As we approached our deadline on the March print edition, I reached out to Matt King to compliment him on the insane range of music he covers in this month’s issue.

Check this out: He did features on a stoner-rock festival (coming to Joshua Tree), the Glenn Miller Orchestra (coming to the Palm Springs Cultural Center), Police drummer Stewart Copeland (coming to Fantasy Springs to perform Police music with a full orchestra) and the Masters of Harmony, a championship a cappella/barbershop ensemble (coming to the McCallum). Then he did Lucky 13 Q&As with Yoyoyoshie, the guitarist for Otoboke Beaver, an all-female Japanese punk group (coming to Pappy and Harriet’s), and local drummer/hip-hop artist Sean McCune.

Go ahead and try to find a more diverse range of music coverage in any newspaper, anywhere. I dare ya!

This wide range of Independent coverage extends beyond the music section. In this month’s edition, we cover events ranging from a Make-A-Wish fundraiser that will turn a local art gallery into a speakeasy for a night, to the two-weekend Desert Open Studios tour. We preview a traveling exhibit, coming to Palm Desert, featuring the works of some of the world’s top street artists; we take a look at the exhibit Modernists: The Influence of Midcentury Modern Design on Photography, on display at UC Riverside-Palm Desert Center.

Our hiking columnist offers tips on enjoying the current abundance of desert wildflowers. We have features on Alvin Taylor, who’s both a legendary drummer and one of the founders of the Section 14 Survivors Group; Sandy White, a badass mother and grandmother who has kept her family together through thick and thin; and Kevin Duncliffe, a semi-retired software engineer who took it upon himself to become a trusted source of Coachella Valley COVID-19 stats throughout the pandemic.

In terms of harder news, we take a look at the Desert Water Agency’s increasingly popular grass-removal program; and for our cover story, we detail plans to build bridges over the important Coachella Valley throughfares that are often closed due to flooding or windstorms … that is, if local governments can get the needed funds to do so.

This is all in addition to our usual food and drink coverage, Robert Victor’s monthly astronomy preview, Greg Niemann’s monthly CV History column—and a whole lot more.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that all of this is being given to you, our dear readers, for free. Whether one picks up the Independent in print, or someone reads all this (and much more) at CVIndependent.com, we don’t charge anything. Therefore, we ask you to do whatever you can to support our efforts. If you own or run a business, advertise with us (and help your business in the process!). If you have the means, become a financial supporter. If you can’t afford to do that, please frequent our advertisers’ businesses or use their services—and tell a friend about us.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the March 2023 print edition of the Coachella Valley Independent. As always, thanks for reading!

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. He is also the executive editor and publisher of the Reno News & Review in Reno, Nev. A native of Reno, the Dodgers...