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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 […]

County needs volunteers to survey homeless population on Jan. 23

Volunteers throughout Riverside County are needed to assist with a survey of homeless residents that will help determine the need for services and guide decisions about how to use available resources. The County of Riverside Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) will host volunteer orientation meetings in San Jacinto and Lake Elsinore for those interested […]

Flu season has begun; vaccinations available at county clinics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in late December that the number of influenza cases in several southern states jumped dramatically recently and it was an early start for the flu season, which normally peaks later. There have been no flu-related deaths in California. And Riverside County officials say influenza activity is at […]

IRS not ready until Jan. 30

Following the January tax law changes made by Congress under the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), the Internal Revenue Service announced plans to open the 2013 filing season and begin processing individual income tax returns on Jan. 30. The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on that date after updating forms and completing programming and […]

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