5 Things to Know: Friday October 23

Welcome to 5 Things to Know – a daily rundown of things you might want to be aware of if you live in, visit, or just like being aware about what’s going on in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. As always, thank you for your continued support of Cactus Hugs.

1) The Coronavirus

Riverside County reported 371 new cases and no additional deaths in the last 24 hours. There have been 1,279 reported deaths from coronavirus this year in Riverside County.

Here is the latest on what’s going on in the desert:


  • Riverside County officials have been asking people to get tested and that message appears to be working – as, in the past seven days, 58,513 coronavirus tests were administered.
  • Costco is now offering an at-home covid test kit for $130 – $140.
  • Researchers looked at some of the long-term effects predicted in the US as a result of COVID-19.  Among their findings, the U.S. is not becoming a more kind, empathetic or compassionate country due to the pandemic, which is not like past crises that brought people closer.
  • The country doesn’t appear anywhere near to “rounding the turn”, so to speak:

2) La Quinta man arrested following social media post

A 19-year-old was arrested after police say he was seen on social media pointing a loaded handgun at a child and then giving the firearm to a minor “to display the gun on camera.” He was charged with suspicion of child endangerment and a misdemeanor weapons charge.

3) Riverside woman dies after being shot by alleged robber

A 24-year-old Riverside woman is dead and a man injured after police say they were shot during a suspected robbery in San Bernardino this week.  Officers responded to a shooting at a home on Magnolia Avenue and found two victims who had been shot. Mercey Marie Brasher was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and later died at the hospital. The man was treated and was released form the hospital on Thursday.

Officials believe the motive for the shooting was a robbery. No suspect information was released.

4) The Tramway has kicked off their annual snow guessing contest

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway kicked off its annual Snow Guessing Contest on Friday. The contest normally begins a little earlier, but, you know, it’s been a year.  Anyway, all you have to do is guess when the first measurable inch of snow falls at the Tram’s Mountain Station. The first ten entries received with the correct date of snowfall will win four Tram admissions plus a special Tram gift memento. In the event there are more than ten correct entries, the earliest postmarks will win, so enter earlier rather than later, I suppose.

To submit an entry, simply write down your best-guess date on a postcard and mail it to: Snow Guessing Contest, 1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

5) Vote early this weekend

if you want to vote early and just don’t feel like doing it with a mail-in ballot, you have a chance to cast your vote in person this weekend. In Riverside County, early voting is available from 10 am to 4 pm Friday through Sunday, Oct. 23 through Oct. 25 at three spots:

  • Galleria at Tyler, 1192 Galleria at Tyler, Riverside
  • Promenade Temecula mall, 40820 Winchester Road, Temecula
  • Westfield mall, 72-840 Highway 111, Palm Desert

You can also drop off your mail-in ballot at each location.  Get more info here.

Stay safe.  Stay smart.  Wear a mask.  

Have a nice weekend.