Valley News - May 30, 2024

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Algae harvester plan coming to Lake Elsinore in the near future

Tony Ault Staff Writer

Lake Elsinore for many years has been plagued by large toxic blue green algae blooms. There are continuing efforts to reduce those troubling blooms with some success.

Temecula Sunset Markets moves to Thursday nights beginning on June 13

TEMECULA – Come experience the Temecula Sunset Market at Town Square Park (41000 Main Street) in Old Town Temecula on its new night this summer. Temecula’s Town Square will be transformed into a shopper’s paradise from 5 to 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays, monthly. Markets will be held on Thursday, June 13 and Thursday, June 27.

Menifee celebrates the 2024 Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony in Wheatfield Park

Tony Ault Staff Writer

It was a solemn but beautiful May day in Menifee’s Wheatfield Park as many families, active, retired and veteran military service members, remembered those who died in war preserving our American freedoms in Memorial Day ceremonies.

Strong patriotic and thankful words were spoken by the Menifee Mayor Bill Zimmerman, and council members Lesa Sobek and Bob Karwin to those in the American Armed Forces who gave their lives in that fight for the community and the nation.

“We are a city that is so patriotic,” said Zimmerman to the audience. “We care about our veterans and those who have served and those who are active today still serving our country.” He said Memorial Day is a day of remembering, honor and paying gratitude and appreciation to those who have given that sacrifice of their lives to their country.

Dee Dee Rodler, president of the Inland Empire Chapter of Gold Star Wives of American, Inc. spoke highly of her own husband, Capt. Greg Rodler, a U.S. Marine Corps Navy aviator who died in

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Gold Star Wife Dee Dee Rodler with U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ed Samuleson from Veterans of Foreign War Post 1956, place the Memorial Wreath in front of the Veterans Memorial in Wheatland Park during the city’s Memorial Day Remembrance ceremonies. Valley News/Tony Ault photo


Algae harvester plan coming to Lake Elsinore in the near future

Lake Elsinore for many years has been plagued by large toxic blue green algae blooms. There are continuing efforts to reduce those troubling blooms with some success.

In a recent Lake Elsinore and San Jacinto Watersheds Authority summit, a representative from AECOM, a design and engineering firm specializing in urban planning and asset management, suggested a method of harvesting those blooms that would help clean the lake and make a profit at the same time.

The representative, Daniel Levy, vice president and founder of AECOM’s algae practice, explained Lake Elsinore is an ideal site for an innovative way to harvest those troubling harmful algae

blooms. He explained the benefit of harvesting the algae on the lake.

The goal of reducing LMDLs

In his talk at the LESWA he said, “algae is 70% carbon” which can be made into fuel and other things. Currently he said Lake Elsinore rates very high in its phosphorus levels which he hopes the harvesting process will bring it down to an acceptable rate, or what the LMDL or laboratory detection limits allow. Nitrogen in the lake “was the highest they have ever seen,” Levy explained.

“This should be another tool that should be looked at,” he said.

With that, he said AECOM “will have one harvester here to see what comes in and see what comes out.”

Building the harvester with a government grant, they will work with the city to construct it and determine where it will be placed.

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service to America, and praised all of those who have died in service to their country and their loving spouses.

Almost in tears, she described how her late husband died in an OV-10 Bronco observation aircraft flying out of Camp Pendleton in December 1987 and how he loved flying. Serving in the Marines was his dream, but her dream ended that day after learning he would

He further explained the biomass created by the harvester will be taken to the nearby CR&R facility where it will be processed into a fuel or an “orangy natural gas.”

How does it work?

The way to harvest the algae is through a process called hydronucleation floatation technology. According to Levy, it removes the nutrients from the water through coagulation and then goes through hydronucleation, consolidating the larger algae particles and begins to clear the water. The larger particles make a slurry which is condensed into a rounded material. The slurry then can become a liquid biofertilizer and refined into a clean biofuel as well. Foods might also be created.

The result of the process provides quantitative useful items and also removes nitrogen and phosphorus that restricts the growth

of new algae blooms clearing the water.

Already in use

The process, according to AECOM, is already being used in algae harvesting plants of different sizes in 16 locations across the country from Florida to Minnesota. In the future Lake Elsinore would be a very good source of marketable algae products, according to the firm.

Levy, on a slide, showed one acre of algae consumes 2.7 tons of carbon dioxide a day. Some of the CO2, methane CH4 and phosphorus is re-released when the algae dies and decays creating greenhouse gasses. Algae harvesting will decrease the re-releases of those sources of greenhouse gasses helping to reduce the negative climate changes.

Other countries are also harvesting algae for those uses.

not be coming home. Rodler went on to help form the Inland Chapter of the Gold Star Wives and speaks today about her experiences.

After speaking, she picked up a Memorial Wreath and laid it in front of the Veterans Memorial in Wheatland Park along with U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ed Samuleson from Veterans of Foreign War Post 1956. The wreath is in remembrance of all those who died in the service of our America. Taps played in the background,

performed by Don Sharp.

Shortly after that, ET1, U.S. Navy (ret.) Matthew Gilmore explained the POW/MIA table with the white tablecloth was meant to remember all American Servicemen missing in action or in captivity from the wars they fought and prayed for their return.

In conclusion of the 2024 Menifee Memorial Day those attending the special event laid white and red carnations on the memorial grounds while members of the

Harvester requirements

When a permanent harvesting plant is built in Lake Elsinore, it would require about 5 acres of land for the slurry salvaged using solar panels for power generation and drying, a buried pipeline to bring in and process the algae water which would return clean water across the lake. It was also shown that the algae removal process uses the nanobubble technology already being used in the lake that helps produce clearer oxygenated water.

Two such plants would be possible at the ends of the lake. Levy said the harvester machine is designed to be portable and can be moved to different locations as well.

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The National Anthem, God Bless America and an Armed Forces Medley were sung by

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Tony Robbs, Chief Petty Officer, U,S, Navy (ret) and Chaplin of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1956 gives the Words of Inspiration at the 2024 Menifee Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony in Wheatfield Park Monday, May 27. Tony Espejo, Captain U.S. Air Force (ret) leads in the Pledge of Allegiance at the Menifee Memorial Day ceremony. Espejo is a Korean War Veteran and the oldest veteran in VFW Post 1956. Menifee City Council Member Bob Karwin gives the victory sign to all the veterans and their families at the Memorial Day Ceremonies. Valley News/Tony Ault photos Dawn Patrol Airshow Formation Team flew above in the blue skies with one aircraft trailing a white streamer that broke off signifying the lost airmen and service members of our nation. Liberty High School Student Audrey Woisin whose father served in the military. The California Cadet Corps, 310th Battalion, 2nd Brigade from the Santa Rosa Academy posted the colors before the ceremonies. Tony Ault Dee Dee Rodler, president of the Inland Empire Chapter of Gold Star Wives of American, Inc., tells of her Marine husband’s death in the service of his country at the Menifee Memorial Day ceremonies. Liberty High School student Audrey Woison, her father a military veteran, sings the National Anthem during the 2024 Menifee Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony in Wheatfield Park. Menifee residents, many with their veteran family members. place carnations in front of the Veterans Memorial in Wheatfield Park.
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VFW Post 1956 member Michael Cano stands before the POW/MIA Table keeping alive the hope of those service members missing in action or prisoners of war will never be forgotten and one day come home at the Menifee Memorial Day ceremonies.

Supervisors tentatively approve double-digit pay hikes for 10 elected county officials, including themselves

Kim Harris Special to Valley News

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors tentatively approved a pair of ordinances which would award double digit pay hikes to 10 county elected officials, including themselves during their Tuesday, May 21 meeting.

The move came about after comparing the pay of the five supervisors, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco, District Attorney

Chad Hestrin, Clerk-Recorder

Peter Aldana, Auditor-Controller

Ben Benoit and Treasurer-Tax

Collector Matthew Jennings, to the pay of their counterparts in other counties throughout southern California.

“This puts us in a bad position with the public,” Jeffries said. “I truly believe this is a terrible mistake, and it’s not going to sit well with taxpayers out there who probably make, at best, 60% of what we are proposing for ourselves. This is not the path we should take. You shouldn’t take a vow of poverty to serve as an elected official, but it is a choice to be in the political arena.”

During public comment prior to the vote, Rancho Mirage resi-

Supervisor Kevin Jeffries, who is retiring at the end of the year, was the lone dissenting vote in the 4-1 decision. Jefferies, who is also the most senior member of the board, has consistently refused pay raises for himself since first elected in 2012, making him the lowest paid of the entire board.

dent Brad Anderson addressed the board from an online format and said he was opposed to the two ordinances and that he didn’t believe the board deserved “any type” of a pay increase.

“You are lacking transparency,” Anderson said, adding that he believed Supervisor Washington was “pandering to his 22,000 employees versus the people who actually live in the county.”

The vote sets the stage for each supervisor, with the exception of Jeffries, to receive a 19% pay raise with their annual salaries increasing more than $35,000 from $190,783 to $226,359.

Jeffries’ annual base salary will remain $143,031, where it has been since he was first elected more than a decade ago.

Hestrin’s salary will increase more than $78K from $273,463 to $351,481, a 28% hike; while Bianco’s salary will increase more than $74K, $273,463 to $347,771, a 27% jump; and Aldana will see a more than $56K increase $195,191 to $247,859, a 27% raise. Benoit and Jennings’ will also see a 27% raise.

According to an article published by City News Service, with the exception of Hestrin, who received a salary bump in 2018, the other four elected officials in that group have not received hikes since 2014, CEO Jeff Van Wagenen, whose annual compensation package totals $362,679, according to public records, said.

With the exception of Hestrin, who received a salary bump in

Menifee reports on street and construction projects

MENIFEE - The City has project and construction updates to share with the community. For a current list of street projects and construction updates, visit our interactive mobile and web map at Holland Road Overpass – City Capital Improvement Project

The City is actively 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 later this year.

Freeway closures are also scheduled for Thursday, May 30 and Wednesday, May 31. Expected dates and times are listed below:

Thursday, May 30

• Southbound I-215: 8:30 p.m.

– 4 a.m. (FULL CLOSURE from Newport Road to Scott Road)

• Northbound I-215: 9 p.m. – 5 a.m. (Alternating Lane Closures) Friday, May 31

• Southbound I-215: 9:30 p.m.

– 6 a.m. (FULL CLOSURE from Newport Road to Scott Road)

• Northbound I-215: 9 p.m. – 6 a.m. (Alternating Lane Closures) For additional information and to sign up for project updates, visit

3rd Street in Romoland –Road Improvements Road improvements continue on 3rd Street, from Highway 74 to Antelope Road. The road will remain closed for the duration of the project which is scheduled to be completed by mid-August.

Domenigoni Parkway Eastbound at Lindenberger Road Intersection – SoCal Gas Company and Pulte

Southern California Gas Company and Pulte continue to work on relocating utility lines for Banner Park South. Lanes will be reduced during work hours. Motorists should expect delays in the area from now through mid-June. Antelope Road between

McLaughlin Road and Ethanac

Road – Nova Battery Energy Storage System Street Improvements

Nova Battery continues to work on street improvements. Antelope Road will be closed between McLaughlin Road and Ethanac Road for street improvements until the end of May. A detour will be placed for motorists.

Bradley Road – Richmond American Underground Utilities Richmond American continues working on Bradley Road for work on underground utilities. Work will require lane closure and flaggers will be present.

Holland Road between Bradley and Evans Roads – Storm Drain/Road Construction Work

Storm drain facilities and road improvements are currently placed on Holland Road as required as part of the Menifee 80 residential housing tract. This project is under active construction and motorists should expect permanent traffic

control to complete the work until the end of May.

Encanto Drive and Rouse Road – Underground Utility Placement

Lennar will be working on placing underground utilities for the Legado Project on Encanto Drive and Rouse Road. Traffic control will be in place. This project is anticipated to be completed at the end of June.

Goetz Road and Thornton Avenue – Cimarron Ridge Development Project

The developer will continue to work on Goetz Road, north of Thornton Avenue. Motorists should expect traffic control and possible delays while work is being completed. Goetz Road from north of Thornton Avenue to Goldenrod Avenue will remain closed and detours will be in place until construction is completed. Ridgemoor Road – Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) Pipeline Project

2018, the other four elected officials in that group have not received hikes since 2014, according to county CEO Jeff Van Wagenen, whose annual compensation package totals $362,679, according to public records. A second reading of the modified salary ordinances and a final public hearing on the matter will be held during the supervisors’ June 4 meeting. If approved, the supervisors’ salary increases would take effect in 60 days while the other officials would see their raises in 30 days, putting the total increases at a total cost of $812,501 for the current fiscal year. Kim Harris can be reached via email at kharris@reedermedia. com.

EMWD continues working on the pipeline located on Ridgemoor Road west of Valley Boulevard. This project is anticipated to be ongoing for the next several months. Motorists should expect traffic delays and temporary traffic control.

Potomac Neighborhood –Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) 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, please contact Philip Southard, Public Information and Legislative Affairs Officer, at 951-746-0654 or at Submitted by City of Menifee.

Every 2nd & 4th Thursday 5:00-9:00pm in Old Town Temecula, City Hall

The Temecula Sunset Market now on Thursdays! Come experience the Temecula Sunset Market at Town Square Park (41000 Main Street) in Old Town Temecula on its new night this summer! Temecula’sTown Square will be transformed into a shopper’s paradise from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on the second and fourth Thursdays, monthly. Markets will be held on THU, JUN 13, 2024, and THU, JUN 27, 2024. In addition to the Market, Temecula’s Summer Concert Series, featuring Fresh Play, will be providing a free live concert on THU, JUN 27, 2024, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at the Temecula Civic Center Quad across the street from Town Square Park.

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Members of the Murrieta Mesa High School NJROTC present the colors during the start of the Murrieta Memorial Day Ceremony at Town Square Park, May 27. Valley News/Shane Gibson photos Members of the community gather at the Murrieta Memorial Day Ceremony to honor fallen men and women who have served our country. Murrieta Mayor Lori Stone speaks during the Murrieta Memorial Day Ceremony. [Left] USMC veteran and Wildomar city council member Dustin Nigg speaks about the national holiday during the Murrieta Memorial Day Ceremony. Murrieta Police Chaplain Chris Deknatel provides an invocation during the Murrieta Memorial Day Ceremony. Sisters Soli and Ava Falah sing the national anthem during the Murrieta Memorial Day Ceremony.
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Mothers celebrated at Soboba Tribal Preschool event

Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Special to Valley News

Teachers and staff at the Soboba Tribal Preschool went all out to honor their students’ mothers, grandmothers and other female role models at a Mother’s Day Brunch Tuesday, May 14. The multipurpose room adjacent to the classrooms was transformed into a strawberry patch with balloons, cutouts and more to greet the “Berry Best” mothers.

The children had surprise gifts for their mothers, too. They decorated canvas tote bags and filled out questionnaires “All About Mom.” Preschooler Nadia said her mother’s name is “Mommy” and that she is really good at “everything.” A classmate of hers said their favorite thing about their mother is “when she gives me cookies.”

Pre-K students used colorful handprints in a circle to resemble a flower to which green stems were painted on. Inside was a jar candle decorated with a mosaic made from colorful tissue paper. Kindergartners colored flower pots that were printed on the totes and decorated plates that were put inside each one. Grandmothers received keychains with mini handprints on them.

Glori Lindsey said her daughter Avareign, 6, did a “berry good job” with all the gifts she made.

“I love everything so much,” she said.

Lindsey spent time with her family, which also includes two sons, on the official Mother’s Day Sunday, May 12, at a resort in Palm Springs.

Celena Morillo and her daughter, Menyil Tohee, 5, enjoyed everything the preschool had to offer.

“I like all the different things they ask them to make; they are very creative,” Celena said.

On Mother’s Day, her family cooked her breakfast, and all her sisters came over for lunch and to spend time together outside, she said.

Rosemary Morillo is greatgrandmother to Avareign and grandmother to Menyil and shared the time with fellow grandmother Nancy Beltran. Another greatgranddaughter of Morillo’s is Nehsoon Salas, 5, who filled in the blanks “All About My Mom” by saying if she could tell her mom one thing, it would be, “You are gorgeous.” The kindergartner’s mother Avelaka Gonzales said it is the first year her daughter has attended the preschool.

“She has learned so much about animals and plants and she’s having fun while she’s doing it so that’s the best part,” Gonzales said.

On Mother’s Day, she was treated to a spa day while Nehsoon and other family members cleaned the house for her.

Morillo, who offered a blessing before the brunch was served, said, “It’s always an honor to get together with all the mothers,” she said.

She asked the Creator to bless all family members in attendance

and reminded everyone to “cherish these moments with your young ones, as time goes by so fast.”

Preschool teachers and staff served up mini cold cut sandwiches, two kinds of salad, chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and pasta salad. There were also bags of chips and other crunchy snacks, a huge bowl of fresh berries and strawberry topped cupcakes and Rice Krispie treats. All of this was washed down with lemonade, bottled water or a refreshing strawberry drink.

Corryn Salgado-Flores enjoyed the morning with her daughter Love Salgado-Flores, 3, and son Ace Covington, 5, along with their grandmother Becky Flores. Corryn said she likes that the preschool offers her children a chance to learn their Native language.

“They also get to go to school with a few of their cousins,” she said.

The event provided an opportunity for all siblings and relatives who are in different classrooms to be together to celebrate as a family.

Tribal Council Secretary Monica Herrera has two grandchildren who are students there; Pre-K student Palki and kindergartner Gabe who were with their mother, Alyssa Salgado.

