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 By Tony Ault    Community 

Hebrew Russian cantor Svetlana Portnyanski performs for B'nai Chaim benefit

Cantor and renowned performer of Jewish songs, Russian romances and Ukranian melodies Svetlana Portnyanski warmly greeted Congregation B'nai Chaim at their benefit dinner Sunday, Se... — Updated 9/13/2019

 By Tony Ault    News 

New Menifee Police Department recruitment continues at a rapid pace

Since the Menifee Police Department finalized an agreement with the neighboring city of Murrieta to join its police department’s dispatch center, the recruitment process for new dispatchers and city police officers continues at... — Updated 9/13/2019

 By Tony Ault    News 

San Jacinto city council gets update on The Villages of San Jacinto master planned development

The Villages of San Jacinto, a major long-planned master planned development with homes, a commercial business park, public facility and parks on 475 acres in southwestern San Jacinto was the subject of a city council workshop... — Updated 9/13/2019

 By Tony Ault    News 

Application deadline for vacant Murrieta City Council seat nears

As of press time, the Murrieta city clerk's office already has 13 qualified applications from residents seeking to fill the city council vacancy left by former Councilman Randon... — Updated 9/13/2019

 By Tony Ault    Community 

Commercial property sales continue to grow in the Menifee Economic Corridor

Menifee’s Economic Development Department this week announced three more commercial properties in the central area of the city have been sold and plans submitted for a business park and medical and professional offices. A... — Updated 9/13/2019

 By Tony Ault    News

Menifee portion of Highway 74 Caltrans Raised Median Safety Project underway

Granite Construction crews this week began work on the $20 million Caltrans Raised Curb Median Safety Project on the west end of Highway 74 from the Interstate 215 freeway... — Updated 9/6/2019

 By Tony Ault    News

'Biggest ever' Hemet San Jacinto Valley Chamber Business Expo takes over Hemet Valley Mall

The Hemet Valley Mall became busier than ever with 90 Hemet and San Jacinto Valley businesses showing off their products and services at the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Chamber of... — Updated 9/6/2019

 By Tony Ault    Anza

Highways 74 and 243 travel restrictions to Idyllwild easing from Valle Vista and Banning

Idyllwild residents and local businesses will soon see the limited reopening of Highway 74 to limited 24-hour access as announced by Caltrans officials last week at a community meeting before the Labor Day weekend. Caltrans... — Updated 9/7/2019

 By Tony Ault    News

Ricky Estrada declares candidacy for next Menifee mayor

Ricky Estrada, a Menifee resident, substitute teacher and baseball coach, has announced his desire to become the city's next mayor on his webpage, — Updated 8/30/2019

 By Tony Ault    News

Fatal traffic accident on Gilman Springs Road occurs despite safety improvements

Despite Caltrans recent efforts to reduce fatal and serious traffic accidents on Gilman Springs Road between San Jacinto and Moreno Valley with reflective paddle boards, double-yellow lines, rumble strips and a streetlight, two... — Updated 8/30/2019

 By Tony Ault    News

Murrieta Mayor Pro Tem Randon Lane leaves council for US DOT job

Murrieta City Council bid farewell the Mayor Pro Tem Randon Lane and approved an agreement for a joint police communications center between Murrieta and the neighboring city of... — Updated 8/30/2019

 By Tony Ault    News

San Jacinto city council looks to expand Salle Park with state grants

San Jacinto City Council approved applying for a $1.6 million California statewide park development grant that would expand the city's Salle Park with a community-sought splash... — Updated 8/30/2019

 By Tony Ault    News

Chinese university campus, condos and resort hotel proposed in Lake Elsinore

A Lake Elsinore resident appeared before the city council Aug. 13, proposing to build a 40,000-square-foot university, resort hotel, townhomes, luxury condominiums and commercial center on 42 acres of lakefront property she owns.... — Updated 8/30/2019

 By Tony Ault    News

Murrieta and Menifee police departments adopt joint police dispatch system agreement

Months of meetings between the Menifee and Murrieta police chiefs resulted in a police dispatch agreement between the two cities police departments being approved by the Menifee City Council Wednesday, Aug. 21. Appearing before... — Updated 8/30/2019

 By Tony Ault    News

Murrieta and Menifee police departments adopt joint police dispatch system agreement

Months of meetings between the Menifee and Murrieta police chiefs resulted in a police dispatch agreement between the two cities police departments being approved by the Menifee City Council Wednesday, Aug. 21. Appearing before... — Updated 8/30/2019

 By Tony Ault    Community

Western Center Academy in Hemet boasts a new expanded campus

Western Center Academy students arrived this week to an expanded campus with the latest in classroom technology and laboratories with its construction recently completed by Bogh... — Updated 8/21/2019

 By Tony Ault    Lifestyles

EMWD water banking project to begin in San Jacinto in September

The 40-acre site on the northwest corner of Mountain and Esplanade avenues in San Jacinto is owned by Eastern Municipal Water District and may soon see some major construction underway. The EMWD board of directors announced... — Updated 8/21/2019


Idyllwild Strong benefit festival brings thousands of visitors to the full reopening of the mountain village

The mountain town of Idyllwild has suffered from a two-year economic downtown due to damage from the Cranston Fire and Feb. 14's massive rainstorm that cutoff the two main highways... — Updated 8/23/2019

 By Tony Ault    News

Ramona Expressway scene of increasing fatal accidents scrutinized by CHP

An increasing number of fatal traffic collisions on the Ramona Expressway from Perris into San Jacinto in the past few months has caught the attention of Hemet and San Jacinto motorists and are under investigation by the... — Updated 8/23/2019

 By Tony Ault    News

Accredited Villa Chardonnay horse and animal sanctuary, a victim of fraud?

Villa Chardonnay, an accredited animal shelter, with its 216 horses, donkeys and mules along with dozens more cats, dogs and other animals, living out their last days on the... — Updated 8/23/2019

 By Tony Ault    News

Hemet council gives green light to seek skateboard park grant for Gibbel Park

A workshop on the feasibility of the city to build a skateboard park and seek funding for the project was unanimously approved by the Hemet City Council Tuesday, Aug. 13. The... — Updated 8/23/2019


Kool August Nights begins monthlong concert series at San Jacinto's Estudillo Mansion

The rocking Last Call Crush band sounded out "I am a Believer," "The One I Love" and other 60s, 70s and 80s cover songs Wednesday, Aug. 7, to the delight of more than 100 San... — Updated 8/16/2019


'Idyllwild Strong' weekend music festival to delight tourists and help local residents

The mountain resort village of Idyllwild, still reeling from the economic disaster wrought from the Feb. 14 Superstorm is staging a comeback with “Idyllwild Strong,” a second annual benefit festival, Aug. 16-18, with 100 bands... — Updated 8/16/2019


Santa Rosa Plateau Foundation's 2019 Summer Concert Series ends

Wearing a red bandana and a grisly beard and carrying a old guitar, a Willie Nelson lookalike appeared at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve Saturday, Aug. 10. Roger Hegyi,... — Updated 8/16/2019

 By Tony Ault    News

Hemet attorney suspended due to alleged misappropriation of a client's trust fund

Hemet attorney Trent Wayne Thompson has been placed on 90 days suspension of law practice and two years of conditional probation following a July 10 California Supreme Court order as a result of allegedly commingling and failing... — Updated 8/16/2019


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