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What’s your opinion? Friends of the Desert Mountains protects 50,000 acres of sensitive property. Defenders of Greg Pettis. Bill Edelen celebrates his 91st birthday.

July 26th, 2013 | by James Folmer | Comments

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Editorial in progress: We’re working on a piece about a milestone reached by Friends of the Desert Mountains, which has helped purchase 50,000 acres of sensitive property in and around the Coachella Valley.
I didn’t realize that land within designated wilderness areas, the national monument of even the national park would still have private property entanglements. But it makes sense. The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument was created just 13 years ago.
The Desert Sun strongly supports the mission to protect the areas that make our desert a special place to live.

Letters: Following Friday’s editorial urging the attorney general to investigate Cathedral City Councilman Greg Pettis, we received two letters overnight defending him.tdsDesertOutlookGregPettis
“I think you folks owe Cathedral City Councilman Greg Pettis an apology,” writes Dale Gribow, an attorney from Indian Wells.
“He has been a very effective councilman and he gets results.
“Would you rather have some of the councilman we read about from other cities that do not get results?
“I would rather pay someone that will get me results, and it appears at first blush that Mr Pettis has done just that!”
All six comments on my Thursday “What’s your opinion?” blog defended Pettis.
However, in our unscientific mydesert.com survey, 75 percent of the 65 respondents as of 7:30 a.m. said the attorney general should investigate.

SunWilliam Edelenday’s Valley Voice: Bill Edelen, one of my favorite Valley Voice contributors, shares the story of celebrating his 91st birthday at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City to see Val Kilmer in his new one-man show “Citizen Twain.”
“I was on the front row in my canvas portable wheelchair when Kilmer came down off the stage to shake my hand and be told that the day was my 91st birthday,” he writes. “I stood up, to applause. The rest of the show I became his ‘new 91-year-old friend.’ ”

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