Arts & Culture

Ramona Summer Youth Theatre to present Shrek

<strong>Ramona Summer Youth Theatre to present Shrek</strong>
More than 90 students will participate in summer musical Photos Courtesy of Stacey BaileyShrek is played by Jacob Ramirez, a veteran of the summer program.Fiona is played by Elizabeth Ollerton who recently played opposite Jacob as Reno in Anything Goes. ■ By Stacey Bailey / Contributed The Ramona Bowl Summer Youth Theatre will present Shrek, The Musical in early July. Based on the popular movie, this musical brings everyone’s favorite characters as well as the fun and whimsy of the original. There will be two performances, one on July 2 and one on July 3 both at 6 p.m. at the Ramona Bowl. Tickets are $5 and available at the Ramona (more…)
Faith & Fellowship

Clergy Corner: So, what is in your spiritual bank account?

The divine never fails, and love never fails, and we will never fail if we use the love that is the divine The Center for Spiritual Living HemetReverend Rhonda Tretsven. ■ Rhonda Tretsven / Contributed Does anyone of us really understand that infinite account of our life? When speaking of spiritual wisdom? I believe we all understand – at some level – through our faith traditions that we have an infinite mental reserve account of love and faith with God. It is to this love and faith that we draw on when writing checks to the crises in our lives, not only for ourselves but for others. As spiritual beings, we (more…)

The Wolves’ track pack doesn’t slow down!

<strong>The Wolves’ track pack doesn’t slow down!</strong>
SJVA track team hits the road in July, warming up for the 2018-19 season Courtesy San Jacinto Valley AcademyThe 2018 varsity track team. Missing from the photo, however, is Kalianna Lesa, a captain and team medalist. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Now that summer is here, the high school sports teams get a break… Right? WRONG. At least at San Jacinto Valley Academy, the track team is staying right on its toes. Literally. Head Coach Shok Siaki Lesa says the 2017-18 season has been a season of new highs for the track team, including more personal records and more players going to CIF meets and beyond. “We went further this (more…)

Fastpitch storms Hemet

<strong>Fastpitch storms Hemet</strong>
The Premier Girls Fastpitch SoCal National Qualifier takes over the diamonds at Diamond Valley Lake Corey Evan, The Valley ChronicleDiamond Valley Lake was the scene recently of the Premier Girls Fastpitch SoCal National Qualifier. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter The Premier Girls Fastpitch SoCal National Qualifier took over the diamonds at Diamond Valley Lake the weekend of June 15-17 Even though the San Jacinto Valley isn’t exactly a tourist hot spot in the summer, we do occasionally get a few VIPs rolling in. During the weekend of Friday, June 15 – Sunday June 17, those VIPs were here for the Premier Girls Fastpitch 2018 SoCal National Qualifier. Over 50 teams (more…)
School Life

College graduates from Soboba shine

<strong>College graduates from Soboba shine</strong>
Some plan to continue on to graduate school Photo courtesy of Shayne KnutzenShayne Knutzen celebrated her graduation from University of Oregon with family and friends. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians has always been proud this time of year when members complete various levels of education – from preschool through college. Although some tribal members attend schools out of state, their accomplishments are noted by the tribe and applauded by all. The most recent college graduates include Wade Aaron Abbas, Riverside City College; Darla Essie-Ruth Colinet, World Coach Institute Inc.; Kaitlynn Cozart, Portland State University; Corey J. Gilmore Jr., Universal Technical Institute; Shayne Kelly Knutzen, (more…)

Filing window approaches for city council candidates

<strong>Filing window approaches for city council candidates</strong>
Two seats are up for voter review in this fall’s election City of HemetTwo seats in Districts 2 and 5 are up for election. ■ Chronicle News Staff Anyone considering to run for city council can register during the filing window, July 16 – Aug. 10. The next municipal election will be held in Hemet on Nov. 6. Several of the city’s councilmanic districts are up for election this year, including Districts 2 and 5 currently held by at-large Councilmembers Linda Krupa and Russ Brown. Brown, a retired police officer, was appointed to serve out the remainder of Paul Raver’s term, which expires in December 2018. Like Raver, Brown lives in (more…)

City forms investment committee to oversee city funds

City council members passed motion to create advisory committee for Hemet taxpayer dollars ■ By Taj Shorter / Reporter The City of Hemet has passed a motion to establish a committee to oversee the city’s investments. At a special meeting held on June 20, the city council voted to establish a committee to oversee the City of Hemet’s investments. Membership on the Investment Advisory Committee for Management Investment of the City’s surplus funds will include City Treasurer Judy Oltman, City Finance Director Lorena Rocha, Councilmembers Karlee Meyer and Linda Krupa, and a soon to be appointed finance advisor. The council also adopted a resolution approving the City’s Investment Policy for Fiscal (more…)

Tariffs will lead to higher consumer prices

Trump likely won’t take responsibility for tariffs’ negative effects ■ By Tom Hastings / Contributed Now comes the Trump Trade War, his “bellum omnium contra omnes” – war of all against all. It is the most spiritless, cynical, pessimistic perspective on human nature and international relations imaginable. It is also doomed to simply amount to an alienated attack on American consumers and workers. I’m an old man who developed a hearing problem over the decades. I’m well into my senior citizen years and on my fourth generation of hearing aids, each improvement changing my life, saving my ability to work, and rescuing me from what would be increased social isolation. Trump’s (more…)

Net neutrality repeal will likely hurt small business

■ By Rivera Sun / Contributed Pretty soon, we’ll all be paying a whole lot more money for Internet service. The FCC’s repeal of net neutrality went into effect. If nothing is done, it easy to see the handwriting on the wall. After a waiting period of no changes (intended to diffuse public outrage), it’s expected that the telecom giants will broker deals with massive companies like Google and Amazon, giving them the virtual version of a bulk shipping discount while the rest of us pay premium rates to download, upload, and stream. It’s a death knell for struggling small businesses. There’s still hope for the supporters of net neutrality, however, (more…)

Driver gets hung up on way to church

<strong>Driver gets hung up on way to church</strong>
Photos courtesy Kellis Wong/The Valley ChronicleThe library and kitchen of the First Presbyterian Church of Hemet, 515 E. Kimball Ave., was severely damaged Sunday, June 24, when a parishioners’ auto accelerator stuck, her car smashed into the building and then careened across the parking lot finally stopping once it smashed through a retaining wall. Fortunately, no injuries were reported, and the church staff is working with insurance companies to estimate the damage. (more…)