29 min ago
Inland Weather: Heat wave still only halfway through
The Inland area sweltered through the fifth day of a heat wave Sunday, with triple-digit temperatures in the forecast for four more days. Along with a heat advisory, the part of west-central Riverside County was under a severe thunderstorm warning for part of Sunday afternoon.
4 hrs ago
KESQ-TV Palm Desert
Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect for West Central Riverside County until 4:45 pm Sunday
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for West Central Riverside County including Hemet until 4:45 pm Sunday. Radar detected near stationary storms near Lake Hemet capable of producing winds up to 60 mph.
20 hrs ago
Bob PratteSunday's Valle Vista deluge another big 2014 storm
The torrential Hurricane Norbert-fueled storm that dumped more than 3 inches of rain in 90 minutes east of Hemet on Sept. 7 was but one of three noteworthy 2014 weather events in the San Jacinto Valley.
Sat Sep 13, 2014
HemetBACK in the Day: San Jacinto's Indian architecture movement
The Hogan Indian arts and crafts store, circa 1940. This building was and is an important example of Oscar Hofmann's push for Indian architecture in the San Jacinto Valley.
MurrietaCARL LOVE: Taking a bet on Aces
Justin Hoover of Murrieta hears it all the time: You're 19 and you haven't lived long to make me laugh. The aspiring comedian has come to the right place to test out his long-shot dream: Aces Comedy Club's open mic night, which drew 10 aspiring comedians recently, all putting themselves out there with the gumption we should all be blessed with.
Fri Sep 12, 2014
HemetHEMET: Escaping the heat in mid-county
Music Beer Wine & Chili Festival with concert at Ramona Bowl, Hemet, 3-10 p.m. Saturday, $15 in advance on the website A http://www.ramonabowl.com/ A or $20 at the door. You may want to A brave the heat before sundown because last year they ran out of chili around 6 p.m. Daytime high is forecast at 102 degrees.
Editorial: Hemet ends long tradition, outsources fire services
Last Tuesday night, the Hemet City Council voted to contract with the Riverside County Fire Department. The hotly contested issue came down to a 3-2 vote by the council, which determined that outsourcing with the county would provide Hemet residents with the best possible service at the lowest possible price.
Thu Sep 11, 2014
Bob PratteVon Driska heard about field naming before death
Shortly before he died last year, Darrell Von Driska heard about the idea to name the Hemet High football field after him. He was deservedly pleased.
Wed Sep 10, 2014
HemetHEMET: Firefighters not giving up fight to keep department
Hemet firefighters are not giving up their efforts to keep the department alive in the wake of a split City Council vote Tuesday night to contract fire services with the county. The council voted 3-2 to hire the Riverside County Fire Department, which would mean an end to the 106-year-old Hemet Fire Department.
San JacintoSAN Jacinto Valley: Pageant starts baby photo contest
Getting ready for the Valley Queens Program's first Baby Photo Contest are, from left, Billy Koulax, 2; Miss Teen Hemet Bobbie Rivers holding Hailey Reyez, 1 month; Miss Hemet 2014 Kayla Contreras and Tommy Koulax, 4. If you think you have the cutest kid in the San Jacinto Valley, now is your chance to share him or her with the world, and maybe win some money. The Valley Queens Program, which sponsors an annual scholarship pageant for young women, is hosting its first Baby Photo Contest.
RiversideSCHOOLS: Long hours all in day's work for teachers
Length: Contracts are often approved for one to three years and extended if the district and union can't agree on new language. Teacher duties: Teachers' required times on campus are spelled out.
Tue Sep 09, 2014
The San Diego Union-Tribune
No beer sales, so no Dollar General in Vista?
The Vista City Council approved Dollar General's request to open in a vacant storefront in the Townsite neighborhood on Tuesday evening, but the council rejected 4-1 the retailer's request to sell beer and wine. Some council members cited a saturation of alcohol-sales licenses in the area as well as its high crime rate.
Sun Sep 07, 2014
Sacramento Bee Newspaper
Norbert weakens off Baja coast, brings rain to US
A fading Tropical Storm Norbert swirled off Mexico's Baja California peninsula and forecasters said it should become a tropical depression on Monday. But the weakened storm was expected to bring more rains to the Baja desert and to the U.S. Southwest as it curled back toward land in the coming days.
Sacramento Bee Newspaper
Storms dump rain to inland Southern California
Thunderstorms have brought rain to parts of Southern California, flooding some homes, streets and freeway lanes that left cars stuck in the water. The National Weather Service said the storm hit many inland regions Sunday afternoon, dropping as much as almost 3 inches of rain in Hemet and 1 ½ inches of rain in the San Bernardino Mountain community of Forest Falls.
Sat Sep 06, 2014
Bob PrattePRATTE: Seniors of Assistance League only appear to bare all
The charitable women from the Assistance League of Hemacinto suffered group giggles when they posed for promotional photos that made them appear to be nude. Club member Barbara Carrington set up the seemingly risque photo session to promote the end-of-summer reopening of the upscale Assistance League thrift shop at 180 N. Girard Street in Hemet.
HemetBONES (Lots) to Pick
The 72-year-old retired teacher from Nuevo, who volunteers at the Western Science Center Museum in Hemet, had been working for eight months on cleaning the femur of a 10,000-year-old mastodon. As she carefully plucked dirt embedded inside the hollow bone, she discovered that "I took too much dirt out of the inside and the whole thing collapsed.
Fri Sep 05, 2014
Hemet-San Jacinto InsiderBANNING: Take me back to the Wild West
Just like in the days of the Wild West, I'm taking over Hemet-San Jacinto Insider blog for a few hours to tell you about a family friendly event in mid-county that features a parade, rodeo, Wild West reenactments, vendors and plenty of food and drink. Banning's annual Stagecoach Days starts Friday, Sept.
Bob PratteCouple opens Little Free Library in East Hemet
The Hemet Public Libray faces a little competition, especially on the three days each week the beautiful facility is closed. East Hemet newlyweds Chase Pendelton, 27, and Rebecca Crawford-Pendelton, 28, opened their own Little Free Library in August after seeing a location in Seattle.
The PassCOMMUNITY NOTES: 'George Burns' show, choir auditions, Duck Derby
Actor Duffy Hudson will portray "George Burns: Alive Again and in Concert" during the Friends of the Idyllwild Public Library annual meeting on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Rainbow Inn.
Wed Sep 03, 2014
Bob PratteA new speed limit mysteriously appears on stretch of Highway 74
Caltrans' explanation for the wildly varied speed limit signs on Highway 74 on the east side of the San Jacinto Valley is that it has no explanation.