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Construction started on new roadway and sidewalk for Blythe area school

August 15, 2019

BLYTHE, Calif – The dirt path that runs perpendicular to Appleby Elementary School will be paved into a roadway, with sidewalk, that will provide a needed connection to the school to apartments located to the north. Construction is starting this week on the Appleby Elementary School Roadway Safety Project. The county transportation project, with funding from the state, Riverside County and the City of Blythe, will build infrastructure to fix traffic circulation and safety issues at the school, which opened in 2009. MORE

Wild Horse organization demands BLM training on humane care

To The Desert Independent

August 13, 2019

Wild Horse Education (WHE) has sent a report to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) demanding they train personnel in the Comprehensive Animal Welfare Policy (CAWP). The report details severe deficits in basic knowledge the policy and failures of he policy in practice. MORE

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Riverside County Department of Social Services Privacy Breach

Identity theft protection available to 770 clients potentially impacted by stolen paper files

August 13, 2019

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Riverside County’s Department of Public Social Services sent a letter to 770 clients on Wednesday encouraging them to enroll for one year of free credit monitoring after their paper records were stolen during a car burglary.

“We don’t know who stole the records or for what reason,” said Sarah Mack, director of DPSS. “However, we do know this breach represents a concern to each individual whose records were taken and we are determined to help minimize the privacy risks that may arise from this unfortunate incident.” MORE

Wild Horses and Burros in danger of losing their Homes on the Range

Acting BLM Director favors sale of Western Public Lands

By LISA FRIDAY, The Cloud Foundation
To The Desert Independent

August 4, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo – With the Trump Administration Appointment of William Pendley to head the largest land agency in the West, the door could be opened to the sale of lands all public lands in the West, including those set aside for our wild horses and burros. MORE

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Car crash at 3rd & Murphy

August 15, 2019

BLYTHE, Calif – On Friday, August 9 about 1:18 p.m. the Blythe Police Department responded to a report of a traffic collision at the intersection of Third St. and Murphy. Officers arrived and found that two vehicles had been involved in the accident, a red Ford F-150 pick-up and a brown Chevrolet 2500 pick-up. MORE

Grandmother arrested for causing injury to her 8-month-old

August 14, 2019

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Wednesday, July 24 an eight-month-old female was taken by family members to Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) for an X-ray exam. During the medical examination, forensic pediatricians found a fracture to the victim’s right arm. The victim’s injury was consistent with suspected child abuse. MORE

Man dies in freak gas station accident

August 13, 2019

BLYTHE, Calif – On Thursday, August 8 at 2:14 in the afternoon a couple in a 2007 Ford F-150 truck stopped for gas in the 17000 block of W. Hobsonway on their way from Redondo Beach. After exiting I­‑10 at Mesa Drive and "parking" at a gas station, the victim and other occupant exited the truck and proceeded to make their way into the convenience store leaving the truck running. MORE

Man arrested for attempted murder after trying to run over 3 people with car

August 13, 2019

NEEDLES, Calif – On Thursday, August 8 about 10:52 in the morning, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station responded to an assault with deadly weapon call near H Street and 3rd Street in Needles. During the investigation deputies determined Robert Clarkson (age 31 of Needles) used his vehicle as a weapon, accelerating toward three victims walking through an alley way. MORE

Cow Pasture Tea

Home Country
To The Desert Independent

August 12, 2019

You have to hand it to Windy. When Alphonse “Windy” Wilson chooses to speak, it is a bombastic sampling of creativity. Windy has yet to find a word he can’t make better through his own unique methods.

Well, what got him fired up the other day was a meeting of the ladies of the garden club down at the nursery. Windy’s been helping Dewey with his manure business on the one day a week he spends helping others. Today wasn’t a helper day, but he couldn’t pass up the audience. MORE

Two arrests for two stolen Jeeps

August 5, 2019

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, July 30 at about 1:12 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station received information regarding a stolen white 2019 Jeep Wrangler. Deputies were able to locate the unoccupied stolen vehicle parked in the Jack in the Box parking lot. MORE

How Many Bullets?

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

August 15, 2019

DR. GLENN MOLLETTETerrorists proved on September 11, 2001 that guns are not necessary to kill 2753 people. Timothy McVeigh proved that a truck load of explosives can kill

168 people and injure 680 while destroying one third of building and damaging many others in Oklahoma City. A man with a knife killed four people and wounded two others in Los Angeles last week. MORE

Registration open for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute fall courses

August 14, 2019

PALM DESERT, Calif – Adults 50 and over can register for fall classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a program designed for adults 50 and older who want to experience learning for the fun of it. MORE

Search & Rescue

Early morning helicopter rescue of two lost women with video

August 5, 2019

LYTLE CREEK, Calif – On Tuesday, July 30 three friends went hiking in the South Fork area of Lytle Creek. The group got a late start and began their hike after 6:00 p.m. The three attempted to hike to a nearby waterfall, but as the sun set, they became disoriented and hiked off-trail. They continued to hike in darkness, going deeper into the forested area of the mountains. At some point during the night, one of the females in the group thought an animal bit her. MORE


PV School District

Board Meeting
Tue, Sept 03 at 6:00 pm
District Admin Ctr
295S N 1st St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

Tue, Sept 10 at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe

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