Valley News - March 8, 2024

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RCA scores expansion of area lands for multispecies habitat protection in 2023

Tony Ault Staff Writer

California AG announces charges against local alleged crime ringleader

SAN DIEGO – California Attorney General Rob Bonta, on Feb. 16, announced charges against the alleged ringleader of an organized retail crime scheme that spanned 21 counties, including Riverside, and involved an estimated $8 million worth of beauty products, as well as multiple members of her organized retail crime ring.

TVUSD president and attorney react to recent court victory

Julie Reeder


On Feb 23, the TVUSD teacher’s union and some parents were denied an injunction requesting a stay of two Temecula Valley Unified School District policies for which TVUSD President Dr. Komrosky is also facing a recall.

In denying the injunction, the judge decided to keep TVUSD’s board policies in place which is a victory for the district and indicates how he may rule ultimately. However, the lawsuit will still move forward.

The two injunctions requested were against a parental notification policy and a Critical Race Theory

(CRT) policy. The parental notification policy requires schools to notify parents if their child chooses to use pronouns or use bathrooms that don’t match their biological gender. The CRT policy isn’t a ban, but it created a framework to teach the controversial theory. The school board was voted in by parents who apparently aligned

with the policies that were put in place, but the group of activists and teachers are going after the district and filed the lawsuit last year.

Robert Tyler, a pro-bono attorney who is the president of the nonprofit Advocates for Faith and Freedom, is defending TVUSD. He said of the

see TVUSD, page A-6

Black Voices of the Valley hosts 70s Soul Celebration

Diane A. Rhodes

Special to the Valley News

For its third annual Night of Black Excellence that honors members of the community and gives scholarships to outstanding seniors, the Black Voices of the Valley nonprofit chose a 70s theme. The Feb. 24 event, held at the Soboba Casino Resort Event Center, took guests back in time as they embraced the decade through music and fashions that ranged from bell bottoms to platform shoes.

BVOV Director Stephanie Bruce welcomed everyone to the event that also serves as a Black History celebration and fundraiser. She said, “We pride ourselves on building back the unit of the family. We want to create an environment of Black excellence and we have to start with our youth, community leaders, and Black business owners that pour back into the community and pour into these scholarships that allow us to help our youth become our future leaders.”

Lester Fountain, who sits on the BVOV board of directors, served as emcee once again this year. Additionally, he was surprised to be one of several community members recognized with the “It Takes

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Six high school seniors, with local government officials, receive recognition and scholarships from Black Voices of the Valley during its third annual Night of Black Excellence event, Feb. 24. Valley News/Diane A. Rhodes photos
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Community members receive It Takes A Village awards and congratulations from local dignitaries at the Black Voices of the Valley third annual Night of Black Excellence.
report details that it received $27 million in various state and federal grants this year, allowing for the purchase of more conservation land in the county.
The Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority and the Multi Species Habitat Conservation Plan end-of-year

Joanna Pearl to open A Day in Her Shoes

MURRIETA – Local music sensation, Joanna Pearl will open

A Day in Her Shoes Friday, March 8, with a resounding rendition of “God Bless America.” Temecula’s own award-winning singer songwriter, Joanna Pearl won 2014’s ’Hot Adult Contemporary Album of the Year.” Her latest LP effort, “Sensitive Material,” is available now on all major streaming platforms.

A Day In Her Shoes will be held at the Murrieta Hot Springs Conference Center. Doors open at 8 a.m.; however, getting there is part of the experience. Attendees will park at The Bridge Church, 38801 Calistoga Dr, in Murrieta, and shuttles will take them to the conference center. Shuttle will run all day between for those that may need to leave the event early. Due to major construction, there is no parking available onsite, except for handicap parking at Murrieta Hot Springs Conference Center.

Coffee, juice and breakfast bites will be available after attendees check-in, receive their name badges and embark on their adventure. Photo opportunities including headshots will be available throughout the day. Lunch bites will be available that feature the culinary talents of the greater valley. Networking, vendors and mentorship time has been included in the day’s agenda.

The highlight of the day will honor Jordan and Jennifer Turpin with the first annual Resiliency Award and recognize Safe Family Justice Center for the work they have done in helping the Turpin siblings and other victims of abuse throughout Riverside County.

In addition to honoring the Turpin sisters, A Day in Her Shoes three panels will be featured: Women in Science, Women in Politics and Women in Public Safety. These expert panelists

Award-winning singer Joanna Pearl will open A Day in Her Shoes with “God Bless America.”

Valley News/Courtesy photos will be available for one-one one interaction, networking and conversation.

The Women in Science Panel

Moderated by Judy Zulfiqar, the Women in Science Panel features local women who have excelled in the medical and science fields including Rebecca Driscoll, founder and CEO of the Cancer Help Desk, and Kitty Loduviz Kiert, an expert on developmental language disorder as well as behavior, social emotional development. Rounding out the panel is Helen Harrison from Murrieta’s TX Genetic Research specializing in whole exome sequencing genetic profile and their health symptoms.

The Women in Public Safety Panel

This panel, moderated by Riverside County Sheriff Chief Deputy Misty Reynolds, takes a Day in Her Shoes to a whole new level. Follow along as Julie Ngo and Marcy Thompson go through the simulated experience of an officer in the field. Murrieta officer Amber Ruzek provides her experiences of being a female officer and her personal journey.

The Women in Politics Panel

Lori Stone, a city councilmem-

Parking for the event is located at The Bridge Church, 38801 Calistoga Dr., in Murrieta, and shuttles will run all day to and from Murrieta Hot Springs Resort.

ber from Murrieta, will moderate a lively and direct conversation with elected women including Riverside County District 2 Supervisor Karen Spiegel, Virginia Blumenthal of Riverside Community College District Board of Trustee, and Darcy Burke of Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District. These women are succeeding in male-dominated political arenas, and they will tell their stories on how they got there, what it takes to be effective and share advice to those considering running for public office. Time has been allocated throughout the program for mentorship pairing, exploration and networking. Submitted by A Day In Her Shoes.

A Day in Her Shoes

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Hemet Heritage Foundation and Hemet Museum to present ‘The History of French Valley 1850 to 1900’

David Johnson is a Library Associate II, Archivist, and Local Historian for the French Valley Library. David has been working on French

Valley history for over 2 years and has given multiple presentations of the Journey undertaken by the settlers and pioneers of French Valley. He is currently working on creating and managing a digital archive for the artifacts donated to the French Valley Archive.

The Hemet Heritage Foundation/ Hemet Museum Board of Directors is grateful to Ed Bush, owner of Memorial Funeral Services for graciously offering their beautiful building to hold our monthly meetings. Visit their website at https:// www.memorialfuneralservices. com.

There is no admission charge but donations are very much appreciated. Any proceeds from the event will go to support the mission of the Hemet Museum. Donations can be made by visiting or mailing a check to Hemet Heritage Foundation, P.O. Box 334, Hemet CA 92546. The Hemet Museum, operated

entirely by volunteers, presents a panorama of local history in the freight house of Hemet’s Historic Santa Fe Depot. The freight house portion of the depot was built in 1898 and is one of the oldest structures in the downtown area. Lovingly restored by Save Our Station, the depot has been Hemet Museum’s home since 1998. Regular hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday through Sunday. For further information, call 951929-4409.

Hemet Heritage Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates the Hemet Museum, presents interesting local history programs at their monthly meetings the second Monday of each month at 6:30 pm at Memorial Funeral Services in Hemet. The public is invited. Go to for more information or like the Hemet Museum Facebook page https://

Valley pioneer Pierre Pourroy, late 1920s-1930.
will give
presentation on French Valley,
small but growing area in Riverside County, has a vast and engrossing history that serves to encapsulate the heroism and struggle of European conflict and Westward expansion on
Join as Johnson delves into the very beginning of this journey and follows
immigrants making
Learn the distinctly American story of struggle and success that lead to the creation and continued survival of French Valley.
David Johnson
Monday, March 11.
their way from the wartorn countryside of France to the
of America gripped in the reconstruction age, and finally
the gold laden hills of California.
Valley News/Courtesy photo

RCA scores expansion of area lands for multispecies habitat protection in 2023

The Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority and the Multi Species Habitat Conservation Plan end-of-year report details that it received $27 million in various state and federal grants this year, allowing for the purchase of more conservation land in the county.

The funding from from the California Wildlife Conservation Board and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allowed RCA to acquire and protect more than 900 acres of sensitive habitat in western Riverside County. One such parcel of land, the 20-acre Barth property in Temecula, is located near other habitat reserve lands

and serves as a critical linkage for MSHCP-covered species such as the mountain lion.

Late in 2023, the RCA acquired the 240-arce Walker Canyon property in Lake Elsinore’s Walker Canyon, one home of the state flower – the California Wild Poppy now starting to emerge. These lands are vital to the survival of endangered and threatened species protected by the MSHCP and important pieces of the larger, interconnected habitat reserve system the RCA is working toward in western Riverside County.

In May, R CA Chair Natasha Johnson and Vice Chair Kevin Bash visited Washington to discuss the importance of habitat conservation plans in western Riverside County with Congressional offices


and federal agencies. The representatives provided the reasons to protect the 146 native plant and animal species covered by the MSHCP. Part of the species being protected include the long-tailed weasel and the coast range newt, according to a RCA news release.

Now, overcoming some land purchase hurdles, more than 415,000 acres of habitat have been assembled as part of the MSHCP. Ultimately, the goal of the MSCHP, which began in 2004, is to assemble a 500,000-acre habitat reserve, provide resilience to the effects of a changing climate, protect biodiversity and provide equitable access to open space across western Riverside County.

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FWC Brunch include fashion show in March

Menifee informs residents on street project and construction updates

Thornton Avenue to Goldenrod Avenue will remain closed and detours will be in place until construction is completed.

Bradley Road at Holland Road – Storm Drain/Sewer Construction Work Sewer and storm drain facilities are currently being installed adjacent to Holland Road as part of the Menifee 80 residential housing tract. This project is under active construction and motorists should expect traffic control until construction is completed. There are no lane closures at this time.

Ridgemoor Road Waterline

Project – Eastern Municipal Water District

EMWD will be potholing on Ridgemoor Road for future construction. Traffic control will be in place with flaggers present. Potholing activities are scheduled to continue through the duration of the project.

Potomac Neighborhood –Eastern Municipal Water District Water Main Replacement



EMWD is replacing water mains on various streets in the Potomac Drive neighborhood. Traffic control will be in place with flaggers present. Detour signs will be posted in the area due to road closures during the day.

For questions on the project/ construction updates listed, contact Philip Southard, Public information and legislative affairs officer, at 951-746-0654 or at psouthard@

Submitted by city of Menifee.

The Eastern Municipal Water District’s Sun City Tank is on two legal parcels totaling 21.3 acres. The land the water district acquired in 1962 consists of four legal parcels totaling approximately 58.5 acres of rugged and rocky hillside terrain.

The two parcels totaling 37.2 acres are not being used by the water district. Nearby residents have complained about unauthorized activity and developers have expressed an interest in that land. The EMWD board voted 4-0, with Randy Record absent, Wednesday, Feb. 21, to declare the two parcels surplus.

FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook

Women’s Connection presents a fashion show and brunch in the ballroom of the Beverly Mansion at the Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens, Friday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to noon. The doors will open at 9:15 a.m. for shopping.

Sponsoring the fashion show, Kristin Barbato is owner of Lemonchellos Boutique, which was founded in 2006 in downtown Fallbrook. It was her goal to create a space for women of all ages, shapes and sizes to find something unique that would enhance their natural beauty. The shop was born in a tiny space with 200 square feet and transformed it into a hideaway filled with elegant clothing and accessories from all around the world, and customers came from near and far. It wasn’t long before the shop grew into a new location at Promenade Temecula. As a wife of a U.S. Marine veteran who served for 27 years, Barbato said it was important to

her that her shop always show appreciation and utmost gratitude for those who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Lemonchello’s previously won Business of the Year award with special mention of Barbato’s attention to detail, eye for style and genuine care for customers.

Speaker Marlene Paltza, who is a former executive assistant, pageant winner and business owner, will share about “True Beauty.”

The cost per ticket is $30, cash or check, which includes brunch prepared by The Grand Tradition, 220 Grand Tradition Way, located at the corner of South Mission Road and Grand Tradition Way in Fallbrook.

Free childcare will be provided for younger children with reservations. Reservations are encouraged. To make a reservation, call Ginny at 760-723-3633 or email Sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries. Submitted by Fallbrook Women’s Connection.

The parcels are within Menifee, west of Interstate 215 between McCall Boulevard and Newport Road. The 1 million gallon Sun City Tank serves Eastern’s 1627 Pressure Zone and has a significant role in delivering potable water to the Menifee area. The storage tank, the delivery pipelines, and access are entirely within the two parcels. The unauthorized use primarily consists of individuals establishing encampments on the east side of the property near I-215. In January 2014, the EMWD board approved real estate asset management policy principles which include nine guidelines for staff to manage EMWD real property. One of those guidelines allows for additional improvements or entitlement including lot line adjustments and/or zone changes which would enhance the value of the property in the case of disposition. A lot line adjustment

for the Sun City Tank parcels was completed in December 2022 and modified the parcel lines to the current configuration and acreages. The current parcel boundaries will allow for future expansion in the area retained by Eastern. A majority of the land declared surplus has Low Density Residential zoning which allows 7,200-square-foot lots.

If a public agency expresses interest in the property during the 60-day advertising period, EMWD staff will enter into a 90-day, good faith negotiation period. If there is no agreement within that 90-day period or if no public agency expresses interest, the property will be listed for sale to the public. Joe Naiman can be reached by email at jnaiman@reedermedia. com.

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property in Temecula that will serve as a protected habitat
mountain lions.
photo EMWD declares two parcels surrounding Sun City Tank surplus MENIFEE – Menifee shares project and construction updates with the community. For a current list of street projects and construction updates, visit the interactive mobile and web map at http:// Holland Road Overpass – City Capital Improvement Project The city is performing work related to the Holland Road Overpass project. Holland Road between Hanover Lane and Antelope Road will remain closed for the duration of the project, which is expected to be completed in late summer 2024. There will be a scheduled concrete pour on Holland Road Bridge at Antelope Road Thursday, March 7. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic and no closures are needed. For additional information and to sign up for project updates, visit Eastern Municipal Water District – Ridgemoor Road Pipeline Project Eastern Municipal Water District will continue working on the pipeline located at Ridgemoor
Western Riverside County
acquired a 20-acre
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Road. This project is anticipated to be ongoing for the next several months. Motorists should expect
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Ridge Development on Murrieta Road and Thornton Avenue
developer will continue work on Goetz Road, south of Thornton Avenue. Motorists should expect traffic control and possible delays while work is being completed. Goetz Road from
Lemonchello’s in Temecula will supply clothing for the fashion show at the Friday, March 15, Fallbrook Women’s Connection brunch. Valley News/Courtesy photo Joe Naiman Writer

a Village” award for their various contributions. The award is given to those who have made a significant contribution, not only to the community but to themselves and their family.

“It truly takes a village to grow our community, starting with our youth,” Bruce said. She said Fountain, who is a military veteran, has been a pivotal person in the community who assists other veterans with their personal and military administrative needs. “He also provides an outlet to our youth by taking them on field trips to see sports attractions and other events,” she said. “This award is for people in the community we live in that are constantly making a difference.”

Other recipients of the “It Takes a Village” award were Sheila Blythe who is the San Jacinto Unified School District school, family and community liaison at the district’s Family Engagement Center; Doug Burns who has paved the way for other Black barbers; Laverne Williams, an educator and counselor; and Jamie Swain, who is very active in the community and served as the event’s DJ.

High school seniors were recognized in two categories. Those receiving the Stellar Award for showing strong commitment in continuing their education were McArthur Tobias, Tahquitz High School and James Filio, San Jacinto HS. Recommended by their counselors, each will receive a $500 scholarship upon successful graduation. Those honored with Academic Excellence Leadership Awards and set to receive a $1,000 scholarship were Trinity Jones and Cassidy Hill from San Jacinto High School, Demi Soares from Western Center Academy and Tahquitz High School’s Lejion Thomas.

One of the scholarship sponsors is the office of Riverside County Fifth District Supervisor Yxstian Gutierrez. Attending the event for the first time, he thanked Bruce for her leadership in running a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the youth. “Our office is working with the cities of Hemet and San Jacinto to put on different programs that are going to help the youth in these communities,” he said. “We have to step it up and support our youth; they are our future.”

This year’s Breaking Barriers award was given to Corey A. Jackson who has represented California’s 60th Assembly District since 2022, previously chairing the Human Services Committee and now leading Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Human Services. Before his Assembly role, Jackson served on the Riverside County Board of Education and founded SBX Youth and Family Services. This BVOV award is given to those that are the first Black to accomplish a role or program in the community. Hemet City Council Member Malcolm Lilienthal, who received the award in 2021, shared some of the reasons Jackson was chosen this year.

“We want to honor an extraordinary individual whose dedication and tireless efforts have not only broken barriers but also paved the way for a fairer, more inclusive

and accessible society for everyone,” he said. Unable to attend due to currently being in Sacramento, Jackson made history as the first Black legislator to represent Riverside County. Lilienthal said his groundbreaking legislative efforts exemplify the very essence of the Breaking Barriers award. “During his remarkable journey, Dr. Jackson has championed the causes of those often left behind, ensuring that every voice is heard and every individual has the opportunity to thrive,” he said. “We also acknowledge the path he has forged for all of us to follow. His work reminds us that while we may not all be elected officials, our engagement and advocacy in our communities play a pivotal role in shaping a just and equitable society. This award serves as a beacon of hope and a call to action for all of us. Together we can break barriers, overcome obstacles and create a world where fairness, justice and equality are not just ideals but realities for everyone.”

Accepting the award on his behalf was Daissy Arteaga who said, “We share the same vision and determination to ensure that our communities are thriving and it truly does take a village and I’m glad that Black Voices of the Valley is part of Assemblymember Jackson’s village, making sure that he exceeds the definition of representation and service within our district.”

Elijah Silva received the Youth Entrepreneurship Award, given to an outstanding youth that is overachieving in their entrepreneurial skills. Bruce said Elijah, 8, has a lemonade stand business (Elijah Gumdrop Lemonade) in the summer, has several gumball machines placed throughout the valley in other small businesses, and just signed a contract as a motivational speaker.

Bruce also presented the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians with an award of appreciation as it has been a dream of the organization’s board to host its annual event at the SCR Event Center. She read the inscription on the award, which was, “We acknowledge that we are on ancestral and unceded territory. We pay homage to the Soboba Band of Luiseño People and respect to the Elders, both past and present.”

An award was presented to BVOV by Hazel Lambert, who is part of the Riverside University Health System Behavioral Health Cultural Competency Program. Its African American Family Wellness Advisory Group (AAFWAG) focuses primarily on educating and engaging the community on reducing the stigma associated with mental health. Lambert told Bruce as she presented BVOV with its recognition award, “We thank you for your commitment to education to promote culturally relevant activities that help eliminate stigma to mental health within the African American community.”

San Jacinto City Council Member Brian Hawkins, who is credited with giving Bruce the vision for BVOV, presented her with his Black Diamond of Leadership Award for being a pillar of the community. “What an unexpected blessing,” she said.

An elegant buffet of braised short ribs with cherry demi-glace,

miso glazed bay salmon, Chicken Florentine roulades, garlic confit golden whipped potatoes, three types of green salads and more was enjoyed while the New Vision Band from San Diego played timely classics. They continued to entertain the crowd of nearly 200 throughout the evening. For more information, visit www.

Keynote speaker Robert Penton is a former Black Panther Party member and spoke on the subject of mental health, specifically posttraumatic stress disorder. He said research has suggested that African Americans and Latinos may develop PTSD at higher rates than White adults and that the clinical course of PTSD in these minority groups factors sociocultural and racial stressors, such as experiences with discrimination.

“To date, however, no research has explored the relationship between experiences with discrimination risk and PTSD, and very little research has examined the course of illness for PTSD in African American and Latino samples,” Penton said. He noted that some recent findings highlight the critical role that racial and ethnic discrimination may play in the development of PTSD among these populations.

