Hemet residents flee explosive carport fire

<strong>Hemet residents flee explosive carport fire</strong>
Witnesses report clothes burned off one man, others injured escaping Photo by John Strangis/En MediaInvestigators assess the damage on the scene after the flames are put out. ■ 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 vehicle fire located at 626 Carson St. The Hemet Police Department were also on scene helping assist the evacuation of residents after reports of trapped civilians and multiple explosions. Responding firefighters were able to contain the fire before it (more…)

Firefighters contain brush fire near Hemet West

<strong>Firefighters contain brush fire near Hemet West</strong>
Flames erupt near homeless encampment Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleHemet firefighters quickly extinguish a brush fire near Hemet West on Wednesday, June 13, that started near a 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 between 1.5 and 2 acres, and was contained by 3 p.m. Hemet Fire Battalion Chief James Majchrzak was not able to confirm the cause of the fire at the time, but (more…)

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 Photo courtesy of Hemet SJ Valley Chamber of Commerce and City of SJLily Benitez, left, barista, and Kaily Wisdom, shift supervisor, serve up an iced decaf white mocha, perfect for hot summer days. ■ 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 for the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the arrival of the popular coffee shop and meeting place for locals to bring Starbucks’ unique (more…)

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 cityofhemet.orgThe teamwork between a selected canine program team member and the K9 is crucial to success of various police operations. ■ 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 missing or have been kidnapped, and tracking and apprehending fugitives fleeing from the law. Recently, one of Hemet’s finest, K-9 “Duke” assisted in an officer involved shooting on May 27 in Hemet. Out of discipline to (more…)

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 that the money should ultimately be saved. Measure U taxes produced $1.2 million more than what was projected for this year. The members of the Measure U Oversight Committee are responsible for making sure Measure U dollars are spent only on Police, Fire, and Paramedics. Measure U is not intended for the rest of Hemet’s city (more…)

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 Photo courtesy California Victim Compensation BoardCalVCB has awarded Alternatives to Domestic Violence $750,000 for a victims’ trauma center in Hemet. ■ 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, San Diego and the San Francisco Bay areas. CalVCB ensures that mental health services are widespread for victims of violent crimes. The trauma center will operate in collaboration with community service organizations to provide comprehensive treatment (more…)
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 Photos by Dennis Fletcher/The Valley ChronicleVirginia Marie (left) and Connie Young (right) tackle another puzzle ■ 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. They met at the center over two years ago and have been puzzle buddies ever since. Connie worked and raised six children in the Hemet area before she retired and came to the San Jacinto Community Center in 2016. She has (more…)
Arts & Culture

Smash Brothers comedians headline Derby’s comedy show

<strong>Smash Brothers comedians headline  Derby’s comedy show</strong>
Courtesy of The Smash BrothersThe Smash Brothers will appear at Derby’s Bar and Grill Sat., June 30. 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 Tour (2014), The Dirty All-Stars (2016), the Extreme Championship Comedy Takeover (2013), and Andrew Dice Clay: The Blue Show (2015). The Smash Brothers, hosts of the longest-running sold-out show in the Inland Empire, are identical twins who were born (more…)
Faith & Fellowship

Clergy Corner: A long walk in the right direction

<strong>Clergy Corner:  A long walk in the right direction</strong>
Photo fileSusan Beckett. ■ By Susan Beckett / Contributed One of the big controversies in churches today is the hot potato issue over the devil. It’s “to be or not to be” with many people. Sadly, to most, Satan is just the little red costumed guy on the side of the Deviled Ham can in the grocery store or the child dressed up like him at Halloween. Nothing more. Some people call him “Big Red” or the Bogeyman. But in 1 Peter 5:8 the Bible calls him your adversary, your great enemy. And more than that, we are told that he wants to devour us. That is probably why the verse (more…)
School Life

Soboba Tribal preschool promotes students

<strong>Soboba Tribal preschool promotes students</strong>
51 preschoolers and kindergartners take fundamental steps in their education Photos courtesy of Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansPre-Kindergarten students from Soboba Tribal Preschool were officially promoted on June 15; three-quarters of the children have enrolled in kindergarten at the same site for fall. ■ 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 began with a blessing from Steven Estrada, Chairman of the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians. Wayne Nelson, whose daughter $eveela Nelson was (more…)