Maria Sestito, The Desert Sun

Maria Sestito

The Desert Sun

Palm Springs, CA, United States

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Past articles by Maria:

How Cathedral City Senior Center went from excluding Spanish speakers to embracing them

Thanks to anonymous local donors, the center began an outreach program — and now it's aiming higher → Read More

Smoke, fire visible from burning home in Desert Hot Springs

Firefighters were at the scene of a residential fire the 68200 block of Calle Blanco in Desert Hot Springs, according to Cal Fire. → Read More

Booming: "Pretty soon it'll be weird if you don't live at least to 100." Life according to Elise.

Elise Morley doesn't think turning 100 is a big deal. She's just "stubborn," she says. → Read More

Traffic: North Palm Canyon at Alejo Road closed in Palm Springs due to wreck

North Palm Canyon at Alejo Road was closed to traffic Monday night due to a vehicle wreck, according to Palm Springs Police. → Read More

Candy Cane Lane: Cathedral City tradition hangs on despite home sales, electricity bills and pandemic restrictions

'Candy Cane Lane' tradition hangs on despite home sales, electricity bills and pandemic restrictions. → Read More

What happened at Legend Gardens? State shuts down Palm Desert assisted living facility abandoned by owner

Dozens of residents need to find new homes. → Read More

Giving Tuesday: Local nonprofits seek food, hygiene items, clothing donations this winter

Where to donate everything from pet food to blood this holiday season in the Coachella Valley → Read More

Tamarisk trees burn in Rancho Mirage vegetation fire on Saturday

Firefighters responded to a blaze in a stretch of tamarisk trees in Rancho Mirage on Saturday afternoon, according to Cal Fire. → Read More

More air travel means more jobs at Palm Springs airport. Job fair set for Tuesday

The job fair is scheduled for Tuesday at the Palm Springs Convention Center. → Read More

Inland Empire Health Plan prepares for expansion in Coachella Valley

The Inland Empire Health Plan is expanding its reach in the Coachella Valley in 2022. → Read More

78-year-old stroke survivor missing, last seen in Palm Springs

Ronald "Rolly" Balanay, 78, was reported missing Monday evening after walking away from the 4000 block of Camino San Simeon in Palm Springs, according to police. The Filipino man was last seen wearing a brown hat, blue jeans, and brown shoes. Balanay has previously had a stroke. Anyone with information should call the Palm Springs Police Department at (760) 323-8116. → Read More

Fire burns near Bubbling Wells Elementary School in Desert Hot Springs

Firefighters were working to extinguish a fire near Bubbling Wells Elementary → Read More

Booming: Dressing up isn't just for the kiddos! Adults can play pretend too.

Seniors in Desert Hot Springs created some ghastly and creative costumes for Halloween this year. → Read More

Train fire leads to backups on I-10 between Cook and Monterey; Dinah Shore closed

Dinah Shore Drive was also closed between Monterey Avenue and Portola Avenue. → Read More

Power outage in Palm Springs by East Vista Chino affects 709 households

An outage in the Cottonwood area of Palm Springs left 709 households without power on Saturday, according to Southern California Edison. The outage, which occurred in ZIP code 92262, was caused by equipment problems. By noon, crews were on scene repairing equipment. Power is expected to be restored by 1 p.m. → Read More

College of the Desert trustees OK $355,000 contract for new president, Martha Garcia

Garcia's base salary will be $355,000 a year plus benefits, according to the contract. → Read More

Still waiting for that California stimulus check? Here's what to know.

California issued two stimulus checks so far in 2021. Here's information about which you may qualify for. → Read More

COD faculty pull back from idea of 'vote of no confidence' against 3 trustees, incoming president

College of the Desert's Faculty Senate polled members and found 38% supported a vote of no confidence but 34% did not. → Read More

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for parts of Riverside County; expect humidity to drop next week

A flash flood warning was issued for parts of Riverside County Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in San Diego. Thunderstorms with heavy rain are expected. → Read More

Ex-COD president says politics tainted search for successor; trustee Ruben Perez rejects allegations

Joel Kinnamon, who retired in March, told College of the Desert faculty last week that he was 'disgusted' by what he heard about how trustees chose Martha Garcia → Read More