COD Launches Juvenile Justice Education Initiative

College of the Desert is launching an educational intiative aimed at young adults who have experience with the Juvenile Detention System funded by a $1.5 million grant from the California Community College’s Rising Scholars Network. The program will introduce on-site classes for adults and expand outreach and resources for those with previous incarceration histories. Over a 5 year period, the grant totaling a little over 1.5 million will kickstart the inaugural program on campus starting in Fall 2024.

Thursday’s Tech Tidbits

Dont blink: New record for solving Rubik’s Cube set at 0.3 seconds According to LiveScience.com, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation’s robot has shattered the world record for solving a Rubik’s Cube, completing the puzzle in an astonishing 0.305 seconds. This feat surpasses the previous record of 0.38 seconds, also held by a Mitsubishi robot. The TOKUFASTbot, equipped with a sophisticated color recognition algorithm and a rapid 90-degree rotation mechanism, showcases the rapid advancements in robotics. Despite initial challenges with the Rubik’s Cube’s plastic structure, refinements allowed the robot to achieve this remarkable speed. The video of the record-breaking attempt includes slow-motion replays, enabling viewers to appreciate the robot’s incredible precision and speed.

LA Schools Ban Cell Phones Starting January 2025

The ban is scheduled to start in January and it will affect more than 500 thousand students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Those in support of this move say cell phones can negatively impact in-person communication, creative thinking, and mental health. Critics of the ban say students should have access to their phones, especially in case of an emergency. Board officials have a few months to update the cell phone policy, which has remained the same since 2011. It will then be presented to the public.

DSUSD To Hold Active Shooter Training

The Desert Sands Unified School District and local law enforcement want to advise the public ahead of a large scale training exercise. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting an active shooter exercise at a local DSUSD school tomorrow and Thursday. The training will be held from 5am to 7pm at Colonel Mitchell Paige Middle School. The district sent out an alert in hopes to not alarm the public during the simulation. Alerts have already been sent to summer school attendees at nearby schools.

Artists Reveal Work From Joshua Tree Residency

Artists David Andree and May Parlor have been staying at the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency for the past seven weeks, and Sunday they unveiled their work. Established in 2007, the JTHAR is an artist-centric nonprofit residency that awards international artists time and space with the Joshua Tree landscape. The seven week residencies provide scholarship funds, living accomodations, and studio space. It is open to artists of any medium.

NBC Palm Springs At The Emmy Awards

Saturday night you may have noticed something different,… Carmela was absent. That’s because that night was the Emmy awards here in the desert and a large group of our team was nominated for their breaking news coverage of Tropical Storm Hilary last August. Tim, Olivia, Tiani, Carmela, Jerry and our news director David Reese all received nominations. Our Carmela Karcher also received a second nomination for a story about a man who got swept away in flood waters.

Vegetation Fire Near Tramway Road

Palm Springs Fire Units were dispatched to a vegetation fire this morning at approximately 11:26am., according to the Palm Springs Fire Instagram. The fire has spread 200 acres and is reportedly growing. Fire ground operations are underway, and further updates will be provided.

Body Cam Video Released For La Quinta Shooting

It all started in the late evening hours in La Quinta, shortly before midnight on Wednesday, April 3rd 2024. That’s when deputies from the Thermal Sheriff Station got a call about an assault with a deadly weapon on Vista Dunes Lane. Once they arrived, the suspect, 23 year old Ramiro Tapia Gonzales, was armed with a knife. After multiple commands, and failing to comply, Gonzales appears to take his eight-inch knife out of his pocket. ‘ That’s when gunfire rang out. Here’s what Sheriff Chad Bianco had to say about the incident.

Historic Bank Of America Now Open

The historic Bank of America in Palm Springs had its grand re-opening this morning. The bank has been serving the community for 95 years, and is historically designated as the Palm Springs Main Financial Center. After a 3-year renovation it now has a brand new look, and bank services are already available. People were quick to get to the ATM.

CVUSD Offering Free Meals For Children

To help families facing food insecurities, local Valley districts have partnered with the state in intitiating the Sun Bucks Food Program. The program provides $40 dollars a month, from June until August. Your automatically enrolled in the program if you are already enrolled for free or reduced price school meals, or get CalFresh, CalWorks, or MediCal support.

Palm Springs Equality Wine & Food Festival

The event is to celebrate diversity in the winemaking industry. By featuring LGBTQ+, black, indigenous, people of color and women-owned wineries from across the Southwest. Attendees will have an opportunity to sample more than 100 wines, including those from local winemaker Josh Kelly.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department new safety initiative makes safer rides for local cyclists

It’s early morning on El Paseo in Palm Desert and bicyclists are riding the road. Despite clearly marked bright green bike lane signs painted on the street, cyclists say they’re still on alert for dangerous drivers. “You just have to be aware and be vigilant and be aware of what’s around you, behind you, besides you and that not everybody is paying attention in ways you with they would,” said a local cyclist. Now local law-enforcement is increasing its efforts to keep cyclists safe. “As a bicyclist, you’re exposed out there to the elements, to the environment,” said Deputy Ju Yoo with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. “So, it’s dangerous.” The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department recently received a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to crack down on drivers putting both bicyclists and pedestrians at risk. More than 1,100 people were killed while riding a bike in 2022, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That’s a number Deputy Yoo hopes to decrease by holding drivers more accountable for their actions with this new intiative. For a complete list of bicycle and

New Water Heater Requirements

Fixing poor air quality here in the Coachella Valley has been a hot topic of conversation. But South Coast Air Quality Management District is taking part in “finding solutions”. Starting January 1st of 2026, South Coast will require new buildings to transition over to zero-emission small water heaters. This marks the first compliance date for rule 11-46.2, requiring new and existing buildings to transition to zero-emission residential and commercial building water heaters. Experts say they already have strict rules in place for their stationary sources, but there’s still a significant amount of nitrogen oxides coming from buildings. This story was written and reported by Tiani Jadulang. 

PSUSD Organization Raising Funds For Student Shoes

The foundation for PSUSD is raising funds to support underprivileged students before they return to school in August, and new shoes are a big need. The organization says its goal is to buy $2,500 pairs of shoes for those students. A recent study showed that new shoes increased academic confidence by 21%, social engagement by 45%, and athletic confidence by 26%.