Don’t trash the mountains!

SAN BERNARDINO – Hundreds of thousands of visitors will travel to San Bernardino and Riverside mountain resorts this winter for recreation. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) released survey data in June 2016 that shows nearly half of all motorists surveyed admit to sometimes littering along the state’s highways. Nearly one in five California motorists […]

Countywide jobless rate falls for 4th straight month

RIVERSIDE – Spurred by growth throughout the regional economy, the unemployment rate in Riverside County dropped below 6 percent last month, state officials reported. The jobless rate in November, based on preliminary estimates, was 5.7 percent, compared to 6.3 percent in October, according to the California Employment Development Department. The November rate was six-tenths of […]

Supervisors vote to defer salary increases for 2 years

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County supervisors voted Tuesday, Dec. 13, to freeze their salaries for the next two years to demonstrate support for salary caps at all levels of county government. “Recognizing the economic conditions of the county, the Board of Supervisors proposes to defer any salary increases from Dec. 31, 2016, through Dec. 31, 2018,” […]

State plan seeks to make water conservation a way of life

SACRAMENTO – Working to make water conservation a way of life, state agencies have released a draft plan for achieving long-term efficient water use and meeting drought preparedness goals that reflect California’s diverse climate, landscape and demographic conditions. “Californians rose to the challenge during this historic drought and recognized that conservation is critical in the face of […]

Washington names Comerchero new chief of staff

Washington names Comerchero new chief of staff

Diane Sieker valleystaff@reedermedia.com Temecula City Councilman Jeff Comerchero has accepted an appointment by Riverside County 3rd District Supervisor Chuck Washington to the position of Chief of Staff. Comerchero replaces Verne Lauritzen, who retired from the position after serving both Washington and previous supervisor, now Senator Jeff Stone. Washington was named as Supervisor in March 2015 by Governor Jerry […]

Riverside County warm centers now open 

RIVERSIDE – As winter nears and temperatures cool, affected residents now have access to warm centers across Riverside County. “Because some people may not be able to escape extremely cold temperatures, we have worked with our community partners to open warm centers to ensure the safety and comfort of residents and visitors throughout Riverside County,” […]

Riverside County reaches milestone in housing homeless veterans

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County has become the nation’s first large county to meet “functional zero,” a federal benchmark for making permanent housing available for all homeless veterans who seek assistance from the county. The board of supervisors established the Veteran Assistance Leadership of Riverside County (VALOR) initiative in June 2013 to find permanent housing for […]

Anza-Borrego Foundation Celebrates 50th Anniversary with free weekends

BORREGO SPRINGS – How do you protect and preserve Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the largest state park in California – with its 600,000 acres of flora, fauna, hiking trails, free camping, archeological sites and much more? That’s the job of the Anza-Borrego Foundation, celebrating its 50th anniversary this desert season. To kick off its golden anniversary, […]

Pair to stand trial for killing family of three

RIVERSIDE – Two men accused of killing a Pinyon Pines family in 2006 must stand trial for murder, a judge ruled Monday, Oct. 31, following a four-day preliminary hearing. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Bernard Schwartz found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial for Robert Lars Pape and Cristin Conrad Smith, both 28. […]