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

November 21, 2019 New

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

The Vermiculturist

Home Country
To The Desert Independent

November 21, 2019 New

SLIM RANDLESDewey Decker showed his new business cards to the other guys at the Mule Barn Truck Stop’s philosophy counter, and each member of the world dilemma think tank got to keep one.

Steve, our owlish-appearing cowboy, scratched his head as he studied the card. MORE

Search & Rescue

Helicopter rescue of three hikers who try shortcut to mountain top

November 17, 2019

FOREST FALLS, Calif – On Saturday November 9, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call from Jeffrey Schall (age 32 of Irvine). Schall was hiking with Geraldine Delgado (age 32 of Riverside) and Jessica Ramirez (age 29 of Loma Linda) on the Vivian Creek Trail trying to reach Galena Peak. The three attempted to take a shortcut and climbed a rocky cliff face thinking the top of the cliff would lead them to their destination. MORE

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El Centro / La Mesa

Fatal single vehicle crash

November 21, 2019 New

RIPLEY, Calif – On Wednesday, November 20 at 3:13 in the afternoon the California Highway Patrol (CHP) was notified of a 2002 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck crash eastbound on 32nd Ave. east of Rannells Blvd. On arrival, the arrival, the vehicle’s driver, Salvador J. Ortega (age 59 of Mexicali, Mexico) and sole occupant was deceased. MORE

Woman breaks into home and drinks liquor

November 21, 2019 New

HAVASU LAKE, Calif – On November 18 at about 12:34 in the morning, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station, responded to the area of the 114800 block of Lake Blvd, Havasu Lake, regarding a radio call from a Panic Alarm activation. MORE

Car crashes down I-10 onto Broadway

November 17, 2019

BLYTHE, Calif – On Monday, November 11 just before noon, Charles Boles (age 62 of Bakersfield) was driving a rented 2019 Dodge Journey westbound on 1-10 along with a passenger Patricia Harbison (also of Bakersfield) in the left lane at an unknown speed. MORE

Vehicle stolen from Avis Car Rental recovered – Thief goes to jail

November 17, 2019

NEEDLES, Calif – On Saturday, November 16 at 8:21 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station/Needles Police initiated a traffic stop on a reported stolen vehicle from Avis Car Rental, at the I-40 and East Broadway Street in Needles. Deputies detained the driver, identified as Van Viet Doan (age 31 of Garden Grove) and his female passenger without incident. MORE

Father arrested for the murder of his 3-month-old daughter

November 12, 2019

NEEDLES, Calif – On Thursday, November 7, 2018, medical staff at Colorado River Medial Center advised the San Bernardino County Sheriff that a victim, a 3-month-old female was in the emergency room. The victim was not breathing and was transported by helicopter to Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. Medical staff in Las Vegas determined the victim would not survive and her injuries were most likely caused by abuse. MORE

CSUSB Palm Desert Campus offering degree in Hospitality Management

November 21, 2019 New

PALM DESERT, Calif – The Cal State San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus is currently accepting applications for its new hospitality management program set to begin in fall 2020. Those interested in applying to the program must do so by November 30, 2019.

The campus is doing its part to meet the growing needs of the hospitality industry in the Coachella Valley by offering a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in hospitality management. MORE

Entitlements – More Money

Guest Opinion

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

November 17, 2019

DR. GLENN MOLLETTEOur country is over 22 trillion dollars in debt and growing. Reducing our spending is never easy especially for our government. We have a lot of obligations from Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Defense, Veterans, Infrastructure and more. There aren't that many places to cut spending in our nation's budget. Social Security eats up about 23 percent of our budget. Our government is supposed to start sending me a check every month in just over a year. After paying into it since I was 18 years old, I would like to collect it. MORE


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