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September Astronomy: An Epic Total Eclipse of the Harvest Moon Happens This Month

September Astronomy: An Epic Total Eclipse of the Harvest Moon Happens This Month

Monday, August 31, 2015  |  Robert Victor

Spectacular events in September include a close pairing of a waning crescent moon and Venus at dawn on Sept. 10—and a total lunar eclipse in the early evening on Sept. 27.

Venus now rises before the sun, and has become a spectacular morning “star” in the east before dawn. Venus reaches its greatest br...

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Conservation at a Cost: Local Agencies Decrease Water Usage—and Face a Decline in Revenue as a Result

Conservation at a Cost: Local Agencies Decrease Water Usage—and Face a Decline in Revenue as a Result

Friday, August 21, 2015  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

On July 30, the State Water Resources Control Board issued a press release highlighting the quick success of statewide water-conservation efforts.

“With record-breaking heat throughout much of the state in June, Californians continued to conserve water, reducing water use by 27.3 percent and exceedin...

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Bait Bike: Palm Springs Police Go Plain-Clothes in an Effort to Cut Down on Bicycle Theft

Bait Bike: Palm Springs Police Go Plain-Clothes in an Effort to Cut Down on Bicycle Theft

Tuesday, August 18, 2015  |  Brane Jevric

San Bernardino police recently made national news thanks to a creative operation .

Cops, dressed in plain clothes or as homeless people, walked up to cars stopped at an intersection. The officers held signs, but instead of saying something to the effect of “need food,” the signs said something to the e...

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Remembering Allene Arthur: A Dear Friend Toasts the Lifestyles/Scene Columnist

Remembering Allene Arthur: A Dear Friend Toasts the Lifestyles/Scene Columnist

Monday, August 17, 2015  |  Brane Jevric

Editor's Note: Allene Arthur died on Friday, July 31. She was 91 years old.

Independent contributor Brane Jevric was a dear friend of Arthur's; he often drove her to various social events. And on Jan. 30, 2014 at CVIndependent.com, and in the February 2014 print edition of the Independent , Jevric toast...

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Speaking for the Trees: How Long-Term Forest Health Is Compromised by Dry Spells

Speaking for the Trees: How Long-Term Forest Health Is Compromised by Dry Spells

Tuesday, August 11, 2015  |  Cally Carswell

Aspen trees are the rock stars of the tree world. They have a bold fashion sense, gilding the mountains in gold each fall. And they engage in risky behavior: In the competitive world of plant biology, their strategy is to grow fast and die young. Juniper trees, which grow slowly, invest much of thei...

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Bernie Sanders’ Story: How a Vermont Socialist Improbably Won Key Elections—and a National Stage

Bernie Sanders’ Story: How a Vermont Socialist Improbably Won Key Elections—and a National Stage

Tuesday, August 04, 2015  |  Kevin J. Kelley

Editor’s Note: Seven Days , the alternative publication in Burlington, Vt., has been on the Bernie Sanders beat for decades: He got his political start as the mayor of the city. Seven Days , which has been chronicling Sanders’ career since 1972, recently offered to write this story about Sanders’ politi...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2012 21:58

Snapshot: Arenas Road Halloween Costume Contest

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Here are some exclusive Coachella Valley Independent iPhone CrapCam images from the Arenas Road Halloween Costume Contest!

A crowd shot at the Arenas Road Halloween Costume Party.

The crowd watches as various winners are announced.

Check out those legs!

Check out those legs!

An orange wig. A funny hat. Why not?

An orange wig, and then headwear that looks like the bastard cousin of a Hot Dog on a Stick hat. Why not?

Not a bad Wednesday crowd in Palm Springs ... even if it is Halloween.

Non-costumed folk watch the costumed folk.

And finally, just in time for Star Wars: Episode 7 in 2015: A stormtrooper.

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