Do you have FOMO regarding local news?


When it comes to keeping up with local news in the Coachella Valley, do you suffer from FOMO?

The Coachella Valley, made up of nine cities, is full of news. Each city, as well as its inhabitants, has a captivating story to tell. That said, do you live with the fear of missing out, better known as FOMO?

It is impossible for a single news agency to keep pace. This is where Uken Report comes in.

Uken Report, a 5-year-old local news organization, strives to bring you the news you might not find elsewhere. We are an independently owned and operated news organization with a small but hardworking team. Our content is free. We don’t have a paywall and we don’t sell subscriptions.

We use freelance writers, including former Desert Sun opinion page editor Rob Bignell, who is now one of the best-selling hiking authors.

We work to be the first to break the news and when we can’t, we work to find a new angle.

Here are just a few of the many examples of where Uken Report broke news, found a new angle, or published news relevant to the greater Palm Springs area.

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  • Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin says “With no eligible residence in his district, Mr. (Randy) Duncan has left his position as a director with the Mission Springs Water District Council.” What is the next step for this painting?

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  • Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, which recently underwent a multimillion-dollar reimagining, stole the show as the scenic backdrop site for the Season 18 premiere of ABC’s hit reality series “The Bachelorette,” airs Tuesday, October 19.


  • A year ago in May, a new face, that of Bryan Montgomery, burst in to rule the largest city in the Coachella Valley. What does he think of it today, a year after taking office? Montgomery replaced Mark Scott who had served as Indio’s city manager since 2017.

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  • Two faces are beginning to emerge in this community that could forever change the way this wealthy city of country clubs, golf courses and upscale shopping elects members to the city council. These are the faces of two openly gay men, one of them Latino, who helped launch a lawsuit against the city for allegedly violating California’s Voting Rights Act of 2001.

Rancho Mirage

  • A newly formed group in this community, Rancho Mirage Forward, has struck a chord with city council members who are resistant to change, opposed to new ideas and resistant to constructive criticism.

Palm Springs

  • The revitalization of Palm Springs has spawned luxury retreats, hotels, spas, beach clubs and an eclectic variety of restaurants. The rebirth of this iconic tourist destination has also spawned a new religious community – Hope Palm Springs, now called River of Hope.
  • This community of more than 47,000 people is an international tourist destination that makes headlines around the world. But Mayor Robert Moon’s recent alleged acts of bugging and videotaping have given the city — and City Hall — headlines they can’t afford and a black eye. His shenanigans became the butt of local jokes and his surreptitious moves were dubbed Spygate.

Riverside County

  • When Chad Bianco took office as sheriff of Riverside County in January 2019, approximately 3,000 to 3,400 concealed-carry permits (CCWs) had been issued. Two years later, more than 9,000 permits had been issued.

There are others but you get the idea. We strive to tell stories that others don’t. There’s enough news in the Coachella Valley for everyone to cover.

We do not and will not take blows from others. We are here to organize our own race and bring you the news.

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