5 Things to Know: Tuesday, September 22

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 63 new cases and 10 new reported deaths in the last 24 hours, but the big news is that the county has moved to a new tier, allowing for the reopening of some sectors.  More on that below, first here is what is going on locally in regards to cases and deaths:


  • The state of California moved Riverside County into the red tier on Tuesday.  The move allows for the reopening of indoor stores and shopping centers, museums, zoos, aquariums, churches, movie theaters, gyms, and indoor dining (all with reduced capacity).  In addition, nail salons are now allowed to open around the state, with approval from the individual counties:

  • San Bernardino County remains in the purple tier, but could also be added to the red tier as soon as next week.
  • Congress approved $1 billion in tax dollars in March that the Pentagon was to use to build up the country’s supplies of medical equipment.  As the Washington Post reports, that money was instead mostly funneled to defense contractors and used to make things such as jet engine parts, body armor and dress uniforms.
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2) The Snow Fire

The fire burning near Palm Springs has burned over 6,000 acres and is predicted to be 100% contained by October 1.  Firefighters shared details on Tuesday about how they used the Palm Springs Tramway, followed by a 2.4 mile hike to save the nearly 100-year-old ranger station located at over 9,000 feet in the San Jacinto mountains:

3) The Other Fires

Dozens of fires continue to burn in California, Oregon, and Washington.   Currently, 18,700 men and woman are taking on 27 major wildfires in the state of California that have burned over 3.1 million acres:

The fires in California have claimed 26 lives this year:

Some important links:

  • The LA Times is tracking each of the major fires on this online map.
  • The El Dorado Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains has now scorched over 22,588 acres and was 60% contained as of Tuesday morning.
  • A procession was held Tuesday for the firefighter who died while battling the El Dorado Fire. Charles Morton, 39, was a Big Bear Interagency Hotshot squad boss who had been with the Forest Service for 14 years out of an 18-year firefighting career:

4) Indio Home Sells for $3.9 million to trust tied to Tyga

A 6,000-square-foot Indio a waterfront retreat recently sold for $3.9 million to a trust tied to hip-hop star Tyga for $3.9 million, reports the LA Times. The house was purchased by RAWW INVESTMENTS LLC, a limited liability company that shares a tax address with another company owned by the Tyga, though an attorney representing the rapper said the home was purchased by a family member.

Whoever is moving in will enjoy four bedrooms, a swimming pool, spa and some killer views.

5) Get Registered to Vote

Tuesday marks National Voter Registration Day.  If you have moved recently, are not registered, or just want to check to make sure you are good to go to cast your vote in the upcoming election, here are some important links:

  • You can check if you are registered to vote here.
  • You can register to vote here.
  • You can get information on mail-in voting here.
  • You can track your mail-in ballot here.
  • You can apply to be an election officer here.

Stay safe.  Stay smart.  Wear a mask. Vote. 💚🌵