Get ready! Here comes The Powwow!

<strong>Get ready! Here comes The Powwow!</strong>
Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansThe Soboba Inter-tribal Powwow begins Friday, Sept. 14, and runs through Sunday at the outdoor Soboba Event Center in San Jacinto. Some 15 food and 30 arts-and-crafts vendors will be catering to the public. The Grand Entry, featuring colorful ceremonial Indian dress, will be Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. Some 3,000 local school children are expected at Friday’s preview event. Above, Tekla Diaz gives last-minute instructions to her Fancy Shawl Dance students at last year’s preview. See story, photos, Entertainment (more…)

Mother, unborn child killed in head-on collision

<strong>Mother, unborn child killed in head-on collision</strong>
Other driver jailed for suspected DUI, manslaughter Eddie George / Hemet Eye NewsThe crash scene on Warren Road north of Devonshire where Krystil Kincaid’s Chrysler minivan collided head-on with a BMW on Sunday night, Aug. 9, killing her and her unborn child. ■ Dennis Fletcher / Contributed A 29-year-old San Jacinto mother and her unborn baby were killed Sunday night in a devastating head-on collision with a suspected drunk driver, police reported. The other driver reportedly is a celebrity boxer from Cuba. Krystil (Kristil) Kincaid, the mother of three other children, was married and pregnant with an 8-month-old unborn baby when her minivan was hit head-on as she drove home about (more…)

Local council candidate running for District 5

<strong>Local council candidate running for District 5</strong>
Interview with Hemet resident Doug Arent reveals leadership background Chris Smith /The Valley ChronicleDistrict 5 city council candidate Doug Arent says trust is the foundation of leadership. ■ By Taj Shorter / Metro Editor With the November election rearing its head, local candidates are preparing to go head to head against incumbents. One Hemet City Council candidate who is making himself known is Hemet resident Doug Arent who will be running in District 5 against Linda Krupa. The Valley Chronicle met with Arent at his home for an exclusive interview to gain insight into his campaign. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Arent says he had a good childhood in a tight-knit (more…)

Book your cruise now to help Valley Restart

<strong>Book your cruise now to help  Valley Restart</strong>
Benefit on Saturday, Sept. 29, features entertainment and dinner Golden Era ProductionsThe Star of California clipper ship replica will be the site of the benefit dinner and auction at Golden Era Productions to support Valley Restart on Saturday, Sept. 29. ■ Chronicle News Staff If you have been complaining about the homeless “problem” in Hemet or you would just like to help out those less fortunate than yourself, here is your chance to do something about it on Saturday, Sept. 29. That’s when the Friends of Valley Restart will hold a fun benefit, networking event, and dinner from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Golden Era Productions in San Jacinto, 19625 Gilman Springs Road. (more…)

EMWD warns about potential scams

Water district sheds light on companies selling unnecessary water treatment systems ■ Eastern Municipal Water District / Contributed The Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) encourages its customers to be aware of potential scams from companies promoting water quality testing or selling unnecessary water treatment systems. Private companies often leave door hangers or mailers that are vague in nature and ask for customer information and a sample of the users’ water from inside their home. These business practices are done with the hope of luring customers into purchasing expensive and unnecessary equipment to “solve” an issue that may not exist. These companies often make false claims, use deceptive sales pitches and other (more…)

Energy solutions offered to western Riverside County

<strong>Energy solutions offered to western Riverside County</strong>
■ Western Riverside Council of Governments / Contributed The Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG), has been working with Southern California Edison (SCE) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) to provide commercial businesses in Western Riverside County with an energy consultation and energy efficient retrofit installations. This offering is provided on behalf of SCE’s and SoCalGas Direct Install (DI) programs, which provides commercial businesses the opportunity to receive no-cost energy efficiency measures that can reduce utility bills and increase the building’s lifespan over the years. The consultations are conducted by one of the utilities’ contracted third-party vendors, who would also install the energy and gas measures for the participating businesses. The (more…)

Riverside County Superior Court judge imposes sentence on gun battle case

■ Chronicle News Staff In February, a Murrieta jury convicted Rafael Rodriguez Diaz, 30 of attempted murder of a peace officer, assault on a peace officer, two counts each of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and felony evading, resisting arrest and sentence enhancing allegations of committing a crime while on bail and use of a firearm during a felony. According to court records, Diaz had prior convictions for criminal street gang activity, burglary and vandalism to a power or telephone line. Diaz was sentenced on Friday to 54 years in state prison. According to the prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney Scott Mason, Diaz had several issues with the (more…)

Pesticide training for marijuana farmers

<strong>Pesticide training  for marijuana farmers</strong>
County, state to train cannabis cultivators about pesticide compliance Pixabay.comUnder state law, cannabis cultivators and employees who apply pesticides must comply with relevant pesticide laws and regulations. ■ Riverside County Agricultural Commissioner Riverside County and the State of California are teaming up to train the local cannabis industry how to comply with laws regulating pesticide use. The training by the county Agricultural Commissioner’s Office and state Department of Pesticide Regulation is geared toward licensed cultivators operating in cities that allow cultivation. Ordinances prohibit cannabis cultivation in all unincorporated areas of Riverside County but registrants will not be required to show a license in order to attend the training. Under state law, (more…)

Tinsel Triathlon races to Hemet

<strong>Tinsel Triathlon races to Hemet</strong>
33rd annual triathlon to be held at West Valley High School Connie Hall, Certified Race Director & Triathlon MakerLast year’s triathlon was a major success with the help of local volunteers and law enforcement. ■ Connie Hall / Tinsel Triathlon The 33rd Annual Tinsel Triathlon is headed to West Valley High School in Hemet in less than 100 days. With over 90 percent of participants coming from outside of the San Jacinto Valley, the Tinsel Triathlon is the largest reverse pool sprint triathlon in the nation. Bob Babbitt, co-founder of the Challenged Athletes Foundation & Competitor Magazine, Ironman Hall of Fame Inductee, USA Triathlon Hall of Fame Inductee, and Host and (more…)

The opioid epidemic

<strong>The opioid epidemic</strong>
Fatalities rise as big pharma profits Pixabay.comWhile drug companies may prey on suffering, the betrayal costs more than just our paychecks. ■ Muriel Dufresne, Golden Era Productions / Contributed On July 19, San Bernardino County filed a lawsuit, joining Riverside County and several municipalities nationwide, against multiple drug companies, distributors and pharmacies alleging that their “aggressive and fraudulent” marketing and distribution practices of prescription opioid painkillers have led to a crisis plaguing our nation. Nearly 1.2 million prescriptions were written in San Bernardino County last year for opioid medications. Officials said at least 35 people died in 2017 from opioid overdoses, and there were at least 259 non-heroin opioid overdose emergency (more…)