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Search & Rescue

Helicopter rescue of an injured hiker who had fallen 75 feet

April 24, 2017

CRESTLINE, Calif – On Saturday, April 22 at3:35 p.m. the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Aviation unit was requested by the San Bernardino County Fire Department for a helicopter hoist rescue of a 17 year old fall victim. The victim, Dakota Strahl (age 17 of Victorville) was hiking in the Camp Seely area of Crestline and fell approximately 75 feet down a steep ravine. As a result of the fall the victim sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries. MORE

Two hikers spend night on mountain after getting lost followed by helicopter rescue

April 24, 2017

YUCAIPA RIDGE, Calif – On Saturday, April 22 at 7:49 p.m. San Bernardino County Sheriff's Dispatch received a 911 call from the victim Agustin Gutierrez (age 40 of Riverside) stating that he and Martin Gutierrez (age 51 also from Riverside) were stuck on Yucaipa Ridge after getting lost while hiking. MORE

Helicopter rescue of man who became disoriented and stuck on a steep shale rock slope

April 24, 2017

SAN GORGONIO MOUNTAIN, SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif – On Friday, April 21st, at approximately 5:51 p.m., San Bernardino County Sheriff's Aviation deputies respond to a 911 call for help from a stranded hiker. The victim, Andrew Frey, parked his car in the Angelus Oaks area and set out on a lone day hike. During his return hike he veered off the main trail and became disoriented. He was cold, wet, scared, and nightfall was only 2 hours away. He subsequently called 911 for help. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa

Riverside Sheriff’s Public Auction

Saturday, April 29

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – The Riverside County Sheriff Public Administrator holds public auctions to liquidate estate property of county decedents. The property to be auctioned varies but may include: household items, appliances, antiques, collectables, jewelry, coins, art, tools, computer equipment, cars, trucks, vans, trailers, and recreational vehicles. MORE

Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 to 2:00

County Sheriff’s Departments in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” day. This “Take-Back” day will give the public its eleventh opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal on Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to any one of the collection sites listed at the bottom of this page. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. MORE

Whither Patriotism Exercises

The Desert Independent

April 23, 2017

BLYTHE, Calif – Since taking over as President of the School Board in November, Newly-elected Board President Jamie Mullion has replaced the traditional rotational leading of the Pledge of Allegiance with a presentation of the meaning of Patriotism by each of the individual board members. She make a presentation garnering in a group of students from RB and, later on, Sonny Hernandez made a spiel regarding the changing uniforms by the various services over the years. All well and good; the only problem I have is what constitutes a "Patriot." MORE

Ghoulishness envelops Arkansas’ mass execution schedule

Guest Opinion 

To The Desert Independent

April 15, 2017

Ghoulishness envelops Arkansas’ decision to pump deadly drugs into eight men over the next fortnight. Although two of the eight scheduled executions have definitively been stayed and a temporary restraining order has been issued as to the remaining six, the state plans an emergency appeal. MORE

Tax Freedom Day late again for California

Guest Opinion 

To The Desert Independent

April 23, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif – Californians who have filed their income tax returns by the April 18 deadline will unfortunately have to wait eight days longer than the rest of the nation until they've collectively earned enough money to pay off their total tax bill for the year.

Tax Freedom Day, calculated annually by the Tax Foundation, is the day when Americans have earned enough money to pay their taxes at the federal, state and local levels. MORE

Encumbrances – State Churches, O'Reilly and Kim Jong Un

An encumbrance will often weigh us down or prevent us from going forward

To The Desert Independent

April 21, 2017

Trinity Lutheran Church, Columbia, Missouri should not receive taxpayer dollars for their preschool daycare playground. A few years back they requested money from the state to rubberize the surface of their daycare children's playground. The money was denied and it has become a case appearing before the Supreme Court. A church asking the state for money sets a bad precedent especially if the Supreme Court rules in their favor. If churches and any of their ministries take money from the federal government then they should pay taxes from their weekly offerings and endowment funds that some churches pile up for future endeavors. Most churches couldn't make it if they had to pay such taxes. A state controlled church is the last thing America needs. Once this happens to the church there will be no going back. MORE

Blythe Police & Fire Activity

BLYTHE, Calif – The following are the Monthly Incident and Activity reports taken from the last Blythe City Council Meeting Minutes. MORE


PV School District

Board Meeting
Tues, May 2 at 6:00 pm
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

Tue, May 9 at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe

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