Joseph Hong, The Desert Sun

Joseph Hong

The Desert Sun

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Past articles by Joseph:

Medical cannabis at school? California Assembly OKs bill that would let students take prescription weed

Lawmakers passed a bill that would let school boards vote on whether parents can give medical weed to kids on campus. Bill needs governor's signature → Read More

School starts for Palm Springs Unified School District. Two other districts start this month

The district's 27 schools, spread across the western part of the valley, welcomed back its more than 22,000 students on Wednesday. → Read More

Growing brush fire in Mecca destroys one small building

The fire ignited at Lincoln Street and Avenue 66 and spread to nearly 8 acres. → Read More

The Big One is likely overdue in the Coachella Valley, where major earthquake faults connect

Nearby San Andreas fault connects active earthquake zones. One may be linked to Ridgecrest rattlers last week. → Read More

Cement truck overturns on eastbound I-10 in Indio, closing three lanes

Authorities arrived on the scene just after 11:30 a.m. to find the truck flipped on its side and debris across all lanes. → Read More

Two-vehicle collision leads to fatality in Thermal

Both lanes of Harrison Street were closed after the collision spread debris across the street. → Read More

Flipped semi-truck temporarily stalls traffic on Highway 111 in North Palm Springs

California Highway Patrol reported no injuries. → Read More

Here's where you can still get gas for under $4 in the Coachella Valley

The statewide average is above $4, but there's still some cheaper options in the valley. → Read More

Three charter schools outperform on test scores in the Coachella Valley

Charter schools in the area enjoy higher test scores and lower suspension rates, but administrators say their schools are more than just numbers. → Read More

Palm Desert Charter Middle School evacuated after reports of bomb threat

Police responded to the site at 4:51 p.m. on Monday afternoon → Read More

A train to Coachella and Stagecoach festivals could happen as early as next year

Plans are underway for Amtrak service from Los Angeles to Indio during 2020 festival season, with $5.9 million help from the state. → Read More

Son of Eisenhower Health center shooter said his father suffered physically, mentally after knee surgery

In a statement, Chris Kaylor said his father, Stephen Kaylor, was a 'god-fearing' man. → Read More

Coachella Valley Unified to vote Thursday on 81 teacher, staff layoffs; Union boss expects cuts to pass

Citing a $6.8 million deficit, the school district is set to approve mass layoffs for the second year in a row. In 2018, it laid off 96 teachers and 73 staff. → Read More

Parkland students in Palm Springs: Solution to gun violence is 'education and empathy'

Three former students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High spoke to students in Palm Springs on Friday. The focus was on getting youth to vote. → Read More

Parkland in Palm Springs: Valley students prepare to host survivors of Florida shooting

Three students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will speak at Palm Springs High School and College of the Desert on Friday. → Read More

Mopping up: Roads slowly reopen, but icons like Palm Springs tram, golf courses idled by storm

Many essential roads remain buried in mud and debris, limiting access to Palm Springs from the high desert or the west via Interstate 10. → Read More

Westside Elementary School in Thermal briefly locked down due to reports of gunfire

Sheriff's deputies investigated reports of gunfire in the surrounding area but were unable to locate any suspects. → Read More

Woman accused of abducting daughter in Indio and pepper-spraying case worker arrested in Long Beach

The arrest occurred in Long Beach, three days after Tuesday's alleged abduction where Dove pepper sprayed her daughter's caseworker. → Read More

Border Patrol agents arrest man suspected of smuggling 14 packages of meth in AC compartment

The 14 packages of methamphetamine weighed 9.88 pounds and has an estimated value of $26,000. → Read More

Man arrested in Palm Desert for attempted murder of woman; victim in critical condition

Officials reported to the 74000 block of Candlewood Street at 5:19 p.m following a call for "unknown trouble." → Read More