“I like the themes they do every year; it’s always super cute,” Herrera said. “I love that the school does this to bring the community together.”

Cyndi Lemke, whose grandson Iggy Alcala is in the kindergarten class, had a great personal Mother’s Day.

“All the moms came to my house,” she said. “All us ladies had snacks and watched movies while the guys made and served breakfast. It was also my birthday, so I got extra flowers.”

Soboba Tribal Vice Chair Geneva Mojado said, “I came to celebrate with all these special moms.”

Mother of two, she enjoyed her own Mother’s Day Tuesday, May 12.

“We had Sunday brunch at the casino, which was amazing,” Mojado said.

One of the newest mothers in attendance was Daise Burton with her five-week-old son, Jovi, who has an older brother Joseph, 8, and an older sister, Loovi, 4, who is in Ana Garcia’s Pre-K class. The children were joined by their “glamma” Dondi Silvas, who serves as Soboba Foundation president and housing specialist for Soboba Housing.

Sierra Mendez had a second son six weeks ago and was at the event with her four-year-old son, Kuyvaxish Mendez, who is in Lenora “Ponie” Mojado’s class.

Sierra also has a stepdaughter, who is 10. She said she was pleased to be one of the lucky raffle prize recipients and chose a satin sleep mask and pillowcase set, sure to be well used in the future. Other choices were handbags and castiron pans.

Preschool teacher Mojado has two sons; Mac is 10 and Eli is 8.

She had spent Sunday with family at the Soboba Casino Resort’s brunch.

“It was amazing; they had a buffet with different items,” she said.

“Then I went shopping at Bath and Body Works and later I went to my sister’s house for family dinner. It was the perfect Mother’s Day of relaxing and shopping.”

She enjoyed giving out raffle prizes at the event and said the mothers in attendance seemed to feel really appreciated and enjoyed the food they were served.

“My favorite part about working with children is they make me laugh and smile,” Mojado said. “We always joke around in my preschool class. I always make the children laugh and carry on a conversation. It’s always a fun time in the preschool room with all my little friends.”

Julissa Garcia is an instructional aide in the pre-kindergarten classroom. Celebrating Mother’s Day with her almost one-year-old son included going to dinner with her mother and aunt.

“My son and his dad also shared gifts and gave me a couple extra hours of sleep,” she said.

She said she enjoyed the feeling of togetherness at the preschool’s brunch.

“I liked seeing all of our children’s families show up for them and their reactions to the handcrafted gifts they made in class,” Garcia said.

Her favorite part of working with the young children is “seeing them grow and progress each day and being given the opportunity to help foster lifelong learning.”

Preschool staff have already begun preparations for a Father’s Day luncheon Friday, May 31.

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Corryn Salgado-Flores, center, with her daughter Love Salgado-Flores, 3, and son Ace Covington, 5, along with their grandmother Becky Flores during the Soboba Tribal Preschool Mother’s Day Brunch, Tuesday, May 14. Valley News/Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians photos Soboba Tribal Council Secretary Monica Herrera with her two grandchildren who are students at the preschool. Pre-K student Palki and kindergartner Gabe and their mom Alyssa Salgado enjoyed the celebration. A family photo in front of the “Berry Best Mom” display at the Soboba Tribal Preschool Mother’s Day Brunch helps make memories for Tenielle and her children Sitka and Notoowish Velazquez and Elena Vega-Castello and her twins Kut and Paa’kal. Grandmother Denielle Womack, at right, joins in the celebration.
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Daise Burton with her five-week-old son, Jovi, and daughter, Loovi, 4, who is in the Soboba Tribal Preschool’s Pre-K class.

Lynn K. Loyd Special to Valley News

A successful Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Technology Day Camp was sponsored by Community Outreach Ministry (COM) Co-Founders Coach Bob and Dr. Mona Salomo-Davies on April 13, at the Murrieta Public Library. This event was by invitation only for Prison Fellowship Angel Tree children impacted by parental incarceration in Riverside County. COM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity and Community Based Organization (CBO). The mission is helping children of incarcerated parents to break the cycle of incarceration by giving at-risk children a second chance to be winners and champions. Integral to the success of the Technology Day Camp were volunteers Janice Hare and Johnna Hose, assistant Angel Tree coordinators who contacted the caregivers and served the family’s lunch.

At-risk children are being enriched through COM’s STEAM - Mentor Protégé Workshops to improve their social, educational, and vocational competencies that promote health equity in grades elementary through high school. This also has a positive effect on helping to reduce other negative cycles of illiteracy, poverty, school dropout, drugs, gangs, delinquency, and self-destructive behaviors. Building youth awareness of STEAM apprenticeships for ages 16-24 and entry level positions exposes students to opportunities to receive free career training and gain on-the-job experience.

Praise was given to Coach Rolando Zeledon, Area Director – Inland Valleys Mission Increase whose mission is to equip nonprofits, donors, and churches to multiply their impact to expand the Kingdom of God.

Coach Zeledon introduced the Davies to Coach Bryce Hudson, Founder of EquiTech Innovation Collaboration Riverside, who were the First Lego League (FLL) first place Inland Empire Regional champions for robot design in November 2023. The Davies were excited to hear about their amazing championship and invited Coach Hudson to come and showcase “Learning About Robots with Lego” at our Technology Day Camp.

Coach Hudson brought his son Coach Aidan Hudson, who studies Engineering at the University of California Riverside. Science Teacher and First Lego League

Coach Arianna Boyer-Allen of Garvey/Allen STEAM Academy,

Moreno Valley, brought their Lego challenge table, robots, and laptops along with four students known as “Achievers” to serve as mentors from the Academy. Two of the Achievers were in the fifth grade, one Achiever was in the sixth grade and one Achiever was in the seventh grade. The Achievers were from the communities of Moreno Valley and Perris.

Coach Bryce Hudson shared, “EquiTech Innovation is driven by a passion to ignite young minds through the First Lego League Challenge, where every brick builds a future.” Hudson said, “by collaborating with visionary institutions like Garvey/Allen STEAM Academy, we empower underrepresented students to unlock the boundless realms of robotics, engineering, creativity, and teamwork. Together, we shape not just achievers, but STEAM-minded professionals of tomorrow’s innovations.”

Coach Arianna Boyer-Allen shared, “I am a STEM teacher and First Lego League coach at Garvey/Allen STEAM Academy where it is our mission to open schools to close prisons and transform historically disenfranchised minority students into achievers.

As a First Lego League team our ‘Achievers’ are the architects of their own destinies coding programs for the future, soaring to great heights, breaking stereotypes, shaping history, and building brighter futures one Lego brick at a time. Our mission is to work as a team, with ‘Excellence on Purpose,’ bridging opportunity gaps in the 21st century and empowering generations to come with STEAM-focused activities.”

The student mentees were thrilled watching the robot demonstrations and engaging in hands-on learning about coding and building robots.

Juan Garcia Manager of Wingstop Chicken Wings Restaurant and Gabriel Gaytan were recognized for choosing to sponsor a delicious lunch for our guests.

We also appreciate the support of Elizabeth and Albert Canul from Camp Agape who came to register Angel Tree children ages seven-17 for free overnight summer camp during the four-day Labor Day weekend in the beautiful scenic San Bernardino Mountains. Sisters Sasha Ramirez photographer and Briana Ramirez data analyst from Gateway Church of the Nazarene Murrieta, and Ed Aguirre Production Video were applauded for developing a collage from this event. To view the recap visit https://

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It’s full ‘STEAM’ ahead COM seeks sponsors and volunteers for fundraising, grant writing, and donating clothing and toy gifts for children ages one-18 for the 24th Annual Angel Tree Christmas
Online contributions can be made at COM can also be reached by email at info@ or by phone at 951-698-7650 office, 951-231-5515 mobile. Checks are accepted by mail payable to Community Outreach Ministry, 23905 Clinton Keith Road Suite 114 #116,
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Wildomar, Coach Bryce Hudson, right, is the founder of EquiTech Innovation Collaboration Riverside and showcased learning about robots with Lego during the STEAM Technology Camp. Valley News/Courtesy photos Coach Bryce Hudson demonstrates Lego robots to a group of day camp attendees. Elizabeth and Albert Canul from Camp Agape registered attendees for a free, 4-day camp for California children who have parents in prison. The STEAM coaches for the day camp event pause for a group photo. From left, Johnna Hose, Janice Hare, Coach Bryce Hudson, Coach Arianna Boyer-Allen, Dr. Mona Salomo-Davies, Coach Aidan Hudson, and Coach Bob Davies.
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County Board of Supervisors: Some Riverside unincorporated foothill areas closing due to extreme fire hazard June 1

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors in a unanimous vote May 7 approved a Riverside County Fire Department/ Cal Fire request to temporarily close a number of county foothill recreation areas to prevent possible wildfires near homes and businesses during the upcoming summer months.

The Board of Supervisors during the meeting unanimously

approved the “closure of certain Hazardous Fire Areas in the unincorporated area of Riverside County effective June 1, 2024,” until such time as the County Fire Chief Bill Weiser permits them to be re-open.

The fall and winter record breaking late rains this year have encouraged major plant growth that is now drying, seriously increasing the summer wildfire hazard. Some park and recreation areas in the county are normally closed in the summer, but are

especially necessary this summer, according to the fire services.

Local city-operated fire departments from Hemet and Murrieta support the county’s fire prevention effort in temporarily closing some of its parks due to fire hazards, and may soon make their own fire closure announcements.

Locally, perhaps by June 1, the areas subject to the closing will include the foothills surrounding the Ramona Bowl and Simpson Park which will be only be open from sunrise to 12 p.m. and closed after

that, Other areas include Bautista Canyon south of Valle Vista leading into Anza, North Mountain, Indian Canyon above San Jacinto and near Banning’s Whitewater Canyon, and the Eagle Canyon Tin Mine area near Corona and Steele Peak near the City of Perris.

The Board report said, “The Riverside County Fire Chief has determined these areas should be closed except on public roadways and on inhabited areas of private property within the closure areas. The potential for large, damaging

fires occurring this year may be enhanced by the extreme vegetation growth experienced throughout Riverside County.”

Many county and city fire departments are also suggesting that homeowners living in high wildfire danger areas be sure to remove all flammable brush and materials at least 100 feet away from their homes and keep access to their homes easily available to firefighters during the fire season.

Tony Ault can be reached via email at

GEI Consultants, Inc., and AECOM Technical Services, Inc., were awarded Rancho California Water District contracts to support the construction of the Vail Dam Seismic and Hydrologic Remediation Project.

The RCWD board voted 7-0 May 16 to approve a $8,201,571 professional services agreement with GEI Consultants for construction management of the project and to amend a previous agreement with AECOM to add $266,829 for engineering services related to environmental permitting support, preparation of site clearing documents, and bid phase assistance. The board action also approved agency permit fees and environmental support expenses of $650,000.

Vail Dam was constructed privately by the Vail Company in the late 1940s and acquired by the Rancho California Water District in 1978. In January 2013 the state Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD) notified the district that DSOD had completed an analysis of Vail Dam under maximum seismic loading conditions, the maximum credible earthquake scenario, and extreme hydrologic conditions and the probable maximum flood. The DSOD analysis indicated that the dam was at risk of significant damage and/or failure under those extreme conditions. DSOD also directed Rancho Water to verify the results of the analysis independently; AECOM was selected to perform its own seismic and hydrologic analysis of Vail Dam and those results provided similar conclusions to the DSOD analysis.

Rancho Water and DSOD agreed upon a short-term interim operating restriction limiting the high-water level maintained behind Vail Dam to 1,457.6 feet in elevation, or approximately 15 feet below the crest of the spillway. In October 2016 the RCWD board approved a long-term solution to construct a new straight-axis roller compacted concrete dam located just downstream of the existing arch dam structure. That new dam was developed after detailed analyses, alternative evaluations, and coordination with DSOD. The new structure is designed to withstand the seismic loading conditions under the maximum credible earthquake scenario and is six feet taller than the existing dam, which will allow for routing of probable maximum flood flow through the existing spillway without overtopping the dam.

Rancho Water awarded AECOM a $3,140,607 contract for the preliminary and final design of the new structure. The work will include construction of a straight-axis concrete gravity dam structure immediately downstream of the existing arch dam, partial demolition of the existing dam, and improvements to support construction and operation of the new dam including improvements to on-site access roads, provision for construction staging and material disposal areas, and electrical utility relocations. In April 2023

the RCWD board adopted the final Environmental Impact Report for the Vail Dam Seismic and Hydrologic Remediation Project. DSOD approved the final construction plans in July 2023.

The construction is expected to be a 48-month process. Rancho Water has budgeted $101,516,333 for the project, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has committed $49.5 million of grant funding.

The California Government Code requires professional services agreements to be awarded based on demonstrated competence and the professional qualifications necessary for the satisfactory performance of the services required rather on the lowest price.

In March 2024 AECOM prepared a scope and fee proposal to complete the additional work items through the bid phase. Those tasks include project management and meetings, environmental permit support, finalizing the construction document plans and specifications for site and vegetation clearing, preparing bid packages for the construction contract, updated construction cost estimates, and bid phase support.

RCWD staff advertised proposals for construction management services on January 5. Two bids were received by the February 29 deadline. On March 26 panel interviews were conducted with both firms. GEI not only had the lower bid but also was deemed to have provided the best and most complete proposal for the work. The proposal and panel interview demonstrated a strong understanding of the project’s constraints and strategies to mitigate potential impacts. The GEI team has significant experience in rollercompacted dam construction and includes a DSOD advisor who is a former DSOD chief and was responsible for overseeing all design and construction aspects of the San Vicente Dam raise and Olivenhain Dam construction projects in San Diego County while he was at DSOD, a principal-in-charge who provided engineering management for the two San Diego County Water Authority dams, and Temecula resident Gary Olvera, who was involved in construction administration on the two dams when he was with the SDCWA and will be the construction manager for the Vail Dam project. The GEI proposal also included value-added optional items for public outreach services and the development of a risk mitigation plan to improve safety and reduce potential cost and schedule impacts during construction, and the RCWD contract includes those services. The GEI tasks will include construction management and administration, contractor pre-qualification, oversight of vegetation clearing, project bidding support, inspection and related specialty inspection services such as electrical and instrumentation elements, management of the dam’s construction, commissioning of the dam, and post-construction phases. Joe Naiman can be reached via email at jnaiman@reedermedia. com.

The Eastern Municipal Water District board approved the issuance of bonds for an improvement area of the Braverade development in Menifee Valley.

The board’s 5-0 vote May 15 authorizes the issuance of up to $7,000,000 of bonds for Improvement Area A. That area encompasses 86.85 acres, and 261 single-family detached homes are planned for that improvement area.

In July 2016 the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a rezone, general plan amendment, Environmental Impact Report, and tentative tract map for a subdivision with 511 residential lots along with 25 drainage basin, park, paseo, and open space lots. The property is north of Wickerd Road, south of Garbani Road, east of Heinz Lane, and west of Brandon Lane.

A community facilities district includes a special tax (sometimes known as Mello-Roos taxes due to the state legislators who authored the option for services on new development to be funded by an annual assessment) to fund the services and/or infrastructure.

A Joint Communities Facilities Agreement stipulates the collection and distribution process for the taxes. If the one percent property tax is not sufficient to pay for maintenance, fire protection, and other services a CFD may be formed for those services and that CFD would be perpetual. A CFD may also pay for infrastructure including capacity fees which are charged to developers to cover the new development’s share of existing infrastructure, and that assessment ends when the bonds are paid off. The CFD may also pay for the reimbursement to government agencies for their staff time and other expenses to form the CFD, the cost to issue bonds, and the annual costs to administer the CFD.

An assessment must be approved by a majority of property owners, although a developer who owns a property before it is subdivided may cast the sole vote in favor of a CFD which will be binding upon subsequent property owners.

Improvement area A consists of three neighborhoods: Seasons Ranch at Braverde, Heritage at Braverde, and Legacy at Braverde.

Eastern’s board approved a CFD for Improvement Area A in December 2017. A December 2018

action approved a Joint Communities Facilities Agreement with the Perris Union High School District. Richmond American Homes acquired Improvement Area A from Global Investment Pool in October 2021. Of the 261 planned homes in that area 145 had already been sold to homeowners as of March 4. Richmond American Homes had completed homes on 19 of the 116 remaining lots while 36 homes were under construction and 61 lots were still vacant.

Eastern has a Comprehensive Debt Policy which stipulates a minimum of 100 lots and $1 million of debt for a CFD along with an estimated minimum value to lien ratio of 4:1 and an effective tax rate of no more than 2.00 percent of the home’s value. The appraised value of $126,080,000 equates to a value to lien ratio of 11:28.1 and the tax ratio is 1.92 percent. The expected interest rate for the bonds is 5.15 percent. The bonds will have a maturity date of September 1, 2054, and the total expected payment including interest will be $11,052,861. Joe Naiman can be reached via email at jnaiman@reedermedia. com.

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Riverside man charged for alleged threats against airport, schools

Eduardo Vicente Pelayo Rodriguez allegedly threatened to blow-up Nashville International airport and commit either a mass shooting or bombing at several schools


A Riverside County man has been arrested and arraigned on an 18-count indictment alleging he placed “swatting calls” threatening to commit mass shootings at several schools and to bomb an airport on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, the Justice Department announced Wednesday, May 22.

Eduardo Vicente Pelayo Rodriguez, 31, of Riverside, is charged with one count of stalking, seven counts of transmitting threats in interstate commerce, seven counts engaging in hoaxes and three counts of transmitting threats or

false information regarding fire and explosives, the Justice Department said.

