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Another chance to see the International Space Station tonight

If you're like me and forgot to go outside last night to see the International Space Station go by, don't fret. There is an even better opportunity to see it tonight. Coachella Valley residents hav...

4-minute window to see International Space Station overhead tonight

Coachella Valley residents have a 4-minute window to see the International Space Station as it passes overhead Monday night. The space station will first appear from the southwest at 7:47 p.m. and ...

Voyager I leaves solar system, enters interstellar space

After 36 years of transmitting data back to the earth from the farthest reaches of space, NASA announced on Thursday hat the well-traveled space probe Voyager I crossed the boundary marking the ...

Desert Magazine goes backstage at Palm Springs film festival

It has been my honor, and indeed my pleasure, for much of my career to tell the stories of some of Hollywood’s brightest stars including covering the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards ...

Desert Magazine goes Hollywood in January issue

brightcove.createExperiences(); Lights, camera, action! Desert Magazine's Hollywood issue arrives Sunday. We are on the scene this month bringing you...

Best of the Valley arrives this Sunday in Desert Magazine

brightcove.createExperiences(); You may have noticed that our Best of the Valley is arriving a little earlier this year. After careful consideration, we moved ...

Desert Magazine ushers in high season with November issue

brightcove.createExperiences(); High season in the desert brings with it blue skies and temperate climes. We are pleased to welcome you back to this pa...

WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN IQ?

  I knew someone that used to say “I have an IQ of 170 with a Mechanical IQ of 36”. He was a brilliant man who couldn’t put together a simple paper towel holder. He didn’t possess a...

How to create a professional DESIGN PLAN in 5 Easy Steps

  Remodeling is like childbirth… no one can really “warn” you what you are in for until you go through it yourself. Many people are simply unprepared for the stress, disruption and t...

OUT OF SIGHT: invisible stars of the game room

One of the benefits of being an interior designer is the exposure to unique and upcoming trends. I am an out-of-the-box personality who craves new and innovative designs. My latest design discovery ...

HOT OFF THE PRESSES -- High-Desert Prefab: An Inside Tour

Friends, I am having a difficult day, as the current issue of my favorite local magazine just landed on my desk.  Imagine my surprise to find a multi-page spread all about a home that I designed, ...

Twin Palms Bistro &Lounge to host cookbook signing

It's time to get a little sugar and learn what Southern cooking is all about. In a new cookbook, historian and writer Laurie Triplette aims to preserve the southern culture and hospitality through ...

2014 American Documentary Film Festival winners announced

The winners of the 2014 American Documentary Film Festival were announced on Tuesday. The festival, which wrapped up at the end of March, screened more than 50 US, North American and world prem...

Reflecting on bands advancing to Tachevah

I’d have had a much more interesting blog if my fellow judges, Shelby Lynne, Gopi Sangha and I, had fought tooth and nail about who to advance to the Tachevah concert on April 16. But, the fact ...

Disney attempts global sing-along to celebrate 'it's a small world's' 50th anniversary

“It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears. It’s a world of hope ...” Just say, “it’s a small world,” and that song can immediately pop into one’s head, seemingly embedded for...

Modernism Week set attendance records

Modernism Week attendance marched past 45,000 attendees this year, an increase of more than 10 percent above last year. “As Modernism Week grows in popularity its economic impact also continu...

American Airlines to expand Palm Springs-to-Chicago nonstop route

  American Airlines is set to increase its direct service to Chicago from Palm Springs International, thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Palm Springs International Airport. The airline ...

WestJet airline surprises passengers with Christmas presents

WestJet, a Canadian airline that flies to Palm Springs International Airport, is making headlines with this Christmas surprise: brightcove.createExperienc...

'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' travel to Palm Springs

Palm Springs plays host to "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" in episodes set to air Monday night and the following week, the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism tells us. The tourism bureau is ...

