New Cannabis Cultivation Campus Opens in Coachella

Thursday marks the opening for the largest cannabis cultivation center in the Coachella Valley, Green Horizons. The business has been an idea for Chief Executive Officer Carlos Arias for almost a decade, and now it’s a reality. It’s a space where cannabis will grow, and where Green Horizons will sell bulk amounts of marijuana to those that need it, as well as to local shops that have their own white label needs. This story was written and reported by Tiani Jadulang. 

The Ritz-Carlton Celebrates 10 Years

The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage is celebrating its 10-year anniversary today. In addition to being a destination in our desert, this luxury hotel has also created many employment opportunities in our Valley. This story was written and reported by Kai Beech. 

Fatal Crash In La Quinta Under Investigation

26 year old Brandt Celli of Indio, 47 year old Katherine Vogts of Palm Desert, and 33 year old Maria Reyes of La Quinta were the three victims identified from last nights crash. All three were pronounced dead at the scene. The crash happened at Highway 111 and Simon Drive, near In-N-Out, shortly after 9pm.

Find Food Bank To Host CalFresh Resource Fair

With the cost of living consistently rising, basic tasks, like buying groceries for a family or even for a solo individual can be a struggle. To help Coachella Valley reisdents with these day to day struggles, FIND Food Bank is raising awareness for Cal-Fresh Awareness Month. The program formerly known as Food Stamps, help those who meet federal income eligibility rules, continue to purchase healthy foods. FIND Food Bank’s CalFresh Resource Fair is set to take place Thursday evening at the American Legion Post 739 in Indio. For residents interested, no paperwork or form of identification is needed. Now, a number of other organizations will be in attendance from the Center for Employment Training to IEHP Healthcare to Olive Crest, and the list goes on. All those in attendance will also receive a fresh bag of produce as well as some snacks for the family.

Abi Carter Visits Washington Charter School Before Hometown Performance

For excited Coachella Valley American Idol fans, Tuesday was the day to bask in all the idol fun. People have been waiting for Abi Carter’s hometown parade and performance. But before she hit the stage, Carter payed a visit to where it all started, Washington Charter School. Where both Abi and her mother Andrea say she found her love for singing. Abi was greeted by hundreds of students, she signed autographs, read some of their letters, sang with them and even got the chance to rekindle with some of her old teachers.

Palm Springs Animal Shelter Vaccines

Just a reminder, if you need to get your pets vaccinated or microchipped, every Thursday during the month of May, the Palm Springs Animal Shelter will be providing low cost vaccines for the public, even those who are not residents of Palm Springs. Vaccines are available for under 30 dollars each, and appointments are required. You can also get your animal microchipped and registered.

DCUSD and Intersect Power Team Up

Desert Center Unified School District has partnered with Intersect Power to fund new projects. The district has received $155,000 in funding to enhance the school community, which will include a new school bus, after-school and summer recreational programs, and school grounds improvements.

Cathedral City Reviews Past and Future at State of the City

Tuesday, Cathedral City hosted its State of the City which discussed everything from recovery efforts after Tropical Storm Hilary to becoming one of the fastest growing cities in the Coachella Valley. Over 300 people attended this year’s event. It gave a community who has been through so much over the past year the chance to hear about where the city was and where it’s going next.

Firebirds win series 3-1, will face Ontario in Pacific Division Final

The Coachella Valley Firebirds are moving on to the Pacific Division Final after taking the series over the Calgary Wranglers in four games. Goals from Cale Fleury, Shane Wright and Devin Shore pushed the Firebirds past the Wranglers in front of an electric crowd at Acrisure Arena. Following five goals allowed on Wednesday, the story Friday night was the defensive play in front of Chris Driedger. The Firebirds’ netminder with a 31 save shutout to close out the series. The Firebirds won three straight games following the game one loss in Calgary. The Pacific Division Final will begin Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. against the Ontario Reign. The rest of the schedule for the series is listed below.   ONT @ CVF – May 15th @ 7pm ONT @ CVF – May 17th @ 7pm CVF @ ONT – May 19th @ 7pm CVF @ ONT – May 24th @ 7pm* ONT @ CVF – May 26th @ 3pm*

Sam Rubin, Legendary Broadcaster, Dies At 64

Rubin was a fixture in the entertainment industry. He covered everything from award season, to movie junkets and interviewing, as he would say, “those that mattered”. But Sam will be best known as the morning entertainment anchor for the KTLA 5 morning news. Same entertained millions and now many, including Hollywood A-listers are taking to social media to remember him. Actors like Tom Hanks, Ryan Reynolds, Ben Stiller and Alec Baldwin just to name a few reports are that Sam was at work yesterday. He called in sick today. A cause of death has not been officially announced.

