There were multiple injuries in a crash on Old Woman Springs Road Tuesday morning. Just before 9:30 a.m., a white and silver pick-up truck collided on Highway 247 just south of Buena Suerte. The silver truck ended up in the culvert on the east side of the highway; the white pick-up truck ended up in the side of the hill on the west side of the highway. The crash is expected to close Old Woman Springs Road for about three hours while deputies investigate the crash. The occupants of the vehicles suffered major injuries and were taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.
The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet tonight for the first time since December. The council will be asked to re-appoint a student to the Youth Commission, and to re-appoint members to the Parks and Rec Commission, and the Planning Commission, Reporter Joshua King says the Council will also hear a report on short-term vacation rentals and be asked to pass an ordinance regarding Joshua trees…
Following the appointments of members to the town’s Youth, Parks and Rec, and Planning commissions, the Yucca Valley Town Council will hear a report on short-term vacation rentals. Next, the council will be asked to approve an urgency ordinance that will enact emergency regulations for the take of Joshua trees due to the special order by the California Fish and Game Commission listing the trees as a candidate for threatened species. Tonight’s meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center, or view it online at yucca-valley.org.
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The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will gather this evening to discuss a vacation home rental permit and upgrades for Pioneer Park and Theatre 29. Reporter Heather Clisby has details…
Tonight, at 5 p.m., the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will meet to discuss two main agenda items. The commission will conduct a public hearing and consider public comments on the application for a vacation home rental at 72133 El Paseo Drive. The city did receive a letter of appeal from a concerned neighbor asking for the commission to reject the application. However, the cited examples of noise, drug use and property damage occurred under a prior owner.
The commission will also consider public comments and discuss the design plans for Pioneer Park and the expansion plans for Theatre 29.
Residents can submit comments or questions in advance to Assistant Planner Diane Olsen by email, email@example.com, or by calling 760-367-6799 X1007.
More than a quarter of a million San Bernardino County residents have had confirmed cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began. As of Monday (Jan. 18) an additional 2,881 cases were identified, bringing the county’s total to 254,094, equal to about 11% of the county population. For the fourth day in a row, no new deaths from the virus were reported. A total of 1,560 people in the county have died of the virus. An additional 19,378 tests were administered, bringing the total to 2,018,365. Meanwhile, 254 more people were considered recovered from the disease, bringing the total to 231,427.
Here are the latest San Bernardino County numbers…
Confirmed cases: 254,094 total, up 9,061 from Friday, Jan. 15, averaging 3,192 reported per day in the past week
Deaths: 1,560 total, no change from Friday, averaging 2.0 reported per day in the past week
Hospital survey: 1,511 confirmed and 51 suspected patients hospitalized Sunday, including 322 confirmed and six suspected patients in the ICU, with 25 of 25 facilities reporting. The number of confirmed patients is down 12.2% from a week earlier.
Coronavirus: California reported 17,983 new cases and 201 new deaths, hospitalizations continue to decline.
People tested: 2,018,365 total, up 66,664 from Friday, averaging 20,893 reported per day in the past week.
Resolved cases (estimate): 231,427 total, up 14,585 from Friday, averaging 3,054 per day in the past week.
Metrics tracked by the state:
ICU availability: 0.0% across Southern California
New cases per day per 100,000 residents: 140.2
Case rate adjusted for testing volume: 102.8
Test positivity rate: 24.1% (26.0% in socioeconomically challenged neighborhoods)
What that means: Southern California is under a stay-home order because of the low ICU availability. When that is lifted, San Bernardino County will return to a color-coded tier with restrictions based on the other metrics.
The National Weather Service is forecasting rain for the Morongo Basin. With information on how you can drive safely in the rain, here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman…
Substances such as oil and other vehicle fluids can build up on roadways over time. When mixed with rain water, these substances create a slick layer on the road that becomes slippery and can cause vehicles to hydroplane, sliding on the roadway without control of the vehicle. The California Department of Transportation is urging drivers to do the following: make sure your tires have appropriate tread and air pressure and test your windshield wipers. While driving, reduce your speed, leave space between vehicles, turn on your headlights, never use cruise control, avoid sudden acceleration and braking and never drive through standing water or closed flood areas. TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN!
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