“‘Swatting’ refers to falsely reporting in the name of another person that an emergency is in progress or about to occur, with the intent to result in emergency services or law enforcement responding to that other person’s location or investigating them, the Justice Department explained.

An indictment returned by a federal grand jury Thursday, May 16, alleged that Rodriguez in January and February 2023 used a voice over internet protocol service to place more than a dozen calls impersonating the victim. Initially, Rodriguez called a suicide preven-

3 family members arrested for participation in regional retail theft ring enter plead guilty

Three members of a Jurupa Valley family who were arrested for a Temecula theft admitted their involvement in an entire string of retail thefts throughout Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties when they entered guilty pleas to felony charges Wednesday, May 22.

Thomas Edward Balandran, 51, Breeanna Marie Balandran, 19, and Sherri Marie Alvarez, 48, all pled guilty to the charges of organized retail theft with intent to resell merchandise under separate plea agreements with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.

Thomas Balandran also pled guilty to charges of conspiracy and grand theft, along with probation violations. He received nearly three years in state prison for his role as the “ringleader,” while his relations both received probation.

According to a City News Service article, prosecutors dropped related felony counts against Breeanna Balandran and Alvarez in exchange for their admitting the organized retail theft allegation.

The sentences were handed down by Superior Court Judge Jeff Zimel who certified the terms of the plea deals during a Wednesday, May 22, hearing at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

Thomas received a sentence of two years and eight months in state prison, while the women were each sentenced to two years’ felony probation and to serve between four to six months in a sheriff’s work release program, during

which time they’ll have to remain gainfully employed or attend vocational or similar programs.

The Department of Probation will determine the amount of victim restitution that the defendants should be required to pay.

A 17-year-old boy, whose identity was not disclosed, was arrested with the trio Monday, May 13, at a residence in the 6800 block of Valley Way, when deputies served a search warrant based on an investigation that began during the last week of April, Sgt. Josh Hephner of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

The teenager was released to the custody of relatives.

An April 24 retail robbery in the 32100 block of Temecula Parkway where $1,000 worth of goods were stolen, is what brought the family to investigators’ attention, Hephner said.

“Throughout the investigation, it was confirmed the suspects were responsible for at least 10 separate thefts throughout Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles counties,” he said. “In total, the suspects were responsible for over $7,0000 in loss.”

The suspects are believed to be responsible for additional thefts that may have not been reported to law enforcement.

Anyone with additional information related to the case should contact Deputy Christina Weber of the Southwest Station RBST Team at 951-696-3133.

Kim Harris can be reached by email at kharris@reedermedia. com.

tion center and a veterans crisis hotline, claimed to be the victim and said that he was contemplating committing suicide or killing others.

Rodriguez allegedly then “called school staff at seven different schools – in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, as well as Sandy Hook, Connecticut –and threatened to commit either a mass shooting or bombing at the schools,” the indictment said. “Finally, Rodriguez allegedly called Nashville International Airport in Tennessee, said he had planted a bomb on a plane and in the airport, and said, ‘This is for ISIS,’ and ‘One hour, boom.’

Law enforcement responded to

these phone calls and determined they were fake. “The sorts of ‘swatting’ crimes alleged against this defendant are highly troubling,” U.S. Attorney Martin Estrada said. “The indictment alleges that the defendant placed calls to schools, airports and other locations that were designed to cause maximum fear and trigger an emergency response.

‘Swatting’ is a serious crime that can cause great trauma and risk loss of life, so it is important that we hold wrongdoers accountable.”

If convicted of the charges, Rodriguez would face a statutory maximum sentence of five years in federal prison on the stalking count, five years on each of the threats counts, five years on each of the hoax counts and 10 years on each of the counts relating to fire and explosives. The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force – along with assistance from the Riverside Police Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Newton (Connecticut) Police Department, and the Nashville Airport Authority – investigated the crimes. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenna W. Long of the Terrorism and Export Crimes Section is prosecuting the case.

Kim Harris can be reached by email at kharris@reedermedia. com.

Two arrested for furnishing alcohol to minors

Minor ‘Shoulder Tap’ operation was joint effort between California’s Alcohol Beverage Control, Riverside County Sheriff’s Office

Kim Harris Special to Valley News

Two people were arrested in Wildomar and Canyon Lake areas for allegedly providing alcohol to underage minors during a joint operation with agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Lake Elsinore office last week.

Deputies also cited one clerk and a bartender for selling alcohol to minors, the sheriff’s department said.

The minors attempted to purchase alcohol from retail licensees in the city of Wildomar and restaurants in the city of Canyon Lake. ABC agents and local law enforcement conducted the Shoulder

MENIFEE – On Wednesday, May 8 at about 3 a.m., officers from the Menifee Police Department responded to the area of Northshore Drive in response to multiple reports of gunshots being fired within the community. Upon arrival, officers were unable to locate the suspect, bullet casings, or victims despite thoroughly searching the area.

At about 6 a.m., the dispatch center received calls providing additional information about the incident, including reports of bullet holes discovered in vehicles

Tap operation which targets adults who purchase alcohol for people less than 21 years of age Saturday, May 18.

According to a news release issued by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office on the incident, the program uses a “minor decoy” under the direct supervision of a police officer. The decoy stands outside a liquor or convenience store and asks patrons to buy them alcohol. The minor indicates in some way he or she is underage and cannot purchase the alcohol.

“If they agree to purchase alcohol for the minor, agents then arrest and cite them for furnishing alcohol to the minor decoy,” the news release explained.

The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of com-

located within the community. Preliminary investigation suggested this was an isolated occurrence. Over the course of the last few weeks our investigators worked to identify the suspect responsible for this incident.

On Thursday, May 23, investigators served a search warrant at a residence located on the 29000 block of Cottonwood Cove Drive. During the search of the residence, evidence was located which helped identify the subject who is believed to be responsible for the shooting.

munity service, the news release said, adding that the program is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors who statistically have a higher rate of drunken driving crashes than adults.

“We conduct these operations to keep alcohol out of the hands of our youth,” ABC Director Joseph McCullough said. “By preventing underage drinking, we can increase the quality of life in our communities and reduce DUIs.”

Funding for the program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Kim Harris can be reached by email at kharris@reedermedia. com.

52 -year-old Wilfred Fonteno of Menifee was placed under arrest for several felony violations including weapons charges. Fonteno was booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center.

Anyone with further information regarding this incident is asked to contact Menifee Police Detective Ramirez at 951-723-1614 or email Submitted by Menifee Police Department.

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June 1 – 8 a.m. Temecula Summer Camp offerings for children with a selection of educational and recreational activities. Children can make friends and discover new things. Space is limited. See camp dates and register at or contact Temecula Community Services Department, 951-6946480.

June 1 – 7:30-9 a.m. Tuesdays. Free summer golf lessons for kids at the Golden Era Golf Course in San Jacinto. Sponsored by Grandfathers for Golf a 501( c) (3) nonprofit organization. Call President Tony Viola, Grandfathers for Golf at 909-754-4148, or online at grandfathersforgolf. org/signup before June 12.

June 1 – 7:30-10:30 a.m. Just 4 Kids Fishing Derby at the Diamond stadium levee, 500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore. Trophies, activities and demonstrations. Children must be 15 years or younger. Pre-register at

June 1 – 2-3 p.m. Elizabeth Hospice is hosting a free, onesession support group for youth ages 9 to 13 called, “When a Family Member has Cancer” at Michelle’s Place Cancer Resource Center, 41669 Winchester Road. Ste. 101 in Temecula. Children will learn healthy coping skills, increase their social network by connecting with other kids who have similar life experiences, and share their feelings, thoughts, and emotions in a non-judgemental space. Space is limited. RSVP to

Please check the webpages for the city you live in for the latest events happening for children and youths in your community this summer. There are many youth sports programs, educational programs, city park entertainment and more to keep children of all ages occupied and interested. Valley Wide-Recreation also has many children’s activities. Please visit


Through June 16 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

“The Newest Americans” exhibit at the Temecula Valley Museum is a series of portraits of Americans who have just received their citizenship. The traveling exhibit features 29 portraits by Sam Comen and interviews by Michael Estrin, capturing the experiences of immigrants from 23 countries. For more information,

May 31 – 7-9 p.m. Menifee’s Got Talent, Liberty High School, 32255 Leon Road, Winchester. Tickets at the door are $12 adults, $8 students and senior citizens, $30 per family and free for children under five. Visit www. for more information.

May 31 – 7-10 p.m. Menifee

Moonlight Market Rock and Roll event at Centennial Park, 31166 Shire Horse Way, Menifee.

June 1 – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Second annual Summer BBQ & Resource Bash at Romoland Elementary School, 25890 Antelope Road, Romoland. Organizations wishing to participate can complete an interest form by May 31 by contacting Mireya Chavez-Martinez a t or 951-926-9244 ext. 1270.

June 8 – 5-7 p.m. Juneteenth Celebration Concert being presented at the Temecula Amphitheater in the Temecula Community Recreation Center, 30975 Rancho Vista Road. Connect with others through song and dance. Bring lawn chairs, blankets. Food vendors available.

June 15 – Noon-4 p.m. Hoedown at Living Free Animal Sanctuary. There will be live country music, dancing, BBQ hosted by the local fire department and family-friendly hayrides. There will be artwork made by the animal residents. Living Free is at 54250 Keen Camp Road in Mountain Center. Tickets are $10. For more information, contact

ONGOING – Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon. The Sun City Farmers Market meets every Saturday at the Sun City Civic Association at 26850 Sun City Blvd., in Sun City with local vendors and crafts.

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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 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 – 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.

WORKSHOPS, MEETINGS, NOTICES June 1 – Swim lesson scholarships available in Temecula in partnership with First 5 Riverside and the American Red Cross this summer. Low cost swim lessons for toddlers to adults at Chaparral High School at 27215 Nicolas Road; TES and MRC, 29119 Margarita Road. Scholarships cannot be used for lessons at the CRC pool. The cost for residents will be $5 per session and $15 per session for non-residents. Participants are required to complete the Confidential Scholarship Application found at TemeculaCA. gov/FirstFive to be considered for a Swim Lesson Scholarship. For more information, please contact the Class Hotline at 951694-6480, or email Classes@

June 1 – Temecula’s Summer/Fall 2024 Guide to Leisure Activities by City of Temecula Community Services is now available to learn about upcoming classes and camps, programs and fun activities through November 2024. Registration for classes is now open. Guides will be mailed to Temecula residents and are available online. Browse online to find out about all the offerings. For more information visit Questions? Call the Class Hotline at 951-694-6480 or email Follow @TemeculaParksAndRec on social media.

June 1 – 8 a.m. Temecula’s 4th of July Parade entry applications are now available online through June 7. Temecula’s community parade will take place on July 4, stepping off at 10 a.m. sharp at the intersection of Old Town Front St. and 2nd St. Interested participants can complete Parade Entry Applications and view Parade Guidelines online by visiting June 5 – 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. San Diego County Credit Union supporting Rady Children’s Resident Canine Therapy Program in partnership with CBS 8 for an on air Giveathon. The CBS studio will be answering phones. All funds will go to the specially trained dogs that go into RADY hospitals to help young pediatric patients receiving treatment. See cbs8. com/kids

June 14 – 6-9 p.m. Murrieta’s Alternative Recreation Program Summer Kick-off Picnic for adults 18 and older with intellectual or developmental disabilities at the Murrieta Youth Center, 40644 California Oaks Road, Murrieta. $2 admission. Guardians, caregivers free. Register at ONGOING – Temecula Valley Genealogical Society hosts the Family History Research Assistance Program for those interested in learning more about their family roots. The society offers free research assistance through this volunteer program. Appointments are available in person or via Zoom. Contact the TVGS Family Research Coordinator at 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 U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and the World War II Merchant Marines 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 http://Temecu- 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 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 gaugustin206@ 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 www.cityof

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 833349-2054.

ONGOING – Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, a free 12step recovery program for anyone suff ering 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. org

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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Reality Rally ends 12 year run of ‘Fun for Funds’ with Farewell Wrap Party

After raising more than a million dollars for Michelle’s Place Cancer Resource Center, Reality Rally, the always popular fun for funds event held annually in Temecula for the past 12 years has officially come to an end.

“The Reality Rally Thank you and Farewell Wrap-up Party on Thursday, May 9, at Wilson Creek Winery was a huge success,” Reality Rally Founder Gillian Larson said in an email to Valley News.

Larson first dreamed up the idea of Reality Rally while playing “Survivor” in the jungles of Gabon. During her season in 2018, Larson was voted off “Survivor, Gabon” on day 6, but she

knew she could use her 15 minutes of fame to make a difference in her community and the idea of Reality Rally was born.

“It’s such a great town, we support each other’s charities all the time and I want to be able to bring in money from the outside rather than tap our own resources in town and that is exactly what we do,” Larson said.

As Reality Rally evolved from what was originally a one-day, Amazing Race-style game back in 2011 to the three-day fundraising event featuring not only the race through Old Town Temecula, but a popular casino night, a lip sync contest and a celebrity chef cook-off, volunteers and participants came from 86 cities and two countries just to be a part of the event and raise funds and aware-

ness of Michelle’s Place, Larson explained.

To send Reality Rally off into the sunset, Larson tapped into the B-roll footage filmed by Michael Scalise of Black Tie Productions over the past 12 years to tell the Reality Rally story in the “Reality Rally Documentary” preview at the Thursday, May 9, event. The film, she said, showed “what a fun and awesome event we all created.”

“Over 300 attended and $3,675 was raised for Michelle’s Place,” Larson said, adding that it was “such a pleasure seeing” those who came out for the final event in her labor of love.

“I tried to say 'hi' to everyone but as usual, I couldn’t again,” Larson said with a laugh. “The Reality Rally Documentary was

NEF at the Santa Rosa Plateau Summer

opening June 29

The Summer Concerts and Art Show series hosted by the The Nature Education Foundation at the Santa Rosa Plateau begins June 29 with a special mini-performance featuring the junior company ballet dancers from the Academy of Ballet Arts in Murrieta.

The NEF in partnership with Riverside County Regional Park and Open Space District presents the concert series every Saturday from June 29 through August 3 at the outdoor pavilion behind the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve Visitors Center from 5 p.m. when the gates open until 10 p.m.

The 2024 concert series begins with the junior ballet mini-show and art displays on June 29. The following Saturday, July 6, enjoy pop and soul group Uptown Motown; July 13 features Yacht Rockers with 70s and 80s hits and Jimmy Buffet music; July 20 fea-

tures live music from Second Hand Jazz Band; July 27 brings country music with the ever popular Garth Guy tribute group; and on August 3, enjoy Beatles hits with the Four Lads from Liverpool. All shows take place outdoors and on the pavilion stage at 39400 Clinton Keith Road, Murrieta. Each concert is sponsored by local merchants and businesses now with some openings.

Tickets for the shows are available for adults from $35 each to $150 for a VIP ticket. Visit www. for online prices and more details. No ticket sales on concert night.

The concert series is the fundraising effort for the nonprofit NEF whose mission at the Santa Rosa Plateau is, “Educating and empowering youth to appreciate, preserve and protect Nature” with programs for children from kindergarten through high school available in and out of the classrooms in local schools.

Temecula Sunset Markets moves to Thursday nights beginning on June 13

TEMECULA – Come experi-

ence the Temecula Sunset Market at Town Square Park (41000 Main Street) in Old Town Temecula on its new night this summer. Temecula’s Town Square will be transformed into a shopper’s paradise from 5 to 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays, monthly. Markets will be held on Thursday, June 13 and Thursday, June 27.

In addition to the Market, Temecula’s Summer Concert Series, featuring Fresh Play, will be providing a free live concert on Thursday, June 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Temecula Civic Center Quad across the street from Town Square Park.

Temecula Sunset Market showcases vendors of all genres, gourmet food and drink, as well as live music. Visitors are sure to enjoy the outdoors as they browse for the

perfect gift, enjoy some great food, and drink, or just chill in the park while listening to live music. It is the perfect venue to unwind this Summer. Join us under the stars for a vibrant evening of delicious food, great entertainment, and unique local artisans celebrating community. For more information on this month’s Market activities and everything it has to offer, please visit

To apply to become a vendor at upcoming Markets, visit For more information on all Temecula Community Services programs, activities, and events, please visit, and follow us on social media @TemeculaParksAndRec. Submitted by City of Temecula.

thoroughly enjoyed by all.”

According to Larson, the movie included “a little of every one of the 3,000 plus people who helped make Reality Rally happen.”

“But know, everyone is significant and valued,” she said.

“I am so proud that we produced an all-encompassing event that fulfilled all of my goals,” Larson said. “We promoted Temecula not just locally but worldwide in many ways, demonstrating what an amazing town we have filled with a community of care.

The inter-city collaboration also shows what an amazing valley we live in.”

For those unable to make the event, the movie is available on YouTube, type “Reality Rally Documentary” into the search bar. Larson encouraged everyone who

watches to stay tuned in throughout the credits as that shows all of the participation the event had over the years as well as added video clips.

“Sadly, the 3,000 individual people’s names were too many to include but they know how valuable and significant they all were,” Larson said.

“Thank you again for your sponsorship and awesome participation over the many years,” she said. “You all provided your time, talent, service and product. You made it all so much fun and we were able to show the world the fun. Reality Rally would still be an idea without every one of you.”

Kim Harris can be reached by email at kharris@reedermedia. com.

