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Robbery victim shot and calls 911

January 17, 2020 New

BLYTHE, Calif – On Thursday, January 16 at about 12:43 am Blythe Police Dispatch received a 911 call from a victim reporting that he had just been robbed and shot at in the area of Hobsonway and Ash. Officers from the Blythe Police Department made contact with the victim in the 100 Block of N. Spring St. MORE

Arrests in tri-state theft investigation

January 16, 2020

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, January 14 at about 10:53 am, detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station / Needles Police Department served a search warrant in the 2100 block of Lillyhill Drive. The search warrant was related to an ongoing theft investigation in the tri-state area. MORE

Funding for New River and Salton Sea in Governor’s 2020-2021 Proposed Budget

January 11, 2020

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif – Included in Governor Gavin Newsom’s $222 billion spending plan for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 is the proposal for investments in the New River and Salton Sea. The plan was unveiled Friday, January 10 and marks the official beginning of the State budget process, which will culminate with the Legislature’s approval of a State budget in mid-June. MORE

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Increased school patrols in Needles

January 10, 2020

NEEDLES, Calif – Beginning Wednesday, January 8, there will be an increased patrol presence in and around the schools in Needles as a result of a Safe Routes to School Grant received from the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. The grant is a cooperative effort with the Department of Public Health, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, the City of Needles and the Needles School District. MORE

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Pedestrian Hit

January 16, 2020 New

BLYTHE, Calif – On Thursday, January 9 at about 5:25 pm the Blythe Police Department received several 911 calls reporting a traffic collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian in the 300 Block of S. Lovekin Blvd. When Officers arrived, they found 40-year-old Blythe resident, George Rivera Jr., had been hit by a vehicle. MORE

Strong arm robbery

January 16, 2020

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, January 14 at 8:45 pm Victor Johnston (age 29 of Needles) walked into Needles Point Liquor and was seen by the store clerk concealing merchandise in his clothing. He was confronted by the clerk as he exited the store about the unpaid merchandise and Johnston struggled with the clerk before he ran east down Broadway Avenue. MORE

Arrest for Kidnapping & Domestic Violence

January 11, 2020

NEEDLES, Calif – On Thursday, January 9 at about 7:03 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department responded to a domestic violence call in the 1500 block of Lillyhill Drive. When deputies arrived and contacted the victim, the suspect, later identified as Rustin Hill (age 29 of Needles), ran into his residence and barricaded himself inside. MORE

Embezzlement at the Twentynine Palms Public Cemetery

January 10, 2020

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Thursday, January 2 at 11:30 am, San Bernardino County Sheriff deputies responded to the Twentynine Palms Public Cemetery at 5350 Encelia Ave, Twentynine Palms, after getting a report of an embezzlement. MORE

Riverside Community Health Foundation to provide free Doula services for expectant members due after Jan 15

January 10, 2020

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Riverside Community Health Foundation (RCHF) and Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) are proud to announce a partnership to bring doula support services to IEHP Members through the Doula Access Program beginning in January 2020. MORE

Stolen vehicle arrest

January 10, 2020

NEEDLES, Calif – On Thursday, January 9 at 11:18 pm, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department located a stolen vehicle driving on the westbound I-40. After it exited at the J Street off ramp a traffic stop was conducted. MORE

Conference to focus on new “Opportunity Zone” incentives for investment in Coachella Valley & Blythe

Tuesday, January 21 New

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Riverside County is putting on a conference for community members to learn about Opportunity Zones, an incentive designed to attract investment into communities with high need. MORE

Should you quit?

Guest Opinion

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

January 16, 2020

By DR. GLENN MOLLETTEWe usually don't want to just give up, or conclude we don't have what it takes to go on. I've thought about that some lately in trying to learn a difficult fiddle tune.

What have you thought about quitting? Smoking? Alcohol? Drugs? A toxic relationship? MORE

Monkey Business

Home Country
To The Desert Independent

January 11, 2020

SLIM RANDLESIt happened when two unfamiliar truck drivers came in the Mule Barn and took seats at the Round Table. Not that we wouldn’t have invited them to sit down, if they’d asked. Hey, we’re friendly guys. MORE


PV School District

Board Meeting (Tentative)
Tue, Feb 4 at 6:00 pm
District Admin Ctr
295S N 1st St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

Tue, Feb 11 at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe

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