School Life

Assistant Superintendent promoted out of state

<strong>Assistant Superintendent promoted out of state</strong>
SJUSD Matt Hixson considers offer from Hawkins County Board of Education SJUSDMatt Hixson. ■ San Jacinto School District / Contributed Pending contract negotiations, San Jacinto Unified School District (SJUSD) Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services Matt Hixson has tentatively accepted the position of director of schools, equivalent to the superintendent, for the Hawkins County Board of Education in Rogersville, Tennessee. On Monday, Oct. 2, the board approved Mr. Hixson, by a vote of 7-0, to lead their school district. The position was previously filled by Steve Starnes, who accepted a director of schools position in Greeneville, Tennessee earlier this year. Hixson has been employed by SJUSD for the past 17 years, serving (more…)

Draft implementation plan for CCA

<strong>Draft implementation plan for CCA</strong>
Proposed energy provider releases plan for public Western Community EnergyWCE, a joint powers authority consisting of the Cities of Canyon Lake, Eastvale, Hemet, Jurupa Valley, Norco, Perris, and Wildomar, was formed for the purpose of developing a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Program to purchase energy on behalf of residents and businesses in these communities. ■ Western Community Energy / Contributed The Western Community Energy (WCE) Board of Directors has released its Draft Implementation Plan for public review and comment. WCE, a joint powers authority consisting of the Cities of Canyon Lake, Eastvale, Hemet, Jurupa Valley, Norco, Perris, and Wildomar, was formed for the purpose of developing a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) (more…)

Russ Brown determined to win seat in his own right

<strong>Russ Brown determined to win seat in his own right</strong>
Photo by Rusty StraitHemet City Councilman Russ Brown. ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter This reporter had the opportunity to sit down and have a chat with Hemet City Councilman Russ Brown at the Four Seasons retirement community on Hemet’s far west side. Seated behind the microphone at his position during city council meetings, he appears somewhat reserved. However, on the patio at Four Seasons sporting slacks and an open collar short sleeve sports shirt he is exactly the opposite. Relaxed and unassuming, he presents himself in a way that you’d doubt he ever had a problem in the world. Brown comes from almost three decades of law enforcement in (more…)

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – November 1, 2018

This is what Stacy Olsen (sic) did to us! In September of 2016 our electric bill for the riverbed property was extremely high. When the property is not leased out for farming, the monthly bill is only for a standby charge associated with the well. Larry and I drove over to see if we could determine the cause of the increase. We were shocked to find a squatters encampment and were stunned at how extensive it was. It was not visible from the street and only discoverable by driving onto the property. It was sad to see our property being destroyed. There were several kinds of make shift (sic) housing where (more…)

San Jacinto man reported killed Tuesday

■ Chronicle News Staff A 20-year-old San Jacinto man was reported killed early Tuesday, Oct. 30, in what may have been a vehicle crash on Alessandro Avenue several hundred feet south of Ramona Expressway in San Jacinto, according to the Riverside County Coroner. Jacob Gurrola, 20, a resident of San Jacinto, reportedly died at 5:34 a.m. following the incident, which occurred about 25 minutes earlier, the Coroner reported. The California Highway Patrol San Gorgonio office is investigating. No additional information was available at press time. (more…)

The best ways to prevent car theft

■ Metro Service / Contributed The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that a vehicle is stolen every 44 seconds in the United States. And it’s not just the expensive models that are targets of thieves. Drivers may not realize they are making obvious mistakes that can make their vehicles targets for potential thieves. Guarding against car theft comes down to avoiding common pitfalls, using common sense and making vehicles less attractive to thieves. • Lock doors. This may seem like a no-brainer, but giving thieves easy access to vehicles increases the risk of theft. Always lock the vehicle, even if you’re only running into the house or a store for (more…)

PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – November 1, 2018

<strong>PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – November 1, 2018</strong>
Driving under the influence – traffic collision According to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Press Release, on October 27, 2018, about 4:10 a.m., officers from the San Jacinto Police Department responded to an injury traffic collision at the intersection of Ramona Expressway and State Street in the City of San Jacinto which initially revealed that Angelica Huaste, 23 years old of San Jacinto was driving a 2017 Toyota Corolla east on Ramona Expressway while Richard Thomas, 72 years old of Yucaipa was driving a 2004 Chrysler Sebring and was making a left turn from northbound State Street to westbound Ramona Expressway. The vehicles collided broadside in the intersection causing major damage to (more…)

DVAC 13th Annual Festival of Arts

<strong>DVAC 13th Annual Festival of Arts</strong>
“Awakening to the Arts” theme showcases local talent within the valley DVACFestival of Arts is a “festival that celebrates all forms of arts.” During this event at The Arts Center, the gallery that is run by the Diamond Valley Arts Council, there were many performers that participated. ■ Kathleen Prokop / Contributed On Saturday, Oct. 20, and Sunday, Oct. 21, art lovers at the Diamond Valley Arts Council participated in the 13th Annual Festival of Arts. Kathy Callicott, who chaired this year’s Festival of Arts, said that the reason why the Festival of Arts was a success was because of the participation. “Hopefully, we can build on that next year” she (more…)

Tickets for Neil Diamond tribute going fast

<strong>Tickets for Neil Diamond tribute going fast</strong>
Hot August Night set to perform in Hemet mid-November Photos by Hemet Historic TheatreDean Colley and his showcase band, Hot August Night, are known across the country as the number one tribute to the music of Neil Diamond. ■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed The last time Dean Colley brought his Tribute to Neil Diamond to Hemet, the last few tickets sold out at the door. This time when the “Hot August Night” band arrives on Saturday, Nov. 17, there will be no tickets left to be found. With two weeks left before the event, there are fewer than 50 tickets remaining. Dean Colley’s look-alike and sound-alike performance will bring any (more…)
Arts & Culture

Noli Indian school brings it home

<strong>Noli Indian school brings it home</strong>
Soboba Reservation school celebrates homecoming Photos by Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansNoli Indian School sixth-graders took first place in the Homecoming Parade float contest, held Friday. From left, Christopher Lario, Joseph Morsa, Daigan Cyhan and Andrew Salgado-Lopez, all 11. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed The Noli Braves football team scored big against Indio’s Riverside County Education Academy to win its homecoming football game on Oct. 26. But the school had begun its celebration earlier in the week when each grade level worked together to design and execute a Halloween-themed float for the big night. Parents and community members stepped up to donate their time, pick-up trucks and flatbed trailers for (more…)