Concert Series and Art Show

Memberships to the NEF are always open, providing opportunities for volunteers and members to teach youth about being good stewards of nature, learning about the benefits of plants and animals and understanding the importance of protecting the environment for future generations. This effort also helps combat climate change, a newer focus for the NEF. Membership details are available on the

NEF website at Volunteers receive special benefits for concerts and other NEF events. Tony Ault can be reached via email at

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Members of Academy of Ballet Arts’ junior ballet troupe with their co-directors Alyssa and Jose Chavez take a pose following their outdoor stage performance at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in The Nature Education Foundation’s Summer Concert Series June 24, 2023. They will perform once again this year at the kickoff of the 2024 concert series on June 29. Valley News/Tony Ault photo

Movie review: ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’

Bob Garver Special to Valley News

2015’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” was one of the most criticallylauded action movies not just of its year, not just of its decade, but of all time. I will forever curse “Pitch Perfect 2” for opening the same weekend and doing better at the box office, thus keeping me from reviewing “Fury Road” (for the record, I would have given it an enthusiastic B). While Tom Hardy’s Max was an important presence in that movie, audiences seemed to find themselves drawn to another character, one that had an even more commanding screen presence, did more to make the film instantly iconic, and more than warranted an expensive prequel. Alas, we’ll have to keep waiting for that origin story for the guitar-playing Doof Warrior. In the meantime, we have this movie about another beloved “Fury Road” character, Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa.

“Furiosa” follows the character (played as a child for much longer than the advertising implies by Alyla Browne, then by Anya Taylor-Joy as an adult) as she is taken from her home in the lush Green Place and put in the custody of aspiring warlord Dementus (Chris Hemsworth). Surprisingly he genuinely wants to take care of the child and sees her as a sort

of daughter. The feeling is not mutual, as Furiosa seethes with hatred toward Dementus for killing her mother and raising her among his deplorable biker crew in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. When she sees an opportunity to be traded to crazed ruler Immortan Joe (Lachy Hulme), she takes it just to spite Dementus, though she quickly finds out that it’s not much of upgrade to be a breeder for Joe. Furiosa quickly ditches the breeder life and takes up as a mechanic on Joe’s many armored vehicles. She also gets in on the security detail for Joe’s best driver Praetorian Jack (Tom Burke). She tries to steal the vehicle to get back home to the Green Place, and while Jack can’t allow this, he does allow her to stay on as a student, and later as a partner. The two are caught in the middle of a war between Dementus and Joe, and even though both bosses are utterly despicable, Furiosa’s hatred toward Dementus is her literal driving force.

The story is exactly what I’d expect a Furiosa origin story to be. Taken from family? Check? Robbed of her childhood and subjected to horrors at a young age? Check. “Toughened up” on her way to becoming an action heroine? Check. Loses her arm at some point (as we know from “Fury Road”)? You know that’s a check. Misses out on a happy future with Jack? The guy isn’t

in “Fury Road,” so what do you think? About the only bullet point I wouldn’t have predicted was Dementus’s big fake nose, and the trailers gave that away.

Admittedly, the appeal of “Furiosa” doesn’t lie in character development. It lies in the action sequences: all the shooting and stabbing and exploding from every vehicle the movie can conceive. And yes, you’re going to get that. Frankly, I contend that we get too much of that. As the movie went along, I had increasingly nagging thoughts of, “Let me guess, they’re going to settle this with cars and violence.” And I was right every time. It’s a wonder how this movie manages to be so long considering how many people get killed in every scene. It seems like the world should be plum out of people by the end. I’m not saying “Furiosa” doesn’t do the action well, it does it just as well as its multiple-Oscar-winning predecessor. To paraphrase a line from this movie that’s gradually weaving its way into popular culture: “Furiosa” definitely has it in itself it make it epic, but I’m sorry, I don’t think it has it in itself to make it interesting.

Grade: C

“Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” is rated R for sequences of strong violence, and grisly images. Its running time is 148 minutes. Contact Bob Garver at rrg251@

Celebrating 30 years, Idyllwild Arts presents ‘Jazz

In The Pines’ concert

series for the last time

Famed festival to deliver inspiring jazz performances & programming from June 30 to

July 13

IDYLLWILD – Idyllwild Arts Academy announced the return of its popular annual fundraiser, Jazz In The Pines, marking its 30th and final year with an exciting lineup of live performances by famed artists as well as students, taking place on the art school’s 250-acre campus. Guests can purchase tickets for individual events as well as an all-access pass at

For 30 years, Idyllwild Arts has brought legendary jazz giants from across the United States to perform for eager audiences and most recently, to work alongside the young jazz enthusiasts of Jazz In The Pines Student Clinic. Jazz In The Pines began in 1994 and

this final Jazz in the Pines will be dedicated to the memory of jazz guitar giant, Bob Boss. Jazz In The Pines is curated by festival co-founder Marshall Hawkins – the legendary bassist and beloved teacher – along with revered New York Times-featured jazz vocalist Rose Colella. The life and career of Marshall Hawkins, who has played with jazz giants from Miles Davis to Shirley Horn and Roberta Flack, has been and continues to be a cornerstone for jazz at Idyllwild Arts from founding the academy’s Jazz Program in 1986 to curating performances that have attracted thousands of music lovers to the mountain town over the years.

“The 30th anniversary will mark the conclusion of the festival but we pass the torch on to the educators and performers of Jazz In The Pines Student Clinic as they continue on,” Pamela Jordan, president of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation, said. “We are forever indebted to the talented Dr. Hawkins for his vision, his love for his students and his generosity to our community.”

The two-week festival will include a headlining performance by the legendary John Daversa & his Big Band featuring the Grammy Award-nominated album “Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles,” Hawkins Seahawk MoJO: “A Tribute to Bob Boss,”

Harry Pickens, Euphoria Brass Band, The Rose Colella Quartet, The Idyllwild Arts Jazz Faculty Big Band, Idyllwild Arts All-Star Student Jazz Combo and more. Performances will occur on concert stages on The Idyllwild Arts campus including William M. Lowman Hall, Holmes Amphitheatre and Stephens Recital Hall.

Two special events will be featured off the mountain at The Merc in Temecula.

In celebration of this momentous occasion, Idyllwild Arts hopes guests will also consider a donation during the final festival year to support student scholarships. Hawkins continues to play a vital role in securing hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to support deserving and talented young jazz musicians from around the world.

Submitted by Idyllwild Arts Academy.

Temecula to host annual Juneteenth Celebration Concert

Kim Harris Special to Valley News

The city of Temecula will celebrate freedom and perseverance at its annual Juneteenth Celebration Concert, one of the city’s signature events, hosted by the Community Services Department at the Temecula Amphitheater located at the Community Recreation Center, 30875 Rancho Vista Road.

Scheduled for Saturday, June 8, from 5-7 p.m., the event will commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States when some 250,000 African Americans in west Texas were finally freed by executive decree that was delivered by Union Gen. Gordon Granger and his troops in Galveston, Texas.

“Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom and unity, and our city is proud to host an event that embodies the spirit of liberation,” Temecula REDI Commission Chair Eric Faulkner said.

The event is free and open to the public who are all invited to attend and commemorate the “landmark day,” according to a news release issued by the city.

Those planning to attend the event should bring lawn chairs and blankets, along with their dancing shoes, the city said, adding that local vendors will also be on hand selling their wares, including dessert, at the Amphitheater Quad.

“This occasion serves as a reminder of our journey towards equality and the resilience of our community. I hope you join us in this beautiful outdoor setting to enjoy vibrant music, joyful dancing and fond fellowship,” Faulkner said.

The Temecula Amphitheater is located at the Community Recreation Center at 30875 Rancho Vista Road.

For more information, visit

Submitted by city of Temecula.

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Michi Tacos selected as Menifee’s May Business Spotlight

MENIFEE – The city of Menifee announced Michi Tacos as the city’s May Business Spotlight, a program that is a part of the Economic Development Department’s B3 Building Better Businesses program.

Michi Tacos, a local spot in Menifee, is renowned for its welcoming atmosphere, music, locally sourced ingredients and its birria tacos. The combination of tender birria, savory broth and gooey cheese all encased in a crispy fresh tortilla is what makes Michi Tacos’ birria tacos a culinary delight.

Michi Tacos started as a dream for German and Karol Herrera. In 2019, their vision came to life with the opening of their first location in Lake Elsinore. Shortly after, they introduced their Menifee location in 2022, and since its grand opening, Michi Tacos has become a favored local eatery. What sets Michi Tacos apart is not just the flavors bursting from every bite, but also the shop’s dedication to using fresh, high-quality ingredients with classics like carne asada, al pastor and carnitas, as well as unique creations like their signature birria ramen.

German and Karol Herrera prioritize three key values for Michi Tacos’ mission statement: customer experience, employee environment and food quality. They believe creating a fun and lively customer experience is essential to their business. From the moment a customer walks in, to the last bite of food, they strive to make every interaction memorable. In that same vein, they understand the importance of fostering a positive and supportive culture for their employees. Happy employees lead to happy customers, and the Herreras said they work to make sure that their team feels heard, valued and respected. Finally, when it comes to food quality, the couple spares no effort in sourcing the freshest ingredients and crafting mouthwatering recipes that keep customers coming back for more. To them, these values are not just principles to follow, but a way of life that sets Michi Tacos apart.

Supporting the community is also a core value of Michi Tacos. They have collaborated with various organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Oak Grove Center, The Boys & Girls Club, Ronald McDonald House to provide “Meals from the Heart,” Menifee’s State of the City Address and their unique community initiatives. For instance, Michi Tacos hosts Taco Tuesdays during the summer for children in the Menifee community in partnership with The Boys & Girls Club. Currently, they are partnering with the Menifee school districts for a back-toschool backpack drive providing backpacks filled with school supplies. They also run their own Michi Tacos Christmas program,

where they sponsor families in the Menifee community. It includes a day filled with activities like meeting Santa, enjoying a hot chocolate bar, catering by Michi Tacos, arts and crafts and providing groceries and essential items to families in need.

“Michi Tacos is more than just great Mexican food. It’s a vibrant hub of community spirit where the aromas and flavors come together to create a truly immersive experience. From the lively music to the staff’s warm smiles, Michi Tacos is a place where you can feel at home,” Menifee District 3 Councilmember Lesa Sobek said.

“Their commitment to making a positive impact in Menifee is inspiring and serves as a wonderful

example of how businesses can contribute to the well-being of their community.”

For more information about Michi Tacos, visit http://www. . To view their Business Spotlight video, visit

Menifee’s Business Spotlight is part of the Economic Development Department’s B3 program, which seeks 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 presen-

tation 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 community. Visit the link to apply at 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.

EVMWD approves contracts to upsize Diamond Project blending line

The Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District will be upsizing the pipeline along Diamond Drive, and two 5-0 votes at the May 23 EVMWD board meeting approved contracts to upsize that blending line.

One motion approved a $1,935,547 public works contract with WEKA, Inc., for construction of the facilities while the other action authorized a $303,551 construction management contract with Hoch Consulting. The action approving the construction contract authorized total expenditures of $2,027,954 which will include $82,729 for staff time and $9,678 for overhead. The construction management contract has total authorized expenditures of $305,069 including $1,518 for overhead.

The Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District operates ten groundwater wells in the Elsinore Valley Subbasin which have an average safe yield of 5,700 acre-feet per year. If water produced from a groundwater well potentially exceeds a notification, response, or maximum contaminant level

the water must be treated and/or blended with water from other sources to meet drinking water standards. The district utilizes the Back Basin Groundwater Treatment Plant and Corydon Blend Station to treat water which exceeds contaminant levels.

The Back Basin Groundwater Treatment Plant treats water produced from the Cereal 3 and Cereal 4 wells. The treated water is currently routed directly into the distribution system. The Corydon Blend Station was sized to handle water from the Summerly, Diamond, Cereal 1, and Corydon wells with the intent of blending higher-quality water to meet regulatory requirements.

Updated water quality regulations require the district to increase the volume of water which can be delivered through the Corydon Blend. Currently the Cereal 1 and Corydon wells are dependent on the operations of the Summerly and Diamond wells. If the Summerly and Diamond wells are offline the Cereal 1 and Corydon wells are stranded assets and cannot be operated. To resolve that problem the district will be upsizing approximately 3,000 feet of

12-inch diameter pipeline between Summerly Well and Diamond Well along Diamond Drive to 20-inch pipeline. After the pipeline is upsized EVGMWD staff can divert the treated water from the treatment plant through the Corydon Blend Station to improve operational flexibility and reliability.

A July 2022 EVMWD board action approved a design contract with Ardurra Group, Inc., to prepare the plans and specifications for the upsizing of the blending line. The design was completed in October 2023. The construction contract was advertised for bid March 12. Seven bidders responded by the April 10 deadline. WEKA, which is headquartered in Highland, had the low bid of $1,935,547, and the bid package was determined to meet all requirements. Ferreira Coastal Construction Company, which is based in New Jersey and has offices in Rancho Cucamonga and Spring Valley, submitted the second-lowest bid of $2,308,000. The contract stipulates completion of the project within 240 days after the commencement date specified in the Notice to Proceed. The construction management

contract was advertised for bid February 5 and seven companies responded by the March 7 deadline. The California Government Code requires professional services agreements to be awarded based on demonstrated competence and the professional qualifications necessary for the satisfactory performance of the services required rather on the lowest price. The evaluation panel considered understanding of the project, project approach, scope of work,

schedule, relevant qualifications, the overall quality of the proposal, and cost as factors in selecting Hoch Consulting, which is based in Oceanside. Reilly Construction Management, which is based in Escondido, had the second-highest score. The construction management contract has an expiration date of April 30, 2025. Joe Naiman can be reached via email at jnaiman@reedermedia. com.

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How to manage mental health in the workplace

Employee well-being impacts employers in terms of productivity and organizational success.

Mental health disorders are among the most burdensome health concerns in the United States. Nearly 1-in-5 U.S. adults aged 18 or older (18.3%, or 44.7 million people) reported some form of mental illness in 2016. In

addition, 71% of adults reported at least one symptom of stress, such as a headache or feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Because much of our lives are spent at work, our workplace environment and support system play a signifi-

cant role in our overall well-being.

Ashely Zucker, MD, a psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino County, shares some tips for managing your mental health in the workplace.

About 63% of Americans are


Workplace wellness programs can identify those at risk, connect them to treatment and put in place support to help people reduce and manage stress.

Dr. Zucker explains, “Stress levels among employees were high before the pandemic. Since the pandemic, we have seen a rise in stress levels and, more importantly, in mental health diagnoses. Stress in-and-of itself is not a bad thing. Some stress is just a part of everyday life, whether it’s at work or at home, but ongoing elevated levels of stress can lead to a more serious mental health concern or diagnosis.” As the stigma of mental health has decreased, we see more people talking about mental health, recognizing the importance of treatment, and the critical value of early recognition and intervention.

Employee well-being also impacts employers in terms of productivity and organizational success. “When employees are struggling with their mental health, they are more likely to miss work, or be less engaged or productive at work. When employees feel well, they tend to be more productive,

Healthy Habits – IT band syndrome: Injury to movement


Special to the Valley News

Iliotibial band syndrome is a pain many workout enthusiasts, runners and cyclists can experience. The area affected is near the outside of the hip and/or the outside of the knee. The IT is a band of strong tissue that runs from the hip to the tibia which is below the knee joint and at the top of the shin bone.

The responsibility of the band is to stabilize the knee when you move; however, excessive training, poor biomechanics, tight muscles and little flexibility and/ or repetitive unbalanced exercises can cause pain to the IT area.

When the IT band is aggravated, the person will feel pain during the same movements, an achy/burning sensation near the hip and/or knee pain. The pain can be present when movement is taking place and during sedentary periods. Competitive a thletes, long-distance runners, basketball players, soccer players and people who are new to exercising can feel any or all these symptoms.

There are a few reasons the onset of pain might come. Not stretching pre/post movement, running down hill, not having proper supportive shoes, over-pronation, which is an over flattening of the feet, having tight muscles in the buttocks, thighs and hips, having knee arthritis so the knees “bow” in and/ or overworking out can all lead to irritation of the IT band.

Sometimes a bursa, or a fluidfilled sac, can form when the bone continues to rub against the band.

The R.I.C.E. – rest, ice, compression and elevate – method should be used to address the pain right

away. If walking is uncomfortable and the swelling doesn’t subside, however, seeing a medical professional is advised.

Diagnosing IT band syndrome requires a medical professional who can do the Ober or the Noble compression tests. The Ober test is when the professional will ask the person to lie on their side and move their knee and hip. The Nobel test would begin the same, but the professional would additionally apply pressure while moving the knee and hip.

Going forward, athletes should make sure to wear proper shoes, stretch pre/post workout, run on flat, even surfaces, correct muscle imbalances and form and adjust the workout intensity. Physical therapy can help with proper stretches and strengthen them to lessen inflammation and pain.

Natural remedies such as turmeric and Epsom salt baths can also help with relief. Taking a break from the activities/movements that led to the pain is a good idea. The duration of the rest could vary and trying other exercise alternatives could be an option as well.

Movement is medicine, and physical activity is a part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. At the same time, people should listen when their body speaks to them. Ignoring pain or continuing to add to the inflammation leads to more problems over time. Injuries don’t have to be setbacks, instead be proactive and mindful.

Megan Johnson McCullough recently earned her doctorate in physical education and health science, is a professional natural bodybuilder and is a National Academy of Sports Medicine master trainer.

engaged, and creative, which not only enforces their wellbeing but also the well-being of an organization,” shares Dr. Zucker.

Employers recognize the benefits of investing in employees’ mental well-being: the importance of providing mental health benefits and training managers to support employee’s mental health, listen to their feedback about organizational culture, and provide flexibility where possible. Dr. Zucker adds, “Key outcomes to keep in mind are an engaged employee culture, psychological and physical safety at work, connection and social support, flexibility and autonomy where possible, investing in the professional development of employees and finding meaning in your work.”

