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Riverside County becomes first to adopt Homemade Food Law

May 14, 2019

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Riverside County is the first county in California to opt into a new state law allowing entrepreneurs to set up home kitchen-based businesses. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 14 adopted an ordinance to allow permitting of microenterprise home kitchen operations. The measure passed with the necessary four-fifths vote of the Board. MORE

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Civil action filed against four men in Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit scheme

May 4, 2019

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – On Thursday, April 25, District Attorney Mike Hestrin announced that the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office has filed a civil law enforcement action against four individuals and two law firms for violating California’s Unfair Competition Laws by filing fraudulent lawsuits against small business owners in Riverside County. MORE

Fire Near Hospital

May 3, 2019

BLYTHE, Calif – On Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at about 11:07 p.m. the Blythe Police Department received a 9-1-1 emergency call reporting heavy smoke coming from a residence located at 248 East Barnard. The Blythe Police Department and Blythe Fire Department responded and found that home was fully engulfed in flames. MORE

San Diego Synagogue – Stop hate filled ugliness

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

May 3, 2019

DR. GLENN MOLLETTEHate showed its ugly face again last Saturday at Congregation Chabad in Poway, California, a community about 22 miles north of San Diego. Suspect John Earnest a 19-year-old student at California State University San Marcus, wearing sunglasses, pointed his automatic rifle at Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein. "I couldn't see his eyes. I couldn't see his soul," said Goldstein. Earnest who had just shot 60-year-old Lori Kaye a close family friend proceeded to shoot at Rabbi Goldstein and shot off one of the Rabbi's index fingers and severely wounded the other index finger. MORE

Imperial County continues efforts to foster industrial hemp cultivation

April 28, 2019

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif – Despite a recent advisory from the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) notifying local growers that the IID will not provide water delivery service for industrial hemp cultivation, Imperial County officials will continue the quest of seeking available legal avenues to promote and encourage the crop’s advancement within the County. MORE

A loaded firearm found during a traffic stop

May 14, 2019

NEEDLES, Calif – On Sunday, May 12 at 11:11 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station/ Needles Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 300 block of D Street in Needles. One of the passengers in the vehicle was identified as Enrique Lovato (age 35 a transient of Needles). MORE

2019 Homeless Count in Riverside County

May 4, 2019

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – After 747 volunteers fanned out last January with a mobile app for this year’s annual Point-In-Time (PIT) homeless count, the results are in. The 2019 count of people who are homeless in Riverside County shows a 21 percent increase compared to 2018. In all, volunteers counted a total of 2,811 individuals who are homeless compared to 2,310 in 2018. MORE

Motorcycle safety requires awareness by all

May 4, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif – Warmer weather leads to more motorcycles on California roadways and emphasizes the need for all motorists to share the road. During May, recognized as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) will work together to promote roadway safety for motorcycles through education and awareness projects. MORE

Charges filed against Apple Valley mother and sister

May 3, 2019

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif – The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office has reviewed the case involving Jackee Contreras (age 29 of Apple Valley) and Jennifer Contreras  (age 29 also of Apple Valley). As a result of the investigation, the District Attorney's Office filed one count of Murder, each against Jackee Contreras and Jennifer Contreras. MORE

Update on Imperial County services affected by ransomware attack on computer systems

April 28, 2019

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif – The County of Imperial continues the process of restoring the County’s website and systems impacted by the ransomware attack on April 13, 2019. Information & Technical Services (ITS) officials confirm the County’s website has been restored and most departmental pages are operating without flaws. MORE

Rape arrest after one-and-a-half years in a relationship with a minor

May 14, 2019

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – In September 2018, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department - Morongo Basin Station received information regarding James Schutte being responsible for several counts of rape of a minor. During a lengthy investigation, detectives discovered Schutte (age 28 of Twentynine Palms) had been in a relationship with a 14-year-old female for approximately one and a half years. MORE

Search & Rescue

Remains of missing hiker, Susan Schmierer found near the Amboy Crater Nat’l Landmark

May 3, 2019

AMBOY, Calif – On Sunday, April 28, 2019, Search and Rescue personnel from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department located and recovered the remains of 65-year-old missing hiker Susan Schmierer, in the desert wilderness area east of the Amboy Crater National Landmark. Susan was reported missing along with her husband William Schmierer on June 13, 2018, when US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rangers found the Schmierers’ vehicle abandoned at the Amboy Crater Trailhead parking lot during a routine check of the site. MORE


PV School District

Board Meeting
Tue, May 21 at 6:00 pm
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

Tue, June11 at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe

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