Man escapes injury after confrontation with police

Shootout results in house being riddled with bullet holes ■ Chronicle news Staff Hemet police and a man living on Rafferty Road engaged in exchange of gunfire Wednesday evening, Dec. 26, but no one was hurt, according to police. Police said they were called to the residence in the 2900 block shortly after 6 p.m. when neighbors said the man had left his home and was outside brandishing a firearm. When police arrived, a confrontation ensued, and officers opened up on the man but apparently didn’t hit him. His residence, however, was left riddled with bullet holes, according to news reports. The man was quickly taken into custody and was being (more…)

Enjoy the holiday season with fire safety in mind:

Christmas trees, holiday lights, and decorations make December a leading month for US home fires ■ National Fire Protection Association / contributed Festive meals, flickering lights and holiday decorations are all hallmarks of the holiday season. However, Christmas trees, candles, electrical decorations, and cooking all contribute to an increased number of home fires during December, making it one of the leading months for U.S. home fires. To help everyone enjoy a fire-safe holiday season, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is encouraging everyone to be aware of potential fire risks, and to take steps to minimize them. “Fire can quickly turn this festive time of year into a tragic one,” said (more…)

Get in the car and go “lightseeing”

<strong>Get in the car and go “lightseeing”</strong>
Photo by Chris Smith / The Valley Chronicle –”I’ll have a BLUE Christmas without you; I’ll be so BLUE just thinking about you; Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree; Won’t be the same dear, if you’re not here with me…” It’s great family fun, and it’s free! ■ Jacob Doane and Chris Smith / The Valley Chronicle With nothing much to do before the holidays except drive around town and look at the Christmas lights, your intrepid reporters at the Valley Chronicle managed to find a few locations around Hemet and San Jacinto that just might be worth taking a drive past before the lights come down after New (more…)

Destination: bicycle shop

<strong>Destination: bicycle shop</strong>
Good samaritan helps coffee shop employee after bike is stolen Matt McPhersonRusty Strait hands Devon a new bike after his was stolen from behind Destination Coffee Bar and Bistro. ■ Matt McPherson / Contributed Recently a 19 year-old named Devon, an employee at the Destination Coffee House and Bistro, had his bicycle stolen. When some friends picked him up after work, he left the bike parked outside against the side of the building. During the night, someone managed to lift it over the spiked-steel fencing and made off with it. Imagine that in Hemet! Now, I would ask, what does a clique of customers who dominate the largest table in the (more…)

33rd Annual Tinsel Triathlon

<strong>33rd Annual Tinsel Triathlon</strong>
Hundreds descended on WVHS on Sunday to race and set their own pace Photos by Corey EvanEvery racer who participated received a medal even for crossing the finish line. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter When you take part in an annual event long enough, taking ownership of it just seems logical. For Tinsel Triathlon Principal and Certified Race Director Connie Hall, it truly was a no-brainer. Hall, after directing the Triathlon for 17 years, purchased the Triathlon from United Way last March just in time to become owner for the 33rd Annual Tinsel Triathlon which was run at West Valley High School on Sunday, Dec. 9. Roughly a thousand people (more…)

Business Spotlight: Aldi

<strong>Business Spotlight: Aldi</strong>
The German-based grocer has opened its newest store in San Jacinto Photos by Shannon Densmore / The Valley ChronicleErica Bernal offering samples of some of their award-winning products. ■ Corey Evan and Shannon Densmore / Contributed Thousands flocked to the new Aldi store in San Jacinto last Thursday, Dec. 6, to take a look at the new shopping experience in town and to take advantage of the discounts and promotions the store was offering new customers. Shoppers wait in line during the Aldi grand opening to ring up their purchases. But what does Aldi have to offer which the rivals don’t? Tom Cindel, Moreno Valley Group Director of Operations and Logistics (more…)

Mt. San Jacinto Community Orchestra delivers holiday bill of fare

<strong>Mt. San Jacinto Community Orchestra delivers holiday bill of fare</strong>
Community Orchestra combines MSJC students and community members Photos by Dennis FletcherSue Campbell is a community member who is Principal in the cello section that also includes Jayne Davis, Aaron Jordan, and Barbara Pelham. ■ Sue Campbell and Dennis Fletcher / Contributed On Dec. 3, the Community Orchestra in the Music Department of the San Jacinto Campus of Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) under the direction of Dr. Vanessa Sheldon, Chair of the department, entertained an enthusiastic audience to the strains of a variety of different holiday music to brighten the season. The program was divided into two parts. • The first part consisted of: • A Christmas Canon • Two (more…)

Readers to see change in Easy Ad format

<strong>Readers to see change in Easy Ad format </strong>
Content, including puzzles and games, will remain in tact File photoThe Valley Chronicle and Easy-AD. ■ By Chris Smith / advisory editor Chronicle and Easy Ad readers will notice a change in the format of the two publications with this issue. Instead of being inserted each week into the newspaper, Easy Ad has been integrated into the regular pages of the Chronicle. “We decided it was in the best interests of both our readers and our advertisers to have a uniform newspaper where all the pages are the same size,” said Eric Buskirk, publisher of the Chronicle/Easy Ad. “It will be a better experience for our readers and will be more (more…)

‘Minor’s Gold’ wins national tournament

<strong>‘Minor’s Gold’ wins national tournament</strong>
How a generational love for baseball molded a dedicated coach Photos by Rusty StraitThe championship ring was earned by Minor’s Gold, a non-profit baseball team from Hemet, in the Vegas tournament which came under the unified rules of the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) national organization. ■ Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter When we think of champions and Las Vegas in the same instance, it’s usually along with heavyweight prize fights. One may wonder how did our little town of Hemet capture the headlines by winning a national tournament in Las Vegas? I will tell you why. And how this wasn’t discovered by any other “big shot” newspapers goes to (more…)

One man’s dream lights up downtown

<strong>One man’s dream lights up downtown </strong>
Photo by Cindy Boeing/The Valley ChronicleThe lighted Christmas tree after dark that brought chills to the onlookers. Giant Christmas tree brings joy to Hemet residents ■ Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter Realtor and humanitarian Matt McPherson brought a holiday tradition back to downtown Hemet on the Friday following Thanksgiving. He and attorney Kevin Speir towed a flatbed trailer down to the Del Mar Fairgrounds to collect a 16-foot noble fir from The Pinery in San Diego where one goes to shop for tall Christmas trees. They are the source for annual tree requests from throughout Southern California and are known for trees the size that might be displayed at the Hearst (more…)