Motor Officer Bill Conoway of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department knew he wanted to be a police officer from a young age.
“Growing up in the City of Hemet, many of my father’s friends were police officers and being around them inspired me to want to pursue a career in law enforcement,” said Conoway.
After graduating from Hemet High School, Conoway studied criminal justice at Riverside Community College before enlisting in the Army Reserves. His basic training took him to Alabama where he attended Military Police School and went on to serve seven years as an Army Reservist.
The geography, weather patterns and number of Wildland Urban Interface communities in California make it a state particularly threatened by a devastating wildfire. To help educate property owners and residents in areas most at risk, CAL FIRE has developed a communications program called “Ready, Set, Go!” that breaks down the actions needed to be ready for wildfire.
Indian Wells Municipal Code requires all property owners to trim their Date Palm Trees by June 30th and their Washingtonian and other fan palms by July 30th every year.
Samples collected from the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District officials show that 37 mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus in the Coachella Valley this year. Although there were no positive samples collected in the City of Indian Wells, positive cases were found in the nearby cities of Palm Springs, Indio and Coachella.
Get ready for a “nue” Vue—one that features upgrades to the kitchen, bar and dining area. These renovations will include the purchase of much-needed kitchen equipment, a kitchen remodel to better facilitate food preparation and customer service, a dining room with an enclosed space to cater to private functions and a larger, more open bar.
One of the newest members of the Indian Wells Sheriff’s Station is Captain Joe Belli, a 29-year veteran of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Joe began his career with an initial assignment to the Corrections Division at the Robert Presley Detention Center. In 1994, he was transferred to the Riverside Station, where he worked as a patrol deputy serving the communities of Mira Loma, Eastvale, Rubidoux, Mead Valley, Home Gardens and the City of Norco.
The City adopted a new rate structure for Resident Guests. This rate change only applies to the resident guest rate, not the Indian Wells resident rate.
New rates, effective July 1, are as follows:
As our season in the desert winds down and summer approaches, we can expect a few changes in climate, as well as our playing surfaces at Indian Wells Golf Resort. As the temperatures begin to increase, we’ll also start to see a transition of our turf grass from a winter rye to a summer Bermuda. Bermuda can provide an excellent playing surface, but it requires very warm temperatures to thrive. It also is a grass that produces a lot of organic matter in the soils and thus the reason we choose to aerate during the summer months. The golf maintenance team schedules work to be completed over the next 2-3 months. It allows our team to do their regularly scheduled projects, but also undertake some new ones as well.
College intern Yaritza Perez has been an intern in the City of Indian Wells Finance Department since September 2018. A student at Cal State University San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus, Yaritza’s studies focus on business administration with a concentration in accounting. Although busy with school, volunteering and work, when she learned of the internship opportunity through a friend, she knew she had to seize the opportunity.
Chris Willison brings 13 years of law enforcement experience to his role as the new Lieutenant of the Indian Wells Sheriff’s Station. Since graduating from the Basic Peace Officers’ Academy, Lieutenant Willison has served citizens in communities throughout Riverside County.
Residents of Indian Wells know that our City is not only a great place for tourists to visit, but also offers plenty of opportunities for you to plan your very own staycation. Here are some activities for you to try this summer as you take in all our City has to offer:
As we celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week, we highlight the ways travel has positively impacted jobs in our area. In Greater Palm Springs, approximately 51,866 jobs were supported by visitors in 2017, and approximately 1 in 4 jobs were sustained by tourism.
Recently, the City sat down to learn more about two individuals who make their careers in the travel industry in Indian Wells:
The Mayor and City Council voted unanimously at the City Council meeting on May 2 to appoint Chris Freeland as the new City Manager. He will assume office on May 13, 2019.
Are you leaving town for the summer or have a vacation planned? Before you leave, be sure to register in person at City Hall for a free Vacation Home Check. You can also take a proactive role in preventing crime by implementing the following:
The City of Indian Wells recently hired a college intern, Estefania Astorga. A student at California State University, San Bernardino, Estefania applied for the internship after she became interested in learning more about local government. Her previous work history includes time as a medical intern, administrative work in higher education and data entry for a local health organization.
