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Helicopter rescue of three hikers who try shortcut to mountain top

November 17, 2019 New

FOREST FALLS, Calif – On Saturday November 9, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call from Jeffrey Schall (age 32 of Irvine). Schall was hiking with Geraldine Delgado (age 32 of Riverside) and Jessica Ramirez (age 29 of Loma Linda) on the Vivian Creek Trail trying to reach Galena Peak. The three attempted to take a shortcut and climbed a rocky cliff face thinking the top of the cliff would lead them to their destination. MORE

Wild Horse Org files complaint against Pendley

By LAURA LEIGH, President Wild Horse Education
To The Desert Independent

November 5, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Wild Horse Education, a nonprofit advocacy organization, filed a complaint with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The complaint alleges ethics violations involving the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Deputy Director William Perry Pendley. William Perry Pendley, the BLM Deputy Director for Policy and Programs, exercising authority of the director, has been busy calling wild horses the greatest threat to our public lands. MORE

The Desert Independent

CHP concentrates efforts on Impaired Driving

October 31, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif – The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) are partnering on a new campaign aimed at reducing the number of crashes caused by impaired drivers through enforcement and education efforts. The yearlong, California Impaired Driving Reduction (CIDR) campaign, which began October 1, 2019, continues through September 30, 2020. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa

Car crashes down I-10 onto Broadway

November 17, 2019 New

BLYTHE, Calif – On Monday, November 11 just before noon, Charles Boles (age 62 of Bakersfield) was driving a rented 2019 Dodge Journey westbound on 1-10 along with a passenger Patricia Harbison (also of Bakersfield) in the left lane at an unknown speed. MORE

Vehicle stolen from Avis Car Rental recovered – Thief goes to jail

November 17, 2019 New

NEEDLES, Calif – On Saturday, November 16 at 8:21 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station/Needles Police initiated a traffic stop on a reported stolen vehicle from Avis Car Rental, at the I-40 and East Broadway Street in Needles. Deputies detained the driver, identified as Van Viet Doan (age 31 of Garden Grove) and his female passenger without incident. MORE

Two from Blythe arrested for Burglary

November 9, 2019

BLYTHE, Calif – On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, Officers from the Blythe Police Department responded to the 200 Block of North 2nd Street regarding a report of a burglary that had occurred in the early morning hours. Officers arrived and learned that two residences in the alleyway had been burglarized. From evidence collected at the scene, Officers were able to track the possible suspects to a residence at 170 N. 2nd Street. MORE

Smart dog that Billy

Home Country
To The Desert Independent

November 6, 2019

SLIM RANDLESThe first cold nights sent Billy indoors. Aunt Ada always had room on the couch for Billy. It was different now, of course, since Desdemona passed away. She was good, for a cat. Now there was just Billy and the other cat, Boots, to share the couch. MORE

Car crash leaves two dead

October 31, 2019

BLYTHE, Calif – On Sunday, October 27 at about 9:30 p.m., Blythe Police Officers were on patrol in the area of 6th Ave at Defrain Blvd when they located a silver BMW in the middle of an alfalfa field. The BMW looked as though it had been in a traffic collision. The Officers inspected the vehicle and located two Hispanic males that were deceased. MORE

Entitlements – More Money

Guest Opinion

By DR. GLENN MOLLETTE, Syndicated Columnist
To The Desert Independent

November 17, 2019 New

DR. GLENN MOLLETTEOur country is over 22 trillion dollars in debt and growing. Reducing our spending is never easy especially for our government. We have a lot of obligations from Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Defense, Veterans, Infrastructure and more. There aren't that many places to cut spending in our nation's budget. Social Security eats up about 23 percent of our budget. Our government is supposed to start sending me a check every month in just over a year. After paying into it since I was 18 years old, I would like to collect it. MORE

Father arrested for the murder of his 3-month-old daughter

November 12, 2019

NEEDLES, Calif – On Thursday, November 7, 2018, medical staff at Colorado River Medial Center advised the San Bernardino County Sheriff that a victim, a 3-month-old female was in the emergency room. The victim was not breathing and was transported by helicopter to Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. Medical staff in Las Vegas determined the victim would not survive and her injuries were most likely caused by abuse. MORE


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