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Blythe Wellness Express to Resume Service

May 30, 2020

BLYTHE, CA – The Blythe Wellness Express (BWE) will resume service on a Wednesday only schedule starting June 3, 2020 with specific guidelines for travel including collection of fare. The Community Circulator Response Route (CCRR) will continue as base service, fare free. MORE

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Barbershops & hair salons can now open in Riverside County

May 27, 2020

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Barbershops and hair salons may now reopen in Riverside County following statewide guidance to allow for haircuts, styling and coloring. The new guidelines, part of an ongoing acceleration that further opens the state economy, were announced Tuesday, May 26, one day after Gov. Newsom relaxed guidelines that allowed for houses of worship to conduct in-house services with some limitations. MORE

Five children rescued from box in back of truck on I‑40

May 14, 2020

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, May 12 at 2:04 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station/ Needles Police Department investigated a call for service regarding small children riding in the bed of a pick-up truck inside a small crate along Interstate‑40 near Fenner's rest stop. MORE

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Memorial Day Marine Enforcement Results

May 27, 2020

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif – The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit conducted it's 2020 Memorial Day Marine Enforcement Operation May 22 through May 25. 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

Riverside County to reopen houses of worship

May 27, 2020

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Churches, temples, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship may now reopen in Riverside County following statewide guidance to allow religious services throughout the state. This statewide allowance comes after Riverside County requested on May 15 for religious services to have special consideration for reopening during the state’s accelerated stage two. MORE

Manmade fire arrest

May 14, 2020

JOSHUA TREE, Calif – On Monday, May 11 at about 11:50 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Morongo Basin Sheriff's Station, fire fighters from the San Bernardino County Fire Department, and officers from the California Highway Patrol responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls of a brush fire near Twentynine Palms Hwy and La Contenta Road. MORE

Filing Deadline for Unclaimed Property Tax refunds is Aug 3

May 6, 2020

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Owners of residential or business property in Riverside County have until August 3 to file for unclaimed property tax refunds. Board of Supervisors Chairman V. Manuel Perez and Treasurer-Tax Collector Jon Christensen issued the reminder today to give taxpayers sufficient time to file for refunds and not be caught short by the deadline. MORE

Attempted murder

May 6, 2020

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, April 28 at 11:52 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Sheriff’s station / Needles Police Department responded to the area of W. Needles Highway and M. Street after getting a report of a shooting. MORE

Hate never solves anything

Guest Opinion

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

May 27, 2020

Dr. Glenn MolletteSome of the nicest people I've known have been police officers from county to state to city cops. I have some dear friends who wear badges and they are good people. The police officers who killed George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis at that moment and time were not good people. I would never say they haven't been good people or have the potential to be good people but what they did that day was an act of hate and evil. There was nothing good about that scene of a defenseless man being choked to death. MORE


PV School District

Board Meeting
Tues, June 9 at 6:00 pm
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

Tue, June 9 at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe


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