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Coachella Valley - Classic Monsoon Ahead

The Coachella Valley can look forward to more rain this week as humid conditions, isolated thunderstorms and sometimes-heavy rain are expected to move into the area, beginning late Wednesday and continuing into early next week. Tina Stall, a meteorologist with the National... — Updated 8/13/2015


Plan to Save the Salton Sea

The Salton Sea Restoration and Renewable Energy Initiative is the Imperial Irrigation District's plan to restore the Salton Sea to its former days of glory. The I.I.D. staff plan to release a 260-page document during a board... — Updated 8/13/2015


4th Annual Julian Film Festival

August 21st and 22nd are the dates of the Julian film Festival this year. The event benefits and is sponsored by the Volcan Mountain Foundation. The nature-focused environmental film festival supports Volcan Mountain Foundation’s theme- A Watershed Year. It will highlight import... — Updated 8/13/2015

 By Suzanne Howarth    Towns

Coachella Valley - Michelle Obama

It appears that Michelle Obama is still in the Coachella Valley. There is still a noticeable law enforcement presence in and outside Thunderbird Heights, the Rancho Mirage gated community known to have housed Michelle Obama and... — Updated 8/13/2015


Salton Sea - Car Crash, Child Dead

An 8-year-old boy has been killed in a rollover wreck due to the lack of a seat belt. Two other occupants, also traveling in the minivan were injured in the crash near the Salton Sea town of Mecca, say California Highway Patrol officers. The 2006 Toyota Sienna rolled over Monday,... — Updated 8/13/2015

 By Suzanne Howarth    Towns

Salton Sea - $3.15 billion Restoration

In order to restore the Salton Sea, local officials now say they want $3.15 billion from California according to a detailed plan approved Tuesday by the Imperial Irrigation District’s board of directors. The $3.15 billion would fund shovel-ready pilot projects and new... — Updated 8/13/2015


Salton Sea - Long Term Plans for Geothermal Plant

Ormat Technologies, Inc. held its two meetings on Monday and Tuesday at the Salton Sea to present to the public its plans for the possible geothermal plant in Truckhaven. It was said that Ormat is currently working on the permits to start the seismic study. The goal of the study... — Updated 8/13/2015

 By Suzanne Howarth    Towns

Palm Desert - Storm Clean up Continues

Thursday's storm across Palm Desert and Indian Wells, caused a path of destruction, some describing it as tornado-like, whipping through, uprooting trees and snapping power poles and tearing roofs off homes, leaving hundreds without electricity or air conditioning during the high... — Updated 8/13/2015


Salton City - Alert, Stop Light Not Working

The stop light on Highway 86 and S22 is still not working, as of Tuesday, August 4. The light going east to west does not change from red to green. The light going north and south, stays green. Crossing the highway is a dangerous... — Updated 8/13/2015

 By Paddie Connelly    Towns

Oh, those Lions!

Yep, it’s true – the Lions are at it again, helping the community. Working closely with the leadership of West Shores High School, the West Shores Lions Club has secured walking privileges for community members at the high school’s wonderful new walking path. The four-foot... — Updated 8/7/2015

 By Jeannie Beck    Towns

Three Drug Busts in 12 Hours Near Salton Sea

Three separate drug-smuggling arrests occurred at the Highway 86 checkpoint on Saturday. The incidents occurred within 12 hours but were unrelated, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency. The three men were identified as a 39 year-old Mexican citizen, a 51... — Updated 7/30/2015


Salton City - Traffic Light Arrives

A traffic light system started to operate today, July 15, at Salton City on Highway 86. This is a particularly dangerous intersection with the gas station and the entrance to the town. Lets hope this is the nearest a traffic light... — Updated 7/30/2015


4th annual Julian Film Festival, August 21 and 22

The 4th annual Julian Film Festival, benefiting and sponsored by the Volcan Mountain Foundation has been moved from spring to summer for 2015 and will be held on Friday, August 21, and Saturday, August 22. The nature-focused, environmental film festival will tie-in with, and... — Updated 7/30/2015

