Gone, a kind young man with a great heart

<strong>Gone, a kind young man with a great heart</strong>

Family friends grieve for Russell Bomgardner ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor A 26-year-old Hemet man was killed Friday night, Jan. 11, when the the pickup he was driving crashed into a tree on Highway 74 about four miles east of the Cranston Fire Station, according to news reports. Russell A. Bomgardner was identified […]


Nonprofit sponsors successful shoe drive

<strong>Nonprofit sponsors successful shoe drive</strong>

Hemet Women’s Club hosts fundraiser for local veterans ■ By Jan Kriz / Contributed The Hemet Woman’s Club sponsored a gently-used shoe drive to raise funds to help local vets while providing a low cost footwear for people in developing nations on Tuesday, Jan. 8. All the shoes collected were given to L.A. based Angel […]


Support growing for Punx in the Park

<strong>Support growing for Punx in the Park</strong>

Group easily raises over $500 from individuals and a local business ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor The city’s entrenched establishment may be witnessing the emergence of a youth movement that symbolizes increasing frustration with the problems of the homeless and the city’s anemic response to a growing national crisis. Punx in the Park, […]


Volunteers needed for Riverside County homeless survey

<strong>Volunteers needed for Riverside County homeless survey</strong>

2019 Point-in-Time Homeless Count and Survey due January 29 ■ By Dennis Fletcher / Contributed The Riverside County Department of Public Social Services has a webpage that is a goldmine of public services if you visit One important project that is once again up for action is the survey of Riverside County’s homeless population […]


GOP hopefuls would update tactics, not message

■ Thomas D. Elias / Contributed California Republicans have been predictably disconsolate since their election debacle of last fall, when Democrats swept them from every contested California seat in Congress and won complete control of state government for at least the next two years. The GOP gets its first chance to do something about that […]


Happy New Laws!

<strong>Happy New Laws!</strong>

Hemet and California ring in New Year with new legislation ■ By Jason Miller / Contributed With the start of the new year comes new state laws and a new city ordinance. In the city of Hemet, Measure Z has just gone into effect. The measure is a marijuana business prohibition and tax referral which […]


Courage and compassion may be cornerstones to police work

■ By Calvin Porter / Contributed Police shootings are more common than we might realize. Just in the last three weeks, the Riverside Sheriff’s Department has been involved in two incidents of officers shooting individuals wielding knives that ended in their deaths. Last Dec. 20, the the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, who are contracted to the […]


The Wall already exists — in our hearts and minds

■ Matthew Johnson / Contributed My favorite album of all time is Pink Floyd’s The Wall. It should be re-released given the current (manufactured) crisis. I’m not surprised that Roger Waters is planning a show on the border to protest Trump’s continued government shutdown over funding for an ill-defined barrier that has come to represent […]


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – January 17, 2019

Dear Editor, Actual research time could have been spent by reporter Strait. Perhaps he could have reported on the Press Enterprise (Craig Shultz) article published on June 22, 2016. Linda Krupa is quoted saying, “I think this ultimately can be a good project for Hemet.” She wanted landscaping at the time until the State said […]