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Stone announces committee vacancies

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone is seeking residents interested in serving on county councils, boards and committees. Vacancies exist on each of the following: Advisory Committee on Substance Abuse, Advisory Council on Aging, County Service Area 36 (Idyllwild), County Service Area 149 (Wine Country), Community Facilities District Special Tax Review Board, Flood Control Commission, In-Home […]

Emergency medical dispatch: remote life-saving

Emergency medical dispatch: remote life-saving

In early October 2013, a 911 dispatcher at the Cal Fire and Riverside received a medical emergency call. But she didn’t simply dispatch an ambulance — she saved a life right over the phone. The caller excitedly told the dispatcher that a person had collapsed and needed help. An engine and ambulance were immediately dispatched […]

Public speaks out on future of California’s state parks

Editor’s note: In June 2013, California Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird and California State Parks Director Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret.), unveiled “Parks Forward,” a collaborative initiative to undertake a top-to-bottom evaluation to improve and sustain California’s State Parks System. The effort responded to several issues involving misappropriation of the agency’s funding […]

Affordable Care Act enrollment deadline extended

On Jan. 14, the Obama administration announced another enrollment delay for people with pre-existing conditions, extending the deadline from Jan. 31 to March 15, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Joanne Peters, HHS spokesperson, said in a statement, “As part of our continuing effort to help smooth consumers’ transition into Marketplace […]

HUSD educates public on budget priorities

To a nearly empty room in Hemet Monday night, Hemet Unified School District Supt. Dr. Barry Kayrell and Deputy Supt. LaFaye Platter discussed and explained the Local Control Funding Formula and the Local Control Accountability Plan. This was just one of several meetings throughout the district to involve parents, residents and other stakeholder groups in […]

Flu deaths double state-wide in a week

Flu deaths double state-wide in a week

During the week ending Jan. 18, 50 more people under age 65 died from influenza, for a total of 95 confirmed flu deaths this flu season, including three children …

Jeff Stone new chair of county supervisors

Two weeks ago, 3rd District Supervisor Jeff Stone was chosen chair of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors for 2014. He succeeds Supervisor John Benoit (4th District) as chair and this will be his second term as chair. He also served as chair in 2009. The new vice chair is 5th District Supervisor Marion Ashley. […]

Public has chance to object to forest plan

U.S. Forest Service officials have released Draft Records of Decision for a proposed amendment to the Land Management Plans for the four Southern California national forests (Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres and San Bernardino). A legal notice published in each National Forest’s newspaper of record begins a 60-day public objection period. Objections will be accepted from […]

Flu death rate increases rapidly; officials urge vaccination

The 2013-14 flu season continues to worsen. Last week, Riverside County reported two more deaths related to influenza. A man, 63, and a girl, 9, died after being hospitalized, according to Barbara Cole, director of disease control for the Riverside County Department of Public Health. The man died last week and tested positive for the […]

EPA proposes new standards for woodstoves

EPA proposes new standards for woodstoves

Earlier this month, the federal Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to regulate new wood burning stoves in the future. EPA has regulated residential wood heaters since 1988. The proposed updates would strengthen the emissions standards for new woodstoves, while establishing federal air standards for other new wood heaters, including outdoor and indoor wood-fired boilers (also […]

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