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Man struck, killed after crossing highway to save dog

MENIFEE - A 25-year-old man was struck and killed as he crossed a four-lane highway in Menifee to coax a loose dog out of traffic, authorities said on Friday, Feb. 15. Abel Soto of Corona was hit about 5:20 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14... — Updated 2/15/2019

Report: $11M judgement handed down in Keyways sexual harassment claim

According to a report by The National Law Review, a jury awarded more than $11 million to two former employees of the now-defunct Keyways Winery in Temecula, following claims they were sexually harassed and retaliated against for... — Updated 2/15/2019

Heavy rainfall leaves mess in Riverside County, scattered showers expected

RIVERSIDE - Scattered showers are expected in Riverside County on Friday, Feb. 15 following a powerful storm that caused flooding that left a homeless woman dead in Corona,... — Updated 2/15/2019

Rancho Damacitas continues to change lives with new mission

It has been just over a year since Rancho Damacitas changed its focus from foster children to single mothers. In that year, the program continues to make strides in helping those... — Updated 2/15/2019

S.A.F.E., Family Justice Center announce new partnership

During the annual meeting of Safe Alternatives for Everyone Friday, Feb. 8, Melissa Donaldson, the Riverside County director of victims services and former S.A.F.E. CEO, surprised... — Updated 2/15/2019

Former Mayor Ron Roberts to be laid to rest

One of Temecula's most impactful public servants will be honored Friday, Feb. 15, in services planned for the former mayor and city councilman who died Monday, Feb. 4. Ron Roberts... — Updated 2/15/2019

Two homegrown artists bring home three Grammys

Canyon Lake's Tori Kelly and Murrieta's Joelle James each took home Grammys from the 61st Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Kelly won Grammys for Best Gospel... — Updated 2/15/2019

Lack of guarantees puts LEAPS opposition group on high alert

Editor’s note; This story is the second in an ongoing series exploring the proposed Lake Elsinore Advanced Pump Storage, or LEAPS, project. In the first article “LEAPS project to support increased renewable energy in Southern... — Updated 2/15/2019

Judge rules jury can see CNN interview of Merritt

Before Charles "Chase" Merritt was arrested for the murders of Joseph and Summer McStay and their two young sons, CNN's Randi Kaye interviewed him in relation to the killings. In... — Updated 2/15/2019

San Diego Golf & Craft Beer Festival arrives at Pala Mesa Resort

PALA – The San Diego Golf & Craft Beer Festival lands at Pala Mesa Resort in Fallbrook Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will feature all of the latest golf has to offer, some of the top craft... — Updated 2/15/2019

Avoid these 5 exercise myths for people 55-and-older

SAN DIEGO – While it’s expected that most older people tend to slow down with age, the notion that seniors and soon-to-be seniors should trade in exercise and their active lifestyles for bingo and rocking chairs is... — Updated 2/15/2019

HS Sports: Top local teams push through postseason brackets

The 2018-2019 CIF Southern Section-Ford Championship winter sports playoffs are heating up for local high school boys' and girls' basketball teams, boys' and girls' soccer teams... — Updated 2/15/2019

Local high school athletes sign their letters of intent

That time of year has come and gone again as top student athletes from schools all over southwest Riverside County have begun the next step in their journey of playing sports at... — Updated 2/15/2019

SDSU baseball, with Team Impact, helps give one local child hi big dreams

Derrick Peterson is currently attending Rancho Christian Elementary School and will not be a San Diego State University student in the near term, but he is now a member of the... — Updated 2/15/2019

Former Great Oak soccer player called up to Guam National team

A local, former Great Oak High School soccer player, Joey Ciochetto, was recently called up to play for the Guam National Team. Ciochetto played for Great Oak for two seasons... — Updated 2/15/2019

HS Boys' Wrestling: Temecula Valley does it again, wins 36th Section title

As a program, they just won't back down, and there is nothing wrong with that goal. Temecula Valley High School just won their 36th section title, and the 19th title in the... — Updated 2/15/2019

Rev up for a travel adventure

Hitting the open road continues to be an increasingly popular vacation option for families. As spring approaches, the idea of exploring the country in full bloom may encourage many... — Updated 2/15/2019

Plan ahead for the area's biggest wine events in the first half of 2019

"Oh my gosh, why didn't we go to that?" There's nothing worse than hopping on social media on a Sunday morning to find a bunch of photos featuring your friends at extravagant... — Updated 2/15/2019

Plot plan, MND, noise exception adopted for planned winery and hotel in Temecula

There are plans for a winery and hotel in unincorporated Temecula west of Pauba Road, southeast of Avenida Verde, and west of De Portola Road. The Riverside County Board of Supervisors, Jan. 15, approved the plot plan, an... — Updated 2/15/2019

