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Race for Superior Court judge examines experience and record

Race for Superior Court judge examines experience and record

The race for Judge of the Superior Court Office Number 9 pits incumbent Judge Craig G. Riemer against Supervising Deputy District Attorney John A. Henry. This is the first opportunity in years for Riverside County voters to choose between two candidates for the same judgeship. While there are 12 judgeships up for election, eight are […]

State fire officials ready for intense fire season

State fire officials ready for intense fire season

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared May 6 through May 12 as “Wildfire Awareness Week” …

Forestry board policy aims to control oak borer

Last month, the California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection adopted a policy that allows CALFIRE to enter into agreements with both public and private landowners and governmental agencies, including the federal government, for controlling the spread of the goldspotted oak borer. This is a first step in adopting interdiction policies and regulations that […]

Verizon to discontinue stand-alone Internet

In a nationwide move that took effect on Sunday, May 6, Verizon will discontinue stand-alone Internet DSL for new customers and existing customers who make changes to their accounts or move to a new location. From the effective date forward, all Verizon Internet must be coupled or bundled with a Verizon landline, except for current […]

Propositions 28 and 29 seem familiar: Term limits and tobacco tax

Once again California voters are being asked to use their collective wisdom to address what some see as problems in the terms California legislators serve and how to raise money through what is sometimes called a “sin” tax. Proposition 28 addresses term limits, which California embraced 22 years ago, and which voters had previously considered […]

Assemblyman wants to amend California’s fire fee

State Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro (D, Assembly District 1, North Coast) has submitted a bill to modify the state’s recently enacted fire prevention fee. Assembly Bill 2474 won approval from the Natural Resources Committee Monday, May 7. The bill is intended to make fire protection fees assessed to property owners in State Responsibility Areas more equitable, […]

Dennis versus Gould for board of education

Dennis versus Gould for board of education

We begin our June primary election coverage with the race for the 4th trustee district for the Riverside County Board of Education, which includes the Idyllwild area. Contending for a full four-year term are Bruce Dennis, appointed last June to the board, and challenger Bill Gould. Dennis is postmaster for the city of Walnut and […]

New General Educational Development tests in 2014

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, GED Testing Service will release a new version of the General Educational Development test. This new version will be administered solely on the computer. All paper testing will be eliminated as of Jan. 1, 2014. Any applicants who have taken the GED between 2002 and Dec. 31, 2013, must complete all […]

Vote-by-mail or early voting for June 5 primary

Approximately 390,000 vote-by-mail ballots were mailed to Riverside County voters starting May 7 for the consolidated primary election on June 5. Ballots should arrive in mailboxes by the end of the week. To be counted in the upcoming election, the registrar of voters office must receive the voted ballots by 8 p.m. June 5. Vote-by-mail […]

HUSD extends contract with teachers group

HUSD extends contract with teachers group

The Hemet Unified School District board unanimously approved an agreement with the Hemet Teachers Association for fiscal year 2012-2013. No proposed teacher or staff reductions were part of the agreement or the district’s tentative budget for the next fiscal year. The agreement continues the 178-day school year, a six-day reduction from the normal 184 days. […]

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