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Ortega Highway reopened to traffic

LAKE ELSINORE - CalTrans reported on Friday, Feb. 22 morning that State Route 74 (Ortega Highway) has been reopened. The roadway had been closed between the Orange/Riverside county line and Lake Elsinore because of icy... — Updated 2/22/2019

Woman missing in Menifee, suffers from early stages of dementia

Updated, Feb. 22, 12 p.m. The Menifee Police Department announced via social media channels that Vasquez has been located. No further information was made available. Original Story MENIFEE - A 77-year-old woman who is diabetic... — Updated 2/22/2019

Perris couple plead guilty to torturing, imprisoning children

RIVERSIDE - A Perris couple who kept 12 of their 13 children imprisoned in their home, allowing them to shower just once a year, feeding them sparse amounts of food that left them... — Updated 2/22/2019

Protestors gather in objection of president's national emergency declaration

More than 60 people gathered at the corner of Rancho California and Ynez roads Monday, Feb. 18, to protest President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency. During a... — Updated 2/22/2019

Heavy rain, flooding hammers southwest Riverside County

The most powerful storm to hit southwest Riverside County this season battered the region Wednesday night through Friday evening, wreaking havoc on area roads and communities and... — Updated 2/22/2019

Colleagues, family memorialize the life of Ron Roberts

More than 100 family members, friends and colleagues gathered Friday, Feb. 15, for the memorial service of Ronald H. Roberts, one of Temecula's most impactful public servants, at... — Updated 2/22/2019

Hemet to see new police, fire vehicles on the road soon

Hemet City Council authorized the purchase of seven fully equipped police vehicles and four fire department response vehicles that will soon be patrolling the streets and responding to emergencies in the city. Hemet Police Chief... — Updated 2/21/2019

Jack and Linda Williams, Morris nominated for Temecula Wall of Honor

During the Feb. 12 meeting of the Temecula City Council, Mayor Mike Naggar nominated three people he believes are deserving of special recognition. "We have a Wall of Honor out in... — Updated 2/21/2019

Kiwanis to lead a community coalition to support Rady Children's Medical Plaza in Murrieta

TEMECULA – The Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley held their weekly membership meeting at Rady Children's Medical Plaza in Murrieta recently to enable their members and select... — Updated 2/21/2019

SR 74 is damaged by heavy rains Feb. 13-14 at Cranston Fire burn scar

Caltrans closed the highway Feb. 15-16 and continued repairs this week, leaving it open to residents... — Updated 2/21/2019

Playoff divisions announced for local spring sports teams as seasons start

The CIF-Southern Section office announced the playoff divisions for the spring sports, and a good amount of the local teams inside the Valley News coverage area teams will be... — Updated 2/21/2019

Murrieta Surf announces Coach Helen Nkwocha as an addition to staff

MURRIETA – Murrieta Surf announced the newest member to their coaching staff, Helen L. Nkwocha. Nkwocha is a former player and a coach from London, who is a UEFA A License coach.... — Updated 2/21/2019

SoCal Battle of the Badges hits Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

The SoCal Battle of the Badges returned to the Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Friday, Feb. 8, with some heavy hitting action. The Battle of the Badges is a public safety boxing... — Updated 2/21/2019

HS Sports: Local winter sports teams stay focused on postseason success

It's been a wild ride for many of the local high school winter sports teams that have been battling through so many different divisions of their perspective CIF Southern Section... — Updated 2/21/2019

Vista Murrieta student athletes sign National Letters of Intent

Student athletes from Vista Murrieta High School signed their National Letters of Intent to play at the collegiate level at a signing day ceremony held at the school Wednesday,... — Updated 2/21/2019

Masters wrestlers head to state tournament, next stop Bakersfield

The CIF-Southern Section dual-meet wrestling championships took place at six different locations this past Saturday, and in the team standings, Servite High School finished first,... — Updated 2/21/2019

Peter Frampton announces 'The Farewell Tour,' includes Pechanga show

INGLEWOOD - Guitarist Peter Frampton announced on Friday, Feb. 22 a primarily U.S. "farewell tour'' that will begin in mid-June and continue through the fall, with an Oct. 5 stop in Inglewood at the Forum. Other Southern... — Updated 2/22/2019

Pechanga Poker and Bingo players make food donation to Community Mission of Hope

TEMECULA – Throughout the month of January, Pechanga Poker and Pechanga Bingo players helped "Restock the Shelves" of the Community Mission of Hope, the community's only local... — Updated 2/21/2019

Hemet-San Jacinto Centennial Lions Club sponsors student speaker contest

Hemet High School student James Crawford took the first place prize for his speech "Freedom of the Press: What Does it Mean?" which was presented to members of the Hemet-San... — Updated 2/21/2019

