About Colin Atagi

My name is Colin Atagi, and I'm the evening breaking news reporter for The Desert Sun and

Recent Posts

Bingo hostess Linda Gerard dies from cancer

Linda Gerard, the former recording artist who belted out show tunes while hosting  Sissy Bingo at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, died Friday afternoon, friends said. She was 75. I March 22nd, 2014

Minnesota security guard who stopped gunman is an Indio native

A security guard stopped a gunman last year in a Minnesota bar and his story went viral last week after authorities released surveillance video of the incident. It turns out the guard, Eric Was March 11th, 2014

Work begins on Arco AM/PM affected by overpass delay

Expansion work is finally beginning for a Cathedral City Arco gas station and AM/PM store. The Cathedral City Chamber of Commerce announced a groundbreaking ceremony, which was set for 9:30 a.m. at March 5th, 2014

A Living Desert giraffe may be pregnant

Attention animal lovers, a giraffe at the Living Desert may be pregnant. Officials with the Palm Desert zoo announced Tuesday that Dadisi may be expecting. "We're thrilled about the possibility March 4th, 2014

It’s going to rain, so here are some driving tips

Weather experts predict more than an inch of rain could fall onto the Coachella Valley through Sunday afternoon, and several more inches may drench adjacent regions to the west. At the same time, s February 26th, 2014

Sidewalk, road improvements scheduled for Mecca streets

Work is scheduled to begin toward the end of March on a road and sidewalk improvement project in Mecca. The Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved plans to repave Coahuilla and D February 26th, 2014

Obama: $600 million in transportation funding available

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that agencies across the country may apply for a share of $600 million in transportation funding. The money is available through the Transportation Invest February 26th, 2014

A brief roundup of local traffic happenings

The wheels continue to be in motion for a handful of traffic-related projects and events. Here's a brief summary of what's happening. - The Coachella Valley Association of Government's executive co February 19th, 2014

2012 Coachella fire among “most genius” things to happen at McDonald’s

A pickup caught fire in a Coachella McDonald's drive-thru nearly two years ago, and the incident made it onto Buzzfeed's list of  "Most Genius Things To Ever Happen At A McDonald’s." And by "mo February 15th, 2014

Board of Equalization wants to drop fuel excise tax

The California Board of Equalization announced Friday that it wants to lower the state excise tax on gasoline. If board members vote in favor of the drop at their Feb. 25 meeting, the tax will drop February 14th, 2014

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