Red Cross Blood Drive Recap

The American Red Cross wants to thank you for your help. Their Blood Drive took place at the Mizell Center in Palm Springs earlier today, when our camera crew was there they were very close to meeting today’s goal collecting about two dozen pints at the time. Event organizers talked about the importance of donating during these crucial months. If you missed today’s blood drive, you have another opportunity next Friday to donate, from 10am to 4pm at Miralon, 4097 Miralon Way in Palm Springs.

Aerial Firefighting Training Drills Underway

The Palm Springs Air Museum and Palm Springs International Airport have partnered up to host the Coulson’s Air Tanker Training program for the upcoming fire season. The training drills will include an array of aircraft from the C-130 Hercules to the Boeing 737 Air Tanker. Coulson Aviation is the only aerial firefighting company operating both fixed-wing aircraft and Type 1 Helicopters and is fully equipped to carry out aerial firefighting across the globe. Training will be conducted from May 9th to May 14th.

PSUSD Career Technical Education Showcase

Students presented their best projects, demonstrating what they’ve learned throughout the year. Guests were also able to snack on food samples from “The Cafe Culinary Academy” at Rancho Mirage High. Students say the program prepares them for life after high school.

CPUC Votes On Lower Electricity Rates

We begin with potential changes to your electric bill. Yesterday, California regulators voted to make it cheaper for people to charge electric cars and cool their homes in the summer. The decision is part of the state’s transition to clean energy, but critics warn it will raise prices for people who don’t use as much energy.

West Nile Virus Detected In Coachella

Officials say West Nile Virus has been detected in Coachella Valley for the first time this year. Mosquitos from a routine collection site in Coachella tested positive for the virus. The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is now increasing its control efforts. No human cases of the mosquito-born illness have been reported in the area.

Local MMA Fighters Go National

Local mixed martial arts competitors “Madeline Meza” and “Bryan Cabello” of Desert Hot Springs recently won the National Championships at the 2024 Pankration Cage Fighting competition, and have qualified for the US National team. Both train at the Kihon MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Martial Arts school in Desert Hot Springs. They will now be heading to Abu Dhabi this summer to compete in the World Championships.

McCallum Theatre’s Education Department Expands

The McCallum Theatre is a popular venue here in the Coachella Valley. For the past 26 years they’ve played a significant part in teaching young students about the arts, and today that continued through their Aesthetic Education Program. About 1,100 students were in attendance for the showing of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” The Theatre works with more than 40,000 students every year in the Coachella Valley. Part of this specific program includes integrating arts into the classroom, where students learn to express themselves through their voice or through dance. This year the theatre worked with 276 classrooms, with today’s showing helping students improve their art skills through what they call “focus work.” The McCallum Theatre hosts multiple different programs throughout the year, for all ages, including a new Professional Institute Program which will be introduced this Summer for educators specifically.

Celebrating Icon Harvey Milk

The 12th Annual “Harvey Milk Breakfast” drew more than 12,000 people this morning to Palm Springs Convention Center. It’s believed to be the largest event of its kind in the country paying tribute to the San Francisco City supervisor. He was assassinated while in office in 1978, and is regarded as the leader of the modern Gay Rights Movement for civil rights and equality. This year, Dr. Frank Figueroa was honored with the Harvey Milk Leadership award. The son of farmworkers in Coachella, he is today the first openly fay elected official in the City of Coachella. He’s focused on paving the way for the next generation.

City of Indio Set To Throw Hometown Parade For Abi Carter

As of now, the City of Indio is planning to host a hometown visit for Abi just next week. This event, hosted in downtown Indio on May 14th will include a tentative parade and concert by Abi herself. It’ll be filmed and shown on American Idol, and will be open and free to the public to enjoy. The parade will include extra musical performances from local high school bands and cheerleaders. But in order for all this to happen, Indio city officials are asking residents to vote for Abi this Sunday. This story was written and reported by Tiani Jadulang.

A Revolution Of Palm Springs Entertainment

Making their Palm Springs debut is Tokyo Rockabilly sensation Johnny Pandora at The Revolution Theater Company, located in Palm Springs Sun Center. Believe it or not, this quaint little desert venue does have a direct link to the great white way, and that would be establishment owner, Gary Powers. This story was written and reported by Steve Sumrall.