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Burnt Remains Discovered

April 13, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – In the early morning hours of April 11, the California Department of Forestry responded to a vegetation fire. While extinguishing the fire they discovered the burnt remains of an unknown-race adult male. MORE

Quechan Park Closed for Construction

April 12, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – Quechan Park will be closed for construction staring Monday, April 14. During the closure construction crews will install a new restroom, shade structures and paving. Construction will be completed and the park will reopen to the public in time for Memorial Day weekend.


April 9, 2014 Update

The victim, Douglas Miker, 24 years old from Blythe, succumbed to his injuries and passed away on Saturday, April 5, about 11:44 AM.

April 5, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On April 4, at approximately 6:15 AM, deputies from the Colorado River Station responded to 10th  Ave. between Defrain and Arrowhead, in the unincorporated area of Blythe, regarding a man down call. Upon arrival, deputies located a male adult on the side on the road on 10th Ave. with an apparent gunshot wound to his head. MORE

62 Year Old Woman Robbed & Beaten

April 8, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On Monday April 7, at about midnight, Officers from the Blythe Police Department responded to the area of Hobsonway by the Port of Entry regarding a reported robbery. Officers arrived and contacted a 62 year old female, who had been camped in the area. The victim had injuries to her head and face, and was transported to Palo Verde Hospital for treatment. MORE

Bicyclist Runs Stop & Collides with Car

April 7, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On Monday March 31, at about 5:54 PM, Officers from the Blythe Police Department responded to an injury traffic collision at Barnard and Palm. Officers learned that an 18 year old female had been riding a bicycle southbound on Palm approaching Barnard. MORE

Lake Havasu City/Blythe Boat Chop Shop Arrest

April 5, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On February 25 of this year, a deputy from the Colorado River Station investigated a report of a stolen jet boat from McIntyre Park in the unincorporated area of Blythe, where the owner stored the boat. During the initial investigation, the deputy learned the boat’s engine and other miscellaneous parts were recovered at Jet Boats Plus located in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. MORE

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

Grand Jury Report – Blythe City Council

By Robert Winkler
The Desert Independent

April 7, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – The 2013-2014 Riverside County Grand Jury interviewed several elected officials from the City and the County of Riverside. Sworn testimony was also obtained from several full time city employees including contract employees. Documentation in the form of financial statements, annual budgets and written correspondence between various city representatives was also obtained. Additional recorded and written transcripts of meetings were also evaluated. MORE

Burglary, Attempted Robbery, and Brandishing an Imitation Weapon

April 8, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On Friday April 4, at about 8:16 PM, Officers from the Blythe Police Department responded to the 100 block of S. Ash in reference to a reported burglary. Officers learned that two subjects had heard breaking glass in the area of the victim’s residence, and had gone to see what had caused the noise. They were confronted by a Black male subject, who was carrying property later identified as being from the victims apartment. The suspect pointed a handgun at them, and demanded property from them. The subjects explained they had no property to give the suspect, and the suspect left the area on a bicycle. MORE

What happened to hungry America?

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

April 5, 2014

America seemed hungrier back in the sixties than today. My family did whatever they could to survive. My grandpa ran a country grocery store. My dad drove two hours to work in an underground coal mine. We raised a garden and had livestock. One uncle drove to a northern city to paint during the week. Another uncle raised strawberries and drove a school bus. Another uncle was a peddler salesman driving over several counties. Nobody was rich but everybody was very busy trying to take care of their families. This was all back before food stamps and other current government programs became popular. There is no question that people in our area of Appalachia had struggles but people had a hunger and a desire to survive. MORE

Blythe Police Log: Mar 19 - Apr 1

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

Federal Spending: Defense First, Education Way Back

Clemens Lemons – A Financial Editorial

Special to The Desert Independent

April 9, 2014

Our Federal spending programs in the last 50 years have greatly benefitted our military, pension and health care systems at the expense of educational systems. MORE

Response to the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty

A Guest Editorial

To The Desert Independent

April 8, 2014

With all the debate recently for amending the United States Constitution in favor of certain issues and/or those constituencies, perhaps a more appropriate amendment should guarantee each citizen of the United States the right to food, clothing, shelter and medical care. Poverty is defined as the condition of being poor or lacking the necessary means of support to live or meet needs. MORE

Desert Roadrunner Services Changes

Effective Monday April 14, 2014

Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency – Public Notice

Blue Route 1

Deviations can be made to the Colorado River Fairgrounds and surrounding area using Riverside Drive or Olive Lake via Hobsonway on odd hour time schedule.  MORE

Democratic Administration in Washington Has Free Roaming Horses Sold to Canadian Slaughterhouse

No Public Comment Period – No Transparency – No Opportunity for Horse Rescue Organizations to Save Horses from a Terrible Fate

To The Desert Independent

April 1, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo – On March 24, The Cloud Foundation received an anonymous tip that BLM had rounded up and removed 41 free-roaming horses from public lands in northern Wyoming.  Further investigation revealed that BLM conducted a helicopter roundup of the horses and turned them over to the Wyoming Livestock Board who sold the horses directly to the Canadian Bouvry Slaughterhouse. MORE

This Week's Most Wanted

Sheriff Badge

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

Blythe Police Join Crackdown on Texting and Handheld Cell Use Behind the Wheel

April 5, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the Blythe Police Department will be joining with over 200 other local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol in a month long “zero tolerance” enforcement and education campaign to curb those texting or operating hand-held cell phones while driving.  MORE


He’s Unconscious and His Wife Has Had It!

Q: I am writing to you because it has been pointed out to me, many times, that I have a problem. It has not felt like a problem to me. But now that my wife wants a divorce, I guess, if I want to save my marriage, I will need to address this problem. I suppose that I am not very introspective. If asked about my opinion, either I have to think about it for a long time, or I just do not have an opinion. That has frustrated my wife. Can you help me get started on fixing this problem?

A: It must have been pretty frustrating for your wife all these years. I’m assuming you’ve been together for a while. I would guess she’s tried everything in her power to figure out what you wanted, how you felt, and what you needed through the years. That’s what a good woman will do in her attempts to properly manage the relationships in her family. MORE

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