Citing his own upbringing, he shared that he grew up in a small paper mill town in Louisiana that was known for having the highest percentage of KKK members during that period in response to the infamous onslaught of racism, lynchings, and the lack of police protection for the Black community. In 1965, the “Deacons for Defense and Justice” was organized by deacons from the Black church. This was an affiliate of the founding chapter in Jonesboro, Penton said. He recalled some traumatic experiences he suffered at the hands of an affluent White family that his mother worked for when he was a young boy. He also grew up feeling oppressed but when he was 18 years old, he was motivated to action by the famous statement from President John K. Kennedy’s inaugural address: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

Penton joined VISTA, Volunteers in Service to America, and it took him to Los Angeles, where he was assigned to a nonprofit agency. This was in 1967, shortly after the Watts riots. “The shout of the Black Power movement was very appealing, more so coming from the segregated South,” he recalled. “I knew joining the Black Panthers was a clarion call. The Black Panther was a methodology for freedom and self-determination: the ability to vote and move through the world without fear of oppression.”

He served as one of many ministers of information. His duties included researching, reading, and assimilating information pertinent to the Black community.

“Due to the experience of growing up in the South, where racism was the norm, it was a no-brainer for me to accept such a task,” Penton said.

After being forced to leave LA and move to Tacoma, Washington during the height of protests and demonstrations over the Vietnam

War, he said that although he felt like a fish out of water he did not lose the heartbeat of the Black Panthers, especially selfdetermination. “I accomplished much within the last 57 years,” he said. Penton has been an ordained minister for more than 40 years and has had a 35-year career in family services. He has received numerous service awards and certificates including the “Achievement Against the Odds” award presented to him at the White House by Pres. George W. Bush Sr. He is a certified counselor in the state of Washington, a lecturer, mentor, pastor and community development consultant. He is also an Effecting Parenting Instructor, specializing in the first five years of a child’s development. Penton has served on numerous boards, spanning local and national government as well as private, for profit and nonprofit organizations.

“Many children have fallen through the cracks and crevices of our community,” he said. “What

if we join hands and walk block by block and snatch our children from drugs, violence, and blackon-black killings?”

The purpose of Black Voices of the Valley is to seek to restore the Black communities within the San Jacinto Valley, starting with the Black nuclear families. “We recognize the great needs of the Black community and endeavor to provide resources for our local areas of education, health and changed positive lifestyles,” its vision statement reads.

Bruce said, “As director, I am deeply committed to our mission of amplifying the voices of Black individuals and communities. We believe in creating a platform where every voice is valued and heard, contributing to positive change in our society. Let’s work together to amplify voices, empower individuals and create a more inclusive future for all.”

For more information, please visit www.blackvoicesofthevalley. org or call 916-969-2232.

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Youth Entrepreneurship Award recipient Elijah Silva is congratulated by, from left, Hemet City Council Member Malcolm Lilienthal, Hemet Mayor Joe Males, Fifth District Supervisor Yxstian Gutierrez, San Jacinto Mayor Phil Ayala, San Jacinto Mayor Pro Tem Valerie Vandever, San Jacinto City Council Member Crystal Ruiz and San Jacinto City Council Member Brian Hawkins. Valley News/Joel Ortiz photo Black Voices of the Valley Director Stephanie Bruce is recognized for her contributions to the community during her nonprofit’s third annual Night of Black Elegance, Feb. 24. Valley News/Diane A. Rhodes photo Keynote Speaker Robert Penton at the Soboba Casino Resort Event Center for the Black Voices of the Valley’s third annual Night of Black Excellence and Black History Month celebration. Valley News/Joel Ortiz photo VOICES from page A-1

NATRO attracts runners to the Soboba Indian Reservation

Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians

Special to the Valley News

The Native American Trail Running Organization’s inaugural trail race at Soboba attracted about 75 runners willing to tackle the terrain in a 5K or 25K run Saturday, Feb. 24. NATRO founder and race director Sheldon Subith was pleased with the turnout and the participation by Native and non-Native athletes.

Soboba’s Kelli Hurtado gave a short blessing followed by a rabbit song before all runners took off from the starting line at The Oaks football stadium. She said the song is meant to provide inner peace.

Runners encountered some hills, sand, rock, single track, stream crossings and fire roads during the run that started at about 7:30 a.m.

The first person to cross the 5K finish line was Katelyn Subith after just 28 minutes. She said she likes to switch it up as her last race was a 10K at Diamond Valley Lake, which will be the site of the Bedrock Valley Gravel Ride and Trail Runs April 6-7.

“This was a good challenge for me, and it was a lot of fun,” the mother of three said.

The first male to complete the 5K race was Ben Sproule of San Jacinto, who was part of the Golden Era Running Team.

“I’ve always been a runner,” he said. “I have a competitive streak; I do it for the race.”

He also plays soccer and has competed in races in Beaumont and Riverside as well as the annual San Jacinto Fun Run, which will be held March 30.

“It was a good course, but it was brutal; there are some really steep hills,” Sproule said.

After 40 minutes had passed, many more runners had crossed the finish line. Some used earphones to listen to inspiring music as they ran while others chose to enjoy the sounds of nature found in the hills above the baseball fields, such as singing birds and the gurgle of flowing streams.

The first Native female to finish was Mekah Pope and Kevin Estanislao was the first Native male to complete the 5K.

Brett Jones, a chiropractor from Tucson, has been friends with Sheldon Subith since childhood and entered the race to support NATRO. He was also one of the sponsors. A 2004 graduate of West Valley High School in Hemet, Jones said he found the course to be “absolutely amazing.”

John Etchart of Hemet was born and raised in the San Jacinto Valley and said he is very good friends with most residents on the reservation because of his work as a veterinarian. He tended to many of the large animals back when cattle used to be raised there. He also participated in the Soboba Grand Prix motorcycle races that were organized by former Tribal Council Chair Benny Helms in the early 70s.

“I’ve been an athlete most of my

life,” Etchart said.

Soboba’s Joseph Perez found out about the race just a few days before but has been investing in his health and trying to improve his life. He has lost 90 pounds in the past couple of years and wants to continue eating right and challenging himself to be better. He hopes his efforts can help him serve as a role model for his people. He was inspired to make drastic changes after his unborn child, Gracie Jo, was lost from a miscarriage in July.

“This little girl changed my heart for the best,” Perez said. “I did this race for my daughter; she’s here with me still.”

He carried a heart shaped urn that contains her ashes throughout the race and said she continues to inspire him every day.

Perez, 32, lived on the Soboba reservation for most of his life before moving to San Jacinto. He said the three most important things a person needs to have are accountability, consistency and determination and that this may have been his first race, but it isn’t his last.

DJ Mike Nevarez, who kept the beats going for those that were waiting for loved ones to return or runners who were hanging out before and after the races, said, “Everybody’s a winner just for participating. Those hills out there are no joke.”

He announced the top three 5K winners in the Open and Native divisions while Subith gave the firstplace winners of each a handmade pottery mug that commemorated the inaugural NATRO trail race. They were, Open Female: Katelyn Subith, Keilee Subith and Christine Quintero; Open Male: Ben Sproule, Brett Jones and Wilson Equez; Native Female: Mekah Pope, Nicole Diaz and Marilyn Mendoza; and Native Male: Kevin Estanislao, Ishwut Vega and Abel Vallejo.

Matthew Micheals completed the 15 miles of trail in just over two hours, which was changed from a loop to 7.5 miles out and back due to impassable stream crossings caused by recent rainstorms. The Riverside resident has been a runner for more than 15 years and said trail races tend to be run at a slower pace due to the higher elevations.

“They are a lot more fun and definitely have better views,” Micheals, who is in the Marine Corps, said. “I do it for the sport itself.”

The first place 25K Native runner was Joseph Sahagun who came in just five minutes behind Micheals at 2 hours, 17 minutes and 25 seconds.

Marcus Hunter of Yucaipa said he just started getting into running and likes outdoor races the best.

“They are more fun, more diverse and a little more challenging,” he said.

He prepared for the race by eating simple foods and complex carbs. He was hoping to complete the course in three hours or less but said it would depend on the elevation, adding that the only competitor he had was himself.

“We’ll see what that climb does,” Hunter said. “But we couldn’t ask for better weather being overcast like this; 70 degrees or below is perfect.”

Ten members of the Golden Era Running Team came out to support the NATRO program that is donating a portion of its proceeds to the Noli Indian School cross-country and track programs.

“We feel it is important for all big organizations to contribute to this event for Soboba,” Golden Era’s Community Events Director Linda Greilich said. “They give so much to the community and supporting groups like this and bringing the whole community together is what makes this valley what it is. We want to thank everyone at Soboba for a beautiful day, magnificent landscape and an incredibly friendly staff who made all of us feel at home. The Golden Era Running Team was proud to be part of the day.”

About 15 members of Renatus Athletics in Hemet came out to participate. Some ran the 5K while others took on the challenging 25K. Josh Pagliaroli works out with CrossFit who said each runner had signed up as part of their own personal self challenge.

“We are in the middle of a nutrition and performance challenge, and they all get bonus points for being in the race,” he said, adding that it was a way to get more people to support the event.

Although he has run two trail races in the past, this was Pagliaroli’s first 15-mile race which included his teenage son. He said CrossFit is a little bit of everything and racing is just one aspect of it. Renatus Athletics falls under the CrossFit umbrella as an official affiliate. For more information, visit http://www.

Soboba’s Mica Diaz was the top Native female finisher of the longer race. She started running 10 years ago to help build her endurance and fitness for racing motocross.

“I run a few times a week but once I heard about the NATRO event, I wanted to challenge myself and see if I could complete a 25K, so I started to increase my mileage every week leading up to the event; it’s the most running I have ever done,” Diaz said. “The NATRO 25K trail was a tough one, especially the uphill section toward the end, but it was nice to see new runners enjoying the run and having fun. The top finishers were fast and motivating. I’m very fortunate to have these trails in my backyard and I look forward to the future NATRO events.”

Top three 25K winners in the Open and Native divisions included: Open Female – Rufus Schneider, Stephanie Prevost and Brenda Pagliaroli; Open Male – Matthew Micheals, Simon Cooper and Josh Pagliaroli Jr.; Native Female – Mica Diaz, Sharon Moreno and Nichole Santa Cruz; and Native Male – Joseph Sahagun.

Sheldon Subith, who was the 2020 USATF Trail Marathon Champion in the masters’ age group 65-69 category, has long been a strong advocate and trailblazer in the Southern California running circuit.

He said his primary motivation to create NATRO is to decrease the

high rate of diabetes among Native Americans. Although non-Native himself, he knows that trail running and education about diet can help combat the disease. Trail running is an accessible sport that doesn’t take much monetary investment and most reservations have extensive trail systems, so the people there don’t have to travel somewhere else to run.

Subith started the organization in his hometown of Hemet because he already has connections with several Tribes in the area. He envisions a championship trail race among reservations across the country that would change venues every year. Subith wants to encourage Native runners to become USA Track & Field members so their teams can compete in sectional and national USATF trail running events. “The grand vision down the road

would be to have a north, south, east and west championship that culminates in a national championship,” he said. “This would be my way of repaying the Native American Tribes for all they’ve done for me throughout my life.”

He is also interested in getting more Native youth involved with trail running as he feels it is an activity for them to feel good about themselves in a positive and healthy way.

“Trail running builds discipline and character which they can use throughout their life no matter the endeavor,” Subith said.

For more information and results, visit and search for NATRO@Soboba and follow NATRO-Native American Trail Running Organization on Facebook and Strava.

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The top Native finishers in the 5K are congratulated after the race with, from left, Soboba Tribal Council Vice Chair Geneva Mojado, sponsor/ supporter and 5K race participant Brett Jones, NATRO founder and Race Director Sheldon Subith and 5K Native male first finisher Kevin Estanislao and third place finisher Abel Vallejo, both of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians. Valley News/Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians photos The first 5K runner approaches the end of the race while others are seen running the steep trail in the background at the Soboba Indian Reservation, Saturday, Feb. 24. Joseph Sahagun was the first Native Male to complete the 25K race. He is here with NATRO founder and Race Director Sheldon Subith, at left. Sahagun is from the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas. The top three 5K Open Female finishers pose with Race Director Sheldon Subith, including from left, third place Christine Quintero, second place Keilee Subith – Sheldon’s granddaughter – and first place and first person overall to complete the 5K race Katelyn Subith – Sheldon’s daughter-in-law. Soboba’s Joseph Lopez is exhausted after completing his first 5K race with the help of his late daughter, whose ashes are in the heart-shaped urn in his hand.

Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm announces over $366 million for clean energy projects at Tribal Clean Energy Summit

United States Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm accompanied over 700 Tribal leaders at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Tribal Clean Energy Summit held at Pechanga Resort Casino on Feb.

27. At the summit, Secretary Granholm announced that the DOE has selected to fund 12 Tribal projects focusing on cleaner energy. This announcement follows President’s Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for Energy Improvements in rural or remote areas in 2023.

This law grants over $366 million to 17 projects across 20 states and 30 tribal nations and communities to stimulate clean energy development and deployment in rural and remote areas.

Secretary Granholm stated that “70 percent of these awards went to Tribal Nations and Tribal Projects, and collectively these projects will receive the largest amount in DOE history, over $200 million.” Addi-

tionally, the 17 projects receiving funding abut or are located within disadvantaged communities with pollution issues that have historically been underserved.

Among the 12 Tribal projects receiving funding is the Navajo and Hopi nation who endeavor to install battery and solar panel storage systems which will provide energy for up to 300 homes. Additional projects are predicted to save households in the Taos Pueblo region $700 per year due to the transition toward clean energy. The Chignik Hydroelectric Dam and Water Source Project in Chignik Bay, Alaska, will renovate a 70 year old leaking dam and include a 2.1 megawatt- hour (MWh) hydroelectric facility. This new hydroelectric facility will supersede the community’s existing diesel consumption providing power for homes, economic activities and businesses. Furthermore, the project team will also regenerate the community’s water supply with over $6 million of investment.

Generally, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will facilitate the building of microgrids for community health centers and energy projects in rural and remote regions. These microgrids will ensure that community health centers receive electricity for critical life saving equipment. Funds will also go towards constructing a new hydroelectric facility on Tribal lands, promoting accessibility to reliable affordable energy.

Secretary Granholm stated that “President Biden firmly believes that every community should benefit from the nation’s historic transition to a clean energy future, especially those in rural and remote areas. Thanks to the President’s investing in America’s agenda, DOE is helping revitalize communities across America, ensuring thriving businesses, reliable access to clean energy and exciting new economic opportunities now and for generations to come.”

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SAGE Society to give presentation featuring photos from the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley, 1879 to 1959

HEMET - Join the SAGE Society for an enlightening presentation of the Clarence Swift photo collection by Dave Sisk on Tuesday, March 12 at the Ramona Room behind MillerJones Mortuary in Hemet.

Clarence was a Hemet resident who, for decades, collected photos from old timers about the early days of San Jacinto and Hemet. Most of the photographs Dave will present are from the Swift collection between the decades of the 1880s to the 1930s. Many are simply stunning, showing off the wealth of the early days. Grand commercial and public buildings, stately homes, unbelievable hotels....almost all have va nished. Dave also will draw attention to overlooked details of photos. Sometimes he will show an old section of a town with what the same section looks like today. And many photos of his presentation will be of common people doing

common things back then, like farm work, small business shops, horse transportation, the earliest railroad in the valley, and a host of other fun slides to marvel at. Sisk was born in Hemet in 1958. His mother was born Virginia Searl in 1934 in the two-story birthing house near the corner of Kimball and Harvard, before there was a city hospital. His grandfather, Floyd Searl, grew up on the Searl farm in Diamond Valley. His great

grandparents, Oliver and Idella Searl, were married in the Methodist Church in Winchester in 1892. He taught middle school for over three decades and honed his presentation skills to keep youngsters interested and attentive.

Dave enjoys local history. His interest in the photos came from his family history of people who were founders in the San Jacinto Valley.

Social time begins at 1:30 p.m. and the presentation starts at 2 p.m.

The public is welcome to attend.

The Ramona Room behind Miller-Jones Mortuary is located at 1501 W. Florida Avenue, Hemet. Parking is in the rear.

The SAGE Society of Hemet (Search for Adventure in Greater Education) provides a forum for people to engage in programs and activities of intellectual stimulation.

Submitted by the SAGE Society of Hemet.

Recent rains bring storm-related Hemet road improvements, community outreach

Tony Ault Staff Writer

The City of Hemet Public Works Department reported work on many projects across the city due to recent heavy rains. Those included the division crews focusing on storm-related duties to mitigate the impact on the city’s infrastructure.

victory, “This is not a minor victory. This is a huge victory. The reason why is that when the judge rules on a motion for preliminary injunction, one of the tests is whether or not the plaintiffs who are challenging the district are likely to succeed on the merits of their case. This judge found all across the board, ‘no’, these plaintiffs are not likely to succeed.”

Tyler continued, “There’s two policies at issue. One’s actually a resolution that addresses CRT, and it’s not necessarily a ban. What it does is it restricts CRT from effectively violating the California Education Code, where the California Education Code prevents racism. It prevents division as Dr. K has said. Indivisibility, that’s what we want as Americans. But the CRT curriculum generally that is used out there is to try to pit races against each other. And so that’s one reason

The projects included cleaning drainage ditches and managing basins to repair potholes and ensuring the availability of sand at the local fire stations which continue. The measures have been crucial in preparing for and responding to adverse weather conditions that have been occurring this winter.

As a result, tree trimming crews also trimmed trees, removed dead ones and ground the stumps. Crews at Brubaker Park installed a bottle-filling station/drinking fountain, promoting hydration and health among park visitors while reducing plastic waste.

why that resolution is sustained by this court as being reasonable. And frankly, it will ultimately be deemed Constitutional.

The other provision is the parental rights policy. The policy itself provides parents with notification. If any child says, I want to change my name, then parents are supposed to be told. It also advises that if a child is suicidal or being bullied, those are issues that the parents need to know about as well.

Dr. Komrosky said, “If my child says, I’m a girl, but I want to use the boys’ bathroom; as a parent, I want to know that. Why shouldn’t I know?”

The next court date is May 23. The next election is June 6 when residents will decide whether or not they will side with the recall activists who are against parental notification and the CRT policies or TVUSD school board president Dr. Komrosky.

Dr. Komrosky continues to de-

In another effort to strengthen Hemet community outreach and foster open communication, the Hemet Police Department kicked off its first Coffee with a Cop event of 2024, welcoming residents for an informal meet-and-greet at the Starbucks at 889 W. Florida Ave. Coffee with a Cop is designed to break down the barriers between law enforcement and the Hemet community, offering a unique opportunity for Hemet’s citizens to engage directly with law enforcement officers. City Manager Mark Prestwich also made himself available to attendees, emphasizing the City Administration’s support for building a more connected community. Such gatherings are crucial for understanding and addressing the concerns of Hemet residents. More will be planned in coming weeks.

fend his position saying, “Aside from being a school board trustee, I’m a concerned parent. And so for me, I went back to basics: education, reading, writing, math or arithmetic, history, and science. CRT is divisive in nature and it’s Marxist. So we don’t need political social ideology being stuffed down our innocent child’s mind or the sexualization of our youth. One thing, to be clear, is that we’re not targeting any students. We want a high-quality education for all, and this parental notification protects all students. The other thing to draw attention to is that CRT is unAmerican. When we do the Pledge of Allegiance, we talk about being undivided as an American people, but CRT divides us.

“California Education Code 2 through 3.5 emphasizes morality and patriotism. So if it’s un-American and it violates the Ed code, it doesn’t need to be in the school district. It doesn’t belong.“

Tyler said the mainstream media has tried to spin this and the other policies as discriminating against some students, but it’s not true. He says, “Excuse me, who loves their children more? Parents or the government? These radical policies and these ideologies are coming out and they want to make the exception the rule. If you focus on the transgender issue, there might be some parents, but they’re the exception, who might not treat their children properly. Or the big alarming threat is, ‘Oh, these parents are going to throw their children out of the house.’ No, that’s the exception, not the rule.”

So Dr. Komrosky was voted in with a pro-parent campaign in the community. He said, “I was very open and transparent on what I wanted to accomplish and we delivered on those promises.”

He continued, “One thing that I wanted to make clear is that this is a four-prong lawsuit. You have a few students, teachers, parents, and the local teacher’s union, Temecula Valley Educators Association. So they’re all in on suing us. And what it’s created, the teacher’s union has weaponized the school district against the majority of the

board. And if the majority of the board, such as myself, represents the voices of our community, then it becomes even more profound. Now it’s the local teachers union against the voices of the community. So what’s happening is post-COVID lockdowns, you have parents pulling their kids out of school because they had a front room view into what’s happening. So they get to see stuff like CRT exposure, and hypersexualization of their kids. But on top of that, now you’re breaking the trust that we’re trying to instill in our district by weaponizing it. And on top of that, teachers themselves, many of them have left the union because they’re frustrated. They’re saying, we didn’t vote for you to sue our Board and why am I paying these union dues if I don’t even align with you or agree with you?”

