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Cannabis grows prohibited without County Land-Use Permits

October 11, 2019

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – The County of Riverside is reminding prospective cannabis growers that they must obtain land-use approvals in unincorporated areas before cultivating the plant for commercial purposes, according to a memo released Thursday, October, 10. The document, which was issued in four languages, comes amid stepped-up efforts by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to eradicate illegal cannabis operations in the past few months. Deputies have executed multiple search warrants, particularly in the Anza Valley, and have made dozens of arrests in response to complaints from residents. MORE

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Settlement of People v. FedEx
Freight, Inc.

October 11, 2019

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif – San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson announced a stipulated judgment against FedEx Freight, Inc., to resolve issues in an environmental case. In the judgment signed October 1, 2019, by Superior Court Judge Brian McCarville, FedEx agreed to pay $300,000 in civil penalties and comply with the Hazardous Waste Control Law (HWCL), the Hazardous Materials Release Response Plans and Inventory Law, and applicable Fish and Game law. MORE

Roadside Turquoise

A Desert Independent Flashback

By Don Moore
Special to The Desert Independent

Originally Published January 5, 2010

September 30, 2019

In April 1976 my brother Dean and I were visiting our uncle, J. Fae Moore, in his small cottage at Hart Camp, Texas. It had been several years since we had last seen him. We busied ourselves reminiscing about various subjects of mutual interest. As always, one of the subjects of discussion pertained to prospecting and mining, one of our favorite topics of conversation.

Uncle Fae told us about the time he and dad, Weldon T. Moore, took a prospecting trip to the area around Silver City, New Mexico. At that time dad and mother were residing in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Fae had driven over from Hart Camp, Texas for an extended visit. Fae told us that their primary reason for going on the trip was to search for some turquoise. MORE

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3-Vehicle Crash

October 11, 2019

BLYTHE, Calif – On Wednesday, October 9 at about 5:41 p.m. the Blythe Police Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a traffic accident at the intersection of Hobsonway and Broadway. Officers from the Blythe Police Department arrived and found that three vehicles had been involved in the accident. MORE

Man arrested after assaulting two women

October 11, 2019

BLYTHE, Calif – On Wednesday, October 9 at about 6:51 a.m. Blythe Police Dispatch received a 911 call regarding a male assaulting a female with a gun on Lido Lane. The female reported she was bleeding from the head. Officers from the Blythe Police Department arrived and contacted two victims who had sustained injuries to the head. MORE

County releases public report of Children’s Services Review

October 4, 2019

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA – The County of Riverside released a summary of findings from an independent review of the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) Children’s Services Division (CSD). The public report also details how DPSS is enhancing and expanding safeguards to protect children from abuse and neglect. MORE

Fatal Polaris RZR Accident

September 20, 2019

BLYTHE, CA – On Sunday, September, 15, 2019 at about 11:45am, a 2015 Polaris RZR was being driven eastbound on a dirt, off-highway area, in an unincorporated area, west of Blythe known as Mesa Verde by a 13-year-old female. MORE

E-cigarette users urged to stop amid concerns over lung illness

September 17, 2019

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA – Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser is urging those who use vaping products to stop until health officials can determine the cause of a respiratory illness that has affected hundreds of people across the country, including at least five in Riverside County. There have been five deaths associated with the ailment nationwide, including one from Los Angeles County announced last week. More than 450 cases have been reported throughout the U.S. MORE

Property tax postponement program

September 17, 2019

SAN BERNARDINO, CA – The 2019-20 Property Tax Postponement Program is available to qualifying taxpayers through the State Controller’s Office (SCO). This loan program allows eligible homeowners, including low-income seniors and disabled individuals, to postpone the payment of their current-year property taxes on their primary residence at an interest rate of 7%. MORE

New Salton Sea Board to hold first meeting

Tuesday, Oct 15

SALTON SEA NORTH SHORE, Calif – Community members can learn about Riverside County’s plans for the north end of the Salton Sea, and how these plans will be paid for, at a public meeting in North Shore on Tuesday, October 15. The public financing authority for the Salton Sea Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District, a newly created financing structure to support Riverside County’s North Lake Plan, will meet for the first time at 11 a.m. October 15. MORE

The Power of Forgiveness

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

October 11, 2019

DR. GLENN MOLLETTEMany have watched the powerful television report of Brandt Jean's act of forgiveness toward Amber Guyger who killed his brother Botham Jean. The scene of him hugging her and extending forgiveness toward her has been replayed over and again and invoked a sundry of reactions from across the nation and the Texas community. MORE

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, Oct 26, 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.

INLAND EMPIRE, Calif – Inland Empire County Sheriff’s Departments are proud to announce their partnership with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” day will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. MORE


PV School District

Board Meeting
Tue, Oct 15 at 6:00 pm
District Admin Ctr
295S N 1st St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

Tue, Nov 12 at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe

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