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Rebecca Spencer interim Registrar of Voters

Riverside County Executive Officer Jay Orr has appointed Assistant Registrar of Voters Rebecca A. Spencer as the interim registrar of voters following Kari Verjil’s retirement last week. Spencer has worked in the Riverside County Registrar’s office for more than 14 years. The assignment takes effect Friday. She joined the Registrar’s office in 1999 as a […]

Student truancy is Attorney General Harris’ target

About five months after issuing a report on the consequences — economic and personal — of truancy, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and four state legislators have proposed a package of legislation to encourage the reduction of elementary school truancy throughout the state. Not only is […]

Measles outbreak growing

The statewide outbreak of measles has worsened in the past month, enough so that Riverside County has issued a Measles Health Advisory. As of March 14, 32 measles cases have been reported in California. Of these, five cases have been reported in Riverside County since February 2014. In 2013, at this time, only three cases […]

Don’t be Scammed: Fair Debt Collection

A troubled economy and high unemployment have taken their toll. The average American, drowning in debt and worrying every time the telephone rings, is ripe for  scammers who have found a clever way to exploit this angst. On March 13, the Federal Trade Commission initiated action against third-party debt collection company Federal Check Processing and […]

Two arrested for Pinyon triple homicide

Two arrested for Pinyon triple homicide

On Tuesday, March 11, investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Central Homicde Unit arrested both Cristin Smith and Robert Pape. The following day, both men were charged with the 2006 triple murder of Jon Hayward, 55, Vicki Friedli, 53, and Vicki’s daughter, Becky Friedli, 18, in Pinyon Pines. “I’m elated. Very, very happy, finally […]

Cal Fire begins mailing this year’s bills this month

Cal Fire has begun mailing the Fire Prevention Fee bills to property owners with land or structures within State Responsibility Areas, such as these mountain communities. This is the third year of the fee imposition and litigation challenging its legality is still in the state courts. “Fee assessments for Riverside County are scheduled to be […]

Primary race  candidates decided

Primary race candidates decided

Hill voters will have several choices for the June primary ballot. Former Assemblyman Ray Haynes, Republican, has decided to enter the race for U.S. Representative from the 36th District. He is challenging incumbent Dr. Raul Ruiz and fellow Republican Brian Nestande (current 46th District state assemblyman). California’s “Top Two” law sends the two candidates, regardless […]

Forest Service fire budget a high priority next fiscal year

Last week, President Barack Obama submitted his budget request for fiscal year 2014-15, which begins Oct. 1. For the U.S. Forest Service, the president is requesting $5.7 billion, an increase of $228 million. This includes a proposed change to funding wildland firefighting. In past years, if the appropriation for fire suppression was not sufficient to […]

Don’t be scammed: Text Messages

Scammers are now using text messages — millions of them — sent unsolicited, directly to cell phones announcing terrific prizes and/or gift cards just by replying to the text. Once a reply is made, the prize offer disappears but personal information may be solicited or responders may be solicited to sign up for offers that […]

Flu season still abating

Deaths in California from influenza virus rose to 318 people under 65 years from the beginning of the year to last week, according to the California Department of Public Health. Six of these deaths were children. Another 26 deaths are still under investigation. The 12 deaths last week were the fewest flu-related deaths since the […]

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