Komrosky said, “And this is happening all across our county, state, and country, and it’s time in the state of California that parents get involved. So I’m excited about the court victory, but we need to keep on fighting for our students and our parents.

“The political entity involved, the teacher’s union, has been actively campaigning to get a majority of the board off and now they’re targeting me. They got the signatures. So I have a special election for June 4th, and my thought is I’m excited to reintroduce my values to the community once again. And I think that the activists are a small loud minority. I think they’ve awoken a sleeping giant. And I think the parents who voted me in, they’re going to remind these liberal activists, ‘We’re going to vote ‘em in again.’ That’s just what I think.”

“This is a battle that is going on across our state,” says attorney Tyler, “California leads in everything, not necessarily favorably. As goes California, so goes the nation. There was the Chino Valley Unified School District case in a different county where the judge ruled against the school district on a parental notification policy. And so this court victory was a huge victory. I am really honored to be able to represent, along with my colleagues, the Temecula Val-

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ley School Board because they’re stepping out. They’re doing what they need to do to protect children, preserve parental rights, and do what is best for our kids.

“I think ultimately what’s going to happen is the parties will be filing motions for summary judgment. That’s going to be the conclusion of the case. The judge will decide it. This is not a case that’s likely to go to trial. This is a question of law.

And so the judge has already given his opinion on the law. So the great likelihood is, as the judge’s own opinion says, that the Temecula school district acted properly and constitutionally in adopting the resolution and the policy. And so it may go up on appeal, the lawyers for the teacher’s union, and these plaintiffs might appeal it to a higher court. And frankly, the judge’s rationale is so clear and correct. I think this is going to be sustained as we go up higher

“It isn’t just a few local activists who are fighting against TVUSD school board members. Governor Newsom and Attorney General Rob Bonta have lobbied threats as well to the school district. So it’s really important that the decisions made here actually are in the best interest of the parents and the students,” said Tyler.

Another controversial policy that the TVUSD board voted for was in response to sexually explicit materials and pervasive profanity in the school curriculum. While some people defended it, others said it was inappropriate and could be used for “grooming.”

Dr. Komrosky added that their struggle is important because it empowers other school districts that are motivated by the parents to be their voice to pass similar policies. “This might be case law to help them. So it’s another call to action for parents and grandparents. Get off the couch and get involved, encouraged Komrosky. “I’m going to continue fighting for our parental rights and our children’s innocence.” Dr. Komrosky’s website is

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Sabine Becker: A woman who perseveres until success happens

In an interview with the Valley News, inspirational speaker, mother, grandmother, and author Sabine Becker recollected the fond memories of her childhood. She spoke of learning how to swim and playing with other children, roller skating and skiing, stating, “Just like every other kid I jumped off the three-meter diving board… it was a long time later that it was clear, I was kind of different.” Due to the rampant drug administration of Thalidomide, a drug given to pregnant women to ease the effects of morning sickness, Sabine was born with partial development of both arms. “I have a very unusual disability and it was very difficult to get accepted by society,” said Sabine. “I was born in post-war Germany, and then, there was not much expected from a person with a disability.”

Sabine’s parents injected their wisdom, tenacity, courage, and bravery into her as a young girl. Coming from an educated background, Sabine’s parents recognized that in order to survive and live a life comparable to other people Sabine must become independent. Describing herself as “very fortunate,” Sabine spoke of her experiences being treated like everyone else. “My parents made physical and occupational therapy available to me, and I learned to use my feet as my hands. Sabine also calls people to consider their legacy when going through adversity asking the question “How do you want to be remembered by your children, grandchildren, and friends? I want to be remembered as a strong woman who did not give up, and who pushed to the end.”

“I learnt how to dress myself and take care of myself.. I really am grateful to my parents for having that foresight which was very unusual for that era in Germany.” Sabine explained that her parents did not really distinguish between her and her brother who was not born with a disability. “We both had to do housework, like vacuuming, and doing the dishes.. Part of this has helped me to be the woman I am today, to be the independent woman that pushes, and I learned that as a young girl, my mother was very instrumental in that.” The push to be independent inspired her acronym P.U.S.H., which stands for Persevere Until Success Happens.

Sabine recognized that irrespective of the times, living with a disability is difficult. However today there is much more societal inclusivity and provision made for disabled people that Sabine did not have growing up. “My parents had to fight for me to attend a regular school, and then I continued to college because it was not a matter of if I would attend college, but when and where I would enroll.” Cognizant of her heart to help others,

Sabine studied Social Work at the undergraduate level before studying for her Psychology master’s degree. Sabine explained that not only did she want to help others, but by studying Psychology she could better understand why she was the way she was. “There was a time in my life when I really did feel different, especially during my teenage years wondering who is going to like me…like every teenager. I also observed some young people giving up and became fascinated with the question of why some people persevere and others do not, this pushed me into psychology,” said Sabine.

The joys of marriage and motherhood came for Sabine, but adversity also came alongside it. Sabine spoke of the challenges that came with dressing and changing the diapers of her newborn son. She reiterated “What you do with your hands, I do with my feet and that is how I took care of my baby.” But after the death of her husband, Sabine found herself in yet another situation where she needed to P.U.S.H. Being a single disabled parent had its trying times but Sabine describes that eventually, “Life evens out” and she was able to find a higher-paying job to support her and her family.

Sabine has pushed through life’s challenges but there was a particular time in her life when she needed to push harder than ever to succeed. On May 17, 2012, while driving through the mountains of New Mexico with a friend, Sabine suffered a stroke. She describes her vision suddenly becoming blurry and the road spiraling out of control. “It seemed like I was looking through a kaleidoscope, but I kept driving and blacked out.” Sabine continued stating that, “I knew I should have died, because if you lose control of your car at 55/ 65 miles an hour near the Rio Grande River the likelihood of dying is pretty serious. The stroke I had was very, very severe but maybe due to God or destiny, it just wasn’t my time yet. I was saved by a true miracle.” Sabine did not receive treatment until 2 hours and 45 minutes after her stroke leaving her entire left side paralyzed. Despite that, Sabine spoke of being given a second chance, propelling her to write her book “The Rebel’s Guide The Power of P.U.S.H” to share all the lessons she has learned along the way.

“My disability is not the only thing that has taught me how to triumph over adversity, I had to overcome adversity when I learned how to walk and speak again after my stroke… it took me 360 days of pushing myself to get here today.” Sabine recalled the doctors telling her that she will always have to depend on someone else for speech assistance and help with daily activities. “The doctors did not know that they were talking about someone who is armed with P.U.S.H. I was born to survive and born to thrive.”

TNEF to reschedule annual nature education resource forum for science teachers

Tony Ault Staff Writer

The Nature Education Foundation at the Santa Rosa Plateau’s Nature Education Resource Forum for teachers originally planned for Saturday, March 9, at the Cedar Dove Ranch has been rescheduled on the request of local teachers until their start of the new school year. It was announced Thursday, Feb. 29.

The annual forum brings local science teachers and those involved in the teaching of nature, the environment and climate change to learn the newest California State Public Education

In many ways, Sabine’s book was born out of the trials of her rehabilitation but includes life lessons she has gathered throughout her life. Sabine mentioned that she wanted to write her book at age 21 and is glad she wrote it later in life because of the experiences she has had. During her rehabilitation Sabine met a man who was committed to running or walking a 26.2 mile marathon. “I thought to myself, you’re nuts! But later I started thinking, why not? Why not take this as motivation for each step I take.”

Five years later, coinciding with the anniversary of Sabine’s stroke, she finished the Los Angeles Marathon, and in December 2020 started writing her book. “It really was a labor of love. I wanted to give back to people as much as I possibly could, all the lessons of adversity I have learned can be passed on to others.”

Sabine’s mission is to equip people with hope. Her message to those going through adversity “is every difficult situation starts with hope, and this hope pushes you to action, the action of perseverance.”

To learn more about Sabine Becker’s book, The Rebel’s Guide The Power of P.U.S.H. please visit Amazon at com/Rebels-Guide-Power-P-U-SH-Persevere/dp/B0CTGCRTRY Sabine is also available for speaking engagements. To learn more please visit her website at

requirement for those studies and have the opportunity to apply for small grants from TNEF for their classroom science studies. The date and location of the next forum will be announced at the end of summer school vacations. The Nature Education Foundation at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve is a nonprofit organization with more than 200 active members and is open to all interested in helping in their mission to educate children to appreciate and become good stewards of nature in the future. For more information, visit Submitted by The Nature Education Foundation.

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Sabine Becker is an inspirational speaker, coach, and Thalidomide survivor. Sabine Becker’s book is available on Amazon. Sabine Becker learned to use her feet for everyday tasks, including driving a non-modified car. Valley News/Courtesy photos
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French Valley residents enjoy a community fair at Rancho Bella Vista Park

Tony Ault Staff Writer

Despite unpredictable rainy weather, many French Valley residents, their families, friends and dogs took advantage of the French Valley Community Fair at Rancho Bella Vista Park Saturday, March 2.

The community fair was sponsored by Riverside County 3rd District Supervisor Chuck Washington. Washington, along with staff of the park’s Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District, greeted visitors with hot dogs while learning about the many Riverside County agencies, and an opportunity to have their family dog microchipped. Children enjoyed bounce houses, face painting and balloon creations. Especially exciting for the youngsters was a chance to meet and pet Riverside County Fire K-9s Joy and Banner, the department’s comfort dogs. Children could also pick up a plastic fireman’s hat and see the

fire and rescue trucks on display. The California Highway Patrol and the Riverside County Sheriff’s officers were on hand to answer the public’s questions. For the older and braver children, a climbing tower was available.

The purpose of the community fair at the 7-acre park was to inform the public of what Riverside County and its parks offer its residents in every neighborhood. Washington was on hand to greet the visitors and bring them up to date on the happenings in French Valley and the region.

“The event is bringing a lot of resources for French Valley in partnering with Valley-Wide. Today will be lots of fun for the kids, and we are excited that the community has come out today, even with the weather,” he said. “We are showing French Valley some love. Despite not having the resources of a city, we want to give residents some county advantages and bring some activities to the region.”

Washington joined Valley-Wide

Recreation & Park District General Manager Dean Wetter inside the community gymnasium where many of the vendors and agencies set up information booths to greet the residents and visitors. Wetter said, “The attendance is great. It shows how active the community is. It’s our mission for our community to live a healthy lifestyle and bring the community together to share and partner with Riverside County.” Wetter explained that Rancho Bella Vista Park also serves the unincorporated community of Winchester.

Also part of the special French Valley event was microchipping for dogs performed by the Riverside County Animal Control team. Residents and their dogs from as far away as Hemet and San Jacinto took part in the free service. More than 50 dogs were scheduled to be microchipped, which helps animal control officers identify the owners of lost pets that they find.

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People gather at the Rancho Bella Vista Park for the French Valley Community Fair, March 2. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo Children play carnival style games during the French Valley Community Fair. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo Children climb a rock wall at the French Valley Community Fair. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo People learn about a variety of organizations during the French Valley Community Fair. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo Riverside County 3rd Dist. Supervisor greets visitors inside the Rancho Bella Vista Gymnasium and Park where the French Valley Community Fair is held March 2. Valley News/Tony Ault photo Dean Wetter, Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District general manager, hands out tote bags to visitors from a booth at the French Valley Community Fair. Valley News/Tony Ault photo A child touches Riverside County Fire Department K9 comfort dog Banner at the French Valley Community Fair. RCF K9 three-legged comfort dog Joy was also on hand to delight the children. Valley News/Tony Ault photo

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March 7 – 4-5:30 p.m. Spring Garden Art for teens using paint pens at the Ronald H. Roberts

Temecula Public Library, 30600 Pauba Road, Temecula. Teens will decorate a terracotta pot and then plant seeds to watch them grow. This program is for grades 7-12 and is limited to 25 participants. Please register at the library reception desk or by calling 951-693-8900.

March 30 – 9 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt at Rancho Bella Vista Park, 31757 Browning St., Murrieta. For children 12 and under. One or more Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District egg hunts to be announced.


March 8 – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. “A Day in Her Shoes” a Women’s National Day event held at the Murrieta Hot Springs Conference Center off Murrieta Hot Springs Road. Women’s panels with the Turpin Girls, once held captive in Perris, are the honored guests.

Tickets $95. Meet at the Bridge Church, 38801 Calistoga St. in Murrieta at 7:15 a.m. for parking and shuttle service to Murrieta Hot Springs. Shuttles run all day. Area women leaders will be on hand to speak of their successes.

March 9 – 8 a.m. to noon.

Sun City Farmers Market (every Saturday) at the Sun City Civic Association at 26850 Sun City Blvd. Sun City Menifee, Local vendors and crafts.

March 15-16 – “The Weekend” is the annual Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District Fundraiser with Golf Tournament and other special events to benefit local youth sports programs at district parks sponsored by the San Jacinto Exchange Club and Friends of Valley-Wide Foundation. With a golf tournament Friday, March 15 at Soboba Springs

Golf Course in San Jacinto and an auction and awards dinner Saturday, March 16. Call 951-6658261 for information and times. $50 for Saturday’s western theme casual dinner. Visit

March 21 – 5-9 p.m. Murrieta Downtown Market Nights by Murrieta Downtown Merchants and Property Owners Assn. between Juniper and Washington streets. Many local vendors and businesses participate every first and third Thursday of each month. Memberships and Murrieta vendors welcome $50 to $25. More info, contact Location 24810 Washington Ave., Murrieta.

March 21 – 6-7:30 p.m. The Science of a Solar Eclipse presented by the Temecula Valley Astronomers at the Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library, 30600 Pauba Road, Temecula. Astronomers will explain the coming solar eclipse event. This program is open to all ages. No registration is required, but space is limited.

March 23 – 9 a.m. to Noon, Menifee Spring Fest at Underwood Park, 28251 Rouse Road, Menifee. Family friendly event with egg hunts, food vendors, bounce houses.

April 5 – 5-9 p.m. Foodie Fridays, at Mt. San Jacinto College’s Menifee Campus, 28237 La Piedra Road. The event is presented by Made Local, in “flavorship” with the City of Menifee and Mt. San Jacinto College. It is an incubator for small businesses to gauge the community’s interest in their unique offerings. Foodie Fridays often hosts over 60 food vendors.

ONGOING – Riverside Transportation Commission is offering Park and Ride lots to connect with carpools, vanpools and transit systems in Beaumont at 600 E. Sixth Street; in San Jacinto at 501 S. San Jacinto Avenue; and in Temecula at Grace Presbyterian Church, 31143 Nicolas Road, open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. but

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not on weekends.

ONGOING – Line dancing classes are held Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Lake Elsinore/ Wildomar Elks Lodge, 33700

Mission Trail, in Wildomar across from the Animal Friends of the Valleys. Classes have a DJ with learning levels beginning to intermediate. Have fun and exercise at the same time at $5 per lesson. Contact Joyce Hohenadl at 951674-2159.

ONGOING – Sun City Civic

Association Monthly Square Dance sessions are held Sundays from 1:30-5 p.m. at 26850 Sun City Boulevard.

ONGOING – If you know a homebound older adult, resources in Menifee are available, including grab-and-go, cooked and frozen food for pickup. Courtesy pantry items and meals delivered with no contact. Three days of emergency food can be delivered immediately or restaurant meal delivery for those who don’t qualify for food assistance programs. Call the California Department on Aging at 800-510-2020 for help.

ONGOING – The Riverside County COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant Program is accepting online applications for business grants up to $10,000 at that can be used for employee retention, working capital, personal protective equipment purchases, rent or mortgage payments and paying vendor notices. Eligible businesses, including nonprofits, must be in Riverside County, with a minimum of one but less than 50 employees and operating for at least one year since March 1. For more information, call Riverside County Business and Community Services at 951-955-0493.

ONGOING – 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Temecula Winchester Swap Meet continues, 33280 Newport Road in Winchester. Saturdays and Sundays only. The small local swap meet is only 50 cents for entry, and anyone under age 10 is free admission. No dogs allowed.

ONGOING – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Every Sunday, Murrieta Village Walk Farmers Market is at Village Walk Place in Murrieta. The Sunday morning farmers market at Village Walk Plaza is a place to buy fruits and veggies, gourmet food and crafts. Come to the center in the northwest corner of Kalmia/Cal Oaks at the Interstate 215 exit in Murrieta.

ONGOING – Temecula’s Farmers Markets are offered in Old Town Temecula Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon, 4100 Main Street in Temecula; at Promenade Temecula, 40640 Winchester Road, outside JCPenney every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at Vail Headquarters, 32115 Temecula Parkway, every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Riverside County Public Health orders, the farmers markets will be restricted to agriculture products only. Follow the Old Town Temecula Farmers Market on Facebook to stay updated. No pets allowed.

ONGOING : TVGS Family History Research Assistance Program. Interested in learning more about your family roots? Temecula Valley Genealogical Society offers free research assistance through this volunteer program. Appointments are available in person or via Zoom. Contact the TVGS Family Research Coordinator at tvgs.research.assist@ for more information.


March 8 – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A Day in Her Shoes. An event offering panels, networking, and mentorship for women. Panels include Women in Science, Women in Public Safety, and Women in Politics. Tickets are $125 and available at adayinhershoesca. com. Net proceeds benefit Oak Grove Center. Hosted at Murrieta Hot Springs Resort and Conference Center, 39405 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, Murrieta.

March 9 – 10-12 a.m Dorland Mountain Arts called all colony artists to submit 3 pieces of their art by March 13 to be shown from May 8. Original art only. Art and frame must be in excellent condition. Send title/medium/price to:

March 14 – 8 a.m. Echo Hills

Golf Course third annual 3 Club Shamrock Golf Tournament at 545 E. Thornton Ave., Hemet. Golfers can only use three clubs of their own choice. Space limited. Fees $20 with cart, $15 walking. Raffles and contests. Information, 951-652-2203 or

March 16 – 9:30 a.m. History program about Menifee Valley’s Wright Family and their 1940’s Rock House. At the AntelopeMenifee Rural Center (Haun Rd., just north of Garbani Rd.) or join live on Facebook. Light refreshments provided. For more info, call 951-708-6842 or visit

March 29 – Monthly Temecula

Arts Night on the last Friday of each month at The Lot at the Merc, 42051 Main St., Old Town Temecula. Visitors can view a variety of artwork for sale from artists exhibiting in multiple mediums and enjoy live music at The Lot. A free reception is held in The Merc each month for the featured artist where guests can enjoy refreshments while admiring the art gallery. Event is free.

ONGOING – Temecula’s Path of Honor at the Temecula Duck Pond, 28250 Ynez Road. A program to give a place to remember and honor Veterans from the US Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the WWII Merchant Marines who served our country with a permanent paver. Pavers cost $185. Orders may be placed year-round and are consolidated, engraved, and placed on the path annually each November. For more information visit or contact the Temecula Community Services Department at 951-694-6480.

ONGOING – Want to help

deployed American troops remotely? Help shop for the most needed items without leaving home as an easy way to help support deployed men and women by purchasing items remotely and having them delivered to MilVet at designated drop-off locations for packing. All items on the list are special requests from deployed military men and women. MilVet is a nonprofit organization that holds monthly packaging events at different community locations in the area. For dropoff locations and packaging locations, visit military-care-packages.

ONGOING – Multiple Sclerosis Support Group Meeting meets the third Monday of each month at the Mary Phillips Senior Center, 41845 Sixth Street, in Temecula from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, email or join the meeting.

ONGOING – Sons of Norway/ Scandinavia meets at noon the first Saturday of every month, September to June, at the Heritage Mobile Park Clubhouse, 31130 S. General Kearny Road, in Temecula.

ONGOING – Menifee Community Services offers online driver’s education courses for a $21.95 fee. The course includes animated driving scenarios, instructional videos, sample tests, licensed instructor available to answer questions, DMV-approved certificate of completion with all lectures and exams completed from home. Designed for students and does not include behind-the-wheel instruction or a California driver’s permit. Contact 951-723-3880 or visit the city of Menifee to register at of

ONGOING – 10-11:30 a.m.

Michelle’s Place Cancer Resource Center and The Elizabeth Hospice host a virtual support meeting for caregivers every second and fourth week of the month via Zoom. Get helpful tips and learn from others who are also dealing with similar challenges. For more information and to register, contact The Elizabeth Hospice Grief Support Services at 833-349-2054.

ONGOING – Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, a free 12step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating or bulimia, has meetings throughout the U.S. and the world. Contact 781932-6300, or for local meetings call 925-321-0170 or visit www.

