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April 13, 2012 | Randy Lewis and Todd Martens
Inside his mini-mart in the desert town of Indio, store manager John Stafford is busy stockpiling caffeinated drinks. Monster and Red Bulls mostly. He knows from experience that he'll need plenty this weekend. Tens of thousands of visitors will descend upon the desert region beginning Friday for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. "Cigarettes and energy drinks," Stafford said. "They need to stay awake out there. " Fans and bands may need an extra stamina boost this year.
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March 14, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Leave it to Jimmy Kimmel to find the left-field window through which to view the South By Southwest music festival experience. He and the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” crew shot person-on-the-street interviews in Austin, Texas, getting reaction to some of the most buzz-worthy acts at this year's conference - without informing interviewees that all the names they were being asked about represent non-existent performers. SXSW 2014: The scene Nonetheless, declining to be caught unaware of the next big thing, attendees offered remarkably detailed reactions to the music of acts such as Tonya & the Hardings (and their album “Sorry About That, Nancy”)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 3.4 earthquake was reported Sunday afternoon eight miles from Indio, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 12:14 p.m. PDT at a depth of 1.9 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was nine miles from Coachella, 15 miles from La Quinta, and 16 miles from Palm Desert. In the past 10 days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3 and greater centered nearby. Read more about Southern California earthquakes . ALSO: Hikers reported missing in Eaton Canyon are found unharmed   Mexican police search Tijuana home for Northridge kidnap suspect Pilot error caused tanker collision with Bay Bridge, state board says
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December 19, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
All 1,800 students and staff at a Riverside County high school will be screened for tuberculosis after 45 students tested positive for possible exposure to the illness, health officials said Thursday. The testing is planned for Friday at Indio High School, where officials say the likelihood of the disease spreading remains low, according to the Riverside County Department of Public Health. “While the number of those who tested positive is higher than we would expect, that does not mean the  illness has spread or will spread,” Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said in as statement.
TRAVEL
March 9, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
If you're visiting the desert for music or tennis, try El Campanario Restaurant & Bar for fine Mexican cuisine. Seafood is the specialty. Also, ask about the molcajetes specials. We are part-time Indio residents and find this the best in the area. El Campanario Restaurant & Bar, 44185 Monroe St., Indio; (760) 342-3681, http://www.elcampanariorestaurantandbar.com Leo and Margaret Galcher Indio
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November 26, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
One person was killed and three others badly hurt when a vehicle rolled over near Indio, officials said Tuesday afternoon. The three injured victims were taken by a helicopter and ambulances to hospitals, the Riverside County Fire Department said.  The other victim was pronounced dead at the scene near Dillon and Berdoo Canyon roads, a Fire Department spokesman said. The vehicle rolled over about 4 p.m. It was not immediately clear what caused the accident.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2013 | By Todd Martens and Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
On the official website for the low desert city of Indio, the letter "I" is a cherry-red electric guitar propped up with a stack of amplifiers - a nod to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which has edged out the date shake as the town's most famous homegrown product. With Coachella's 13th installment set to kick off Friday, Indio's civic leaders are attempting to rebrand the once-sleepy exurb as "The City of Festivals," an internationally known tourist destination. Last week, after more than a year of debate, the City Council voted 4-0 to allow Goldenvoice, the concert promoter behind Coachella and its country-music offshoot, Stagecoach, to expand its offerings from three to five weekends a year through 2030.
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July 25, 2009 | Todd Martens
West Coast Phish fans may have been left out of the band's initial run of spring reunion dates, but the act is making a grand overture to its Pacific Time Zone fan base this fall. After much rumor and speculation, the band confirmed late Thursday that it would stage a three-day event in Indio beginning Oct. 30. The jam band will take over the same Empire Polo Grounds that host the Coachella and Stagecoach fests for what Phish is calling "Festival 8." The band will perform a total of eight sets throughout the Halloween weekend.
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August 18, 2001 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Riverside County sheriff's deputy was shot twice Friday morning while investigating a suspicious vehicle near Indio, and a manhunt is underway, officials said. Deputy Juan Garcia, 27, a former Marine who has been with the Sheriff's Department for three years, was shot in the left hand and in the right side of his face. He was in critical but stable condition Friday afternoon at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs but is expected to survive, Sheriff's Sgt. Mark Lohman said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2013 | By August Brown
As L.A.'s center of musical gravity shifts east to Coachella for the next two weekends, night life in the city will finally get some breathing room. No lines at the bar, cabs when you need them, an entire population of trustafarian party people otherwise occupied - why, it's a veritable Eden of going out close to home. Take advantage of the reprieve by hitting up some of these local events. Some are deliberate ripostes to Coachella, others just happen to fall on the calendar this week.
