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Sheriff Sniff opposes Feinstein proposed assault weapon ban

Earlier this month, Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff wrote to California Senator Dianne Feinstein and stated that he opposed gun legislation she is proposing. Sniff noted that he does not enforce federal gun control laws, but said he wanted Feinstein to know, from a law enforcement perspective, why the law does not work as presently […]

Body found in Anza fire

A residence burned in Anza Monday morning, Feb. 4. While the fire was contained in less than 90 minutes, CAL FIRE investigators located a body within the structure. Identification of age, gender or other details was not available. The structure was a doublewide manufactured home located in the 58700 block of Yaw Road. After the […]

County Corner: Feb. 7, 2013

Last month, the County of San Bernardino decided it no longer needed to declare a bark beetle emergency. Both Riverside and San Bernardino counties have been passing emergency bark beetle proclamations for more than a decade. Riverside County Fire Chief John Hawkins said this county has no current plans to cease approving its emergency declarations.

Flu still spreading in the West and among elderly

Flu still spreading in the West and among elderly

Through January, the 2012-13 flu season has been worse than normal, particularly for people over 65 years old, but it has not reached epidemic levels …

Caltrans website helps drivers plan routes

An upgraded Caltrans website provides real-time information to help drivers plan efficient on- and off-Hill travel and commutes. The site has current lane closure information on routes throughout the state. Specifically, the site,, allows drivers to search by Caltrans regions (the Hill is in Region 8), routes drivers are planning to use as well […]

New effort to repeal fire fee

The state’s Fire Prevention Fee continues to be under legislative siege. Despite efforts in 2012 to repeal the legislation, Assemblyman Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) has submitted Assembly Bill 124 which repeals the State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fee. Morrell hopes to continue to push the issue that there’s enough regulation and that the fee is […]

Flu spreading; deaths increasing

On Friday, Jan. 18, Riverside County officials announced that a 22-year-old Hemet man and a 4-year-old Perris girl died last week. Both tested positive for influenza virus; “though Riverside County health officials are saying the cause of death has not been determined.” Nevertheless, the circumstances re-enforce state and federal officials’ recommendations that it is still […]

How Medicare works with other insurance

You may have wondered how Medicare works with other insurance coverage, such as a group health plan from a former employer or union. It’s an important issue because it determines whether your medical bills are paid correctly and on time.

Brown’s budget in balance: More funds for education

Gov. Jerry Brown released his proposed 2013-14 budget last week. The $97.7 billion budget is balanced and provides a $1 billion reserve for future years. “California today is poised to achieve something that has eluded us for more than a decade — a budget that lives within its means, now and for many years to […]

New family justice center opens in Indio

The third Family Justice Center in Riverside County is now open and providing much-needed services and resources to the Coachella Valley. The Indio Family Justice Center is located on the first floor at 82-675 Highway 111, Indio, 92201. The Family Justice Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and the […]

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