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Snapshot: Best of Coachella Valley 2016-2017 Awards and Celebration

Snapshot: Best of Coachella Valley 2016-2017 Awards and Celebration

Friday, December 09, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

Representatives of many of the Coachella Valley's top businesses, groups and organizations gathered on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Copa Nightclub for the Best of Coachella Valley 2016-2017 Party.

The revelry was the culmination of a process that started back in August, when first-round voting in the third ...

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Business Bogeys: The Golf Industry—Vital to the Local Economy—is Facing Tough Times, but One Expert Remains Encouraged

Business Bogeys: The Golf Industry—Vital to the Local Economy—is Facing Tough Times, but One Expert Remains Encouraged

Monday, December 05, 2016  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

If you’re a casual golfer like me, you have undoubtedly seen signals that seem to portend an uncertain future for public golf courses, private golf clubs and golf retail outlets here in Coachella Valley.

When booking a tee time online, you may see more available slots—and cheaper rates—than there use...

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December Astronomy: Venus Dominates the Sky, While the Full Moon Puts a Damper on the Geminid Meteor Shower

December Astronomy: Venus Dominates the Sky, While the Full Moon Puts a Damper on the Geminid Meteor Shower

Wednesday, November 30, 2016  |  Robert Victor

Evening twilight : Venus rules! You won’t fail to notice this brilliant light in the southwest at dusk. Look for Mars to its upper left, and, for the first two or three weeks of December, Mercury to Venus’ lower right, provided you have an unobstructed view. The moon passes through this section of sky Nov....

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Snapshot: The Palm Springs Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Championship

Snapshot: The Palm Springs Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Championship

Sunday, November 27, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

After we created the Facebook event page for the Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Championship, a well-meaning friend commented: "I'm confused. Non-Alcoholic? Why bother?"

Here's why: There are many, many people who do not drink alcohol—for a variety of reasons. Yet all of those people still go into bars and r...

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Heroes in Classrooms: 'The Bad Kids' Documentary Shows the Amazing Work Being Done at an Alternative Yucca Valley High School

Heroes in Classrooms: 'The Bad Kids' Documentary Shows the Amazing Work Being Done at an Alternative Yucca Valley High School

Friday, November 25, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

The documentary The Bad Kids begins as a probation officer follows up on a young man named Joseph McGee.

McGee tells the officer that his father is currently serving time in prison, and that he’s having problems showing up to school. Soon, his mother—sitting across from McGee and the officer—begins sob...

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A Flower Paradise in the Desert: Gubler's Orchids has called Landers home since 1975

A Flower Paradise in the Desert: Gubler's Orchids has called Landers home since 1975

Wednesday, November 23, 2016  |  Brane Jevric

There is a tropical garden up in the most unlikely of places—the high desert—that grows orchids, by the thousands.

I discovered it by pure chance while on another assignment in Landers, located north of Yucca Valley about 55 miles from Palm Springs. As I drove on Belfield Boulevard, I saw dozens of c...

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29 Oct 2012

The Media on Prop 37: Six Articles to Enlighten

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Unless you’ve been living under rock (and if you’ve been living under a rock, well, you’re probably not reading this brand-new local-news website), you know that Proposition 37 is Big News, both here in the Coachella Valley and around the country.

In summary: Prop 37, on the Nov. 6 ballot, would require that any food using genetically engineered ingredients be labeled as such (save meats, dairy products and booze). Proponents say that consumers have a right to know what they’re putting in their bodies; opponents say that such labels are unnecessary and would cause unneeded concern, since many scientists say genetically engineered foods are perfectly safe.

We at the Independent believe that more information is always better, so we think Prop 37 has more pluses and minuses. But there are minuses.

For your enlightenment and/or entertainment (and/or horrification), are some links to some links to Prop 37 stories, from news sources around the country, that cover those pluses and minuses.

This is a helpful Q&A if you’re just confused as heck, and you want the basics.

This piece points out that the American Association for the Advancement of Science—the folks behind Science magazine—thinks that labeling would "mislead and falsely alarm consumers."

This interesting, but flawed (see the intro editor’s note and the comments) points out how some science is hinting that there could be dangers lurking in genetically engineered eats.

Populist Jim Hightower, who’s a big fan of Prop 37, points out how some organic-food companies—who like Prop 37—have been exposing the fact that they’ve been bought out big food companies—who are decidedly against Prop 37.

This is a nice, recent primer on how much dough is being spent on the campaign, and by whom.

This article, despite some serious hyperbole, discusses some of the legal issues regarding the proposition.

So, there you go … a little light reading on an important topic.

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