ONGOING – The Murrieta Garden Club meets each month at the Murrieta Community Center, 41810 Juniper St. Anyone who likes to garden or is interested in plants is welcome. Membership is $10 per year. Find more information about the monthly event or project on Facebook.

ONGOING – Temecula Valley Rose Society meets each month. For more information and new meeting dates and places, visit www.temeculavalleyrosesociety.


ONGOING – Menifee Toastmasters meets every Thursday at noon for one hour at a designated place to have fun, enhance speaking capabilities, gain self-confidence and improve social skills. For new dates, call 760-807-1323 or visit for more information.

ONGOING – Homeless veterans can receive free help by dialing 877-424-3838 for 24/7 access to the VA’s services for homeless, at-risk veterans. Chat is confidential for veterans and friends. Visit

ONGOING - The Dorland Scribblers meet the second Sunday of each month from 1-3 p.m. at 36701 Highway 79 South, Temecula. We welcome fiction, non-fiction, poets, memoir, and screenwriters. We host writingcraft discussions; attendees may read up to a five-minute excerpt from their work for feedback/ critique. RSVP at

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Winners announced for ‘CELEBRATE! Holidays & Family Traditions’ art competition

Fallbrook Propane and the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce sponsored the “CELEBRATE! Holidays & Family Traditions” art competition, open to artists in the region. Artists were invited to submit 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional pieces or photography depicting holidays and family traditions. Art was submitted from Feb. 1 to 23, with awards for first, second and third place in each category.

The following are the winners of the competition:

2-Dimensional Category

1st Place: “Country Christmas at the Ranch” – James Wallace, Fallbrook

2nd Place: “The Storyteller” –Amy Walker, Oceanside

3rd Place: “Decorated” – Barbara Corbett, Hemet

3-Dimensional Category

1st Place: “Find Santa’s Secret” – Peter Sidlauskas, Escondido

2nd Place: “Party Time” – Gayle Bamber, Fallbrook

3rd Place: “Winter Baubles” –Margee Luper, Long Beach Photography Category

1st Place: “Quilted with Love” – Joanne Van Doorn, Fallbrook

2nd Place: “Rose Bowl Party” – Lori Beach, Temecula

3rd Place: “Nana’s Poinsettia” – Lori Beach, Temecula Fallbrook Chamber’s Pick “December 26th” – Dunya Shaw, Fallbrook

People’s Choice Award “Marks Family Popcorn Night” – Mary Brockman, San Jose

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CELEBRATE’s 1st Place - 2-Dimensional Category, “Country Christmas at the Ranch” by James Wallace. Valley News/Courtesy photos 1st Place - 3-Dimensional Category, “Find Santa’s Secret” by Peter Sidlauskas. [Right] 1st Place – Photography, “Quilted with Love” by Joanne Van Doorn. People’s Choice Award, “Marks Family Popcorn Night” by Mary Brockman. Fallbrook Chamber’s Pick, “December 26th” by Dunya Shaw.

Former Murrieta Student of the Year continues to pay it forward

After Jennifer Mejares-Pham was recognized as a Murrieta/ Wildomar Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month in September 2002, she was named Student of the Year for Murrieta Valley High School. Mejares-Pham was a student who provided extensive community service and leadership.

“I had logged over 1,000 community service hours by the start of my high school senior year,” she said. “I started NightHawk Watch, a campus safety committee where we started a tip line post 9/11 that is still operating today.”

A Murrieta resident since 1987, education has always played an important role in her life, she said. Mejares-Pham started a tutoring company when she was 11 years old. She took college-level calculus as a high school freshman and could teach math at the highest level. By the age of 14, she had her own tutoring company.

Mejares-Pham earned her college degree in human biology and human development with a specialty in biochemistry, education and public service from University of California San Diego. After graduation, she returned to Murrieta, opened a college counseling arm of her tutoring business and eventually opened a test preparation component. She studied pre-med and applied to Stanford Medical School when she was certified as a College Admissions Counselor to help create access for her community as her personal passion service project.

“After year three, when I was supposed to return to medical school, I ended up falling in love

with my students and their families, so I decided to stay and continue the mission of the project,” Mejares-Pham said.

When her sister won the same Student of the Year award in 2008, Mejares-Pham returned to the Student of the Month program to volunteer her expertise and things came full circle. The nonprofit program was founded by Sally A. Myers of BMW Management, owner of several Sizzler restaurants and Richie’s Diner in Temecula. Established in Temecula in 1993 and expanding to three nearby communities, the program honors outstanding college bound seniors for their character, love of learning and willingness to participate in numerous activities such as campus events, athletics and community service all in a setting that honors God, country, community, family and free enterprise.

“Jen is an adviser on our board,” Myers said. “She is the one who developed our scholarship application, the questions the students answer at our Student of the Month recognition ceremonies and the questions the students address for Student of the Year. She’s quite an amazing woman. God has truly carried her through a challenging time, and she is a shining testimony to others.”

Through Learning with Jen Educational Consulting and College Preparation, Mejares-Pham has dedicated decades to building post-secondary pathways. Her services include tutoring, test preparation, educational consulting and counseling for college admissions. She said what makes her service unique is the fact she individualizes everything for each and every student. Under her guid-

ance, Learning with Jen has built a solid reputation for achieving consistent and documented academic improvements.

“I have worked with more than 1,000 students in the area and have raised more than $20 million in the past three decades,” she said.

The mother of three also stays busy with her children Joelson, 10, Jenson, 6, and Joeliana, 4.

After losing her husband Roy Joel Hernandez Mejares in September 2019, Mejares-Pham found a way to help others by starting a support group. Never Alone Widows/Widows with Children of Temecula is a Facebook/Instagram group she created. She met her future husband on the first day of Murrieta Valley High School band camp. She played clarinet and he played the tuba. They didn’t get together, however, until nearly 10 years later. After graduation, Joel Mejares received a full scholarship to the University of Hawaii where he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and government and continued to play tuba in the band. During his college years, the tragic events of 9/11 took place and spurred him to enlist in the U.S. Army in 2008. His four brothers also served in the U.S. military. Joel Mejares worked for the government after obtaining his master’s degree in cybersecurity and information assurance.

Mejares-Pham comes from a long line of brave and civicminded people. Her parents escaped from Vietnam three days before the fall of Saigon in April 1975, and her grandmother was a confidential informant for the U.S. government.

“I live the pay-it-forward mind-

the founder and owner of Learning with Jen Educational Consulting and College Preparation in Murrieta. set and have achieved the American Dream,” she said. Her dedication to her community also includes being a trustee for the Murrieta Laurel Public Cemetery District. She was appointed to that position by County Supervisor Chuck Washington and said a public trustee’s role is to manage the staff, finances and policies.

Mejares-Pham received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement-Volunteer Service Award in 2010 and was honored as one of southwest Riverside County’s “40 under 40” by the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce in 2014. She recently ran for a Riverside County Office of Education Board position representing Temecula, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore.

“I ran for office because I feel like it is another way to serve our community,” she said. “This would be a good job for me because my

Murrieta Valley students honored in February

Diane A. Rhodes

Special to Valley News

The Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month program held its Feb. 15 recognition breakfast at the Murrieta Sizzler restaurant, 40489 Murrieta Hot Springs Road. Emcee Mary Walters, Murrieta Valley Unified School District Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, welcomed everyone to the event that celebrates and honors outstanding students who make a significant difference in their schools and community.

Walters said students are selected based on the nonprofit organization’s mission statement to provide a local high school recognition program which acknowledges college and trade school bound seniors for their character, their love of learning and their commitment to academics in addition to their participation in athletics, school activities, community service or their ability to persevere and overcome difficult life circumstances in a setting that honors God, country, family, community and free enterprise.

Large tote bags filled with gifts, certificates of recognition and more were donated by the program’s sponsors to the award recipients. Each student was invited to the podium to share their personal story, past challenges and future goals with a room full of supporters that included principals, teachers,

peers and family members, as well as community and school district dignitaries.

February’s students of the month are Murrieta Canyon Academy’s Kalika Weathers, Murrieta Mesa High School’s Payton Hutson, Murrieta Valley High’s Marco Cabebe, Springs Charter School’s Brianna Zietz and Vista Murrieta High School’s Emily Grandsinger.

Kalika Weathers Principal Matt Bean said there hasn’t been a student who has matured and prospered at Murrieta Canyon Academy’s alternative education setting more than Kalika has since she enrolled at the start of her sophomore year. She said her family moved to Murrieta about nine years ago. “From the start it was not a positive move for me,” Kalika said. “I was in an unfamiliar environment and struggled to make the right friends.” She said that as a result, she surrounded herself with negative people and became that way herself. She said in her middle school years, she was surrounded by people who hated life and everything about it, so she started to hate life too. “I fell into a deep state of depression where I felt at the time that death was my only option,” Kalika said. During COVID, she lost her dear grandfather. She said that inspired her to do better because that’s what he would have wanted her to do and though it was difficult to break old habits, she was determined and found what she needed at MCA. Counselors and teachers helped her improve her mental health. Kalika wants to become a teacher and work at an alternative school one day. “I think my creativity and positivity would make me a good teacher and role model to others,” she said.

background in education allows me to share my knowledge on a greater scale to the schools that raised me.”

Mejares-Pham is just one example of the type of young men and women who are honored within their local communities through the Student of the Month program. The 2023-2024 Murrieta/ Wildomar Chamber of Commerce Student of the Year ceremony will be held Thursday, May 16, at the Murrieta Sizzler. To learn more about the area’s Student of the Month programs or to participate, contact Myers at 951-775-0520 or Sally.Myers@bmwmanagement. com

For more information on Learning with Jen, visit http://www. or email Mejares-Pham at learningwithjen@

Recipients of the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month award for February are, from left, Emily Grandsinger, Yasmin Yanthis, Brianna Zietz, Kalika Weathers, Payton Hutson and Marco Cabebe.

Payton Hutson Murrieta Mesa Assistant Principal Kaitlin Punzel said Payton is currently vice president of the school’s Unified Sports and Leadership program with plans to become a special education teacher in the future. Unified Leadership teaches leaders of all abilities to value and learn from each other. Unified Leadership inspires change to create an environment on campus of inclusion where people with and without intellectual disabilities can succeed together by

being leaders on campus and in the community. Punzel said that because Payton was too humble to brag on herself about her accomplishments, she went to the source and asked the entire Unified class what they would say about her while she had stepped out. “It was pretty impressive,” Punzel Valley News/John P. Hess photo see STUDENTS, page B-5

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Special to Valley News Jennifer Mejares-Pham, second from left, works with seniors from the class of 2024 at her Learning with Jen educational services company in Murrieta. The Mejares family was honored at SoFi stadium in November 2023 during halftime as part of the LA Chargers Salute to Service event. Joelson is holding a photo of his father, Joel, whose brother, Rogelio, at left, also joined in the celebration. Jennifer is with daughter Joeliana and her other son Jenson Valley News/Courtesy photos Jennifer Mejares-Pham is


Menifee Valley students honored in February

MENIFEE – The Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce held its most recent Student of the Month recognition ceremony Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Perris Sizzler restaurant, 91 W. Nuevo Road. The honored students are nominated by their teachers and staff at their respective school sites and are chosen for their character, integrity, love of learning, ability to persevere and overcome challenging circumstances, community service and how they make a difference on their high school campus.

February’s students and their families attended a breakfast sponsored by the Perris and Menifee chambers of commerce, along with local businesses and organizations. Principals, teachers and staff from each high school shared stories about the students and they each received certificates of recognition, numerous gifts, congratulations and encouragement from local, county, state and federal dignitaries.

Micah Remick Liberty High School’s Student of the Month is Micah Remick. He is respected by his peers, teachers and administrators, according to Principal Erika Tejeda. Remick was instrumental as a main player in starting the aquatics program at Liberty.

“He is dedicated to empowering other students in the pool who may not have ever had an opportunity to be on the swim team or in water polo,” Tejeda said.

Remick shared that he loves helping people and plans to give back to his community for the rest of his life. One life lesson that he shared was that there are people around to help you, but you need to help yourself by making sure you put the effort in as well. Remick plans to take this with him as he attends Miramar College majoring in fire science to become a firefighter/paramedic.

Ariel Avila

Perris High School’s Ariel Avila is a scholar athlete who excels in wrestling and in her academics. She’s taken multiple Advanced Placement courses while also maintaining lead MVP in her weight class for wrestling. According to Avila’s wrestling coach Jesse Flores, she is one of the most remarkable people he’s ever met.

“She’s very impressive, both on the wrestling mat and in the classroom,” he said. “I’m lucky to have been able to coach her these last few years.” Avila credited Flores with guiding her to become a better person and helping to accomplish the things she’s done. She is not sure where she will be attending college, but she will be majoring in pharmacology. She would like to help develop better medicine for heart patients, along with other illnesses.

Jason Lopez

Perris Lake High School’s choice for February is Jason Lopez. Dealing with social anxiety was near to impossible for him. He had quite some difficulty even when he came to Perris Lake, staying within his shell; however, Lopez’s mom encouraged him to get involved and to put himself out there just a bit. Lopez decided to join ASB and the result was astounding. He excelled socially and academically to the point where he was able to graduate early. Lopez credits those at Perris Lake for his success.

“The staff at Perris Lake High School was more than just a teacher, principal, security, staff; they are people who care about us students,” he said.

While not sure about his school choice, Lopez does plan to pursue a career in aviation to become a pilot and possibly join the U.S. Air Force.

Nahokulani H. Nakasone

Nahokulani “Hoku” Nakasone from Paloma Valley High School is a student athlete who’s been in cross-country and track all four

Seated, from left, Micah Remick of Liberty High School; Jason Lopez of Perris Lake High School; Ariel Avila of Perris High School; Nahokulani Nakasone of Paloma Valley High School and Kaylee Faucher of Heritage High School; standing, from left, program founder Sally Myers, Andrea Mares for Supervisor Chuck Washington, Angelica Austin for state Sen. Kelly Seyarto, Riverside County Office of Education’s Elizabeth Vallejo, Kirk Skorpanich of Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce, Jett Benavidez for U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert, Casey Deaver for state Assemblymember Bill Essayli, Perris Union High School District Superintendent Grant Bennett, Perris City Clerk Nancy Salazar, Menifee Councilmember Bob Karwin, Jerry Sepulveda with Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce and Ricardo Guerrero for Sen. Richard Roth pose for a picture in celebration of honoring Student of the Month Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Perris Sizzler restaurant.

years of high school. She is part of Link Crew and AVID and is also taking multiple AP courses.

In addition to her school career, she takes care of her two younger siblings while her mom works as a nurse in a hospital. With all that she has going on in her life, she has been able to maintain a 4.3 GPA. It is not an easy feat for anyone, let alone a high school student. Multiple individuals have commented on Nakasone’s selfless character as grateful, humble, positive, kind, caring and encouraging.

“She is the epitome of empathy,” Principal Julie Blied said.

Nakasone plans to pursue her education majoring in biology to

become a physician assistant. Kayhlee Faucher Kaylee Faucher is Heritage High School’s Student of the Month for February. Faucher embodies all the aspects of Heritage’s LEGACY, but she truly embodies service above self, according to Principal Lindsay Chavez. Faucher is a member of many groups on campus because of her giving heart. While she is involved in multiple organizations, one program that is near and dear to her heart is robotics. Faucher feels her mark in robotics has made a lasting impact on both herself and the peers that she has worked with. She shared that she has helped make the pro-

gram a welcoming environment for students who may not have felt like they belonged, as she once did. Faucher will take all that she’s learned and pursue her education majoring in architecture to help create affordable and sustainable housing.

All of these students demonstrated a desire to work hard and have a drive to exceed expectations of their own and others. The Perris Valley Chamber and the Menifee Valley Chamber wish them the best in their endeavors. If you wish to learn more about the Student of the Month Program, contact Myers at 951-506-8024. Contributed content.

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said. Payton’s peers and the students she’s serving described her as dedicated, organized and respectful. “My favorite comment was when one student called her ‘supremely kind,’” Punzel said. Payton is also a member of the varsity cheer and stunt team and a straight A student in the top 10 of her senior class. She has been offered two scholarships to attend college in Texas. “I hope to one day change lives in the way that Unified has changed mine,” Payton said.

Marco Cabebe

Principal Ryan Tukua shared that Marco is the first male chosen as Student of the Month from Murrieta Valley High School this year. With a 4.5 GPA, Marco has taken just about every advanced course offered. He is a member of National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, Interact and MEDC clubs, Asian Student Union and the varsity soccer team. He has played club soccer for 10 years and has been a Level 10 piano player since the age of 14. He founded the Caring Melodies nonprofit and performs musical selections at local senior homes. Born in New York, Marco moved to California when

he was four years old. One big obstacle he had to overcome was returning to in-person school in his sophomore year. “A big lesson I have learned is that time keeps on moving and all we can do is appreciate the present; we can’t dwell on what we could’ve done in the past,” Marco said. “I plan to give back to my community by pursuing a career in healthcare, following in the footsteps of my parents.” He plans to major in biology and then attend medical school to become a practicing anesthesiologist. “One thing I’m definitely most proud of is getting the opportunity to play at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2020,” he said. “I’d say that was definitely the peak of my piano career.” His math teacher Deborah Lewis said it is rare that you see someone who is an athlete, artist and such an academic success.

Yasmin Yanthis Oak Grove Principal Tammy Wilson said Yasmin has a lot of grace and grit. She played on the boys’ basketball team and is a runner, recently participating in her first half marathon. Yasmin was born in New York and moved several times before settling in California. Oak Grove was her fourth high school, which she entered at the start of her

2024 Riverside County Certificated Administrator of the Year.

“It’s always a privilege to visit our schools and sites to recognize amazing educators like Ryan Mulvanny,” Gomez said. “His exceptional leadership qualities and dedication to student success have left an indelible impression. Ryan’s remarkable ability to identify and address needs beyond his immediate scope of responsibility speaks volumes about his character and commitment to our educational community.”

“There are so many people who deserve to be up here receiving this award,” Mulvanny said immediately after the surprise announcement. “I love my job, at every step along the way, and I’m humbled to come to work every day and make a difference in people’s lives and to be a little better every day for our students. We have the greatest jobs in the world, and our kids deserve the best from us.”

Mulvanny’s educational career

senior year after spending her junior year at a residential treatment center in Utah where she participated in sports and joined their leadership group. “A life lesson I learned along my journey was that I don’t need to always be okay,” Yasmin said. “I’ve become more self-aware of my emotions through mindfulness and now try coping effectively when I need to deal with my emotions.” Her teacher Katie Sweeney said, “As educators we often speak of the importance of dedication, perseverance and excellence in academic endeavors yet there are moments when a student’s achievements transcend mere academic success, when their contributions to the classroom, community and commitment to their peers and their passion for learning shine brightly and inspire us all. Yasmin’s journey through our school has been marked not only by academic excellence and a compassionate spirit but she has also overcome many obstacles, and this is demonstrated by her utilization of skills she has learned and is now applying successfully.”

Brianna Zietz Springs Charter School Principal Jennifer Martin shared that Brianna has had an affection for horses since she was very young. She has tended

started in 2007 as a teacher in a first grade classroom at Rice Canyon Elementary School in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District. Sixteen years later, after positions as a principal and instructional technology specialist within the same district, his focus remains on improving student success by promoting a culture of continuous learning for all staff. Mulvanny coordinated the district’s first all-day, all-staff professional development event Nov. 1, 2023, that drew nearly 3,000 employees to sharpen their skills to better serve students and one another.

Mulvanny said he believes that “we owe it to our students to always be seeking to improve ourselves” and that “quality educational outcomes are a civil right.” His colleagues described him as “the type of leader who does all the things” and “the one we all want to be on our team for the next big thing we want to do as a district.”

to her horse’s every need while participating in competitions and other equine activities. Brianna feels she has been able to express her skills as an independent learner, having been part of the Springs Charter School KEYS program all four years of high school. A few life lessons she has learned up until now are to not be afraid to speak up when things get too hard, be open to new opportunities and accept challenges, and never give up on yourself. “Accept failures and transform them into successes,” Brianna said. “I plan to earn a degree in veterinary technology as animals have always been my passion, especially horses. I’ve been riding horses from a young age, and they’ve always been my passion for as long as I can remember. Eventually I’d like to pursue a career as a vet tech.” Brianna’s mother shared that for her daughter’s tenth birthday party, she and her friends went horseback riding. The connection was instantaneous, and it led to lessons and then competitions and now a future career. Emily Grandsinger Vista Murrieta High School Principal Celeste Scallion said in addition to her academic achievements, Emily has exhibited exemplary leadership as a member of BBC,

All honorees will be recognized at the 2024 Celebrating Educators Luncheon set for Tuesday, May 7, at the Riverside Convention Center.

