Trains to run flat out on new commuter rail line between Menifee and Riverside

PERRIS  – Trains will be running today and tomorrow — sans riders — on Metrolink’s new commuter rail line between Riverside and Menifee, traveling at top speed as officials continue safety tests before opening the line to the public. The 24-mile Perris Valley Line was completed in September, and since then, engineers have been conducting low-speed tests […]

Lawmaker: Hillary Clinton indictment ‘long’ overdue

RIVERSIDE – A Riverside County lawmaker weighed in today on the email-gate scandal swirling around Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying she believed it was “long past the time for indictment” of the former secretary of state. “Everything about my job in the U.S. Navy was classified,” said Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore. “I’d be facing a court martial […]

Light rain, snow in Riverside County tonight into Sunday

RIVERSIDE  – Light rain and snow in the mountains were expected tonight, a much calmer variant of the storms that pummeled the county last week. The National Weather Service forecasts an 80 percent chance of precipitation tonight in Riverside, mainly between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Other county areas expected to see rain include Beaumont, Idyllwild, Temecula and Hemet. The […]

CHP’s New Year’s weekend enforcement campaign ends tonight

RIVERSIDE  – Two separate law enforcement campaigns to nab drunken and drug-impaired drivers during the holidays will wrap up tonight. The California Highway Patrol’s New Year’s “maximum enforcement period” got underway Thursday night, when all available officers deployed to catch DUI suspects, speeders and other traffic violators. On Dec. 18, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and more than […]

Drought, crime, politics central themes in 2016

RIVERSIDE – Heading into 2016, Riverside County was bracing for the mixed blessings that El Nino may bring, looking for continued — albeit slower — economic expansion and hoping for a drop in crime. In November, the Board of Supervisors declared a local state of emergency to preemptively put resources in place to contend with the severe weather widely […]

Strong Thursday winds diminish Christmas Day, will return Saturday

RIVERSIDE – Strong winds and light rain that blew through the county overnight diminished today, though gusty conditions were expected to return this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Gusts reported overnight reached as high as 59 miles per hour in Edom Hill, below the San Gorgonio Pass. However, the winds died down Christmas morning and will […]