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Hemet Unified School District budget teetering

Difficult and sensitive subjects were discussed at the recent Hemet Unified School District meeting. Bill Sanborn, president of the Hemet Unified School District trustees, began the meeting by addressing the Hemet High School teacher recently charged with sex with a minor. He issued the following statement: “The district was informed last Wednesday night, Feb. 29, […]

Primary set, Stone to seek re-election

Jeff Stone, Supervisor for Riverside County’s 3rd District, has filed for re-election. If successful, Stone has announced this would be his third and final term. He defeated former incumbent Jim Venable in the March 2004 primary and his first term began in December 2004. Stone was re-elected in 2008 with more than 70 percent of […]

Secretary of state offers voter registration tools and tips

With the latest data showing that more than six million of 23.6 million eligible Californians are not registered to vote, Secretary of State Debra Bowen is promoting her online tools for voter registration. “With the voter registration deadline fast approaching for the June primary, now is a perfect time to register to vote with my […]

USFS recreation fees in turmoil

A recent appeals court decision regarding Forest Service recreation fees has raised the specter that all fees, including the Southern California Adventure Pass, would be eliminated. But the Forest Service says emphatically that is a false impression. “The Forest Service is not considering the elimination of the Adventure Pass at this time,” wrote Larry Chambers, […]

Hemet school budget teetering

The Hemet Unified School District trustees approved the Second Interim Financial Report Tuesday night. However, it will be labeled as qualified since the future budget year 2013-14 does not meet criteria for adequate reserves. HUSD is more than half way through the current fiscal year 2011-12 and expects to have a $32.9 million surplus. But […]

Winter alleviates forest restriction

With recent winter weather across the southland, San Bernardino National Forest officials reduced fire restrictions Wednesday, Feb. 22, and will resume winter burning projects. “We will continue to monitor the weather and fuel conditions across the landscape and change restriction levels as conditions warrant,” said Randy Unkovich, fire prevention officer. Under the reduced fire restrictions, […]

Candidate filing opens

Anyone interested in running for office in the June 5, 2012, Presidential Primary Election may take out candidate filing papers beginning Feb. 13, 2012. Papers must be filed by 5 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2012. If an incumbent fails to file, the deadline for that office is extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2012, […]

Forest Service 2013 budget request stable

Forest Service 2013 budget request stable

President Barack Obama released his proposed 2012-13 budget on Feb. 13. If Congress approves the President’s recommendation, the budget would have a $900 billion deficit, about two-thirds of the projected 2011-12 $1.3 trillion deficit. Part of federal spending includes $4.861 billion for the U.S. Forest Service, a $15.5 million increase from the enacted 2012 budget […]

Forest Service develops new rules for forest planning

Last month, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack signaled his department’s intent to issue a new planning rule for America’s 193-million-acre National Forest System. The new rule, which has been years in the making, seeks to deliver stronger protections for forests, water and wildlife while supporting the economic vitality of rural communities. On Jan. 26, the Forest […]

Hemet Unified schools to start Aug. 20

Hemet Unified schools to start Aug. 20

The Hemet Unified School District approved a school calendar, and Monday, Aug. 20, will be the first day of the next school year. At its previous meeting, the board asked for new calendar options from staff. At its Tuesday, Feb. 7, meeting, the board chose the Aug. 20 start date, and no major objections were […]

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