SJ Mayor Crystal Ruiz invited to meet with President Trump

<strong>SJ Mayor Crystal Ruiz invited to meet with President Trump</strong>
Photo courtesy of Crystal RuizSan Jacinto Mayor Crystal Ruiz will head to Washington, D.C. to meet with President Donald Trump. ■ Chronicle News Staff San Jacinto Mayor Crystal Ruiz is on her way to the White House to meet with President Donald Trump after receiving an invitation late last week. Ruiz received a phone call and email from White House staff inviting her to an intimate roundtable in Washington, D.C. with President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding SB54 set for Wednesday, May 16. The invitation from President Trump was only extended to 15 to 20 Southern California dignitaries from a variety of cities and counties that have been early (more…)

Stepson, friend, arrested in stepfather’s brutal murder

<strong>Stepson, friend, arrested  in stepfather’s brutal murder</strong>
Photo by Chris Smith/The Valley ChronicleDesert Palms Mobile Home Park, the scene of Sunday night’s fatal stabbing. ■ Chronicle News Staff A Hemet man is dead, and his stepson and another man are in custody after a brutal stabbing last Sunday, May 13, at a mobile home park on N. State Street, police reported. In jail on $1 million bail each are the stepson, Alonso Rodriguez, 19, and Mario Delacruz, 20, who police say are suspected of stabbing Rodriguez’ 36-year-old stepfather to death in an attack that involved the older man suffering multiple stab wounds. The victim, whose name is being withheld by the coroner pending notification of relatives, was taken (more…)

EMWD celebrates Water Awareness Month

<strong>EMWD celebrates Water Awareness Month</strong>
Eastern Municipal Water DistrictEastern Municipal Water District logo. ■ Chronicle News Service May is Water Awareness Month. Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) prides itself on delivering a safe and reliable drinking water supply at an exceptional value, and the month of May is the opportune time to celebrate those services that help sustain our health, lifestyles and economies. In a time where more than 3.4 million people die worldwide each year due to preventable waterborne diseases, the importance of public water systems that are committed to delivering safe and clean water has never been more imperative. EMWD uses state of the art treatment facilities and technologies to provide water services that (more…)

West Valley student receives Dell scholarship

<strong>West Valley  student receives Dell scholarship</strong>
Photo courtesy of the Hemet Unified School DistrictWest Valley student Laura Suarez is a Dell Scholar and CSU San Bernardino-bound. ■ Hemet Unified School District With less than a month left of school, there is a definite excitement among Hemet Unified seniors. The nostalgia of the past four years is beginning to set in and students are realizing the end of their high school career is approaching. Some students may look back on their time in high school with fond memories and some may look back and see the various challenges they were faced with. West Valley senior Laura Suarez is the latter. Suarez has moved a total of 13 times (more…)

Rotary club takes active role in community

<strong>Rotary club takes active role in community</strong>
Sierra Dawn Rotary Club celebrates Jacob Wiens teachers and staff Photo courtesy of Sierra Dawn RotaryJacob Wiens teachers and staff enjoying the pancake breakfast prepared by members of the Sierra Dawn Rotary Club. ■ Chronicle News Service On Teacher Appreciation Day (May 8), the Sierra Dawn Rotary Club showed their appreciation to Jacob Wiens Elementary teachers and staff by cooking up a pancake breakfast in their honor. This is not the first time the rotary has been there for the school. The Sierra Dawn Rotary Club provided school supplies at the beginning of the school year, donated coats and jackets in the fall, and donated shoes for all the students last (more…)

Healthy Valley Foundation celebrates Mother’s Day auction style

<strong>Healthy Valley Foundation celebrates Mother’s Day auction style</strong>
Photo by Chris Smith/The Valley ChronicleNever one to miss an opportunity to bring people together for a good cause, the Healthy Valley Foundation celebrated Mother’s Day this year by recognizing the tireless efforts of the valley’s moms and the good works of local organizations through both silent and live auctions Friday, May 11, at the Soboba Country Club, which served a 10-course buffet dinner before the fundraising event for charity. Here, the western-themed auctioneer calls for bids from the audience on a variety of donated weekend getaway trips, food baskets, jewelry, and other precious merchandise. The event raised thousands for the Foundation, which supports a variety of beneficial organizations in the (more…)
School Life

Student Athletes make splash at West Valley

Mountain Pass League Swim Finals took place at WVHS last Thursday Photos by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleSwimmers take their marks at the Mountain Pass league swim finals on Thursday. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Cooling off after a long school day is crucial, and when you can hop in the pool, it’s even more effective. Swimmers from across the Mountain Pass League could agree that meeting up at West Valley High School on Thursday, May 3 for the league’s swim finals was a welcome break. But this was no pool party; rather a serious competition. West Valley Coach Rob Avila helped coordinate the meet, and says it was (more…)

Titans shutout the Mustangs

Tahquitz’ baseball boys easily beat West Valley at home, 6-0 Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleCaleb Shepard at bat for the Titans. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter For high school athletes, the end of the season is here. But even when playoffs are out of the question, for your own sake you still want to try and finish strong. Despite a less-than-stellar season, West Valley’s baseball boys still went in with high spirits as they made their way to Tahquitz High School on Thursday, May 10 to take on last year’s CIF Division 4 champions, the Titans. But even strong team spirit couldn’t hold off the Titans as (more…)

Bulldogs outplay the Mustangs

<strong>Bulldogs outplay the Mustangs</strong>
The West Valley Baseball boys were defeated at home by Hemet last Thursday, 3-1 Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleMustang Javier Jauregui tries to fend off a Bulldog attack on Thursday. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter The end of the high school baseball season is well on its way, and while some teams will wish, beg and pray for more, others will be glad it’s over. So who was who at West Valley on Thursday, May 3 as the Mustangs welcomed the Hemet Bulldogs? Having been beaten just two days before at Bulldog Country, the ‘Stangs’ had a lot to play for at home. Unfortunately for West Valley, (more…)
Faith & Fellowship

Clergy Corner: Prayer propels us forward

<strong>Clergy Corner: Prayer propels us forward</strong>
File PhotoPastor Erin Armstrong, Trinity Lutheran Church. ■ Erin Armstrong / Contributed “We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now.” (Romans 8:22). The Apostle Paul writes these words to the early church in the city of Rome—people he had not met, but felt drawn to build up in their faith and community. They were living in the shadow of the empire, under the rule of emperors increasingly paranoid and frightened by the small group voicing a radically different way of being. The mass persecution had not started yet, but danger and uncertainty loomed on the horizon. Paul writes to this community to offer them comfort (more…)