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Coachella Valley Independent
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Independent news, arts coverage, commentary and culture for the entire Coachella Valley.
Independent news, arts coverage, commentary and culture for the entire Coachella Valley.

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For our next-to-last day of our Supporters of the Independent membership drive, we're sharing a series of two stories we did on Kimberly Long. She's a Corona woman who was convicted of the 2003 murder of her boyfriend. Her case caught the attention of the California Innocence Project, because of a whole lot of inconsistencies in the case—and evidence that seemed to indicate that she was innocent. (The judge in the case even went on the record as saying he'd have acquitted her.) We featured her story on the June 2015 print edition—and in June 2016, she was freed after her conviction was reversed. Please support meaning full journalism like this—journalism offered free to all online and in print—by becoming a Supporter of the Independent for as little as a one-time $10 fee. Thank you!
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JUST THREE DAYS LEFT IN OUR MEMBERSHIP DRIVE! For Day 18 of our Supporters of the Independent membership drive (CVIndependent.com/Supporters), we're sharing a story from June 16, 2016, that's as pertinent today as ever: "Tracking Fatal Encounters" told the story of an ongoing effort to create Fatal Encounters, the first ever comprehensive database of police-involved killings going back to 2000. While the database is already a valuable tool for journalists and researchers, the work continues; back research on 45 of 50 states have been completed, and FE just launched a crowd-sourcing drive to raise money to add more data points. (Info at https://www.indiegogo.com/proje…/support-fatalencounters-org.) PLEASE support the Independent AND Fatal Encounters; we need it!
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For Day 17 of our Supporters of the Internet membership drive, we're looking back on one of the most fascinating music pieces we've done in the not-quite-five years of the Independent. For "Stayin' Horny," published on Aug. 28, 2015, Brian Blueskye chatted with the Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes. As they say in this biz ... Hughes gives good quote: In the interview, Hughes did everything from comparing the band's new album to John Holmes' penis, to extolling his love of Little Richard, to offering insightful comments on the local music scene. The piece became all the more important when less than three months later, the EODM survived a terrorist attack during their show at the Bataclan in Paris. Support amazing music writing like this by becoming a supporter at CVIndependent.com/Supporters. We need your help to do what we do!
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Given the events of the last several days, for Day 16 of our Supporters of the Independent membership drive, we're going to spotlight our Democracy in Crisis column from the weekend. A group of alternative papers, including the Independent, has teamed up to hire Baynard Woods to cover the goings-on in the Trump era, and he was in Charlottesville over the weekend. What he saw rattled him to his core; here's his account. Now more than ever before, it's important to support good local media. Please consider supporting is at CVIndependent.com/Supporters.
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It's Day 14 of the Supporters of the Independent membership drive! During these 20 days of great journalism from the archives, we have not talked about our valley-best food and drink coverage much. We have regular beer, wine and cocktail columns from some of the valley's top experts; our Indy Endorsement series; food features; and our Restaurant News Bites column—which reports food news AND puts it in the proper context. No column better illustrates this than the piece from Aug. 25, 2015, in which we explained how a local TV news station unfairly maligned a local restaurant for a bad health rating—failing to mention numerous other restaurants that had received ratings just as bad or worse. Check out the piece, and please consider becoming a Supporter today!
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It's Day Lucky 13 of our Supporters of the Independent membership drive, and today, we're featuring our unparalleled local music coverage, led by the lovely and talented Brian Blueskye. While Brian does a great job at the "normal" band features and previews, he also goes well beyond "normal." One great example: "Music and Addiction," from May 25, 2016. Brian talked to three different local musicians in various stages of recovery, and examined why drugs and music always seem to go hand in hand. Support great journalism like this by joining our Supporters program, starting at just $10. Our content has always been free, and always will be; help us keep it that way.
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For Day 12 of our Supporters of the Independent membership drive, we're going back to Feb. 19, 2014. While other media had covered the controversy surrounding the downtown Palm Springs redevelopment project, no media had done any substantive coverage of the most vocal opponent—an opponent who was unfairly branded as spewing "vile" by (soon-to-be-indicted) Mayor Steve Pougnet. So, Brian Blueskye went "Inside the Mind of Frank Tysen." The resulting piece explained the motivations, brilliance and flaws of one of Palm Springs' most well-known citizens. Check out the piece, and please consider joining our Supporters program to help us continue to do great journalism like this--and make it freely available to all!
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It's Day 11 of our Supporters of the Independent drive. Today's great piece from our archives comes from Sept. 27, 2015: Candidate Q&A. For the 2015 city elections in Palm Springs and DHS, Brian Blueskye and I set out to interview all 23 candidates. We got 22 of 'em. We asked them all 10 questions--five very serious, five kinda silly--and published the transcripts. The results were informative ... and often completely bonkers. There are nine municipalities in the valley, and to be honest, we don't have the resources to give all the cities the coverage they deserve--and that's why it's VITAL to have readers support our revenue. Please join us at CVIndependent.com/supporters!
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For Day 10 of our Supporters drive, we're sharing a story from just a few days ago: Our latest astronomy column, penned by Robert Victor. When we did content plans for the Independent back before our launch, we did not think of including an astronomy column. However, Robert contacted us after we published our first issue in April 2013 and pitched the column; he's been writing it ever since. Today, it's one of our most popular features. This is an example of what good newspapers do--they bring readers useful content that nobody else does ... and nobody else brings you an astronomy column that focuses on the skies as they appear from the Coachella Valley. Enjoy ... and please consider becoming a Supporter of the Independent!
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It's Day 9 of our Supporters of the Independent membership drive! While the Independent is not a quote-unquote "gay newspaper," it is LGBT-owned, and we've always supported and shared compelling stories about the Coachella Valley's LGBT community. Today's featured article, by Brian Blueskye, is "Aiden's Story," from June 24, 2015. It told the amazing story of Aiden Stockman, a Yucca Valley teen who came out as transgender--and was, for the most part, enthusiastically embraced by his community. Read this touching and important story--and please consider becoming a Supporter! Quality journalism takes time and resources--and we could use your help!
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