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/ July 21, 2014 2:47 pm

Homeless seek shelter from scorching summer heat

[Translate]   IVAN VALENZUELA/Coachella Uninc Mecca ­— Eastern Coachella Valley residents are used to the intense summer heat, and tourists are often warned to stay hydrated. But for homeless and low-income families in the valley, the high temperatures can prove to be especially dangerous. Martha’s Village & Kitchen in Indio tries to provide a safe place for its clients to […]

/ July 10, 2014 7:41 pm

Mi Familia Vota to open Coachella office before November elections

[Translate] JOHNNY FLORES JR. / Coachella Uninc Coachella — Mi Familia Vota, a national nonprofit dedicated to mobilizing the Latino community, is opening a Coachella office this summer, and local youth are already playing an instrumental role in welcoming the organization to the valley. “We have a team made up of local youth from high schools and local colleges. We […]

/ May 29, 2014 5:07 pm

Residents: Measure D Will Improve CVWD Representation for Eastern Coachella Valley

[Translate]     MARIA GARCIA and BRENDA R. RINCON/Coachella Uninc   MECCA — A grassroots committee of mobile home park owners and residents, along with several elected officials, is urging voters to pass Measure D, which they believe will improve Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) representation for the Eastern Coachella Valley. “It is important because currently eastern Coachella does not have an […]

/ May 27, 2014 6:19 pm

IID Shares Plan for Salton Sea Sustainability

[Translate] JOHNNY FLORES/Coachella Uninc   MECCA — Sustainability. It’s a word that often comes up when discussing the Salton Sea, but what does sustainability truly mean? On Saturday, May 24, environmental leaders and residents gathered at Second Annual Environmental Health Summit to learn about the sustainability plan being proposed by the Imperial Irrigation District (IID), as well as many other […]

/ May 6, 2014 1:44 pm

5K, Music and Salsa Draws Residents to Cinco de Mayo Celebration

[Translate]   MARIA GARCIA/Coachella Uninc COACHELLA – The City of Coachella celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a 5K run/walk, food, music and a salsa tasting competition on May 3 at Veterans’ Park. The energy-filled celebration — and spicy salsa, of course — drew many volunteers, sponsors, musicians, and passersby. Runners, such Duane Stone, Johnny Garcia, Noe Lerma and Dennis Bratt, ran […]

/ May 2, 2014 4:42 pm

Former Labor Camp Youth Resident Enjoys ‘Nicer, More Peaceful Life’ at New Apartments

[Translate]   JOHNNY FLORES/Coachella Uninc   INDIO  – Jose Andrade, 18, immediately noticed the differences between his family’s previous home and their new apartment at the Villa Hermosa Apartments. Andrade, a senior at Indio High School, had lived at the rundown Fred Young Labor Camp (FYLC) apartments since the first grade. “It was a lot nicer when we moved into […]

/ April 30, 2014 4:25 pm

New Equipment, Uniforms for Girls Golf Team Courtesy of Pro Golfers

[Translate]     VICTORIA CONTRERAS and JUAN FLORES/Coachella Uninc   THERMAL — What would you do with $5,000? What about $10,000? The Coachella Valley High School (CVHS) girls’ golf team recently asked themselves these questions when they received a donation of $5,000 from the Women’s Southern California Golf Association (WSCGA) – which was matched with another $5,000 donation from professional […]

/ April 18, 2014 2:47 pm

Raices Youth Art Installation Displayed at Coachella Fest

[Translate]   NATALIA CERVANTES/Coachella Uninc   INDIO – Raices Cultura, a youth organization in the heart of the Eastern Coachella Valley, has a big presence at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this year with the installation of “Paraiso,” an original work of art displayed at the world famous festival. Last year, Goldenvoice, the promoters of the festival known […]

/ April 11, 2014 4:57 pm

New “Hydration Station” Encourages Healthy Habits at CVHS

[Translate]     Editor’s Note: As part of the Rethink Your Drink campaign, a “hydration station” was unveiled March 21 at Coachella Valley High School (CVHS). Reporter Victoria Contreras interviewed Eloisa Lopez-Valencia, president of the school’s Environmental Club, about the impact she believes the water bottle filling station will have at her school.   VICTORIA CONTRERAS/Coachella Uninc   Coachella Uninc: […]

/ April 9, 2014 3:04 am

Program Offers Adults Second Chance at High School Diploma

[Translate]     NATALIA CERVANTES/Coachella Uninc   INDIO — Fernando Arredondo was only 17 when he became a father and dropped out of school to support his new family. Two years later, the roles have switched. His girlfriend has finished high school, gone on to college, and is now supporting the family so that Arredondo can earn his diploma at […]