At the City Council meeting on March 11, the Council approved an agreement with the Greater Palm Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) to provide tourism and marketing services for the City.
The City is currently looking for residents who are interested in joining our Indian Wells team! We are recruiting for our Annual 2019 Committee Appointments, positions include on the Community Activities Committee, Palm Springs Regional Airport Commission and Planning Commission.
April is the start of the 2nd quarter of the year, and usually this quarter is one of the best times to play golf in the desert. Temperatures are much warmer and the daylight tends to allow some wonderful twilight golf experiences. The conditions of the golf courses are in tip top shape and if you get a chance to play them, you’re certain to have a good time.
The City of Indian Wells presents:
State of the City
Thursday, April 18
Indian Wells Golf Resort - Celebrity Ballroom
8 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. Presentation
To purchase breakfast and priority seating - Please Click Here. Cost is $25 and seating is limited. RSVP by April 11.
For 9 a.m. Presentation only - no RSVP is needed. Doors open at 8:50 a.m.
This is the time of year when the City sees an increase in short-term rental activity. Below are convenient ways of notifying the City of a suspected short-term rental:
Contact the Short-term Rental Hotline at (760) 834-7788
Submit a complaint form on the City website at: www.cityofindianwells.org/rentals
It is important to contact the City as it creates an enforceable record and flags the City of a suspected short-term rental.
February is upon us and the golfing season is in full stride. We have some new rules for the game of golf and some of them are still challenging to get used to. If you happened to watch some of the latest PGA Tour events, you saw them in full effect.
Greg Papazian, a southern California native who spent the last four years as an emergency management consultant in the Washington, D.C. area, has been named Riverside County's new emergency services coordinator. In this role, Papazian serves both the Cities of Indian Wells and Palm Desert. His previous experience includes work with various agencies including FEMA, Fairfax County and the U.S. House of Representatives, Emergency Management Division. He has extensive knowledge in various emergency planning efforts, homeland security exercises and support of large events similar to those that occur annually in the City of Indian Wells and neighboring communities.
We would like to wish everyone a happy New Year and start off a new tradition by co-authoring a monthly article about updates and happenings out on the golf courses. 2018 was a wonderful year at the IW Golf Resort. We made some tremendous strides in the sustainability of the courses and this will continue into this New Year.
Indian Wells’ VUE Grille & Bar hired Nestor Ruiz as their new chef effective November 23. VUE is the ‘spot’ in the Coachella Valley to find award winning cuisine, creative craft cocktails, extensive wine and spirit selections, craft beers and friendly service.
“We are thrilled that Nestor has joined our team here at VUE,” said Scott Winant, VUE Food and Beverage Director. “We know that with his experience, creativity and understanding of local cuisine that he will be able to not only deliver dishes our regular guests know and love, but to add new items for residents and visitors to try each time they visit.”
The IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells La Quinta triathlon took place Sunday, December 9, attracting over 2,300 athletes. Since January 2018, the City has worked with the team at IRONMAN, the Cities of Indio, La Quinta and Palm Desert, the County of Riverside Emergency Management, the California Highway Patrol, the Riverside County Sheriff, the County Fire Department, American Medical Response and local police agencies to create a traffic plan that would accommodate the race while having minimal impact on residents and businesses.
The BNP Paribas Open has been named Tournament of the Year in the Masters 1000 category by the 2018 ATP World Tour Awards for the fifth year in a row following renovations to Indian Wells stadium and Tennis Garden.
The City of Indian Wells has created a separate Facebook page just for residents. By following this page, residents will stay up to date on the latest news, messages and updates.
Since 1968, the City of Indian Wells has contracted police services from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The County provides much of the region’s law enforcement services through ten stations that stretch from the Colorado River in the east to Norco, Corona and Wildomar in the west. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is contracted by 18 of 29 cities in Riverside County.
