, 2014

RIVERSIDE, Calif – The state has confirmed that mosquitoes collected from several locations in the Murrieta/Temecula area, and one location in the Hemet area, tested positive for West Nile virus.

The Riverside County Department of Environmental Health received confirmation from the Vector-borne Disease Section at UC Davis that tests on mosquitoes collected in Murrieta, Temecula and Hemet were positive. The samples were collected Aug. 11 and 12 from locations at Monroe Basin, the northwest corner of Temecula and western Hemet. MORE

Palm Springs Open Air Market

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

Car in Canal on Defrain

September 2, 2014 New

BLYTHE, Calif – On Sunday, August 24, at about 1:31 in the morning, the Blythe Police Department received a 911 report of a car that had gone into a canal on Defrain Blvd. just south of 8th Avenue. Blythe Police Officers arrived minutes later and confirmed everyone was out of the vehicle and no one had been hurt. MORE

75 Horses Dead in BLM Care

The ongoing, silent cruelty imposed on our wild horses by the big money, big rancher driven BLM is unconscionable.

By Monika Courtney
To The Desert Independent

August 27, 2014

Introduction by the Publisher:  When we remove an animal from its chosen wild environment, we take away its natural ability to find protection from the elements. As humane (meaning human) people, we therefore owe it to these now displaced animals to provide the protection that they would seek along with any dietary needs. It is also our responsibility as humane people to provide as much open space as possible and to maintain family relationships that have developed within these animal groups. Anything less is inhumane.

I believe history will not judge those at the Bureau of Land Management well for the way they have tortured one of our National treasures. What horrors have transpired over the last few years will sicken thousands for years to come. We have all witnessed the terrible things that people have done to one another. What the BLM has done to the wild horses is just one more tragedy, a tragedy that continues to this day. Robert Winkler, Publisher—The Desert Independent, LLC

The public has long expressed concern for the wild horses, attending BLM Advisory Board meetings, flying to Reno workshop with input, offering help for projects such as shade provision—we have asked for reform that was promised for years. MORE

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Traffic Stop Nets DUI

September 2, 2014 New

BLYTHE, Calif – In August 25 at about 6:30 in the evening, a Blythe Police Officer stopped a Toyota pickup near Chanslorway and 3rd Street for a minor traffic violation. The Officer contacted the driver of the vehicle, identified as 64 year old Armando Levariopaz of Blythe. MORE

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Clemens Lemons – A Labor Day Editorial

Special to The Desert Independent

September 1, 2014 New

Labor Day celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. It was first nationally recognized in 1894. With the rapidly declining in union membership, this seems to be a great time to reflect on our history.

During the Panic of 1893, a severe depression, the Pullman Rail Car Company cut wages as demand for new passenger cars plummeted and the company's revenue dropped. Most factory workers who built Pullman cars lived in the planned worker community of Pullman, Illinois on the South Side of Chicago. Pullman had designed it as a model community, but he controlled it thoroughly. When the railway car manufacturing sector laid off workers and lowered the wages of those still employed, it did not reduce rents. MORE

Labor Day, Any Day, Count Your Blessings

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

August 30, 2014

The average American is happy to have a paying job with the opportunity to make a little more money. Most Americans would like to work a few extra hours when they could. However, many Americans dream of retiring to fish, golf, garden, or relax. Others enjoy working so much that they never quit.

It all depends on the kind of work you do. If you are a coal miner, then retirement at 55 looks great. If the daily manual labor is not too overtaxing then many enjoy staying on the job. MORE

This Week's Most Wanted

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


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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