New owners of Yorkshire Village host grand re-opening

<strong>New owners of Yorkshire Village host grand re-opening</strong>
Joel Halpern and Avi Hegman step in the shoes of previous owners and founders, Kathleen and Colin Taylor Photo by Robin UnderwoodThe Yorkshire Village reopens with new owners carrying on its legacy of quality assisted living care. ■ By Robin Underwood / Reporter Joel Halpern and Avi Hegman, the newfound owners of Yorkshire Village, took on the vision of founders and long-time Hemet residents, Kathleen and Colin Taylor with a grand re-opening on June 25. Both new owners continue to build a place of dignity, care, and happiness for all residents. Previous owner Kathleen Taylor, a nurse originally from England, had become so increasingly frustrated with the current memory care and (more…)

Soboba Casino Resort reaches new milestone in construction

<strong>Soboba Casino Resort reaches new milestone in construction</strong>
Walls and halls have been constructed and fixtures are arriving, interior is well underway Photos courtesy of Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansWindows are being installed at the resort, which will enable interior work to get underway. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed The Soboba Casino Resort is underway to create a replacement facility with plenty of upgrades and architectural improvements. Scaffolding is starting to come down as each section of the hotel’s exterior gets a final coat of paint and the interior work is well under way. “We are putting up drywall, painting and putting down flooring in some areas,” said Tom Groenendal, Senior Superintendent for C.W. Driver, the general contractors (more…)

Riverside County kicks off animal-friendly camp

<strong>Riverside County kicks off animal-friendly camp</strong>
Two St. Bernards bring smiles and education to ‘Critter Kiddz’ Photo by Jackie Schart, County of Riverside Animal ServicesCritter Kiddz Camp participants learned about the St. Bernard’s heroics at the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley on Monday. ■ Riverside County Department Animal Services Two St. Bernard dogs visited the Riverside County Department of Animal Services Critter Kiddz Camp on July 9. Campers also participated in other animal-related activities the rest of the week. The two week-long summer camp is part of an education program at Riverside County’s Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley. The camp is coordinated by the Animal Solutions Konnection (ASK) Foundation, a nonprofit (more…)

LDS church dishes up 4th of July breakfast

<strong>LDS church dishes up 4th of July breakfast</strong>
Photos by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleFruitvale Ward Bishop Colbey Phipps addressed the crowd before breakfast was served. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosted an Independence Day breakfast for the public on July 4. Their Fruitvale and Diamond Valley Ward members were up at dawn, setting up tables and chairs preparing breakfast for a crowd of around 200 people. By 8 a. m, everything was ready for the crowd that showed up to the annual event at their church building on Kirby St. in Hemet. The wards’ leadership, as well as donations by members, produced over 50 lbs. of pancake mix, (more…)

Thousands turn out for July 4 parade

<strong>Thousands turn out for July 4 parade</strong>
Parade route down Main Street a hit with spectators, participants Photos by Gena EstrinMembers of the San Jacinto City government gathered at the San Jacinto Power booth: Ramon Boshra, volunteer, SJPD; Mayor Crystal Ruiz, Tom Pril, SJ City Director of Finance, Michelle Holmes, SJ City Accounting Manager, and John Ventaleth, volunteer, SJP ■ By Dennis Fletcher / Contributed Festivities and spirits were high during the 2018 Independence Day Hometown Parade and Festival held in San Jacinto on July 4. The parade started 9 a.m. Wednesday beginning its route from Ramona Expressway and proceeding down Main Street towards Jordan Avenue. Thousands of citizens from Hemet, San Jacinto and surrounding areas turned out (more…)

Hemet Police, Valley Restart reunite homeless woman with lost family

<strong>Hemet Police, Valley Restart reunite homeless woman with lost family</strong>
Living on the streets was a way of life for North Carolina woman stranded in the Valley for years Photo by City of Hemet Police DepartmentCarrying little more than a giant coffee mug and a plastic bag with her personal belongings, Ladonna waves goodbye to Hemet for the last time before boarding a bus for the 53-hour trip home to North Carolina. ■ Lt. Eric Dickson / Contributed Editor’s Note: The following story of hope and success is an example of one of the newer approaches that the Hemet Police Department is taking in 2018 to help restore the city to the clean, safe community for which it has been known (more…)

Tee-off marks official reopening of Soboba golf course

<strong>Tee-off marks official reopening of Soboba golf course</strong>
Fresh look belies new name: Traditions at Soboba Resort & Casino Golf Course Photo courtesy of Catie StanleySoboba Tribal Council Chairman Scott Cozart makes an inaugural tee-off to mark the official re-opening of the renovated golf course on June 29 as dignitaries and community members watch. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed With the swing of a golf club by Soboba Tribal Council Chairman Scott Cozart, a ceremonial inaugural tee-off marked the official opening of the renovated golf course at The Country Club at Soboba Springs. And with the fresh look comes a new name: Traditions at Soboba Resort & Casino Golf Course. The renovated holes were designed by Cary Bickler, (more…)

Hemet balances budget without tapping Measure U funds

<strong>Hemet balances budget without tapping Measure U funds</strong>
In split vote, city council rejects two budget proposals based on Measure U ‘surplus’ Chart by Taj Shorter/The Valley ChronicleBudget B option plan. ■ By Taj Shorter / Reporter Hemet City Council finally adopted a budget plan for the 2018-2019 fiscal year – and it doesn’t involve using Measure U money. During the Tuesday night meeting, June 26, council members voted to pass a budget option that would resolve a $3.4 million deficit in the City of Hemet’s general fund. Leading up to the final decision was plenty of debate and review by city council members along with the public. The pressure to decide how to balance the city’s budget resulted (more…)

Riverside County hires new coordinator to battle homelessness

<strong>Riverside County  hires new  coordinator to battle homelessness</strong>
High hopes for future executive officer Natalie Komuro to help across the county Photo courtesy of County of Riverside, Ray SmithNatalie Komuro has been chosen to be Deputy County Executive Officer of Homelessness Solutions. ■ By County of Riverside / Contributed Riverside County has chosen the head of an award-winning homeless services agency to coordinate homelessness programs operated by the county and an affiliated network of community partners. Natalie Komuro has served for 11 years as executive director of Ascencia, managing programs in the cities of Glendale, Burbank, West Hollywood and northeast Los Angeles that provide street outreach, emergency housing, and other services to help move people from homelessness into housing. (more…)

Scaly stowaway is welcomed home

<strong>Scaly stowaway is welcomed home</strong>
Couple who originally found bearded dragon decides to adopt it as a pet Photo courtesy of Riverside County Animal ServicesFalkor gets a treat in his cozy sanctuary. ■ By Taj Shorter / Reporter A Hemet couple who discovered a bearded dragon in their online order package have decided to adopt the scaly creature as their own pet. Photo courtesy of Riverside County Animal ServicesThe Brummetts pose with their new pet. Al and Chris Brummett had ordered a bicycle from for one of their grandchildren. When the couple received the package at their home in Eastern Hemet, Mr. Brummett discovered a large lizard stowed away in the box the bike was (more…)