SJ Mayor Crystal Ruiz invited to meet with President Trump

<strong>SJ Mayor Crystal Ruiz invited to meet with President Trump</strong>
Photo courtesy of Crystal RuizSan Jacinto Mayor Crystal Ruiz will head to Washington, D.C. to meet with President Donald Trump. ■ Chronicle News Staff San Jacinto Mayor Crystal Ruiz is on her way to the White House to meet with President Donald Trump after receiving an invitation late last week. Ruiz received a phone call and email from White House staff inviting her to an intimate roundtable in Washington, D.C. with President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding SB54 set for Wednesday, May 16. The invitation from President Trump was only extended to 15 to 20 Southern California dignitaries from a variety of cities and counties that have been early (more…)

Stepson, friend, arrested in stepfather’s brutal murder

<strong>Stepson, friend, arrested  in stepfather’s brutal murder</strong>
Photo by Chris Smith/The Valley ChronicleDesert Palms Mobile Home Park, the scene of Sunday night’s fatal stabbing. ■ Chronicle News Staff A Hemet man is dead, and his stepson and another man are in custody after a brutal stabbing last Sunday, May 13, at a mobile home park on N. State Street, police reported. In jail on $1 million bail each are the stepson, Alonso Rodriguez, 19, and Mario Delacruz, 20, who police say are suspected of stabbing Rodriguez’ 36-year-old stepfather to death in an attack that involved the older man suffering multiple stab wounds. The victim, whose name is being withheld by the coroner pending notification of relatives, was taken (more…)

EMWD celebrates Water Awareness Month

<strong>EMWD celebrates Water Awareness Month</strong>
Eastern Municipal Water DistrictEastern Municipal Water District logo. ■ Chronicle News Service May is Water Awareness Month. Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) prides itself on delivering a safe and reliable drinking water supply at an exceptional value, and the month of May is the opportune time to celebrate those services that help sustain our health, lifestyles and economies. In a time where more than 3.4 million people die worldwide each year due to preventable waterborne diseases, the importance of public water systems that are committed to delivering safe and clean water has never been more imperative. EMWD uses state of the art treatment facilities and technologies to provide water services that (more…)

West Valley student receives Dell scholarship

<strong>West Valley  student receives Dell scholarship</strong>
Photo courtesy of the Hemet Unified School DistrictWest Valley student Laura Suarez is a Dell Scholar and CSU San Bernardino-bound. ■ Hemet Unified School District With less than a month left of school, there is a definite excitement among Hemet Unified seniors. The nostalgia of the past four years is beginning to set in and students are realizing the end of their high school career is approaching. Some students may look back on their time in high school with fond memories and some may look back and see the various challenges they were faced with. West Valley senior Laura Suarez is the latter. Suarez has moved a total of 13 times (more…)

Rotary club takes active role in community

<strong>Rotary club takes active role in community</strong>
Sierra Dawn Rotary Club celebrates Jacob Wiens teachers and staff Photo courtesy of Sierra Dawn RotaryJacob Wiens teachers and staff enjoying the pancake breakfast prepared by members of the Sierra Dawn Rotary Club. ■ Chronicle News Service On Teacher Appreciation Day (May 8), the Sierra Dawn Rotary Club showed their appreciation to Jacob Wiens Elementary teachers and staff by cooking up a pancake breakfast in their honor. This is not the first time the rotary has been there for the school. The Sierra Dawn Rotary Club provided school supplies at the beginning of the school year, donated coats and jackets in the fall, and donated shoes for all the students last (more…)

Healthy Valley Foundation celebrates Mother’s Day auction style

<strong>Healthy Valley Foundation celebrates Mother’s Day auction style</strong>
Photo by Chris Smith/The Valley ChronicleNever one to miss an opportunity to bring people together for a good cause, the Healthy Valley Foundation celebrated Mother’s Day this year by recognizing the tireless efforts of the valley’s moms and the good works of local organizations through both silent and live auctions Friday, May 11, at the Soboba Country Club, which served a 10-course buffet dinner before the fundraising event for charity. Here, the western-themed auctioneer calls for bids from the audience on a variety of donated weekend getaway trips, food baskets, jewelry, and other precious merchandise. The event raised thousands for the Foundation, which supports a variety of beneficial organizations in the (more…)

Finishes being added to replacement casino

<strong>Finishes being added to replacement casino</strong>
Finishes being added to replacement casino Photos courtesy of Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansAerial photos of the project site. The project is on schedule and the tribe is excited to bring this project to the community for the job creation and boost in tourism. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed Biltmore Buff, Natural Tan, Portobello and Pottery Urn are the colors being added to the exterior walls of the Soboba replacement casino and hotel resort project in San Jacinto. Before the finish coat can be added, several layers of material must be put on to ensure a perfectly insulated and stable surface. The EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) is a (more…)

Hemet driver brings new meaning to term ‘drive-thru’ nail salon

<strong>Hemet driver brings new meaning to term ‘drive-thru’ nail salon</strong>
Photo by EN Media Productions/John StrangisA Hemet driver apparently mistook the words “fast service” for “drive thru” when she plowed her car through the front window of Milano Nails and Spa at 3000 W. Florida Ave., Monday, May 7. Although metal shards and glass showered the nearly 15 customers inside at 3:45 p.m., no one was seriously hurt, even though one woman was transported from the scene by ambulance, according to owner Long Lam, who said everyone was “extremely lucky.” Apparently the driver thought her car was in reverse when she stepped on the gas but lurched forward and jumped the cement parking stopper. Lam and his staff had the window (more…)

Earthquake jolts Hemet and Inland Empire

Residents shaken awake at 4:49 a.m. ■ Chronicle News Staff A 4.5 magnitude earthquake centered 6.8 miles north of Cabazon awakened Hemet residents early Tuesday morning. At least 27 aftershocks followed, the largest of which was 3.2, the USGS said. There were no reports of injuries or damage. The 4:49 a.m. earthquake was located six miles southeast of Mt. San Gorgonio and 19.3 miles northwest of Palm Springs at a depth of 8 miles. The magnitude was initially measured at 4.6 before being revised downward. Some 10,000 people felt the temblor, besides residents of Hemet, people from San Bernardino, Banning, Lake Elsinore and Colton experienced the shaking. Even people as far (more…)

How to be water-wise when an earthquake strikes

■ Chronicle News Service Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) wants customers to be prepared in the event of a major earthquake or other natural disaster. April is National Earthquake Preparedness Month, and while EMWD will work diligently to provide water service following a natural disaster, there are steps residents can take to be ready should there be temporary and unavoidable outages. An earthquake kit should have one to two gallons of water per person, per day. Water should be stored in a clean, airtight container and enough water should be stored to last several days. Pet owners should also keep water available for their animals. Water may be boiled for two (more…)