Ricardo Lopez, The Desert Sun

Ricardo Lopez

The Desert Sun

Minneapolis, MN, United States

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Past articles by Ricardo:

Proposed Coachella Travel Center with hotel conflicts with 86 interchange upgrade

The Coachella City Council is considering approval of a travel center with hotel that sits where a planned interchange upgrade is expected. → Read More

High wind warning in place until Tuesday night in Coachella Valley; gusts of 70 mph expected in Southland

Strong winds are expected throughout much of Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. → Read More

Thousands set out at dawn for 34-mile Virgen de Guadalupe pilgrimage from Palm Springs to Coachella

The annual procession is a sign of devotion to the Catholic icon, Lady of Guadalupe, who is revered by Mexican and Central American Catholics. → Read More

Police search for man in Palm Desert after investigating calls of gunshots

Riverside County sheriff's deputies are searching for a man in Palm Desert after investigating reports of gunfire Monday night. → Read More

Justice Department claims Hesperia 'crime free' ordinance targeted Latino, black renters

The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday sued the city of Hesperia, alleging it violated federal housing laws. The city says will argue it didn't. → Read More

Jean Benson, longtime Palm Desert city councilwoman, Navy veteran, dies at 95

Jean Benson, 95, served 32 years on the Palm Desert City Council. → Read More

Woman struck, killed by train in Coachella

Authorities received a call shortly before 2 p.m. Monday about a woman struck by a train near Grapefruit Boulevard and Avenue 52 in Coachella. → Read More

Sunrise Way and Ramon Road reopens following three-vehicle collision in Palm Springs

Palm Springs police were investigating a three-car collision near Sunrise Way and Ramon Road. → Read More

Police investigating reported stabbing at Thousand Palms residence

Police say an altercation between one adult man and two male juveniles led to a stabbing Monday night. → Read More

Fatal collision in Banning kills one person, injuries another

Cal Fire Riverside County on Monday reported that a collision involving three vehicles left one person dead, and another injured. → Read More

Swarm of earthquakes rattles El Centro; strongest at 4.0 magnitude

A swarm of earthquakes shook El Centro Monday night. → Read More

In the sky and on the ground, thousands across Coachella Valley turn out to honor veterans

The annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Palm Springs kicked off with a flyover from vintage military planes from the Palm Springs Air Museum. → Read More

Police investigate car-to-car shooting in Coachella Monday night; no injuries

Riverside County Sheriff deputies on Monday responded to a call about a car-to-car shooting in Coachella. → Read More

Agua Caliente break ground on Cathedral City casino, the tribe's third

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians are planning to open a third casino in Cathedral City, breaking ground on Monday. → Read More

Newport Beach man sentenced for stealing endangered lemur from Santa Ana Zoo

Aquinas Kaspar, 19, was sentenced Monday to three months in federal prison for stealing a lemur from the Santa Ana Zoo last year. → Read More

Fatal collision closes Palm Canyon Drive between Mesquite Avenue and Morongo Road

Palm Springs police late Monday said a fatal traffic collision closed South Palm Canyon Drive between Mesquite Avenue and Morongo Road. → Read More

Firefighters extinguish mobile home, RV fires across Coachella Valley

Firefighters responded to reports three separate fires involving mobile homes and an RV over the weekend. No injuries were reported. → Read More

Riverside County civil grand jury probes deteriorating fiscal picture of east valley district

The Southern Coachella Valley Community Services District has struggled to pay for rising law enforcement costs and is under civil grand jury review. → Read More

Overturned semi-trailer snarls eastbound I-10 traffic east of Indio

California Highway Patrol worked to clear an overturned semitrailer on eastbound I-10. → Read More

Are Coachella Valley dates California's next superfood? They're sweet and healthy, but not visually appealing

Mark Tadros believes that dates, like avocados and blueberries, can be the next superfood to sweep grocery store aisles. → Read More