The Riverside County Educators of the Year are selected from the more than 36,000 educational employees in the county. The rigorous application process starts with nominations by teachers, classified employees and school district administrators throughout the county. Ap plications are then submitted to the Riverside County Office of Education, where an outside selection committee selects the honorees before the county superintendent announcement.

Along with the 2024 Riverside County Teachers of the Year named previously, all 2024 Riverside County Educators of the Year will be honored at the Celebrating Educators Luncheon, May 7, at the Riverside Convention Center.

Submitted by the Riverside County Office of Education.

Link Crew, NHS, CSF and AVID.

“Her commitment to service and academic excellence is commendable and her impact on our school community is profound,” Scallion said. Emily introduced herself by saying that on Feb. 5, 2020, she attempted to take her own life.

“I’d been battling depression and anxiety for several years and felt there was no hope for me,” she said. “After that day, I knew I had to make a change because I never wanted to feel that way again.” Emily faced a long recovery that included therapy, medication and learning coping strategies. She said with the help of her sophomore chemistry teacher Kristin Mendez she was able to shift her mindset and accomplish so much. “I’ve been especially inspired by Ms. Mendez and our relationship made me want to become a teacher myself one day,” Emily said. Mendez said after having her as a student, Emily served as a lab assistant and is now her TA. “Her thirst for knowledge is only matched by her eagerness to help others,” Mendez said. For more information or to participate in the program, please contact LouEllen Ficke at 951-415-2250 or Sally Myers at 951-775-0520.

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LAKE ELSINORE – Ryan Mulvanny, director of professional development and learning, was responding to a request to help set up a projector in the boardroom at the Lake Elsinore Unified School District Thursday, Feb. 29. Upon entering the room, he was greeted by his family, colleagues and Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, Edwin Gomez, where he was surprised with the news that he is the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Edwin Gomez, left, honors Ryan Mulvanny, right, as the 2024 Riverside County Certificated Administrator of the Year. Valley News/Courtesy photo Valley News/Courtesy photo

How to stay sober on St. Patrick’s Day

Marie Garceau

Special to the Valley News

St. Patrick’s Day in 2024 is not celebrated for the same reasons it once was as times change and holidays take on different meanings.

While some people still see it as a family-centric Catholic celebration or a break from Lent-related restrictions, the day primarily focuses on parties, rowdy parades, green beer, bar specials and heavy drinking.

Sounds fun, right? There are undoubtedly good times had by all who take part, but if you want to stay sober and avoid alcohol, it can pose a challenge. What seems like harmless fun quickly turns into days, months or years of sobriety down the drain.

Suppose someone is in recovery from alcoholism, choosing a healthy lifestyle or recently decided to give up alcohol for whatever reason; the temptation of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations is tough to avoid. In any social setting this time of year, there is lively music, good food and lots to drink.

While it is only one day a year, it can quickly derail any progress on sobriety. Fortunately, there are practical approaches you can take to stay sober and reap the benefits of St. Patrick’s Day sobriety.

Initially, the best benefit of sobriety on St. Patrick’s Day is avoiding impaired driving and not becoming another statistic. In California, alcohol-impaired driving remains one of the biggest threats to public safety. According to a 2021 report, alcohol-involved crashes increased by 16% from 2020 to 2021. If you choose to celebrate, do not drink and drive and plan ahead.

Stay sober!

Staying sober means knowing what to do; consider some pointers.

Remind yourself why you are sober, and don’t do it alone. You can still have fun and celebrate but do it with other sober people. Everyone has their reasons why they stopped drinking; remind yourself of those reasons and hold yourself accountable.

Know your triggers. It doesn’t matter if you are a recovering addict or have removed alcohol from your life. Be cautious around possible triggers that pose a challenge. Most people in this situation choose to skip the bar and find something fun to do or go to a sober celebration.

Keep a non-alcoholic drink or mocktail in your hand. People will not bother you to ask if you want a drink if you already have something to sip on, like a mocktail. It

Mental Health Matters

Valley News/ RDNE Stock Project photo also leads to planning how to say “no.” You will encounter social pressure if you go to a bar on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s unavoidable. It’s wise to practice ways to refuse alcohol.

Take a walk

Finally, if all else fails, take a walk outside if you feel overwhelmed. The most straightforward solutions are usually the best. Remove yourself from any situation you know will lead to relapse. It is also why it’s essential to be with a sober friend or loved one; there is accountability and someone to lean on. Marie Garceau has been working in the field of substance use and addiction recovery for over a decade. She works at DRS and primarily focuses on reaching out to the community and spreading awareness.

Confronting mental health barriers in the Asian American community

CALIFORNIA – The coronavirus pandemic brought unforeseen challenges such as loss, depression and anxiety across diverse communities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mental health issues are prevalent with more than 1 in 5 U.S. adults affected by a mental illness.

Not everyone has access to necessary resources to treat mental illness, particularly among certain racial and ethnic minority groups facing greater challenges in accessing mental health care.

“Since the onset of the pandemic, our communities have witnessed a significant surge in mental health concerns, necessitating advocacy across various

domains such as workplaces and educational institutions,” Christhel Cheng, a current Kaiser Permanente employee pursuing behavioral health studies, said. “My transition from a business setting to a clinical setting was motivated by personal encounters and the imperative to address my own mental health challenges as an Asian American.”

Asian Americans are 50% less likely than other racial groups to seek mental health services. Within many Asian cultures, mental health issues are often perceived as individual shortcomings or weaknesses, discouraging open discussions about feelings of sadness, disappointment or depression. Christhel reflected on her family experiences.

“During my pre-teen years, I witnessed my mother grappling with mild depression and anxiety stemming from life changes,” she said. “It was my initial exposure to the concept of mental health; however, discussions around addressing mental health or behavioral concerns were conspicuously absent within our family, due to feelings of shame or embarrassment surrounding deviations from perceived ‘normalcy.’

“There’s often apprehension about the implications of a diagnosis on one’s employment or professional reputation, as well as

concerns about peer perceptions,” Christhel said. Acknowledging the influence of diverse cultural backgrounds on mental health is crucial for mental health providers. “With encouragement from older cousins and shared experiences from my mother, I was able to destigmatize the seeking of care for behavioral or mental struggles,” Christhel said. “By fostering an understanding of mental health and familiarizing individuals with available support options, I believe we can cultivate a culture where seeking care becomes the norm.”

Recent experiences have fueled her interest in marriage and family therapy, as she seeks to comprehend the early indicators of mental struggles and their differential impacts on family members. Since enrolling in the Mental Health Scholars Program, Christhel described her journey as “an honor and humbling experience,” marked by profound encounters with individuals seeking positive change.

Submitted by Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region.

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LCL Realty/Property Management selected as Menifee’s February Business Spotlight

MENIFEE – Menifee announced “LCL Realty/Property Management” as the city’s February Business Spotlight, a program that is a part of the Economic Development Department’s B3 Building Better Businesses program.

LCL Realty/Property Management started in Menifee in 2011, established by two real estate agents sharing a uniting goal: to assist homeowners during the recession. This period in American history made selling a home extremely challenging. Numerous homeowners found themselves with properties they were reluctant to manage. Recognizing the need to alleviate their struggles, LCL was launched. They are a family-owned company and proud to be 100% woman-owned and operated by daughter/mother team COO|CFO Karen Nolan and President Barbara Caley. LCL is all about making your property journey smooth sailing. The LCL team is on a mission to shower you with top-notch, customer-focused care. With a deep-rooted dedication to the region, LCL has a personalized approach that sets them apart in the industry. The team takes pride in their ability to listen to client needs and tailor their services to meet and exceed expectations. From property maintenance to tenant screening, LCL handles every aspect of property management with professionalism and efficiency. Their expertise in the Menifee area and surrounding regions allows them to offer valuable insights and guidance to help clients make informed decisions. LCL takes pride in designating Menifee as its primary hub and is thankful for Menifee’s seamless process for collaborating on home improvements, permits, business licenses and any other requirements.

“We hold expectations of our landlords and tenants – while the landlord owns the structure, the tenants make it their home, and we do our part to create the perfect partnership,” Nolan said. “Our team embodies integrity, from our repair department to our moving department and every individual the clients interact with plays a vital role in defining our team.”

LCL Realty and Property Management not only demonstrates a passion for real estate and property management but also a strong commitment to community involvement. They are actively engaged in various community organizations such as the Menifee Rotary Club, Menifee Valley Chamber of Com-

Menifee city council members recognize LCL Realty/Property Management as Menifee’s February Business Spotlight at the Wednesday, Feb. 21, city council meeting. Valley News/Courtesy photo

merce, Lions Club and Domestic Abuse Women’s Shelter. Through a partnership with the Domestic Abuse Women’s Shelter, they work closely with LCL’s repair department to serve as a conduit for addressing everyday necessities such as plumbing, electrical work, and general maintenance. This partnership allows LCL to not only support the community through their expertise in real estate but also extend a helping hand to those in need. By actively engaging with various community organizations, LCL continues to showcase their commitment to making a positive impact beyond the realm of property management to support the well-being of the Menifee community.

“LCL Realty/Property Management is a great asset to our Menifee community as they help to maintain the beauty and functionality of our neighborhoods,” District 1 Councilmember Bob Karwin said. “We are grateful for their commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all residents in Menifee. Together, we continue to build a strong and vibrant community for generations to come.”

For more information about LCL,

visit To view their Business Spotlight video, visit com/watch?v=T7TBl46EBzQ.

The Menifee Business Spotlight is part of the Economic Development Department’s B3 Building Better Businesses program, which aims to showcase local businesses that go above and beyond the call of business, foster pride in Menifee’s thriving business community and promote diversity in

Menifee’s local economy. Chosen applicants, who are nominated by the community, are honored during a special presentation at a city council meeting and receive a free 30-second professional video developed by the Economic Development Department showcased on the city’s business website at http://www.

Nominations are encouraged to recognize businesses in Menifee

that contribute to the betterment of the Menifee community. Visit the link below to apply http://www.

For more information on the Business Spotlight program or other resources available to Menifee businesses, contact the Economic Development Department at

Submitted by city of Menifee.

EMWD increases per diem pay



board voted 4-0 February 21, with Randy Record absent, to approve an increase from $245 to $258 for each board meeting or other meeting involving EMWD business a board member attends. Board members can collect per diem pay for up to ten meetings a month.

Eastern’s Administrative Code allows for a per diem increase of

up to 5.0% each calendar year. The per diem pay may be rounded up (an actual 5.0% increase from $245 would be $257.25). In 2023 the per diem pay for EMWD directors was increased to $245 from $233.

EMWD staff surveyed 11 other water and sanitation districts in Riverside County, Orange County, and southern Los Angeles County to determine board member per diem for those districts. The $245 EMWD directors had been receiving was the fourth-lowest. Rancho California Water District members received $200 for each board or

other meeting involving RCWD business they attended, the Coachella Valley Water District per diem was $223, and Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District directors had a per diem pay of $244.13. The 5 percent increase does not impact the EMWD position among the 12 agencies in the comparison; the next-highest amount is the $285 Beaumont - Cherry Valley Water District board members receive. Western Municipal Water District members receive $300 for each authorized meeting. Joe Naiman can be reached at

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Secretary of Energy Granholm visits KB Homes in Menifee

Jessica Ussher

Valley News Investigative Reporter

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm visited KB Homes microgrid community in Menifee

Monday, Feb. 26. The visit comes after KB Homes and partners SunPower, University of California Irvine, Schneider Electric and Southern California Edison received a $6.65 million grant from the Department of Energy.

While visiting, Granholm reviewed bidirectional charging, one of the latest developments in microgrid technology. Bidirectional charging draws energy from new generation electric cars allowing homeowners to charge the batteries installed in their homes.

“The unique thing is you can take a power load from your car

“This project shows the power of partnerships between the utility developers, homebuilders, connectivity engineers and electric car manufacturers creating a holistic energy secure place to live,” Granholm said.

and charge your home battery,” a KB representative said. “Specifically in this community you can put the energy back into the grid.”

The option provides homeowners with constant energy during power disruptions caused by natural disasters.

Additionally, KB homes will offer benefits such as reduced energy usage by up to 40% potentially reducing homeowners energy costs, electric vehicle chargers, real-time app based monitoring for homeowners to monitor and track energy consumption, reduced environmental impact – reducing the carbon footprint and conserving limited natural resources and reputable DOE certifications.

KB homes are committed to promoting and ensuring water efficiency. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Watersense program contributes to lowering homeowners monthly utility costs.

According to the EPA website, “Watersense labeled homes use at least 30% less water than a typical home and can save a household 50,000 gallons of water annually on average.” Based on statistics from July 2022, KB homes has built over 18,000 Watersense-labeled and Water Smart homes and installed over 900,00 Watersense-labeled fixtures.

Granholm reaffirmed the advantages of energy independence in light of natural disasters and also spoke of the huge environmental benefits the project promotes.

“The proof of this concept is vital,” Granholm said. “We can learn lessons, bring down the costs and scale.”

For more information on KB homes and touring their model homes, visit https://www.kbhome. com/new-homes-california/menifee.

Jessica Ussher can be reached by email at jessica@reedermedia. com.

Jane Kepley

Special to the Village News

As a homeowner, there may come a time when your current home just isn’t what you need it to be. You might be able to update or add on to your property, but that may not be enough to change the circumstances.

In some scenarios, buying a new place is the only viable option. But how do you know when you’ve hit

that point? Here are four situations in which you should consider whether a new place is the right choice.

1. A changing household: Whether you’re having more children, inviting an older relative to move in, or becoming an empty nester, family changes may be a smart reason to buy a new place. At that point, you can choose a home that fits all of your needs.

2. A new job: Have you found

a new job with a different commute? It might be time to consider buying a home closer to the office. Shortening your commute could make your days more productive and improve your overall quality of life.

3. Changing priorities: Urban, suburban and rural communities offer different things. If you decide you want a slower-paced lifestyle, acreage to raise animals, or access to more businesses, moving homes may be necessary.

4. Costly renovations: If the updates your home needs are expensive –or if you’d need to take out a high-interest loan or use a credit card to pay for them – buying a new place might be a good move. Mortgage rates are typically much lower than rates on other loan types.

If you’re ready for a new home, reach out to Jane Kepley with CR Properties at 760-622-0204 or We can work together to find a place that meets your needs.

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U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, third from left, visited the KB Homes microgrid community in Menifee. Valley News/Courtesy photos
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Controversial call ends Temecula Valley’s historic basketball run

TEMECULA – In a turn of events that is sure to linger in the minds of Golden Bear basketball fans for quite some time, Temecula Valley High School fell to George Washington Prep in a conclusion shaped with controversy from the very start. The game, which occurred on Tuesday, Feb. 27, during the opening round of the CIF State Boys Basketball Division IV Championships, ended with a score of 66-65 in overtime.

The clash between the two teams started 15 minutes late due to a faulty rim, and once it got going, was nothing short of dramatic. The score would swing back and forth until the final buzzer. After just winning a CIF Southern Section Division 4A title four days earlier, the Golden Bears, brimming with the hope of advancing further in the championships, found themselves up by three points with a mere 11 seconds left on the clock.

In a desperate attempt to grasp victory, George Washington Prep shot for a three-pointer but missed, only to rally with a successful follow-up shot as the clock ticked down, ultimately hitting zero with the buzzer sounding. With the gymnasium erupting into chaos, believing their team had secured a triumph with a score of 63-62, Temecula Valley’s student section stormed the court. However, in a chilling moment, the referees made the call that George Washington Prep had managed to request a time-out with 0.03 seconds remaining.

Adding to the melee, the premature court invasion by Temecula fans resulted in a technical foul against the Golden Bears bench, which led to a free

throw opportunity for George Washington Prep — subsequently sending the game into overtime.

The additional minutes of play solidified George Washington

Prep’s victory at 66-65, dashing the historic run that Temecula Valley might have hoped for.

Decision questioned

“The Superintendent and I have appealed the decisions the referees made last night,” said Temecula Valley Athletic Director, John Harney. “We are hoping that CIF will make the appropriate corrections as we believe the referees took the game out of the players’ hands.”

The controversy lies not within the fervent efforts of both teams, but rather in the decision made by the officials. With George Washington’s coach calling for a time-out before the technical foul could have been warranted, many argue that this could have either neutralized the court-storming or at least justified a warning instead of an immediate penalty.

This incident echoes a recent event where a Duke basketball

player was injured during a court storming by Wake Forest fans, spotlighting the potential dangers and consequences of such actions in the world of sports. Perhaps the referees had that fresh on their minds and took matters into their own hands against Temecula Valley.

“I was watching the game on NFHS network inside my car,” says George Washington Prep Athletic Director, Ahmad Mallard. “I dropped my phone thinking we lost when Temecula stormed the court. My eyes were irritated and the pain of losing a close game started to sink in. I didn’t find out we won until later that night when I got a text from Coach Marshall. I looked at Max Preps and rushed back to NFHS to see the rest of the video. I’m still in shock.”

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Temecula Valley’s Fabian Ruiz hit six 3-point shots to finish with 18 points against George Washington Prep in the opening round of the CIF State Division IV playoffs. Valley News/Time Stood Still Photography Temecula Valley freshman, Jeremiah Profit (5), drives through traffic on his way to scoring 14 points against George Washington Prep in the opening round of the CIF State Division IV playoffs. Valley News/Time Stood Still Photography Temecula Valley fans prepare to storm the court after hearing the buzzer sound at the endo of regulation time. Valley News/Time Stood Still Photography Liam Hodgkinson (13 pts) has his shot blocked in overtime as the Golden Bears fell 66-65 to George Washington Prep in the opening round of the CIF State Division IV playoffs. Valley News/David Canales photo

angles of the play in question have been running rampant online (unfortunately our website doesn’t support video, or we would have it posted here). The online chatter from social media has also brought about plenty of different viewpoints supporting both sides. Temecula Valley lodged a formal protest with the CIF State offices, who denied the request less than 24 hours later, never issued a formal statement. George Washington Prep went on to defeat Westchester 61-57, but then fell to Chatsworth 74-69 in the semifinals.

“It’s just really frustrating and

we thought the ref mishandled the situation,” says Temecula Valley head coach James Profit. “I hurt for my boys, but I’m extremely proud of them in the same breath. Their growth and love for the process was amazing this year.”

Despite the contentious end for Temecula Valley, standout plays included Fabian Ruiz’s six three-pointers totaling 18 points, Freshman Jeremiah Profit’s contribution of 14 points, and Liam Hodgkinson’s 13 points, including three scores from downtown. On the opposition, George Washington Prep’s Raymond Thomas matched up with 18 points, and Dewayman Martin led the Generals with

20 points.

Unresolved questions

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The aftermath of this game leaves the basketball community with mixed emotions and unresolved questions. As of now, George Washington Prep advances in the state playoffs, while Temecula Valley reflects on a game and a moment in history that was abruptly and controversially halted. Brackets can be followed by visiting www.

Lake Elsinore Storm unveils coaching lineup for the 2024 season

The San Diego Padres announced they are excited to roll out an outstanding ensemble of coaches for the 2024 Lake Elsinore Storm, spearheaded by manager Lukas Ray. Vigor meets experience as fans witness Ray’s remarkable fourth-year dedication to the Padres, stepping up for his third year of managerial excellence within the organization. With a commendable track record at the ACL Padres (Arizona Complex League), he brings steadfast leadership that is poised to fuel the Storm to new victories.

In his declaration, Ray exudes enthusiasm and readiness to rally both his team and the fans, “It’s an absolute honor for our Padres leadership to provide me with this opportunity. We have a dynamite staff and it’s our job to develop players and win games, but we can only do that with the support of the fans in this Lake Elsinore community... Go Storm and Go Padres.”

Joining the fight is the astute Robbie Price, returning for a solid third-year collaboration with Ray as the esteemed Pitching Coach. Price’s strategic insight, blended with his collegiate expertise at Tulane University, fortifies an already robust coaching lineup.

Eric Del Prado impresses as the Hitting Coach, infusing his second year with the Padres with hard-earned expertise and a collaborative history with Ray and Price. The Storm are also thrilled to welcome Oswaldo Pirela to the Storm family, ushering in fresh perspectives from his time with the Texas Rangers, taking his place as the insightful Bench Coach.

The San Diego Padres recently announced the members of the 2024 Lake Elsinore Storm coaching staff, which includes Lukas Ray. This will be his 3rd year managing inside of the organization. Valley News/Courtesy photo Mark “Boom” Spadaveccia, the Strength Coach extraordinaire, is the connecting thread from the previous season’s staff. With a staggering 13th year in professional baseball, his experience is bound to electrify the team’s physical prowess and mental fortitude in equal measure.