At Kaiser Permanente, total health is more than physical health — it’s about mind, body, and spirit. We want to support a culture that reduces the stigma of mental health conditions (where every employee feels safe and comfortable discussing mental health with their employer), so that everyone can reach out, seek help, and get treatment when needed.

Visit for more resources.

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Need space – just say no

Karlene Karst Special to the Valley News

Are you a people pleaser? I am, and at this time of my life, responsibilities and demands are at an alltime high. As a 46-year-old woman, juggling motherhood to three growing kids (two teenage boys and an eight-year-old daughter), a home, a large extended family, friendships, a spouse, and work, including a startup business, is more than enough to make my head spin most days. Oh, did I also mention that I want to exercise, eat healthy, read, and go to bed by 10 p.m.? So how does anyone fit all these roles into their day, and feel calm and happy about it? One of the best gifts I have given myself recently is prioritizing my health and family and setting boundaries with my social time.

How to create more space in

your life for you

Time block – I learned the skill of time-blocking at the beginning of my career. Blocking out periods of my day for the various related tasks has been a game changer in allowing me to “multitask” all the things I need to get done. At the beginning of each week, I look at what I want to accomplish and then schedule it into my day. Each task gets a different amount of time based on its priority.

Say no – When I make my schedule, I usually cut it back in half. I also know that I can only manage three social outings in a month, as any more will leave me feeling stressed and wiped out; the opposite of how it should be. I have learned to be gracious with invitations, but I also understand my limits.

Self-care – I deserve to be the best version of myself, and so does my family. Ultimately, my family is my

most significant responsibility, and I cannot give them my all if I don’t take care of myself.

The long game – Even though I am currently in a very hectic time of my life, I know it will not always be this way. Thinking about “the long game” gives me the confidence to say no to specific invitations and prioritize a quiet weekend with an early bedtime. One day, I will have the space for more if I choose to. However, as I get older, I have learned that sometimes less really is more.

Karlene Karst holds a BSc in nutrition and is an expert in natural health and wellness. She is the author of several books, and is an upbeat, knowledgeable TV personality and spokesperson appearing on the cover of magazines and TV shows including The Marilyn Denis Show, CTV Morning Live, Global Morning News, and Breakfast TV.

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Riverside County publishes notice of impending power to sell tax defaulted property

There are 2,248 properties listed that will be tax defaulted for 5 years and become subject to the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Power to Sell on July 1, 2024

RIVERSIDE - The County of Riverside Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office published the notice of Impending Power to Sell Tax Defaulted Property on Wednesday, May 15, and has scheduled the final publication for Friday, May 24. Currently, there are 2,248 tax defaulted properties within the five years or more time lapsed since nonpayment of property taxes and will potentially become eligible for public auction.

“Our office is eager to be proactive and outreach to the community,” said Matthew Jennings, Riverside County’s Treasurer-Tax Collector. “Ultimately, our goal is to ensure proper noticing, but also being engaged with property owners on the alternatives and resources available to assist them with their status.”

To find out if your property is on the tax defaulted list, visit https://

EVMWD approves water and wastewater master plans

The Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District board approved updated master plans for the district’s water system, sewer system, and recycled water system.

A 5-0 vote May 23 approved the updated plans. The master plans address anticipated needs through 2050 and in current dollars the expected capital expenditures are $1.078 billion for water system improvements, $315.4 million for wastewater facility upgrades, and $174.4 million for recycled water projects.

The district’s previous master plans were prepared in 2016. In 2021 the EVMWD board awarded Carollo Engineers, Inc., a $968,426 contract to update the three master plans. The update on the water system master plan was completed in October 2023, the recycled water system master plan update was provided in February 2024, and the sewer system master plan was given to the district in April 2024.

The Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District encompasses 96 square miles and includes the cities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, and Wildomar and parts of the City of Murrieta and unincorporated Riverside County. The district’s current population is approximately 165,000 residents, and that number is expected to grow to approximately 256,000 people by 2050. The current annual water demand is just under 30,000 acrefeet, and the projected 2050 water demand is approximately 43,300 acre-feet.

The current water system includes 70 active storage reservoirs, 55 booster pumping stations, 14 groundwater wells, 44 pressure regulating stations, and approximately 743 miles of pipeline ranging from to 4 to 42 inches in diameter. The water system has 46 pressure zones based on the high water level of the storage reservoir in that zone; those pressure zones range from 1,258 to 3,544 feet above sea level. The district assets also include more than 8,000 fire hydrants.

The $1,078,400 estimate for water system improvements con-

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sists of $620.7 million for capacity improvements and $457.6 million for rehabilitation or replacements. The capacity improvements anticipate $187.7 million for 33 miles of transmission and distribution mains, $116.5 million for replacement or new capacity at 21 storage reservoirs, $111.1 million for 30 miles of fire flow improvements, $103.0 million for 13 new pump stations along with expansions or other upgrades on 19 other pump stations, $93.0 million for Canyon Lake Water Treatment Plant upgrades and two new wells, $17.6 million for five miles of infrastructure to address low pressure, and $800,000 for valves. The rehabilitation or replacements anticipate spending of $389.0 million for 114 miles of pipeline, $32.3 million for 13 well pump replacements, $25.0 million for pump replacements at 43 stations, and $11.3 million for work at five reservoirs.

The wastewater collection system includes 429 miles of sewer pipeline, 36 lift stations, and three water reclamation facilities. The current average dry weather flow is 7.70 million gallons per day, and by 2050 that flow is expected to increase to 17.47 million gallons per day. The planned capital spending will cover $79.2 million for 16.7 miles of new gravity mains, $77.9 million to increase capacity at eight existing lift stations, $64.7 million for eight new lift stations, $49.7 million for 11.2 miles of new force mains, $23.2 million to improve capacity at two existing gravity mains, $16.4 million for 6.1 miles of pipeline rehabilitation or replacement, $4.1 million to improve capacity along 5,000 feet of existing force main, and $70,000 for flow monitoring.

The district has four separate recycled water systems, and the existing annual demand is 535 acre-feet. The master plan expects spending of $162.0 million for a potable reuse project, $8.0 million for pipelines, $2.5 million for pump station upgrade work, $1.6 million for pump replacements, and $300,000 on storage reservoir costs.

Joe Naiman can be reached via email at jnaiman@reedermedia. com.


If applicable, the right to an installment plan terminates on June 30, 2024, property owners may redeem or secure an installment plan of redemption on or before June 30, 2024. Following June 30, the entire balance must be paid in full to prevent the sale of the tax defaulted property at a public auction. The amount to redeem is shown for each assessment, which in -

cludes penalties and interest from the original default date through May 31, 2024. Additional penalties, interest, and tax sale fees will apply if paid after May 31, 2024.

For additional information, visit or call the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office at 951-955-1961.

The Riverside County Treasurer-Tax Collector is responsible for the billing and collection of property taxes, and, for the re -

ceiving, processing, investing and most importantly, safeguarding of public funds, as mandated by the laws of the state of California. The combined office is led by Matthew Jennings, a countywide, publicly elected official serving the fourth largest county in California by landmass and by population. Established May 9, 1893, Riverside County encompasses 7,303 square miles, 28 cities and a population of nearly 2.4 million.

NFPA offers grilling safety information

CALIFORNIA - Outdoor grilling and cookouts are staples of the warmer months ahead. As many people prepare to dust off their grills, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers tips for grilling safely this summer.

“Outdoor grilling is a popular option for cooking food, but it does present risks,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA. “We want everyone to be aware of when and where grilling fires most often happen and to take the steps to prevent them.”

NFPA data shows that between 2017 and 2021, U.S. fire departments responded to an annual average of 11,421 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues, including 5,763 structure fires and 5,659 outside or unclassified fires. These fires caused an annual average of two civilian deaths, 176 reported civilian injuries, and $172 million in direct property damage. July was the leading month for grilling fires (16%), followed by June (14%), May (12%), and August (11%); grilling fires in November through February accounted for 4% or less each year.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), for the same fire-year period, an annual average of 22,155 patients went to emergency rooms because of injuries involving grills. Nearly half (47%) of the injuries were thermal burns, including both burns from fire and from contact with hot objects. These burns typically occurred when someone, often a child, bumped into, touched, or fell on the grill, grill part, or hot coals. In fact, children under five accounted for an average of 2,820 of the contact-type burns (46%) per year.

“These numbers highlight the risks that outdoor grilling presents. Still, there’s no reason to avoid grilling during the summer cookouts,” said Carli. “By following simple safety precautions, people can significantly reduce the risk of potential injury or experiencing a grilling fire.”

NFPA offers a wealth of tips, recommendations, and resources for grilling safely, including these key messages: For propane grills, check the gas tank for leaks before use in the months ahead. (Watch NFPA’s video on how to check for

leaks at watch?v=mpDhUssEgP0)

Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill. Place the grill well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area.

If you use starter fluid when charcoal grilling, only use charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. When you have or are finished grilling, let the coals cool completely before disposing in a metal container.

Never leave your grill unattended when in use.

For additional grilling safety information, check out the NFPA Podcast episode on grilling safety ( and an additional video on some lesser-known grilling safety tips ( watch?v=-AYBZzLDO04).

Submitted by the National Fire Protection Association.

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Local Murrieta standout Michael Norman, representing Nike, made a remarkable comeback in the men’s 400 meters, securing victory in 44.53 seconds at the USATF Los Angeles Grand Prix held at UCLA’s Drake Stadium on Saturday, May 18. This event marked Norman’s first race since last July, and his performance was nothing short of exceptional.

Norman, the 2022 World 400m champion, had switched his focus to the 100m in 2023 but returned to the 400m this season. He also reunited with his former coach Quincy Watts; a decision that seems to have paid off handsomely. Clocking in at 44.21 seconds, Norman currently holds the second-fastest time in the world this year, just one hundredth of a second faster than Jamaican Antonio Watson’s winning time at last year’s world championships.

Norman’s journey has been filled with both triumphs and tribulations. After announcing his shift to the 100m last February, he faced a series of setbacks, including tendonitis, and switched coaches from Watts to John Smith, who once coached Watts to 1992 Olympic 400m gold. His 2023

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C-1 Valley News • • May 31, 2024 Volume 24, Issue 22 C Section SPORTS
Michael Norman’s triumphant return to the 400m at USATF Los
Former Vista Murrieta standout, Micheal Norman, prepares to run the 400m event at the 2024 USATF Los Angeles Grand Prix. Saturday, May 18. Valley News/Andrez Imaging
takes the victory in the 400m at the 2024 USATF Los Angeles Grand Prix. May 18. Valley News/Andrez Imaging JP Raineri Sports Editor It was an exhilarating spring sports season for the Southwestern League teams, culminating in the muchanticipated All-League Awards. With a season highlighting remarkable talent and sportsmanship, the annual announcements honored top athletes who dazzled on the field with their skills and dedication. The award selection process is hosted by the League Champion school as distinguished players from across the Southwestern League were recently recognized in multiple categories, shining a light on those who went above and beyond this season. More 2024 Southwestern League All-League awards announced season ended prematurely after being eliminated in the first round of
and For boys’ volleyball, boys’ golf, baseball, and boys’ lacrosse, Vista Murrieta was the league champion. For stunt cheerleading, Murrieta Valley was the league champion. Boys Volleyball MVP - Ryan Ly (Junior, Vista Murrieta) First Team Joshua Ulate (Senior, Vista Murrieta) Preston Stevenson (Senior, Vista Murrieta) Collin Applegate (Senior, Vista Murrieta) Patrick Falliaux (Senior, Murrieta Mesa) Luca Carelli (Junior, Murrieta Chaparral’s Troy Song was named the golf MVP of the Southwestern League. Valley News/Andrez Imaging see NORMAN, page C-2 Vista Murrieta’s Jorge Rodriguez was named Most Outstanding Pitcher of the Southwestern League. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group see LEAGUE, page C-3
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San Jose Giants

Storm fans filled the stands, bringing their unwavering spirit to support their team. However, the homestand against the San Jose Giants proved to be a tough series, with the Storm losing five out of six games.

A game five recap, played on Saturday, May 25, includes starting pitcher Isaiah Lowe taking the mound, a typically promising sign for Lake Elsinore. His recent performance in Visalia, where he pitched six innings of one-run baseball, had lowered his ERA to an impressive 2.78 for the season and 1.98 in May. Unfortunately, this game deviated from expectations.

First Inning: Lowe struck out

three batters, setting a hopeful tone.

Second Inning: The Giants scored their first run with a single and a double.

Third Inning: This inning proved pivotal. Six Giants reached base, and Lowe’s bases-loaded balk and wild pitch allowed runs to score.

This sequence led to his early exit after just 2.2 innings, having allowed five runs. The Giants’ offense was

relentless, culminating in 14 hits, six of which were for extra bases, eight walks, and a total of 12 runs.

The Storm found a brief moment of encouragement in the seventh inning, despite trailing by 11 runs. They managed to score three runs:

One run on a wild pitch.

Two more on a single by Romeo Sanabria.

In their final attempt to salvage the homestand, the Storm faced

a 10-2 defeat this past Sunday.

The Storm now prepare to take on the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in their upcoming six-game home series this week. Despite the challenging homestand, the Lake Elsinore Storm remain in second place in the California League South Division with a 2023 record. The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes lead the division with a 23-20 record.

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JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia. com

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Choosing not to defend his 400m title at the World Championships, Norman instead took a break to focus on the 2024 Olympic year.

challenging 2023 season, Norman’s resilience has led him back to the 400m, where he feels most comfortable and confident.

“The unplanned break gave me peace,” said Norman, reflecting on his hiatus. This period of rest and reflection made him more patient and mature as an athlete. Upon returning to training under Watts, Norman found himself out of shape but rejuvenated and ready to chase his ultimate goal: Olympic redemption.

Norman’s career has been a rollercoaster of highs and lows.

From setting the US high school record for the 400m while at Vista Murrieta in 2015, to finishing fifth at the Tokyo Olympics, he has continually sought deeper understanding and improvement in his performance. Despite a

“Taking a step back and being a regular person for a while was really important for me,” Norman said after his win at the USATF Los Angeles Grand Prix. He spent time reconnecting with friends, traveling, and even proposed to his girlfriend. This break allowed him to return to the sport with a renewed sense of purpose and clarity.

As Norman gears up for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon, from June 2130, his recent performance sets a strong precedent. With his eyes on making the Paris Olympic team, Norman’s journey of resilience and perseverance continues to inspire.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia. com

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Owen wins Valley Center Stampede Rodeo

SAN DIEGO – Temecula cowboy

Dallas Owen won the Team Roping at the May 24-25 Valley Center Stampede Rodeo.

Owen was the header during the May 25 run. Atwater cowboy Cody Cowden was the heeler. They had a time of 6.5 seconds.

“Valley Center is the closest thing to a hometown rodeo,” Owen said. “It’s kind of cool for me to win it.”

Owen, who is now 25, graduated from Temecula Valley High School in 2016. He played baseball for the Golden Bears and also competed in the California High School Rodeo Association, which does not have specific school chapters. He joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association when he was 18, and that year he placed fourth in the 1999 Valley Center Stampede Rodeo. The following week he shared first place in the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo for his first PRCA win. His first outright PRCA win was at the August 2022 Sonoma County Wine Country Rodeo when Winchester’s Wade Hooker was his heeler.

On May 17 Owen competed in the May 17-19 Rowell Ranch Rodeo in Hayward. He partnered with heeler Brent Lockett, who lives in the Tulare County town of Ivanhoe, and their time of 5.8 seconds placed fourth.

Cowden and his partner placed sixth at the Rowell Ranch Rodeo. Cowell then traveled to Southern

LEAGUE from page C-1


Quintin Chiles (Junior, Great Oak)

William Soriano (Junior, Great Oak)

Kekai Sugai (Senior, Chaparral)

Jordan Bawcombe (Senior, Temecula Valley)

Landon Anderson (Senior, Chaparral)

Second Team

Emerson Vincent (Junior, Vista Murrieta)

Corbin Bishop (Freshman, Vista Murrieta)

Jared Bono (Sophomore, Murrieta Mesa)

Kristian Austin (Senior, Murrieta Mesa)

Collin Ramos (Junior, Great Oak)

Johnny Park (Junior, Great Oak)

Zach Weeg (Sophomore, Chaparral)

Owen Draeger (Senior, Chaparral)

Donovan Rogers (Senior, Temecula Valley)

Vincent Goodin (Senior, Temecula Valley)

Seth Medeiros (Junior, Murrieta Valley)

Michael Cruz-Ortega (Senior, Murrieta Valley)

Stunt Team

First Team

Bianca Arguelles (Junior, Murrieta Valley)

Chavonne Velasquez (Senior, Murrieta Valley)

Makayla Spry (Junior, Murrieta Valley)

Makayla Smith (Junior, Murrieta Valley)

Cailin Perryman (Junior, Temecula Valley)

Kate Isbell (Senior, Temecula Valley)

Jenna Juve (Senior, Temecula Valley)

Brooke Pollack (Junior, Murrieta Mesa)

Madalyn Jaynes (Senior, Murrieta Mesa)

Cameron Lotspiech (Freshman, Great Oak)

Makayla Borner (Senior, Great Oak)

Madelyn Chang (Junior, Chaparral)

Gracie Cummins (Senior, Vista Murrieta)

Second Team

Emily Jenkins (Senior, Murrieta Valley)

Gracie Anolin (Junior, Murrieta Valley)

Grace Barclay (Senior, Temecula Valley)

Maddie Guerrieri (Junior, Temecula Valley)

Ava Fried (Senior, Murrieta Mesa)

Camile Perea (Junior, Murrieta Mesa)

Bree Padgett (Senior, Great Oak)

Anarissa Parma (Senior, Great Oak)

Sydney Pritchard (Senior, Chaparral)

Kaylee Besanto (Senior, Chaparral)

Savanah Pereira (Junior, Vista Murrieta)

Alexandra Frethy-Wilson (Freshman, Vista Murrieta)

Boys Lacrosse

California for the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo.