Desert Sun staff photographers’ selects from February 2014

The month of February is a short one but nevertheless there was very good work produced by our staff. Below are some examples of our work.   Reyna Melgar thinks about her situation as a...

Photography Best of January

PHOTO GALLERY: The Desert Sun's best photography in January The story behind four of the month's best photos: New Year's Day is normally a slow news day. Take a photo of the New Year's baby ...

Meet the Desert Sun drone: Grounded but not forgotten

Like a classic car that is too pristine to drive, or a collectible comic book that is too valuable to be read, this is a tragic story of lost potential with a modern twist: A drone that never gets to ...

Breast Cancer Survivors to be honored in NYC

The three O'Brien sisters who each survived breast cancer will soon be honored with the 2014 New York Women of Strength Award. We first reported on the sisters' battle with breast cancer in March ...

Fun family activities throughout the valley for those celebrating Easter and spring

Easter celebrations -- whether faith-based or not -- are springing up all over the valley.  Community organizations and churches from the west valley to the east valley have activities -- most of the...

Protecting our kids, parental controls for smartphones

My oldest son will turn 11 at the end of this month. I keep telling him to stop growing, to stop getting older, but it's not working. In seven years he will be an adult. What the what?! Considering ho...

Summer will be here soon, time to start planning that family vacation

If your family is anything like mine, spring break was a tiny window into what 10 weeks of summer break will look like. Also, if your family is like mine, you don't have the luxury of leaving the dese...

Spring cleaning can be a family activity

It's official. Spring is upon us. That means the valley's citrus crops will bloom and the wind will whip around and the sepia-tone hills will be dotted with green. Spring marks the start of my annu...

Here comes the sun -- and wind: Record amounts of green power on the grid

Solar and wind are providing an increasing amount of power for California's electric grid, according to the California Independent System Operator, ISO for short, the nonprofit corporation that keeps...

Has BrightSource overestimated bird deaths at solar projects in the desert?

BrightSource Energy released a long-awaited report on bird deaths at three large-scale solar plants in the Southern California desert on Friday, and it could be laced with inaccuracies, according to t...

A California compromise on the net metering transition?

The current compensation rates utilities must pay solar owners for the excess power they feed into the grid could remain unchanged for up to 20 years, under a proposed ruling from the California Publ...

Why you should get up early for the Renewable Energy Roundtable

If you're any way involved in renewable energy or green technology in the Coachella Valley -- or would like to be -- the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership's Renewable Energy Roundtable should be ...

Californians flood health exchange on ACA open enrollment deadline

Californians looking for health insurance are flooding the new Covered California marketplace with last-minute visits and applications as open enrollment ends. "We are being swamped with huge i...

Lessons for California in Australia's drought

A decade of severe drought in the 2000s forced Australia to adjust and rethink its water system, and the country’s efforts may offer lessons for California as the state copes with one of its wor...

Business owners invited to preview media services up for auction

Businesses are invited to a free March 25 mixer in Indio to preview media services that will later go up for auction. Business owners can bid on a range of TV, radio, design, print, outdoor, public...

What tree rings reveal about California's drought

As water experts and policymakers are heading to the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands today for the opening reception of a symposium on drought and water scarcity, here are some insights from UC Berke...

Road to Coachella: Pet Shop Boys

We’re only a week away from the kick-off of Coachella this year. By now you’ve already booked your hotel, organized your carpoolchella and probably have your festival wear all lined up. Now ...

Coachella goes live with broadcast of both weekends

As music lovers await Goldenvoice's announcement of the complete lineup for this year's Coachella, other news come to delight fans without tickets: Both weekends of this year's festival will bro...

Road to Coachella: Chromeo

Weekend 1 of Coachella is nearing and today we highlight festival vets David Macklovitch (Dave 1) and Patrick Gemayel (P-Thugg) a.k.a Chromeo. Formed in 2004, Chromeo has three records under its ...