Contracting police work through the County allows Indian Wells access to the resources of the larger Sheriff’s Department while maintaining the ability to select what type and degree of services best meet the needs of the community. For example, the City has access to County resources such as homicide investigators, aerial surveillance, search and rescue and SWAT teams to name a few. While it would be extremely costly to employ and maintain these services through the City itself, by contracting with the Sheriff’s Department, the City only pays its proportionate user costs. The contract in place with the County ensures that sworn officers patrol the streets of Indian Wells 24 hours a day.
One such patrolling Indian Wells officer is Lieutenant Justin Rowan, a native of Riverside County, who has been in law enforcement for 23 years. A sworn police officer since 1999, Rowan’s interest in law enforcement began at the age of five when he was introduced to a police officer. From then on, he knew he wanted to be a police officer, too.
Event to Showcase One of the Country’s Fastest-Growing Sports
Indian Wells, Calif., September 5, 2018 – The 2018 USA Pickleball National Championships – expected to draw approximately 2,500 players of all ages and skill levels – will be held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden from November 3-11, 2018, in partnership with sports and entertainment management company Desert Champions and the United States Pickleball Association (USAPA). Margaritaville, the global lifestyle brand synonymous with fun and escapism, has been announced as the title sponsor of the event, which is the premier sanctioned tournament of the USAPA.
INDIO, Ca, June 22, 2018: The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District has detected more infected mosquitoes with West Nile virus (WNV). Two samples of mosquitoes tested positive yesterday; one sample of mosquitoes was collected from a trap in Indian Wells near Fairway Drive and Cook Street and the other sample was collected from a trap in Palm Desert near Portola Avenue and Shadow Mountain Drive.
These latest detections of virus activity come after the District reported the first West Nile virus activity of the year earlier this week and brings the total number of WNV-positive samples to four for 2018 in the Coachella Valley. In an effort to reduce the number of mosquitoes, interrupt virus transmission, and protect the public from mosquito-borne diseases, District staff will post disease notification signs in the communities located near the two new trap locations, continue intensified mosquito surveillance with an increase in traps and inspections for mosquito breeding sites, carry out larval and adult control as necessary in the surrounding area, and apply barrier treatments around the trap in Palm Desert.
What is EMS? EMS stands for Emergency Medical Services, and is a vital component to healthcare, public health and public safety. The public counts on EMS to help them in their worst, most harrowing moments, yet few understand exactly what medical services EMS provides. EMS saves lives from heart attacks, strokes and drowings; treats injuries due to motor vehicle collisions, shootings, stabbings and other violence; and provides care for the myraid of other illnesses and injuries that occur daily. CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department want to thank all of our EMS Personnel for all they do to help our community this month, this week, today, and everyday.
For more information visit www.ems.gov and www.naemt.org
?Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton, located just outside of Palm Springs, has partnered with award-winning sculptor, C.J. Rench, to create the new Miramonte Sculpture Garden.
The collaboration brings nine of Rench’s sculptures to the resort, each carefully situated throughout the garden for guests and visitors to enjoy. The pieces include large-scale abstract designs like "Caught Up II," an 8ft. tall stainless steel sculpture with a red powder coating, as well as pedestrian scale designs like "Poise," one of Rench’s first sculptures of this scope.
The artist was displaying his work at the La Quinta Arts Festival earlier this year, which lead to the eventual collaboration. "I met C.J. at the La Quinta Arts Festival and was immediately taken aback by the sleekness and beauty of his sculptures," said Matthew La Vine, general manager at Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa. "I spoke with the artist and we determined our resort would be a good showcase for his work. We invite people to come by and see it."
Rench, a Hood River, OR-based designer specializing in metal sculptures, aims to invite, inspire, and connect people. "As a former sport industry designer, I would travel the world and see public art in all different settings – it was inspiring," said Rench who chose to leave the corporate world in 2005 to start a family. "There was no way I was going to raise my daughter via Skype, so I decided to try something new."
