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 By Alex Groves    Lifestyles

Zephyr, award-winning Great Dane, to make appearance at Kiwanis event

Zephyr the Great Dane proudly trotted with his mother, Windy, and daughter, Blondie, during a trip to Live Oak Park with co-owner Cynthia Neet last week. The 5-year-old dog looked m... — Updated 7/13/2018

 By Alex Groves    News

Lake Elsinore approves 5-year Capital Improvement Plan

Lake Elsinore City Council late last month approved its 5-year Capital Improvement Plan that consists of 53 different projects with a price tag of more than $270 million. The council June 26 voted 4-0, with councilman Daryl... — Updated 7/13/2018


For traditional Cuban food and a great cup of joe, check out Havana Kitchen

The smell of fresh-brewed coffee and the sound of Latin music filled the air at Havana Kitchen Cafe in Old Town Temecula during a recent visit earlier this week. I decided to go... — Updated 7/12/2018

 By Alex Groves    Crime

San Jacinto man, a suspected human trafficker, arrested in Temecula

A San Bernardino County task force last week arrested a suspected human trafficker outside of a Temecula motel room following a months-long investigation, officials said. Damian... — Updated 7/8/2018

 By Alex Groves    News

Temecula Council takes stance on SB 54

Dozens of people packed Temecula City Council chambers last week, holding signs, pictures and other props as the council approved a resolution opposing SB 54's limits on... — Updated 7/5/2018

 By Alex Groves    News

Temecula blaze prompts temporary evacuations

Residents of 20 homes were temporarily evacuated Sunday night, July 8, after a fire broke out in a Temecula field, fire officials said. The 1.25 acre fire was reported shortly... — Updated 7/8/2018

 By Alex Groves    News

Public health, safety officials stress water safety during news conference

With seven child drowning deaths in Riverside County this year so far, health and public safety officials stressed the importance of water safety during a news conference. The... — Updated 7/5/2018


Wine Country boasts versatile selection of dining options

There are a lot of important questions visitors to Temecula Valley Wine Country often find themselves asking, such as "Red or white?" or "What winery should I hit next?" Another... — Updated 7/5/2018

 By Alex Groves    News

Thousands turn out for Murrieta's Birthday Bash

Children splashed and frolicked under the spray of a fire hose Saturday, June 30, at California Oaks Sports Park in Murrieta as parents and firefighters watched on with smiles... — Updated 7/5/2018


Vitagliano Vineyard and Winery's idyllic setting draws tourists, wedding parties

An expansive pond, shady trees, flowers and fire pit tables are just some of the sites visitors to Vitagliano Vineyards & Winery can take in on a warm and sunny day. The... — Updated 6/28/2018

 By Alex Groves    News

Authorities search for missing Menifee man

Authorities are looking for an 86-year-old man with medical conditions who went missing from the Menifee area late Thursday evening, June 28, officials say. Frederick Vanallen left... — Updated 7/1/2018

 By Alex Groves    News

Rancho California Water District Board approves rate increases

Rancho California Water District customers will see an increase in their bill next month after the water board approved a rate increase June 14. The board voted 4-2, with Vice Presidents Angel Garcia and Danny Martin dissenting,... — Updated 6/28/2018


Big portions and friendly customer service can be found at Casa Jimenez

The warm tortilla chips and fresh salsa kept flowing at Casa Jimenez Mexican Restaurant on Jefferson Avenue in Murrieta on a recent Saturday as my family and I eagerly awaited our... — Updated 6/28/2018

 By Alex Groves    News

Travel spending is up in the Temecula Valley, Riverside County

The Temecula Valley last year earned $724 million in visitor spending, a 2.5 percent increase over 2016 and the eighth consecutive increase in a decade. That statistic and others we... — Updated 6/28/2018


Marna O'Brien Park in Wildomar becomes a campground for a night

Visitors flocked to Marna O'Brien Park in Wildomar Saturday, June 23, for camping, a movie and some splish-splashing fun. Young families started arriving around 4:30 p.m. to set up... — Updated 6/27/2018

 By Alex Groves    News

Temecula approves budgets, 5-year Capital Improvement Program

The Temecula City Council last week approved a five-year Capital Improvement Program as well annual operating budgets for the city and city departments during a meeting last week. The council’s unanimous approval followed an... — Updated 6/22/2018

 By Alex Groves    Crime

Deputies deploy Taser against knife-wielding suspect in Lake Elsinore

Deputies on Friday used an electric stun gun against a knife-brandishing Lake Elsinore man suspected of violating a domestic violence restraining order, sheriff's officials said.... — Updated 6/22/2018


Cheflavor in Temecula boasts menu filled with flavorful sandwiches

There was a crisp breeze in the air, a sunny blue sky overhead and music from The Strokes within earshot as I sat on Cheflavor Curated Provisions' patio in Temecula last week; it... — Updated 6/22/2018

 By Alex Groves    News

CalTrans director talks possible interstate improvements during task force meeting

The Director of California Department of Transportation District 8 -- which serves Riverside and San Bernardino counties -- led a presentation on Interstate 15 traffic and some... — Updated 6/21/2018

 By Alex Groves    News

Updated: Multiple vehicle collision on I-15 northbound leads to freeway shutdown

Update: June 21, 10 p.m. All lanes of Interstate 15 in Temecula were open shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday evening following a chain reaction crash that injured four people and left... — Updated 6/22/2018

 By Alex Groves    Lifestyles

Homes for Our Troops holds two Southwest Riverside County events for veterans

A nonprofit that specializes in providing specially-adapted homes to severely wounded veterans held two events in Southwest Riverside County last weekend. On Saturday, June 9, Marin... — Updated 6/20/2018

 By Alex Groves    News

Temecula looks over budget before formal adoption

The 2018-2019 budget The Temecula City Council late last month held a budget workshop looking at its general fund revenues and expenditures for the 2018-2019 fiscal year as well as a five-year plan for capital improvement... — Updated 8/1/2018

 By Alex Groves    News

Couple in Murrieta abuse case pleads guilty, is immediately sentenced

A serviceman and his girlfriend who abused the man's young son until the boy was comatose both pleaded guilty Friday, June 15, and were immediately sentenced, the District... — Updated 6/15/2018

 By Alex Groves    Crime

Man, 22, suspected of killing father in Murrieta home

Murrieta police officers on Saturday afternoon, June 9, arrested a 22-year-old man suspected of killing his father, officials said. Nicolas Gayelyrd Hunt-Tanner was arrested on... — Updated 6/11/2018

 By Alex Groves    News

Temecula mayor focuses on safety for State of the City address

Hundreds filled the Pechanga Resort and Casino's brand-new event center on Thursday, May 31, to hear Temecula Mayor Matt Rahn deliver his State of the City Address. Every year,... — Updated 6/7/2018


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