300+ Imperial Irrigation District Customers Lose Power in Mecca

(CNS) – Nearly 400 Imperial Irrigation District customers in the Mecca area lost power Monday, but while electricity was restored for almost half of them, it could take eight to 12 hours to get all of the power turned back on. The utility first announced the outage affecting an unknown number of customers around noon, and at 1:23 p.m., it announced that power had been restored for 175 customers, but 201 remained without electricity. “We currently have a couple of troubleshooters on-site working diligently to restore power to remaining customers in Mecca,” IID officials said. IID officials expected all power to be restored within eight to 12 hours. The cause of the outage was 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.

Firefighters Stop Tamarisk Tree Fire Near Interstate 10 in Thousand Palms

(CNS) – Firefighters quickly contained a tamarisk tree fire alongside railroad tracks near Interstate 10 in Thousand Palms Monday. Fire crews responded to the blaze on the south side of eastbound Interstate 10 near Bob Hope Drive at around 1:35 p.m. Monday, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. The fire was estimated at 100 feet by 50 feet, fire officials said. It was unclear how many trees were affected. Rail traffic was halted by Union Pacific personnel while crews worked to douse the flames. Forward spread of the fire was stopped by 2 p.m. There were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Copyright 2023, City News Service, Inc.

Authorities Investigate Death of Man Found in Thermal

(CNS) – Homicide detectives were investigating the death of a man in Thermal, authorities said Sunday. Deputies responded to the 67900 block of Nina Drive at about 3:23 p.m. Saturday to reports of a dead man, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Thermal station. Upon arrival, deputies located the man and noticed traumatic injuries, which led to an investigation. The identity of the man was not immediately available. Anyone with information about the death was asked to contact Central Homicide Investigator Trudeau at 951-955-2777. Copyright 2023, City News Service, Inc.

Speakers Series to Open With Hockey Legend Wayne Gretzky

(CNS) – Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky will kick off the Rancho Mirage Speaker Series Monday evening at the Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa in Rancho Mirage. The series begins at 7 p.m. Monday with the four-time Stanley Cup champion in an interview with Hockey Night in Canada personality Christine Simpson. Gretzky played for the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers during a 20-year career. He retired in 1999 with 61 NHL records. He said he has fond memories of his time in Southern California. “It was an exciting time in my life,” Gretzky said in a statement. “To see hockey grow in Southern California, and to have an AHL team in the desert is exciting. I’m looking forward to speaking with Christine about my career with the fans in Rancho Mirage.” The city partnered with the Coachella Valley Firebirds to promote Gretzky’s interview, Mayor Richard Kite said in the statement. The first 1,000 people who purchased a series ticket gained free entrance to the Coachella Valley Firebirds home game against the San Diego Gulls Sunday, where Gretzky dropped the

Wicked Santa Ana Winds Create Driving Hazards Throughout Inland Empire

(CNS) – Fierce Santa Ana winds whipped up a sandstorm, flung numerous objects onto freeways and streets and created other hazards throughout the Inland Empire Monday. According to the California Highway Patrol, about 8:30 a.m., a sandstorm severely reduced visibility on Interstate 10 and roadways around Indio. As a safety precaution, the agency recommended that high-profile vehicles stay of off Coachella Valley roads altogether for the duration of the wicked gusts, which were clocked at 45 mph in and around Palm Springs International Airport about 10:25 a.m. In the Riverside metropolitan area, where the windstorm began in earnest about 9 p.m. Sunday, with no letup into Monday morning, a range of objects landed on freeways and roads. The CHP said that a ladder flew off a work truck on northbound Interstate 15 at Limonite Avenue in Jurupa Valley about 10 a.m., snarling traffic, with two lanes blocked. A roadside sign came loose along northbound Interstate 215 at MLK Boulevard in Riverside shortly after 10 a.m., landing in the slow lane, forcing drivers to stop and go around it, the CHP said. About 10:20 a.m., wires

Vehicle Crashes into Indio Building; Driver Injured

(CNS) – A vehicle crashed into a building in Indio, injuring the driver and damaging the structure, authorities said Monday. The crash was reported at 10:26 p.m. Sunday at Van Buren Street and Indio Boulevard, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. The driver was taken to a hospital by ambulance for treatment of serious injuries, fire officials said. The building sustained major damage and an inspector from the Riverside County Building and Safety Department was requested. Copyright 2023, City News Service, Inc.

Jon Rahm Outlasts Rookie Phenom to Win The 2023 American Express

  https://nbcpalmsprings.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2023/01/rahm-winning-web.mp4 Rahmbo fans are celebrating yet again, as Jon Rahm is able to close out and get another win under his belt this season. It was a battle of the Rookie and the Vet, with several top golfers in the hunt who took advantage of the great conditions here in the Coachella Valley. But it would be Rahm who would hold up the trophy for the second time here at the American Express, outlasting the Rookie Davis Thompson to the very last hole. The two SportFive athletes came into Sunday neck-and-neck but the Rahm took advantage of the minor mistakes by Thompson and came out on top by just one stroke. One thing for certain is the talent is only getting better on tour as Rahm has expressed this week, but so is he. Our Tali Letoi caught up with Rahm after the round about his 10th win on tour and two for two on the 2022-2023 season.

Annual Coachella Valley Women’s March

Here at home, the Coachella Valley Women’s March hosted their annual Women’s March in the City of Coachella. This organization rallied together along with several members of the Coachella Valley, in support of one thing, women’s rights. With the overturn of Roe v. Wade, this year’s theme was “Bigger than Roe.”  “It’s a really important time for us all to come together and acknowledge the fact that we do not want to step back in time. We want to stay where we are and progress, we want to keep progressing.” says Esther Sanchez, a writer and photographer for the Coachella Valley Weekly. The annual event started 3 years ago. “On this very day, there’s marches going out anywhere from California, all the way to New York. So I am happy to announce that you know, we have one here in the Coachella Valley as well.” says Claudia Armenta, the organizer for the Coachella Valley Women’s March. People from every generation united today, with the goal to spread information onto the younger generation, in hope to keep the movement moving forward. “Just to unite a lot