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A Resident’s Perspective

By Kephyan Sheppard / November 10, 2018

A Resident’s Perspective: Breanna Sewell From the Eyes of one of our Residents…. Every so often I like to speak to individuals within our city concerning the things that they see. I have come to learn that these types of conversations are not only insightful, but they help spread awareness about the many great things…

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Canndescent…Helping us GROW!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / November 6, 2018

Desert Hot Springs is Leading the Way in Cultivation with Canndescent HERE WE GROW!!! Canndescent has hit Desert Hot Springs by storm! They are quickly positioning themselves as one of the largest employers (over 100 employees) within our city. Not your typical cannabis company; their website gives us a little insight into their mission. “…

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The California Teacher of the Year!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / October 25, 2018

The California Teacher of the Year is in Desert Hot Springs! Nestled against the mountains amongst our many scenic views lies Painted Hills Middle School. The school is home to nearly 1000 middle school students, and boasts a rare jewel of an instructor. Dr. Brian McDaniel is the reigning 2018 California Teacher of the Year…

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Part 2 of our Exclusive with Chief Dale Mondary!

By Kephyan Sheppard / October 17, 2018

Part 2 of our Exclusive with Chief Mondary (Pictured above: Chief Mondary handing out certificates to our youth for exceptional behavior) We opened last week discussing Chief Mondary’s experience and his impact here in DHS. Now obviously our city is becoming one of the fastest growing in the region; although he can’t take the credit…

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An Exclusive With Our Chief of Police!

By Kephyan Sheppard / October 12, 2018

Look around our city and many will notice the growth! Rather it be the new businesses, the new homes under construction, or even the road improvements, it’s easy to see that Desert Hot Springs is trending upward! It is obvious that our city staff has done a remarkable job with implementing policies that have infused…

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Resident Perspective

By Kephyan Sheppard / October 4, 2018

A new feature! We are now hitting the streets interviewing residents of our beautiful city! The purpose? To show you at an intimate level how those that live here feel about our City. Video interviews coming soon!!!!! The first is Bobbi Horton, one of our city’s long time residents, a business owner, and the woman…

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Let’s Stand with our City and Support our Veterans!

By Kephyan Sheppard / October 4, 2018

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Soroptomist House DHS

By Kephyan Sheppard / October 4, 2018

What a Grand Opening! Soroptimist House of Hope, right here in Desert Hot Springs endeavors to help women “establish and maintain sober and healthy lives.” They recently held a grand opening with the Greater Coachella Chamber of Commerce and the welcome I received from all the staff was top notch. I’ve lived here a majority…

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Our Tennis Champ has RETURNED!!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / October 4, 2018

The Champ is HERE!!! The champ is here! Eduardo Contreras shocked the valley last year when he became the league champion. Representing Desert Hot Springs High with pride, Eduardo is now a senior, and is eager to defend his title. A few months back I was able to catch up with him to discuss his…

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Support our Vets at our Local VFW!!!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / October 4, 2018

VFW POST 1534 The VFW Post 1534 is located minutes from Desert Hot Springs. Just six miles south of our City located at 1 Clubhouse Drive on the historic B Bar H Ranch, the VFW has become a staple among residents. Driving directions to this well-kept secret from Desert Hot Springs take Palm Drive south…

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A Teacher’s Perspective & Beyond!

By Kephyan Sheppard | June 28, 2020

As the 2nd semester of the school year got underway, I’m sure most of our educators were beginning to set plans for the summer. Vacations, completing ‘to do’ lists, and rest were more than likely prioritized. Fast forward to March, and COVID19 became the dominant thought, causing many of them to scrap lesson plans and…

This Graduating Class is Something Special!

By Kephyan Sheppard | May 23, 2020

As we shift gears and begin to prepare for the return of some normalcy, it can’t be understated enough that for some normal may never return. For some the opportunity to take part in once-in-a-lifetime events has been taken away. Our graduation plans, especially for our high school students have unfortunately become casualties to unintended…

Family Engagement Center

By Kephyan Sheppard | April 27, 2020

From ’91-96, I lived here in DHS for the final year of middle school and a majority of my High School Years. I was one of many students who were transported via public transportion from our city to Raymond Cree Middle and Palm Springs High. I may be dating myself, but my school years as…

Little League Baseball

By Kephyan Sheppard | April 4, 2020

Opening day across the Nation has been postponed. COVID-19 has impacted nearly every area of our lives, and even our National past time has taken a blow. With Major League spring ball season at a standstill, our own local Little League program is also influx. Little League baseball has been a fixture in our community…

We are in this TOGETHER!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | March 19, 2020

Admittedly, this edition is a few days late. Several times I began typing and several times what I typed, I deleted. A week ago, our website received anonymous note asking if I would address COVID-19 and the outpouring of fear and concern that has swept throughout our city. With the increasing numbers of those affected…

DHS IS ADVANCING!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | February 28, 2020

Desert Hot Springs Celebrates Black History Month! As you drive into the city across gene Autry from the freeway, you will notice a distinct lighting pattern across the palm trees. Thanks to our city staff, our trees have been adorned with red, yellow, and green lighting to commemorate Black History Month. Black History Month is…

Watch Them Soar: DHS High

By Kephyan Sheppard | February 8, 2020

DHS High should be celebrated! Not only because it’s a great school, but because of the innovative approaches that Principal Cota and her staff employ daily. Over the course of the last year I have witnessed academic excellence, school pride, and exemplary professionalism from students and staff. However, I have now become aware of some…

DHS Celebrates Dr. King!

By Kephyan Sheppard | January 23, 2020

He stood for equality, he marched for peace, he died sharing the vision of a day that he knew he would never see in his lifetime…Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a true hero. This weekend as hundreds of thousands of people marched and celebrated his legacy worldwide, you were able to catch a glimpse…

The Ophelia Project

By Kephyan Sheppard | January 4, 2020

Imagine a program that aims to help young girls achieve all they can in life, one that meets them right where they are and is committed to ‘rescuing their potential’. That program does exist, it is called The Ophelia Project. After years of operating on campuses throughout the Valley, the program will officially launch through…

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | November 25, 2019

Youth sports are a staple in every growing city. The notion that we must keep our youth busy year round is one that is well received nationwide. Here in DHS, our Junior All American Football and Cheer program has proven to be a successful model of consistency for our youth, but has also served as…