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 By Suzanne Howarth    Towns

Salton Sea - Odor Advisory

An odor advisory was issued Sunday for the Coachella Valley, warning of a continuing trend of hydrogen sulfide gas emissions in the area. Southwestern winds could carry the odors to other areas of the Valley, according to the AQMD. Hourly average concentrations of hydrogen... — Updated 9/24/2015

 

Salton Sea- Emergency Landing

Two military helicopters made an emergency landing at 5:10 p.m. Thursday Sept. 3, in the Truckhaven area near Highway 86, according to the county Sheriff’s Office. Call logs state that the pilots of the helicopters notified authorities that mechanical issues necessitated the... — Updated 9/24/2015

 
 By Denny DuVall    Towns

A Sip of Julian

Once again I fired up my Panel Truck Henry, and made the short run to downtown Julian. This time to cover the first annual Sip of Julian. It began at the Town Hall where you sign up and get a bag of goodies. Then hit the three... — Updated 9/24/2015

 

Busy, Busy Lions

West Shores Lions have been busy over the summer. We meet throughout the year and, typically, use the slower summer months to plan projects and events for the coming year. Here’s what we’re thinking about right now: + continuing to work in supporting various programs at the th... — Updated 8/27/2015

 
 By Denny DuVall    Towns

Julian Chamber Mixer

On the afternoon of August 6, I fired up my panel truck Henry, and headed out to Menghini Winery a few miles north of Julian to cover the Julian Chamber Mixer from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. or so. The mixer was hosted by Menghini... — Updated 8/27/2015

 
 By Paddie Connelly    Towns

Salton Sea - Homeless Children

July 16 a number of West Shores’ residents joined folks from all over the Coachella Valley in a meeting to discuss homeless children in our area. Yes, there are homeless children, right here at the Salton Sea. The meeting was convened by Lothar Vasholz whose daughter and... — Updated 8/27/2015

 

Julian Film Festival

The 2015 Julian Film Festival sponsored by the Volcan Mountain Foundation well be held on Friday evening August 21 at 7:00 p.m. and all day Saturday until 10:00 p.m. The Foundation's theme, "A watershed Year" will focus on water,... — Updated 8/27/2015

 

Body of Child Found In Coachella Canal

Thursday morning the body of a 7-year-old girl reported missing two days earlier was discovered in a canal and a male relative of the girl was arrested. Authorities suspect it’s the body of the Niland girl reported missing on Tuesday. The girl’s relatives said she was last... — Updated 8/13/2015

 

Suspicious Metal Pipe Forces I-10 Closure

A black pipe containing half a pound of methamphetamine forced the closure of I-10 on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. A California Department of Transportation Employee called the California Highway Patrol at 9:40 a.m. regarding a suspicious object on the road at a maintenance project. The... — Updated 8/27/2015

 

Military Academy Coming to Indio

A military charter school is coming to Indio. The Riverside County Education Academy is aimed at students who are falling through the cracks at regular high school and to provide support and structure. The school is modeled after an academy in Moreno Valley, and it has been very... — Updated 8/27/2015

 

Narcotics Seized at Highway 86 Checkpoint

Sixteen pounds of narcotics were seized at the Highway 86 checkpoint near Salton Sea on Friday at 7:00 a.m. A 30-year-old driver tried to smuggle 11 pounds of methamphetamine and five pounds of heroin worth $168,000. The driver hid the drugs in the frame of the 2002 Buick Park... — Updated 8/27/2015

 

IID Geothermal Energy Agreement

Imperial Irrigation District will turn to cleaner and renewable energy sources. The IID currently uses coal to create energy, however on Tuesday, Aug. 1, they came to an agreement with CalEnergy to buy 50 megawatts from its geothermal plants near the Salton Sea. The 10-year... — Updated 8/27/2015

 

