School Life

Make heading to college easy

<strong>Make heading to college easy</strong>
How to make the application process smoother for students Metro ServiceAdvance preparation can make the college application process a lot less stressful for students and their parents. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Applying to colleges is exciting for many high school students. But that excitement is sometimes tempered by anxiety. The college application process can affect students’ lives for years to come, so it’s understandable why some teenagers might feel stressed as they apply to college. The National Center for Educational Statistics says 69 percent of high school graduates in the United States enroll in college the fall after graduating from high school. Many students begin applying to college before entering (more…)
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Hemet schools recognized by California PBIS

<strong>Hemet schools recognized by California PBIS</strong>
24 school sites receive gold status this year for PBIS implementation HUSD24 school sites receive recognition from California PBIS coalition. ■ Hemet Unified School District / Contributed Hemet Unified School District (HUSD) was one of nine school districts in the state to receive the U.S. Department of Education’s 2014 School Climate Transformation Grant. The funds were used to support and create multi-tiered behavioral programs for students. With some of these funds, HUSD staff members began implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) into its schools three years ago. Now all Hemet Unified schools have been recognized by the California PBIS Coalition for their continued implementation. The 24 Hemet schools that participated (more…)

Reflections of the New Year – Rosh Hashanah

<strong>Reflections of the New Year – Rosh Hashanah</strong>
Celebration of Creation Through the Days of Repentance to the Day of Atonement Boaz Yiftach at FreeDigitalPhotos.netApples and honey – a traditional holiday treat. ■ By Gena Estrin / Contributed Coming up are very important High Holy Days, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It is a time when we celebrate the creation of Adam and Eve, and our own creation, and reflect on our lives, and beg for forgiveness for our mis-steps, and offer our solemn promise to be more mindful of our words and deeds during the next year. This year the two-day celebration of Rosh Hashanah begins before sundown on the Jewish calendar date of Tishrei 1, 5779, which (more…)

Rent-seeking opponents of repealing the gas tax are getting desperate

<strong>Rent-seeking opponents of repealing the gas tax are getting desperate</strong> use of taxpayer dollars for political advocacy is strictly prohibited by law. ■ By Jon Coupal / Contributed There’s an old saying in business: Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door. But not everyone builds their success on creating better products or providing better services. There are some that specialize in manipulating the laws and the government as a strategy for increasing profits. This has sometimes been called “rent seeking,” in the sense that it might apply to a storybook troll under a bridge, collecting “rent” as if he owned the right of way. There are trolls under the bridges in California this (more…)

Is the United States mostly populated by racists?

■ Chronicle News Staff Of course, the answer to the question is no. Quite the opposite. Most Americans are peace loving, law abiding, God fearing people who live their lives by the Golden Rule: do unto others as you want done unto you. There’s no doubt that tolerance is practiced by most Americans as it relates to diverse people and customs that constitute the fabric of our country, educating their children to be respectful, polite and considerate to all. This behavior should not be confused with condescension but rather as a sincere desire to learn and understand these differences and perhaps even become a part of a very important segment of (more…)

Reviving the spirit of ‘68

■ Robert C. Koehler / Contributed I was a hippie/bicycle delivery boy living in San Francisco when the Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago 50 years ago, so I absorbed the chaos, the police riot, from half a continent away, but I knew with absolute certainty that the nation was changing and I was part of it. We were in the violent spasm of transition. How long would it last? MLK and RFK, as they called for peace and sanity and civil rights for all, had just been assassinated. This was the God of War, turning its vengeance inward. A year earlier I had been part of the march on (more…)

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – September 6th, 2018

Dear Editor, I sent this email to our illustrious city council and our city manager: “I am no stranger to criticizing city management, but I take extreme exception to the public slandering of Hemet Fire Chief Scott Brown by disgruntled former employees and union mouthpieces. As a member of the press, and an informed citizen, I have always been a vocal critic of how the city spends money (often like a drunken sailor) and the revolving door of city managers is truly disheartening as well as expensive. It does speak to a council that has trouble discerning what it wants or is unable to vet candidates properly, as mentioned during open (more…)

Bomb squad responds to suspicious activity at DMV

<strong>Bomb squad responds to suspicious activity at DMV</strong>
Will Whelan/Hemet Valley IncidentsA bomb disposal robot was on scene at the DMV ready to do some X-Rays of a potential threat. ■ Chronicle News Staff Last Saturday, a man suspiciously placed two fire extinguishers inside the Hemet DMV office prompting a bomb squad to respond and evacuate the building. Hemet Police and Fire Departments were dispatched by a call from the Hemet DMV after a man walked into the office and left behind two fire extinguishers on Sept. 1. It is unknown whether or not the man made any threats or spoke to anyone in particular before he walked away. It is also unclear what was considered suspicious – the (more…)

Fatal paragliding incident on Labor Day

■ Chronicle News Staff On Monday, a person died while paragliding at the Soboba Paragliding and Speed Flying in San Jacinto. During the Labor Day holiday, a paragliding adventure turned deadly within the 900 block of Soboba Road. Riverside County Fire was initially dispatched to the scene to aid someone who had been injured at the Soboba Paragliding and Speed Flying. 25 firefighters responded just after 10 a.m. and hiked up the mountain to rescue the victim. Officials located the person who was in critical condition and immediately began performing lifesaving measures. Despite paramedic efforts, the victim succumbed to their injuries and died at the scene. The body was airlifted from (more…)

PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – September 6th, 2018

Homicide On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, deputies from Hemet Station responded to a call of a deceased male found on the driveway of a vacant residence on the 25000 block of 4th Street, Valle Vista. Based on evidence at the scene, investigators from Hemet Station and the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation. This investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification to family. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Central Homicide Investigator Paz at 951-955-2777, or Hemet Station Investigator Roy at 951-791-3400. Advancements in Training & (more…)