Are piano bars the key to saving El Paseo?

El Paseo, Palm Desert's slowing dying shopping and restaurant district, has been looking for ways to save itself from death for what seems like forever now with plans ranging from  a movie theater, taller buildings, professional offices, and balloons!  None of the plans have seemed to catch fire with the public in Making El Paseo Great Again (#MEPGA) so far, leading to El Paseo just contining to do what it has been doing: staying put in yesteryear while other Coachella Valley cities not only pass it by, but lap it. But wait, thanks to the Desert Sun posting literally every letter to the editor it is receiving in the month of July, one reader has a couple suggestions to save El Paseo.

A lot of people have been trying to swim in the Whitewater River

Following the tragic death of a father and son last year, a private security firm was hired to patrol the Whitewater River area and turn away people who attempt to hang out, swim, and cool off there. As it turns out, despite the warnings about how dangerous that is, plenty of of people are still trying to go.

An IKEA store is coming to Ontario

You soon won't have to drive quite so far to save money on furniture that you think you can put together pretty easily - but then wait, where does this screw go? And why do I have all these extra parts? And, oh shit, did I put this thing together backwards? Yes, my friend, IKEA is coming to the Inland Empire.

Here’s how a standup comic handled being on stage during the 7.1 earthquake

There is no ideal place to be during a huge earthquake - okay, maybe a pillow factory storage room? - but one the worst spots I can think of is to be on stage trying to entertain a bunch of people and make them laugh. And that's just what happened to comedian Atsuko Okatsuka on July 5 when a 7.1 earthquake hit Ridgecrest.

Things to do in Palm Springs this weekend

Here's what's happening this weekend in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.

Yup, Monday was officially hot as balls

It's confirmed, Monday was a scorcher.

Rancho Mirage plastic surgeon on ‘The Doctors’ lists Lake Arrowhead pad for $2.5 million

Andrew Ordon, who has a plastic surgery practice in Rancho Mirage and can be seen regularly on the tv show "The Doctors," has put his 5,000-square-foot Lake Arrowhead home on the market for just under $2.5 million.

Stagecoach 2020 passes go on sale this Friday

Tickets for the 2020 Stagecoach Country Music Festival will go on sale this Friday.

The 9 things I would buy on Amazon Prime Day if I were you

Amazon Prime Day is back. These are the 9 things that I would grab at a discount from the big online sale and extravaganza if I were you.

Gonna go ahead and take a hard pass on the Badwater Ultra

Running, for the most part, sucks. Sure, there are times it is great. For example, you are say running towards the end zone for a touchdown in the Super Bowl or towards the office's exit at 5 pm on a Friday - but, for the most part, running just blows. Weirdly enough, because some people don't think running is awful enough already, a foot race will take place today that involves running 135 miles with an elevation gain and loss of over 20,000 feet.  Oh, and it kicks off in Death Valley which is, surprise, hot as fuck right now. Umm, yeah, I 'll pass.

Over a million people have signed up to raid Area 51

Over one million people have checked into an event page on Facebook over the past couple of weeks - with the event asking people to raid Area 51 on September 20 - with a mission to see aliens.


KAABOO Del Mar releases daily lineups

The fest is headlined by Dave Matthews, Kings of Leon, and Mumford and Sons

Deputy hospitalized after being attacked by naked woman in Yucca Valley

A deputy with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department was hospitalized after being assaulted by a naked woman in Yucca Valley on Friday.

Woman captured on video stealing phone at the Beaumont Home Depot

Beaumont police have released a video of a woman caught on camera taking a cell phone at Home Depot in hopes the public can help identify the suspect.

Laser Oasis to close

Laser Oasis in La Quinta is closing its doors at the end of July.



The Master

Looks like the forecast is full of zzzzz's


Is there anyone this dude from last season’s ‘Bachelorette’ didn’t hook up with at Stagecoach?

Blake Horstmann, from what I am told, was a "fan-favorite" on the last season of The Bachelorette on ABC. He was so popular that many on the internet clamored for him to be the next Bachelor. Well, that didn't work out, but he will be on Bachelor in Paradise which will air on TV later this summer and he will be on the show with a bunch of women he hooked up with at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio this April.

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