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. […]

Board clears way for new countywide septic system regulations

RIVERSIDE – The Board of Supervisors tentatively approved new regulations on what type of septic systems may be installed in unincorporated communities throughout Riverside County and who can be hired to handle the work during its Oct. 25 meeting. In a 5-0 vote without comment, the board expressed support for Ordinance 650.6, which was due […]

Will you answer the cry? Get out and vote!

Will you answer the cry? Get out and vote!

For those of you old enough to have voted before, there is nothing like the thrill you get when the candidates and issues you supported and voted for win. This is especially true for a presidential election. My first presidential election race was memorable. It was between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan in 1980. A […]

October 24 is deadline to register to vote in the 2016 General Election

October 24 is deadline to register to vote in the 2016 General Election

Monday (Oct. 24) is the deadline for voters to register and be eligible to cast a ballot in the Nov. 8 election. Registration applications submitted online at prior tomidnight Monday will be honored, as will paper forms postmarked by the deadline. Paper applications are available at the Riverside County Registrar of Voters’ office, Department […]

Statewide quake drill set for Thursday

Statewide quake drill set for Thursday

RIVERSIDE – Workers at Riverside County government offices, businesses and schools will stop everything for a minute next week to  “drop, cover and hold on” as part of a statewide earthquake preparedness drill. The Great California ShakeOut of 2016 is scheduled for Thursday at 10:20 a.m. According to organizers, the exercise will provide an opportunity for workers in the […]

Sheriff authorizes changes to protect deputies

RIVERSIDE – As a result of shooting incidents on our nation’s law enforcement officers, Sheriff Stan Sniff authorized a number of changes within the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department last week to better protect members of that agency in responding to incidents throughout its countywide field operations. Riverside County is the 4th largest of California’s counties, […]

Sample ballots and information pamphlets on the way for Nov. 8 general election

Approximately 940,000 sample ballots and information pamphlets started going out to Riverside County voters Sept. 29, for the general election on Nov. 8.  The initial sample ballot mailing process will be complete by Oct. 11. Material in the pamphlet will help voters make informed choices.  Voters may mark their selections on the sample ballot and use it […]

Quake swarm is warning for residents and businesses to prepare, officials say

RIVERSIDE – Last week’s earthquake swarm in Bombay Beach on the Salton Sea, south of where the San Andreas Fault ends, is a stark reminder that Riverside County residents and businesses must prepare for earthquakes. “Earthquakes can happen at any time,” said Kim Saruwatari, director of the Riverside County Emergency Management Department (EMD). “It is […]

Supervisors seek to bridge “Digital Divide”

The Riverside Board of Supervisors recently authorized the Department of Information Technology to move forward with an initiative to expand broadband connectivity to all corners of Riverside County in the interest of offering high-speed internet access to more residents and businesses. “The question is, how can we be like other communities across the United States […]

Riverside County Board of Supervisors consider revising mobile home rent control ordinance

The Riverside Board of Supervisors have ordered a thorough review to determine if an ordinance that governs mobile home park rents in unincorporated areas of Riverside County is due for revision. “This is going to be very, very controversial,” said supervisor John Tavaglione during the Sept. 20 Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting. “You’re going […]