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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

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Health officials report first flu-associated death of the 2019-20 season

September 17, 2019

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA – A 4-year-old child from Perris who recently died tested positive for influenza, health officials said today. The child had underlying health issues and passed away at a medical facility outside of the county. It is considered the first pediatric flu-associated death of this flu season (2019-20) in Riverside County. There were nine flu-associated deaths in 2018-2019, and 23 during 2017-2018. MORE

Labor Day Marine Enforcement Operation Results

September 5, 2019

NEEDLES, CA – The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department - Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit conducted it's 2019 Labor Day Marine Enforcement Operation starting on August 30 through September 2. The operation was conducted along the Colorado River from the California/Nevada state line to the Riverside County line as well as Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead. MORE

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Fatal Polaris RZR Accident

September 20, 2019 New

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

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

Lake Mohave Water Level Being Lowered

September 5, 2019

BOULDER CITY, NV – The Bureau of Reclamation is currently lowering water levels in Lake Mohave to aid in harvesting razorback suckers from lakeside rearing ponds. The fish is an endangered species native to the Colorado River. The drawdown is part of annual river operations which are timed to coincide with conservation activities for the fish. MORE

Farm Tractor Crashes Cars – Police Need Your Help

September 2, 2019

BLYTHE, Calif – On Tuesday, August 30 at about 12:46 p.m., Blythe Police Dispatch received several 911 calls regarding a farm tractor colliding with several vehicles in the area of East Avenue A and East Avenue B. The 911 caller told Dispatch the tractor appeared to be a green “Swather” that caused the damage and left the area northbound on North 8th Street. MORE

Are You Stressed Out?

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

September 20, 2019 New

DR. GLENN MOLLETTEThe American Psychological Association reports Americans are stressed about money.

Stress about money and finances appears to have a significant impact on Americans' lives according to the Association. Nearly three quarters (72 percent) of adults report feeling stressed about money at least some of the time and nearly one-quarter say that they experience extreme stress about money (22 percent rate their stress about money during the past month as an 8,9, or 10 on a 10-point scale). In some cases, people are even putting their health care needs on hold because of financial concerns. MORE

Health officials awarded $7.1 million grant to improve surveillance of opioid-related overdoses

September 8, 2019

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA – A $7.1 million federal grant awarded to Riverside University Health System-Public Health will help local officials improve tracking of opioid-related overdoses and better allocate resources. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently awarded RUHS-Public Health the three-year grant to enhance surveillance of overdose morbidity and mortality in Riverside County. MORE


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