High Country Boys & Girls Club update

The High Country Boys and Girls Club’s dream of a kid-oriented activity complex has run into a disappointing delay. Riverside County has denied approval of the proposed water system until the club has quantification. This means that they must quantify the physical and economic magnitude of public and non-public benefits that would be provided by […]

‘Common Grounds’ Coffee Cafe slated for October grand opening

‘Common Grounds’ Coffee Cafe slated for October grand opening

“Bringing People Together” over hot brews and scrumptious original recipe pastries is the clever theme for the new Common Grounds drive-thru coffee shop, set to open this fall. The brainchild of Anza businesswoman Robyn Garrison, Common Grounds has a planned grand opening in October 2017. All plans and permits have been submitted to the county […]

Anza Valley Chamber of Commerce beautification project vandalized

Anza Valley Chamber of Commerce beautification project vandalized

The Anza Valley Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Trail Town Committee, has been working on beautifying multiple commercial properties along Hwy. 371, but for someone, the temptation to ruin that hard work was apparently too great as vandals already have stolen part of the project. The two groups envision making Anza a horse-friendly […]

Community learns about alternative cooking during emergency preparedness event

Community learns about alternative cooking during emergency preparedness event

The Anza Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints presented “Alternative Cooking,” an emergency preparedness event, Saturday, June 24. The gathering was held at the Church in Anza. Solar ovens, box stoves, a water stove, propane grills and griddles, Dutch ovens, pit cooking method demonstrations and specially prepared and preserved foods were […]

Ben Robinson makes his triumphant return to Julian Blues Festival, spends time rocking in Anza

Ben Robinson makes his triumphant return to Julian Blues Festival, spends time rocking in Anza

Blues guitarist Ben Robinson, along with his Preacher Stone bandmates Josh Wyatt and Jim bolt, made his triumphant return to Robb Bower’s Julian Blues Bash June 17. Almost a decade ago, blues guitar prodigy Ben Robinson, just 22 years old, performed with a band of local musicians at Robb Bower’s Julian Blues Bash Festival. Fans […]

Know the signs of ‘Bad Rescues’ to avoid exploitation

Know the signs of ‘Bad Rescues’ to avoid exploitation

“Rescue” is a buzzword that instills thoughts of relief, shelter, love and care. Animal rescues save poor, innocent and defenseless pets, right? Not always. There is also a sinister side to this self-proclaimed calling by those looking to take advantage of kind-hearted people wishing to donate to a cause. When considering “adopting” or sometimes, more […]

Firefighters battle Aguanga vegetation fire

Firefighters battle Aguanga vegetation fire

Firefighters extinguished a vegetation fire in Aguanga June 13. The blaze was first reported at 5:21 p. m. off Reed Valley Road, north of Wilson Valley Road. Smoke could be clearly seen and experienced by many residents east of the blaze. When first responding firefighters arrived on the scene the fire had engulfed approximately 7 acres […]