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Category: Regional News

Forest Service seeks public’s comment

The U.S. Forest Service announced last week that San Bernardino National Forest recreation managers will be seeking public comments on their proposals for the 2013-14 State of California Off-Highway Vehicle grant program. Specifically, these grant proposals would be for Cooperative Agreements with the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division. The national forest staff is encouraging the public […]

President to propose change to wildfire funding

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama released his fiscal year 2015 (starting Oct. 1, 2014) federal budget proposal. Beginning next year, the President plans to change the ways the federal government funds its costs of fighting wildfires. The proposal provides certainty, safeguards and effectiveness for paying these annual costs, which are in the billions of dollars. […]

Governor signs drought legislation

On Saturday, March 1, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation to assist drought-affected communities and provide funding to better use local water supplies. “Legislators across the aisle have now voted to help hard-pressed communities that face water shortages,” said Brown in the press release. “This legislation marks a crucial step — but Californians must […]

Board of Equalization may lower gasoline excise tax rate

On Friday, Feb. 14, the California State Board of Equalization announced it will consider adjusting the excise tax rate for gasoline downward by $0.035 during its scheduled Feb. 25 meeting in Culver City. Gasoline prices have declined and are projected to remain low during the next fiscal year. If adopted, between July 1, 2014 and […]

Measles outbreak in Southern California

Measles has broken out in California. On Friday, the California Department of Public Health confirmed 15 cases of measles in the state, compared to two at this time in 2013. Three were in Riverside County and another eight reported in Los Angeles and Orange counties. The ages of these 15 individuals range from 5 months […]

Flu season appears to be abating, although deaths continue

Although deaths in California from influenza virus rose to 278 people under ages 65, other signs indicate that the flu season is beginning to abate. In California, both outpatient visits and hospitalizations have decreased for two consecutive weeks and are within or below levels that would be expected at this point in the flu season. […]

Don’t be scammed: Feb. 20, 2014

Dating sites are now part of the American lexicon and while many sites boast a healthy relationship success rate, sometimes love is not the only thing people using the site are after. Scammers have found that dating sites provide a fertile hunting ground for lonely hearted men and women searching for a love connection. A […]

Time Warner Cable to merge with Comcast

The Hill’s cable provider, Time Warner Cable, is merging with Comcast Corporation. The TWC board agreed to the sale on Feb. 12. This $45.2 billion transaction unites the nation’s two biggest cable providers. Comcast has 22 million customers and with TWC’s 11 million subscribers, the new firm will have 33 million cable subscribers. But Comcast […]

Arson charges filed against Banning man

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, a criminal grand jury indictment was unsealed and a Banning man arraigned on 13 felony counts connected to nine arson fires in Riverside and San Bernardino counties between 2011 and 2013, the Riverside County District Attorney’s office announced. Six of the fires were in the San Jacinto Mountains. Steven Taylor Rutherford, […]

Beware of debt collection scam

A debt-collection scam is frightening recipients with official-looking letters, sometimes appearing to be signed by a judge, a lawyer or court officials advising consumers that monies are owed for an unpaid payday loan. Often followed by threatening phone calls, the letters may contain the recipient’s name, address, Social Security number and other personal information, all […]

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