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 By Jeff Pack    News 

Cal Fire helicopter crew receives medal of valor

Four of Cal Fire Riverside Unit's best were given California State Firefighters Association Medal of Valor awards Thursday, Sept. 6, for their role in rescuing a stranded rock... — Updated 9/13/2018

 
 By Jeff Pack    Community 

County: Short-term rental properties in Temecula Wine Country are legal - if registered

A couple of weeks ago, Valley News published an article regarding alleged misuse of Temecula Wine Country short-term rental properties regarding zoning violations and possible illegal wedding venues. Steve Edwards, owner of Oak... — Updated 9/14/2018

 
 By Jeff Pack    Entertainment 

Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery has endured struggle to find its place in wine country

Nick Palumbo is a lot of things: a lifeguard and self-admitted beach bum while growing up in San Diego; a bassist for the 1990s New York City post-grunge band, the Morning Glories,... — Updated 9/14/2018

 
 By Jeff Pack    Entertainment 

EAT/DRINK Podcast: Nick Palumbo

Nick and Cindy Palumbo are the owners of Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery. Nick Palumbo was a chef and a bassist in a band, and Cindy Palumbo was in the insurance industry... — Updated 9/14/2018 Full story

 
 By Jeff Pack    News 

Trailer stolen from Old Town gunfighters group night before Western Days

This time, the bank robbers were the ones feeling cheated and it wasn't funny at all. The Old Town Temecula Gunfighters went on with the show at Temecula's Western Days celebration... — Updated 9/15/2018 Full story

 
 By Jeff Pack    News

Culinary champions crowned at Oak Grove's So-Cal Chef Open

Nineteen chefs from the Temecula Valley area competed Aug. 27 for the So-Cal Chef Open's Pinnacle and People's Choice awards inside Pechanga Resort Casino's new Summit Room. The... — Updated 9/9/2018

 
 By Jeff Pack    News

State Water Board says Lake Elsinore algal blooms at dangerous levels

The California State Water Board issued its annual pre-Labor Day Assessment Aug. 31, and issued a danger advisory that recommended no swimming or direct water contact for humans and pets. The advisory is linked to a study by Califo... — Updated 9/6/2018

 
 By Jeff Pack    Lifestyles

Temecula woman inspiring American values with nonprofit, cooking show

When Vlada Vladic came to America at age 19, it was the culmination of a lifelong dream. "I always knew that I would come to America, even as a little kid," Vladic said. "When... — Updated 9/7/2018

 

Wilson Creek's expansion designed to enhance customer experience

No business owner is happy when they get a bad Yelp! review. Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards Chief Executive Officer Bill Wilson is no different. But one can't help but wonder... — Updated 9/10/2018

 

The Eat/Drink Podcast: Bill Wilson of Wilson Creek Winery

Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards Chief Executive Officer Bill Wilson is our first guest on The Eat/Drink Podcast, a podcast series of discussions with the people making moves in... — Updated 9/8/2018 Full story

 

The EAT/DRINK Podcast: Greg Pennyroyal of Wilson Creek

Greg Pennyroyal, Viticulture and Enology Coordinator at Wilson Creek Winery and Vineyards, joins Jeff Pack for a talk about how he got into winemaking and his role as Professor of... — Updated 9/12/2018 Full story

 
 By Jeff Pack    News

Coffee for Compassion encourages conversation, philanthropy

Rosie Taranto has had a nagging idea in the back of her mind for the past several years. "I have had the idea for a while," she said. "Really, it all goes back to my culture. We... — Updated 8/31/2018

 
 By Jeff Pack    News

Fallbrook woman reports 'Virtual Kidnapping' fraud attempt

Imagine you’ve just dropped your children off for school and you’re headed out to your day when you receive a phone call. It’s a phone number you don’t recognize but considering your children had just started the school yea... — Updated 8/30/2018

 
 By Jeff Pack    News

Sun City Library has reopened, celebrating with grand reopening

Earlier this year, Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to improve the county’s Sun City library branch – and although it took a little longer than expected – the facility reopened to the public Aug. 13. The... — Updated 9/5/2018

 
 By Jeff Pack    News

Ranch RV & Self-Storage opens in French Valley

Ranch RV & Self-Storage in French Valley held a grand opening celebration Friday, Aug. 17, signaling the opening of the new project by the Rancon Group. The state-of-the-art... — Updated 8/30/2018

 

South Coast, Carter Estate wineries continue to drive quality winemaking in the Temecula Valley

Spend any time at all with Master Winemaker Jon McPherson and winemaker Javier Flores, and guests quickly discover why the winemaking team at South Coast Winery and Carter Estate... — Updated 8/30/2018

 
 By Jeff Pack    News

State Water Board says Lake Elsinore algal blooms at dangerous levels

The California State Water Board issued its annual pre-Labor Day Assessment on Aug. 31 and it’s bad news for people hoping to find some time in the water at Lake Elsinore this holiday weekend. The advisory is linked to a study... — Updated 9/1/2018

 
 By Jeff Pack    Crime

No DUI arrests reported at Murrieta checkpoint

More than 750 vehicles were screened from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, during a Murrieta Police Department DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Margarita and Torrey Pines roads. Of the 758 vehicles screened, nobody was... — Updated 9/1/2018 Full story

 
 By Jeff Pack    News

Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley seeks sponsors, volunteers for Christmas Tree Lane 2018

Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley is looking for sponsorships from local businesses who want to be a part of the nonprofit's annual Christmas Tree Lane 2018. They are also seeking... — Updated 8/28/2018

 
 By Jeff Pack    News

Former Potter Jr. High teacher implicated in Pittsburgh diocese scandal

One of the most widespread investigations ever to focus on the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania resulted in the release of the "40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury Report 1... — Updated 8/22/2018

 
 By Jeff Pack    Lifestyles

Fallbrook Trails Council, I Love a Clean San Diego partner for Santa Margarita River Hiking Trail cleanup

I Love a Clean San Diego brought its "Watershed Warriors!" program to a cleanup of the Santa Margarita River Hiking Trail, Saturday, Aug. 11. In all, 28 volunteers collected 112... — Updated 8/22/2018

 

Gershon Bachus Vintners has a clear view of who they are

Gershon Bachus Vintners sits high atop a plot of land overlooking De Portola Road and nearly all of Temecula Valley horse country. The long views are only surpassed by the winery's... — Updated 8/22/2018

 
 By Jeff Pack    Sports

Friday night football is back in the Valley

Friday night football is back in action in southwest Riverside County and many questions will be asked and answered this week. How will Murrieta Valley, arguably last year's most... — Updated 8/22/2018

 
 By Jeff Pack    News

Checkpoints in Temecula, Lake Elsinore each result in two arrests

The Temecula Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Aug. 24 in the 40300 Block of Winchester Road, adjacent to Chaparral High School. According to the California Highway... — Updated 9/1/2018 Full story

 
 By Jeff Pack    News

Murrieta PD arrest two in connection with death of Henry Stange

Murrieta Police Department announced the arrest on Aug. 29 of Curtis Krueger, 30, and Ashlie Stapp, 27, in 29 Palms in connection with the death of Henry Stange. They were booked... — Updated 8/31/2018 Full story

 

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