Temecula seeks new look for aging Jefferson Avenue corridor

A $250,000 plan aimed at reviving an aging business district could bring the first residents – as well as six- and eight-story buildings – to a 560-acre area that hugs Interstate 15 in Temecula. That area, which is split by Jefferson Avenue north of Rancho California Road, has drawn the attention of city officials for […]

Vaccinations in the news, again

Back in our Feb. 20, 2015 edition, I wrote an editorial on vaccinations and why they are important. In the piece “Vaccinations are a must for everyone,” I offered up my opinion that everyone should be vaccinated and information from the CDC stating that there is no link between autism and vaccines. This week I […]

Murrieta man accused of downloading child porn arraigned

Murrieta man accused of downloading child porn arraigned

MURRIETA – A Murrieta man allegedly caught with sexually explicit images of children on his laptop computer pleaded not guilty today to possession of child pornography. Michael David Otten, 44, was arrested in January 2014 following a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation. Otten was arraigned today at the Southwest Justice Center before Superior Court Judge Mark Mandio, who scheduled […]

A new twist on sleep-away summer camp

TEMECULA—Fox Mountain Adventures is bringing a unique twist to traditional sleep-away summer camp programs to Temecula Valley kids ages 10-17. Unlike other programs, it offers nighttime laser tag, live action board games and over 50 electives. At Fox, campers can choose from dozens of activities and electives each week that are intentionally designed to create […]

CAL FIRE Battalion Chief involved in accident identified

CAL FIRE Battalion Chief involved in accident identified

A CAL FIRE Riverside Unit Battalion Chief involved in a car accident shortly before 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. May 14 has been identified as Casey Hartman. In a press release issued by department, spokesperson Jodi Hagemann states that Hartman was struck by a vehicle while assisting a stranded motorist on Borel Road near Lake Skinner […]

Officials to stress fire prevention during news conference

HEMET – Riverside County officials on Friday will be reinforcing the importance of taking precautions to prevent wildfires this summer amid bone-dry conditions. May 3-9 is “Wildfire Awareness Week,” and with the statewide drought increasing the risks of major outbreaks, officials want the public to fully understand the need for extra care when handling any type of device […]

MVCC Board appoints interim CEO/president

MVCC Board appoints interim CEO/president

MENIFEE, CA—The Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced the appointment of Mary Deanna “Dee” Cozart as their new interim president and CEO. She assumed responsibilities on April 13 and succeeded Dorothy Wolons, who stepped down on an extended leave of absence. Cozart has been a resident of the Inland Empire, in the San Jacinto […]

Explosion rips through Murrieta Silverado Apartment

Explosion rips through Murrieta Silverado Apartment

An explosion at a Murrieta apartment on Wednesday, April 15 forced evacuations as firefighters extinguished the flames. According to Murrieta Fire Department spokesman Matt Corelli, firefighters responded to  a reported explosion at Silverado Apartments at 25100 Vista Murrieta Road just before 4:30 p.m. The initial response teal was made up of 16 firefighters. “Upon crews arriving, smoke was […]

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