Wine Country Calendar of Events

Friday, Feb. 15 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Craft Faire, Maurice Car'rie Winery 1-2:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes Wine and Cupcake Tour, South Coast Winery 3-5:30 p.m. Happy Hour, Vineyard Rose, South Coast Winery 5-7 p.m. Live Music, John... — Updated 2/15/2019

SRCAR to host scholarship fundraiser

MURRIETA – The Southwest Riverside County Association of Realtors is hosting its eighth annual Texas Hold’em Charity event Friday, March 8, from 5-9 p.m. at 26529 Jefferson Avenue in Murrieta. The fun-filled evening will... — Updated 2/15/2019

'Bus Riley's Back in Town' opening in Murrieta's new Bach Theatre Company

The hustle and bustle of daily life leads some people to imagine sitting in front of an intimate quiet stage, wine glass in hand with their love one sitting across from them... — Updated 2/15/2019

'Art of the Avocado' competition is calling for entries

FALLBROOK – The Art of the Avocado Competition, part of Fallbrook's annual Avocado Festival, is now "calling for entries" thanks to the generous sponsorship of Fallbrook Propane... — Updated 2/15/2019

DVAC Art for Youth Competition winners are selected and on display

Winners of the Diamond Valley Art Center’s Art for Youth Competition are now on display at the center, 123 N. Harvard in historic downtown Hemet through March. The DVAC sponsors an annual Art for Youth Competition that students... — Updated 2/15/2019

Loretta Beckwith is Arts Council Menifee February Artist of the Month

Some of Loretta Beckwith's earliest memories have to do with the world of art. She was born in 1938 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and her father was a professional artist. His... — Updated 2/15/2019

The Novel Knights meets Monday, Feb. 25

TEMECULA – What’s more fun than reading a science fiction novel? Discussing it with friends. Teens are invited to join The Novel Knights Monday, Feb. 25, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library,... — Updated 2/15/2019

The 'KonMari' method of tidying up takes local homes by storm

Everyone dreams of having a perfect home, but few people know where to start in the labor-intensive process of decluttering. It's difficult to know what may be useful later and... — Updated 2/15/2019

Virulent Newcastle disease hits Riverside County chickens

Many residents in southwest Riverside County delight in raising pet chickens and have successfully won efforts to raise them in residential areas, but another battle for the poultry pet owners and commercial chicken ranchers... — Updated 2/15/2019

Complete these winter home repair hacks

Even if a homeowner is not terribly handy, there are many simple household repairs that they can easily do at home to avoid unnecessary time and expense. It is especially true in... — Updated 2/15/2019

Put a healthy twist on your favorite foods

Whether it's a simple date night at home or a weeknight meal for the entire family, finding inter-culinary balance between everyone at the table can sometimes be difficult. When at... — Updated 2/15/2019

Rose Care FUNdamentals for February 2019

Nature lies fallow in winter in preparation for the new year. All life needs rest in order to grow with greater strength. Winter is the time of withdrawal that precedes renewal. But now it’s time to take a few simple steps to... — Updated 2/15/2019

Pets of the Week

Animal Friends of the Valleys Animal Friends of the Valleys low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic, at 29001 Bastron Ave. in Lake Elsinore, is now open seven days a week. Walk-in... — Updated 2/15/2019

Guild luncheon sheds light on medical advances at Loma Linda Medical Center

More than 100 members of the community attended the Follow Your Heart luncheon supporting Big Hearts for Little Hearts' Temecula-Murrieta Valley guild and the Loma Linda... — Updated 2/14/2019

Steps toward a mentally healthier you

It’s true that most people don’t give their mental health much attention unless they’re facing a serious problem. That’s too bad, because in today’s complicated world most people could stand to reduce their stress and... — Updated 2/14/2019

Murrieta Valley High School hosts blood drive with San Diego Blood Bank

MURRIETA – Murrieta Valley High School is hosting a blood drive in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank Thursday, Feb. 21, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in their gym at 42200 Nighthawk Way in Murrieta. Anyone 17 and older, who... — Updated 2/14/2019

Highgate opens new suites for memory care residents

TEMECULA – Highgate Senior Living opened the second floor of its Cottage for new residents recently. The suites will accommodate an additional 18 memory care residents. Highgate... — Updated 2/14/2019

January to become human trafficking awareness month in California

Last month, I introduced House Resolution 7, which is jointly authored with Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes, D-San Bernardino. HR 7 declares January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in California, part of a nationwide... — Updated 2/14/2019

Do Democrats now oppose the Constitution?

By now Beto O’Rourke’s unflattering comment referencing the Constitution, “Does this still work?” is old news. He was suggesting that government is now too complicated for it to deal with 21st century problems. What... — Updated 2/14/2019

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