 By Suzanne Howarth    Towns

L.A Gang Member Arrested on Highway 86

Border Patrol agents on the Highway 86 checkpoint near the Salton Sea, arrested a man believed to be a Los Angeles gang member Wednesday, July 8, under suspicion of human trafficking. At about 1:00 p.m., Fermin Ruelas, a documented member of the "White Fence" Los Angeles-based... — Updated 7/30/2015


Fire Near Lake Henshaw - Update

A wildland fire near Lake Henshaw is already 50 percent contained as of 5:00 p.m. Rural and Valley Center Deputies assisted and numerous Fire Department vehicles responded and fought the fire. Planes and helicopters were used for water drops and CHP and CALTRANS closed Hwy. 76.... — Updated 7/30/2015

 By Jeannie Beck    Towns

Volcan Mountain Foundation Helps Kids Explore Nature

A Summer program for kids is currently underway on Volcan Mountain (at the Nature Center Property at the end of Farmers Road in Julian) for three weeks in July. From July 6th to the 24th, children are learning about native plants,... — Updated 7/30/2015

 By Suzanne Howarth    Towns

Salton Sea - Border Patrols War on Drugs

Marijuana and cocaine, used to be the smugglers drug of choice, however over the years, Border Patrol agents have noticed a change in habits and now find themselves seizing an increase in heroin and methamphetamine. The Border Patrol checkpoint on the 86 Expressway Highway near... — Updated 7/30/2015


Salton Sea - $505,000 Drug Bust

More than $505,000 of methamphetamine has been seized by Border Patrol agents after a 24 year old man attempted to pass through the Highway 86 checkpoint near the Salton Sea Thursday July. 16. Drug-sniffing dogs alerted agents to the 2013 Dodge Avenger, where agents located 34... — Updated 7/30/2015


Salton City - Capt'n Jim's Traffic Lights

Capt'n Jim's bar in Salton City celebrated the town's first stop light, at Highway 86 and S22, on Friday, July 17, with their own creation of red, yellow and green shots representing the stop lights. The celebration included... — Updated 7/30/2015


Salton City- Sandstorm

Salton City 5:00 pm July 17 a dust storm suddenly arrived seriously reducing the visibility, lasting approximately 2 hours with 40 mph southeasterly winds.... — Updated 7/30/2015

 By Jeannie Beck    Towns

Julian - Merchant of the Year Award for Wynola Flats Produce

Wynola Flats Produce and R&S Honey was opened three years ago by Stacy and Randy Peyakov. Their produce is both organic and conventional, and locally grown whenever possible- with imports from small farms in Imperial Valley and... — Updated 7/30/2015


Seismic Study Underway

Another geothermal plant might be on its way to the Salton Sea. Ormat Technologies, Inc., a geothermal company, is working with Valley Solutions Group Inc., a public relations firm from El Centro, to conduct a seismic study in Truckhaven, in the Salton Sea area, to find if the... — Updated 7/30/2015


Cahuilla Indian Reservation - Pot Farm Bust

An illegal marijuana farm located on the Cahuilla Indian Reservation has been located by a Sheriff's Department helicopter pilot, on 39-400 block of Cary Road and the 49-900 block of Puckit Drive. At 7 a.m. Thursday July. 23,... — Updated 7/30/2015


SALTON SEA - Single-car crash

A single-vehicle crash near Highway 111 and Vander Veer Road, the turnoff to North Shore Beach and Yacht Club, has killed one person and injured two. The wreck was reported at 7:06 p.m. Monday, July. 27, along the north shore of the Salton Sea, according to Riverside County Fire... — Updated 7/30/2015

 By Trish Luberte    Towns

Paranormal Activity in Warner Springs Mission Chapel

For generations the Cupeño Indians have considered Warner Springs their ancestral home. The Chapel of Saint Francis of Assisi on Highway 79 and Stage Road is one of the few remaining Mission Chapels still serving a primarily... — Updated 7/16/2015


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