Possible name for Palm Springs hockey team surfaces in trademark filing

One of the biggest milestones along the path toward Palm Springs seeing an American Hockey League team hit the ice in 2021 is the day the team gets its name. Thanks to a recent filing with the US Patent and Trademark Office, we may be a step closer to knowing that detail.

According to a post on Detroithockey.net, “Palm Springs Firebirds” was registered as a trademark by attorneys for the Oak View Group Aug. 9. The same attorneys registered 13 domain names for the Seattle team last year. It’s typical for ownership groups to register several possible names for franchises, so there is no guarantee that Firebirds will be the name of the city’s team.

Oak View Group will own both the AHL franchise in Palm Springs and a currently-unnamed NHL affiliate in Seattle. The Palm Springs team was announced in June, when it was also revealed that the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and OVG will build a privately-funded arena on tribal land downtown. Ground is expected to be broken on that 10,000-seat arena in February 2020.

City Council candidates finalized for November election

Ten candidates in three districts, including only one incumbent, will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot, following final campaign filings earlier this month.

The candidates are:

District 1

District 2

District 3

Only Geoff Kors is an incumbent. Kors currently serves as mayor pro tem.

This will be the first council election using districts. The city elected to create five districts instead of continuing its all at-large elections following a 2018 letter from Southwest Voter Registration Education Project that alleges the City is in violation of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) due to its process of at-large elections. Elections for District 5 and 6 council members will be on the ballot in 2020.

Vote by mail ballots will begin being issued Oct. 7. The last day to register to vote in the November election is Oct. 21. To locate your district, register to vote, or learn more about the city’s mayor and council, visit this site.

BREAKING: Officer-involved shooting in South Palm Springs

LATEST: An officer who was injured during a fight with the suspect was released from the hospital the day after the incident. Police have not released the officer’s name, but did say the injuries were only moderate. Witnesses said the officer confronted the suspect, whom witnesses said was welding a knife, threatening people and yelling racial slurs, almost immediately upon arrival. The suspect was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. His status is not known at this time.

5:37 PM: Officials say an altercation between five individuals in the Bank of America parking lot resulted in the call that lead to police shooting a suspect who allegedly had a knife. Anyone who may have witnessed the original fight between the group is urged to contact police to help with the investigation. Police do not believe there is any further danger to the public at this point.

5:27 PM: Palm Springs Police say the shooting involving an officer was at Camino Parocela and S. Indian Canyon Drive. One officer sustained minor injuries and a suspect has been transported to the hospital.

5 PM: Just after 4 PM today officers from The Palm Springs Police Department were involved in an officer involved shooting. More details will be released at a later time, but motorists are advised that South Indian Canyon Dr. and South Palm Canyon Dr. between Ramon Road and Camino Parocela are closed due to the active investigation.