Hemet and San Jacinto voters put democracy into action

<strong>Hemet and San Jacinto voters put democracy into action</strong>
Election-night results now, absentee-ballot tallies later in the week ■ Chronicle News Staff Voters from throughout the Valley went to the polls on Tuesday and cast their ballots for their preferred candidates and gave a thumbs up or down on some 15 measures that were on the ballot including one authorizing a $150 million Hemet school bond and others bringing the business of growing and selling marijuana in Hemet further into mainstream life. Polls opened at 7 a.m. and voters had a full 13 hours – until 8 p.m. – to cast their votes. Voter fever was high, and pollsters had predicted a large turnout compared to prior years as Gov. (more…)

Deadly mosquitos sneak into Riverside County

<strong>Deadly mosquitos sneak into Riverside County</strong>
Watch for headache, fever, stiff neck, disorientation, or coma Photos by Riverside County, Environmental Health Vector Control postcardAedes Aegypti – Yellow Fever Mosquito. ■ By Gena Estrin / Contributed Two mosquito species, the Yellow Fever mosquito (Aedes Aegypti) and Asian Tiger mosquito (Aedes Albopictus,) have recently been found in Riverside County. They are capable of transmitting several viral diseases: Zika, West Nile, Dengue, Chikungunya, Yellow Fever, and more. What can you do to protect you, your family, and neighbors? Early detection and control of these disease carrying culprits is easy to do. In the case of the aforementioned mosquitos, they are both container breeding mosquitoes. They lay single eggs just above (more…)

Community gives back to Community Pantry

<strong>Community gives back to Community Pantry</strong>
Fundraiser at Hemet Applebee’s a big success Photos by Dennis FletcherCommunity Pantry officers present at the pancake breakfast are, (from left) Barry Richilin (board member), Leonard Gleason (board member), Akeylah Johnson (board member), Michelle Seman (board treasurer), Liz DuBrille (board VP), Jim Lineberger (executive director). ■ By Dennis Fletcher / Contributed Last Saturday, Oct. 20, the Community Pantry found out how much Hemet appreciates the good work they do at a fundraiser pancake breakfast made possible by Applebee’s Restaurant. The Community Pantry exists to bring needed food to families and other individuals in need. Board members Jim Lineberger (Executive Director), Liz DuBrille (Vice President), – Michelle Seman (Treasurer), and board members (more…)

Casino resort keeps it natural

<strong>Casino resort keeps it natural</strong>
Designs offer rustic look inside and out Photos by Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansA water feature that will welcome guests at the Soboba Hotel porte-cochère, is being installed. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed The Soboba Casino Resort is continuing to progress as level six of the hotel adds headboards and bed frames to its rooms and the back-of-house operations is accepting regular deliveries of furniture, fixtures and equipment. A tree, laden with LED lights is the centerpiece of the feature bar at the Soboba replacement casino. Irrigation is done and landscaping has begun in the parking lot area and around the pool. Asphalt has been completed on some of the (more…)

School bond measure to cost taxpayers double

<strong>School bond measure to cost taxpayers double</strong>
With interest, $150 million bond measure will be nearly $300 million Hemet Unified School DistrictHemet High School. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor While Measure X on the upcoming Nov. 6 ballot presents itself as a $150 million bond measure to pay for school district repairs, upgrades, and safety equipment, the real cost to taxpayers will be twice the amount that the school district has been citing. The true cost is estimated at about $300 million, according to Riverside County’s deputy county counsel. The truth about the bond measure is contained in a buried paragraph on the sixth page of the voter handbook describing the ballot measure. “The best estimate (more…)

San Jacinto honors Deputy Sultan at State of the City

<strong>San Jacinto honors Deputy Sultan at State of the City</strong>
Photo by Chris Smith / The Valley Chronicle.San Jacinto City Councilman Alonso Ledezma, third from right, presents the police officer of the year award to Riverside Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Sultan at the San Jacinto State of the City Address last Thursday, Oct. 25. Mayor Crystal Ruiz, far right, told the audience at the Soboba Springs Country Club that the city has approved 300 housing permits this year, will reach 50,000 in population by January, resurfaced two major thoroughfares, revamped the city administration, and successfully marketed the city to commercial interests – and the federal government! Others pictured, from left, are Councilmen Andrew Kotyuk and Russ Utz, Lt. John Salisbury with Capt. (more…)

Local NAMI Walk a huge success

<strong>Local NAMI Walk a huge success</strong>
Supports education and awareness of mental health issues Courtesy of Larry MinkWalkers cross the start/finish line at the 13th annual NAMIWalk held at the same site at Diamond Valley Lake Marina where over 2,200 participated in this year’s fund drive for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). ■ By Brenda Scott / Contributed Last Saturday, over 2,200 eager participants joined the 5K+ walk at Diamond Valley Lake. This was the 13th annual NAMIWalk held at the same site southwest of Hemet. The NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) nationwide walk events are the largest and most successful mental health awareness and fundraising events held in the country. This year, NAMIWalks (more…)

Tiger theatre takes us to the 40s

<strong>Tiger theatre takes us to the 40s</strong>
San Jacinto High held rendition of “Arsenic and Old Lace” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday Photos by Corey EvanThe cast and crew gather in the Brewster living room, having evaded the arsenic kiss of death. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter For anybody who has thought their family was a little cuckoo, it could be worse: Your family could include a pair of murderers with good intentions, and possibly a sibling who thinks he’s Theodore Roosevelt or another who’s had way too much plastic surgery because he’s a con-artist. Such characters from the Joseph Kesselring play “Arsenic and Old Lace” came to life on stage during the weekend of Thursday, Friday (more…)

San Jacinto Walmart Supercenter remodel

<strong>San Jacinto Walmart Supercenter remodel</strong>
Store adds electronic grocery pickup tower to better serve customers Photo by Alma MaldonadoNew pickup tower in the Inland Empire store adds online grocery pickup and interactive electronics experience to better serve today’s customers. ■ Alma Maldonado / Contributed As part of the recently completed remodel of the San Jacinto Walmart Supercenter at 1861 South San Jacinto Avenue, customers will now have access to a new Walmart “Pickup Tower.” The tower, which functions like a high-tech vending machine and can fulfill a customer’s online order in less than a minute, was on display following a grand reopening ribbon-cutting last week. To use the tower, customers simply choose from millions of items (more…)

Hemet Museum celebrates 20 years

<strong>Hemet Museum celebrates 20 years</strong>
Hemet Museum celebrates 20 years hemetmuseum.comThe Hemet Museum will be hosting a 20th Anniversary Open House on Nov. 3 ■ Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter About 30 years ago, current Hemet City Councilwoman Linda Krupa, the late Bill Jennings and his wife Ann, along with other individuals and organizations, got together and raised enough money to purchase the land from the Southern Pacific Railroad. According to Diane Boss, Chairperson of this elaborate undertaking, “It all began with a group of individuals and organizations interested in preserving the Southern Pacific Railroad’s Hemet train depot before it was demolished.” (Yes kiddies, both passenger and freight trains made it into Hemet a long time (more…)