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Open Seat: Democrat Karalee Hargrove and Elusive Republican Chad Mayes Compete to Represent Assembly District 42

Open Seat: Democrat Karalee Hargrove and Elusive Republican Chad Mayes Compete to Represent Assembly District 42

Tuesday, August 19, 2014  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Since 2008, Republican Brian Nestande has represented much of the Coachella Valley in California’s Assembly.

However, that will be changing this year: Nestande—the former chief of staff for the late Congressman Sonny Bono, as well as Bono's wife, Congresswoman Mary Bono—is running for the U.S. House ...

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Astronomy: Why the August Full Moon Is the Closest—but Not the Brightest

Astronomy: Why the August Full Moon Is the Closest—but Not the Brightest

Wednesday, August 06, 2014  |  Robert Victor

The full moon occurs on Sunday, Aug. 10, at 11:09 a.m. The moon passes perigee—221,765 miles from Earth, the closest approach of the year—at the same hour.

But this “supermoon,” visible at dawn and dusk on that date, is not the brightest moon of 2014, because of the phase effect, which makes the moon’s bri...

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'A Great Disparity': Artist Michael Weems Tries to Make Life Just a Little Better for the Valley's Homeless Residents

'A Great Disparity': Artist Michael Weems Tries to Make Life Just a Little Better for the Valley's Homeless Residents

Tuesday, August 05, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

Michael Weems is an artist with an impressive collection, a successful gallery, and a renowned résumé in the art world.

As of late, however, he’s had a focus beyond art: Helping the homeless. He’s asking his fellow Coachella Valley residents to assist as well.

Weems recently talked to the Independent ab...

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Turn Down the Faucet: Valley Water Agencies to Hold Public Hearings on State-Mandated Water Restrictions

Turn Down the Faucet: Valley Water Agencies to Hold Public Hearings on State-Mandated Water Restrictions

Monday, August 04, 2014  |  Judith Lewis Mernit

Five years ago, when south-central Texas was suffering through its driest year in more than a century, public officials in the city of San Antonio turned in desperation to a new tactic to enforce water conservation: They dispatched the police .

From April 2009 and on through the rest of the year, off-d...

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August Astronomy: It's Time for the Perseid Meteor Shower—but the Moon Will Put a Damper on the Show

August Astronomy: It's Time for the Perseid Meteor Shower—but the Moon Will Put a Damper on the Show

Friday, August 01, 2014  |  Robert Victor

This month, Mars and Saturn draw attention in the southwest evening sky, as they appear within 10 degrees of each other from Aug. 8 on—and within 5 degrees Aug. 19-31.

Viewed through a telescope this month, Saturn—with its shadow cast upon its rings—has a striking three-dimensional appearance.

August ...

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Broke City: Desert Hot Springs Ponders Another Ballot Initiative After the Failure of a Proposed Tax Increase

Broke City: Desert Hot Springs Ponders Another Ballot Initiative After the Failure of a Proposed Tax Increase

Wednesday, July 23, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

Desert Hot Springs has been in a fiscal emergency ever since last year’s surprising November revelation that the city was facing a budget deficit upward of $6 million.

In an effort to bridge that gap, the city put Measure F on the June 3 ballot, proposing to drastically raise taxes on vacant parcels ...

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