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Crews to complete controlled burn near Lake Skinner

FRENCH VALLEY - Riverside County fire crews were slated to finish a controlled burn just west of Lake Skinner in the French Valley area on Thursday, June 20 to clear hundreds of acres of excess brush, and residents and motorists... — Updated 6/20/2019

Prosecution rests in trial of Hemet man accused of repeatedly raping girl

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - The prosecution rested on Wednesday, June 19 in the trial of a Hemet man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl dozens of times over a three-year period, during which she asked for help from authorities,... — Updated 6/20/2019

Riverside County appoints new deputy superintendent of schools

RIVERSIDE - The former superintendent of the Coachella Valley Unified School District was appointed to an executive position in the Riverside County Office of Education, it was announced. County Superintendent of Schools Judy... — Updated 6/19/2019

Riverside County awarded state funds to reduce homelessness

RIVERSIDE - More than $20 million in state funding was awarded to Riverside County under a social assistance program aimed at placing chronically homeless people in affordable housing units, it was announced. "We are very pleased... — Updated 6/19/2019

Hemet man sentenced to 80 years to life for Oceanside slaying

HEMET - A Riverside County man who fatally shot an Oceanside resident more than two years ago during a drug-related robbery was sentenced to 80 years to life in prison on Wednesday, June 19. Hector Galvez, 32, of Hemet, was... — Updated 6/19/2019

Temecula DUI checkpoint set for Saturday, June 22

TEMECULA - The California Highway Patrol, Temecula Area will conduct a sobriety/driver license checkpoint on Saturday, June 22 in the unincorporated area of southwest Riverside County. Motorists approaching the checkpoint will... — Updated 6/19/2019

Prescribed burn at Lake Skinner planned for Wednesday and Thursday

LAKE SKINNER - On Wednesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 20, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department, in cooperation with Riverside County Parks and Metropolitan Water District, will be conducting prescribed burns at Lake... — Updated 6/19/2019

San Jacinto Unified to break ground on new middle school

SAN JACINTO - On Tuesday, June 18, the San Jacinto Unified School District will hold a ground-breaking event for a new middle school campus for construction at 425 N. Lyon Ave. in San Jacinto. The school is expected to open in... — Updated 6/17/2019

Pair who ran sex trafficking operation involving teens sentenced

BANNING - Two men who put more than a dozen women and girls to work as prostitutes throughout Southern California, running the sex trafficking operation out of motels in Hemet, were each sentenced on Friday, June 14 to 15 years... — Updated 6/14/2019

Coffee With a Cop

The California Highway Patrol and the Temecula Police Department host a Coffee With a Cop event at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in an effort to engage and... — Updated 6/14/2019

Cannabis advocates, growers, state and local officials to gather for summit

INDIO - Marijuana consumers, cultivators, state and local officials will be congregating in the Coachella Valley next week for the 2019 SoCal Cannabis Summit, highlighting commercial opportunities in the region, as well as... — Updated 6/20/2019

Corona police chief vows fair investigation into fatal Costco officer involved shooting

CORONA - Corona's police chief said the investigation into an off-duty Los Angeles police officer's fatal shooting of a man inside a Costco store will take time and has been partially hampered by an inability to speak to all of... — Updated 6/19/2019

Blaze scorches property east of Perris

NUEVO - A brush fire that erupted on Tuesday, June 18 near a Nuevo intersection blackened about three acres and destroyed a storage building before it was knocked down. The non-injury blaze was reported about 4:50 p.m. in the... — Updated 6/19/2019

Officials warn public against private use of fireworks around Fourth of July

RIVERSIDE - Warning that igniting fireworks can lead to threats to life and property, Riverside officials on Monday, June 17 urged the public to enjoy city-sponsored shows instead of illegally setting off pyrotechnics on their... — Updated 6/17/2019

Five hurt in Perris crash

PERRIS (CNS) - Five people were taken to hospitals on Sunday, June 16 after a crash in Perris, authorities said. The two-vehicle collision happened at 8:48 p.m. on Highway 74 at Dockery Lane, the Riverside County Fire Department... — Updated 6/17/2019

Relative of alleged assailant critical of officer in Costco shooting

CORONA - Two police departments investigated a shooting inside a Costco in Corona, where an off-duty LAPD officer shopping with his family was allegedly attacked by a stranger as he held his young child and killed the unarmed and... — Updated 6/17/2019

Blaze burns along perimeter of Perris' Big League Dreams Sports Park

PERRIS (CNS) - A grass fire that broke out on Friday, June 14 adjacent to the Big League Dreams Sports Park in Perris burned roughly an acre before crews got it under control. The non-injury blaze was reported at 11:05 a.m. in... — Updated 6/14/2019

Local baseball players taken in 2019 Major League Baseball Draft

With the conclusion of the high school baseball season wrapping up two weeks earlier this year, all eyes were set on the first-year player draft last week. Also known as the... — Updated 6/13/2019

CIF Southern Section names Shearer as new assistant commissioner

LOS ALAMITOS – CIF Southern Section Commissioner of Athletics Rob Wigod announced last week that Citrus Hill High School Athletic Director Rich Shearer has accepted a position as... — Updated 6/13/2019

Former Murrieta Valley softball standout, Alexis Buchanan, earns Second-Team Skyline honors

The Skyline Conference announced their all-league selections and Alexis Buchanan, rookie shortstop from St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn, New York, and a 2018 graduate from... — Updated 6/13/2019

