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Thirst to Conserve: An Overwhelming Response to Valley Water Agencies' Turf-Buyback Programs Has Left Residents and Businesses in Limbo

Thirst to Conserve: An Overwhelming Response to Valley Water Agencies' Turf-Buyback Programs Has Left Residents and Businesses in Limbo

Monday, October 27, 2014  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

So here’s the good news: Coachella Valley residents and businesses have raced to take advantage of the turf-buyback conservation programs offered by both the Desert Water Agency on the west end of the valley, and the Coachella Valley Water District on the east end.

Here’s the bad news, especially if ...

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Snap of the Camera: While Cities Discontinue Red-Light Ticket Systems in Droves, Cathedral City's System Gives Out Ever-More Citations

Snap of the Camera: While Cities Discontinue Red-Light Ticket Systems in Droves, Cathedral City's System Gives Out Ever-More Citations

Tuesday, October 21, 2014  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Between June 2011 and October 2014, 32 California cities eliminated their red-light-camera enforcement systems—including the city of Riverside in September, according to watchdog website Highwayrobbery.net.

However, the system continues to operate in Cathedral City.

The city’s contract with American T...

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Incidents Increase: The Palm Springs Library Battles an Apparent Rise in Crime, Violence

Incidents Increase: The Palm Springs Library Battles an Apparent Rise in Crime, Violence

Friday, October 17, 2014  |  Brane Jevric

Famed novelist Sidney Sheldon was a fervent supporter of the Palm Springs Library. Sheldon and his wife, Alexandra, even donated a bighorn statue to the library, which is on display by the entrance to the building on Sunrise Way.

I once interviewed Sheldon, who died in 2007, at the library, and he pa...

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Return of the Messenger: How a New Film Vindicates Investigative Journalist Gary Webb

Return of the Messenger: How a New Film Vindicates Investigative Journalist Gary Webb

Thursday, October 16, 2014  |  Melinda Welsh

This one has all the ingredients of a dreamed-up Hollywood blockbuster: A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist uncovers a big story involving drugs, the CIA and a guerrilla army. Despite threats and intimidation, he writes an explosive exposé and catches national attention. But the fates shift: Our rep...

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Representing the Community: East Valley Youth Share Their Perspectives Community Planners

Representing the Community: East Valley Youth Share Their Perspectives Community Planners

Friday, October 10, 2014  |  Amber Amaya

A smile grows on Jacqueline Aguilar’s face when she talks about local art and her community.

Aguilar, a senior at Coachella Valley High School, is passionate about these topics—and she’s eager to share her insight with anyone willing to listen.

Aguilar represented Raices Cultura when she spoke about art...

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Clear Differences: The Mayor of Coachella Battles a Political Newcomer to Replace V. Manuel Perez in the State Assembly

Clear Differences: The Mayor of Coachella Battles a Political Newcomer to Replace V. Manuel Perez in the State Assembly

Monday, October 06, 2014  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

After the November election, California Assembly District 56 will have a new representative, because incumbent Democrat V. Manuel Perez has reached his term limit.

That new representative will be either current Coachella Mayor Eduardo Garcia, a Democrat, or Republican Charles Bennett Jr. The heavily ...

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