Hemet City Council approves two new developments

Hemet City Council approved zone changes and permits for two commercial projects during the Aug.22 council meeting, one at Sanderson and Menlo avenues and the other at Elk Street and Thornton Avenue west of Stetson Avenue. The council was particularly pleased to approve the zone change and conditional use permit for the property off the […]

Caltrans leaders review new changes to the Florida Avenue raised median strip project during Open House

Caltrans leaders review new changes to the Florida Avenue raised median strip project during Open House

Caltrans District 8 Director John Bulinski joined a cadre of Caltrans engineers, Aug. 24 to update Hemet residents and city officials of the transportation agency’s plans to construct raised medians along the length of Florida Avenue from West Acacia in Hemet to the Ramona Expressway in 2018. Caltrans’ $9.5 million highway safety project quickly brought […]

Anza residents speak their piece in the federal water rights case

Anza residents speak their piece in the federal water rights case

More than a dozen Anza Valley residents trekked down to the 9th U.S. District Court in San Diego Wednesday, Aug. 23, and for the first time were able to plead to the magistrate judge to lift stays on a 10-year-old water rights settlement case that is hindering development along state Route 371 in the Valley. […]

Lake Elsinore City Council questions new TUMF fees

Although the Western Riverside County Council of Governments has reduced some of its Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fees this year some members of Lake Elsinore City Council remain dissatisfied with its expenditures. The new TUMF fee schedule for the next three years was introduced to the council in their Aug. 22 regular council meeting. The TUMF […]

Dorland artists’ works on display at the Merc in September

Some of the best artworks from Southwest Riverside County artists will be on display starting Friday, Sept. 1, at the Gallery at the Merc in Old Town Temecula. The special event, “Dorland at Merc,” is sponsored by the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony off Highway 79 outside of Temecula. The exhibit will include different art venues […]

‘Urban Cowboy’ Mickey Gilley to appear at the Ramona Bowl

The original “Urban Cowboy” Mickey Gilley will be appearing for the first time at the Ramona Bowl Amphitheater Saturday, Sept. 2, at Hemet’s Ramona Bowl. Tickets for the longtime country and pop music star are going fast, promoters said. Gilley, cousin of rock stars Jerry Lee Lewis and evangelist singer Jimmy Swaggart, is bound to […]

San Jacinto Avenue reconstruction begins

San Jacinto’s busy San Jacinto Avenue will become even busier for the fall and into the new year with announcement by city council that the long-sought street reconstruction from 7th Street to Midway Avenue begins Sept. 1 and two new retail developments have been approved along the way. Heavy equipment to reconstruct and revitalize the […]

First Hemet Fire Department “The Best and The Bravest’ promotion celebration held

First Hemet Fire Department “The Best and The Bravest’ promotion celebration held

Hemet Fire Department’s first official “The Best and The Bravest” celebration brought the families of 16 of its best firefighters and paramedics together, Aug. 16, at Salvation Army Headquarters to honor them with promotions for their unselfish service to the community by savings lives and property. The special celebration that included pinning badges, special gifts […]

Mike Quill grows from tagger crew chief to street artist

Mike Quill grows from tagger crew chief to street artist

With his spray paint can still in his hand, Hemet resident Mike Quill turned from the tumultuous and sometimes dangerous life of a tagger crew chief to join a new trend called “gallery graffiti” now spreading across the Inland Empire. Quill, now 41, recalls how he turned from “tag banging” living a life of nighttime […]