Finally, the alumnus of the San Diego State Aztecs, Tyler Jones, completes the staff as the Video Coordinator, bringing a fresh set of eyes and a new vision for the team’s strategic future. While the 2022 Cal League title remains fresh in the air, anticipation buzzes for the continued success of the Storm under this new dynamic leadership. The spirit and resolve that led to the historic sweep two

New blood joins in the form of the diverse and talented Juan Pena, stepping into the role of Athletic Trainer with a rich background from the Detroit Tigers, and Brendan Amend, formerly with the Tampa Bay Rays, who is taking up the mantle of Performance Analyst.

years ago are hallmarks the 2024 coaches intend to emulate and exceed.

April 5th marks the calendar as the Storm open up the season at home against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this season’s groundbreaking saga. Glide over to www.stormbaseball. com for tickets, team info, and the kind of promotions that keep the energy high and the spirits soaring.

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BASKETBALL from page C-1 Admin from Temecula Valley worked vigorously to fix a broken rim prior to the start of the Golden Bears game against Temecula Valley freshman, Jeremiah Profit (5), scored 14 points against George Washington Prep in the opening round of the CIF State Division IV playoffs. George Washington Prep in the opening round of the CIF State Division IV playoffs. Valley News/Time Stood Still Photography Valley News/David Canales photo

Stunning pitching performances lead to Paloma Valley combined no-hitter

MENIFEE – The Paloma Valley Wildcats are on a hot undefeated streak with a string of impressive wins, solidifying their reputation as this season’s Ivy League team to watch. Last week a non-league match against the Cajon Cowboys was baseball at its finest, a thrilling defensive show culminating in a 3-0 victory for the Wildcats.

Chapman Weber, a UCSD commit and a senior powerhouse for Paloma Valley, emerged as a key player, going 2 for 2 with a double and a stolen base while driving in two vital runs. Gavin Garcia added to the strengths at bat, collecting the only other hit for the Wildcats in what turned out to be a battle for both teams.

Yet, it was on the mound where the Wildcats truly roared. Jaxon Baker and Justin Allen combined forces to throw a monumental nohitter. Baker, a recent University of Oregon commit, commanded the pitcher’s mound, striking out nine batters over six innings, laying the groundwork for an edge-of-yourseat finish. Justin Allen then took the stage in the seventh inning, striking out the side to secure a hard-fought victory.

For the Cajon Cowboys, it was their own Gavin Garcia who shone through despite the loss.

He delivered a pitching spectacle of his own, keeping the Wildcats to a minimal three hits across 6.1 innings and collecting five strikeouts. However, the Cowboys’ struggle to find their rhythm at the plate underlined the night’s narrative.

The Wildcats then went on to demonstrate remarkable resilience and stellar gameplay in the Ken’s Sporting Goods non-league tournament. Their stand against the Oak Hills Bulldogs was a test of their perseverance, pushing beyond the regular innings to clinch a 2-1 victory. In their final tournament game, Paloma Valley stood strong against Summit High School, edging out a 3-2 win to go 6-0 for the season.

This series of victories set the stage for their first Ivy League bout when Paloma Valley (7-0, 1-0) faced off against the Temescal Canyon Titans (3-4, 0-1) on Friday, March 1. Armed with a flawless record and a relentless team synergy, the Wildcats dealt the Titans a 10-2 blow to kick off league action. Weber picked up the win on the mound with 10 strikeouts over 5 innings of work as Ayden Harrison went 3 for 4 to lead Paloma Valley at the plate with 3 RBIs. The Wildcats will pick back up with league play this week against Riverside Poly and Moreno Valley.

NFL Combine 2024: Spotlight on local standouts and rising prospects

Football enthusiasts and scouts across the nation turned their attention toward Indianapolis this past weekend, where the NFL Combine unveiled the talents of college football’s finest. Among the 300 prospects, two locals from Temecula, who at one point showcased their skill on high school fields around Southwest Riverside County, proved they were ready to step into the pro spotlight.

The end of the football season now transitions into a pivotal juncture for NFL hopefuls—the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine.

Brennan Jackson and Easton

Gibbs, both graduates from high schools in Temecula, and stars in their collegiate teams, are prepared to demonstrate their athletic excellence. These players all went through a battery of tests measuring speed, strength, agility, and technical skills in drills that shape an athlete’s prospects. The evaluations form a vital prelude to the NFL Draft, where dreams of playing at the highest level are realized.

Jackson and Gibbs stood at the threshold and were poised to enhance their draft prospects through their performances that are sure to determine their future.

Profiles of Prospects Easton Gibbs is a model of consistency and grit. A decorated

linebacker from Wyoming, Gibbs is no stranger to acclaim, with a reputation cemented as one of the Mountain West’s finest. With 361 total tackles to his name, including back-to-back seasons topping 100, his relentless pursuit on the field is noteworthy.

Gibbs’ honors—a recurring All-Mountain West selection— speak to his consistency and leadership. He recently graced the field in the East-West Shrine Bowl, bolstering his draft stock ahead of the NFL Scouting Combine. With aspirations high, Gibbs anticipates proving his athleticism, notably his 40-yard dash and agility drills.

Brennan Jackson plain and simply dominates on defense. His presence on the defensive

line is unmistakable. An alumnus of Great Oak (Class of 2018), his college career is marked by significant impacts that have turned heads. Jackson’s distinction in the Senior Bowl, where his National Team prevailed, underscores his readiness for the Combine’s scrutiny.

In conversations with, Gibbs admitted that it’s been a while since he has run a 40-yard dash. “I’ll be training for that throughout the pre-draft process. It should be a lot of fun. I’m also looking forward to anything that tests agility, change of direction, things of that nature.” Gibbs’ disciplined pre-draft training and rigorous focus on speed and agility testify to his commitment to excellence. For the two area hopefuls, the Combine is not only a test but a stage where potential morphs into opportunity.

Behind the Selection

Entrance to the Combine is orchestrated by an elite Player Selection Committee, taking into account the voices within the scouting community and NFL personnel. Invitees represent the crème de la crème, each striving to parlay this platform into a distinguished career.

From February 29 to March 3, the Lucas Oil Stadium was the crucible for the football elite. With the NFL Network broadcasting the event, millions witnessed the crescendo of years of dedication. For Gibbs, Jackson, and hundreds more, the Combine is the prelude to their ultimate test, the entry draft into the NFL, a moment that could redefine their destinies.

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The Paloma Valley battery of catcher Joey Davis, Jaxon Baker (pitcher; right, No. 9), and Justin Allen, after combining for a no-hitter against Cajon High School Friday, Feb. 23. Valley News/Courtesy photo Temescal Canyon shortstop Branson Terry throws to first base to get a Paloma Valley hitter out. In the final game of the Ken’s Sporting Goods tournament, Paloma Valley defeated Summit High School 3-2. Valley News photo Valley News/Courtesy photo Washington State defensive lineman Brennan Jackson, a former standout from Great Oak, runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Indianapolis. Former Temecula Valley Golden Bear, Easton Gibbs finished his college career with 361 total tackles, including over 100 tackles in each of the last two seasons.
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Judy Bell, my passionate, determined and wonderful friend


My friend and co-worker Judy Bell passed away recently. Death is like the ultimate reminder to hold those we care about dear. Judy and I had planned an extended visit this month that we were both really looking forward to. She was going to stay for 2 months.

Judy was more than a nice person. She was a very passionate person, about a lot of things. Cooking, her family, her friends and the Village and Valley News.

One of the reasons she loved to cook was because she knew that people feel cared for when you cook for them and feed them.

For 25 years she was a cheerleader for the Village and Valley News. She lived in Illinois the last decade but she continued to talk to us by phone and offer to help train marketing people, make phone calls and do whatever

Bob Garver

Special to the Valley News

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first installment of director Denis Villeneuve’s take on the Frank Herbert sci-fi classic “Dune” back in 2021. The sounds and visuals were great, and I understood why it won so many technical Oscars that year, but I couldn’t get invested in the characters or story, so I didn’t recommend the film. I feel the same way about “Dune: Part Two,” but somehow the dynamic has shifted without anything really changing. The characters and story arcs are still baffling to keep straight (and as with the “Demon Slayer” movie last week, this doesn’t make for a great entry point into the series), but the sounds and visuals are so awesome that I give it a recommendation. I guess I could chalk it up to going into the film with a little more familiarity with the property, having seen the first movie, but I’d like to think that Villeneuve has just upped his game in some subtle fashion.

The story this time sees hero Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) living full-time, and stripped of his noble title, on the sand planet Arrakis, known for its valuable “spice.” He joins up with the good-but-rebellious Fremen, led by Stilgar (Javier Bardem), in their war against evil spice-controllers House Harkonnen. Stilgar and

was in her power. And she did it with enthusiasm. Always with enthusiasm because, as she would tell you, “It’s a choice.” She would choose to have a good day, even when she was in pain. She would choose to serve those around her with a good attitude. She was always the mentor. She wanted to invest in other people.

I feel like I benefited from her mentoring the most. The first time I met Judy Bell, she walked into my office with a plate of brownies and lavender tied with a ribbon on each one and announced, “You need me!” I was amused enough (and chocolate is my favorite) to say, “Okay! Tell me more.” She wanted to be the food editor. The person who was giving us recipes wasn’t doing a stellar job, according to Judy, who should

Dear Residents of District 5, As we welcome the month of March, I am honored to recognize and celebrate Women’s History Month. This month is a time to reflect on the remarkable contributions and achievements of women throughout history and to acknowledge the vital role they play in shaping our society.

Women’s History Month is an opportunity for us to celebrate the courage, resilience, and strength of

other Fremen believe that Paul may be a messiah sent to win them the war, so much so that his mother Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) is immediately granted the high religious position of Reverend Mother and all the powers and responsibilities that come with it. Paul, his mother, his mentor Gurney (Josh Brolin), and his warrior girlfriend Chani (Zendaya) know he’s no messiah, but he starts to give input that turns the tide of the war, so are the Fremen so wrong to believe in him? Could it even be that he really is the messiah and never known it?

Over on the bad guys’ side, Baron Harkonnen (Stellan Skarsgård) has been weakened, but is still alive following the battle with Paul’s father in the first movie. He has since put his nephew Glossu (Dave Bautista) in charge of his army, but Glossu is about as good at leading an army as Bautista was at being a lead babyface wrestler going into WWE WrestleMania ten years ago, which is to say not good at all. In fact, that’s probably why Paul is doing so well in battle –he’s up against a lousy opponent. The Baron is considering putting his younger, more sadistic nephew Feyd-Rautha (Austin Butler) in charge of the army instead. Also, everyone on Arrakis has to answer to Emperor Shaddam (Christopher Walken), who doesn’t care about the war and just wants spice harvesting to go smoothly for

know. She had a master’s degree in nutrition and had studied cooking under a Betty Crocker internship.

When we talked and I told her what we really needed was marketing, she explained with excitement how that wasn’t a problem and how she was also an expert marketer. And over the years she proved it.

Subscribers who have been with us over 20 years will remember our “Village On A Diet” that was very successful and was written up in Redbook Magazine, which of course Judy arranged.

I am so thankful for all the people in my community who have come alongside us at the paper and personally made such a difference in our lives, and Judy Bell was one of those.

I strive to have learned from her

women who have broken barriers and paved the way for future generations. It is a time to honor trailblazers in various fields, from science and politics to the arts and education.

In District 5, we are proud to have a diverse and vibrant community where women from all walks of life contribute to our growth and success. This month, let us take the time to recognize and appreciate the

economic reasons. His daughter Irulan (Florence Pugh) is preparing to take over for him, she doesn’t have much of a role here but she’s sure to be given more development down the line.

And I’m looking forward to seeing what happens down the line. Not so much for the stillbland story and characters, but just to see what this series can do to top itself as a sheer spectacle.

After the first “Dune,” I didn’t care if we ever got another movie. But after “Part Two,” I care. Just my luck, I’m hearing that the next installment won’t be ready for at least five more years, but this movie is doing so well at the box office that the studio may tell the production to step on the gas. This is the kind of ambitious epic that doesn’t come along very often, so when it does, it makes for a special occasion, which is why I recommend springing for special large-scale theater experiences like IMAX or Dolby. This film is likely to fare even better than its predecessor at next year’s Oscars, and is frankly the first “must-see” film that I’ve seen in a long time.

Grade: B“Dune: Part Two” is rated PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, some suggestive material and brief strong language. Its running time is 166 minutes.

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to take on impossible challenges with a great attitude, to pursue new adventures and to unashamedly love and serve God and those around us. Judy was generous, and a strong personality too. I admired that as well. I miss her so much already.

women in our lives and in our community who inspire us daily with their leadership, compassion, and dedication. Together, let’s honor the legacy of the women who have come before us and support the empowerment of women today and in the future. May this Women’s History Month be a reminder of the strength and potential that lies within each woman in District 5 and beyond.

One of her desires was to publish a cookbook, which she was working on when she passed away. We are trying to figure out how to make that still happen. Rest in peace, Judith Dorrell Bell.

Thank you for joining me in celebrating this important month. Let’s continue to work together to create a community that uplifts and values the contributions of all its members.

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Julie Reeder Sincerely, Yxstian Gutierrez County Supervisor Judy Bell in her kitchen in the 70s. Valley News/Courtesy photos Judy Bell at her home in Illinois in 2023.
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County Waste Resources Department to offer Master Composter Certificate Training in person or online

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources offered backyard composting classes and workshops for 30 years providing residents with the basic knowledge on how to compost household organic waste, safely and efficiently. In addition to these basic composting classes, the department will be offering a free Master Composter Certificate Training program with a more advanced look at home composting and a variety of methods that can be used, more study of the composting process and learning more about the waste stream in Riverside County.

There are two methods of training available, in-person or virtual online. The in-person training classes, for those that

want a hands-on group experience, will be on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Palm Desert, beginning Saturday, March 9. Seating is limited. Books and study materials will be provided by the department. Instructor will guide students through the course and students will build group compost piles for study and build their own vermicompost bin. Alternative option to those that are not able to attend, will be the next Virtual online course which will begin Thursday, April 4, and will allow participants up to three months to study and complete the course from home through online study materials and quizzes to earn the Master Composter Training Certificate. Registration is required

for either training course and additional details will be provided

The Department of Waste Resources offers a variety of free environmental education classes related to waste reduction and sustainability. Class instructors provide attendees with professional learning and resources for instructional materials.

For more information about the Master Composter Training course, contact Riverside County Department of Waste Resources at 951-486-3200 or by email to

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Rose Care FUNdamentals for March 2024

Special to the Valley News

Depending on your location – or more specifically, that of your garden – you may have experienced frost damage to your roses and tender young plants. The thing is, even gardens in the same general vicinity may have different effects due to their prevailing micro-climates. According to AccuWeather, for the first half of March the coldest nighttime temp will be 36 degrees Monday, March 4. The average date for the last frost date is Friday, March 15. Overall, temperatures predicted for March are near average and rain is likely. Roses enjoy this weather – it encourages them to jump into life.

After pruning

First, make sure the garden is free of left-over debris and dispose of it in the green garden waste bin – do not compost rose debris in your yard. Backyard composting doesn’t get hot enough to kill any pathogens. Second, if you didn’t do it already for pruning, remove all old leaves that may be left on the bush. This cleanliness will help keep down disease.

Depending on how many roses you have and how much pruning you had to do, your pruners may need to be sharpened.

Take time now to inspect and make any necessary repairs to your irrigation system while there is little new foliage. Then you’ll be prepared to begin a regular irrigation schedule. Drip systems are the most efficient and they avoid problems created by above-ground sprayers and sprinklers, which waste water and can foster mold, mildew and rust. If possible, avoid any over-spray or misting applied elsewhere in your garden that may hit your roses; but if you use overhead watering systems, avoid doing so when there is any wind to avoid moisture evaporating or collecting on leaves which could result in sunburn or add to conditions favorable for fungal diseases. For best results and efficiency, schedule irrigation so it is complete before the day gets hot – preferably by mid-morning, that is, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Avoid afternoon or evening watering to prevent excess ground moisture into night time. Too wet soil can lead to unhappy roots and/ or fungal diseases.

Clean and sharpen pruners Sharp pruners make for clean cuts and the prevention of diseases or otherwise damaged weak canes. The best files to use are thin flat types with diamond grit material. This type allows easier sharpening for the tight spaces between the cutting blade and bar. Attempt to follow the current/original bevel/ angle of the sharp blade. Felco said that the angle for their pruners is 23 degrees. Keeping pruners clean can be done using >70% isopropyl alcohol, 0000 steel wool or a small brass bristle brush to remove heavy deposits of plant “juice”

will help remove it. Lubricate the mechanism with a light oil like 3-in-One.


If your roses experienced fungal diseases last year and you haven’t yet done so, you might think of applying a copper dormant spray soon – but only if you can be fairly certain it won’t rain for 24 hours. You can mix Horticultural Oil with the dormant spray for better adherence – but read the label to make sure you can mix different sprays. These will reduce the likelihood of early fungal and pest issues. Oh, and as a note of caution: Be prepared for chilli thrips as temperatures warm up.

First read the spray label completely to ensure the proper strength of the mixture for “growing season instructions” as the new growth has begun. Second, saturate all canes and the soil surface of the entire bed.

Third, maintain a minimum of 2 inches to 4 inches of organic composted mulch over the entire garden surface to insulate the upper 8 inches to 12 inches of the soil zone where most rose roots feed, and to reduce evaporation and conserve water, while still providing sufficient moisture. It will also supply nutrients to build the soil for your roses over the season.

Feeding Roses do love food and water for the best blooms. Rule of thumb: When new growth is 2-3 inches long it is time to begin a fertilizing program. I suggest an initial feeding be higher in nitrogen (N) to encourage new stem and leaf growth. In about two weeks, apply fertilizer that is higher in phosphate (P) and potassium (K) to give roots a boost at that start of season. New information suggests that continued use of fertilizer higher in P and K will foster greater root development and lead to better growth, disease resistance and healthier plants.

Look for fertilizers rated as 8-108 that include micro elements for greater results. Also, you can apply worm castings; available at garden stores and nurseries.

I highly recommend organic type fertilizers vs. inorganic or “chemical” ones. Organics foster better soil development, a richer, livelier, more viable community of soil organisms that break the elements into easily absorbed form and release them slowly. They will “build” soil structure into a healthy component and when used regularly will develop a soil rich in reserve energy, allowing you to use less product with the same results.

There will be an American Rose Society Pacific Southwest District Rose Show and Convention, April 26-28, at Los Angeles Arboretum, in Arcadia, sponsored by the Pacific Rose Society. It’s a beautiful venue with lots of interesting trees and shrubs, as well as noisy peacocks.

Also the San Diego Rose Society will sponsor a rose show May 4-5. As in past years it will be at the Ronald Reagan Center, 195 E.

Douglas Avenue in El Cajon. Make plans to attend.

Be sure to visit the Rose Haven Heritage Garden located at 30500 Jedediah Smith Road in Temecula, a 3.4-acre rose

for the donation box when you visit. Also, visit at http://www. regularly for great information and schedule of events. Spread the joy of roses.

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Highway Updates

While the Temecula French Valley Parkway Improvements continue on Interstate 15, the Riverside County Transportation Commission, in partnership with Caltrans and the city of Temecula, will start construction on the I-15 Smart Freeway Pilot Project this summer.

RCTC secured funding through a Community Funding Project Program submitted by Congressman Ken Calvert in 2022. Since then, the project team has been busy designing and preparing for construction of the new “Smart Freeway” system that will be installed along the heavily congested 8-mile portion of northbound Interstate 15 from the San Diego/Riverside county line in Temecula to the I-15/I-215 Interchange in Murrieta.

Construction is anticipated to begin during the summer and once construction is complete, RCTC will activate the system for a twoyear operations pilot.

“Smart” improvements will be made on the 8-mile, nontolled section of northbound I-15. Improvements include new sensors that sit at tire-level and track the volume of cars on the interstate and ramps. Ramp metering technology will continuously monitor and adjust to real-time traffic conditions as vehicles enter the freeway from the Temecula Parkway, Rancho California Road, and Winchester Road on-ramps. This coordinated smart system will work to control traffic and increase safety within the corridor, according to the partnering agencies.

The system will monitor traffic


From medical care and housing assistance to food insecurity and job support, finding the right help can be challenging and fragmented.

