America’s spirit is under siege

■ Richard S. FloreS Latino Political Organizing Committee / Contributed As we celebrated the Fourth of July holiday, which marks the signing of a document that announced the creation of a free and independent new nation, it is fitting to assess where we find ourselves in regards to the state of our nation today. A country we call America. The Founding Fathers of the United States embarked on a governing experiment that they capsulated as “A government of the people, by the people and for the people.” In their divinely inspired wisdom, they did not give us a monarchy form of government, not an oligarchy government and surely, not a authoritarian (more…)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR – July 12th, 2018

Dear Editor, This is in response to your “Editor’s Note” on July 5. I did not agree with your interpretation of Nancy Eller and Citizen Bob’s letters. I believe, as they do, that anyone coming to this wonderful country, for whatever reason, must do so LEGALLY. Once in our country they should learn English, become productive members of our society, obey our laws and embrace our ways and customs. Too often they want to bring their laws and lifestyle with them even if it conflicts with our laws. I don’t understand when or why “ILLEGAL” became okay and concerned citizens like Nancy Eller, Citizen Bob, and myself became “Hate-Mongers.” We are (more…)

RV fire causes burn victim and displaced resident

<strong>RV fire causes burn victim and displaced resident</strong>
Multiple vehicle fire creates chaotic scene at mobile home park in San Jacinto Photos by John Strangis, EnMediaThe RV that caught fire is skeletal after firefighters extinguish the flames. ■ Robin Underwood / Contributed A resident is displaced, cats are missing, and an individual burned after a fire broke out in a mobile home park in San Jacinto last Tuesday. On the eve of the Fourth of July holiday, Cal Fire responded to a multiple vehicle fire at the Reflection Lake RV Park in the 3000 block of Cottonwood Ave. First responders and arriving crews discovered a motorhome and a black sedan fully inflamed. Immediately, firefighters initiated an aggressive attack on (more…)

PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – July 12th, 2018

CERT/Community Emergency Response Team Register: On the City of Hemet Website,, Fire Department, CERT Course or call 951-765-2451 WHERE: TBD DATE: August 24, 25, and 26 November 16, 17, and 18th TIME: Fri. – 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm; Sat. – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sun. – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (1hr break for lunch) Building resilient communities CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through training, citizens can manage (more…)

The patriotic history behind a Jeep

Photo FIleRichard Perry. ■ By Richard Perry / Contributed Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy, Both Memorial and Independence Day have passed and these patriotic holidays got me thinking about Jeep Wranglers – why you may ask? Because “Jeeps” were a big part of World War II. After WWII, government-surplus MB vehicles were widely available in the U.S. and returning veterans nabbed them as cheap, reliable transportation. Capitalizing on the opportunity, the Willys-Overland company produced the 1945-1949 Jeep CJ-2A, a version of the MB modified for civilian use. The Jeep Wrangler is the direct descendant of the 1940 Willys Quad prototype vehicle that was commissioned by the United States Army. The (more…)

Como La Flor does Tejano justice

<strong>Como La Flor does Tejano justice</strong>
Audience braves 100-degree temps to hear their beloved Selena Chris Smith, The Valley ChronicleNira Perez Ruiz, lead singer of Como La Flor Band, a tribute to Selena, gets down on her knees during last Friday night’s Selena tribute concert as she sings a love song to a member of the audience who volunteered to play “her man” for the piece. The emcee joked later that they should exchange phone numbers. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor The second concert in the Ramona Bowl Summer Concert Series lived up to expectations as Como La Flor, a Selena tribute band, had audience members dancing in their seats. Nira Perez Ruiz, lead singer (more…)

Music of Chicago fills HHT to capacity

<strong>Music of Chicago fills HHT to capacity</strong>
Horn section in Kenny Cetera’s band wows ‘em with original sound Photos by Historic Hemet TheatreThe Chicago experience has eight members ■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed The latest tribute concert at the Historic Hemet Theatre filled the auditorium to capacity with applause and cheers and the unmistakable sound of the best horn section in rock and roll history. Kenny Cetera’s Chicago Experience presented classic hits from across decades of the legendary music group – but with a special perspective. Kenny is the brother of Chicago’s lead singer Peter Cetera and toured with the group at the height of their popularity. Kenny Cetera on conga drums and bass player Blake Hunter (more…)

COMMUNITY NEWS – July 12th, 2018

■ Chronicle News Staff Concerts Under the Stars at the Ramona Bowl Join the fun this summer by attending one or all in the live musical performance series at the Ramona Bowl, 27400 Ramona Bowl Road, Hemet; Following is a list of the remaining upcoming events: July 12 – 8 p.m. – Branson on the Road, classic Branson showtime. July 19 – 8 p.m. – The Los Angeles cast of Beatlemania, a worldclass tribute to the Beatles. All tickets are: adults, $10 ahead of time, $15 at the door. Children 6-12 are $5 ahead and the same at the door. Children under 5 are free. Season tickets for $30 are (more…)

Hangin’ with la gente in the Soboba Casino parking lot

<strong>Hangin’ with la gente in the Soboba Casino parking lot</strong>
Where’s the best view to see the fireworks? Not in the bleachers Dennis FletcherCountry Artist’s Tribute band was awesome; if only I had heard them play. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor As a member of the press, oftentimes you get to go places for free that you might otherwise have to pay to enter. The Soboba Casino fireworks display was the exception: everyone gets in for free. Chris Smith/The Valley ChronicleYou can fit a whole family in the back of a pickup truck – and some people did. In this day and age, you might think that entertainment in the form of a first-rate country western band and a (more…)

PET OF THE WEEK – July 12th, 2018

<strong>PET OF THE WEEK – July 12th, 2018</strong>
Photo Courtesy of Ramona Humane SocietyShe has been known to get into the garbage from time to time. “Sperry” – Beagle female Mix Gorgeous, sweet and mellow dog. Sperry was turned in by her previous owner, because she & their other dog stopped getting along. They told us she is housebroken & loves car rides. She has been known to get into the garbage from time to time. She is 4 years old & weighs 31.6 pounds. She is hoping to be one of the lucky ones to get a wonderful home. Sperry is spayed, housebroken, micro-chipped, up to date on shots, de-wormed, good w/kids and she is available NOW. ID (more…)