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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Happy Holidays!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / January 4, 2020

“Awesome!”, “The best ever!”, “Thank you City of DHS!” These were a few of the comments from members of our community that attended our annual Holiday Parade. As you can see from the pictures, not only was the parade was a huge success, but it served as an opportunity to show all that we are…

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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…

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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…

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Veteran’s Day and Beyond!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / November 9, 2019

Principal Arseo Meet principal Arseo! She has been served as principal at Bella Vista since the school opened in January of 2014. (She previously served as the principal at Edward Wenzlaff for two years.) She has a passion for Bella Vista, one that is evident every time you see her walk through the halls and…

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Donna Lee: A Gift to our City!

By Kephyan Sheppard / October 26, 2019

Donna Lee, affectionately known as simply Donna in our community has been a vibrant voice in support of all that is good with Desert Hot Springs. From starting the Desert Hot Springs Neighborhood Group on Facebook which now boasts over 11,000 members and leading community breakfasts to seemingly being in multiple places at one time,…

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Diversity DHS!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / October 19, 2019

A while back, we presented Diversity DHS to some of you in an effort to highlight the many things they do to Advance DHS. This week I was able to catch up with Sam Messler, the groups co-founder and dicussed their growth and plans for the immediate future. Groups like Diversity DHS are part of…

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By Kephyan Sheppard | February 23, 2019

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By Kephyan Sheppard | February 16, 2019

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Lydia Kremer!

By Kephyan Sheppard | February 9, 2019

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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…

Resident’s Perspective!

By Kephyan Sheppard | December 4, 2018

Meet Mr. Jerame McDaniel Upon meeting him, you’ll quickly discover that he is as genuine as they come. He’s the owner of McDaniel Family Roadside Assistance, and loves meeting new people within our city. Why do you LOVE Desert Hot Springs? “I love the city of Desert Hot Springs because of the people. If anyone…

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…

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…

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…

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…