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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 […]

Flu deaths above normal

Flu deaths above normal

County, state and federal health officials intensified their admonishments to the public to obtain flu vaccines. State officials confirmed seven deaths already this season, as cases of influenza are well ahead of normal. “For this time of year, seasonal influenza activity continues to rise in California. This week it reached the level of activity considered […]

New scam targets Spanish-speaking women

The Federal Trade Commission is alerting the public to a telemarketing scam targeting Spanish-speaking women. The women are offered the opportunity to purchase brand-name clothing, purses and perfumes at below-market prices for resale. Once the order is placed, the items are shipped C.O.D. to the purchaser who is unable to verify the contents of the […]

Stone is new chair of board

Stone is new chair of board

Third District Supervisor Jeff Stone was chosen as the new chair of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors this week. At its first meeting of 2014 on Tuesday, the board unanimously elected Stone chair and Supervisor Marion Ashley (5th District) vice chair. “I consider it a tremendous honor,” Stone said to his colleagues after the […]

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