US Women's Volleyball team returns to play Team Canada at Murrieta Mesa High School in June

The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team returns to Murrieta Mesa High School Saturday, June 15, as the American team takes on Team Canada in an exhibition match. Doors open at 6... — Updated 6/13/2019

Grandfathers For Golf seeks volunteers

SAN JACINTO – Grandfathers For Golf needs volunteers of any skill level to help teach more than 200 children how to play golf during the summer session. Volunteers will instruct students on the basics, such as posture, grip,... — Updated 6/13/2019

Theatre Royale's 'Newsies' is fun for the whole family

Maggie Schmutz Writer Intern Summer is the perfect time to see a musical. What better way to escape the hot afternoons and evenings than with an exciting story that is sure to... — Updated 6/14/2019

Supervisor Chuck Washington seeks wine country council members

RIVERSIDE – Third District Supervisor Chuck Washington is seeking applicants to serve on the County Service Area 149 Advisory Council. CSA council members are appointed by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. CSA 149... — Updated 6/13/2019

Doffo Winery hosting vet-supporting STEM Guitar Building Workshop

Thanks in part to a selfie taken by Mayor Pro Tem James Stewart at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Naval Branch Health Clinic Temecula, four men, and one woman, veterans and a... — Updated 6/14/2019

Wine Country Calendar of Events

Friday, Jun. 14 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Craft Faire, Maurice Car'rie Winery 1-2:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes Wine Tour, South Coast Winery 3-5:30 p.m. Happy Hour, Vineyard Rose, South Coast Winery 5-8 p.m. Live Music, John Rankin, Cougar... — Updated 6/13/2019

Artists brave the heat for Temecula Art and Street Painting Festival

The hottest day so far in 2019 coincided with the second and final day of the Temecula Art and Street Painting Festival, Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, in front of Temecula City... — Updated 6/13/2019

Temecula Valley Players bringing 'Hairspray' to Temecula

Temecula Valley Players is bringing the 2003 "Best Musical" and Tony Award-winning "Hairspray" to the Old Town Temecula Community Theater for performances that opened June 6 and... — Updated 6/13/2019

City K-9s to host Love On The Run scavenger hunt

TEMECULA – Get those dog leashes out and the detective skills ready for a paw-fert summer adventure. Temecula Police Departments’ beloved K-9 Dayka has escaped and is on the run around town and she wants residents to catch... — Updated 6/13/2019

Pechanga festival boasts beer, chili and philanthropy

Where else besides the Pechanga Microbrew and Chili Cookoff can people taste nearly 50 craft beers, devour more than a dozen chili offerings and contribute to social good at the... — Updated 6/13/2019

Elks to host Father's Day Champagne Brunch

WILDOMAR – The Elks Ladies of Lake Elsinore/Wildomar Elks Lodge No 2591 will host their Father’s Day Champagne Brunch Sunday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. The price is $10, and the lodge is located at 33700 Mission Trail,... — Updated 6/13/2019

Wildomar invites residents to Camp Out in the Park

The city of Wildomar is inviting residents to spend a night under the stars at Marna O'Brien Park as part of the sixth annual Camp Out in the Park event Saturday and Sunday, June... — Updated 6/13/2019

Rose Care FUNdamentals for June 2019

"Gardeners must become water-wise and learn as many ways as possible to use water efficiently. Some water districts may still have restrictions on how and when water can be used... — Updated 6/13/2019

Board backs off immediate prohibition on hemp production

Riverside County supervisors split on whether to renew an immediate ban on cultivation of the marijuana derivative hemp in unincorporated communities, causing the measure to fall short of the votes needed for implementation,... — Updated 6/13/2019

MEGA Summer aims to mobilize Californians in energy savings program

SAN FRANCISCO – OhmConnect, a leading clean energy company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, has announced the start of their second annual MEGA Summer program. With California’s increasingly hot summers and people’s... — Updated 6/13/2019

Pets of the Week

Animal Friends of the Valleys Animal Friends of the Valleys has launched their kitten season donation drive, for a list of items needed, visit their wishlist online at... — Updated 6/13/2019

How to prepare the family when an aging loved one is moving in

TEMECULA – No man or woman, regardless of their age, wants to consider that a day may come when they need to rely on loved ones to help them perform everyday activities. But... — Updated 6/13/2019

How occupational therapy can help people live with arthritis

TEMECULA – Occupational therapy may sound like something exclusive to people who are injured on the job. Though occupational therapy helps people in the workplace every day, it... — Updated 6/13/2019

High-risk pregnancy care now available at LLUMC-Murrieta

LOMA LINDA – Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta announced the launch of its new maternal fetal medicine program, which provides comprehensive prenatal care to... — Updated 6/13/2019

Is work draining? Cut distractions and boost energy

TAMPA, Fla. – Ever left the office feeling drained from an eight hour workday, but also frustrated because of how little was accomplished? Join the crowd. Many Americans struggle to get things done at work; over half spend... — Updated 6/13/2019

Don't let summer just happen

Most people, from young children to senior citizens, look forward to the opportunities of summer. While they may complain some days about the heat and humidity, the warmer weather and slower pace offers a chance to relax, to take... — Updated 6/13/2019

Don't import prescription drugs

Prescription drug pricing has been the subject of much debate over the last year. Several states are looking at importing drugs from Canada as an answer to high prescription costs. In fact, the Florida legislature recently... — Updated 6/13/2019

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