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Endangered Bighorn Sheep die-off reduced desert numbers to third of 2016 size

BERMUDA DUNES - Endangered bighorn sheep populations in the desert area have declined to a third of their 2016 numbers due to a disease introduced by domestic livestock, officials announced on Friday, March 15. "Die-offs of... — Updated 3/15/2019 Full story

 

Pilot killed in Riverside plane crash

RIVERSIDE - One person was killed when a small, twin-engine plane crashed into the backyard of a home in Riverside on Saturday, March 16, fire officials said. The plane went down around 11:50 a.m. in the 10500 block of Robinson... — Updated 3/16/2019 Full story

 

Evidence removed from apartment where missing Corona boy lived

CORONA - Evidence was removed from the Corona apartment where a missing 8-year-old boy lived, but police did not give an indication this morning what the item was before it was loaded onto a police truck. The item, taken from the... — Updated 3/19/2019 Full story

 

Corona student clinches record fourth win at countywide spelling contest

MORENO VALLEY - A Corona eighth-grader on Tuesday, March 19 claimed an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory in the Riverside County Spelling Bee, winning the title of champion speller and a spot at the national bee in May.... — Updated 3/19/2019 Full story

 

Contractor will work 24-hour days to repair state routes damaged by floods

IDYLLWILD - Contractors working on an $8 million project to repair state Routes 74 and 243, both of which were severely damaged during Valentine's Day flooding, will work around the clock and hope to get one of the routes... — Updated 3/20/2019 Full story

 

Taking a train to Coachella, Stagecoach festivals possible by next year

INDIO - Patrons of the desert's biggest music festivals -- Coachella and Stagecoach -- could be making the trip from Los Angeles to Indio by Amtrak train as soon as next year, transportation officials announced on Friday, March 8.... — Updated 3/8/2019 Full story

 

Missing teen believed to be in Riverside

RIVERSIDE - Investigators are renewing calls for information about a teen who went missing last year in San Pedro and who they believe might be in Riverside. Fatima Rivas, 18, was reported missing on Feb. 22, 2018, while she was... — Updated 3/9/2019 Full story

 

Man killed after jumping on 91 freeway identified

CORONA - The coroner's office on Sunday, March 10 publicly identified a Fullerton man who jumped to his death from an overpass onto the 91 Freeway in Corona. The incident was reported just before 12:30 p.m. Saturday on the... — Updated 3/10/2019 Full story

 

County hires firm for 'on-call' environmental studies

RIVERSIDE - The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, March 12 approved a three-year, $1 million agreement with a local environmental services firm to step in and assist the Riverside County Transportation & Land Management Agency with... — Updated 3/12/2019 Full story

 

Landmark conservation bill will help protect endangered desert species

WHITEWATER - A bipartisan conservation bill signed on Tuesday, March 12 by President Donald Trump, which safeguards around 375,500 acres of public land and designates 77 miles of waterways as wild and scenic rivers in southeastern... — Updated 3/12/2019 Full story

 

Repairs to last 'months' on highways damaged during storms

IDYLLWILD - It may be summer before state Routes 74 and 243 completely reopen to the general public due to the extensive repair work required to restore the corridors, both of which were severely damaged during a mid-February... — Updated 3/13/2019 Full story

 

Travelers urged to check flights as Boeing Max plans are grounded

LOS ANGELES - Southland residents planning to travel by air today or in the coming days should double-check their flights in light of the newly announced grounding of Boeing 737 Max jets, with a handful of cancellations already... — Updated 3/13/2019 Full story

 

Riverside County lawmakers react to Governor's order to stop executions

RIVERSIDE - Gov. Gavin Newsom's implementation on Wednesday, March 13 of a moratorium on capital punishment elicited sharp criticism from several Riverside County lawmakers, one of whom characterized the governor as undermining... — Updated 3/13/2019 Full story

 

Accused OC child killer faces new charges involving Riverside County victims

SANTA ANA - A Colorado man charged with killing and sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in Newport Beach in 1973 made his first appearance on Wednesday, March 13 since being returned to Orange County, where prosecutors... — Updated 3/13/2019 Full story

 

Park service denies protection to famed Corona mural

CORONA - A four-decade-old patriotic mural in Corona's Prado Dam does not meet the criteria for preservation as a national landmark defined by the National Park Service, federal officials announced on Tuesday, March 5. The fate of... — Updated 3/5/2019 Full story

 

County receives more than $10 million for homeless assistance programs

RIVERSIDE - Multiple projects in Riverside County will receive funds for homeless shelter expansions, outreach, and other programs, thanks to a $10.02 million state allocation, county officials announced on Tuesday, March 5. "This... — Updated 3/5/2019 Full story

 

Half dozen UPS drivers honored for 25 years without an accident

RIVERSIDE - A half-dozen UPS employees who work routes in the Inland Empire were honored today for delivering packages without a traffic accident for 25 years. The six are among 1,436 newly inducted into the company's "Circle of... — Updated 3/6/2019 Full story

 

Man gunned down in Homeland but circumstances unclear

HOMELAND - An investigation was underway on Wednesday, March 6 into a deadly shooting in Homeland that claimed the life of a 35-year-old man. Derek Andrew Valdepena of San Bernardino died about 6 a.m. Monday in the 25000 block of C... — Updated 3/6/2019 Full story

 

Rare butterfly deluge in the desert due to rainfall this year

PALM SPRINGS - Painted female butterflies will flutter about the desert for another two weeks in a rare migration event due to the abundant rainfall in the Southwest over the last month, a local conservationist said. Vanessa... — Updated 3/7/2019 Full story

 

Riverside County Sheriff's Department to host Women's Symposium

MORENO VALLEY - The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will be hosting a Women’s Symposium on Saturday, March 16. The Women’s Symposium is a free event that is open to women who are interested in a career within the... — Updated 3/7/2019 Full story

 

Freeway connector in Corona to be closed Saturday morning

CORONA - A ramp connecting northbound Interstate 15 to the westbound Riverside (91) Freeway in Corona will be shut down Saturday morning for a Caltrans project. According to the agency, the transition bridge will be out of service... — Updated 3/7/2019 Full story

 

Authorities searching Corona landfill for body of 6-month-old Culver City boy

CORONA - Culver City police announced that detectives are searching a landfill in Corona for the remains of a six-month-old boy believed to have been killed by his parents. "Detectives continue to investigate the disappearance of... — Updated 2/25/2019 Full story

 

Supervisors proclaim local emergency to procure post-storm assistance

RIVERSIDE - To enable Riverside County to receive state and federal aid, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Feb. 26 formally declared a local emergency resulting from the storm that damaged infrastructure and prompted... — Updated 2/26/2019 Full story

 

Board creates committee to assess good, bad in cannabis regulations

RIVERSIDE - The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Feb. 26 approved the establishment of an ad-hoc Commercial Cannabis Committee to review components of Riverside County's marijuana licensing scheme to ensure that it's fair and servi... — Updated 2/27/2019 Full story

 

Vigil planned for missing Moreno Valley teen

MORENO VALLEY - A candlelight vigil will be held tonight for a 16-year-old Moreno Valley girl who went missing a month ago and is believed to have been murdered. Aranda Briones was last seen on Jan. 13 in Moreno Valley Community... — Updated 2/16/2019 Full story

 

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