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Gunfight results in two arrests

December 12, 2019 New

BLYTHE, Calif – On Tuesday, December 10 at about 9:49 a.m. Blythe Police Dispatch received several 911 calls reporting two black males fighting in the 200 Block of N. Carlton and one of the males had a gun. Officers from the Blythe Police Department arrived and detained 21-year-old Markeith Johnson and 19-year-old Germain Vaughn, both from Blythe. MORE

Arrest for burglarizing Needles Animal Control offices

December 11, 2019

NEEDLES, Calif – On Sunday, December 8 at 9:56 a.m., San Bernardino County Sheriff deputies responded to the report of a commercial burglary at the Needles Animal Control offices. Employees noticed several locks had been cut leading to a storage shed and several bags of dog food, miscellaneous cleaning supplies, and dog treats were stolen from the location. MORE

Wanted suspects arrested in stolen car

December 11, 2019

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, December 10 at 1:23 a.m., Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Needles Police Department, located a blue Chevy truck on J Street near Bailey Ave. The truck had been reported stolen and deputies conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Coronado and El Monte Streets. MORE

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

December 7, 2019

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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Free household hazardous waste collection for Blythe area

Saturday, Dec 14

BLYTHE, CA – The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources will host a free household hazardous-waste collection event on Saturday, Dec 14, at the County Administration Center in Blythe. The collection is open to all Riverside County residents. MORE

Attempted car theft at car wash

December 10, 2019 New

BLYTHE, Calif – On Monday, December 9 at about 3:48 p.m. Blythe Police Dispatch received a 911 call from a man reporting that a black male adult had just tried to steal his car and is currently trying to steal a young woman’s car at Salinas’ Car Wash. Officers from the Blythe Police Department arrived and were directed to a black male adult running away from area. MORE

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

December 2, 2019

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

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

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

Who Makes Christmas?

Guest Opinion

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

December 11, 2019

As we approach Christmas day let's take a moment to salute the grand women of Christmas.

My wife knocks herself out preparing for events like Thanksgiving and Christmas. She started preparing the Thanksgiving meal two weeks in advance and for sure we had a feast. For some time now she has been in charge of locating the right Christmas gift for children and grandchildren and most anyone else. MORE

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

December 7, 2019

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


PV School District

Board Meeting
Tue, Dec 17 at 6:00 pm
District Admin Ctr
295S N 1st St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

Tue, Jan 14 at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe

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