Standoff ends at Coachella home

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department was on scene of a standoff Wednesday afternoon at a home in Coachella where a possibly armed suspect was inside. The incident occurred just before 1:00 p.m. Wednesday and SWAT has the residence, in the 86000 block of Ave. 50, surrounded until around of 4:45 p.m. It’s unclear what the suspect was wanted for at this time. Stay with NBC Palm Springs as this story develops.

More than 200 CVUSD students participate in 2021 Desert X

More than 200 Coachella Valley Unified School District students had the opportunity to participate in the 2021 Desert X art exhibit. The students received canvas and art supplies to participate, as part of artist Oscar Murillo’s Frequencies project (http://frequenciesproject.net), from home. Initiated in 2013, Murillo’s Frequencies project has invited thousands of students aged primarily 10 –16 from around the world to participate by freely drawing, marking and writing on raw canvas placed on their school desks over several months. Desks in participating classrooms are covered with a blank canvas that students are encouraged to intervene in as they wish. Over time, the canvases become an index of a period in a student’s life. After a few months, the canvases are collected and digitized for an online archive that forges a complex portrait of young people in various parts of the globe. “CVUSD is thankful to Oscar Murillo and Desert X  for inviting our students to participate in this internationally recognized and respected  art exhibition. Executive Director Jenny Gil and the  Desert X 2021 team opened a world of possibilities to our students and we can’t…

‘Vibey’ home for sale in Indian Wells

We know there’s lots and lots of fun real estate across the Coachella Valley. A 1989 home for sale in Indian Wells has made “The Best of Zillow.” ‘Have you ever wanted to live inside a giant 90’s Taco Bell?” reads a Tweet. Have you guys ever wanted to live inside a giant 90’s Taco Bell? https://t.co/vUjnH6rda0 pic.twitter.com/fH6e8ZImOE — The Best of Zillow (@thebestofzillow) April 25, 2021 The single story home features funky colors, amusing sculptures, LED lighting, a water feature, pool with a swim-up bar and is lakeside, among other things. Oh and it’s seven bedrooms and 14 bathrooms. People on social media are lighting it up. “Could have my own Baja blast room,” read one Tweet. “This looks like a studio set for Saved by the Bell,” read another. This looks like a studio set for Saved by the Bell — Courts (@CourtneyWMay) April 26, 2021 “Please delete this. I don’t want to get into a bidding war when it becomes too popular,” reads another. Please delete this. I don’t want to get into a bidding war when it gets too popular. —…

3 New Coronavirus Cases, 1 New Death Wednesday in Riverside County

Riverside County health officials are reporting 3 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1 additional death Wednesday bringing the countywide totals to 298,262 cases and 4,564 deaths. There are 2 new COVID19 cases and no new death in the Coachella Valley. This is the update for the Coachella Valley city-by-city: Desert Hot Springs: 4,211 cases, 72 deaths Cathedral City: 7,117 (-5)  cases, 110 deaths Palm Springs: 3,733 cases, 125 deaths Rancho Mirage: 1,099 cases, 49 deaths Palm Desert: 3,940 (-1) cases, 118 deaths Indian Wells: 194 cases, 6 deaths La Quinta: 3,414 (-3) cases, 61 deaths Indio: 12,268 (-5) cases, 223 deaths Coachella: 7,894 (-1) cases, 94 deaths Thousand Palms: 1,045 (-1) cases, 9 deaths Bermuda Dunes: 650 (-1) cases, 10 deaths Thermal: 470 (+1) cases, 9 deaths Mecca: 1,133 cases, 19 deaths North Shore: 358 cases, 1 death Oasis: 880 (-1) cases, 9  deaths Cabazon: 322 (+1) cases, 7 death Anza: 148 cases, 1 death There are 1,844 active cases of coronavirus. This number is derived from the total number of confirmed cases and the subtraction of the total number of recoveries and deaths. According…

College of the Desert responds to vaccine requirements across several CA colleges

