Deserts

Local Foundation Announces Historic Donation of $825,000

The Dr. Carreón Foundation, a 28-year old provider of scholarships for youth of Mexican-American origin in the Coachella Valley & Blythe, California, recently was the recipient of a $825,000 gift. The proceeds were the result of an estate distribution from an anonymous benefactor who was a 20-year resident of the Coachella Valley and who expressly indicated a desire to “help Hispanic youth with education needs in our area.” Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreón M.D. was an ophthalmologist who moved to Indio, CA from Los Angeles in the 1950’s. His philanthropy included donating land and building a hospital in Indio which became JFK Memorial Hospital. He also contributed land for parks and an elementary school in Indio, and in 1984 donated funds for the iconic International Fountain of Knowledge at College of the Desert in Palm Desert. His abiding passion was education, and prior to his passing in 1991, he created the Foundation in his name with a mission of assisting poor but qualified youth of Mexican descent “become good as they can be, through education.” In the past 28 years, over 550 scholars have received over…

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Continues “First Responders Days”

For the entire month of August, all qualified first responders receive free admission to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway as part of “First Responders Days.” In addition, up to four of their guests receive 25% off of their regular tram fares. According to Tramway General Manager Nancy Nichols, “We are happy to have our second annual ‘First Responders Days’ and welcome the men and women who so courageously protect and serve our communities. We truly hope they enjoy their visit with us and make cherished memories with their families and friends.” Qualifying personnel include (see www.pstramway.com for full listing): Fire and police personnel California Highway Patrol County Sheriff Officers Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) This program runs August 1-31, 2019 with tickets (only) available at the Tramway’s Valley Station on the day of visit.

800 Customers Without Power In Cathedral City

More than 800 customers were without electricity in Cathedral City Monday afternoon. Power was knocked out to 819 customers in the area around 1:30 p.m., according to Southern California Edison. Crews were working to determine the cause of the outage and hoped to have electricity back up by 9:00 p.m., according to a representative of the utility. The Cathedral City Fire Department reported that firefighters were responding to two “incidents” involving electrical equipment, but no other details were immediately available.

Man Accused of Raping Indio Woman to Stand Trial

An armed man who allegedly broke into an Indio home and raped a woman who had a restraining order against him will have to stand trial on multiple felony charges, a judge ruled Friday. Juan Antonio Moreno, 49, is accused of raping the woman, who was previously in a relationship with him, three separate times during one night in July 2017 in a bedroom and the living room of her Arabia Street home, according to the criminal complaint. A 4-year-old boy was in the home when the woman was attacked, but he was unharmed, Indio police Sgt. Daniel Marshall said. The woman, identified as Jane Doe in court documents, had obtained a domestic violence restraining order against Moreno, who was later arrested at a residence on Sunflower Street. Moreno will stand trial on three felony counts of rape by force or fear, along with criminal threats, burglary, domestic violence and child endangerment, with numerous allegations of committing sex offenses while armed with a rifle, a judge ruled. Moreno has been held at the Indio jail in lieu of $1 million bail since his arrest two…

Paul Krassner, 1960s Counterculture Leader, Dies in Desert Hot Springs

Paul Krassner, the author and political activist who helped fuel the 1960s counterculture and is credited with inventing the term “yippies,” died Sunday at the age of 87, The Associated Press reported. Krassner died in Desert Hot Springs, where he had recently been in hospice care after an unspecified illness, his daughter Holly Krassner Dawson told the news service. Krassner was often grouped with two other high-profile activists from the 1960s, Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin. Their group was known as the Youth International Party, or Yippies, and they gained infamy for carrying out socio- political stunts, including throwing dollar bills onto the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange in 1967 and running a pig for president in 1968. But Krassner was also a prolific author, public speaker and even stand- up comedian. His latest book, “Zapped by the God of Absurdity,” will be released later this year, according to Dawson. Radio host and “Simpsons” voice actor Harry Shearer tweeted: “RIP the satirical genius Paul Krassner. His insanely ballsy approach to political comedy stands ever taller today. We did a couple of live…

Utah Man Charged with Murdering Deputy and Another Man Pleads Not Guilty

A Utah man accused of gunning down an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy inside an Alhambra fast-food restaurant an hour after killing a man in downtown Los Angeles pleaded not guilty Monday to double murder, attempted murder and robbery charges. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kevin Stennis ordered Rhett McKenzie Nelson, 30, to remain jailed without bail and set his next court appearance for Sept. 2, when a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing. Nelson allegedly shot 50-year-old Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano early in the evening of June 10 after killing 31-year-old Dmitry Alekseyevich Kolstov, an accomplished skateboarder and snowboarder from Russia. He is also facing two counts of robbery for allegedly carrying out heists at a 7-Eleven store and a Shell gas station, both in Long Beach, hours after the killings and attempting to murder a third person the same day. Solano was at the counter of the Jack in the Box restaurant when he was shot in the head in what sheriff’s officials believe was a random attack. Sheriff Alex Villanueva has said there was no indication the…

