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The Costs of Public Safety: Palm Desert Freezes Several Police Positions in an Effort to Save Money

The Costs of Public Safety: Palm Desert Freezes Several Police Positions in an Effort to Save Money

Thursday, September 22, 2016  |  Brane Jevric

The Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station, located on Gerald Ford Drive, is the home of the Coachella Valley’s most robust local policing force.

The station covers all unincorporated areas of the western valley, as well as the cities of Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage and Indian Wells, each of which contracts wit...

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Cannabis in the CV: Montel Williams Gets Into the MediPot Biz; a New Device Tests Breath for THC

Cannabis in the CV: Montel Williams Gets Into the MediPot Biz; a New Device Tests Breath for THC

Sunday, September 18, 2016  |  Sean Planck

In his keynote speech at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition on Sept. 8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, longtime cannabis advocate Montel Williams announced his entry into the medical marijuana business with the launch of LenitivLabs.

“I’m proud to announce the formation of Leni...

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District Disagreements: State Sen. Jeff Stone Hopes to Upset Rep. Raul Ruiz in November

District Disagreements: State Sen. Jeff Stone Hopes to Upset Rep. Raul Ruiz in November

Thursday, September 15, 2016  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Rep. Raul Ruiz upset Mary Bono Mack four years ago to become the California District 36 congressman.

This year, state Sen. Jeff Stone hopes to pull off an upset of his own.

The Democratic Party has high hopes this year. Party leaders think it’s possible to retain the presidency, regain control of the ...

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Prioritizing Endangered Species: Buried in Petitions, the Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes a New System

Prioritizing Endangered Species: Buried in Petitions, the Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes a New System

Wednesday, September 14, 2016  |  Cally Carswell

In the Black River south of Carlsbad, N.M., rare Texas hornshell mussels are trying to multiply.

It’s a bizarre and complicated process: Male mussels spit sperm into the river, where the females catch it. After brooding fertilized eggs for about a month, they chuck the larvae into the water. There, t...

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Fluttering Away: The Declining Population of Western Monarch Butterflies Gets a Closer Look

Fluttering Away: The Declining Population of Western Monarch Butterflies Gets a Closer Look

Thursday, September 08, 2016  |  Anna V. Smith

On warm fall days on the California coast, it’s not uncommon to see the iconic monarch butterfly flitting through the sky. In some places, so many butterflies are present that it makes an impressive display.

“The air is filled with orange,” says Samantha Marcum, the monarch butterfly coordinator for ...

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September Astronomy: An Entire Lunar Cycle Can Be Watched, From Start to Finish, This Month

September Astronomy: An Entire Lunar Cycle Can Be Watched, From Start to Finish, This Month

Wednesday, August 31, 2016  |  Robert Victor

Our evening twilight chart for September, depicting the sky about 40 minutes after sunset, shows brilliant Venus remaining low, creeping from west to west-southwest and gaining a little altitude as the month progresses. Its close encounter within 2.5 degrees north of Spica on Sept. 18 is best seen with ...

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01 Nov 2012

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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