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Forest Service to receive Coast Guard air tankers

Late last week, the U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2014 (H.R. 3304), which included language that Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) submitted transferring 22 military aircraft to the Forest Service to battle major wildfires. Under the defense bill passed Thursday night, seven surplus HC-130H Hercules aircraft […]

Analyst says state budget looks good

Last month, the state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office issued its budget forecast for the remainder of fiscal year 2013-14 and next year, too. “The state’s budgetary condition is stronger than at any point in the past decade,” the November report stated. Unless something highly unexpected occurs, the report projects a surplus twice the size of Gov. […]

State fire fee back in court

The litigation over the state’s Fire Prevention Fee had another court date, Thursday, Nov. 21. The state and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, which has filed a class action suit disputing the legality of the $150 fee, are still arguing which issues will go to trial. After the hearing, the court took the issues under […]

U.S. Forest Service plans winter burning

The U.S. Forest Service will begin its winter prescribed burn program in the San Bernardino National Forest with the arrival of favorable weather conditions. Winter burning projects continue the effort to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and improve forest health. The prescribed fire program will continue through the winter months as weather and conditions […]

Hemet to negotiate with county for fire service

Last week, the Hemet City Council narrowly agreed to enter into negotiations with the Riverside County Fire Department to provide city fire services (prevention and protection). A final decision is still in the future and depends upon the outcome of these negotiations as well as further negotiations with the Hemet firefighters about several issues. The […]

Senator Emmerson resigns

Senator Emmerson resigns

State Sen. Bill Emmerson (R-23) has tendered his resignation effective Dec. 1, admitting to losing passion for the job. Emmerson had previously represented the Hill in the state Senate until last November’s elections implemented the 2010 redistricting. Idyllwild and other Hill communities are now within the 28th Senate District, but elections for even-numbered districts will be November 2014. Nevertheless, since his election to represent the new 23rd district, Emmerson said he […]

County grapples with potential budget disasters

After the first quarter of fiscal year 2013-14, the Riverside County financial condition continues to improve very slowly. However, several very dangerous issues are on the horizon before the fiscal year ends June 30, 2014. The most egregious is the deteriorating finances of the County’s Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley. Its current cash storage […]

Business owners cautioned on phony fire inspectors

Riverside County Fire Department cautions business owners to be mindful of phony fire inspectors who have targeted businesses within the county. According to Riverside County Fire Marshall James Frater, his office is aware of about five instances of this occurring. During these challenging economic times, predators posing as “fire inspectors” take advantage and prey upon […]

Common Core: The new educational goals

By J.P. Crumrine News Editor   California has adopted and Hemet Unified School District is implementing the next educational reform — Common Core State Standards.   What is CCSS and why is it implemented? In 2001, the U.S. Congress enacted the “No Child Left Behind Act,” which placed emphasis on setting high goals or standards […]

County targets orphan shopping carts

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors has directed staff from the sheriff’s Office and Code Enforcement to consider a county ordinance to discourage or prevent removing shopping carts from the premises of businesses that provide them to customers. Third District Supervisor Jeff Stone offered the idea to his colleagues after several cities in his district […]

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