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Rain in Lower Colorado River Basin forces cutback in releases from Davis & Parker Dams

December 7, 2019 New

BOULDER CITY, Nevada – Recent rain storms in southern California and Arizona have caused reductions in the amount of water the Bureau of Reclamation will be releasing from Davis and Parker dams on the lower Colorado River. At Parker Dam, north of Parker, Arizona, hourly releases have been reduced to approximately 1,800 cubic feet per second (cfs). This level of release is expected to continue for the next few days and potentially through the weekend. MORE

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Ring Neighbors App helps Sheriff identify thieves

November 30, 2019

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Sunday, October 13, 2019, at about 02:26 am, two suspects stole a mail package from the front door of a residence in the 6000 block of Bagley Avenue in Twentynine Palms. The theft was captured and recorded by the victim's Ring doorbell camera. The victim posted the video footage of the incident to the Ring sponsored "Neighbors" application. MORE

Two locals charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from the Needles Sand Shark Swim Team

November 21, 2019

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 8:00 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Needles Police responded to a theft call on the 1700 block of J Street in Needles. Deputies received information the Needles Sand Sharks Swim Team was missing approximately $30,000. MORE

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High-speed chase through town results in arrest on multiple charges

December 2, 2019 New

JOSHUA TREE, Calif – On Saturday, November 30 at about 3:41 p.m., a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Black Ford F-250 with no license plates. The vehicle failed to yield and a vehicle pursuit began which continued through Joshua Tree for several miles at high rates of speed. MORE

Search Warrant results in arrest of burglary suspect

December 7, 2019 New

PIONEERTOWN, Calif – On Thursday, December 5 about 10:58 a.m., detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department - Morongo Basin Station, served a search warrant at a residence, in the 54000 block of Pipes Canyon Road, in Pioneertown. The search warrant was related to a burglary investigation and stolen property. MORE


Home Country
To The Desert Independent

December 7, 2019 New

SLIM RANDLESIt was a rare treat to have Vince come in the Mule Barn truck stop and join us for coffee. He’s usually too busy taking care of what we all know around the valley here as the “gas station gun shop.”

Vince is one of those lucky guys who figured out how to scratch his passion itch while earning a living. The passion is guns and the living is pumping gas. Ever since he received a firearms license from the feds, it’s been more fun to fill up. MORE

Volunteers Sought for 2020 Homeless Count

November 26, 2019

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – The count helps ensure communities get the funding needed to find long-term solutions to homelessness. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up now for the 2020 Point in Time Count, an annual survey of homeless adults and youth in cities and unincorporated communities across Riverside County. MORE

Property Tax deadline approaching

Deadline: Tue, Dec 10

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif – San Bernardino County Tax Collector Ensen Mason is encouraging property owners to pay the first installment of their property taxes by Tuesday, December 10, to avoid a 10% penalty. The Tax Collector’s Office offers many convenient ways to pay, including online, by phone, by mail, and in person. MORE

Riverside County receives half a million dollars to ensure residents included in Census 2020

December 7, 2019 New

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – The state of California allocated approximately $1.2 million for census outreach and planning efforts for Riverside County. Riverside County Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez said, “These funds will help reach the hard-to-count populations for the census, and I see them as an investment so we can receive the funding for infrastructure, health clinics and schools and services we need as our county grows.” MORE

Your Best Christmas Gift?

Guest Opinion

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

December 7, 2019 New

The average American will spend $920 on Christmas gifts this year reaching a total of more than $1 trillion in holiday spending. Eight percent said they would spend nothing, and three percent said they were unsure. Twenty-nine percent expected their gift spending to be between $100 and $499 according to stats from Investopedia. MORE


Blythe City Council

Tue, Dec 10 at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
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Board Meeting
Tue, Dec 17 at 6:00 pm
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295S N 1st St, Blythe

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