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EMS study forecasts growing demand

EMS study forecasts growing demand

The contractor evaluating Riverside County’s emergency medical system is constructing several options for the county’s consideration before a new ambulance contract request is completed next year. “Our goal is to recommend the right resources at the right time for the right patient,” said Mike Williams, president of Abaris Group, who is doing the work. The […]

Prevent vehicle-related wildfires

Fire danger in California is above normal levels. Significantly dry conditions are present due to historically low precipitation and high temperatures. The U.S. Forest Service is urging everyone to be responsibile in preventing human-caused wildfires, and to use caution when traveling on highways. The Kyburz Fire impacted a highway last week east of Placerville on […]

Wildfire control campaign

The U.S. Forest Service and other land management agencies have a new fire safety campaign in California. The One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire campaign provides constant reminders during this fire season to reduce the numbers of human-caused vehicle and equipment wildfires throughout the state. “All the stories we hear about sparks starting wildland fires […]

Fire fee begins court journey

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association lawsuit, which attempts to overturn California’s State Regulated Area Fire Fee will begin Friday, July 19, in the Sacramento Superior Court. The initial proceeding is a hearing in response to the state’s request that the case be dismissed. The Jarvis association filed the litigation in October 2012. The suit alleges […]

Grants to improve traffic safety

To improve traffic safety across California, the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency approved 274 state and local applicants to receive about $87 million in federally-funded traffic safety grants the Office of Traffic Safety administers. The grant-funded programs will help combat alcohol and drug-impaired driving, encourage seat belt and child safety seat usage, fight distracted driving […]

Grand jurors are chosen

Last Friday, 19 members and 11 alternates of the fiscal year 2013-14 Riverside County Grand Jury were selected from a drawing held in Department 1 at the Historic Courthouse in Riverside. The grand jurors took their oath the same day. The composition of the 19 members of the grand jury include five females and 14 […]

Fire restrictions increase on forest

As of Friday, June 28, as the seasonal fire danger rises, forest officials are increasing fire use restrictions on the San Bernardino National Forest. This past winter the forest experienced less than average winter snow and rainfall as a result of the second year of a drought, and the seasonal outlook again expects a warmer […]

State budget balanced and on time

Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a balanced budget last Thursday for fiscal year 2013-14 in time to begin July 1. The budget totaled $96.3 billion, including a $1 billion reserve. For the second consecutive year, the budget projects a slight surplus. This is the largest since the $100 billion budgets of 2006-07 and 2007-08. […]

Small majority oppose pit bull spaying

To help draft an ordinance about controlling and limiting the population growth of pit bull and pit bull-type breeds in Riverside County, the Department of Animal Services invited county residents to submit opinions to an online survey. The survey is complete and John Welsh, Animal Services senior public information specialists, shared the results. Of 240 […]

State prisoners strain county jails

State prisoners strain county jails

Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff visited Idyllwild last week and talked about how he and the Board of Supervisors are responding to the raft of public safety issues. The ramifications of reducing state prison populations has the broadest impact and has created a high-priority issue for most California county sheriff offices as well as implementing […]

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