Hemet-Ryan mourns one of its own

<strong>Hemet-Ryan mourns one of its own</strong>
The funeral procession for Cory Iverson was reminiscent of that for President Roosevelt Photo courtesy of the Iverson familyCory Iverson with his wife,Ashley, and young daughter. ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter Some say you can’t go home. Others say you always return home. When you lose a brave young man in the service of the nation, folks commiserate their loss wherever he may have touched the ground. We lost one of our own when Cory Iverson died in the Thomas fire, still blazing across the dry brush in Ventura/Santa Barbara Counties. The unwelcome news shook our community like a 7.1 tremor. Cory was stationed at Hemet-Ryan Airport in southwest (more…)

An American hero turns 96

<strong>An American hero turns 96</strong>
World War II veteran Bill Harrison celebrates with friends at Hemet’s Colonial Country Club Photos by Melissa Diaz Hernandez/The Valley ChronicleBill Harrison cuts the first piece of one of three birthday cakes with friends by his side. ■ Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor World War II veteran and author, Bill Harrison, turned 96 this week and celebrated the occasion by attending a party put on by Jim Winget of Elks Lodge 1740 and Pawsability 4 Veterans at Hemet’s Colonial Country Club. “The generation that saved the world,” stated San Jacinto Councilman Scott Miller as he honored and wished Harrison a happy 96th birthday from the city of San Jacinto. “The city (more…)

Hemet West kindles the yuletide cheer

<strong>Hemet West kindles the yuletide cheer</strong>
Parade, princesses, and plaques of appreciation Photos by Kyle Selby/The Valley ChronicleThe Hemet West Princesses take a photo with Santa in front of the Christmas tree. Each of these women (who are at least 90-years-old) celebrate their experience in style for the yuletide! ■ Kyle Selby / Reporter Santa came early this year to Hemet West Mobile Estate Park, where the senior community held its ninth annual Christmas parade Saturday, Dec. 16. “A lot of faith and patience,” said Larry Graves, revealing the secret of how he’s managed to organize the parade every year since 2009. “When you’re working with 90+ [year olds], you’ve got to be patient.” While Graves, also (more…)

San Jacinto Council elects new mayor and mayor pro tem

<strong>San Jacinto Council elects new mayor and mayor pro tem</strong>
Photo by Melissa Diaz Hernandez/The Valley ChronicleMayor Pro Tem Russ Utz and Mayor Crystal Ruiz were elected by their city council colleagues on Dec. 5. ■ Kyle Selby / Reporter Crystal Ruiz is the mayor of San Jacinto once more, after a divisive vote Tuesday, Dec. 5, which also elected fellow councilman Russ Utz as mayor pro tem. Ruiz is no stranger to the appointed position. Previously, she served her first term as mayor in 2015, and was re-elected the following year. “Each year, in the first city council meeting in the month of December, the City Council by vote will determine which member will act as mayor and mayor pro (more…)

Hemet hosts celebration of life in Gibbel Park

<strong>Hemet hosts celebration of life in Gibbel Park</strong>
Marine veteran Nicholas Males is remembered during fundraiser Photos courtesy of Joe Males28-year-old Nicholas Males, served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2007-2015. ■ Kyle Selby / Reporter The life of Nicholas Males, U.S. Marine veteran, was celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Gibbel Park where a festival, softball tournament, fundraiser, and benefit car show was held in honor of the 28-year-old Males, fatally stabbed in downtown Hemet last year. All proceeds went to Males’ three young daughters. Males’ father, Joe, spearheaded the festivities, an event he had been planning for months. In the past, Joe has made several trips to the Hemet City Council chambers to urge the city to (more…)

America’s Changing Lifestyles—Part 1; Depression to World War II

<strong>America’s Changing Lifestyles—Part 1; Depression to World War II</strong>
For those who lived through it—and those who didn’t—here’s a snapshot of 20th Century U.S. history Photo courtesy of CNNSome 10,000 veterans in 1932, many who were unemployed, march on Washington in protest over pay. ■ Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter It amazes me that in the mad rush towards tomorrow, many seem to have lost the desire to understand, or even care about, how we arrived at our current destination. Our trip has been like a science fiction movie, except it is no longer sci-fi, It is reality. In this series, I will bring you along as we moved from farm to space in less than a century. Now let’s (more…)

Strait On: City of Hemet turns a deaf ear to American Legion Post 53

<strong>Strait On: City of Hemet turns a deaf ear to American Legion Post 53</strong>
American Legion Post 53 plans to merge with Post 828 in a new building in San Jacinto Photo by Rusty Strait/The Valley ChronicleRuss Mills is an officer with American Legion Post 53 and is organizing the merger between American Legion Post 53 in Hemet and American Legion Post 828 in San Jacinto. ■ Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter In a sit-down interview with Russ Mills, executive board member/finance officer/committee chairman for the merger between the Hemet and San Jacinto American Legion posts, he revealed what seems to be a schism between American Legion Post 53 in Hemet and the Hemet City Council, especially Mayor Linda Krupa. The rift didn’t happen overnight, (more…)

Fire! Be alert, be ready to leave, be watchful of others

<strong>Fire! Be alert,  be ready to leave, be watchful of others</strong>
Melissa Diaz Hernandez/The Valley ChronicleIt could happen here, so be prepared to evacuate in an emergency. ■ Scott Brown / Hemet Fire Chief This past week has been a significantly busy period for your Hemet Fire Department. During this period, we have managed several small brush fires, structure fires, and emergency medical calls totaling more than 100 service. Additionally, our personnel are on the front lines of the Thomas Fire in Ventura County. Within the past few days, our firefighters responded to our neighbors in Murrieta as a wildfire threatened lives and property. In our city, our firefighters have kept the fires small, ranging from 5–12 acres. This was accomplished with (more…)

If your insurer covers few therapists, is that really mental health parity?

<strong>If your insurer covers few therapists, is that really mental health parity?</strong>
Photo by Metro ServiceThe high proportion of out-of-network behavioral care means mental health and substance abuse patients were far more likely to face the high out-of-pocket costs that can make treatment unaffordable, even for those with insurance. ■ Jenny Gold / Kaiser Health News It’s been nearly a decade since Congress passed the mental health parity act, with its promise to make mental health and substance abuse treatment just as easy to get as care for any other condition. Yet today, in the midst of the opioid epidemic and a spike in the rate of suicide, patients still struggle to access treatment. That’s the conclusion of a report published Nov. 30 (more…)

AILOTT prepares youth for the future

<strong>AILOTT prepares youth for the future</strong>
Photo courtesy of Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansTanya Rivera practices throwing the hoop for the hoop and stick game at the recent AILOTT conference and cultural awareness day in Long Beach. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed For nearly 40 years, California State University, Long Beach has held its American Indian Leaders of Today and Tomorrow (AILOTT) conference. This year the inaugural California Indian Cultural Awareness Day component was added. “This was a way to highlight and educate folks on our California Native populations as they sometimes tend to be invisible in the larger Native context, “said Anna Nazarian-Peters, associate director of Student Life and Development and coordinator of American Indian (more…)