The County of Riverside, however, is now creating a coordinated approach to caring for its residents by making multiple safety-net services available at single locations.

The County’s innovative approach, known as Integrated Service Delivery, or ISD, is a lifeline for residents of all ages, providing a seamless experience in navigating programs and resources.

“The ISD model illustrates the County’s commitment to creating a more efficient and compassionate support system for residents,” said Third District Supervisor and Board Chair Chuck Washington.

William Kipp, a 77-year-old veteran and resident of Murrieta, contacted Riverside County’s Office on Aging call center in need of assistance and was immediately scheduled an appointment at the Temecula Quad. Kipp completed the Whole Person Health Score assessment and ISD registration process. He also gave consent

on the northbound I-15 and turn on when congestion builds up in the project area. Once the system turns on, drivers will notice that traffic signals on the Temecula Parkway, Rancho California Road and Winchester Road ramps are activated. The light sequencing will be coordinated between the three ramps to allow cars onto the interstate where gaps open up. The system also monitors the queue of cars on the on-ramps and cycles faster to avoid any backup onto local streets.

Drivers may also notice changeable message signs on I-15 that say, “Slow Traffic Ahead” and will list the real-time recommended speed of traffic ahead to warn drivers to slow down. When traffic is free-flowing again, the ramp signals will shut off until needed again.

RCTC will soon be hosting a series of in-person and virtual community open house meetings for the public to learn more about the project and upcoming construction, with the opportunity to ask questions of the project team.

Murrieta and Wildomar Caltrans construction is taking place near Murrieta and Wildomar from Murrieta Hot Springs Road to Bundy Canyon Road on Interstate 15. This work requiring improvements to the northbound on-ramp at Bundy Canyon Road will require a continuous closure for up to 10 days from Monday, March 11 at midnight and to Thursday, March 21 at 11:59 p.m. This schedule is subject to weather and other factors. Updates will be provided for any changes. Be advised: a traffic detour plan is in place. Detour plan for the northbound

to be referred to other services and agreed to enroll in the shortterm case management program, HelpLink Plus, for ongoing support.

Based on needs identified by the assessment, Kipp was linked to the Department of Public Social Services, Veterans Services and Community Action Partnership. He was scheduled one-on-one application assistance for health insurance and affordable housing.

“As a vet it’s hard sometimes to ask for help,” said Kipp. “I came in needing assistance, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that my needs were understood, addressed, and met with earnestness. The biggest benefit is if I need other services in the future, I know exactly where to go and I trust those who are there to help.”

The Temecula Quad is one of several pilot sites that opened recently after the County launched its first ISD location at the Riverside University Health System - Jurupa Valley Community Health Center less than a year ago. Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Community Action Partnership, First 5, and

I-15 entrance ramp at Bundy Canyon Road. Take Bundy Canyon Road then proceed to the southbound I-15 on-ramp, then access the southbound I-15 off-ramp at Clinton Keith Road. Follow Clinton Keith Road to reach the northbound Route I-15 on-ramp. In Wildomar, Caltrans contractors will also be performing work from the Interstate 215 to Clinton Keith Road Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nighttime work is scheduled for Friday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday work will end Saturday morning, ensuring progress both day and night to enhance efficiency. Tasks will involve improving highway safety, paving, and implementing vegetation control measures. Watch for signage alerting motorists of upcoming lane closures and construction zones.

Lake Elsinore Caltrans continues work on State Route 74 from the Riverside and Orange County border to Monte Vista Street just west of Lake Elsinore. Crews will perform work in various locations throughout the project zone. One-way traffic control with escorts will be in place from 8 p.m. to 9:59 p.m. During the hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., the route will be closed to through traffic. Residents and commuters will need to utilize the alternate routes to go around the closure each night beginning at 10 p.m. Access through the work zone will be prohibited during the previously stated hours. Work will take place nightly, east of the County line on SR-74, Monday through Friday. Weeknight work is weather dependent and subject to change or cancellation at any time.

Office on Aging make up the Temecula Quad, and visitors can receive assistance from multiple County departments.

“The new ISD location at the Temecula Quad is just one example of how this initiative is making a tangible difference in the lives of our residents, especially our seniors,” said Washington, whose district includes the Quad.

The goal of ISD is to provide a no-wrong-door approach to help people access needed resources.

The new, multifaceted registration process used at all ISD sites provides a holistic assessment of the individual and determines the level of care to link residents to all available county resources.

Appointments are available at seven Integrated Service Delivery pilot sites

Hemet Caltrans continues work on a $51.6 million corridor improvement project on SR-74, in Hemet. This project will repave and rehabilitate 49 lane miles, install Traffic Management Systems, upgrade curb ramps, sidewalks and driveways to ADA standards, enhance bike lane signage and striping and upgrade 29 bus pads within the project parameters. Work zone is in and near Hemet on SR-74 from Winchester Road to Fairview Avenue for the project length of 11.2 miles. Expect delays during nighttime operations. Use alternate routes to avoid any delays. Driveway, curb ramp, sidewalk construction and micro trenching will take place throughout the week if weather permits. Watch for alternate route signage for business access.


Caltrans continues its work on the $5.2 million slurry seal and rumble strips maintenance project on State Route 371 (SR-371) from Aguanga through Anza in

Riverside County. Crews continue work in various locations on SR371 from the junction of State Route 79 and SR 371 to the junction of State Route 74 and SR-371.

Work is weather and temperature dependent. Hours of operation: Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Traffic control: Watch for intermittent short term lane closures throughout the project zone. Speed limits are reduced throughout the construction zone. The California Highway Patrol will be on scene to assist with traffic control and safety. The project is expected to be complete by late winter 2024. Know before you go! To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire go to Caltrans District 8 and sign up for commuter alerts. Follow them for the latest information on Facebook and Twitter. To assist in planning your commute, view live traffic conditions using QuickMap and planned lane closures.

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California AG announces charges against local alleged crime ringleader

Michelle Mack of Bonsall, then would allegedly sell the stolen cosmetic items on her Amazon storefront.

of an organized retail crime scheme that spanned 21 counties, including Riverside, and involved an estimated $8 million worth of beauty products, as well as multiple members of her organized retail crime ring.

The investigation was conducted by the California Department of Justice (DOJ), California Highway Patrol (CHP), Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Postal Inspection Service along with Ulta’s Loss Prevention Organized Retail Crime team and Sephora Representatives.

It is alleged that the ringleader of the scheme paid more than seven people to steal from Ulta Beauty stores, as well as other retail outlets. The ringleader,

“Organized retail crime has significant financial and safety implications for businesses, retailers, and consumers,” said Bonta. “Today, we are addressing an audacious instance of organized retail theft and making it clear that such criminal activity will not be accepted in California. As the leading law enforcement official in our state, my dedication lies in actively pursuing and bringing to justice those who violate the law. Ending crime is a team effort.“

“The strong partnership that exists between law enforcement, prosecutors, and retailers is not just crucial – it’s the foundation in the fight against organized retail crime,” said California Highway Patrol Commissioner

Sean Duryee. “The CHP’s Organized Retail Crime Task Force frequently collaborates with all stakeholders to identify solutions for reducing organized retail theft, identifying current trends, sharing best practices, and share actionable intelligence.

This case is the perfect example of collaboration resulting in justice.”

“Ulta Beauty is proud to partner with the California Department of Justice and Attorney General’s Office on this investigation, and we are grateful for their commitment to this important issue,” said Dan Petrousek, Senior Vice President of Loss Prevention at Ulta Beauty.

“The rise in organized retail crime affects all retailers, consumers, and communities, and we believe it’s important to take action to deter the criminals perpetuating this problem. Not only does organized retail crime jeopardize

the safety of our store associates and guests, but it also results in potentially unsafe or damaged products being resold online to consumers under false pretenses. We will continue to work closely with authorities to decrease the occurrence of retail theft that not only affects our stores but retailers nationwide.”

It is alleged that the ringleader sold the stolen goods on her online Amazon storefront for a fraction of the retail price and recruited many young women to enter makeup stores and commit bulk thefts of specific high-demand makeup products to supply her with inventory for her online store. The suspects responsible for these thefts were caught on surveillance and have been charged in this case as well. Upon a search of the ringleader’s residence, large amounts of makeup product

was found stored, organized, and prepped for shipping, still in its manufacturer packaging.

Retailers from Ulta and Sephora assisted in conducting inventory of an estimated $400,000 in recovered product during the recent searches of residences. Nationwide loss due to this multi-year theft operation is estimated at over $7.8 million. The charges, brought by the California Department of Justice, include Organized Retail Theft, Conspiracy, Receipt of Stolen Property, and multiple counts of Grand Theft. The thefts occurred in Alameda, Placer, Kern, Contra Costa, Orange, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, San Diego, Sacramento, San Mateo, Solano, Riverside, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Napa, Marin, Tulare, San Bernardino, Sonoma, Ventura, and Yolo counties.

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Supreme Court will hear Trump’s Presidential Immunity appeal, further delaying trial

The presidential immunity defense has stalled the case for nearly three months and will miss the originally scheduled March 4 trial date.

Catherine Yang

The Epoch Times

The Supreme Court granted certiorari of former President Donald Trump’s presidential immunity claim in the federal criminal case charging him for actions on Jan. 6, 2021.

The presidential immunity defense has stalled the case for nearly three months and will miss the originally scheduled March 4 trial date.

The high court’s decision automatically stays lower courts from moving forward in the case.

The court also granted special counsel Jack Smith’s request that President Trump’s petition for a stay be treated as a petition for review.

“The case will be set for oral argument during the week of April 22,” the order reads.

The parties have been instructed to limit arguments to the question:

“Whether and if so to what extent does a former President enjoy presidential immunity from criminal prosecution for conduct alleged to involve official acts during his tenure in office.”

The Supreme Court’s framing combines the various questions the former president and special counsel had presented to the court.

Prosecutors argued that presidents enjoy no immunity

from criminal prosecution, while defense attorneys argued that official acts of a president during his tenure are protected by presidential immunity.


President Trump had originally filed a motion to dismiss the case based on presidential immunity last year.

When U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan rejected the motion in December, the defense took the case to appeals court, putting the pretrial schedule in limbo.

A federal appeals court panel rejected this defense on Feb. 6, and in an atypical order withheld its mandate on the condition that President Trump take his case to the Supreme Court by Feb. 12.

Normally, the appellants would be allowed to petition for a rehearing with the whole bench of the appeals court, which might have drawn out the process for a few more months. The appeals panels expressly ordered that a rehearing petition would not stay the case.

President Trump’s attorneys then asked the high court to stay all lower court proceedings in a petition to the Chief Justice, and prosecutors responded by asking that the Supreme Court reject the petition for a stay.

Prosecutors had argued the

They also asked the court to schedule a hearing in March if it did grant certiorari, or review of a lower court’s actions.

The Supreme Court has dismissed the application for a stay as moot because granting certiorari would effectively halt lower court proceedings.

“Without expressing a view on the merits, this Court directs the Court of Appeals to continue withholding issuance of the mandate until the sending down of the judgment of this Court,” the new order reads.

President Trump’s briefs and any amicus curiae briefs need to be filed by March 19, and prosecutors have until April 8 to respond. President Trump can then file a reply brief by April 15, and arguments will be heard the week of April 22. A specific date for the hearing was not set.

This is the second case President Trump has brought before the Supreme Court this year. The high court is also set to rule on whether President Trump is eligible to appear on the ballot after the Colorado Supreme Court ruled he was disqualified under Section 3

of the 14th Amendment, finding the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol breach an “insurrection.”

Presidential immunity

The concept of presidential immunity was defined by the Supreme Court in a 1982 case where a fired military contractor sued former President Richard Nixon alleging the firing was due to the president’s policies.

The high court ruled a president’s immunity from civil suit was “absolute” and that it extended to the “outer perimeter” of his office.

President Trump’s attorneys argue that his actions on Jan. 6 were part of his official duties as president, pointing to his record of taking election integrity seriously.

Prosecutors argue that President Trump has no immunity in this case because it is a criminal case.

The Supreme Court has never addressed whether presidents have immunity from criminal prosecution, making the issue untested legal territory.

President Trump’s attorneys say that to open presidents up to criminal prosecution in this way will only invite partisan retaliation by opposing administrations and opens up former presidents to prosecution for official acts.

They argued in court filings that criminal prosecutions have never been pursued against presidents

in or out of office because it was understood to “dimish” the office the way a civil suit would. They added that the court has said that the proper redress would be through impeachment.

Prosecutors, meanwhile, argue that no criminal prosecutions have been brought against other presidents because Jan. 6 was unique, but a case could have been brought against President Nixon, who was pardoned.

President Trump stated that without presidential immunity, the office as we know it would “no longer exist.”

“Without Presidential Immunity, a President will not be able to properly function, or make decisions, in the best interest of the United States of America,” he stated after the Supreme Court notice. “Presidents will always be concerned, and even paralyzed, by the prospect of wrongful prosecution and retaliation after they leave office. This could actually lead to the extortion and blackmail of a President.”

“A President must be free to make proper decisions. His mind must be clear, and he must not be guided by the fear of retribution!” he stated.

‘Breakdown in the system’: CBS host presses Mayorkas on illegal immigrant charged in Laken Riley’s death

Hailey Gomez

The Daily Caller General Assignment Reporter

CBS host Margaret Brennan pressed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Sunday over the illegal immigrant charged in the death of 22-year-old Georgia nursing student Laken Riley.

Mayorkas appeared on “Face the Nation” to discuss the ongoing border crisis and backlash received following the death of Riley, who was allegedly killed by Venezuelan illegal immigrant Jose Ibarra Feb. 22. Details about Ibarra emerged Feb. 23 after authorities released his identity, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed his illegal status within the country a few days later. ICE officials announced Ibarra’s arrest in New York City (NYC) as well

as a motor vehicle license violation prior to his being charged in Riley’s death.

Brennan questioned Mayorkas on whether Ibarra should have been “deported” due to his previous criminal history. However, the DHS Secretary claimed that the federal government was “not notified” in his case.

“Did those states and their law enforcement communicate to the federal government that this had happened? Should this man have been deported?” Brennan question.

“A few thoughts. First, Margaret, first and foremost, an absolute tragedy and our hearts break for and our prayers are with the family — number one. Number two — and importantly, court was unlikely to grant certiorari, as they declined to hear this same case last year when the special counsel petitioned the high court in December after President Trump’s appeal.

as a prosecutor, having prosecuted violent crime and other crimes for 12 years — one individual is responsible for the murder and that is the murderer. And we work very closely with state and local law enforcement to ensure that individuals who pose a threat to public safety are indeed our highest priority for detention and removal,” Mayorkas stated.

“But are you saying there that the federal government had been informed about this individual and the alleged crimes he had committed in those states? Because he could have been deported if that was the case. Was there a breakdown in the system?”

Brennan pressed.

“So, Margaret, there are a number of cities around the country that have varying degrees of cooperation with the immigration authorities. We firmly believe that —” Mayorkas stated.

“New York did not?” Brennan

jumped in.

“We firmly believe if a city is aware of an individual who poses a threat to public safety, then we would request that they provide us with that information so that we can ensure that that individual is detained if the facts so warrant,” Mayorkas continued.

“And it sounds like they were not coordinating?” Brennan asked.

“Well, different cities have different levels of cooperation. We were not notified in this instance,” Mayorkas stated. Since his arrest, Ibarra has been charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, hindering a 911 call and concealing the death of another. He is currently being held without bail. The Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Atlanta has also lodged a detainer against Ibarra.

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Diane Sieker Staff Writer Satirized by Benjamin Franklin, cursed by sleepy students and anticipated by those who look forward to later evenings - love it or hate it - Daylight Saving Time will spring into our lives this month. Daylight Saving Time in California will begin at 2 a.m. Pacific Time Sunday, March 10 and will end at 2 a.m. Pacific Time Sunday, November 3. Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 10 Daylight Saving Time in California will begin at 2:00 a. m. Pacific Time Sunday, March 10. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo Daylight Saving Time, or DST, is the practice of setting clocks forward one hour from standard time during the summer months, and back again in autumn, in order to make better use of natural daylight. Of course now, with smartphones, smart houses and computers, modern clocks are programmed to do this chore themselves without being prompted. “Spring forward, fall back,” is the phrase that urges Diane Sieker Staff Writer High Country Recreation is seeking volunteers needed to support their youth sports organization for the upcoming 2024 Little League season. Baseball and T-ball games are held on the baseball fields at the intersection of Mitchell Road and Kirby Road in Anza. Volunteers are needed as HCR board members, coaches, umpires, team moms/ dads, field maintenance, and a host of other activities. “It is important that we get volunteers to help, as it takes people power to make it all happen,” said HCR treasurer High Country Recreation seeks volunteers for 2024 Little League season Teams line up at the Little League opening ceremonies last year. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane
photo Lorraine Elmore. “If you are interested in participating, please call.” The HCR Board is confident that this will be another exciting season and they welcome any help from the community as they move forward. see DAYLIGHT, page D-3 see WRESTLING, page D-4 see VOLUNTEERS, page D-4

If you have an upcoming community event, email it to, put “attention events” in the subject line. Readers should call ahead on some listed events for the latest updates.

Regular Happenings

Anza Community Hall Swap

Meet - Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. $15 for a spot with membership. $18 for a spot without membership. Vendors wanted. The hall is located at 56630 Highway 371 in Anza. See membership information under “Organizations.”

ONGOING – Anza Electric Cooperative and F.I.N.D. Food

Bank offers a free mobile food pantry the second Saturday of every month at the AEC office, 58470 Highway 371, from 10:3011:30 a.m. All are welcome. CalFresh application assistance and free community health services are also available. Bring your own reusable bags to take food home. Volunteers welcome. For more information, contact the AEC office at 951-763-4333.

Friends of Anza Valley Community Library – Anza Valley Community Library is located at Hamilton High School, 57430 Mitchell Road. The library is open to the public, but not during school hours. Hours are 4-7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 12-4 p.m. on Sunday. Closed Monday through Wednesday.

Hamilton High School – Find out what is happening using Hamilton’s online calendar at events/calendar

Hamilton Museum – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays at 39991 Contreras Road in Anza. For more information, call 951-763-1350 or visit www.hamiltonmuseum. org. Find them on Facebook at “Hamilton-Museum-and-RanchFoundation.”

Backcountry Horsemen

Redshank Riders – Meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. Locations change, so please contact Mike by email at or by calling 951-760-9255.

Health, exercise, resources and recovery meetings

Fit after 50 – 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday and Friday mornings at Anza Community Hall. Free. Wear comfortable clothes and supportive shoes. Call or text instructor Teresa Hoehn at 951751-1462 for more information.

Narcotics Anonymous Meeting – 6 p.m. Every Tuesday at Shepherd Of The Valley Church, 56095 Pena Road in Anza. Open participation.

Veterans’ Gathering

Mondays – 9-11 a.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 39075 Contreras Road in Anza. Men and women veterans come to share and help each other deal with post-traumatic stress disorder and other difficulties. Call John Sheehan at 951-9236153. If you need an advocate to help with VA benefits, call Ronnie Imel at 951-659-9884.

The Most Excellent Way – A Christ-centered recovery program for all kinds of addiction meets Fridays from 7-8:30 p.m. and Tuesdays from 8-10 a.m. Program is court approved; child care is provided. Transportation help is available. The group meets at 58050 Highway 371; the cross street is Kirby Road in Anza.

AA Men’s Meeting – 7 p.m. Meetings take place Thursdays at 39551 Kirby Road in Anza, south of Highway 371.

Alcoholics Anonymous – 8 p.m. Wednesday evenings at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran

– Open every third Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointment is needed. Uninsured may only be seen in the Anza Community Hall’s parking lot or inside the hall.

Medication Assistance and Treatment for Opioid Dependence – Get treatment for heroin addiction. Transportation to the clinic is provided. For more information, contact Borrego Health’s Anza Community Health Center, 58581 Route 371, Anza. For more information, 951-7634759.

Food ministries

F.U.N. Group weekly food ministry – Deliveries arrive by noon Thursdays at the Anza Community Hall. To order a paid box and help feed those who can’t afford to pay, drop off payment and cash donations by Thursday at 1:30 p.m., to ERA Excel Realty, 56070 Highway 371 in Anza. Pay inside or drop off during the day in the red box outside. To drop it off, put name and request on an envelope with payment inside. A $30 box has about $100 worth of food and feeds six people. Half boxes are available for $15. Food is delivered once a week to those who cannot find a ride. For more information, call Bill Donahue at 951-288-0903.

Living Hope Christian Fellowship Community Dinner – Dinners at 1 p.m. are held the last Sunday of the month at the Anza Community Hall. All are welcome. Donations of time, money, etc. are always welcome.

