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East Meets West in Palm Springs

East Meets West in Palm Springs

RANCHO MIRAGE – A historical meeting took place at the Annenburg Estate on Sunnylands when presidents from two superpowers, China and the United States, convened here last weekend to discuss pertinent social, political and trade issues. A gaggle of reporters and photographers gathered on the tarmac outside the Palm Springs International Airport on Friday, June […]

A Super Full Moon Police Ride Along

A Super Full Moon Police Ride Along

DESERT HOT SPRINGS – It was a super full moon last weekend and the night’s sky over the Coachella Valley’s shined more brightly than usual. That’s a good thing, according to DHS Police Officer Danny Brazeal who served as my police escort during a Friday night ride-a-long. Brazeal, 33, has been a DHS police officer […]

Cyber Spy Leaks Fuel International Uproar

Cyber Spy Leaks Fuel International Uproar

According to the Guardian, a United Kingdom newspaper and website that has been given exclusive interviews with whistleblower Edward Snowden about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance program, there are several things every American should know about the spy program. “There is very little information on private individuals the intelligence service does not have access […]

Is a Correction Finally at Hand

After snapping a four-week winning streak over Memorial Day, stocks retreated once again last week. Is the long awaited (and inevitable) market pullback finally at hand? The largest decline over the past 12 months was from September through November when the S&P 500 fell roughly 7 percent. Since then, markets have risen another 20 percent.  […]

Immortality Project Funding Increased To Include Study of Immortal Jellyfish

Immortality Project Funding Increased To Include Study of Immortal Jellyfish

The John Templeton Foundation has awarded University of California at Riverside philosophy professor John Martin Fischer an additional $100,000 to its original $5 million dollar grant of 2012 to support research on issues related to immortality. This latest grant will fund four graduate fellowships at UCR — two each for the next two academic years […]

Scars To Freedom Helps Vets Repair Wounds

Scars To Freedom Helps Vets Repair Wounds

PALM DESERT – When Rebecca Antell, 38, of Rockford, Illinois returned home after serving two tours in Iraq she came back with physical scars and suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Antell worked in the Army as a Gunner and Dismount for EODs, commonly known as the bomb squad. She reached out to a local charity […]

Can Housing Jumpstart our Sluggish Economy

Can Housing Jumpstart our Sluggish Economy

  One bright spot in the economy over the past year has been the housing recovery. We have seen home prices increase at their fastest pace since April of 2006. Housing values have been up in all twenty of the Case-Shiller home-price index cities for the most of 2013. Even that good news couldn’t help […]

Desert Businesses Clamor to Attract Same Sex Weddings

Desert Businesses Clamor to Attract Same Sex Weddings

PALM SPRINGS – The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a historic ruling on Wednesday, Jun. 26 to grant same sex marriages across the nation. In their ruling on DOMA and California’s Proposition 8, the justices overturned a previous lower court ruling which declared same sex marriage unconstitutional. Within minutes of the landmark ruling, local hoteliers […]

Baby Blue Needs a Home

Baby Blue Needs a Home

By Kitty Pallesen I want you to meet “Baby Blue.”  She came to me just like many of my rescue animals, right out of the desert.  I am always amazed how any animal can survive such harsh conditions.  A lot of it has to do with timing, and in Blue’s case, she was found in […]

Roadrunners Rock

Roadrunners Rock

By Kitty Pallesen Before I moved to the desert, the only roadrunner I had ever seen was on the cartoon show with Wiley E.Coyote. Beep, beep!  Remember how roadrunner was always outsmarting Wiley E?  Now I realize where that smart reputation comes from because they are indeed very smart and resourceful. Stats on roadrunners will […]