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November 26, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
One person was killed and three others badly hurt when a vehicle rolled over near Indio, officials said Tuesday afternoon. The three injured victims were taken by a helicopter and ambulances to hospitals, the Riverside County Fire Department said.  The other victim was pronounced dead at the scene near Dillon and Berdoo Canyon roads, a Fire Department spokesman said. The vehicle rolled over about 4 p.m. It was not immediately clear what caused the accident.
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April 19, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Shortly after the gates opened for the second weekend of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, those waiting to get in bore witness to a rare site at the now annual music party in the desert: patience. Security lines at 12:15 p.m. weren't all moving incredibly brisk - a 20-to 25-minute wait to get into the grounds seemed about right - but everyone was on their best behavior as security made its way through the backpacks of attendees. Perhaps the second week, in which most every band will perform in the same time slot it had last week, doesn't bring as much anticipation at the gate.
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April 13, 2013 | By Chris Lee
INDIO -- Self-described “model-sociallite” Silka (no last name given) drifted across the densely populated Coachella VIP section during the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' evening set attired in a crocheted shawl, a $400 Malia Mills bikini and a pair of Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges. She was sipping discreetly at a vodka cranberry in a plastic tumbler and turning heads with every step. The New York-based native of Hungary explained she had spent the better part of two days earlier this week sifting through her wardrobe to find precisely the right ensembles for three days' worth of festival revelry beneath Indio's baking sun. “Of course I love the music but of course I want to look good,” Silka said as a male companion smiled in nodding agreement.
OPINION
April 12, 2013
Re "Indio doesn't sing in unison," April 10 The Times has taken a huge positive and portrayed it negatively. "Coachella" is in fact an internationally known name because of the festivals in Indio. The people who live there and in the rest of the Coachella Valley have many more jobs and stronger businesses as a result of festival promoter Goldenvoice. Yes, there are some residents with NIMBY attitudes about the hundreds of thousands of concertgoers who pour in every year, but all nine cities of the Coachella Valley benefit greatly.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2013 | By August Brown
As L.A.'s center of musical gravity shifts east to Coachella for the next two weekends, night life in the city will finally get some breathing room. No lines at the bar, cabs when you need them, an entire population of trustafarian party people otherwise occupied - why, it's a veritable Eden of going out close to home. Take advantage of the reprieve by hitting up some of these local events. Some are deliberate ripostes to Coachella, others just happen to fall on the calendar this week.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival starts Friday, and that means hundreds of thousands of smartphone users will descend on Indio. And when you get that many people in one location, there's bound to be some connectivity issues. That's why the four major wireless carriers say they're going out of their way to make sure there is enough network capacity for their customers to make calls, send texts and upload photos and videos to their social networks. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint understand that at events such as Coachella -- where as many as 90,000 people may show up on one day -- users see just how good their networks are, and perhaps more important, how well their friends' carriers hold up. PHOTOS: The top smartphones of 2013 AT&T, for example, said it will be using all 18 beams of its super multi-beam antenna.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Goldenvoice, the promoter behind the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, is aiming to secure a home for its desert festival through 2030. The promoter's current contract with the city of Indio, Calif.,  expires after the 2013 event, but Goldenvoice's ambitions extend well beyond obtaining a long-term contract for Coachella. The city of Indio has released documents that offer a glimpse into the promoter's festival plans, which, if approved, would add up to two music events to the calendar year.
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November 2, 2009 | Jeff Weiss
Besides the Rolling Stones, U2 and Bruce Springsteen, it's hard to think of many rock acts that could crowd the Empire Polo Club in Indio for a three-day festival featuring no supporting acts or other live entertainment. But the legendary Vermont jam titan Phish has long operated outside the realm of normalcy, with a rabid fan base closer to addicted acolytes than casual admirers. When long-gestating message board rumors were finally confirmed months ago, Phish fanatics instantly began making preparations to trek to the site of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, where the band held its eighth festival -- the first in five years.
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April 12, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
After a three-hour survey of Coachella 2013, the changes on the grounds are many, chief among them a new feeling of permanence. The festival, now in its 14th year, is visibly changed and is showing signs of its new extended commitment to the Indio location: There's a new (sixth) stage, a more festive grand entryway and a better organized food and merchandising area. The dance tents have phenomenal surround sound and a massive light system that in the dark will surely trip out many of the ultra-excited dance kids already sweaty at 3 p.m. COACHELLA 2013: What to see and do  |  Timeline  |  Full coverage Security has certainly changed, at least in my experience.
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April 11, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Launching Friday at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, the Goldenvoice-promoted Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has been a spring staple for more than a decade. Could it soon have some company in the fall?  Indio recently signed off on a 17-year agreement with Goldenvoice that will allow the promoter to keep Coachella and the country-focused Stagecoach in the town through at least 2030. The approved proposal also lays the groundwork for Goldenvoice to expand from three high-capacity yearly events to five.
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