Ramona clears the shelter

<strong>Ramona clears the shelter</strong>
The Ramona Humane Society takes part in NBC ‘Clear the Shelters’ national event Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleFamilies check out available pets during last Saturday’s Clear the Shelters event. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter For every cat or dog that finds its way into the hearts of a loving family, there are at least nine more which never do. Even worse, according to, homeless pets outnumber homeless humans by five to one. That’s why NBC and Telemundo owned stations stepped up this weekend to help more pets find forever homes, with their nationwide ‘Clear the Shelters’ event on Saturday, Aug 18. Ramona Humane Society is one (more…)

Culture clash at San Jacinto Valley Cemetery

<strong>Culture clash at San Jacinto Valley Cemetery</strong>
New rules address complaints but ignite further controversy Photo by Robin Underwood / The Valley ChronicleColorful decorations adorn the headstone on the grave of Daniel Ramirez who was murdered in 2016. ■ Robin Underwood / Reporter Depending on religious and ethnic customs, the ways in which we grieve can be dramatically different when mourning the loss of a loved one. San Jacinto Valley Cemetery has had the difficult task of navigating between such customs. It has tried to create standards that suit everyone. Even in light of the new rules and regulations, complaints continue. Within the past two months, a family who had its mother’s ashes placed on the cemetery grounds (more…)

ROCS team tackles mental health

<strong>ROCS team tackles mental health</strong>
Hemet Police community task force helps restore city through individual care cityofhemet.orgIn an effort to provide long-term assistance to the city’s homeless, the ROCS team has been building bridges with local and county resources. ■ By Taj Shorter / Metro Editor The Hemet Police Department’s Restoring Our Community Strategy (ROCS) team has implemented newer approaches in 2018 in order for Hemet PD to help restore the city to the clean, safe community for which it has been known for so many years. This includes a unique approach that only Hemet task forces and few other cities in Riverside County have introduced – mental health care. The Valley Chronicle last July visited (more…)

Drugs destroying our valley: Crystal Meth

The facts on dangerous drugs and how you can safeguard yourself, family and friends ■ Muriel Dufresne, Golden Era Productions / Contributed Riverside County is considered one of the transportation hubs for crystal meth sold in the U.S. As a result, it is the most common drug used in Hemet and the San Jacinto Valley. It’s rampant and it’s deadly—with meth-related emergency visits and deaths increasing every year. What is Crystal Meth? Crystal methamphetamine (also known as meth, crank, chalk, speed, ice or glass) is a white crystalline illegal substance that can be taken orally, snorted, smoked or injected with a needle. As with all drugs, it is a potent poison (more…)

Back to School: MSJC enjoys new amenities as classes begin for fall

<strong>Back to School: MSJC enjoys new amenities as classes begin for fall</strong>
New classrooms and more introduced to students for first day of school Photo courtesy of MSJCMt. San Jacinto College students attend the first day of the fall 2018 semester in the new Science Village @ MVC. The new series of classrooms was funded by Measure AA and offers more classes, like chemistry and anatomy, that students need to complete their education at MSJC. ■ by MSJC / Contributed Students filed into new classrooms, purchased textbooks and met in new study areas as Mt. San Jacinto College opened on Monday, Aug. 13 for the first day of the fall 2018 semester. Thanks to Measure AA, the $295 million facilities bond passed by (more…)

Idyllwild plans big music fundraiser this weekend

<strong>Idyllwild plans big music fundraiser  this weekend</strong>
Some 60 bands to entertain inside 12 venues during free festival Photo by Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleIdyllwild visitors Janet and Steve Merrill of Minneapolis, Minn., pose in front of Idyllwild’s most iconic landmark, the carved statue of a bear and mountain lion family on display in the town center. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor Idyllwild is planning a big music festival this weekend to raise money for fire victims and help struggling local businesses. It’s free and open to all ages. Dubbed the Cranston Fire Benefit Festival, the event will run from Friday – Sunday, Aug. 17-19, at 12 different venues from city hall to the American (more…)

Community supports families affected by fire

<strong>Community supports  families affected by fire</strong>
Collaborative efforts help Hemet Unified families displaced from Cranston fire Photo courtesy of HUSDCommunity members unload a truck of groceries and supplies in an effort to help those families affected by the Cranston fire. ■ Hemet Unified School District / Contributed Hemet Unified School District (HUSD) is beginning another school year welcoming nearly 22,000 students for 2018-2019. This is in the wake of the Cranston fire that affected families in Idyllwild, Anza, and Aguanga. During this chaotic time, community members throughout the area worked together to support their fellow neighbors in any way they could. The weeks leading up to the new school year caused uncertainty for families in these areas (more…)

Hemet musician entertains at Jazz in the Pines

<strong>Hemet musician entertains at Jazz in the Pines</strong>
Local youth strikes a note of pride in San Jacinto Valley Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleThe Main Stage sported a number of sponsors’ banners including that of The Valley Chronicle, seen here behind the Graham Dechter Quarter. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor Jazz isn’t for everyone, but everyone is in awe of one of their own who becomes a celebrated jazz artist. Hemet’s Owen Zorn has risen to the top of his field and has made his valley brethren proud. Zorn, who started playing the violin when he was 2 and is now an accomplished bassist, was a featured artist last weekend at the Idyllwild Arts Academy Jazz (more…)

Sheriff seeks public’s help in Hemet case

<strong>Sheriff seeks public’s help in Hemet case</strong>
Man arrested may have been impersonating a police officer Photo by Riverside Sheriff’s OfficeJeovanny Landeros ■ Riverside Sheriff’s Office / Contributed Riverside County Sheriff’s investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying incidents in which a 24-year-old Hemet man may have posed as a police officer as a ruse to commit additional unknown crimes. Officers are investigating past incidents that may have involved Jeovanny Landeros who was arrested Saturday, Aug. 11, for investigation of possessing an assault rifle, possession of ammunition, and child endangerment. In the course of investigating these charges, deputies found that Laneros allegedly was in possession of a law enforcement badge and other equipment used by law enforcement. (more…)

Homicide families clash with cemetery management

<strong>Homicide families clash with cemetery management</strong>
Police are called in dispute over nontraditional graveside grieving Photos by Robin UnderwoodFriends and loved ones line up outside of the cemetery office to have their turn to speak the management at the San Jacinto Valley Cemetery. ■ Robin Underwood / Reporter The families of some of the valley’s numerous homicide victims have clashed with the management of San Jacinto Valley Cemetery over whether the families’ graveside behaviors are appropriate for the revered resting place of the area’s departed. The social-media-driven victims group even got dinged recently by Facebook after calling for a collective meeting with cemetery officials. Pebbles Moreno, the mother of young man violently gunned down in late 2016 (more…)