Road to Coachella: Crosses, Broken Bells, Duck Sauce and more

Coachella is just around the corner and as we count down to the valley’s biggest music festival we have to mention some of our favorite side projects. The festival, which draws hundreds to the des...

Crimea: A Russian Triumph, or Bottomless Economic Pit

When Russia took back the Crimean/Ukranian Peninsula in mid-March, a practically unknown slice of land jutting into the Black Sea, between Ukraine and mainland Russia, it became the center of world at...

Will US Independent Businesses’ Growth Prevail Against Administration’s Pushback?

With the increasingly frequent executive orders emanating from the White House, much of which are inimical to the successful working of “small business,” American entrepreneurialism can be excused...

Fed Speak Comes Hard to New Chair Yellen

Although the turbulence of the recent stock market roller coaster has been largely blamed on the mixed signals emanating from the new Fed Chair, updated analyses, supported by recent March 18-19 Feder...

International Monetary Fund Cites U.S. Economy as Most Promising this Year

In its latest update and revision of global economic trends, the International Monetary Fund, the world organization that has financially supported the viability of needy nations since the post World ...

D.A.P. offers free meningitis vaccine

A free men meningococcal vaccine will soon be available in Palm Springs. Desert AIDS Project plans to offer the vaccination, which the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommends ...

Shavings from My Head: The Old Man and the Me

By J. Corbett Holmes Special to Desert Outlook Whenever I see my friend Seth at the gym, we morph into versions of our former selves: New Yorkers with thick accents and irreverent posturing. I...

Desert Outlook to celebrate second anniversary with April issue, party

Pick up a copy of the second anniversary issue of Desert Outlook, available April 1 at the magazine’s monthly release party. Here’s a sneak peek inside the issue: We chronicle, with filmmak...

Randy Roberts presents one-man ensemble at Copa Palm Springs

When Randy Roberts steps onto the Copa stage in drag, he will be acting. In fact, he plans to give a full-on performance. He’s not only recreating the makeup, costumes and moves of some of...

Rep. Raul Ruiz calls on challengers to reject Ryan budget plan

In a somewhat unusual move, Rep. Raul Ruiz is publicly calling on his Republican challengers to reveal how they would vote if they had his job. Ruiz, a Palm Desert Democrat, announced in a campaign...

County registrar changes Obama-esque web logo

The Riverside County Registrar of Voters is changing its web logo again after getting a complaint that the one they were using was too similar to President Obama’s campaign image. The logo, which...

28th Senate: Bonnie Garcia takes aim at Jeff Stone

After fending off jabs from Indio Councilman Glenn Miller and Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, former Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia is going on the attack. Garcia, a Palm Desert Republican, ...

Assemblyman Brian Nestande promoted in national GOP's fundraising program

Assemblyman Brian Nestande on Wednesday moved up a notch within the National Republican Congressional Committee's fundraising program. The Palm Desert lawmaker -- one of two Republicans running in ...

Two Sidney Sheldon homes sell in Palm Springs

Two homes most recently owned by the late prolific writer Sidney Sheldon and his wife Alexandra, who survives him, have been sold for a combined $2.75 million in Palm Springs. Both homes were b...

Huell Howser home in Twentynine Palms sold all cash for $650,000

The Twentynine Palms home of popular TV host Huell Howser has sold for $650,000, all cash, real estate agent Jeff Wysard announced Wednesday. The sale of the two-bedroom midcentury-style home c...

HOA luncheon to discuss housing issues

A March 7 luncheon in Palm Desert will discuss the latest issues facing homeowners associations in the desert. Participants will learn how to update HOA documents to address current issues. The...

Seven charged in mortgage fraud scheme across Inland Empire

Seven people were arrested on charges related to a mortgage fraud scheme that affected more than 1,550 Inland Empire homeowners seeking loan modifications in the aftermath of the recession, Attorn...