“We both needed a partner at that rodeo,” Owen said. “It just worked out. We were both down here.”

Chase Helton of Merced and Spencer Mitchell of Orange Cove

led the Team Roping with a time of 8.2 seconds before Owen and Cowden made their run. “The steer was probably the least favorite to draw, but the horse was good and I had a pretty good partner,” Owen said.


Most Valuable Player Offense:

Ezekiel Riley (Vista Murrieta)

Most Valuable Player Defense:

Rex Rosser (Great Oak)

First Team

Collin Applegate (Senior, Vista Murrieta)

Erik Hollis (Junior, Vista Murrieta)

Dylan Applegate (Senior, Vista Murrieta)

Jake Soliday (Senior, Vista Murrieta)

Jacob Betsch (Senior, Temecula Valley)

Ryan Chapman (Senior, Temecula Valley)

Cayden Rose (Senior, Temecula Valley)

Jared Brown (Senior, Great Oak)

Ricky Miller (Senior, Great Oak)

Leonidas Chang (Sophomore, Great Oak)

Julius Burris (Senior, Chaparral)

Logan Silva (Senior, Murrieta Mesa)

Second Team

Drew Files (Junior, Vista Murrieta)

Bryan Jordan (Senior, Vista Murrieta)

Jake Daarstad (Senior, Vista Murrieta)

Grayson Vanhaaster (Sophomore, Vista Murrieta)

Grant Eager (Senior, Temecula Valley)

Colin Sproul (Junior, Temecula Valley)

Zachary Weiss (Senior, Temecula Valley)

Evan Brown (Junior, Great Oak)

Andrew Albor (Senior, Great Oak)

Tristan Waters (Junior, Chaparral)

AJ Aguilar (Senior, Murrieta Mesa)

Troy Crabill (Sophomore, Murrieta Valley)

Boys Golf

MVP - Troy Song (Junior, Chaparral)

First Team

Brayden Gilpin (Senior, Murrieta Valley)

Danny Tovar (Senior, Chaparral)

Carson Escobedo (Senior, Temecula Valley)

Austin Smith (Senior, Temecula Valley)

Shane Agundez (Junior, Vista Murrieta)

Clay Yarbro (Senior, Murrieta Valley)

Travis McSparran (Junior, Murrieta Valley)

Dominic Taverrite (Senior, Murrieta Valley)

Koa Baur (Junior, Great Oak)

Tyler Messere (Senior, Chaparral)


MVP - Braylon Doughty (Senior, Pitcher/Outfielder, Chaparral)

Most Outstanding PitcherJorge Rodriguez (Senior, Pitcher, Vista Murrieta)

First Team

RJ Holmes (Junior, Outfielder/ Infielder, Vista Murrieta)

Brady Luyben (Junior, Catcher, Vista Murrieta)

Gavin Kramer (Junior, Pitcher/ Outfielder, Vista Murrieta)

Taden Krogsgaard (Sophomore, Pitcher/Infielder, Temecula Valley)

Cody Liscio (Senior, Pitcher/ Outfielder, Temecula Valley)

Joshua Pinnell (Senior, Infielder, Temecula Valley)

Caleb Udell (Senior, Outfielder, Chaparral)



an eightyear-old quarter horse.

“It was just a good ride,” Owen said.

Helton and


Mikey Ong (Senior, Catcher/ Pitcher, Chaparral)

Bear Bachmeier (Junior, Outfielder, Murrieta Valley)

Rainn McMillan (Senior, Catcher, Murrieta Valley)

Dylan Fein (Senior, Catcher/ Infielder, Great Oak)

Jesiah Generoso (Junior, Infielder, Murrieta Valley)

Second Team

Ryland Duson (Junior, Infielder, Vista Murrieta)

Vaughn Neckar (Junior, Pitcher/ Infielder, Vista Murrieta)

Connor Christie (Senior, Outfielder, Temecula Valley)

Chase Hilt (Sophomore, Infielder, Temecula Valley)

Grant Israel (Senior, Outfielder, Chaparral)

Jonas Ballesteros (Senior, Infielder/Pitcher, Chaparral) Easton Waggoner (Senior, Pitcher, Murrieta Valley)

Riley Kujawa (Junior, Infielder, Murrieta Valley) Gavin Fein (Junior, Infielder,

Great Oak)

Reagan Ricken (Junior, Pitcher/ Catcher/Infielder/Outfielder, Great Oak)

CJ Moran (Senior, Outfielder, Murrieta Mesa)

Tanner Blackmon (Sophomore, Pitcher/Outfielder, Murrieta Mesa)

We proudly congratulate all the incredible athletes who have earned their well-deserved places on the All-League teams. Their outstanding skill, unwavering passion, and commitment to the sport are what propel the Southwestern League to new heights year after year. Join us as we celebrate the achievements of these formidable players and continue to foster the spirit of competition and sportsmanship within our community.

Info is provided by each head coach from the Southwestern League but approved overall by the athletic director of the first-place team. If a name is improperly spelled, submit info and updates to sports@

C-3 May 31, 2024 • • Valley News SPORTS
Dallas Owen ropes his steer at the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo. Valley News/Andrea Kaus photo ropes Dennis, Mitchell ended rodeo in second place. Gabe Ramirez of Temecula and Randy Harris of Riverside had the thirdplace time of 14.2 seconds. Joe Naiman can be reached by email at jnaiman@reedermedia. com Chaparral’s Braylon Doughty, who set the pace for the league on the mound, and at the plate, was named the baseball MVP of the Southwestern League. Vista Murrieta’s Ryan Ly was named the boys’ volleyball MVP of the Southwestern League. Valley News/Courtesy photos Murrieta Valley’s Chavonne Velasquez, Bianca Arguelles, Makayla Spry, Makayla Smith, Emily Jenkins, and Gracie Anolin earned First and Second Team All-League honors for Stunt in the Southwestern League.


Lake Elsinore seniors receive Student of the Year honors

The Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month program held its recognition luncheons from September through April. Each school’s honoree was eligible to be chosen as Student of the Year for their site.

The Student of the Year Scholarship and Recognition Dinner was held May 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Lakeside High School Lancer Café. Eight Student of the Month recipients from throughout the area were selected to represent their schools as LEVCC Students of the Year. These students were chosen for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to their schools and communities, based on a highly competitive and rigorous scholarship application process.

Sally Myers of Sizzler/BMW Management Inc. founded the nonprofit program that is in its 28th school year in the Lake Elsinore area. “All year long, we got to hear the students’ stories of the victory, motivation and inspiration it took to get to this special evening,” she said. Each Student of the Year received a $1,784 scholarship along with a laundry basket filled with certificates and gifts, including an iPad and a medallion to commemorate their achievement.

The local high school recognition program acknowledges and honors college or trade school bound seniors for their character, their love of learning and commitment to academics in addition to participation in athletics, school activities and community service. It also commends those who have persevered through challenging life circumstances, all in a setting that honors God, country, family, community and free enterprise.

Each Student of the Year was introduced by their principal and asked to speak about their passions and their legacies to a room full of supporters that included teachers, peers, family members and community and school district dignitaries.

Student of the Year honors were presented to Elsinore High School’s Heidi Bishop and Chase Weiland, Keith McCarthy Academy’s Summer Scott, Lakeside High School’s Cynthia Diaz and Jesus Najera, Ortega High School’s Kimberly Sanchez Hernandez and Temescal Canyon High School’s Bree Chang and Alex Kivrizis.

Elsinore High School

Heidi Bishop was introduced by Principal Robbin Hamilton as an AP Scholar who serves as parade drum major and is on the swim team. Heidi has been doing ballet since the age of five and it has always been her passion as are art and band. “Passions help us learn to test our limits and excel because they are comforting and wonderful even when they demand all your energy,” she said. “In a world where so much goes on at once, the ability to focus and fully experience one moment is such a privilege, and passions offer such a wonderful opportunity to live life to its full extent.” Heidi will

be attending Concordia University for Liberal Studies to become an elementary school teacher. She was Student of the Month in January.

Chase Weiland is a member of the school’s FFA program, Color Guard, Earth Club and is the field drum major and equipment manager for the band. He said his involvement with all these things helped him discover his passion for teaching, learning and sharing his passions with others. “Legacy isn’t about who you were but rather your range of impact, the work you did and how you inspired others,” Chase said. He plans to attend Cal State Chico to major in agricultural studies to pursue a career in teaching students about the power of agriculture because of the power it has had in his life, not coming from a farm background at all. Chase was Student of the Month in April.

Keith McCarthy Academy Summer Scott was described by Principal Peter Hopping as a very special student who not only exemplifies what a KMA student can achieve when they set their mind to it but also what all 21st century learners should strive for. Summer is Valedictorian for the Class of 2024 and is on the cheerleading/stunt team at Temescal Canyon High School. She said her passion is learning, inside and outside of school.

“I believe there is an endless world of knowledge that can be found in learning and that everyone can find something that interests them” adding that learning can be achieved through books, life experiences or even

just a simple conversation. She will attend UC Irvine to dual major in education sciences and psychological sciences to become a special education elementary school teacher. “I plan to use my degrees to make an impact on my community and school district in the future,” Summer said. She was Student of the Month in October.

Lakeside High School Principal Jason Eldridge said, “It is truly an honor to host this event month in and month out to showcase our culinary department and give this opportunity to our students. We really appreciate it. Each and every month it is the highlight of what we do, and we look forward to it. To be able to be here at the culminating event is breathtaking.”

Cynthia Diaz is on the water polo and swim teams and is Class of 2024 Salutatorian. “My passion through life has been my altruism, being reassuring and reliable to others,” she said. She credits supportive teachers with teaching her that the sky is not the limit and that she can go so much further. Accepted for admission at several colleges, she is currently deciding between UC San Diego or UCLA where she plans to major in biochemistry followed by going to medical school. Cynthia was Student of the Month in October.

Jesus Najera , who recently found out he was awarded The Gates Scholarship, plans to attend UC San Diego to major in Human Development and minor in biochemistry so he can one day get into medical school and do his part to help others. He said being in the AVID program

helped him break down walls he had built around himself in past years. “I’m president of Culture Club and Spanish Honor Society where I do my best to create a positive environment,” Jesus said. He is also a member of the Medic Club, Garden Club, Interact and AVID Club where he volunteers for events in the community and on campus. He was Student of the Month in December.

Ortega High School Principal Greg Cleave said, “I am really honored to be here tonight, more so than normal.” He explained that at the beginning of the school year he advocated to have students from the two alternative high schools, Keith McCarthy Academy and Ortega High School, be included every month instead of having them trade off every other month. “So this is the first year the program expanded to honor students from both schools each month which allowed each to honor a Student of the Year,” he said.

Kimberly Sanchez Hernandez was described by Cleave as a sensitive soul and an amazing student. She is on the Superintendent Advisory Council. She said she has a passion for cosmetology. “Ever since I was a kid, I was interested in the beauty world; I believe it will be a good fit for me.” She plans to attend Riverside Community College while working towards her license in the field. “I like to add value to those around me and to always show kindness. I’m going to challenge myself to grow by being more disciplined, striving to be the absolute best and putting 100

percent of effort into everything I do,” she said. Kimberly was Student of the Month in April. Temescal Canyon High School Principal Joshua Hill said to all the parents present, “We are truly partners in this venture. As educators, we get (students) where they are when you give them to us so thank you for everything you have done to grace us with your children; it’s a privilege and honor to be able to work with them and tonight exemplifies that.”

Bree Chang is president of ASB, the IB program and National Honor Society and vice president of Science Club and the Youth Initiative Coalition. She is with the Riverside Youth Corps as a volunteer attorney and serves as Mayor of the Lake Elsinore Dream Extreme Future Leaders program. She founded the Bookish Bites Club and will graduate with her IB diploma before heading to Stanford University to major in English before ultimately attending law school. Bree said she found the subject to be a fascinating combination of philosophy, literature and history all grounded upon centuries of human values.

“As I pursue my passion for law, I aspire to continue to create spaces that prioritize empathy, understanding and rehabilitation,” she said. Bree was Student of the Month in November.

Alex Kivrizis is a member of the Health and Medical Careers Academy and varsity football and track teams. He plans to attend Cal State Fullerton to pursue degrees in math and education, to eventually follow in his father’s footsteps by becoming a math teacher. Alex thanked everyone who has supported him in the past, including coaches “who have taught me lessons that go way beyond sports.” He said past teachers gave him the desire to not only help himself grow and improve but also to be there to help his classmates and teammates improve. “They showed me the importance of using my gifts to help everyone around me. These past experiences are why I want to be a teacher and a coach,” Alex said. He was Student of the Month in April.

Closing remarks At the conclusion of the ceremony, all Students of the Year took a seat on stage while Sally A. Myers congratulated them once again. At the monthly ceremonies she often shares the words of motivational speaker John Maxwell and said it has become a tradition at Student of the Year ceremonies to share what the author writes about generosity in a quote from U.S. President Calvin Coolidge: “No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” She then addressed the students, saying, “So you are being honored because you have given selflessly to others and your hearts are just full of energy, excitement and passion for others. Keep focused and may God richly bless you.”

For more information on the program, please contact Kim Joseph Cousins at 951-245-8848.

Menifee Union School District’s Misty McBee named Riverside County Teacher of the Year

MENIFEE - The Menifee Union School District announced that Misty McBee, an animatronics teacher at Harvest Hill STEAM Academy, has been named the 2025 Riverside County Teacher of the Year. This prestigious recognition marks a historic milestone as McBee becomes the first teacher from Menifee Union School District and the first animatronics educator in Riverside County to receive this honor.

On Thursday, May 23, Dr. Edwin Gomez, Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, visited McBee’s classroom to personally deliver the news. Dr. Gomez praised McBee for her innovative approach to education and her significant contributions to student learning and school culture. Misty is known by all for her striving to ensure all students receive the best learning opportunities possible through

engaging curriculum and instructional strategies. She has created an animatronics course for students that prepares them for high school Career Technical Education courses and diverse career opportunities. Her classroom is one where students are motivated and engaged as they learn critical thinking and problem-solving skills in projectbased learning modules.

Board Trustee Jackie Johansen highlighted that the enthusiasm in Misty’s classroom serves as a prime example and model for student engagement.

This is the third year in a row that the Menifee Union School District produces a county-level educator of the year. Mrs. Tara Surguine was selected as the Riverside County Confidential Employee of the Year in 2022. Then in 2023 Principal Daphne Donoho from Táawila Elementary School was selected as the Riverside County Principal of the Year. The Menifee Union School District congratulates Misty McBee on this exceptional achievement and is honored to have such a dedicated and innovative educator represent the district.

Submitted by Menifee Union School District.

The Riverside County Teacher of the Year award is a highly competitive honor, selected from nearly 20,000 educators. Candidates undergo a rigorous application process that includes nominations by peers and administrators, application reviews, interviews, and site visits by a selection committee. The final four candidates are chosen before the county superintendent announces the winners.

C-4 Valley News • • May 31, 2024
Recipients of the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce Student of the Year award are, from left, Summer Scott, Kimberly Sanchez Hernandez, Heidi Bishop, Chase Weiland, Bree Chang, Alex Kivrizis, Cynthia Diaz and Jesus Najera. Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce 2023-2024 Students of the Year with local dignitaries including program founder Sally A. Myers at left. Valley News/John P. Hess photo, Creative Industries Media Group Valley News/John P. Hess photo, Creative Industries Media Group Teacher Misty McBee has been named the 2025 Riverside County Teacher of the Year. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Student of the Year scholarships awarded in the San Jacinto Valley

The Hemet/San Jacinto Student of the Month program held its recognition breakfasts from September 2023 through March 2024. Each school’s honoree was eligible to apply for a Student of the Year scholarship for their site. All recognized students were invited to a Night of the Stars awards dinner at the Soboba Casino Resort Event Center on May 16.

Nearly 400 guests filled the room as students and their families, teachers, sponsors, educators and many supporters anxiously awaited the announcement of the seven Student of the Year winners who each received a $2,000 scholarship and certificates of recognition. Additionally, seven individual scholarships of $500 each were presented by various community members and businesses. All students received a $100 gift card and other gifts, courtesy of the sponsors. Program founder and event hostess Karena Zermeno also represents one of the sponsors, Altura Credit Union. She welcomed everyone to the event and said as the program concludes its eleventh year, she wanted to take the opportunity to acknowledge the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, Soboba Tribal Council and Soboba Foundation for being one of the program’s biggest supporters from day one.

“We’re celebrating our students for their character, their love of learning and their commitment to academics in addition to their involvement in their school, community and home,” she said. “But especially because of the resiliency they’ve shown in overcoming difficult life challenges and still managing to do good in school.”

She said the reason she was so passionate about bringing this program to the San Jacinto Valley under the mentorship of Sally A. Myers from Sizzler/ BMW Management Inc. was very

personal. “I was that high school student who could never be that 4.0 or honor roll student but I tried and gave it my thousand percent,” Zermeno said. “I wanted a space where we can acknowledge and honor those students and that’s the Student of the Month/Student of the Year program. If you’ve been a part of the monthly program, you know the heart of our students and their dedication to not only improve themselves but to also improve their family. They say, ‘what is a great mind without a great heart’ and all of our students here tonight share that same virtue – great hearts.”

