Alena Maschke, The Desert Sun

Alena Maschke

The Desert Sun

Palm Springs, CA, United States

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Past articles by Alena:

Hundreds of members of outlaw Mongols motorcycle club staying in Palm Springs this weekend

If you see more police on the streets of Palm Springs this weekend, it's because the Mongols motorcycle club is coming to town. → Read More

'Shelter crisis': Valley cities seek emergency funds to combat homelessness

All nine Coachella Valley cities and Blythe are declaring a "shelter crisis" in hopes of securing state funding for emergency homeless programs. → Read More

Don't want graffiti on your wall? Then faux vines may grow on you in Coachella

Coachella has been experimenting with alternative ways to prevent graffiti, like murals on larger walls. Plastic vegetation may be the next step. → Read More

Boatman bugs swarm back into Coachella Valley; here's how to keep them out of your pool

Boatman bugs do not bite humans, but their large pool parties are a nuisance. Here's how to get rid of them for good. → Read More

National Weather Service cancels flash flood warning, Coachella Valley might still see rain

Monday night, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning, which was canceled within the hour. The valley might still see rain. → Read More

Prop 6 gas tax repeal: Indio candidates oppose it, but Coachella candidates are split

On Nov. 6, California voters will have the choice to repeal the additional tax on gas, which has funded projects across the valley in the past year. → Read More

50 percent pay hike? Coachella City Council considers first salary increase in 10 years

If approved, the ordinance would raise council members' monthly salaries 5 percent for each of past 10 years. → Read More

Coachella has issued 47 weed-related permits, but officials worry they are under-collecting taxes

Only a small number of the businesses have reported revenue in the past year. Is the city getting its fair share of the green rush? → Read More

New projects are coming to Coachella: A library and a weed-friendly hotel

Coachella Mayor Steve Hernandez gave an update on a number of upcoming projects in Thursday's state of the city address. → Read More

Dancing horses, mariachi and lots of food: Mecca's weekend bash for Mexican Independence Day

Several cities in the valley will celebrate Mexican Independence Day on Saturday and Sunday → Read More

Coachella could get a weed-friendly RV resort but where to put it is still up in the air

Coachella has been approached by a developer hoping to set up a pot-friendly RV Resort, complete with a cannabis dispensary. → Read More

Assembly District 56 election: Garcia-Gonzalez race to eye air quality, water, roads

There are a number of issues to address in the district, ranging from a lasting need for infrastructure to air quality and transportation access. → Read More

Coachella council race: What you should know about weed, homelessness and public spending

Find out who's running and where the candidates stand on core issues like cannabis, homelessness and public spending. → Read More

Here are the Coachella Valley council candidates you'll see on the ballot this election

Most Coachella Valley cities will have some rumblings among candidates. Cathedral City and Indio will have district elections for the first time. → Read More

Inspired by his dad's love for a good cup of joe, Coachella local brings specialty coffee home

A certified coffee geek, Steve Garcia is opening Coachella's first specialty coffee shop in the city's soon-to-open library. → Read More

Holy Fire inside Cleveland National Forest nearing 100 acres with 'rapid rate of spread'

According to the Orange County Fire Authority, the community of Holy Jim has been evacuated, but no evacuation centers have been established so far. → Read More

Advocates urge DACA recipients to renew status as critical court decision looms this month

On August 8, a Texas judge will hold a preliminary hearing on DACA, which could result in a court order to halt renewal applications. → Read More

Indio is suing its neighbor Coachella over a weed dispensary on shared border

In the lawsuit, Indio claims Coachella bent the rules to allow the early opening of its first dispensary, and cut out Indio in the process. → Read More

New San Diego Zoo program to offer threatened California Desert Tortoises a head start

The California state reptile has been threatened by human disturbance, development and predation, causing a steep decline in native populations. → Read More

Heat wave that likely caused power outage, border death is expected to last until Thursday

California ISO, the state's energy wholesaler, is urging consumers to reduce their energy consumption on Wednesday and Thursday evening. → Read More