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MSJC’s Recycled Art & Fashion Show recognized students and community members for design

<strong>MSJC’s Recycled Art & Fashion Show  recognized students and community members for design</strong>
Photos courtesy of Mt. San Jacinto CollegeSix models present a collection titled Saving Lace, designed by Idyllwild Arts Academy student Maeve Gillespie, who won the Design Excellence award during the MSJC Recycled Art & Fashion Show on Saturday, May 12. ■ Mt. San Jacinto / College On May 12, the Recycled Art & Fashion Show handed out awards to four aspiring designers. The event offered a gallery exhibit and exciting runway show featuring wildly expressive, eco-friendly art and fashion. The 6th annual event, supported by the Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) Foundation, invited design entries from MSJC students and community members. Thirty-five models strutted fashions on a runway to high-energy music. (more…)
Arts & Culture

Mustangs stage an evening of dance

<strong>Mustangs stage  an evening of dance</strong>
West Valley High School’s dance classes hold spring concert in Stacey Bailey Theater Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleThese Students’ moves are fresh like the Fresh Prince of Bel Air! ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Throughout our existence, dance has served to reflect the times and bring communities and lovers together. It has also served to entertain audiences around the world. On Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12, it served as a means of showing the community what West Valley High School’s beginning, intermediate and advanced dance classes learned together. According to Dance and Theatre director, Cheri Kehler, her students are to thank for all the work. “This concert’s (more…)
School Life

Hemet Unified introduces new assistant superintendent

<strong>Hemet Unified introduces new assistant superintendent </strong>
Photos courtesy of the Hemet Unified School DistrictAssistant Superintendent of Student Services Dr. Karen Valdes. ■ Hemet Unified School District Hemet Unified School District created a new position, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services. Dr. Karen Valdes was hired to help support the work within student support services, child welfare and attendance, special education, Parent Resource Center, health services and the after school programs offered throughout the district. Valdes entered a career in education in the early 80s to help make a difference in students’ lives. Throughout college she worked in various capacities to help students either in camps or in orphanages. She brings a great depth of knowledge to Hemet Unified (more…)
Political

5 candidates for Assembly District 42, and 3 are Republicans

<strong>5 candidates for Assembly District 42, and 3 are Republicans</strong>
Photo source: Gary Jeandron for State Assembly34-year public servant Gary Jeandron. ■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor Assemblyman Chad Mayes, 42nd District, has four other candidates vying for his seat. Last week, The Valley Chronicle covered the Democratic and Green Party candidates, DeniAntionette Mazingo (Democrat) and Carol A. Bouldin (Green Party) running to replace Mayes. Now, we will cover the three Republicans, Gary Jeandron, San Jacinto Councilman Andrew Kotyuk and incumbent Chad Mayes. All five candidates are competing for one of the top two spots for November’s general election. Meet Gary Jeandron In his candidate statement, Jeandron talks about his roots consisting of the Banning/Beaumont Pass and the San Jacinto (more…)
Opinion

Turnout is fair game

■ By Bob Franken / Columnist It’s not something he does very often, but this time President Donald Trump was telling the truth when, in his rambles before the gun nuts—aka the National Rifle Association Convention in Dallas—he pointed out that the upcoming midterms will be determined by voter turnout. Turnout is always the be-all and end-all when it comes to any election, but it’s particularly vital in this one. The Democrats will get the chance to demonstrate whether they can abandon their usual backbiting and lethargy, and instead channel all the anti-Trump horror into crowds at polling places. Donald Trump is not even on the 2018 ballot. It’s a race (more…)
Opinion

LETTER TO THE EDITOR – May 17th, 2018

Hemet City Council should follow auditor’s recommendations Dear Editor, The people of Hemet were presented with Measure E and voted it down. Measure E was repackaged and presented to the people as Measure U with the promise of NO commingling of funds. Councilwomen Linda Krupa and Bonnie Wright were on the city council at that time and told the people that Measure U would solve the city’s budget problems. The budget crisis that could take the city into the bankruptcy courts continues to this day. The state auditor stated the following issues: • Use of city-supported library by nonresidents • Underfunded fire department • Inefficient structure of city government – (ineffective (more…)
Opinion

This ‘resistance’ legal action on pesticide is vital

■ By Thomas D. Elias / Columnist It is, quite simply, not within California’s power to rid its own food and fields – let alone all of America’s fields – of a pesticide derived from chemicals developed as a nerve gas by Nazi Germans who used them to fatally gas Jews, gypsies and others they crammed into airtight mobile vans before and during World War II. That’s why it was important for California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra to intervene in a federal lawsuit aiming to force the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make a required safety finding (more likely, a finding that the chemical is unsafe) in a case that (more…)
Crime

Soboba Road crash claims life of Moreno Valley man

<strong>Soboba Road crash  claims life of Moreno Valley man</strong>
EN Media Productions/John StrangisThis Jeep Grand Cherokee went airborne from an embankment off Soboba Road north of San Jacinto Sunday night, May 13, killing the driver and demolishing the vehicle. Officials identified the deceased driver as Jose Domingo Borja Diaz, 66, of Moreno Valley. Police said Diaz was traveling westbound on Soboba Road near Chabella Road at an estimated 80 m.p.h. when his tire rode up onto the right side dirt embankment. The Jeep then traveled back across both lanes of Soboba Road, hit the embankment on the south side and went airborne for 75 feet before crashing and rolling several times, hitting a tree, and landing on its roof. Diaz (more…)
Crime

PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – May 17th, 2018

Stolen vehicle pursuit ends with police spike strip A wanted man stopped by Hemet Police for a vehicle equipment infraction was cooling his heels in Riverside County Jail last week on more than a half million dollar bond after he led police on a high-speed chase. According to a Hemet Police Department press release, on May 8, at about 9:15 p.m., a Hemet Police officer conducted a traffic stop in the area of San Jacinto Street and Oakland Avenue in Hemet. The initial stop was for a vehicle equipment violation, but before contacting the driver, the officer discovered the vehicle was reported stolen May 1. The driver suddenly sped away, and (more…)
Entertainment

Tournament honors tribal member

<strong>Tournament honors tribal member</strong>
Robert Morreo is remembered Courtesy of Randy SandovalWAH men’s team took first-place honors at the Robert Morreo Memorial Fastpitch Softball Tournament last month at Soboba. ■ By Mike Hiles / ContrIbuted The Robert Morreo Memorial Fastpitch Softball Tournament drew members of 18 teams to play a game they love while honoring a man who was well known for his game. Morreo, who passed away in 2013, was from the Torres-Martinez Indian Reservation but lived on the Soboba Indian Reservation most of his life. His favorite pastime was playing and coaching the Beer-Nuts men’s softball team, who were one of the teams in the tournament that ran from April 22 through 24. (more…)