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Mother Nature Knows Best, How to Manage Wild Horses

An Interview Karen A. Sussman, President, The International Society For the Protection Of Mustangs and Burros

By JETARA SÉHART, Executive Director, Love Wild Horses®
To The Desert Independent

May 1, 2016

America’s wild horses, loved legendary dolphins of the land, are in a race to survive to be granted the right, to simply live, in peace, freedom and safety, upon America’s vast Bureau of Land Managed 245 million acres of public lands. MORE

Vandals Apprehended and Charged in Joshua Tree National Park

April 30, 2016

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif – Park rangers operating on a tip from park visitors, apprehended and charged four subjects on a combination of charges to include defacing public property and possession of a controlled substance. On Friday, April 15 at approximately 2:30 pm, park officials received a call from two visitors who were climbing in the Oyster Bar area of the park. The visitors reported seeing and smelling fresh paint in the area and copied the license plates of the only two other vehicles in the parking lot. MORE

Border Patrol Arrests 58 Aliens, Seizes more than $600,000 in Marijuana

April 30, 2016

WELLTON, Arizona – On Thursday, April 28, Wellton Station Border Patrol agents arrested 58 illegal aliens and seized 1,225 pounds of marijuana in the Sonoran Desert and during the early morning hours the following day. Two of those arrested had illegally re-entered the country while smuggling 218 pounds of marijuana into the U.S. Both men were previously deported and were in violation of supervised release. MORE

Arrest After Mother Leaves 4‑Year Old in Gas Station Bathroom for Hours

April 27, 2016

JOSHUA TREE, Calif – On Tuesday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m., Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department deputies responded to the Valero Gas Station at 61794 Twentynine Palms Hwy in Joshua Tree regarding a four‑year old female left in the restroom at the business. During the investigation deputies spoke to witnesses and reviewed store security video and learned the child was at the business with at least three adults and several other young children at around 5:30 pm. When they left the business, in a black 2000 model Dodge Ram 4 door truck, the 4 year old child was left behind in the restroom. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa

Drive-by Shooting Results in Attempted Murder Charge

May 2, 2016 New

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Saturday, April 30 at about 9:29 p.m., deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff's Station responded to the report of a person shot at a residence in the area of Siesta Drive and Manana Drive in Twentynine Palms. Upon arrival, deputies were advised that a male suspect, later identified as Clent Gibson, was involved in an argument with multiple victims. MORE

Traffic Stop Results in Arrest for Transportation of a Controlled Substance

April 30, 2016

NEEDLES, Calif – On Thursday, April 28, at approximately 8:00 p.m., deputies from the Needles Police and Riverside Sheriff's Department conducted a traffic stop near Front Street and West Broadway. During the traffic stop, deputies had contact with Jerrod Blay and he was found in possession of methamphetamine, heroin, scales and other narcotic paraphernalia. MORE

Sample Ballots on the way for June 7 Presidential Primary Election

April 30, 2016

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Approximately 876,000 sample ballots and information pamphlets started going out to Riverside County voters on April 28 for the presidential primary election on June 7. About half will be mailed initially, with the remainder sent by the end of next week. MORE

Border Patrol Agents Seize Multiple Drugs Valued at $600,000 Plus

April 28, 2016

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 800 pounds of drugs in three days with an estimated value exceeding $600,000. On Sunday, April 24, agents arrested two U.S. citizens and seized 15 pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $8,013 in cash from their vehicle during a traffic stop near Ehrenberg. The marijuana’s estimated value was $7,500. MORE

Immigration Checkpoints Prove Hot Spot for Numerous Arrests

April 26, 2016

YUMA, Arizona – Numerous significant events during the past two weeks led to various arrests in Yuma Sector, including high speed flights from immigration checkpoints, smuggling and active warrants. MORE

Imperial County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Phone Scam

April 22, 2016

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif – A scam is trying to take advantage of residents of Imperial County. A person pretending to be a Deputy from the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office is calling local residents advising that they have a warrant for their arrest. MORE

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

Results of San Bernardino 11th Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

May 2, 2016 New

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif – 1,049 pounds of unused, unwanted prescription drugs were turned into nine San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department locations that participated in the 11th Nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Day that was held on Saturday, April 30. MORE

PG&E Determined to have Caused 7th Most Destructive Wildfire in California’s History

April 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif – After a thorough investigation, CAL FIRE has determined that the 2015 Butte Fire was sparked by a tree that came into contact with a Pacific Gas & Electric Company powerline. Investigators were dispatched as part of the initial response to the Butte Fire and immediately began working to determine the origin and cause of the fire. The ensuing investigation uncovered evidence that contact between a tree and a PG&E powerline near Butte Mountain Road in Amador County sparked the fire on September 9, 2015. MORE

Eliminate Big Money from Politics

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

April 28, 2016

An unknown politician recently ran for U.S. Congress and won. He had previously served as a county Judge in a remote part of the Congressional district. Most everyone overlooked him until midway through the election. The television was burning up with TV advertisements promoting him. A young man in Texas who had inherited a bunch of money had created his own Super Pac and was spending over $500,000 on helping the candidate get elected. He was elected and is in Congress today. Big money enabled big advertising. MORE

County Recruiting Poll Workers for
June 7 Presidential Primary Election

April 27, 2016

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Poll workers are needed at voting locations throughout Riverside County for the June 7 presidential primary election. No experience is required and training will be provided by the Registrar of Voters office. Poll workers may earn up to $125 as precinct Inspectors or $90 as precinct officers. MORE

Health Officials Offer Hantavirus Reminder after 10 Rodents Test Positive

April 26, 2016

BLYTHE, Calif – RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Ten out of 24 rodents collected in March from San Timoteo Canyon in the Norton Younglove Preserve near Beaumont have tested positive for hantavirus, the California Department of Public Health has confirmed. Riverside County Department of Environmental Health officials said that, to date, no documented human case of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome has ever originated within the county. MORE


PV School District

Board Meeting
Tues, May 3 at 6:00 p.m.
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

Tue, May 10 at 6:00 PM
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe

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