Apple Valley park featured in Lion King video

APPLE VALLEY — Grammy-award winner Beyoncé used the rocky hills of Horsemen’s Center Park as a backdrop for a music video in connection with the new Disney movie, “The Lion King.”In the music video posted Tuesday to YouTube, Beyoncé and a group of performers can be seen at the park along Highway 18 in Apple Valley as the singer performs the song “Spirit” from the live-action remake of The Lion King, which was released Thursday. […]

NBCares: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Here’s a riddle for you! It takes just ten minutes. You may start out in triple digit temps in Palm Springs, but soon you’ll experience the temperature drop 30 degrees. Over twenty million people have done this since 1963. What is it?

Joshua Tree National Park Still in Recovery: Benefit Concert Scheduled for July

The Joshua Tree National Park is still in recovery mode more than half a year after the government shut-down but the damage-done remains for years to come as local volunteers continue to deal with the aftermath. John Lauretig is a volunteer with the Friens of Joshua Tree, he said the park continues to be very popular with visitors but many of them are clueless of the harm they cause to the natural environment. Lauretig points at some ashes on the ground left from an illegal fire, he said, “You can see a metal lid is here and a couple of other things in the ash pile there, the staining on the rock and if I didn’t know any better I would here and say, ‘Oh look there was a fire, I bet I can start a fire here again’,”. Fires in non-burn areas are a problem throughout the park, as the burnt wood and trash will not disintegrate as other organic particles. The Friends of Joshua Tree were part of the group of volunteers who helped maintain the park clean during the latest government shutdown. Many…

Three Arrested for Credit Card Fraud in La Quinta

On Tuesday, at 10:00 PM, La Quinta deputies responded to The Home Depot in the 79900 block of Highway 111, regarding a theft in progress. It was determined, Claudine Boston, 22-years-old of Brooklyn, Musilimont Oniga, 20-years-old of Brooklyn, and Patrick Howard, 22-years-old of Brooklyn, committed credit card fraud. The investigation revealed the three suspects were suspected of committing credit card fraud and theft at Home Depots in the Coachella Valley, Riverside County, Orange County and Los Angeles County. A search warrant was authored for their hotel room and vehicle. The search warrant was served by the La Quinta Special Enforcement Team. During the search warrant, equipment used to make fraudulent credit cards was located along with stolen property, valued at $1,500.00. Boston, Oniga, and Howard were arrested for credit card fraud and booked into the Riverside County jail in Indio.

Seven Arrested In Connection To Illegal Street Race In Coachella

Deputies arrested several men who allegedly took part in an organized illegal street race in an unincorporated area of Coachella, a sheriff’s sergeant said Friday. Members of the sheriff’s Takeover Racing Enforcement Team were monitoring a “park and chill” car meet-up event in Indio about 11 p.m. Thursday when they learned of an illegal street racing event in Coachella being planned by some in attendance, sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Ponder said. Not long after learning of the racing event, dispatchers began receiving calls reporting an organized street race in the area of Pierce Street and Airport Boulevard in Coachella, according to Ponder. Sheriff’s patrol vehicles and a helicopter arrived in the area, and multiple would-be racers tried to flee, Ponder said. Deputies were able to stop three vehicles from leaving the area and detained their occupants. Seven men, identified as Carson Moore, 18, of La Quinta; Scott Collins, 18, of La Quinta; Emilio Garcia, 19, of Cathedral City; Abelardo Busto- Delgado, 20, of Coachella; Guillermo Busto-Delgado, 20, of Coachella; Francisco Barajas, 25, of Coachella; and Juan Vela Graciano, 22, of Indio, were all arrested for crimes…

It was 50 years ago

APPLE VALLEY — Moments after watching the televised broadcast of Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon, 17-year-old Kathleen and her boyfriend, Art Bishop, gazed up at the moon in amazement and were filled with wonder.Town of Apple Valley Councilman Art Bishop and his wife, Kathleen, told the Daily Press the couple watched the historic moon walk by Armstrong on June 20, 1969, at a friend’s home in Costa Mesa.“That night, we looked at the full moon in […]

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