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December Astronomy: Venus Dominates the Sky, While the Full Moon Puts a Damper on the Geminid Meteor Shower

December Astronomy: Venus Dominates the Sky, While the Full Moon Puts a Damper on the Geminid Meteor Shower

Wednesday, November 30, 2016  |  Robert Victor

Evening twilight : Venus rules! You won’t fail to notice this brilliant light in the southwest at dusk. Look for Mars to its upper left, and, for the first two or three weeks of December, Mercury to Venus’ lower right, provided you have an unobstructed view. The moon passes through this section of sky Nov....

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Snapshot: The Palm Springs Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Championship

Snapshot: The Palm Springs Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Championship

Sunday, November 27, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

After we created the Facebook event page for the Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Championship, a well-meaning friend commented: "I'm confused. Non-Alcoholic? Why bother?"

Here's why: There are many, many people who do not drink alcohol—for a variety of reasons. Yet all of those people still go into bars and r...

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Heroes in Classrooms: 'The Bad Kids' Documentary Shows the Amazing Work Being Done at an Alternative Yucca Valley High School

Heroes in Classrooms: 'The Bad Kids' Documentary Shows the Amazing Work Being Done at an Alternative Yucca Valley High School

Friday, November 25, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

The documentary The Bad Kids begins as a probation officer follows up on a young man named Joseph McGee.

McGee tells the officer that his father is currently serving time in prison, and that he’s having problems showing up to school. Soon, his mother—sitting across from McGee and the officer—begins sob...

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A Flower Paradise in the Desert: Gubler's Orchids has called Landers home since 1975

A Flower Paradise in the Desert: Gubler's Orchids has called Landers home since 1975

Wednesday, November 23, 2016  |  Brane Jevric

There is a tropical garden up in the most unlikely of places—the high desert—that grows orchids, by the thousands.

I discovered it by pure chance while on another assignment in Landers, located north of Yucca Valley about 55 miles from Palm Springs. As I drove on Belfield Boulevard, I saw dozens of c...

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Snapshot: The Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Championship

Snapshot: The Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Championship

Saturday, November 19, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

Five of the Coachella Valley's top bartenders met Thursday night, Nov. 17, at the Purple Palm Restaurant at the Colony Palms Hotel to battle for the first Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Championship.

The event was one of the highlights of the Coachella Valley Independent 's first Palm Springs Craft Cockta...

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Cannabis in the CV: It Was a Great Election Day for Marijuana … Well, Except for That Trump Thing

Cannabis in the CV: It Was a Great Election Day for Marijuana … Well, Except for That Trump Thing

Friday, November 18, 2016  |  Sean Planck

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.

OK, sure, ther...

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