Deserts

The American Dream according to Apple Valley’s Nabil Assal

Nabil Assal says education minimized the abuse he endured at the hands of his father and eventually helped him escape a life of poverty in his native Morocco.Growing up in Marrakesh, the North African country’s fourth-largest city, the 28-year-old medical student had no electricity or running water. His family didn’t have enough food or clothing. His father was frequently incarcerated.”As a small child, my job every day was to take a wheelbarrow full of […]

Evacuations underway in Cherry Valley as large fire threatens homes

Evacuation orders are in place: Homes South of County Line Road, North of Dutton Street and East of Oak Glen Road A large fire burning in Cherry Valley grows to about 700 acres in just hours Friday night, doubling in size in just one hour. The Apple fire began around 4:55 p.m. along Oak Glen Rd. Crews are working to protect homes in the area. From the air, crews are attacking the flames with water drops. It’s 0% contained as of 8:30 p.m. The fire originally began as a two separate fires, one about three acres, the other around 15 acres, but it quickly grew to 350 acres by 7:30. The cause of the fire is not confirmed by Cal Fire at this time. This is a developing story.

382 New Coronavirus Cases, 6 New Deaths Reported Friday in Riverside County

Riverside County health officials report 382 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the total to 37,011 confirmed cases countywide. Seven new deaths were reported bringing the county’s total to 695 deaths. Here are the numbers for the Coachella Valley city-by-city: Desert Hot Springs: 724 (+17) cases, 12 (+1) deaths Cathedral City: 1,338 (+24) cases, 21 (+1) deaths Palm Springs: 749 (+15) cases, 25 deaths Rancho Mirage: 187 (+2) cases, 14 deaths Palm Desert: 774 (+1) cases, 40 deaths Indian Wells: 34 cases, 1 death La Quinta: 580 (+2) cases, 15 deaths Indio: 2,589 (+18) cases, 56 deaths Coachella: 1,920 (+11) cases, 16 deaths Thousand Palms: 143 (+1) cases, no deaths Bermuda Dunes: 93 (+1) cases, 3 deaths Thermal: 126 (+1) cases, no deaths Mecca: 306 (+4) cases, 7 deaths North Shore: 100 (+1) cases, 1 death Oasis: 238 (+1) cases, 2 deaths Sky Valley: 29 (+1) cases, no deaths Cabazon: 32 (+1) cases, 1 death Anza: 10 (+1) cases, no deaths   At this time age group, 18-39 continues to have the highest number of confirmed cases in the county with 15,673 a 149 increase…

California Reports First Child Coronavirus Death

The California Department of Public Health has reported the first coronavirus child death Friday. Health officials say the victim was a teen from the Central Valley who had underlying health issues. The CDPH gave no other details citing HIPPA laws and patient confidentiality. “Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of this young person whose death is a tragic and powerful reminder of how serious COVID-19 can be,” said Dr. Sonia Angell, State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health. Our hearts go out to the loved ones of the Central Valley teenager who passed away after contracting COVID-19. 1:57 PM · Jul 31, 2020 There have been no deaths reported in children 12 and under including infants.

Pair Arrested in February Killing Near Indio

INDIO (CNS) – Authorities announced Friday a second suspect was arrested in the shooting death of a man gunned down near Indio five months ago. Martha Perez Espinoza, 40, of Coachella was taken into custody Thursday on suspicion of being an accessory to murder and booked at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, where the probationer was being held in lieu of $1 million bail, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Richard Carroll. CVVCGTF arrested Martha Espinoza July 30, 2020. She is facing accessory charges in relation to the February murder. Ruben Corria Esquivel Jr., 31, of Coachella, was previously arrested and charged with the murder of Vincent Aispuro, 42. Esquivel, who is being held on $1 million bail, pleaded not guilty Thursday to one count each of murder and of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He also a sentence-enhancing allegation of discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury. Ruben Corria Esquivel Jr. of Coachella was taken into custody Friday and booked at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside on suspicion of murdering 42- year-old Vincent Aispuro. No charges have…

Two Early Morning Crashes Reported near Cabazon in I-10 Road Work Area

CABAZON (CNS) – Two vehicles smashed into temporary construction barriers on Interstate 10 near Cabazon Friday morning, but no injuries were reported. The crashes occurred minutes apart around 7:45 a.m. in the eastbound direction near the Desert Hills Premium Outlets, according to the California Highway Patrol. The motorists crashed within a temporary crossover lane erected this week between Eighth Street in Banning and Main Street in Cabazon as part of the I-10 Pavement Rehabilitation Project. The project, also called the I-10 Tune- Up, is gradually making improvements to nearly 20 miles of roadway between Beaumont and state Route 111 north of Palm Springs. Two tow trucks were called to the scene. The CHP requested Caltrans respond to check its new lane configuration, citing several crashes reported Friday morning alone, and callers who said they “did not even notice that (the) lane was ending.”

