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Rim Fire Burns Unabated

Rim Fire Burns Unabated

YOSEMITE – A fire the size of Chicago is burning near the world famous Yosemite National Park consuming up to 251 square miles of pristine wilderness known for housing a grove of giant Sequoias, the oldest trees on Earth. The massive fire rages a few miles away from Yosemite Village, a popular tourist attraction which […]

Dog Death Camp Raided – Animals Rescued

Dog Death Camp Raided – Animals Rescued

SKY VALLEY – Animal advocate Kitty Pallesen watched anxiously from Dillon Road as Riverside County Animal Control trucks raided the Dog Death Camp and rescued a pack of abused Queensland Heeler dogs on Thursday morning July 25, 2013. Four Animal Control trucks, six SUVs and one white van stormed the remote desert property in Fan […]

Dog Killing Fields In Sky Valley

Dog Killing Fields In Sky Valley

By Jackie Gladfelter Devereaux WARNING: This story and the photos that accompany it graphically portray dead and dying dogs which may be too gruesome for some readers. People under 18 are advised not to read this story or look at these photos. SKY VALLEY – Bernadette Schwenn, 64, a longtime resident of Sky Valley, was […]

A Super Full Moon Police Ride Along

A Super Full Moon Police Ride Along

DESERT HOT SPRINGS – It was a super full moon last weekend and the night’s sky over the Coachella Valley’s shined more brightly than usual. That’s a good thing, according to DHS Police Officer Danny Brazeal who served as my police escort during a Friday night ride-a-long. Brazeal, 33, has been a DHS police officer […]

Safety Starts with Me!

Safety Starts with Me!

Every day Fire and EMS personnel respond to workplace accidents resulting in injury and even death.  It’s estimated that nearly 4 million employees suffer from a workplace injury and employers spend more than $170 billion on associated costs each year.  Many of these accidents could be avoided if an education and prevention program were in […]

Cell phone robberies are on the rise

Cell phone robberies are on the rise

In a 2012 statement to Congress, FCC Chairman Julius Genachoski announced that since 2011 the percentage of Americans with smartphones has doubled, going from about 25 percent of subscribers to more than 50 percent. Along with this increase came alarming statistics regarding cell phone robberies. The FCC found that in Washington DC, New York and […]

Gun Control: The Path to 60 Votes

Gun Control: The Path to 60 Votes

I watched national TV news this weekend, something I usually avoid because it’s just too full of violence, death, destruction and mayhem. I cringed when the news (repeatedly) reported the tragedy of five women who were burned alive in a limousine on the San Mateo Bridge, a bridge I frequently transited during my seven years […]

Keeping your kids safe while using the Internet

Keeping your kids safe while using the Internet

Allowing kids to use the Internet without supervision is like allowing them to leave home and explore a major city all by themselves. The Internet presents a vast amount of information and resources, much of which is not suitable for children. Although we cannot watch our kids every minute, parents can use strategies to help […]

Parents play a pivotal role in keeping kids out of gangs

Parents play a pivotal role in keeping kids out of gangs

By Investigator Lance Colmer  On May 7, members of the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force assisted investigators from the Palm Desert Station in the identification and arrest of a male suspect wanted in connection with a March 2013 assault with a deadly weapon investigation. In a press release, the Palm Desert Police announced […]