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Burning Man and the Meaning of Life

Burning Man and the Meaning of Life

Every year, tens of thousands of people converge in the middle of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to create a temporary city of epic proportions. The hundreds of lines of RVs wait under the desert sun as thousands of people pour into Black Rock City. It can take up to six hours to get through the entrance gate and […]

Dog Killing Fields In Sky Valley

Dog Killing Fields In Sky Valley

By Jackie Gladfelter Devereaux WARNING: This story and the photos that accompany it graphically portray dead and dying dogs which may be too gruesome for some readers. People under 18 are advised not to read this story or look at these photos. SKY VALLEY – Bernadette Schwenn, 64, a longtime resident of Sky Valley, was […]

At Long Last – Same Sex Marriages Legal in CA

At Long Last – Same Sex Marriages Legal in CA

At long last, same sex marriages are legal again in California after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Proposition 8, which banned them, was declared unconstitutional on Wednesday, June 26. However, same sex marriage bans in other states remain in place, a situation that is expected to bring thousands of gay and lesbian couples to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Desert Hot Springs Ribbon Cutting Art in Public Places

Desert Hot Springs Ribbon Cutting Art in Public Places

Two ribbon cutting were held for newly installed art in public places by the Desert Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce. The first is a monument of three upright stones placed in front of the Visitor Center donated by Ginger Hitzke of  Hitzke Development Corporation. The second is a bronze horse and rider placed in front of the […]

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 […]

14 Grief-Stricken Kids to Camp Erin

14 Grief-Stricken Kids to Camp Erin

PALM DESERT – The Massage Envy clinics recently presented a check for $3,500 to VNA California’s Mourning Star Center to send 14 kids to the Camp Erin grief camp this July. Massage Envy has been engaged in fundraising for Mourning Star and Camp Erin since franchise owner, Holly Lassak became aware of the program. “We […]