Coca-Cola is launching a Topo Chico hard seltzer

Coca-Cola is launching a hard seltzer under the cult-favorite brand Topo Chico. The drink will initially be available in select cities in Latin America. This is the company’s first move into the hard seltzer space. The beverage giant purchased Topo Chico in 2017 for $220 million. “The Coca-Cola Company is committed to exploring new products in dynamic beverage categories, including hard seltzer,” a company press release stated. The category is growing at a fast pace, leading to new hard seltzer launches across several brands. In May, Anheuser-Busch launched Social Club Seltzer, a premium seltzer with cocktail flavors, like an Old Fashioned, which is typically made with whiskey, a sugar cube and bitters. At the beginning of 2018, just 10 hard seltzer brands were on the market, according to a Nielsen report, a number that rose to 26 brands by early 2019. “More than 65 brands are now fighting for consumers’ attention and purchase,” according to Nielsen. For the 15-week period ending June 13, hard seltzer products purchased at grocery stores, liquor stores and big-box retailers quadrupled year-over-year, the report said. “Within the hugely successful and growing hard seltzer segment, new and ‘old’ brands alike can succeed even if their market…

CVUSD Teachers Want At Home Teaching Choice

Alexis Harding is a third grade school teacher. She loves her job and students, but the pandemic has transformed the hands on job into one done on a computer screen. She misses the human connection. “I miss my students,” she says through tears. But Harding is adjusting to the virtual classroom. She’s spent countless hours building an online classroom that’s interactive and fun for her students.  With school just a couple of weeks away, the Coachella Valley Unified School District, where she works is requiring teachers go back to school and teach the virtual classes from classrooms. Something that she and many other teachers say should be a choice.  Harding says this decision if implemented will prolong the pandemic, “The key to getting back to school as quickly as possible is to stop the spread of the virus and staying at home is one of the best things that we can do.” Carissa Carrerra, the president of the Coachella Valley Teachers Association says while the teachers may be isolated in classrooms they still  have to share common areas like restrooms leaving them exposed to a…

Violent night across the valley, police respond to multiple shootings and stolen vehicle

Ryan Leaderman was watching TV in his Palm Springs home Wednesday night when he heard a strange noise. “It was just a really loud impact and shortly thereafter we saw the lights from the sirens,” said Leaderman. The driver of a stolen vehicle led police down Desert Way in Palm Springs before the car crashed through both the front and back gate, flipping onto the driveway. “We went out to see what was going on and the cops told us to just get inside the house and we had no information for quite a while,” said Leaderman. Police say the driver ran from the vehicle, leading to a pursuit by helicopter. Officers were unable to locate the suspect and are asking anyone with information to come forward. Unfortunately, this incident was just the first of several overnight crimes across the valley. A few hours later, the Riverside County Sheriff’s department responded to a report of multiple shots fired in Coachella. “The victims reported that, as they rode their bicycles on Calle Camacho past a white Sedan, a male exited the vehicle and began to fire…

470 New Coronavirus Cases, 6 New Deaths Reported Thursday in Riverside County

Riverside County health officials report 470 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total to 36,629 confirmed cases countywide. Six new deaths were reported bringing the county’s total to 688 deaths. Here are the numbers for the Coachella Valley city-by-city: Desert Hot Springs: 707 (+11) cases, 11 deaths Cathedral City: 1,314 (+15) cases, 20 deaths Palm Springs: 734 (+5) cases, 25 deaths Rancho Mirage: 185 cases, 14 deaths Palm Desert: 773 (+9) cases, 40 deaths Indian Wells: 34 cases, 1 death La Quinta: 578 (+7) cases, 15 deaths Indio: 2,571 (+27) cases, 56 deaths Coachella: 1,909 (+18) cases, 16 deaths Thousand Palms: 142 (+1) cases, no deaths Bermuda Dunes: 92 (+1) cases, 3 deaths Thermal: 125 cases, no deaths Mecca: 302 (+3) cases, 7 deaths North Shore: 99 (+2) cases, 1 death Oasis: 237 (+1) cases, 2 deaths Sky Valley: 28 (+1) cases, no deaths Cabazon: 31 cases, 1 death Anza: 9 cases, no deaths   At this time age group, 18-39 continues to have the highest number of confirmed cases in the county with 15,524. Currently, 475 people are hospitalized countywide and receiving treatment…

Car Fire Triggers Wildfire Alongside 60 Freeway East of MoVal

MORENO VALLEY (CNS) – A car blaze triggered a brush fire alongside the Moreno Valley (60) Freeway between Beaumont and Moreno Valley Thursday, blackening more than 30 acres within an hour. The fire was reported about 12:50 p.m. on the shoulder of the eastbound 60, near Jack Rabbit Trail, in a barren hill-studded area known as the Badlands, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Several dozen engine crews from the county and surrounding jurisdictions were sent to the brusher, which was spreading to the south at a brisk pace, approaching unknown structures. The California Highway Patrol shut down all eastbound lanes on the 60 between Jack Rabbit and the city limits of Moreno Valley for public safety, as well as one westbound lane. A SigAlert was issued at 2 p.m. because of the ensuing traffic jam. Four Cal Fire air tankers and a water-dropping helicopter were summoned to make runs on the blaze. The vehicle fire may have started because of an overheated engine, according to reports from the scene. The motorist was not injured, but the entire vehicle was consumed. #RabbitFIRE photos, courtesy…

MLB’s Phillies say two staffers tested positive for coronavirus after playing Marlins

Two staff members of the Philadelphia Phillies staff tested positive for coronavirus days after the team played the Miami Marlins, whose season is on hold due to a Covid-19 outbreak within the Florida club. The Phillies said no players tested positive for the virus, but one member of the coaching staff and a clubhouse staff member tested positive in tests conducted on Wednesday. All activities at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia are canceled until further notice, the team said. The Phillies played three games against the Marlins from Friday to Sunday to open the MLB season. The teams decided to play Sunday’s game even after several Marlins players had tested positive for coronavirus. The virus has since thoroughly spread through the Marlins locker room, as 19 players and staff have now tested positive for Covid-19. In the wake of the Marlins outbreak, MLB moved to postpone all Marlins games at least through Sunday, and decided to postpone the scheduled Phillies-New York Yankees games “out of an abundance of caution.” The outbreak on the Marlins and the spread to Phillies staffers suggest that MLB, as well as other sports leagues planning a restart,…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!