Hemet city manager placed on paid administrative leave

Chris Lopez named acting city manager ■ By Tom Jones / Contributed The city council has placed City Manager Allen Parker on paid administrative leave while the council continues the process of his evaluation following a closed-door session Tuesday night, March 12. The council appointed Deputy City Manager Chris Lopez as acting city manager. Parker was appointed city manager in 2017. Hemet’s history of losing city managers for one reason or another is bleak and high turnover actually was a subject of concern in the State Auditor’s report after the state stepped in a few years ago identifying Hemet as an at-risk city. Parker’s predecessor, former City Manager Alex Meyerhoff, left (more…)

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…)

Culling the herd

<strong>Culling the herd</strong>
Far-From-Perfect Mustang Rescue gives horses a second chance Far-From-Perfect Mustang RescueJoel Sapperfield, mustang trainer, prepares Star, one of their newest wild mustangs, for training. ■ By Ann Hoffman / Contributed When you were a kid, did you have dreams of riding the range, maybe rounding up wild mustangs, maybe even “breaking” them to ride? Or maybe you just have a thing for horses? What if you could actually go see and touch one of these magnificent creatures that began life as a free-roaming and spirited animal? Would that be right up there on your adventure list? Well, you can. So how is it that mustangs end up in places like the (more…)

SJHS Annual Golf Tournament

<strong>SJHS Annual Golf Tournament</strong>
Local high school hosts 11th annual ‘Match Play’ at Golden Era Golf Course Muriel DufresneCoach Corky Cloud, winner Jeffrey Winkler, and organizer Ryan George. ■ Muriel Dufresne, Golden Era Productions / Contributed The 11th annual San Jacinto “Match Play” Tournament was hosted at the Golden Era Golf Course from Feb. 25-27. This competition is for high school golfers and is played differently than a regular golf tournament. Match Play was started by Coach Steve Simpson when he was the boys’ golf coach at San Jacinto High School. Simpson is currently the Assistant Principal of the school. As explained by the SJHS PE teacher and current organizer, Ryan George, “Match Play is (more…)

Yippie! It’s Pi Day! – Huh?!

<strong>Yippie! It’s Pi Day! – Huh?!</strong>
Celebrating math, Einstein, and pie – all on the same day Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleLaura Fenton, owner/operator of the Harvard Street Bakery and Tea Room displays an official Pi Day pie. In celebration of the Pi Day holiday, all Bakery pies are specially priced at $3.14 through the weekend. Located at 140 N. Harvard St., Hemet, the shop is open Tues.-Sat., 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. ■ Dennis Fletcher / Contributed Does 3.14 ring a bell? How about 3.14159? If you remembered the latter, you retained from junior high school the first six digits of an endless numerical constant called pi, represented by the lowercase Greek letter for pi (π). We (more…)

Trespassing charge against Judith McPherson dismissed

■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter The trespassing charge against Judith McPherson brought by Harvard Street restaurant-owner Stephen Olguin (aka Steve Covington) back in September 2017 was dismissed Wednesday, March 6, in Banning Superior Court. At the time of the incident, McPherson was attending an open public forum hosted by Hemet City Councilperson Karlee Meyer inside the Downtown Deli. When Olguin was informed by an employee that McPherson was in attendance, he summoned two officers from the Hemet Police Department to escort her from the restaurant. Olguin later filed a complaint against McPherson for trespassing. The charge pertained to someone who is disruptive, then refuses to leave a business when (more…)

Black History Month essay awards

<strong>Black History Month essay awards</strong>
Cash awards given to student winners by Human Relations Council Photo by Dennis FletcherHRC board members and several of the winning students line up after the event. Left to right: Mary Morse (President, HRC board), Nikki Leslie (Monte Vista Middle School), Mariam Mekhael (Western Center Academy), Amrik Singh (HRC board), Bailey Bryan (Bell Mountain Middle School), Aileen Luke (Western Center Academy), Gabriella Mares-Galletta (Western Center Academy), Andrea Mares (UC Riverside). ■ Dennis Fletcher / Contributed Last week the winners of the 15th annual Black History Month Essay Contest received a most deserved acknowledgement for their accomplishments at the Mt. San Jacinto College Library on the San Jacinto Campus. Sponsored by the (more…)

Out with the old, in with the new

<strong>Out with the old, in with the new</strong>
SJ Council approves new wastewater vehicles to better aid storm aftermaths It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it! ■ Jacob Doane / Contributed In the last few weeks the storms and floods have brought about the realization that our wastewater storm and water divisions are, in terms of equipment, behind the times. Water and Utilities Superintendent Arthur Mullen spoke about the “Vactor 2100 that has been in service to San Jacinto for 14 years, is used on a daily basis, and is used an average of 10 hours a day.” He goes on to claim the Vactor 2100 as the first and only response to any wastewater emergencies, e.g, (more…)

Guilt, shame, and loss

<strong>Guilt, shame, and loss</strong>
Is life worth living after such a tragedy? A family tries to keep going after the death of their son Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleThe little bike that Baby Anthony was learning to ride is a stark reminder of his absence from the family’s yard. Pictured also is the driveway where he was fatally struck by his father’s truck. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor Sometimes things happen in life – very bad things with no silver lining – and you question whether it’s even worth going on, whether it’s worth continuing to struggle each day to survive. That’s the depth of Eduardo’s heartache. “Why?” He asks himself every (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…)