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Riverside county burn permit suspension to be lifted on Monday

PERRIS -- Effective Monday, Dec. 10 at 8 a.m. the burn permit suspension in Riverside County will be lifted. CalFire Riverside Unit Chief Shawn C. Newman is formally canceling the burn permit suspension and advises that those... — Updated 12/7/2018


CHP kicks off annual CHiPs for Kids toy drive

As part of the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) annual CHiPs for Kids Program, the CHP and its partners will be hosting a media day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 in Escondido to help kick-off this year’s campaign.... — Updated 12/8/2018


California's minimum wage to increase to $11 and $12 per hour on Jan. 1

OAKLAND — Under legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour overtime by 2023, California’s minimum wage will increase on Jan. 1 to $12 per hour for employers with 26 employees or more and $11 for employers with 25... — Updated 12/10/2018

 By Paul J. Young    Regional 

Two most senior county supervisors bid farewell to board

RIVERSIDE - Riverside County Supervisors Marion Ashley and John Tavaglione today delivered farewell remarks to colleagues, friends and family during the Board of Supervisors' final meeting of the year, reflecting on their combined... — Updated 12/11/2018


No burn order issued for Wednesday due to high pollution levels

RIVERSIDE - Responding to anticipated high levels of air pollution, the South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a no-burn alert that will be in effect throughout the day tomorrow. The order affects everyone living in... — Updated 12/11/2018


Hiking spots closed during fire season reopened again

RIVERSIDE - Riverside County Fire Chief Shawn Newman announced that seven popular outdoor recreational sites that were closed during wildfire season will be reopened for public use. "I encourage you to visit these beautiful hiking... — Updated 12/11/2018


Supervisors back off imposing last, best offer on labor union

RIVERSIDE - The Board of Supervisors decided against imposing contract terms on a collective bargaining unit that represents building maintenance workers, code enforcement personnel, office assistants and others in Riverside... — Updated 12/11/2018


Board splits, approves scaling back perks for SEIU members

RIVERSIDE - A divided Board of Supervisors today unilaterally imposed terms of a collective bargaining agreement on Service Employees International Union Local 721, which represents more than 7,000 clerks, accountants, nurses,... — Updated 12/11/2018


Additional lane on westbound 91 Freeway approved

RIVERSIDE - The Riverside County Transportation Commission voted to add a lane to the westbound Riverside (91) Freeway from Corona to Orange County, with construction on the $42 million project to begin as early as 2020. In an... — Updated 12/12/2018


State highway near Idyllwild reopens ahead of schedule

IDYLLWILD - A stretch of state highway near Idyllwild that was shut down to repair a roadside storm culvert was reopened on Wednesday, Dec. 12, two days ahead of schedule. State Route 243 was closed northwest of Lake Fulmor... — Updated 12/12/2018


Supervisors to re-examine contracts with firms performing flood control work

RIVERSIDE - The Board of Supervisors next week will decide whether to continue using the services of two contractors hired by the Riverside County Flood Control & Water Conservation District to perform work intended to mitigate... — Updated 11/30/2018


Week passes since senior's disappearance, family desperate for answers

IDYLLWILD - As a search continued today for an 80-year-old man with Alzheimer's disease, who wandered away from his Idyllwild home a week ago, family members asked anyone who might have seen or spoken to him to immediately contact... — Updated 12/4/2018


Forest service begins prescribed pile burns in San Bernardino National Forest

IDYLLWILD - The U.S. Forest Service burned piles of leftover debris in the San Bernardino National Forest on Tuesday, Dec. 4, with several more prescribed burns planned for later this week. Fire crews set "slash piles'' ablaze... — Updated 12/4/2018


Target settles with Riverside, other counties over regulatory breaches

RIVERSIDE - Target Corp. reached a $7.4 million settlement with the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, the state Department of Justice and 23 other entities to resolve litigation over alleged environmental violations and... — Updated 12/5/2018


Weeklong closure planned on Highway 243

IDYLLWILD - A stretch of state Route 243 north of Idyllwild will be shut down for a week, beginning tomorrow, while crews repair culverts alongside the mountain highway, and Caltrans advised commuters to plan ahead and avoid the... — Updated 12/6/2018


Six-vehicle wreck injures one, snarls traffic on 91 freeway in Corona

CORONA - A six-vehicle collision on the rain-slick Riverside (91) Freeway in Corona today left one person injured and temporarily blocked several lanes. The chain crash was reported about 11:15 a.m. on the westbound 91, just east... — Updated 12/6/2018


Free pet adoptions offered at some county shelters

RIVERSIDE - Three animal shelters across Riverside County are offering free pet adoptions on Saturday, Nov. 24. Known as "Black Saturday,'' the annual special will be available at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand... — Updated 11/24/2018


High surf, rain to hit Southern California this week

LOS ANGELES - High surf will pound Southern California from Tuesday through Friday, and rain is forecast Wednesday and Thursday, raising the threat of rockslides and mudslides in areas of L.A. and Ventura counties recently denuded... — Updated 11/27/2018


Volunteers needed to help count county's homeless

RIVERSIDE - Riverside County officials called for volunteers to help tally the number of homeless in the region as part of an annual survey. The 2019 "Point-in-Time Homeless Count'' is slated for Jan. 29, when Department of Public... — Updated 11/28/2018


Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival kicks off today

CATHEDRAL CITY - Cathedral City's annual Hot Air Balloon Festival takes flight bright and early today, with hundreds of balloons set to populate the desert skies over the weekend. The fifth annual festival started at 5 a.m.... — Updated 11/16/2018


State Controller's office seeks to return $9 billion in unclaimed assets

PALM SPRINGS - Controller Betty Yee announced on Monday, Nov. 19 that the state government is holding more than 48 million unclaimed properties totaling $9.3 billion, and urged Californians, including Riverside County residents,... — Updated 11/19/2018


Wet weather no cause for alarm right now, officials say

RIVERSIDE - A weather system churning off the West Coast will produce light rain throughout the Inland Empire during the middle of the week and on Thanksgiving Day, but the showers... — Updated 11/20/2018


AQMD issues burn ban because of atmospheric conditions

RIVERSIDE - Indoor and outdoor wood burning is prohibited on Tuesday, Nov. 20 in most of the Inland Empire and surrounding areas because of weather conditions conducive to concentrated pollution, according to the South Coast Air Qu... — Updated 11/20/2018


Riverside's 'Festival of Lights' begins Friday

RIVERSIDE - Crews were applying the finishing touches around the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in preparation for the Inland Empire's signature holiday event -- the "Festival of Lights'' -- which turns downtown Riverside into a... — Updated 11/21/2018


Woolsey fire jumps freeway; Malibu ordered evacuated

MALIBU - Powered by Santa Ana winds and dry air, a 35,000-acre brush fire made a destructive, two-county march toward the sea on Friday, Nov. 9, indiscriminately consuming multimillion-dollar mansions and mobile homes alike as it... — Updated 11/10/2018


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