Hemet gets a taste of Hollywood

<strong>Hemet gets a taste of Hollywood</strong>
Idyllwild Film Festival holds awards ceremony in downtown Hemet Photo by Dennis FletcherFilm Festival founder Stephen Savage ushers filmmakers into one of the classic cars provided by the Classic Car Club of Hemet for a ride from the pre-awards event at the Public Library over to the Hemet Historic Theatre for the official awards ceremony was held.. ■ Chronicle news Staff Hemet got a taste of Hollywood when the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema chose to celebrate it’s awards ceremony at the historic Hemet Theatre on Sunday, March 10. Founded by independent filmmaker Stephen Savage, the festival, now in its 10th year, is slated to become Oscar accredited in time for (more…)

Senator Kamala Harris on California Death Penalty Moratorium

■ Chronicle News Staff On March 13, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) released the following statement on California Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement of a moratorium on the state’s death penalty. Harris has opposed the death penalty throughout her career in law enforcement: “This is an important day for justice and for the state of California. I applaud Governor Newsom for his decision to place a moratorium on the death penalty. As a career law enforcement official, I have opposed the death penalty because it is immoral, discriminatory, ineffective, and a gross misuse of taxpayer dollars. “The symbol of our justice system is a woman with a blindfold. It is supposed (more…)

COMMUNITY NEWS – March 14, 2019

NAMI Education Programs NAMI Mt. San Jacinto, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer two free NAMI Education Programs. These programs include child care and light refreshments. The program is taught in English. For more information: (951) 765-1850 Family-to-Family Education March 19 through June 4 at 5:30 – 8 p.m. – 12 sessions for families, partners or friends of adults with treatable mental health conditions including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety, OCD. San Jacinto Elementary School, 136 North Ramona Boulevard in San Jacinto. Room 7 in the building next to office. For parking use South Grand Army Avenue gate entrance. Peer-to-Peer Class March 15 (more…)

The $1.5 trillion problem

<strong>The $1.5 trillion problem</strong>
File PhotoToday’s students are turning to cost effective means by which to obtain their college educations. ■ Chronicle News Staff In an online article written by Senior Contributor, Personal Finance, Zack Friedman on the Forbes website writes: Student loan debt in 2019 has reached a record high. The latest student loan debt statistics for 2019 show how serious the student loan debt crisis has become for borrowers across all demographics and age groups. There are more than 44 million borrowers who collectively owe $1.5 trillion in student loan debt in the U.S. alone. Student loan debt is now the second highest consumer debt category behind only mortgage debt. And, higher than (more…)

Traffic stop leads to suspected mailbox burglar

<strong>Traffic stop leads to suspected mailbox burglar</strong>
Hemet Police Crime Suppression Unit sniffs out trouble Photos by Hemet Police DepartmentPolice discovered a cache of contraband when they stopped a vehicle for a minor traffic infraction. ■ Chronicle News Service Alert Hemet Police detectives who spotted a vehicle with a minor traffic violation uncovered what appears to have been a string of mailbox burglaries. On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Hemet Police Department Crime Suppression detectives were patrolling in the area of Florida and Tahquitz avenues when they observed a black 2018 Jeep Compass with no front license plate. Police identified this man as Bradley Henry who was arrested in connection with illegal drugs and stealing mail out of mailboxes, police (more…)

PET OF THE WEEK – March 7, 2019

<strong>PET OF THE WEEK – March 7, 2019</strong>
Photo Courtesy of Ramona Humane SocietyAlex is adorable and he doesn’t even know it, just too cute for words. “Alex” – Terrier male Mix This precious little man came to us as a stray so we estimate his age to be 1 year old & his weight is only 29.7 pounds. Alex is adorable and he doesn’t even know it, just too cute for words. He will make you smile – guaranteed. Alex is neutered, up to date on shots, de-wormed and he is available NOW. ID #151624 / R228559 Photo Courtesy of Ramona Humane SocietyShe is very mellow and offers all the advantages of getting an adult pet. “Kitty Kat” (more…)

Community News – March 7, 2019

The Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC) Saturday, March 9, 7 p.m., the Hot Flash & Men of Pause bluegrass and modern folk music band will perform at The Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC), 123 North Harvard Street in Hemet’s historic downtown. Tickets prices are $20 for general admission, $15 for DVAC members, and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at, at DVAC, or at the door. Saturday, March 23, 7 p.m., the Peter Curtis band will perform at The Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC), 123 North Harvard Street in Hemet’s historic downtown. Tickets prices are $20 for general admission, $15 for DVAC members, and $10 for students. Tickets (more…)

Missing Idyllwild man found dead

<strong>Missing Idyllwild man found dead</strong>
No foul play suspected, says sheriff Courtesy Riverside SheriffHopper-Jasinski, 62, of Idyllwild was found dead last week a half mile from his home. ■ Chronicle News Staff A search-and-rescue team found the body last week of an Idyllwild man who had been reported missing only a day before. The body of Piotr Hopper-Jasinski, 62, was found in a heavily forested residential neighborhood less than a half mile from his home, where he was seen last. His family reported him missing Tuesday, Feb. 19, and said he was suffering from multiple medical conditions. Since he didn’t drive, and he didn’t have a cell phone, his disappearance was suspicious and, his family reported, (more…)

Update on murder/suicide in Hemet

■ Chronicle News Staff Two women have been identified in an apparent murder-suicide that occurred within a residential fire almost two months ago in Hemet. On the evening of Saturday, Dec. 29, Hemet Fire responded to the 1600 block of West Johnston Avenue regarding a residential fire. Fire personnel entered the home and located an elderly female who was suffering from significant burns over a majority of her body. She was transported to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced deceased. A second female was found already deceased in the residence. At the time, an investigation was put on hold pending notification of kin. Arson investigators and Hemet Police detectives recently (more…)

Community News – February 28, 2019

MSJC community art Visit the art and science exhibit from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. through Feb. 28 at the MSJC Art Gallery on the San Jacinto campus. Women’s Conference: Be a sponsor! The 8th Annual San Jacinto Valley Women’s Conference will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Soboba Country Club. While the conference is sold out, there still are sponsorship opportunities for local businesses and organizations. The conference has raised over $30,000 in scholarships over the past 7 years. The group is looking for sponsors, raffle items, in-kind donations, volunteers, and, as always, cash donations. Find out how you can help support this amazing event. For more information, visit, then (more…)