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Rewilding a native cultural resource

Guest Opinion by KATHLEEN HAYDEN
To The Desert Independent

July 17, 2019 New

The following letter was sent to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Acting Assistant Director Leah Baker on July-12-2019. It may be of importance to the public and elected representatives to consider existing alternatives to the crisis propaganda of Wild horses and burros on the public domain.


U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Leah Baker
Acting Assistant Director, Resources and Planning

Re: Rewilding a native cultural resource

Dear Ms. Baker,

I am pleased to hear that U.S. Bureau of Land Management Acting Director Casey Hammond told the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board in Boise ID on July 11, 2019 that lethal methods to control wild horse herds options are off the table. Please consider another option under existing wildlife restoration laws of rewilding this federally protected resource using existing Pitman Robertson funds (see below). MORE

Wild Horse Organization Calls Senate Hearing a Criminal Enterprise

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

July 15, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, July 16 there will be a "hearing" on wild horses in the Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands. "The purpose of the hearing is to examine long-term management options for the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program.”

“The hearing is a crafted public relations stunt. There is not a single voice on the panel that works in wild horse advocacy in any substantial fashion. This is a parade of those that explain the words “wild horses.” This panel reads like a RICO board for a criminal enterprise, not a representation of the reality of wild horses.” stated Laura Leigh, President of Wild Horse Education. MORE

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El Centro / La Mesa

Supervisor Perez Named to Governor’s Council on Homelessness

July 17, 2019 New

SACRAMENTO, Calif – Governor Gavin Newsom today appointed Riverside County Supervisor V. Manuel Perez to serve on the Governor’s Council of Homelessness Advisors.

“I am deeply honored that Gov. Newsom has asked me to serve on his council on homelessness. This issue has been a top priority of mine since the day I was appointed the Fourth District’s County Supervisor.” MORE

Strong arm robbery

July 15, 2019

NEEDLES, Calif – On Sunday, July 14 at 6:20 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Needles Police Department/Colorado River Station responded to the 2500 block of West Needles Highway following a report of a strong-arm robbery at a convenience store and gas station. MORE

Search & Rescue

Injured leg requires air rescue off mountain

July 15, 2019

MOUNT BALDY, Calif – On Saturday, July 13 about 3:30 p.m., Kyle J. Chan (age 23) hiked to the summit of Mount Baldy with friends. On their way down, at the 6,100-foot level, Chan sustained a leg injury and was unable to walk. Knowing he couldn't descend any further, Chan called 911 for help. MORE

12 arrests made over the 4th of July Marine Enforcement Operation

11 for boating under the influence

July 10, 2019

NEEDLES, Calif – The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit conducted its 2019 4th of July Marine Enforcement Operation starting on July 4 through July 7. The unit conducted a total of one hundred seventy-seven enforcement stops throughout the holiday weekend. There was a total of 12 arrests made, eleven of which were for Boating Under the Influence and one for public intoxication. MORE

Possession of a Loaded Firearm within a Vehicle

July 10, 2019

NEEDLES, Calif – On Thursday, July 4 at 4:40 am, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station were dispatched to the 2300 block of Needles Highway, regarding a man with a gunshot wound to the leg. The man was identified as Arthur Tabacco (age 68), from Bullhead City, Arizona. MORE

Social Media – Too Much? How Much?

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

July 17, 2019 New

DR. GLENN MOLLETTESocial media is just like mom's apple pie, it's not good to eat a whole pie every day.

Over three billion people are social media users worldwide. While social media helps keep the world connected, social media addiction is becoming a global problem that keeps growing. As of 2018, one third of the global population used social media. MORE

Search & Rescue

Lost hiker needs helicopter rescue as night approaches

July 15, 2019

BIG BEAR, Calif – On Saturday, July 13 about 4:25 p.m., Anthony Edward Guerrero (age 35) was hiking alone in the Big Bear mountains when he became directionally disorientated and lost. Fearing nightfall, he called 911 for help. San Bernardino County Sheriff Department's helicopter, 40K1, responded to the GPS location that Guerrero's cell phone gave when he placed the 911 call. MORE

Obituary Dr. Howard B. Markle

July 7, 2019

BLYTHE, Calif – Dr. Howard B. Markle, 78, passed to a better life Wed, June 26, 2019. Howard was a resident at Blythe Nursing Care Center in Blythe, where he had spent the last 7 years, after suffering a stroke in early 2008. MORE


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