Local Clinic Recruiting More Medical Practitioners Amid Shortage in Coachella Valley

https://nbcpalmsprings.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2023/01/DAP-HEALTH-DOCTOR-SHORTAGE.mp4 “I’ve been there 4 years and this is my 4th different doctor which I think is kind of unusual.” A local resident says he is frustrated after yet another change in health care providers. “So I made another appointment to see my doctor, and I went in and there’s a nurse practitioner and they’re telling me ‘Well, it’s the same as a doctor’. I don’t think it is,” said a Cathedral City resident.  The DAP health patient, who asked to remain anonymous, says he’s concerned the medical center may be experiencing a doctor shortage. But DAP Health says the organization is not shrinking, but expanding.  “We’re not currently facing a shortage. We have continued to expand our access to healthcare in the Coachella Valley,” said Steven Henke, Director of Brand Marketing for DAP Health.  The integrated approach medical center just recently opened two new clinics in Palm Springs and in Indio with another clinic opening soon. With more clinics comes the need for more medical professionals – something the Coachella Valley has a shortage of.  “Historically in the Coachella Valley, recruiting healthcare providers has

Congressman Seeks Stiffer Penalties for Mail Thieves

RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, is seeking to stiffen federal penalties for mail theft amid ongoing acts of thievery throughout the Inland Empire and elsewhere. “Americans continue to suffer from dramatic increases in mail theft here and around the country,” Calvert said on Tuesday. “It’s clear we must send a stronger message and have a more effective deterrent for would-be mail thieves. That’s why I have introduced the `Ensuring the Safety of Our Mail Act,’ which would double the jail time for anyone convicted of mail theft.” The congressman on Tuesday reintroduced House Resolution 446, which had been brought forward but failed to gain traction in Congress’ prior session. Under federal law, the maximum sentence for a person convicted of postal theft is five years behind bars. H.R. 446 would revise that to a ten- year max. Calvert cited recent instances of theft to emphasize the need for a stronger measures, including robberies targeting U.S. Postal Service delivery personnel in Moreno Valley and Riverside and a series of thefts allegedly committed by two people in Rancho Mirage. Mail thefts have been an ongoing

Punctured Gas Line Prompts Fire Crews to Cordon off MoVal Construction Site

MORENO VALLEY (CNS) – A gas main was ruptured Wednesday by a construction crew working in Moreno Valley, prompting Riverside County Fire Department crews to clear the site until the line could be shut off. The breach was reported about 1:40 p.m. in the 13000 block of Bethany Road, near Cottonwood Avenue, on the east end of the city, according to the fire department. The two-inch main was split open by construction workers digging at the location, fire officials said. Firefighters reached the site within minutes and immediately cordoned off the area for public safety. No homes or businesses were impacted. SoCal Gas technicians arrived just under an hour later and shut off the gas, initiating repairs to the line. Copyright 2023, City News Service, Inc.

Power Baseball Hosts The California Winter League’s 14th Season

The Power Baseball Organization begins its 14th year of the California Winter League, the season’s campaign coming loaded with promotions to enhance the fan experience.  Opening day is scheduled for Thursday, January 26th, with games being held at Palm Springs stadium for the 10-team league. Showcases of every team, including two games will be hosted at the stadium, with teams such as the British Columbia Bombers and the Washington Blue Sox facing off at 10am, followed by the Manitoba North Stars going against the Palm Springs Chill at 12:30pm. Over 200 players from around the world will come to Palm Springs to compete this winter, each team to play upwards of 20 games from when the season kicks off to when it concludes on February 19th. All stadium games will be live, and streamed on Youtube, according to the media release.  Every Monday is Locals Day, where anyone with a Coachella Valley ID gets a general admission for $5. Other deals involve Two-for-Tuesday, which includes a 2-for-1 GA ticket deal for fans, Wine Wednesday, featuring $4 wines on tap, and Thursday Out-Of-Towners days, where anyone

Palm Springs Animal Shelter Hosting Adoption Event

Palm Springs Animal Shelter is over capacity for their big dog kennels and are hosting an adoption event to find these lovable canines homes.  The shelter will be hosting the adoption event at the Mathis Home showroom in Indio this Saturday, January 28th from 11am to 3pm. The address is 81410 CA-111 in Indio.  “Big dogs are a ton of fun. And you might be surprised to learn that many need less space and exercise than you think. But, sadly, due to stereotypes and myths about the space and care that they require, these lovable goof-balls tend to take longer to find homes.” the press release states.  They will be having some big dogs available for fostering or adoption, and are inviting the public to stop by and check them out. The shelter says you can help ensure these dogs wind up in loving homes they deserve by adopting or fostering a big dog, or simply spreading the word about how amazing they are. 

