Kephyan Sheppard

Eduardo Contreras Tennis Champ

The Valley’s #1 High School Tennis Player is…

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

Eduardo Contreras Our Tennis Champ. A story of resiliency…one that shows the true heart of a champion. A reminder that when your mind is set, and you’ve prepared like no other, victory is attainable! The story of resiliency has been the reality for Eduardo Contreras. Eduardo recently represented Desert Hot Springs High during the league…

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Desert Hot Springs High School

The Future is Bright For our Golden Eagle Graduates!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

Desert Hot Springs High School class of 2018! This street sign was installed in honor of our High School Valedictorian Esmeralda Salazar! Photographed here with family and city officials, her celebration was very well deserved. Achieving class valedictorian is no small feat…. especially when you lead the way with a 4.62 GPA! According to several…

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Kihon MMA in Desert Hot Springs CA

Kihon MMA: DHS Based, Nationally Known!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

With the ever increasing popularity worldwide of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), we are proud to showcase something HUGE in our own backyard! Led by our own Eddie Bates, Kihon MMA began nearly 19 years ago and has now been positioned as a national powerhouse! Few realize that here in this city, we have national cham0ps…

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DHS – Where Education Matters!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela With several elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and a high school, our city has plenty to offer education wise. We not only have two current Riverside teachers of the year (Painted Hills Middle School Director of Bands Dr. Brian…

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DHS Little League

Baseball Anyone?

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

Today I had the honor of speaking with the Desert Hot Springs Little League baseball president Al Gonzalez! Mr. Gonzalez has been a board member for the last 15 years and became president just two years ago. It’s always a great thing to converse with someone who has a heart for the youth in our…

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OUR BUSINESS OWNERS CARE!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

This week, I had the pleasure of chatting with Floyd Barton and Kent Helser. Together, they own and operate the UPS store of Desert Hot Springs. However, their contribution to the city goes above and beyond printing and mailboxes. “We love DHS because when we purchased this store we were received with open arms; we…

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Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce- DHS!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Kimberly Krause, Account Executive at the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce. With four other sites throughout the valley (Indio, La Quinta, Coachella, and Cathedral City), she is a part of the group that will bring an office here to Desert to Hot Springs. “We want…

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World Gym has a location here!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

https://www.worldgym.com/deserthotsprings/home World Gym has over 215 ultimate fitness destinations across 20 countries and 6 continents. One of those fitness destinations is located right here in Desert Hot Springs on the corner of Palm Drive and Acoma. This week, we place the spotlight on owner Andrew Levine. Owner Andrew Levine (left) has been a mainstay in…

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A Resident’s Perspective: Jamie Griffin

By Kephyan Sheppard | May 11, 2019

A few weeks ago I spotlighted Southern Fried, our new food truck business and amazing things have transpired since then. I happen to drive by nightly during my commute home, and from Palm Drive you can see the lines of people waiting to get their hands on delicious food (I have been there several times…

Our Local Elk’s Lodge!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | April 19, 2019

“Believe in the goodness of thyself, as well as others” Located at 64680 Pierson Blvd., our local Elk’s lodge has proven to become yet another group of community oriented people who aim to make a huge impact here in Desert Hot Springs. In speaking with exalted ruler Kathy Gavin (title not intended to intimidate… it…

Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | April 17, 2019

If you haven’t seen it, here it is! A few days ago, Advancing DHS landed on the front page of the Desert Sun! While we recognize the publicity as an honor, we also recognize it as a challenge due to the fact that many feel as if our vision is too grand. In addition to…

Bruce Craven, Author

By Kephyan Sheppard | March 29, 2019

Community News Bruce Craven, Author “I have worked in the education field and the writing field for most of my adult life. I teach a popular graduate, business school course called “Leadership Through Fiction”. This book developed from that class. The show “Game of Thrones” is an environment where leadership can be the difference between…

Resident Perspective- Dirk Voss

By Kephyan Sheppard | March 9, 2019

Let’s get back to spotlighting some residents. I love doing this because it gives you the opportunity to hear directly from people who call DHS home. This week, we spotlight Mr. Dirk Voss. Dirk is literally one of the friendliest people in the city, and I’ll add that he has the “cool” factor. You an…

Mr. Jeff Bowman

By Kephyan Sheppard | March 2, 2019

JEFF BOWMAN Some refer to him as the watchdog (based off of years of serving our board at Mission Springs Water), others call him Mr. Bowman, and many simply know him as Jeff. Regardless of which one you use, it can be said that you would be hard pressed to find anyone more passionate about…

Lydia Kremer!

By Kephyan Sheppard | February 9, 2019

Advancing DHS Lydia Kremer Meet Lydia Kremer, a relatively new addition to our wonderful city. Lydia has an extensive background in public relations and freelance writing. Her features can be seen in publications such as the Desert Sun, VisitEurope, Los Angeles Confidential, Palm Springs Life, and Sunset Magazine. We are honored to have such a…

Windmill Market… DHS Loves You!

By Kephyan Sheppard | January 26, 2019

Windmill Market Home of the Best Date Shakes in the Valley! Established in 2003, Windmill Market has been a staple for tourists and local residents for nearly 16 years. Known for having the “best date shakes in the valley”, the establishment has transformed far beyond a place to retrieve a refreshing drink. It is now…

Advancing DHS Honors the Life and Legacy of Dr. King

By Kephyan Sheppard | January 19, 2019

Advancing DHS Honors the Life and Legacy of Dr. King August 28, 1963 was the date. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most powerful speeches of our lifetime. His, “I Have a Dream”, although 50 years old, still stands as a template of diversity that we should all lead and live by.…

Classical Music in DHS!- Danny Holt

By Kephyan Sheppard | January 12, 2019

Danny Holt Pianist Pianist Danny Holt has been called, “phenomenal” by the late music critic Alan Rich and has performed around the globe. His most notable performance venues are amongst the best in the world. Having performed at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl, he has clearly established himself as a…