Hemet residents flee explosive carport fire

<strong>Hemet residents flee explosive carport fire</strong>

Witnesses report clothes burned off one man, others injured escaping ■ Taj Shorter / Reporter In the early hours of Friday, June 15, residents of Carson St. Apartments in Hemet fled for their lives after an explosive carport fire let loose. A little after 1 a.m. the Hemet Fire Department responded to a structure and […]


Firefighters contain brush fire near Hemet West

<strong>Firefighters contain brush fire near Hemet West</strong>

Flames erupt near homeless encampment ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter A fire started just to the east of Hemet West park around 2 p.m. on Wednesday June 13. Five Hemet Fire Department units, a unit from the Soboba fire department and two battalion chiefs were on the scene by 2:30 p.m. The fire scorched […]


New Starbucks delivers a blast of nitrogen to San Jacinto

<strong>New Starbucks delivers a blast of nitrogen  to San Jacinto</strong>

Ribbon cutting brings city and Chamber officials ■ Dennis Fletcher / Contributed A grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by the Hemet San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce was held this month for a new Starbucks coffee shop that opened at 1555 S. San Jacinto Ave. Both Chamber of Commerce and city employees were present […]


K9 Unit a specialized branch of the Hemet Police Department

<strong>K9 Unit a specialized branch  of the Hemet Police Department</strong>

Dedicated Duke sets high bar for human colleagues ■ By Taj Shorter / Reporter The K-9 unit is a dedicated branch of the Hemet Police Department. Specific duties performed by K9 officers and police dogs on a regular basis include discovering illicit drugs, explosives, chemicals and other illegal substances, finding and rescuing individuals that are […]


Measure U committee wants to save money for a rainy day

Seven members unanimously decide Measure U surplus should not be spent ■ Sue Savage / Contributed A public meeting was held by the Measure U Oversight Committee to determine what should be done with over a million Hemet taxpayer dollars at city council chambers on June 19. A decision made by all seven members determined […]


Domestic violence group receives trauma-center funding

<strong>Domestic violence group receives trauma-center funding</strong>

$750,000 grant to provide mental health and support services to victims ■ Chronicle News Service Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV) has announced receipt of a $750,000 grant from the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) to establish a Trauma Recovery Center (TRC) in Hemet. Currently, CalVCB funds 12 trauma centers in Long Beach, Los Angeles, Sacramento, […]

Arts & Culture

Puzzle partners at the San Jacinto Community Center

<strong>Puzzle partners at the San Jacinto Community Center</strong>

Center open every week to the public Monday through Friday ■ By Dennis Fletcher / Contributed Almost every day, Connie Young and Virginia Maria meet at the San Jacinto Community Center to work on their next puzzle challenge spread out on the puzzle table in the big lunch room for seniors open Monday through Friday. […]

Arts & Culture

Smash Brothers comedians headline Derby’s comedy show

<strong>Smash Brothers comedians headline  Derby’s comedy show</strong>

After attending more than 14 schools, these identical twins became students with an attitude ■ Jesse Vivanco / Contributed Derby’s on June 30 will be hosting headlining-comedians “The Smash Brothers” Cory ‘n’ Chad plus a full lineup of southern California’s funniest comedians. The Smash Brothers are writers and actors known for Ralphie May Filthy Animal […]

School Life

Soboba Tribal preschool promotes students

<strong>Soboba Tribal preschool promotes students</strong>

51 preschoolers and kindergartners take fundamental steps in their education ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed Staff and students at Soboba Tribal Preschool have been busy preparing for two important ceremonies as 19 kindergartners graduated from the program on June 14 and 32 preschoolers were deemed ready for kindergarten on June 15. Thursday’s kindergarten ceremony […]