Food for the Faithful – 8 a.m.

The food bank hands out food the last Friday of the month until the food is gone. The clothes closet will be open too. Emergency food handed out as needed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. FFF is a non-denominational nonprofit. All in need are welcome; call Esther Barragan at 951-763-5636.

Bible Studies

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Anza’s Sunday Sacrament is at 10 a.m.; Sunday School is 11 a.m. Priesthood/Relief Society meets at noon; Wednesday, Boy Scouts gathers 6 p.m. and Youth Night is 7 p.m. For more information, call Ruiz at 951-445-7180 or Nathan at 760-399-0727. The Wednesday Genealogy/Family History Class, 5-8 p.m., is open to the public at 39075 Contreras Road in Anza. Native Lighthouse Fellowship – 10 a.m. The group meets the first Saturday of the month, and breakfast is served. All are

welcome to fellowship together at the “Tribal Hall” below the casino in Anza. For more information, call Nella Heredia at 951-7630856.

Living Hope Bible Study –8-10 a.m. Tuesdays at Living Hope Christian Fellowship, 58050 Highway 371, Anza. All are welcome. For more information, call Pastor Kevin at 951-763-1111. Anza RV Clubhouse – 7 p.m., the second Wednesday of the Month, Pastor Kevin officiates at 41560 Terwilliger Road in Anza.

Monthly Christian Men’s Breakfast – 9 a.m. Breakfast takes place the fourth Saturday of each month and rotates to different locations. Contact Jeff Crawley at 951-763-1257 for more information.

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church – 10 a.m. Weekly Wednesday Bible study takes place at 56095 Pena Road in Anza. Call 951-763-4226 for more information.

Valley Gospel Chapel – 7 a.m. Saturday Men’s Study meets weekly with breakfast usually served at 43275 Chapman Road in the Terwilliger area of Anza. For more information, call 951763-4622. Anza First Southern Baptist Church – Begin your week with Sunday School for all ages at 9 a.m., followed by Sunday morning worship at 10:30 a.m. On Sunday nights, the church has prayer on the 1st and 4th Sundays from 6-7 p.m. and Bible study on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays from 6-8 p.m. On Monday evenings, from 6-8 p.m., the youth group (6 to 12 grade) meets for games and Bible study. Anza Baptist Church also offers Men’s and Women’s Ministries, a Homeschool Support Group, Summer Vacation Bible School and a Seniors’ Ministry. The church office is open Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The church is located at 39200 Rolling Hills Road in Anza. For more information, contact the church at 951-763-4937 or visit www.

Clubs Anza Valley VFW Post 1873, Capt. John Francis Drivick III Post – The Ladies’ and Men’s Auxiliaries are located at 59011 Bailey Road in Anza. Mail P.O. Box 390433. Request monthly newsletter and or weekly menu by email at vfw1873anzaca@ For more information, call 951-763-4439 or visit http:// High Country 4-H Club – 6:30 p.m. Meetings are on the third Wednesday of the month, except February, at Anza Community Hall. 4-H Club is for youth 5 to 19 years old offering a variety of projects. High Country 4-H Club is open to children living in the Anza, Aguanga and surrounding areas. For more information, call Allison Renck at 951-663-5452.

Anza Valley Artists Meetings – Meetings at 1 p.m. are the third Saturday of each month at various locations. Share art, ideas and participate in shows. Guest speakers are always needed. For more information, call president Rosie Grindle at 951-928-1248. Find helpful art tips at AnzaValleyArtists Anza Quilter’s Club –Meetings are held at 9:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 56095 Pena Road, Anza. For more information see our Facebook page or contact Pat Sprint at or Ellen Elmore at luvtoquilt2@gmail.


Anza Valley Lions Club – The Anza Valley Lions Club has been reinstated and is open to all men and women who want to work

together for the betterment of the community. The group is working on securing a new venue for meetings. Meetings and events are posted on the Anza Lions Club of Anza Valley Facebook page at LionsofAnzaValley. For more information, email president Greg Sandling at President. or Chris Skinner at Secretary.AnzaLions@

Civil Air Patrol – Squadron 59 is looking for new members of all ages. For more information, call squadron commander Maj. Dennis Sheehan from the Anza area at 951-403-4940. To learn more and see the club’s meeting schedule, visit www.squadron59. org

Fire Explorer Program – 6 p.m. The program meets every second, third and fourth Tuesday of the month at Fire Station 29 on state Route 371 in Anza. Call 951-763-5611 for information. Redshank Riders – 7 p.m. Backcountry horsemen meet at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Anza, the second Thursday of each month. Visit www. or call Carol Schmuhl for membership information at 951-663-6763.

Anza Thimble Club – The club meets the first Thursday of the month at the Anza Community Hall, 43275 Chapman Road in Anza. The social hour is 11:30 a.m., and lunch is served at noon. Contact Carol Wright at 951-7632884 for more information.


Terwilliger Community Association – 6 p.m. Second Monday of the month at VFW Post 1873, 59011 Bailey Road, in Anza. Potluck dinner open to all. For more information, call Tonie Ford at 951-763-4560.

From the Heart Christian Women’s Ministries – Noon. Monthly luncheon and guest speaker are held the second Saturday of each month. The $5 charge covers lunch at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 56095 Pena Road, Anza. From the Heart helps the area’s neediest children and invites all women and men to join in their mission. Donate or help with the rummage sales twice a year to raise funds for the cause or other events. For more information, call president Christi James at 951-595-2400.

Anza Community Hall – 7 p.m. General membership meetings are held the fourth Thursday of the month. Single memberships are $30 and include discounts to events for one person and 1 vote in elections and meetings. Family memberships are $50 and include discounts for a family up to 5 members and 1 vote in elections and meetings. Business memberships are $50 and allows an employer to receive discounts for up to 5 people, including themselves, and includes 1 vote on elections and meetings. No government funds are allocated for the Hall, which pays its bills through memberships and swap meets. Mail membership to: Anza Community Building Inc. at P.O. Box 390091, Anza, CA 92539. The hall is located at 56630 Highway 371 in Anza. For more information, call 951282-4267 or email achageneral@ or visit www.

Anza Civic Improvement League – 9 a.m. meets the first Saturday of each month at the Little Red Schoolhouse. The league maintains Minor Park and the Little Red School House, which are both available to rent for events. No government funds are allowed; the membership pays the bills – $10 a person, $18 family or $35 business membership. For more information, visit www.

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NOW HIRING Accountant II - AR Billing Anza Electric Coopera�ve, Inc. is now seeking qualified applicants to fill the posi�on of Accountant II. This position provides financial and administrative services to ensure efficient maintenance and processing of accounts payable and receivable transactions. Accurately recording assigned accounting transactions consistent with approved and prescribed accounting practices and procedures. Please email application and resume to This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Full time position. Salary range: $75,085 to $112,628. Application deadline: March 15, 2024. Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm Anza Electric Cooperative, Inc. • 951-763-4333 58470 Hwy 371/PO Box 391909, Anza, CA 92539 Application and position description available in our office and on our website at Find more area stories on

Sheriff’s Blotter

The Sheriff’s Blotter enables residents to know what criminal activity is occurring in their communities.

Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

handled by deputy

Civil dispute - 5200 *** block

St. Hwy. 371, Cahuilla, handled by deputy

Area check - 5200 *** block

Wheeler Rd., Anza, handled by deputy

Feb. 27

Public disturbance - 3700

*** block Regal Blue Tr., Anza, handled by deputy Narcotics - 5700 *** block Mitchell Rd., Anza, citation issued

Assist other department - 3800

*** block Cary Rd., Anza, report taken

Follow-up - address withheld, Anza, handled by deputy Feb. 28

Follow-up - address withheld,

Anza, handled by deputy

Assist other departmentaddress undefined, Anza, handled by deputy

Follow-up - address withheld, Anza, handled by deputy

Follow-up - address withheld, Anza, handled by deputy Assist other department - 4600

*** block 80th/La Colina, Anza, handled by deputy Feb. 29

Public intoxication - address undefined, Anza, handled by deputy

us to remember which way to set our watches and clocks, if they do not do it themselves.

Chronological devices are set one hour forward in the springspringing forward to lose an hour - and back one hour when DST ends in the fall - falling back to regain that hour.

Automotive clock changes can be so complicated that motorists simply do time calculations in their heads, rather than try to spring or fall back. No matter what, for half the year, the car clock will be correct.

Inventor, writer and politician Benjamin Franklin first proposed a loose concept of DST in 1784. In a letter to the editor of the Journal of Paris, titled “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light,” Franklin jokingly suggested that Parisians could conserve candle usage by getting people out of bed earlier to use more morning sunlight. This clever satire proposed taxing window shutters, rationing candles, and waking the public by ringing church bells and firing cannons at sunrise.

Franklin also published the proverb “early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

The United States adopted DST in 1918 and it was widely used in America and Europe during the 1970s as a result of that decade’s energy crisis.

According to Wikipedia, a 2017 meta-analysis of 44 studies found that DST leads to electricity savings of 0.34% during the days when DST applies. It furthermore found that electricity savings are more significant for countries farther away from the equator, while southern regions actually use more electricity because of DST. This may mean that changing the time may conserve electricity in some countries, such as Canada and the United Kingdom, but be wasteful in other places, such as Mexico, the southern United States and northern Africa. The savings in electricity may also be offset by extra use of other types of energy, such as heating fuel.

DST is generally not observed near the equator, where sunrise and sunset times do not vary enough to justify it.

In many countries, fire safety officials prompt citizens to use the two annual clock shifts as reminders to replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Authorities also suggest reviewing and practicing fire and disaster plans, inspecting properties, checking for hazardous materials and reprogramming thermostats.

The Florida, Washington, California and Oregon state

legislatures have all passed bills to enact permanent DST, but the laws require Congressional approval in order for this to take effect. Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island have also introduced similar proposals.

Although a majority of US states have considered making DST permanent, unless Congress changes federal law, states cannot implement it - they can only opt out of DST, not standard time. Since 2015, more than 200 Daylight Saving Time bills and resolutions

Dr., Anza,

have been introduced in almost every state across the US, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. However, none have received congressional approval to abolish the time change. For this to happen, Congress first has to pass a federal law allowing states to observe DST year-round.

According to US News, a Senate bill called the Sunshine Protection Act was introduced to make DST permanent starting in the spring of 2023. While the bill passed the Senate, it failed to be taken up in

the House due to other priorities and criticism of its approach. In Florida, a bill was passed on to Congress in March, 2018, eliminating the practice of resetting the clocks twice a year. The bill is still awaiting approval at the federal level. In November, 2018, California voters approved Proposition 7, to allow Californians to be on year-round DST. Specifically, Prop. 7 was passed to permit the state legislature to vote to adopt Daylight Saving Time year-round

Follow-up - address withheld, Anza, handled by deputy Battery - 5300 *** block St. Hwy. 371, Anza, unfounded Public assist - address undefined, Anza, handled by deputy Follow-up - address withheld, Anza, handled by deputy March 2

Public disturbance - 3900 *** block Tamscptt Dr., Anza, handled by deputy 911 call - 5900 *** block Moonshine Tr., Anza, handled by deputy

Follow-up - address withheld, Anza, handled by deputy Animal abuse - 5300 *** block Benton Wy., Anza, handled by deputy

March 3

Public disturbance - 4100 *** block Mount Rd., Anza, handled by deputy No assumption of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the content provided in the Sheriff’s Blotter. Residents with information regarding any crimes are encouraged to contact the Hemet Sheriff’s Station at 951-791-3400. Criminal activity can also be reported through the We-Tip Crime Reporting Hotline, 909-987-5005 or

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia. com

Follow-up - address withheld, Anza, handled by deputy Follow-up - address withheld, Anza, handled by deputy Civil dispute - 3700 *** block Regal Blue Tr., Anza, handled by deputy Suspicious vehicle - 4300 *** block Foolish Pleasure Rd., Amza, handled by deputy Assist other department - 4200 *** block El Campo Rd., Anza, handled by deputy March 1

with congressional approval, which has not yet been granted. California was one of 14 states to introduce legislation for permanent Daylight Saving Time in 2018.

Politically motivated or not, it takes a week or two to get used to the time change, but in the end adjust and forget about it, until the time comes to fall back. Then the process starts all over again.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia. com

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DAYLIGHT from page D-1

VOLUNTEERS from page D-1


or contact

Holzer at

or Lorraine Elmore at 951-763-0033. Registration is now open, with sign-up forms available at Lorraine’s Pet Supply in Anza.

Anyone interested in obtaining additional information about HCR and the sports programs, want to volunteer or simply donate funds, please contact HCR on Facebook at HCRecreation/.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia. com

Movie review: ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – To the Hashira Training’

Bob Garver Special to the Valley News

NOTE: This Japanese film is available in both “subbed” and “dubbed” versions. This review is based on the “subbed” version - Japanese spoken with English subtitles. Prior to “Hashira Training,” my exposure to the “Demon Slayer” anime series was limited to the 2020 film “Mugen Train.” Well, that and all the cosplayers I see every day dressed up in the greenand-black checkered pattern of main character Tanjiro (Natsuki Hanae), but “Mugen Train” was the only media. It should be noted, therefore, that I am not the target

audience for this movie. The target audience is people that are already familiar with “Demon Slayer” lore, especially Season Three of the television show. I was largely lost having only seen “Mugen Train,” and I can’t imagine the difficulty of getting into the series based on this movie alone.

My understanding is that this movie is both the ending of Season Three and the beginning of Season Four. It’s like watching two episodes back-to-back, as opposed to “Mugen Train,” which was its own feature between Seasons Two and Three. A recap montage is shown before the action gets underway, including clips from “Mugen Train,” but I didn’t find it very helpful, except to remind me that Tanjiro’s family was killed by demons, save for himself and his sister Nezuko (Akari Kito). Nezuko was turned into a demon and now has to go through life being gagged at all times so she can’t feed on human

flesh. Tanjiro’s mission in life is now to protect people, rid the world of demons, and try to find a way to turn Nezuko human again. At some point he found a village to protect and joined up with some veteran demon slayers, but I couldn’t keep the new characters straight.

The action begins at the tail end of a battle between demon Hantengu (Toshio Furukawa/ Koichi Yamadera) and Tanjiro and his fellow Slayers, as they protect a village where everyone wears silly masks. Tanjiro is the only one of the good guys not sidelined. He cuts off Hantengu’s arms, but tis but a scratch. He cuts off his head, but it’s just a flesh wound. Maybe if he can destroy his heart, he’ll call it a draw. Surprisingly, Hantengu is closing in on some innocent villagers he can kill, which will restore his powers. I don’t know how he plans to kill the villagers without arms or a head, but apparently it’s a very urgent matter for Tanjiro. But day is breaking, Nezuko is outside, and as a demon, she’ll likely die if Tanjiro doesn’t shield her from the sun. He has an impossible decision to make.

Following the battle and its aftermath, we’re introduced to new villain Muzan (Toshihiko Seki), a demon who has waited a thousand years to strike. Recent developments mean that it is finally his time. The Hashira, a conglomerate of the best Demon Slayers, meet to discuss the impending attack. They agree they need an army. Leader Gyomei (Tomokazu Sugita) organizes a program where prospective Slayers can receive accelerated training under the Hashira. And… that’s it. We see early stages of the training where recruits are put through the wringer, but the episode/movie ends before anything can come of it. Also in this segment, two popular characters from “Mugen Train” return for unimpactful cameos, seemingly just to remind viewers that they’re still in play.

“Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No

Yaiba: To the Hashira Training” boasts exciting action and characters that would probably be interesting if I could wrap my head around them the way a snake wraps itself around one of their heads. But this movie isn’t for newcomers to “Demon Slayer” or people with minimal exposure like myself. Fans will probably find much of value here, but the film was never able to capture my interest in a way that even “Mugen Train” could.

Grade: C- (but take that with a grain of salt)

“Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No

Yaiba – To the Hashira Training” is rated R for violence and bloody images. Its running time is 104 minutes.

Contact Bob Garver at rrg251@

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The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and other regulators had already taken extraordinary steps to head off a wider banking crisis by guaranteeing that depositors in SVB and failed Signature Bank be able all of money.While more half of Valley’s assets will remain in U.S. receivership, First Citizens deal announced late Sunday, least initially, seemed to achieve what regulators have sought: shoring up of in U.S. regional banks. At the opening bell Monday, shares midsized like Keycorp, Zions and First Horizon rose 8%. First Republic Bank, which received a $30 rescue package from 11 of the biggest by First Citizens Diane Rhodes Special to Valley News Sahid Aguilar, a junior at San Jacinto High School, been able to more about computer careers while assisting his district’s technology department due to his involvement WorkAbilprogram. WAI is California Department of Education grant funded and offers career coaching job opportunities for students Individualized Education Programs. 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Easter Sunrise Service will light up the San Jacinto Valley

Hemet graciously put up a banner across Florida Avenue advertising the event,” Engel said. “Everyone was amazing and wonderful to work with and the individuals and families that came out were a true blessing. We made several new friends and are very much looking forward to serving our community once again this year.”

Engel plans to bring Bible Fellowship Church’s full worship team and band and expects to have a powerful time of worship.

“The message will be focused on the power of Christ’s resurrection and the hope that we have as Jesus conquered death and promises eternal life to anyone who believes,” he said. “We are hoping to have a full complement of musicians and singers.”


“Norm Kryss, the director of the Ramona Bowl, was very kind and accommodating and the city of

Later that morning at 10:30 a.m., Engel’s church will have its “Easter Outside” event on the front lawn of the property at 26835 Columbia St. in Hemet, near the Ramona Bowl. There will be special activities for children through fifth grade.

The Sunrise Service has been a project of Kiwanis for 98 years. It was started by the Kiwanis Club of Hemet and taken over by the Kiwanis Club of Hemet Valley last year.

“We are excited to be part of this tradition and look forward to soon celebrating 100 years,” club secretary Grant Brubaker said.

The Kiwanis Club of Hemet Valley meets every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. at Abby’s Café, 41855

Through the assistance of volunteers that included Sergio Perez, Isreal Ramirez, Brian Fox, John Ward, Nate Reyes and Enrique Rivera, a lighted cross is visible above the Ramona Bowl in 2023.

E Florida Ave. in Hemet and welcomes all potential new members.

Wilson said this is a busy time of year for members as they cook for the Exchange Club/Valley-Wide “The Weekend” fundraiser on March 16. He said for the event, the Exchange Club hires the Kiwanis Club as its caterer, which serves as a fundraiser for the club as well. Club members will be cooking lunch for children who participate in the annual Golden Era Fishing Tournament on April 14. That will be followed by the 101st season of the “Ramona” outdoor play on April 20, 21, 27 and 28 and May 4 and 5, where Kiwanians will be serving chuckwagon BBQ food prior to every performance at the Ramona Bowl from noon to 3 p.m. Brubaker also serves the Kiwanis Club of Hemet Valley as its Chief BBQ Officer. For more information on Bible Fellowship Church, please visit

Find more area stories on D-5 March 8, 2024 • • Anza Valley Outlook FAITH Subscribe at: WWW.MYVALLEYNEWS.COM/SUBSCRIBE When you become a subscriber, you support what matters. Your readership helps keep our staff reporting on the local and regional developments affecting you. Your readership encourages independent businesses to keep advertising and growing. Most importantly, your readership helps keep our community connected, informed and engaged in democracy. Make a difference in your day and in your community by becoming a subscriber today! Make the Difference Subscribers Like You for as little as Diane A. Rhodes Special to the Valley News The Kiwanis Club of Hemet Valley and Bible Fellowship Church will be hosting an Easter Sunrise Service at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet, March 31. This is the second year the two have collaborated on this event. The service, which is set to begin at 6:30 a.m., is free and open to the public. There is no fee for parking and gates open at 5 a.m. Mike Gow, an Exchange Club member and General Manager of Lake Hemet Water District, has volunteered to light a huge cross above the amphitheater that will be visible throughout the San Jacinto Valley. Along with a volunteer team to help him, the sound system will start being set up at about 3 a.m. that morning.
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Pastor Chris Engel and his Worship crew will arrive about 4 a.m. to rehearse and do sound checks. He said they were thrilled to have been asked by the Kiwanis Club of Hemet Valley to put on the Sunrise Service last year. He was surprised to see nearly 400 people come out and celebrate resurrection Sunday last year.
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A lighted cross above the Ramona Bowl Amphitheater will welcome guests to the Easter Sunrise Service on March 31 hosted by Bible Fellowship Church and the Kiwanis Club of Hemet Valley. Valley News/Courtesy photos

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