Experience Art, Culture and Entertainment at Art Off The Walls

TEMECULA – The Temecula Community Services Department’s Arts & Culture Team invites the community to the monthly Art Off The Walls at The Merc, 42051 Main Street, in the heart of Old Town Temecula Friday, March 8, at 6 p.m.... — Updated 2/21/2019

Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club and Chaparral High School Interact Club host inaugural Valentine's Dance

TEMECULA – The Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club and its Chaparral High School Interact service club held their first-ever Wallis Jones project "Valentine's Dance." The dance was held... — Updated 2/21/2019

Western Center Academy student wins Sunset Rotary Four-Way Test speech contest

Sara Oike, a Western Center Academy student, won first place in the annual Sunset Rotary Four-Way Test speech contest held Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the Diamond Valley Art Center in... — Updated 2/21/2019

Temecula observes Women's History Month

TEMECULA – The Bureau of Reclamation Southern California Area Office will host a Women’s History Month Observance Tuesday, March 5, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Temecula Civic Center, 41000 Main Street, in Temecula. The 2019... — Updated 2/21/2019

Temecula Valley VFW hosts Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day

TEMECULA – The Temecula Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4089 and the city of Temecula will host a recognition ceremony Saturday, March 30, at 10 a.m. to honor Vietnam veterans with special guest speakers at Temecula City... — Updated 2/21/2019

Gregory Rager to present at Temecula Valley Historical Society

TEMECULA – Gregory A. Rager, an adjunct professor of historic and basic photography courses at Cypress College and Mount San Antonio College, will present an informative... — Updated 2/21/2019

Theatre Royale presents Disney's 'Newsies' at Pechanga in June

TEMECULA – Stop the presses! This Disney film turned Tony-winning Broadway hit inspires everyone to fight for what’s right and seize the day. Disney’s ”Newsies,” is coming to the Pechanga Theater, June 22-23. Tickets... — Updated 2/21/2019

Consider implementing these on-trend home designs for 2019

The influence of global cultures is increasingly visible in home decor as technology expands homeowners' worldviews. Acting on the inspiration of global trends can be as simple as... — Updated 2/21/2019

Living in color

When picking a color for cabinetry, personality and lifestyle are essential considerations. Gray and white cabinets are options for the modern active living lifestyle, whereas... — Updated 2/21/2019

EVMWD receives federal funding to upgrade recycled water facilities

LAKE ELSINORE – Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District received a $2.6 million grant from the United States Bureau of Reclamation toward diversifying its water supply through increased recycled water production. The grant... — Updated 2/21/2019

Look for these 5 things when selecting a lawn service

TEMECULA – Most people want beautiful, lush lawns and well-maintained landscapes. Not every homeowner has the time or the inclination to do the work, however. Many homeowners... — Updated 2/21/2019

Add colorful curb appeal

Before the dull and dreary days of winter end, homeowners still have plenty of time to update their home's curb appeal with pops of color that add a cheerful touch to offset the... — Updated 2/21/2019

Recognize and treat common pet parasites

TEMECULA – Cats and dogs are beloved members of the family. When they aren't feeling well, it can put a damper on all family activities. Parasites can be a problem for companion... — Updated 2/21/2019

Adopt a pet on National Pet Adoption Weekend

TEMECULA – Nearly 4,000 animal welfare organizations will bring adoptable pets, from puppies and dogs, kittens and cats, guinea pigs, rabbits and other furry, scaly and even a... — Updated 2/21/2019

Pets of the Week

Living Free Animal Sanctuary For more information on these pets and other pets up for adoption at Living Free Animal Sanctuary call (951) 321-9982 or visit — Updated 2/21/2019

Balance aging parents and family demands

Today more people are living longer. The changes in people’s lifestyles, along with improved health care, have meant that it is more common for people live into their 80s and 90s. That’s the good news, but these longer life... — Updated 2/21/2019

Reverse sleep problems that are tied to the family tree with diet

FLOWER MOUND, Texas – It’s estimated that 50-70 million U.S. adults have some type of sleeping disorder, and what they eat or don’t eat may impact how they sleep. Many studies provide evidence of how n... — Updated 2/21/2019

What the establishment press has not said about the border

I flew to El Paso, Texas, to see for myself what was going on at the border at the height of the partial government shutdown standoff between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and... — Updated 2/21/2019

Taxing water, really?

California lawmakers recognized water as a basic human right in 2012. Since then, voters have approved over $10 billion in bonds to fund statewide water projects, yet for some... — Updated 2/21/2019

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