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Trade in for a better leaf blower

The Southern California Air Quality Management District offers a leaf blower exchange program for professional landscapers and gardeners within a four-county area, including Riverside County. The program allows them to trade in an old leaf blower for a new, low-emission and low-noise model at a 50-percent discount. For more information, sign up for an email […]

Help with new health options

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $21,931,657 in grant awards to 129 California health centers operating 1,221 sites to enroll the uninsured in new health coverage options the Affordable Care Act made available. In California, health centers served 3,261,720 patients last year, 42 percent of whom were uninsured. With these funds, the awardees […]

National health survey underway

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey got underway in Riverside County on Aug. 30. The program monitors the health and nutritional status of the U.S. population. Public health officials, legislators and physicians use the information to develop effective health policies and programs. Also, national references are produced and standardized growth charts are created for […]

Health department urging flu vaccines

Dr. Ron Chapman, state health officer and director of the California Department of Public Health, recently urged Californians to get immunized from influenza to prevent health problems. “Thousands of serious illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths can be prevented if Californians receive a flu vaccine as soon as possible,” Chapman said. “We can’t predict exactly when flu […]

County losses continue

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors adopted a $4.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2013-14, which began July 1. The new budget is about $278 million less than the 2012-13 level. However, the board’s discretion applies to only $630 million. This year, County Executive Jay Orr projects discretionary county revenue will grow by $19 million […]

District attorney revamps website

Last week, the Riverside County District Attorney’s office announced the launch of its new, revamped website at The re-design has been in the works for more than a year. “A website can be one of the best ways for this office to communicate with the public,” said District Attorney Paul Zellerbach in a press […]

Historic voter records available

Historians, researchers, and people exploring genealogy will have an new window to the past thanks to a new law Secretary of State Debra Bowen sponsored and the governor approved last Friday. California voter rolls will be available to the public after 100 years. Personal identifiers, such as Social Security and drivers license numbers, were not […]

House funds firefighting, Senate more cautious

The federal 2013-14 fiscal year begins Oct. 1, about four weeks from now, and the U.S. Congress has yet to enact an appropriations bill to fund the U.S. Forest Service operations or other federal agencies. However, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have reported bills. As expected, the House and Senate strategies differ. The House […]

Adequacy of Forest Service aircraft questioned

Besides the Senate Appropriations Committee’s concerns about adequate plans to replace the U.S. Forest Service’s aircraft resources, the General Accounting Office also reported concerns about the plans. While neither group questions the need to replace and expand the Forest Service’s firefighting aircraft, they both recommend that the agency improve and revise its plans for accomplishing […]

Service academy information session

Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) will host an information session from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 7, at Xavier Prep in Palm Desert for anyone interested in service academy nominations. The information session will feature presentations from representatives of the service academies and an overview of the nominations process. Interested students will have opportunities […]

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