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Pierce family announces settlement with MVUSD over son's death

MURRIETA - The family of a 13-year-old drowning victim who was pulled to the surface of a Murrieta high school pool by his classmates, with little to no help from lifeguards, today... — Updated 8/15/2018 Full story


Riverside County names new HR director with more than 20 years of experience

RIVERSIDE – Brenda Diederichs, former Orange County chief human resources officer, took over her duties as Riverside County’s new Human Resources director last week. Diederichs also holds the title of assistant county... — Updated 8/10/2018


Temecula senior center closed Tuesday, Aug. 14, for sidewalk construction

TEMECULA – The Mary Phillips Senior Center, 41845 Sixth Street, in Old Town Temecula will be closed Tuesday, Aug. 14, due to a temporary water shut off. Rancho California Water District will be shutting off the main water valve... — Updated 8/10/2018


Temecula Sunrise Rotary inducts new president

TEMECULA – The Rotary Club of Temecula Sunrise recently inducted its 2018-2019 president, John Tamalunas. Tamalunas is a relatively new member, having joined the club Aug. 15,... — Updated 8/15/2018


Community Outreach Ministry receives award from California Senate

WILDOMAR – Dr. Mona and Bob Davies of Community Outreach Ministry in Wildomar were honored with the California Senate's Certificate Of Recognition "Outstanding Community Service... — Updated 8/10/2018

 By Stephanie Lai    News 

Holy Fire is 72 percent contained, Ortega Highway reopened to traffic

UPDATE: Aug. 15, 1:30 p.m. Evacuation orders have been lifted for three more communities in Riverside County after firefighters made progress against the Holy Fire, which is 72 perc... — Updated 8/15/2018 Full story

 By Jeff Pack    News 

Eight arrested in connection with busted pot grows in Murrieta

On Tuesday, the Murrieta Police Department announced in a press release the arrest of eight adults last week in connection with a series of search warrants that resulted in the... — Updated 8/14/2018 Full story

 By City News Service    News 

Family of Murrieta boy who drowned in school pool to announce settlement

MURRIETA - The family of a 13-year-old drowning victim who was pulled to the surface of a Murrieta high school pool by his classmates, with little to no help from lifeguards, will... — Updated 8/14/2018 Full story


4.4 magnitude tremor hits near Aguanga on Tuesday

Residents from the Desert communities to Murrieta felt a reported 4.4 magnitude earthquake Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 6:24 p.m. shaking floors and windows, but no apparent damage reported... — Updated 8/14/2018

 By Jeff Pack    News 

Firefighters quickly contain six-acre blaze in Sage

CalFire Riverside County firefighters responded to a 10:18 a.m. report of a vegetation fire at the 31000 block on Old Ranch Road in Sage this morning. The first arriving Chief... — Updated 8/15/2018 Full story

 By Stephanie Lai    News 

18 residences destroyed in Holy Fire as firefighters make ground on containment

A rapidly spreading brush fire, caused by an alleged arsonist, spread into Riverside County and has destroyed 18 single residence homes, forcing thousands to evacuate. Six of those... — Updated 8/15/2018 Full story

 By Jeff Pack    News 

National Weather Service issues thunderstorm warning

The National Weather Service in San Diego County issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Riverside County until 4 p.m. Wednesday. Evacuation orders were issued for Hurkey Creek, Ap... — Updated 8/15/2018 Full story


Menifee to host Emergency Preparedness Fair

MENIFEE – Residents of Menifee are invited to become #MenifeeReady and to join the city and key partners, including Riverside County Cal Fire, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Menifee CERT, Riverside County Emergency Mana... — Updated 8/13/2018

 By Tony Ault    News

$150 million HUSD school bond measure to be placed before voters in November

After nearly a year of extensive interviews, surveys, school meetings and public hearings, it took only a few minutes Tuesday, July 31, for the Hemet Unified School District board of governors to give the nod to place a $150... — Updated 8/10/2018

 By Jeff Pack    News

Short-term rental properties hurting Temecula Valley Wine Country, some say

According to, the short-term rental market will reach $167.9 billion by 2019. That’s a big, big number. It is an incredible rate of progress for an industry that didn’t even exist on the internet until Vacation... — Updated 8/13/2018

 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 City News Service    News

Pedestrian struck and killed by vehicle in Lake Elsinore

LAKE ELSINORE - A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and killed on a Lake Elsinore street on Aug. 12, authorities said. The crash was reported at 11:36 p.m. in the 29000 block of... — Updated 8/13/2018 Full story


Lake Elsinore Sheriff's Department says avoid Bundy Canyon Road

A Riverside County Sheriff's Department bulletin has advised that drivers should avoid the area of Bundy Canyon Drive between the Farm Road and Tulip road for the next 2 to 4 hours... — Updated 8/13/2018


EVMWD reeives honors for excellence in financial reporting and budgeting

LAKE ELSINORE – In recognition of best practices and transparency, Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District has received three national honors for its budgeting and financial... — Updated 8/10/2018

 By Will Fritz    News

Here's why the new Clinton Keith Road extension doesn't appear to have a speed limit

The Clinton Keith Road extension from Murrieta into French Valley opened last week, but drivers may notice that there are no speed limit signs anywhere on the new stretch of road. That’s because traffic engineers have yet to cond... — Updated 8/12/2018

 By Stephanie Lai    News

UPDATED: Holy Fire reaches 29 percent containment

UPDATE Aug. 11, 9:30 a.m. Firefighters are continuining to make headway in the fight against the Holy Fire, despite the challenges of steep terrain, and dry, windy conditions.... — Updated 8/13/2018 Full story

 By Will Fritz    News

A guide to the region's many, many street sign designs

Navigating the roads of southwest Riverside County, an observant driver may notice it seems like each jurisdiction has its own special design for street signs. Some are blue, some... — Updated 8/10/2018

 By Jacob Preal    News

Menifee City Council led by Zimmerman for first time as mayor

Menifee City Council approved the purchase of city vehicles and heard a presentation from Southern California Edison during Bill Zimmerman's first meeting as the city's mayor.... — Updated 8/10/2018


Temecula offers Community Services Commission and Public and Traffic Safety Commission positions

TEMECULA – The Temecula City Council invites interested residents of Temecula to apply for two positions on the Community Services Commission. The positions are for full three-year terms through Oct. 10, 2021. The Temecula City... — Updated 8/10/2018

 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


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