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 By Jeff Pack    News 

Temecula council approves amended agreement for law enforcement services, CFD for Cypress Ridge Development

Temecula City Council approved an amended agreement for law enforcement services with Riverside County to increase patrol coverage for the city adjusting the patrol coverage, and a... — Updated 1/17/2019

 By Jeff Pack    News 

Testimony begins in trial for man accused of killing Fallbrook family

The death-penalty case of Charles "Chase" Merritt, who is charged with killing four members of a Fallbrook family in 2010, began Jan. 7 in San Bernardino Superior Court with opening... — Updated 1/17/2019

 By Jeff Pack    News 

Recent death of mountain lion sparks renewed conservancy efforts

When a young male mountain lion was struck and killed on the southbound Interstate 15 near the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint near Rainbow, Dec. 26, he became the third lion killed... — Updated 1/17/2019

 By Jeff Pack    News 

Swanson takes the gavel, council approves decision packets for Measure AA

The Jan. 9 meeting of the Wildomar City Council began with 2018 Mayor Ben J. Benoit passing the gavel to Marsha Swanson, who will serve as mayor for 2019. “What can I say, what a year it’s been, what all you give to this city i... — Updated 1/17/2019

 By Jeff Pack    Entertainment 

Temecula Wine Country celebrates naming to Top 10 Wine Getaways list

Members of Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association and Visit Temecula Valley met Tuesday, Jan. 8, on the balcony at Wilson Creek Winery and Vineyards to celebrate making the list... — Updated 1/17/2019

 By Jeff Pack    Entertainment 

Chapin Family Vineyards values the social experience

The social aspect of owning a winery in Temecula Wine Country is what inspired Steve Chapin. But if he's being honest, if he hadn't opened Chapin Family Vineyards, the former... — Updated 1/17/2019

 By Jeff Pack    News 

One dead, three injured in Murrieta crash

MURRIETA - One woman was killed and two adult women and a juvenile were injured in an injury traffic collision at around 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at Whitewood and Baxter roads in... — Updated 1/22/2019 Full story

 By Jeff Pack    News 

Chase Bank robbed, suspect caught at Pechanga

TEMECULA - A San Diego County resident who walked into Chase Bank in Temecula on Saturday, Jan. 19 with an envelope demanding money and then fled to spend that money at nearby... — Updated 1/22/2019 Full story

 By Jeff Pack    News

Oak Grove Center opens Culinary Creations in Truax Building

The stars had to align just right for the Oak Grove Center to open its new Culinary Creations bakery and coffee shop inside the Truax Building in Old Town Temecula. When the sweet... — Updated 1/10/2019

 By Jeff Pack    News

Community rallies around softball league victimized by break-in

In the overnight hours between Friday, Dec. 28, and Saturday, Dec. 29, someone broke into the Lake Elsinore Girls Softball storage bin and stole and destroyed an estimated $5,000... — Updated 1/10/2019

 By Jeff Pack    News

Trial begins for man accused of killing Fallbrook family

Opening statements began Monday, Jan. 7, in the trial of Charles Ray Merritt, 61, of Homeland who is accused of murdering Joseph and Summer McStay as well as the couple’s two young sons in Fallbrook in 2010 and burying their... — Updated 1/10/2019

 By Jeff Pack    News

Beneficiaries chosen, nominees placed, tickets available for Stars of the Valley 2019

Sure, the Stars of the Valley gala event, Saturday, Feb. 2, at Pechanga Resort Casino is a night filled with glitz, glamour, fun, entertainment and a whole lot of laughs – but at... — Updated 1/10/2019

 By Jeff Pack    News

Cause of Lake Elsinore fish die-off could be related to Holy Fire, officials say

Perhaps as many as 1,000 fish have died recently in Lake Elsinore, and there’s some speculation that the cause is a runoff of fire retardant and other chemicals used in fighting the Holy Fire this past summer. “At this point,... — Updated 1/10/2019


Led Zepagain rocks Old Town Temecula over two nights

Led Zepagain thrilled local audiences Thursday, Jan. 3, and Friday, Jan. 4, at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. Billed as the "closest thing that you will ever see to a... — Updated 1/10/2019


Temecula Valley Restaurant Month is in full swing

After a month of homemade meals and quality family time, residents might be hankering for some gourmet cooking, prepared by some of the best chefs in the Temecula Valley.... — Updated 1/10/2019


Year in review: Temecula Wine Country continues momentum

Anyone who ventures out to Temecula Wine Country on a weekend knows that quite many people know about the region. With roughly 20 million eligible wine drinkers living and working... — Updated 1/11/2019

 By Jeff Pack    News

All Chamber Mega Mixer changes location this year

The Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce All Chamber Mega Mixer is coming up Thursday, Jan. 17, at a new location. Instead of being held at the Spectrum in Murrieta, this year the... — Updated 1/10/2019

 By Jeff Pack    News

Community under mandatory evacuation orders in Holy Fire burn area

The Laguna A zone area near the Holy Fire burn area has been issued a mandatory evacuation order as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. Earlier in the afternoon, two more evacuation... — Updated 1/17/2019 Full story

 By Jeff Pack    News

TVUSD announces new employee recognition program

TEMECULA - Temecula Valley Unified School District announced a new employee recognition program called TVUSD Employee Superstars to recognize individuals that "go far and beyond the call of duty, doing more than others expect."... — Updated 1/16/2019 Full story

 By Jeff Pack    News

Homeless for the Holidays

Over the course of the past five weeks, Valley News has spent time speaking with homeless individuals and the people who work with them on a daily basis. We’ve seen how Homeless Outreach Team deputies, working in conjunction... — Updated 1/4/2019

 By Jeff Pack    News

TIP Southwest Riverside County seeks compassionate volunteers

When people in southwest Riverside County are faced with life's most difficult situations, there's an organization waiting in the wings to ease the pain. The Trauma Intervention... — Updated 1/4/2019


Murrieta markets itself as the hub of the region with Explore Murrieta

Last month, Patrick Ellis, CEO of the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce, came before the Murrieta City Council to announce the launching the city's first-ever tourism brand.... — Updated 1/4/2019


Classical to classic rock performances coming to Old Town Temecula theater

The Old Town Temecula Community Theater is kicking off the new year right with a blistering schedule of musical acts to satisfy the tastes of many music fans over the course of the... — Updated 1/4/2019


Brannon enjoys newfound freedoms in stand-up comedy

Stand-up comedy is enjoying a sort of Renaissance right now, and comedian and podcaster Nathan Brannon is loving it. "I would say the best thing about comedy being so popular right... — Updated 1/4/2019


Dunbar brings sarcasm to Pechanga comedy stage

Veteran comedian Kathleen Dunbar is realistic about the effect she can have on an audience member. "I won't fix your life, but I just might make your day," she said, before her... — Updated 1/4/2019


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