Funds raised “a little bit at a time” amounts to $100,000 donation

The Friends of the Murrieta Library, a grassroots support group, has donated a record $100,000 for new books to fill shelves in the new $10 million Murrieta Public Library. It’s the largest donation the Friends have ever given and largest amount received by the library. The group raised the money through the sale of used […]

Lake Elsinore residents lobby council for illuminating landmarks

A group of Lake Elsinore Historical Society members and area residents urged the city council at the April 26 meeting to restore the abandoned 1920s street light fixtures along Lakeshore Drive on the east side of the lake. Eighteen classic globe light posts line a section of the street between Riverside Drive and Chaney Street. […]

A Conversation with John Gomez Jr.

The cultural pedigree and the numerous historical references to a well-respected ancestor seemed to be insurance against scrutiny. But having a revered tribal chief in the family has not shielded John Gomez Jr. from the disenrollment purge that is currently engulfing some Indian nations. Gomez’s grandmother’s great-great grandfather, Chief Pablo Apis, was a Luiseno Indian […]

Two parks named at Temecula City Council Meeting

There was a spontaneous, and quite moving, tribute during the Community Services District Meeting portion of Temecula’s City Council Tuesday night when it came to the motion to name two parks in Temecula. The first park is located in Harveston Development and was named Harveston Lake Park. The second park, located on Pechanga Parkway and […]

Murrieta celebrates 54th annual National Day of Prayer

In celebration of the 54th anniversary of the National Day of Prayer, the 14th Annual Murrieta Valley Community Prayer Breakfast will convene on May 5 at the Calvary Chapel Conference Center, Murrieta Hot Springs, from 6:45 to 8:45 a.m. Keynote speaker will be Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona. Among his many duties and honors, Sheriff […]

Avila defense rests; Closing arguments heard this week

The battle of the DNA experts continued during the second week of testimony on behalf of defendant Alejandro Avila, 30, of Lake Elsinore, accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and murdering 5-year-old Samantha Runnion in July 2002. Forensic scientist Ed Buse of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Crime Lab previously testified for the prosecution regarding the […]

Pro-recall treads water while opposition campaigns hard days before election

With Murrieta’s first city council recall campaign days — hours — away, more and more voters are wondering when the pro-recall campaign is going to start. Maybe never. According to Edward Faunce, spokesman for the pro-recall Rescue Murrieta, his group has halted their campaigning — what little of it there was. “Pretty much everyone is […]

Murrieta Chamber Expo set

The Murrieta Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Business Expo will be held Thursday, May 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse, 24701 Madison Avenue, in Murrieta. The expo will feature exhibits from 100 local businesses. Event sponsors are Community Little Book and Waste Management. Tent sponsor is Lender’s Depot. Facility Sponsor […]

From the police blotter…Elsinore man arrested for burglary

On Friday, April 22, at about 11 a.m., officers from the Temecula Special Enforcement Team were patrolling the area of Margarita and Pauba Roads in the city of Temecula. Officers Jon Kuhn and David McDonough saw a man loitering in the area. While talking to the man, Jason Paul Richards, 21, of Lake Elsinore, they […]