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Desert Roadrunner Holiday Lightrunner Service

Friday - Sunday, December 9 - 11

BLYTHE, Calif – PVVTA is pleased to announce the 14th Annual Holiday Lightrunner brought to you by Desert Roadrunner. The Holiday Lightrunner will take place at the PVVTA Operations Center (415 N. Main Street) from Friday, December 9 through Sunday December 11 with trips originating at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. nightly. Fare is $2.00 for all riders. MORE

Public Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

December 7, 2016

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind the public about safety tips for this holiday season. With all the entertainment and activities associated with the holiday season it’s easy to overlook some personal safety practices. Below are some helpful tips to keep in mind: MORE

California Property Tax Postponement Program

December 6, 2016

Do you or a loved one need help keeping up with residential property tax payments? The PTP Program allows eligible homeowners to postpone payment of property taxes on a primary residence.

To be eligible for PTP, you must: MORE

SNAP Enrollment Assistance Coming to Quartzsite

Thursday, December 22

QUARTZSITE, Arizona – On Thursday, December 22 from 8:00 a.m. until Noon, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is coming to St. Mary’s Food Bank. The SNAP Coordinator will be in Quartzsite to provide SNAP enrollment assistance, changes to existing enrollment, and answer questions for families and individuals in need of SNAP assistance. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa

The Joy of Public Defense

Guest Opinion 

To The Desert Independent

December 7, 2016

When a zealous public defender acting as the effective lawyer guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment was handcuffed in a Las Vegas courtroom in May for doing her job – pleading for “some leniency” for her indigent client – I wrote in the Las Vegas Review-Journal: “Being a public defender is tough. It’s grinding, under-compensated, unappreciated, physically and emotionally draining work. It takes fierce heart, thick skin, formidable stamina and a deep-seated desire to help the least fortunate among us.” (“Judge erred in having public defender handcuffed,” May 29, 2016). MORE

Camarillo Man Arrested for Transportation of Meth

December 6, 2016

NEEDLES, Calif – On the evening of Sunday, December 4 Deputy Whitcomb from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station contacted Walter Scott (age 50 of Camarillo) during a traffic stop for vehicle code violations on Broadway Street, near G Street. Scott indicated that he was driving from Prescott, Arizona to Needles. MORE

Woman & Two Dogs Die in Home Fire

December 3, 2016

BLYTHE, Calif – On Thursday, December 1, at about 8:45 a.m., Blythe Police along with Blythe Fire Department personnel responded to a structure fire in the 200 block of Hickory. When Officers arrived they discovered a single story home fully engulfed with smoke and flames. Entry into the home to check for possible trapped occupants was impossible due to the smoke, heat and flames. MORE

Two Earp, CA Boys Arrested After Break-In at Historic Needles Theatre

December 3, 2016

NEEDLES, Calif – On Wednesday, November 30, at 2:03 p.m. San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputies and Needles Police were dispatched to an open door at the Historic Needles Theatre on W. Broadway Street. On arrival, the door was found to be forced open. Deputies discovered there were antique brass letters stolen from inside the theatre. MORE

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection in Blythe

Saturday, December 10

BLYTHE, Calif – The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources has scheduled a free household hazardous-waste collection event on Saturday, December 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the County Administrative Center in Blythe. The collection is open to all Riverside County residents. MORE

Winter Dreams

Home Country
To The Desert Independent

December 7, 2016

There is a nighttime sweetness and hope that hovers over us this time of year here at home. This is a time for summing up and looking ahead … and a time for dreams.

And at night… ah, that’s the time, isn’t it? Outside it’s dark, December dark, and we’re inside and warm and cocooned up. The cold makes our world shrink, especially at night.

But we have our dreams. MORE

President Elect Donald Trump, Vital Issues and Forgiveness

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

December 3, 2016

President Elect Donald Trump must be successful in multiple areas but the following are vital. Americans will be unforgiving in four years if he fails in these key areas. MORE

The IDZONE by John Moran


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Blythe City Council

Tue, Dec 13 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe

PV School District

Board Meeting
Tues, Jan 17 at 5:00 p.m.
(start of closed session)
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

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