Historic plastic bag ban stalled until November 2016 elections

California Governor Jerry Brown made history on Sept. 30, 2014 when he signed a bill into law banning single-use plastic bags throughout the state. But that ban, formerly known as SB 270, has now been suspended and its life has been placed in the hands of voters who will decide if the state should restrict […]

Talking trash

According to a report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generated about 251 million tons of trash in 2012. Of those 251 million tons, 87 million tons was recycled or composted. That’s about a 34 and a half percent recycling rate. Not too shabby, if you ask me. That report, which can be found […]

New fair offers fun and entertainment for Temecula Valley families

The Temecula Valley Family Fair is right around the corner and offers up fun for the entire family. The TVFF will be held at Lake Skinner the weekend of March 27 to 29. The TVFF will feature entertainment, carnival rides and games, daily performances from local groups, informational and hands on exhibits, vendors, food and […]

Due to city and water district efforts, Lake Elsinore fares well in continued drought

Due to city and water district efforts, Lake Elsinore fares well in continued drought

Water levels at lakes and recreation areas throughout the state continue to drop as the historic drought experienced across the state continues its stranglehold on limited water supplies, but Lake Elsinore continues to fare comparatively well according to city officials. “Lake Elsinore has done relatively well during this historic drought as compared to many lakes and […]

Murrieta Planning Department update shows growth in city limits

Murrieta City Council heard a report from City Planner Cynthia Kinser on Feb. 17. Kinser presented the update to highlight residential and commercial activity that has taken place in the city since October. According to her report, there are approximately 2,500 housing units in various stages of planning and construction throughout the city including Mitchell […]

Dogs, owners take to the streets during Paws for a Cure

Dogs, owners take to the streets during Paws for a Cure

More than 150 participants, along with their dogs, came out in support of the event held at Town Square Park in Murrieta on Feb. 28, according to Susan G. Komen Inland Empire’s Development Manager Bruce Cripe. “I think we had over 200 last year,” said Cripe, adding that he believed the weather had something to […]

Defendants in road rage case enter pleas of “Not Guilty”

Two defendants involved in a road rage incident that occurred on Monday, March 2 in Wildomar have pleaded not guilty according to John Hall, a senior public information specialist with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. Gabriel Elijah Bowker, 20, entered a plea of ‘not guilty’ to two counts of attempted murder. His wife, Guadalupe Jasmin […]

State’s snowpack ‘historically low,’ officials say

RIVERSIDE – Snow accumulations in California’s Sierra-Nevada mountain range are at 20-year lows, state and local officials said today, making another year of drought seemingly inevitable and water restrictions an ongoing necessity. “The snowpack is definitely not where we want it to be,” Perris based Eastern Municipal Water District spokesman Kevin Pearson said in reaction to the California Department […]

Lawmaker says State Supreme Court sided with sex offenders over children

RIVERSIDE – A Riverside County lawmaker today denounced a California Supreme Court ruling that invalidated provisions of a 2006 law limiting where convicted sex offenders are permitted to reside. Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, described the court’s unanimous decision in William Taylor vs. San Diego County as illustrative of a “breakdown of California’s public safety system.” “I feel […]

Three hurt in Temecula freeway crash

TEMECULA – One person was seriously injured and two others suffered minor injuries in a crash today on Interstate 15 in Temecula. Two people had to be cut out of the wreckage following the 12:54 p.m. crash on southbound I-15 at Temecula Parkway, Riverside County fire spokeswoman April Newman said. The number of vehicles involved and other details […]

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