Another Round of Santa Ana Winds to Whip Inland Empire

(CNS) – Intense Santa Ana winds are expected to strike again Wednesday evening and Thursday, with gusts in excess of 60 mph possible in some Inland Empire locations, according to forecasters. “Northeast winds will strengthen Wednesday evening and peak early afternoon on Thursday before weakening Thursday night,” according to the National Weather Service. “Wind gusts in the foothills could be 55 to 70 mph, with gusts in the valleys 25 to 45 mph.” Ridges of high pressure bearing down on the Great Basin of Utah and Nevada will drive the offshore wind patterns, prompting the weather service to post a high wind watch from Wednesday evening to Thursday evening. “Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines,” the NWS stated. “Widespread power outages are possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.” The incoming Santa Ana event follows a windstorm that stretched from Sunday night to Monday evening, during which wind speeds averaged more than 20 mph, with gusts between 40 and 50 mph throughout Riverside County. No significant damage was reported, though a sandstorm did materialize along Interstate 10 in Indio on

Riverside County, Local Organizations Provide Elderly Mental Health Services Following Mass Shootings

“I think everyone is surprised any time some form of mass shooting occurs, especially when it involves children and our seniors,” Riverside University Health System Older Adult Systems of Care Administrator Tony Ortego shared. Within 48 hours, 19 people have been killed by mass shootings in California. In Monterey Park, all 11 victims were between the ages of 57 and 76. The gunmen from Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay were ages 66 and 72. This brings into question, what mental health resources are available for this vulnerable community? Riverside County has some answers. “They’re very resilient,” Ortego said while talking about the elderly community. “Unfortunately, they are subjected to being vulnerable due to their age and some of the physical challenges as well.” RUHS has three desert locations that provide services to seniors in Banning, Desert Hot Springs and Indio. Those services range from psychiatric care and case management to field work and counseling. “We connect individuals to much needed resources,” Ortego continued. “The program really exists to address those individuals who are at risk of homelessness or are homeless, who are at risk

600+ Imperial Irrigation District Customers Lose Power in Coachella

(CNS) – An outage knocked out power to more than 600 Imperial Irrigation District customers in the Coachella area Tuesday, but most had their electricity restored by midday. The utility alerted the public at 10:13 a.m. Tuesday that 645 customers were affected by the outage. By noon, power was restored for all but one customer on Avenue 48 and Polk Street. An IID troubleshooter remained onsite to repair the issue. The cause of the outage was also not immediately known. The IID provides electricity to more than 150,000 customers in parts of Riverside and San Diego counties, and all of Imperial County. Copyright 2023, City News Service, Inc.

PSPD New Initiative to Crack Down on Homeless-Related Crimes

https://nbcpalmsprings.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2023/01/PSPSD-HOMELESS-CRIME.mp4 The Palm Springs Police Department is cracking down on crimes stemming from homelessness.   “We are going to do consistent and rigorous enforcement of the law when a person is violating the law regardless of their status,” said Palm Springs Police Chief Andrew Mills.  On Friday, Chief Mills announced a new initiative “Operation Relentless Sun” to hold “recalcitrant criminals”, or those who are stubbornly resistant to or defiant of authority or guidance, accountable. This includes offenders who are homeless.  “Behaviors that aren’t acceptable such as vandalism, throwing a brick through windows, stealing from local stores,” said Chief Mills. “As well as people acting out when you see them downtown because of meth, intoxication or other reasons, (again) those are the things that concern people that we have a responsibility to manage.” Chief Mills says traditionally the department would turn a blind eye to these minor offenses, but now all who break the law will face the consequences.   “We’re here to do the enforcement as needed to make sure that people are being held accountable,” said Mills. “We do our job, which is to arrest people

La Quinta Buys More Land For Affordable Housing

https://nbcpalmsprings.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2023/01/LQ-AFFORDABLE-HOUSING.mp4 “Finding a reliable home is hard right now for a lot of individuals and La Quinta has always been a front runner on affordable housing,” said Gil Villalpando, Housing Development Director for the City of La Quinta.  More affordable housing units are on their way to the Coachella Valley. The city of La Quinta unanimously approved buying the land just northeast of Highway 111 and Dune Palms Road which will be the future site of an affordable housing complex.  “We thought it was perfect for anyone who works along Highway 111 or has children who attend the schools right there,” said Villalpando.  The 5-acre lot is the second parcel of land purchased by the city with affordable housing in mind. In February 20-22, the city bought a 15-acre lot just west of the land it purchased last week for $8.6 million. Both lots are located near Highway 111, a main retail hub for valley residents which officials say make it the ideal location to live and work.  “We’re looking to do about 9 acres of development in the back portion, anywhere from 150 to

Board Starts Process of Setting up Special Tax District to Benefit Eastern CV

(CNS) – The Board of Supervisors Tuesday tentatively approved plans for the establishment of a special tax district to pay for future projects intended to improve transportation, wastewater discharge and other infrastructure in the Eastern Coachella Valley, including part of the Salton Sea. The board voted unanimously to initiate the process of implementing an enhanced infrastructure financing district, or EIFD, covering the area encompassing the northern half of the Salton Sea, as well as surrounding communities. including Mecca, North Shore and Oasis. The EIFD would supplant one previously approved more than four years ago that exclusively focused on the Salton Sea and its nearest environs. EIFDs were authorized under Senate Bill 628 in 2014 and permit bond sales to finance construction of private and public projects. Districts rely on “tax increment” to pay off the bonds issued in support of them. Tax increment is generated by projects within specified locations that increase property values. “Establishment of the Eastern Coachella Valley Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District will not result in any new taxes or fees to the area’s property owners,” according to an Executive Office statement posted