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Fields Making Students Sick Near Coachella

An organic herbicide odor made more than 28 students at Coachella Valley High School in Thermal ill. The students reported nausea, dizziness and throat irritation after inhaling a strange odor originating in a field across the street from the school campus. A hazardous material... — Updated 10/7/2015


Another Pit Bull Attack

A vicious dog bit a 6-year-old boy Wednesday just before 5:00 p.m. in La Quinta. The boy was taken to the hospital with wounds to his face and chin after trying to pet the pit bull mix. The dog is being quarantined at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms. Last... — Updated 10/7/2015


Rattlesnake Bites Woman In Desert Center

On Friday evening, Sept. 18, a 42-year-old woman stepped out of her car by the side of I-10 near Ford Dry lake and was bitten by a 2 foot- long rattlesnake. She was taken to the hospital, according to the Riverside County Fire Department, and evaluated as in “moderate... — Updated 9/24/2015


Going Solar Will Save Money For Palm Springs

Palm Springs has entered into final contract negotiations with SolarCity and SunEdison to install solar panels at eight sites around the city. SolarCity will install solar panels at the city’s wastewater treatment plant and the Sunrise Plaza complex. SunEdison will install... — Updated 9/24/2015


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

 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


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


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

 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


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

 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