After the final breakfast in March, each Student of the Month was encouraged to complete an application to be considered as the Class of 2024 Student of the Year for their school site, resulting in seven honorees. The Academy of Innovation, Alessandro High School and Western Center Academy are under the umbrella of Hemet Schools of Choice and attend twice per year each. One student out of all three schools is chosen for Student of the Year.

The evening mirrored wellknown awards ceremonies such as the Oscars and the Grammys since the results were not revealed in advance. A short video clip of each student’s speech from when they were honored during their month was played before announcing the winner for each school.

Hemet Unified School District’s Student of the Year honorees are Natalie Perez Flores, Daniel Mendoza, Jasmine Moralez, Jocelyn Ochoa and Ubaldo Puente. Those honored from San Jacinto Unified School District are Desiree Hernandez and Leslye Osuna. Each accepted their award with gratitude to the sponsors and the school personnel and family members who supported them throughout their high school journey.

Desiree Hernandez

As Student of the Month in December for Mountain View High School, Desiree is currently attending Mt. San Jacinto College

studying business administration while continuing her job as a small business owner.

Natalie Perez Flores

December’s Student of the Month at West Valley High School was Natalie who said her education has been the most important thing in her life and ever since she was a little girl, she has dreamt of becoming a pediatrician.

Daniel Mendoza

Hemet High School honored Daniel in October. He hopes to play football at the college level while studying kinesiology in pursuit of a career as a physical education teacher.

Jasmine Moralez

Jasmine was Hamilton High School’s choice in December. She plans to use her leadership qualities in her future career as a political scientist.

Jocelyn Ochoa

Jocelyn was singled out in February at Alessandro High School, where she immediately engaged in its CTE welding program and emerged as a beacon of inspiration and a testament to the power of self-direction and motivation.

Leslye Osuna January’s Student of the Month at San Jacinto High School was Leslye who aspires to become a registered nurse after earning her BSN because she has a passion for helping people. Ubaldo Puente Tahquitz High School chose Ubaldo in October. He plans to study for a career as an accountant or actuary. He wore a flower on his shirt in honor of Principal Kari McGowan, who died in September. Individual scholarships were presented to students who were chosen for their ability to meet the criteria set by the community members or businesses who sponsored the awards. The name of each scholarship is followed by the name of the student, their school and the month they were selected as Student of the Month. Adanesne Carrasco Soto Memorial Scholarship: Lea Hope Raven Edwards, San Jacinto High School, March; Dr. Koka & Family Medical Scholarship: Camila Carmona, San Jacinto High School, September; Daniel Lopez Jr. Memorial Scholarship:

Registration opens for Temecula youth summer camps

The city of Temecula announced that registration for summer camps opened Wednesday, May 22, and families interested in attending shouldn’t wait too long to sign up as space is limited for the camps that are being offered by the city’s community services department.

There is something for everyone with this year’s summer camp line-up that includes a wide variety of camps for children of all ages, according to a news release issued by the city.

This year’s camp offerings include Junior STEM Camp, Princess Dance Camp, Basketball, Pickleball, Field Hockey, Golf and Flag Football camps, along with a Teen Culinary Adventure Camp and a Spa Day Camp, just to name a few.

“These exciting and fun-filled camps are a great way for kids to make the most of their summer vacation while creating lasting friendships, learning, exploring, and discovering new things,” according to the city.

Donald Downs, Mountain View High School, December; Dr. Kari McGowan Memorial Scholarship: Rhianna Salazar, Tahquitz High School, November; Marie Quandt Memorial Scholarship: Sahid Aguilar, San Jacinto High School, November; Sizzler/BMW Management Inc. Scholarship: Sayra Navarro, West Valley High School, March; and the Cassi Tichy Memorial Scholarship: Loren Sullivan, Hemet High School, December.

Closing Remarks

The program ended with many photos being taken and Zermeno thanking all the program’s committee members who make it possible to honor deserving students throughout the school year. “I ask you to find what you are passionate for and if you can’t donate financially please donate your time, your expertise,” she said to all the guests. “There are so many nonprofit organizations here in our valley that really need help and support. We can only make our community better by giving.” For more information, www.

CHADRON, NE - Jason Pugal of Temecula earned President’s List honors at Chadron State College for the Spring 2024 semester. The President’s List consists of students with a 4.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. To qualify, students must be enrolled in 12 credit hours of coursework, be seeking their first bachelor’s degree, and have no incomplete grades during the semester.

Chadron State College, which was founded in 1911, is the only four-year, regionally-accredited college in the western half of Nebraska. As a public institution with its roots in teacher education, Chadron State takes pride in its

and affordability. More than 2,000 undergraduate, graduate and online students currently attend Chadron State.

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Hemet/San Jacinto Student of the Year scholarship recipients for 2023-2024 are, seated from left, Natalie Perez Flores, Jocelyn Ochoa, Jasmine Moralez, Leslye Osuna and Desiree Hernandez; and standing from left are Ubaldo Puente and Daniel Mendoza. Valley News/Photo courtesy of StylePhotography by Alex Tapia Recipients for Student of the Year and seven other community-based scholarships at the Soboba Casino Resort Event Center for the “Night of the Stars” on May 16. Valley News/Photo courtesy of StylePhotography by Alex Tapia All 2023-2024 Hemet/San Jacinto Student of the Month recipients are honored at the Soboba Casino Resort Event Center, May 16. Valley News/Photo courtesy of StylePhotography by Alex Tapia Kim Harris Special to Valley News
Registration for the city of Temecula’s summer camps opened Wednesday, May 22. For more information, including a full list of camps and how to register, visit https://TemeculaCA. gov/Classes or call the Community Services Department at 951-6946480. Submitted by city of Temecula. Valley News/Lukas photo ( Used with permission.
Pugal earns President’s List honor at CSC

Highway Updates

More CTC highway infrastructure projects announced in state

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) reported they allocated $1.9 billion to support transportation infrastructure projects that play a major role in powering the world’s fifth largest economy. The approved funding provides significant investments for bridges, roadways, transit, and improved facilities for people who walk and bike. The latest allocations include nearly $430 million from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA) and $740 million via Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

Among the efforts spurred by the $1.9 billion commitment include several projects prioritizing the state’s vital bridge network, highlighted by $27.6 million for the Interstate 405 improvement project in Los Angeles County, more than $4 million to repair bridge damage along Interstate 80 in Alameda County, and $600,000 to replace the Ackerman Creek Bridge in Mendocino County.

Bridges in Lake Elsinore and Strawberry creek near Hemet are already being restructured with some of these funds.

Also included are projects that will build or renovate shoreline embankments, bus, bicycle, and pedestrian infrastructure, and

railroad overcrossings.

“California’s transportation infrastructure is critical to the economic and cultural lifeblood of our state, and this funding provides key support in our mission to provide a safe, equitable and sustainable transportation system for all users,” said Caltrans Director Tony Tavares. The latest CTCapproved projects include: A $11.3 million project in San Bernardino County (I-40) 36 miles west of Needles, at the John Wilkie Safety Roadside Rest Area (SRRA), reconstruct 2 safety roadside rest areas (SRRA), upgrade water and wastewater systems, and improve paving and site amenities for both eastbound and westbound directions.

Murrieta and Wildomar Caltrans alerts the public that construction upgrading curb ramps to Americans With Disability Act requirements is taking place near Murrieta and Wildomar, from Murrieta Hot Springs Road to Bundy Canyon Road. Daytime work is set Tuesday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Commuter access remains during daytime work on I-15 North and South from Murrieta Hot Springs to Bundy Canyon Road. Please note, various shoulder closures will occur in the project zone. Watch for signage alerting of upcoming lane closures and construction zones.

Lake Elsinore

Caltrans continues work on widening State Route 74 (SR-74) in Riverside County from the Riverside and Orange County border to Monte Vista Street just west of Lake Elsinore. Crews are performing work in various locations with daytime Flagging operations occurring Wednesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Through access will remain, but delays are expected in both directions of traffic. Work will occur at various locations from County Line to Monte Vista St. Be advised there may be long waits and delays due to construction operations. Wait for the designated escort through the construction zone. Please obey all posted signs and traffic instructions as CHP will be on location and citing any offenders. It is advised motorists should use an alternate route to avoid delays such as on SR-91, I-15, and I-5. Use caution and expect delays during construction hours.

In the same area Caltrans is working on retrofitting the Morrill Canyon Bridge located east of County Line, between Ortega Oaks Candy Store and Tenaja Truck Trail. Weeknight and weekend closures may be required to perform k-rail installation, structure work, HMA paving, excavation, abutment and various other work activities. Weekday work may also occur. All work is weather and material dependent meaning delays and

changes may occur in the work schedule.

Hemet Caltrans is working on State Route 74 (Florida Ave.) in Hemet repaving and rehabilitating 49 lane miles by installing Traffic Management Systems (TMS), upgrading curb ramps, sidewalks and driveways to ADA standards , enhancing bike lane signage and striping, and upgrading 29 bus pads within the project. Work zone is from Winchester Road to Fairview Avenue for the project length of 11.2 miles. Driveway, curb ramp, sidewalk construction and micro trenching will take place throughout the week.Watch for alternate route signage for business access.

Not far from Hemet on Highway 74 leading up to Mountain Center the Strawberry Bridge retrofit is continuing. Crews have completed pouring the eastbound abutments and retaining wall for Strawberry Creek Bridge. Other work still includes slab overlays, and new guardrail systems, bringing lane and shoulder widths up to current standards. Traffic has been switched to new eastbound pavement to begin excavating abutments for remaining project work. Traffic control w remains the same, however traffic holds may be required to perform daytime work. Bridge work is anticipated to be complete by fall 2024. The daily operations are Monday – Friday from 6 a.m. to

6 p.m. with some weekend work possible. There is a temporary traffic signal in place that must be obeyed as one lane will be open at a time. Aguanga and Anza Caltrans still is continuing the slurry seal and rumble strips maintenance project on State Route 371 from Aguanga through Anza. Crews continue work in various locations from the junction of State Route 79 and SR 371 to the junction of State Route 74 and SR-371. Hours of operation are normally Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. with traffic control. Watch for intermittent short term lane closures throughout the project zone. Speed limits are reduced throughout the construction zone. The CHP will be on scene to assist with traffic control and safety.

Corona Caltrans also announced this week that on Sunday, June 2 at 7 a.m., Southern California Edison (SCE) will be performing utility work on the I-15 near Corona. Both directions of I-15, south of Indian Truck Trail, will experience intermittent lane closures due to SCE overhead line work. Their work is anticipated to conclude at 4 p.m. Plan ahead for additional delays in this area.

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United Airlines launches nonstop flights between PSP and Washington Dulles

Kim Harris Special to Valley News

United Airlines announced it will launch new, nonstop flights between Palm Springs International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport in the District of Columbia.

The airline will operate one daily flight beginning Dec. 19, 2024, and ending April 30, 2025, the city of Palm Springs said in a news release issued Tuesday, May 21.

“We are thrilled to welcome United Airlines’ new nonstop service between Washington Dulles and Palm Springs,” Scott White, president and CEO of Visit Greater Palm Springs, said. “This new route offers a convenient and seamless travel option for our visitors from the East Coast, making it easier than ever to experience the natural beauty, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality of Greater Palm Springs.


We look forward to providing our new guests with an unforgettable desert oasis experience.”

Patrick Quayle, senior vice president of global network planning and alliances for United Airlines, said that the service would be the first connection “ever” between Washington and Palm Springs and would create “unparalleled access” to Palm Springs from the East Coast and Europe through what he said was one of United’s “fastest growing” hubs.

“We pride ourselves in offering unique, world-class destinations and are excited to offer our customers more service to beautiful Greater Palm Springs,” Quayle said.

According to the news release, United will serve six cities with 14 daily flights from Palm Springs this winter and the new route expands nonstop air service offerings to 31 destinations in-season, with one-

Julie Reeder Publisher

In the “Friendly Village” of Fallbrook, a series of events unfolded, leading to the birth of a beacon of hope for many women in dire circumstances.

It all began in November when Bonnie Vice reached out to the community in search of a dresser for a newcomer to their men’s homeless ministry, the Jesus House. What came next was nothing short of a miracle, a testament to how a simple act of kindness can evolve into a monumental project aimed at serving the most vulnerable.

Barry Wallace, upon seeing Vice’s request, sent a rather unexpected text message. Instead of offering a dresser, he presented an opportunity that would soon transform into a communitywide mission. Wallace and his wife, Stephanie, had a large home they thought could serve a future ministry. While initially there seemed to be no immediate need for such a large space, the very fabric of this narrative was about to change.

The very next day, Vice and her team met with Carolyn Koole, executive director of the Fallbrook Hope Clinic for Women. The

United Airlines announces it will launch new, nonstop flights between Palm Springs International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport in the District of Columbia beginning in December.

Valley News/Courtesy photo stop connections to more than 300 global cities.

United also serves Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, California; Denver and Chicago.

“In addition to providing access to the Nation’s Capital, the route will provide connectivity to United’s more than 260 flights and over 100 international and domestic destinations from Washington Dulles,” the news release said.

Harry Barrett Jr., who works as PSP’s executive director of

aviation, said the addition of the new route demonstrates the airport’s commitment to expanding services and “making global destinations even more accessible.”

“By connecting the Coachella Valley directly to our nation’s capital, we significantly enhance our East Coast connectivity,” Barrett said. “This opens up a world of opportunities for both leisure and business travel, further establishing PSP as a world class travel hub and driving regional economic growth.”

The airline began selling tickets for the new route Tuesday, May 21. “This additional connectivity will provide our passengers with greater access and more travel options than ever before,” a news release from PSP said. “Join us as we continue to enhance our service and connect the Coachella Valley with the rest of the world.”

Kim Harris can be reached by email at kharris@reedermedia. com

meeting was shrouded in mystery, with no clear agenda, yet what emerged from this conversation was a glaring need within the community.

Koole shared heart-wrenching stories of women arriving at the clinic in desperate conditions, with nowhere to go, often caught in the vicious cycle of domestic violence. This revelation struck a chord with Vice, steering her heart and purpose toward a direction she hadn’t anticipated – women’s ministry.

Reflecting on this pivotal moment, Vice recalls, “God told me this was something I needed

to be involved in.” This divine nudge was all it took for her vision to crystallize. The team revisited Wallaces’ offered house, seeing it through a new lens. It wasn’t just a house; it was the perfect haven for a women’s shelter, a sanctuary for healing and hope.

The discovery of a shared need among north county clinics for housing pregnant women and their children further solidified their resolve. Vice took a leap of faith, establishing a nonprofit, Two Sandwiches, and registering a DBA, Hope House Fallbrook. The mission was clear: to create a home, not just a shelter, where

Valley News/Courtesy photo women could find safety, support, and a chance to rebuild their lives. The rallying cry for community support was met with overwhelming positivity. Local businesses, churches, and residents came together, embodying the spirit of unity and compassion.

Fundraising efforts were launched, with a target goal of $75,000 by the end of April, 2024 to open the doors of Hope House Fallbrook. The campaign leveraged the platform where people are invited to donate any amount to https:// see HOPE, page C-7

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Beacon of Hope: The story of Hope House Fallbrook Brad Fox, one of the original visionaries for the Hope House addresses residents who are interested in supporting the home for women and their children in Fallbrook. The view of the property from the second story balcony. The Hope House has a large property with a pond for fishing.

Lawsuits hope to change doctrine that gives wildlife agents free rein on private property

Property owners are fighting a Prohibition-era Supreme Court decision that laid the groundwork for government agents to enter and search private land at will.

Michael Clements

The Epoch Times

BATON ROUGE, La.—At 39 degrees under cloudy skies, that day was cooler than average for December. Having seen no deer, Tom Manuel decided to leave.

He was taken aback when he met a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agent standing beside a state truck. The warden asked for his gun so he could unload it.

Mr. Manuel refused to hand over his Remington Model 700 bolt action rifle, though he did remove a round from the chamber and place it on the seat of his pickup truck.

After answering the warden’s questions and proving he had not violated any game laws, Mr. Manuel asked the officer what probable cause he had to enter clearly posted private property.

“He said, ‘The mere fact that you’re hunting was all the probable cause I need,’” Mr. Manuel told The Epoch Times of the incident on Dec. 6, 2023.

Mr. Manuel found this odd since the officer had no way of knowing anyone was even on the property until he was almost 100 yards past the property line.

Mr. Manuel had left his gate open but parked his truck behind some young pines well out of sight of the main road earlier that morning. With the boundary lines clearly marked in blue paint and “No Trespassing” signs prominently displayed, he believed he had done all that is required by law to keep unwanted visitors out.

The Supreme Court laid the legal groundwork for Mr. Manuel’s encounter with the game warden 100 years ago, more than 680 miles away on a rural property near Travelers Rest, South Carolina.

The Supreme Court instituted the “open fields doctrine” through a series of decisions beginning in 1924. This doctrine interprets the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as giving the government carte blanche access to billions of acres of private property—in other words, Fourth Amendment protection doesn’t extend to open fields.

Mr. Manuel hails from Covington, Louisiana, on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, at the opposite end of the causeway from New Orleans. He’s spent over 30 years as a forester and a lifetime walking the sandy trails and pine forests of his home state.

He and his wife, Phyllis, bought 243 acres of forest land in Ethel, Louisiana, from one of his clients 21 years ago. They intended to raise pine trees for lumber, but the land’s value goes well beyond the cash Mr. Manuel gets for the trees.

