I’ll never forget how I felt when I posted the first articles on CVIndependent.com.

On one hand, it was frustrating as hell. I was posting those first articles—mostly short event previews that I knew nobody would ever read—as I built the website from the ground up using an open-source content-management system.

It’s safe to say I didn’t necessarily know what I was doing, technology-wise. While my web-developer husband was around to help me when I got truly stuck, I was largely on my own—and there were several times when I launched into profanity-laced snits when the frustration became too much.

On the other hand … the experience was beyond exhilarating. Frustration aside, I knew I was taking the first steps toward building something that had the potential to become truly special.

Well, we’ve come a long way. More than 3 1/2 years have passed since I posted those first stories—and we’ve reached a milestone: On April 30, we posted our 3,000th piece at CVIndependent.com. (If you’re keeping score, this is No. 3,013).

Join Independent staffers, contributors, friends and readers as we celebrate this occasion on Tuesday, May 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rio Azul Mexican Bar and Grill, 350 S. Indian Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs. It’ll be a simple gathering; there will be no band, nor will there be any big speeches. Instead, the emphasis will be on acknowledging the community the Independent has built, and will continue to build, by finally giving the Coachella Valley an honest, ethical, professional alternative news voice.

I hope you’ll join us. Come and say hello if we’ve never met.

Thanks, as always, for reading and being part of our Independent family. Also: Be sure to pick up the May 2016 print edition of the Coachella Valley Independent, now available at more than 370 locations valley-wide.

Jimmy Boegle

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. A native of Reno, Nevada, the Dodgers fan went to Stanford University intending to become a sportswriter—but fell...