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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. […]

HUSD transitional kindergarten registration open

Hemet Unified School District is registering students for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten now at the Centralized Registration Office. The state’s Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 changed the age of admission for kindergarten and first grade and established a transitional kindergarten program beginning with the 2012-13 school year. Transitional kindergarten is the first year of a […]

HUSD superintendent resigns — finally

HUSD superintendent resigns — finally

Dr. Stephen Lowder formally resigned as Superintendent of the Hemet Unified School District. The resignation, effective June 30, was tendered Tuesday, May 1, at a special HUSD board meeting preceding the board’s regular meeting Tuesday evening. At the beginning of the regular meeting, HUSD President Bill Sanborn announced that the board and Lowder had signed […]

Hemet High teacher Janel Ramirez pleads guilty to sex with a minor student

Hemet High teacher Janel Ramirez pleads guilty to sex with a minor student

Janel Ramirez, 31, former Idyllwild School student and Hemet High School teacher, waived her right to a jury trial and pled guilty in Riverside County Superior Court to sex with a minor student on May 3, 2012. The court imposed immediate sentencing. The charges against Ramirez, unlawful intercourse with a minor more than three years […]

Ramirez arraignment deferred

Janel Pearl Ramirez, 31, was formally charged with sexual encounters with a minor. Her arraignment scheduled for Thursday, April 26 was moved to May 3 at the request of her lawyer, Virginia Blumenthal. The Riverside County District Attorney filed three felony charges against the former Idyllwild student. If convicted, Ramirez faces jail time of four […]

Duve and Shaver trials resume

The trials of Chris D. Duve and Angela May Shaver for the murder of Paul Cline have rejoined. Last week, a new jury for Shaver’s trial was empaneled. Now the separate, but concurrent, trials for both defendants resumed Monday, April 30. On April 19, after a recess following the opening statements, Judge Kelly Hansen announced […]

Riverside County will collect hazardous waste

Riverside County Waste Management Department will hold a household hazardous waste collection day on Saturday, May 19. From 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Hill residents may bring household hazardous waste to the entrance of the County Yard on Marantha Drive. Deposits will be limited to five gallons of liquid waste or 50 pounds of solid […]

Forest Service seeks public comments for land management plan amendment

Forest Service officials are seeking public comments on a proposed amendment to the land management plans for the four Southern California National Forests (the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres, and San Bernardino). The proposed amendment would modify existing land use zone allocations in selected inventoried roadless areas to include more back country non-motorized and recommended wilderness […]

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