Risa Johnson, The Desert Sun

Risa Johnson

The Desert Sun

Palm Springs, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Risa:

Some Coachella Valley businesses are allowed to reopen, but it involves more than unlocking the doors

The chance to open again is welcome news for the retail and restaurant industries. But reopening involves more than simply unlocking the doors. → Read More

Indio City Council to consider vote on face mask requirement, after majority voices support

Most of the cities in the Coachella Valley have elected to put in place their own face mask requirements, with slight variations. → Read More

Assemblyman Ramos' bill to reduce rates of missing and murdered indigenous women progresses

Native American women on reservations can be up to 10 times more likely to fall victim to an act of violence than the nationwide average. → Read More

Spotlight 29, Morongo and Tortoise Rock casinos all set to open Friday

This comes as Gov. Gavin Newsom sent a letter to California tribes on May 15 urging them not to reopen their gaming facilities. → Read More

Riverside County reports 101 new coronavirus cases, 9 new deaths Tuesday

Riverside County passes the 6,000-case mark, now has 270 total deaths → Read More

Agua Caliente casinos in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage to reopen on Friday. Here's what to expect

Of casinos in the Coachella Valley, the tribe's announcement leaves just the Fantasy Springs Casino and Augustine Casino without reopening dates. → Read More

Newsom urges California tribes to reconsider opening casinos in 'interest of public health'

Two tribes in Riverside County have announced that they plan to reopen their casinos May 27. → Read More

Palm Springs farmers market stays afloat for summer with $12K aid from community

The Coachella Valley Certified Farmers' Markets met a $10,000 fundraising goal in under 48 hours to keep the summer market open. → Read More

San Bernardino County reports 75 new coronavirus cases, 18 new deaths; total cases at 3,153

San Bernardino County has administered the lowest number of tests per capita among all Southern California counties. → Read More

Coronavirus FAQ: What city rules are in effect after county board rescinded health orders?

Here's an overview of the social distancing rules in place in the Coachella Valley's nine cities. → Read More

Are COVID-19 cases slowing more in Coachella Valley than county overall? A look at the data

In early April, the Coachella Valley had half of all the county's deaths. That proportion has declined; now numbers are in line with our population share. → Read More

Riverside County point-in-time count finds 41% rise in youth homelessness

Riverside County's 2020 point in time survey found a 41% increase in youth experiencing homelessess. → Read More

Business owners get advice on reopening during Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce town hall

Businesses received advice on reopening at a virtual town hall on Tuesday hosted by the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce and other organizations. → Read More

Riverside County reports 16 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths; 4,180 total confirmed cases

Riverside County reported 16 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths on Sunday. The total number of confirmed cases is now 4,180 with 161 deaths → Read More

Riverside County supervisors, Riverside and Corona mayors, to make case for reopening additional businesses

Several Riverside County supervisors, along with other elected officials and business leaders, will make case Monday for reopening more businesses → Read More

Schools could reopen as early as July? Coachella Valley districts surprised by Newsom outline

California schoolchildren could return to their classrooms as soon as late July, though likely with modifications, Newsom said. → Read More

Riverside County job-seekers may receive up to $800 in jobless benefits

Riverside County residents who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic may receive $800 in jobless benefits from the county. → Read More

San Bernardino County reports 55 new COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

San Bernardino County reported 55 new COVID-19 cases and three new deaths on Tuesday. → Read More

San Bernardino County reports 36 new COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths; case total now 1,032

San Bernardino County reported 36 new COVID-19 cases and 8 new deaths on Thursday, bringing the case total to 1,032. → Read More

La Quinta Post Office worker tests positive for COVID-19, USPS confirms

Cleaning protocols have been enhanced at the facility, which remains open. → Read More