College of the Desert in Palm Desert released a statement in response to several California colleges announcing their decision to require coronavirus vaccinate for students, faculty and staff returning to campus in the Fall. “As we work towards allowing more on-campus activities in the coming months, the College is continuing to evaluate and refine its Return to Campus plan taking into account various scenarios that include Governor Newsom’s projections for broader openings throughout the state. The safety of our students, faculty and staff remains our top priority and we will continue to work with officials to implement County and State mandates, including any requirements that call for vaccinations.” – Interim Superintendent/ President Jeff Baker Last week the California State University and University of California systems jointly announced they intend to require all students, faculty and staff returning for on-campus classes and activities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The requirement, however, would not take effect until one or more of the COVID vaccines receives “full approval” from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and are widely available. Current vaccines are being administered under emergency-use authorizations…

Deadline to get REAL ID extended

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security pushed back the enforcement date of REAL ID’s to May 3, 2023.  The DMV is taking many steps to improve its services and make getting a REAL ID easier. By filling out the REAL ID application here and uploading their documents, Californians can bring their confirmation code and documents with them to a DMV office at their convenience, even the same day, for express service – no appointment necessary. Once at a service window, it now takes less than 10 minutes to complete the REAL ID transaction according to the DMV. Under the new law, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will require a valid passport or other federally approved document, like a REAL ID driver’s license or identification card, to board flights within the United States and access secure federal facilities and military bases. “We continue to aggressively pursue service improvements so anyone who is eligible and wants a REAL ID today can get it. There is no need to wait for long lines or deadlines,” said DMV Director Steve Gordon. “If you need to renew your driver’s…

The Living Desert nominated for USA TODAY’S Best Zoo and Best Botanical Garden

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens has been nominated for USA TODAY’S 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award in two categories: best zoo and best botanical garden. “Short of heading out into the world’s wild places, nothing beats a visit to the zoo to foster an appreciation for the striking animal diversity of our planet,” says USA TODAY’S 10Best website. “We asked our readers to vote for their favorite North American AZA-accredited zoos – facilities that excel in the fields of animal care and enrichment, while also facilitating meaningful interactions between animals and human visitors.” “Being nominated for best zoo in the Readers’ Choice Travel Awards has become an annual honor for which we are so proud. And this year, being recognized as a favorite botanical garden in North America speaks to our growing recognition,” said Erin Scott, Senior Marketing and Public Relations Manager at The Living Desert. “Once again we are asking for the community’s help in voting for us in both categories, every day during the contest, to help us take a top spot on the list.” The contest started April 26 and allows…

Samsung unveils ‘mobile-first’ laptops

Samsung is bringing some of the strengths of its flagship Galaxy smartphones over to its notebook line. The company announced on Wednesday four mobile-first PCs that combine the power of a laptop with the responsiveness of its smartphones: the Galaxy Book, Galaxy Book Pro, Galaxy Book Pro 360 and Galaxy Book Odyssey, all of which run on Windows 10 and an Intel processor. The new laptops are super thin and light: The Pro is 11.2 millimeters thick and the Pro 360 is 11.9 millimeters. Both are available in 13- or 15-inch AMOLED displays with 1920 x 1080 resolution. The screens feature an “intelligent color engine,” adjusting the colors on screen based on the task the user is doing. True to its name, the Galaxy Book 360’s hinge can be moved and transported into a tablet. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Book, available in blue and silver with an LCD display, is 15.6-inch laptop that can be flattened 180 degrees. The Galaxy Book Odyssey — available in black only, also with an LCD display — touts powerful new Nvidia-powered graphics for gaming. Samsung said the laptops feature a long-lasting battery, an updated…

City of Palm Springs will not implement new CDC mask guideline

The City of Palm Springs said Wednesday they will not let their departments implement the new US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines involving wearing masks outdoors. This comes after Tuesday’s CDC announcement stating fully vaccinated people can now unmask at small outdoor gatherings, or when dining outside with friends from multiple households. The CDC is telling unvaccinated people that they still need to wear a mask at such gatherings. CLICK HERE FOR A SUMMARY OF RECENT CHANGES Since the start of the pandemic the City of Palm Springs has issued a strong mask mandate. READ MORE: PALM SPRINGS STRENGTHENS FACE COVERING ORDER; CITATIONS CAN BE ISSUED The federal health agency says even if you’ve been vaccinated, you should avoid large indoor gatherings. The CDC did not define how many people would be in a large gathering, but the agency’s website describes “large gatherings” as bringing together “many people from multiple households in a private or public space.” For the fully vaccinated who do choose to attend a crowded outdoor event, such as a live performance, parade, or sporting event, wearing a mask is recommended. The…

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