Today his work includes many large-scale commissions for public and personal collectors throughout the United States ranging from small tabletop hand-painted sculptures to monumental public installations.
The City of Indian Wells and the Indian Wells Chamber of Commerce present:
Indian Wells State of the City Breakfast
Wednesday, April 25
Indian Wells Golf Resort
8 a.m. Breakfast 9 a.m. Presentation
To purchase $25 breakfast and priority seating - Please Click Here. Seating is limited. Closing April 18.
For 9 a.m. Presentation - no RSVP needed. Doors open at 8:50 a.m. for presentation attendees.
The City of Indian Wells is helping to lead the way when it comes to fostering fiscal good health, having just garnered a fourth place ranking for financial soundness among all 482 cities in California.
ROCK, BLUES, JAZZ & COUNTRY
GRAMMY award-winner Jonny Lang and Jon Batiste & the Dap Kings will headline the Indian Wells Music Festival, a newly-expanded two-day music concert event to be held April 6-7, 2018 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The popular music event that has taken place in the Coachella Valley for the past two decades has been expanded into a two-day multi-genre event.
Visit www.indianwellsmusicfestival.com for tickets and more information.
INDIO, CA, NOVEMBER 6, 2017: The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District has detected Aedes aegypti in a neighborhood in Indian Wells. District laboratory staff confirmed that one adult mosquito collected in an Indian Wells neighborhood was identified as an invasive mosquito species capable of transmitting serious viruses such as chikungunya, dengue, yellow fever, and Zika. While these viruses are not currently transmitted locally, the District is taking steps to reduce the spread of this mosquito throughout the Coachella Valley.
Latest Offerings by the Joslyn Center are highlighted by reading more. Visit www.joslyncenter.org more information on all activities.
The existing date palm trees at the northeast and southwest corners of HWY 111 & Cook St. are being replaced with younger, healthier date palms. The work also includes new sidewalk, replacement of citrus trees, and installation of a mosaic tile Indian Wells arrowhead. To view plans, click Read More link.
Click Here to View Plans
There is an extreme heat advisory in effect this week until Friday. Stay cool and hydrate during this time. A friendly reminder: please be mindful and do not leave young children or animals in locked vehicles.
Click on the link below to find cooling centers within the 4th district:
2017 DiRona Award. Once again, VUE receives the 2017 DiRona Achievement of Distinction Award! The certificate is awarded to restauranteurs who have a history of hard work, a passion for fine dining, and a dedication to excellence.
Greenskeeper.org, the most credible and longstanding golf course review platform consisting of 70,000+ members, has awarded Indian Wells Golf Resort as having the "Best Playing Conditions" for our entire Palm Springs Area region year ending 2016. This award was derived from analyzing the last 12 months of online ratings and reviews submitted by site users of Greenskeeper.org about your course. We take great pride in our awards and they hold a high amount of credibility among golfers and the industry.
An historic, tranquil four-diamond resort in the Southern California desert is the newest addition to Curio - A Collection by Hilton.
The Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM) has announced the Indian Wells Golf Resort as a 2017 AGM Platinum Award winner! The Platinum Awards recognize premier golf shops from the private, public, resort and off-course sectors. Applicants were judged on creative ideas, revenue-generating initiatives, promotions and visual displays.
2017 Resident Benefit cards can now be renewed online.
You can renew in person starting January 3, 2017. 2017 Resident Benefit cards will be mailed starting in mid-December.
The CGCOA Course of the Year Award is bestowed upon a golf facility that meets criteria in a variety of areas: course quality and resource management, commitment to player development & growth of the game, as well as community outreach.
Conveniently situated in the heart of the Greater Palm Springs Desert Resorts region sits the vibrant community of Indian Wells, a peaceful oasis where endless sunshine illuminates a stunning landscape, residents and vacationers tee off on immaculately groomed golf courses, and the sounds of splashing and laughter reverberate from sparkling pools throughout the community.
For information on the Mayor's office hours, please call City Hall, 760.346.2489.