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County Corner: Dec. 22, 2011

County executive The search for a replacement for former County Executive Bill Luna is ongoing. Luna’s predecessor, Larry Parrish, has been the interim executive since Sept. 27. He had agreed to serve for three months without salary. Since no permanent choice has been made, the board has asked Parrish to continue to serve as interim […]

Draft plan for Palms to Pines Scenic Byway available

Draft plan for Palms to Pines Scenic Byway available

A draft Corridor Management Plan is the result of five workshops over the past year …

California automatic cuts less than feared

While the California budget situation has evinced little improvement since the legislature enacted a budget in June, the Governor’s Finance Director announced her end of year projections last week. These were significantly better than the Legislative Analyst’s November estimates. Consequently, the necessary January budget cuts will be about $1 billion rather than the worse case […]

Anza man guilty of infanticide

Dannie Joe Farnum, 30, of Anza was sentenced to 25 years in state prison for murder and assault on a child leading to its death. The seven-month old child was the son of his girlfriend, Delice Sharon Preston. Farnum was arrested and accused of killing his girlfriend’s son in November 2008. After a two-week trial, […]

County dedicates Hemet Service Center

County dedicates Hemet Service Center

At a dedicatory ceremony, 3rd District Supervisor Jeff Stone and other county officials lauded the many community needs that would be filled by the new Hemet Service Center at 749 State Street. The new center will serve many purposes, but foremost will be assistance to local job seekers to improve their chances of finding employment. […]

Volunteers needed to count eagles

Volunteers are needed to help the Forest Service count bald eagles for the 34th season in the San Bernardino National Forest’s annual winter bald eagle counts in the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains on Saturdays Dec. 17, Jan. 14, Feb. 11 and March 10. Concurrent Bald Eagle counts are held at Big Bear Lake, […]

HUSD board still facing tough choices

Future financial possibilities were the chief topic at last week’s Hemet Unified School District (HUSD) meeting. Financial Services Director Pam Buckhout outlined the prospective changes from the current state budget condition and how they might affect HUSD finances over the next three years. “The multiyear projections show the district may need to make additional cuts […]

Brown says higher taxes necessary to protect schools

In a letter to the public, to the Town Crier and a Twitter post, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced his plan to raise $7 billion in additional tax revenue. The funds will be dedicated to public education and public safety, according to Monday’s letter. Brown’s income tax changes target the high end of incomes. He […]

2012 Congressional campaign fundraising begins

Republican Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (R -45) is preparing to defend her seat, California’s redrawn 36th Congressional District. While redistricting has stripped southwest Riverside County Republican support from her district, she still remains a strong fundraiser. Through the first nine months of 2011, Bono Mack had already received nearly $450,000 in contributions. After expenses and […]

Fire retardant analysis available

The U.S. Forest Service completed its final environmental statement (FES) on the use of aerial application of fire retardants and argues that the continuation of aerial application is an important fire protection tool and its negative environmental affects can be controlled or limited. The FES is available online at The agency’s preferred approach would […]

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