Kraft Nabisco Day 4: Wie, Thompson and the future of the LPGA

It's easy to understand the excitement the LPGA feels about today's final round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship. The women's golf tour has much invested in the future of Lexi Thompson, and while it...

Kraft Nabisco Day 3: A long day of star-studded golf

Day Three of the Kraft Nabisco Championship is here, and it promises to be a long day. That's because the 73 golfers who made the cut are in twosomes for today's round. That's 36 twosomes and one s...

Kraft Nabisco Day 2: Lexi Thompson attacks the golf course

She's just 19, but Lexi Thompson made some history at the Kraft Nabisco Championship today at Mission Hills Country Club. Thompson fired an 8-under 64 this morning, pushing her into a share of the ...

Kraft Nabisco Day 2: Feng, Wie lead the pack

The first day of the Kraft Nabisco championship certainly put plenty of stars on the leaderboard, but the most intriguing story had to be Michelle Wie. Today's second-round will see most people watchi...

Pop-up: Epidemic Skate brings Volcom to Palm Springs

Local downtown Palm Springs pop-up location ran by the same folks at Epidemic Skate Shop recently switched out its merch. Located next to BAR at , The Shop PS has partnered with Volcom to offer...

Nordstrom Rack preview brings crowds

Yesterday evening, Nordstrom Rack in Palm Desert hosted a private opening and drew a massive crowd. The fashion retailer will officially open to the public on Thursday, March 6, and if the crowd yes...

A truck load of bikinis makes it way to The Saguaro

The online surf and fashion retailer Swell has partnered up with Billabong to develop a traveling pop-up shop of sorts: The Bikini Truck will make its way to select cities. Loaded with summertime go...

Nordstrom Rack in Palm Desert opening March 6

It’s been a long wait for the Coachella Valley, but that ends next week as Nordstrom Rack opens its doors in Palm Desert on Thursday, March 6. The discount sister of department chain Nordstrom h...

USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor commemorated on postage stamp

The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday honored the USS Arizona Memorial with the dedication of a Priority Mail Express $19.99 stamp. The swooping white concrete structure marks the resting place of 1,...

Beloved bagpiper, St. Louis Rams executive Jim McCallum dies

Jim McCallum of Palm Desert, beloved bagpiper, dedicated supporter of local Marine Corps organizations and a former vice president of the St. Louis Rams, died Feb. 28. He was 72 years old. McCa...

Twentynine Palms Marines commanding general talks budget, priorities

Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, Commanding General, MAGTFTC, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, covered a wide-range of topics as guest speaker at the Palm Springs Chapter of the ...

Veterans get in free at Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival

The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival is offering free admission for veterans (with military ID) and up to three family members to attend the fair, which runs through Feb. 23. ...

Time Warner: DirecTV 'won't carry Dodgers this year'; DirecTV says not true

Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games might not be coming to DirecTV customers for some time to come. A Time Warner Cable executive told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday that the satellite provider a...

Rescue story of abandoned pit bull in Coachella becomes Youtube favorite

The story of a pit bull left abandoned in a dirt lot in Coachella has a happy ending. And nearly 900,000 people worldwide have tuned in to see his transformation.    A Youtube video chro...

D.A.P. offers free meningitis vaccine

A free men meningococcal vaccine will soon be available in Palm Springs. Desert AIDS Project plans to offer the vaccination, which the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommends ...

Musings from an hour and a half at the Kraft

The Kraft definitely does not get the love it deserves as one of the best ways to spend a day in the desert. Perfect weater. The best athletes in the world at their sport. Friendly volunteers. You nam...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! #TimeForCornedBeef&Cabbage

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone! Hope you're wearing some green and getting into the spirit. I'm a wee bit Irish, so I decided last year to start an annual tradition of cooking corned bee...

Daft Punk album launched by Luciano at Coachella

Danny Whittle, head of IBZ Entertainment, a new entertainment company servicing artists and talent buyers worldwide, says the Daft Punk album, “Random Access Memories” will become “the most ...

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