Salton City - Methamphetamine Found

Six pounds of methamphetamine were found in the toilet of a commercial bus at the Highway 86 check point. Agents found three bundles of the drug wrapped with tape at 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 11. The amount was valued at $60,000. Agents were not able to determine who had hidden the drugs... — Updated 8/27/2015

 
 By Suzanne Howarth    Towns

Canal Drowning – Not Guilty Plea

Heinrich Paul Boykins, 56, the man accused of contributing to the death of Annie Lee Palmer the Ohio 7-year-old who drowned in a Coachella Valley canal, has pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter, child abuse, and two counts of driving under the influence.... — Updated 8/27/2015

 

First West Nile Virus Case In Coachella This Season

A 70-year-old man from Thermal is in stable condition after testing positive for West Nile virus. This is the first case in the Coachella Valley this season. Two other cases have been reported in Riverside County so far. The last fatality from West Nile in the county was in 2008.... — Updated 8/27/2015

 

Desert Palm Springs – Napa Valley of Cannabis

“We’re excited to bring local jobs and bring the city some needed tax revenue,” said Ata Gonzalez, the CEO of Orange County-based G FarmaLabs. The jobs in question would come from the flourishing marijuana industry. G FarmaLabs, is considering the city of Desert Hot... — Updated 8/27/2015

 
 By Suzanne Howarth    Towns

Atomic Bomb 70th Anniversary

It's been seventy years since an atomic bomb was exploded over the city of Hiroshima, causing the beginning of the end for the war against Japan and an unprecedented toll on humanity. The Salton Sea played a pivotal role in... — Updated 8/27/2015

 
 By Celeste Misch    Towns

West Shores High 2015 Graduation: A Success Story

In 2011 there were rumors that the West Shores High School located in one of the poorest communities in the nation and rated by the Government as a 'Severely Disadvantaged Community' would be shut down by the State because the... — Updated 7/30/2015

 

Salton Sea - $133,000 Cocaine Seized

Border Patrol agents seized 8.36 pounds, valued at approximate $133,000, worth of cocaine concealed inside a car's front and back bumpers at the Highway 86 Border Patrol checkpoint near the Salton Sea Friday Aug. 7. The driver of the car, a 24-year-old male U.S. citizen was... — Updated 8/13/2015

 

Desert Storm Knocks Down Over 100 Power Poles

A sever thunder storm destroyed over a hundred power poles on Thursday night with severe wind being determined as the cause. Two people were reportedly injured during the storm and power lines fell on a car. A power pole fell on top of a home, and another house lost its roof.... — Updated 8/13/2015

 

Salton City - Stop Light Now Working

The stop light at the intersection of S22 and Highway 86 in Salton City is now working. The light was reported broken on Aug. 4. Three days later, motorists can cross the intersection worry free.... — Updated 8/13/2015

 

West Nile Virus – First Two Cases Reported

West Nile virus has infected its first two victims of the year in Riverside County, according to health officials. A statement released on Wednesday, August. 5. By county public health spokesman Jose Arballo, Jr states - a 37-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman, both residents... — Updated 8/13/2015

 

Salton Sea - Arrest Following Burglary

George Duarte, a 32-year-old ex-felon was arrested at 5:59 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Panorama and Palo Verde Drives in Desert Shores, in connection with a Salton Sea-area burglary involving several rifles, three off-road vehicles and a safe containing thousands of rounds of... — Updated 8/13/2015

 

Tanker Fire Near Inspection Station

Approximately 11:30 a.m., August 4, a tanker truck carrying fuel exploded on Highway 86. According to Tony Rouhotas, Imperial County Fire Chief, the driver lost control, wrecked the vehicle and it immediately exploded. The... — Updated 8/13/2015

 

Fence Added Around Canals After Drowning Death

Following the tragic death of 7-year-old Annie Lee Palmer in the Coachella Canal on July 28, the Coachella Valley Water District will add 1,200 feet of metal fencing around the canal. More than 38 miles of fencing already surround the 122-mile canal. People still bypass even if... — Updated 8/13/2015

 

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