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 By Kim Harris    Opinion 

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time

I am sorry, but I just can’t get behind one of the latest bills to be signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown signed Senate Bill 10 Tuesday, Aug. 28, and I have to say, this one’s a doozy. The new law, which goes into effect... — Updated 9/13/2018

 By Kim Harris    Entertainment 

Sons of Norway Vinland Lodge to host Scandinavian Heritage Fair

Break out that Viking gear and Norwegian bunads and join the Sons of Norway, Vinland Lodge in Temecula, for its annual Scandinavian Heritage Fair at the Assistance League of Temecul... — Updated 9/14/2018

 By Kim Harris    News

Local man honored with financial donation by Murrieta firefighters

Murrieta resident Greg Allen was presented a check for $2,000 by city firefighters during a ceremony held at Murrieta Fire Station 1, Saturday, Sept. 1. Allen, a local father who... — Updated 9/11/2018

 By Kim Harris    Community

Congregation B'Nai Chaim announces Svetlana Portnyansky as Cantor for this year's High Holiday services

Congregation B'Nai Chaim has announced its Cantor for High Holiday services will be Svetlana Portnyansky. She was born in Moscow, Russia, and will join Rabbi Epstein in leading serv... — Updated 8/30/2018

 By Kim Harris    News

City of Lake Elsinore picks up the pieces following Holy Fire

Efforts are underway to clean up everything from ash to bright red fire retardant, or Phos Chek, dropped by Cal Fire in the hills near the city of Lake Elsinore following the Holy... — Updated 8/29/2018

 By Kim Harris    News

Regional Streetlight Program set to transform night sky in Lake Elsinore

A new streetlight program, courtesy of the Western Riverside Council of Governments, is set to change the way Lake Elsinore residents view the night sky, thanks to a unanimous vote... — Updated 8/22/2018

 By Kim Harris    News

UPDATED: Murrieta brusher reported along I-215

UPDATE: Aug. 20, 9:30 a.m. A fast-moving brush fire reported along Interstate 215 Sunday afternoon was contained in about seven hours, according to an incident report issued by Cal... — Updated 8/20/2018 Full story

 By Kim Harris    Community

Back-to-school safety tips to get students to and from school in one piece

As students prepare to head back to class in the coming weeks, it's important to remind residents that morning and afternoon commutes will now see an influx of school-aged children... — Updated 8/16/2018

 By Kim Harris    Opinion

Being wildfire ready should be a way of life in Southern California

Editor’s note: As I sat at my desk this week pondering where my focus should be for this week’s opinion piece, the Holy Fire raged into Lake Elsinore. It seemed a no-brainer to share this column I wrote on fire safety... — Updated 8/16/2018 Full story

 By Kim Harris    News

Battle on Point Shore Drive gives photographer a unique view into firefighters' assault against the Holy Fire

Valley News Staff Photographer Shane Gibson has spent countless hours covering the Holy Fire which was first reported to officials Aug. 6. Since the fire made its way into... — Updated 8/14/2018 Full story

 By Kim Harris    News

Lake Elsinore residents flee from Holy Fire, take refuge from the flames

There was an eerie stillness in the nearly-abandoned neighborhood of McVicker Canyon, Wednesday, Aug. 9. The sounds of burning brush and aircraft dropping loads of water and... — Updated 8/11/2018 Full story

 By Kim Harris    News

UPDATED: Officials report Holy Fire at 10,236 acres and five percent containment at community meeting

UPDATE: Aug. 9, 8:30 p.m. Fire officials and city and county representatives came together to meet with the public and media earlier tonight at Pins 'N Pockets in Lake Elsinore at... — Updated 8/10/2018 Full story

 By Kim Harris    News

Photos from major fire incidents

Visit this page to access photo galleries from major fire incidents throughout the Valley News, Village News and Anza Valley Outlook coverage areas. Photos from the Holy Jim Trabuco Canyon Area of Cleveland National Forest first... — Updated 8/10/2018 Full story

 By Kim Harris    News

The Salvation Army hosts 'Child Spree' at Promenade Temecula

More than 200 local children from families in need spent the morning shopping for $125 worth of back-to-school clothes with volunteers at JC Penney's at the Promenade Temecula Aug.... — Updated 8/9/2018

 By Kim Harris    News

UPDATED: Terra Fire reaches full containment

UPDATE: Aug. 7, 12:50 a.m. The Terra Fire, first reported shortly after 2 p.m. Monday in the 24800 Block of Terramor and Temescal Canyon roads, just southwest of Lake Mathews, was... — Updated 8/7/2018 Full story

 By Kim Harris    News

12 buildings destroyed, 5 damaged in Cranston fire

A massive wildfire, started by an alleged arsonist Wednesday, July 25, has destroyed 12 buildings and damaged five homes in the Mountain Center and Idyllwild area, officials said.... — Updated 7/31/2018 Full story

 By Kim Harris    News

Ribbon fire chars 205 acres near Pinyon

As firefighters continued to battle the raging Cranston fire near Idyllwild, a second fire broke out near the Pinyon Community, July 26. The Ribbon fire, burning at a “moderate rate of speed,” charred roughly 205 acres in the... — Updated 7/31/2018

 By Kim Harris    Crime

Temecula man charged in series of arson fires

A Temecula man was charged with intentionally setting nine fires, including the Cranston fire which has charred 11,500 acres and destroyed five homes in the Mountain Center/Idyllwil... — Updated 7/27/2018 Full story

 By Kim Harris    News

Evacuations lifted for Ribbon fire

The Ribbon fire, which broke out Thursday, July 26, in the Pinyon Community at the intersection of Highway 74 and Ribbonwood Drive is now 30 percent contained according to the... — Updated 7/28/2018 Full story

 By Kim Harris    News

UPDATED: Cranston Fire at 12,300 acres, containment at 16%, protective order announced

UPDATE: July 27, 10 p.m. Officials with San Bernardino National Forest late today announced a forest order creating the Cranston Fire Closure Area. The order was prepared in order... — Updated 8/10/2018 Full story

 By Kim Harris    News

4,700 acres, 5 homes burn in Cranston fire, evacuations extended

UPDATE: July 25, 8 p.m. Evacuations for the Cranston Fire, which was reported at 11:57 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, have been extending to include Lake Hemet, Apple Canyon and Hurkey Cr... — Updated 7/26/2018 Full story

 By Kim Harris    News

Ribbon fire grows to 200 acres with 5 percent containment, evacuations in place

UPDATE: July 26, 10 p.m. The Ribbon fire, which broke out earlier today in the Pinyon Community at the intersection of Highway 74 and Ribbonwood Drive has now charred 200 acres and... — Updated 7/26/2018 Full story

 By Kim Harris    News

Wildomar celebrates 10 years of cityhood with family-friendly fun

Hundreds gathered at Wildomar's Marna O'Brien Park to celebrate the city's 10th birthday, Saturday, July 14. The event featured a variety of fun activities designed to entertain... — Updated 7/18/2018

 By Kim Harris    News

Build-A-Bear Workshop special ends with smiles for some, disappointment for others

A Build-A-Bear Workshop special "Pay Your Age Sale" Thursday, July 11, ended in smiling faces for some, but disappointment for others. Lines at Temecula Promenade wrapped around... — Updated 7/18/2018

 By Kim Harris    News

Heat wave brings record-breaking temperatures, dust storms and thunderstorms to the area

A heat wave that struck the area last week resulted in broken records, thunderstorms and even a sandstorm, in the days following the Fourth of July holiday. Air quality warnings... — Updated 7/16/2018


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