As he walks the cool pines on a recent April afternoon, Mr. Manuel talks of how the property instilled in his children a love for the outdoors. He recalls fourwheeler rides, camping trips, and bonding with his children.

He smiles as he talks about a “deer hunting” trip with his 3-year-

6, 2023.

old granddaughter, during which he left his rifle at home.

“I brought hot chocolate, snacks, and a five-gallon bucket to put pinecones in,” Mr. Manuel told The Epoch Times. “You asked me about hunting memories. That was probably the best one from last year.”

According to the open fields doctrine, the officer was within his rights to enter Mr. Manuel’s property, regardless of how it’s used. Under the doctrine, Mr. Manuel—and all other private property owners—lose their Fourth Amendment rights once they are outside the “curtilage” of any structures on their property.

According to legal experts, curtilage is a vaguely defined area adjacent to houses, barns, and other buildings on private property.

The open fields doctrine was born in prohibition-era America.

On Feb. 2, 1919, 17-year-old Charlie Hester of Travelers Rest, South Carolina, sold a quart of untaxed whiskey, known as “moonshine,” to a neighbor.

Unbeknownst to Charlie, two federal Internal Revenue agents, Jake Gosnell and James King, had jumped a fence, crossed a pasture, and observed the transaction from the woods near the house he shared with his father.

The resulting raid included a foot chase, a gunshot, and searches of the house, a vehicle, and up to 10 individuals. In the end, Charlie was convicted of selling the whiskey. He appealed his conviction all the way to the Supreme Court, claiming that the agents had illegally entered the property under the Fourth Amendment.

The court ruled unanimously against Charlie Hester on May 5, 1924.

“The special protection accorded by the Fourth Amendment to the people in their ‘persons, houses, papers, and effects’ is not extended to the open fields,” Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote in a brief decision.

Legal scholars say that a strict interpretation of the original text supports Justice Holmes’ decision.

They point out that each word, person, house, papers and effects,

Hope House Fallbrook represents more than just a shelter; it is a testament to the power of community, faith, and the belief that everyone deserves a chance at a safer, better life.

It is a sanctuary where women can heal from their emotional and spiritual wounds, receive

comprehensive care, and become part of a nurturing family.

The initiative underscores the community’s commitment to being a part of the solution, offering a ray of hope and a path toward healing and independence for women and their children facing great challenges.

As Vice reflected on the journey, she noted, “This is not just a project. It’s a calling, a community

had, and continue to have, precise definitions.

Paul Larkin, a senior legal fellow with The Heritage Foundation, agreed. He pointed out that traditionally, “property” has been generally defined as a building, its contents, and the area immediately around it, known as “curtilage.”

Effects are typically defined as a person’s possessions or their “worldly estate.” The intent was to prevent government agents from searching boxes, cabinets, purses, or other personal items without probable cause or a warrant.

Joshua Windham is an attorney with the Institute for Justice, a public interest law firm focused on reigning in government power and securing individuals’ Constitutional rights, according to its website.

He said the Hester decision ignores the Amendment’s broader intent and instead focuses on a tiny part.

“The Fourth Amendment has 54 words, not just five words,” Mr. Windham said at a May 10 conference.

He compares the Fourth Amendment to a rule teachers use to maintain order. Students are told to “keep your hands to yourself.” Even children understand this to prohibit unwanted contact of any kind.

Applying Hester’s logic would mean that high-fiving is prohibited while kicking is allowed.

“Keep your hands to yourself, evinces, but it doesn’t exhaust the limits of conduct that won’t be tolerated in the classroom,” he said.

The limits of the open fields doctrine are also being explored. As technology develops, more questions are raised.

Virginia Case

Josh Highlander of New Kent, Virginia, is an Institute for Justice client. A brief encounter with Mr. Highland reveals he is passionate about real estate, the outdoors, and his Constitutional rights—not necessarily in that order.

He said he learned about the open fields doctrine when state agents began investigating allegations that he was illegally hunting over a baited field—a claim he vehemently denies.

On April 28, 2023, his wife and young son were playing basketball when they were frightened by a figure in camouflage clothing in the woods behind their house.

“I was concerned about what this person was doing in our woods and our property, just yards behind our house where my son was playing,” Ms. Highlander said.

Mr. Highlander suspected it was a game warden. He said his suspicion was confirmed when a wildlife camera he set up approximately 100 yards from his house went missing.

When he called the police to report the camera stolen, he learned that game wardens were searching the camera, reportedly hoping to find evidence of hunting violations they believed he was committing. Mr. Highlander said he was never

effort where the need is so great. Who wouldn’t want to contribute to such a worthy cause?”

Hope House Fallbrook stands as a shining example of what can be achieved when compassion, faith, and community converge to address the needs of the most vulnerable among us.

For more information or to offer help, email Hopehousefallbrook@

notified that anyone would be on his property, why they were there, or what they were looking for.

“I called the Commonwealth Attorney . . . and he was like, ‘Did they have a warrant?’ I don’t know, if they did, they didn’t tell me about it,” Mr. Highlander told The Epoch Times.

Harvard Law School professor Maureen Brady said that if the camera had been within the curtilage, the area adjacent to his home, the wardens would have had to get a warrant because a camera is an “effect” under the Fourth Amendment. But the camera was on a post in an open field.

The fact that Mr. Highlander owns the field, has put up a fence to keep trespassers out, and asserts ownership of the camera on his private property is of no account.

“Leaving that camera out in the open is abandoning your privacy expectations,” Ms. Brady told The Epoch Times.

Louisiana Law

While most states allow state agents to operate under the open fields doctrine, some have rejected it. This includes Louisiana. In 1978, the Louisiana State Supreme Court ruled that the state constitution requires law enforcement to have a warrant to enter any private property.

James Knight, another attorney with the Institute for Justice, said Louisiana wildlife officers are still taught to trespass, which violates the state constitution and the court. Mr. Knight is part of a team representing Mr. Manuel in a lawsuit against the state.

“So, what Tom is asking the court to do is to reaffirm that older decision … and to tell the officers that they would have to get a warrant,” Mr. Knight told The Epoch Times.

The Louisiana Department

of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association didn’t respond to emails requesting comment for this story. However, Mr. Manuel said he had received a letter from a wildlife officer in another state defending the doctrine.

He said the officer claimed that game laws could not be adequately enforced without open fields. Mr. Knight disagrees.

Seven states—Mississippi, Montana, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Tennessee, and South Dakota—require game wardens to meet similar requirements to those of police officers to enter private property.

Mr. Manuel and Mr. Knight stressed that the lawsuit doesn’t seek financial damages and doesn’t target individual agents. They say the objective is compliance with the Fourth Amendment.

“The defendants in the lawsuit are the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the higher-up officials responsible for creating and enforcing these policies in their official capacities,” Mr. Knight said.

Last April, the Institute issued a report titled “Good Fences? Good Luck.” Drawing on data from the U.S. Geological Survey and a Microsoft database, the report states that approximately 1.2 billion acres, or 96%, of all private land has no Fourth Amendment protection.

“Officials can invade it, roam around for as long as they please, maybe … put cameras on your land. And the Fourth Amendment has nothing to say about any of that,” Mr. Windham said.

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Lake Riverside Estates Farmers Market fosters community spirit

Diane Sieker Staff Writer

Lake Riverside Estates presented a community Farmers Market

Mountain Center residents rescue deer

Diane Sieker

A concerned Mountain Center

resident called petsitter Heather Graff to report a young doe deer stuck in a wrought iron fence Saturday, May 11. The frightened animal could not free herself and was becoming stressed.

“Sometimes our wild animal friends need us. A petsit client called me about a baby deer that got stuck in a neighboring fence,” said Graff.

According to Graff, after multiple calls to experts and authorities, Department of Fish and Wildlife officers were going to come and cut it free, but they were an hour away.

“Waiting an hour for Fish and Wildlife officers to come didn’t seem like the best choice for the deer. We felt we needed to act quickly,” she explained.

Graff enlisted the help of Eddie and Julie Woods, neighbors from across the street. Armed with a hacksaw and a blanket to put over the deer’s eyes to calm her, Eddie went to work. The metal bars were cut, and the deer was freed.

“As soon as she was unstuck and the blanket on her head was removed, she ran into

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arts, crafts,
baked goods, house plants, jewelry, jerky, crocheted items and more. It was an opportunity for residents to chat and socialize. Kaylynn Tanguay wanted to make sure children were included in the fun. “Kiddos had the opportunity to learn about a variety of handcrafted and/or homegrown goods
foods. You could also grab a plant,
May 18, attracting residents and their guests to socialize and purchase
plants and food. Vendors offered fresh eggs,
the forest,”
A young doe finds herself stuck in an iron fence Saturday, May 11 and is rescued by Mountain Center residents. Anza Valley Outlook/Heather Graff photo Diane Sieker Staff Writer The Miss Anza Extravaganza will be held Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m. at Minor Park in downtown Anza. This year’s theme is “Let your Sparkle Shine.” Participants are encouraged to dress up and show
seeds or a starter and teach them how to grow something of their own at home. I had a little craft kit see DEER, page D-3 see MARKET, page D-4 Miss Anza Extravaganza slated for June 13
Kaylee, left and her mother Tara Hallmark offer potted houseplants at the Lake Riverside Estates Farmers Market Saturday, May 18. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
off a talent, interest or hobby. “Last year there was hulahooping, hoverboard riding, butterfly dancing, tumbling, gymnastics and even arts and crafts demonstrated by the girls,” said organizer Lorraine Elmore. Entry forms for the event are see MISS, page D-5
Lil’ Miss Anza Days Haddie Magana, left, Junior Miss Anza Days
Lanik, Teen Miss Anza Days Ananna Lopez, Miss Anza Days Kayleen Collins, Ms. Anza Days Alana Firth holding Wee Miss Anza Days Scarlett Hogue are introduced to the cheering crowd at the Miss Anza Days pageant last year. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo


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.”



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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 posttraumatic stress disorder and other difficulties. Call John Sheehan at 951-923-6153. 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 Church, 56095 Pena Road in Anza. For more information, call 951-763-4226.

Bereaved Parents of the USA – The Aguanga-Anza Chapter of BPUSA will hold its meetings at 6 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 49109 Lakeshore Blvd. in Aguanga. For more information, contact chapter leader Linda Hardee at 951-551-

2826. Free Mobile Health Clinic –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 nondenominational 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 4th 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

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 – 4 p.m. Meetings are on the third Tuesday 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 www.

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@

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 www.facebook.

com/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

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 951763-5611 for information.

Anza Thimble Club – The club meets the 1st 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.

Organizations 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 951-282-4267 or email or visit www.anzacommunitybuilding. org

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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Sheriff’s Blotter

Diane Sieker

The Anza Valley Outlook Sheriff’s Blotter is a list of calls that allows residents to see what law enforcement activity is occurring in their communities.

The Sheriff’s Blotter data is obtained from the official calls for service records kept by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. However, calls where the release of the information could cause harm to an individual or jeopardize the investigation of a criminal case are excluded. All calls listed are for service within the Sheriff’s Department jurisdiction in the unincorporated areas of Anza, Lake Riverside Estates, Cahuilla and Aguanga from May 20 through May 26. May 20

Found property - 5300 block

Cahuilla Rd., Anza, handled by deputy Hazard - 3600 block Fisher Rd., Anza, handled by deputy Grand theft - 6000 block Indian Paint Brush Rd., Anza, handled by deputy Fraud - 5400 block Harvey Hills Rd., Anza, report taken Public disturbance - address undefined, Anza, handled by deputy

Hazard - address undefined, Anza, handled by deputy

Follow-up - address undefined, Anza, handled by deputy Alarm call - 5600 block Cahuilla Rd., Anza, handled by deputy May 21

Assist other department - 5200 block Cahuilla Rd., Cahuilla, handled by deputy

Vehicle theft - 3700 block Bautista Canyon Rd., Anza, report taken

Alarm call - 5600 block St. Hwy. 371, Anza, handled by deputy

May 22

Public disturbance - 3900 block Howard Rd., Anza, handled by deputy

May 23

Check the welfare - 4200 block Wildwood Ln., Lake Riverside, handled by deputy

Burglary - 5700 block Mitchell Rd., Anza, unfounded

Narcotics - address undefined, Anza, handled by deputy

Suspect info - address withheld, Anza, handled by deputy

Grand theft - 4400 block Tule Valley Rd., Anza, report taken

Suspicious circumstance - 5000 block Bradford Rd., Anza, handled by deputy

May 24

Assist other department - 5600

block Elder Rd., Anza, handled by deputy

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said Graff. “Eddie Woods totally nailed the rescue. I helped with the blanket part.”

The frightened animal had suffered some superficial wounds during the ordeal as a result of her struggles, according to Graff.

“Her sides were skinned from the fence and trying to get herself free,” she explained.

The deer, once freed of the iron bars, moved quickly away from her human rescuers, with no indication of severe injury, Graff added.

“Our hope is that the wounds heal and that she is okay,” she said.

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

Danger to self/other - 5600

block Elder Rd., Anza, unfounded

Suspicious circumstanceaddress undefined, Anza, handled by deputy

Burglary - 5300 block Cave Rock Rd., Anza, report taken

Danger to self/other - 5600

block Elder Rd., Anza, handled by deputy

Public disturbance - 3800 block

Bahrman Rd., Anza, handled by deputy

May 25

Public disturbance - 3900 block

Vesper Rd., Anza, handled by deputy

Public disturbance - address undefined, Anza, handled by deputy

Assist other department - 5000

block Gold Rush Rd., Anza, handled by deputy

Assist other departmentaddress undefined, Anza, handled by deputy

Unlawful entry - 5100 block Wheeler Rd., Anza, report taken Vehicle theft - 4100 block Saddleback Dr., Lake Riverside, report taken May 26

Trespassing - address undefined, 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) 7913400.

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

Upcoming July Election for Anza Electric Board of Directors

D-3 May 31, 2024 • • Anza Valley Outlook ANZA LOCAL
Electric Cooperative, Inc. is governed by seven directors representing
three districts
the cooperative’s service area for both electric and internet services Three seats on the Anza Electric Cooperative board of directors will be open for election this July, each for a three-year term. The following individuals are running for the three open seats. DISTRICT I Diane L. Sieker DISTRICT II Harold Burdick Joren Dulaney DISTRICT III D.F. “Pebbles” Lewis Greg Pennyroyal Since only one petition was received for District I, incumbent Diane L. Sieker will be seated for District I for a three year term, per AEC bylaw, Article IV, section 4(e). Annual Meeting information, candidate resumes and the Annual Report will be part of the July Currents magazine arriving in mail boxes the first week of July. Election materials will be arriving in member’s mail and e-mails in the coming weeks. An independent election processor will handle the election and the election results will be announced at the Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, July 20th, 2024. • 951-763-4333 58470 Hwy 371/PO Box 391909, Anza, CA 92539
The Sheriff’s Blotter enables residents to know what criminal activity is occurring in their communities. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo [Left] Mountain Center resident Eddie Woods uses a hacksaw to cut a fence to free a young deer Saturday, May 11. Anza Valley Outlook/Heather Graff photo

for kids to do,” she said.

The event was held near the lake, playground and recreational areas, attracting curious passersby to check out the offerings.

“I sold out of my organic sourdough starters, loaves, kefir water grains, cinnamon rolls, farm fresh eggs, sourdough crackers and goat cheese,” added Tanguay. The private community may be looking forward to another successful Lake Riverside Estates Farmers Market. Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia. com

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Alexandra Davis sells handmade gifts and eggs from her own hens, packed in custom egg crates at the Lake Riverside Estates Farmers Market Saturday, May 18. The Robbins serve samples of their homemade biscuits at the Lake Riverside Estates Farmers Market Saturday, May 18. LRE resident Ron DiNicola and his dog puruse the wares and make new friends at the Lake Riverside Estates Farmers Market Saturday, May 18. Bree Hansen and her canine friend vend her Kip N Lil Fiber Arts items at the Lake Riverside Estates Farmers Market Saturday, May 18. Jewelry is a crowd favorite at the Lake Riverside Estates Farmers Market Saturday, May 18. Hutt’s Jerky and More does brisk business at the Lake Riverside Estates Farmers Market Saturday, May 18. Kaylynn Tanguay has craft kits for children, sourdough bread starter, kefir water grains, eggs and more for sale at the Lake Riverside Estates Farmers Market. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photos


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Have you ever visited your neighboring Fallbrook or Bonsall?

It is such a beautiful drive into town on East Mission, right from the freeway off ramp from the I-15 South. The rolling hills, valleys, avocado and citrus groves, the flower fields, etc. It’s a rural paradise and it’s only 10 to 15 minutes away! Downtown is quaint and has great restaurants with little wait time, and unique shops. We also have some great events. If you missed the Fallbrook

restroom I would ask for the key. If I just needed to wash off there was no need for me to occupy the restroom just to use the sink. The only negative impact of hand sanitizer was to the Lakeside Water District since it reduced water purchases which cover the agency’s fixed costs, but the use of hand sanitizer instead of a sink saved patrons time, saved water, and freed up the restroom for those who actually needed it. These benefits of hand sanitizer were seen by other businesses during the coronavirus emergency, and in many cases those businesses retained the use of hand sanitizer. Churches as well as businesses benefited from the addition of hand sanitizer. Many denominations have the sign of peace which involved shaking hands prior to the shutdown. Some church members still prefer a wave rather than a handshake. Waving rather than shaking hands also means that the sign of peace isn’t restricted

Vintage Car Show last Sunday, it was great. The nonprofit club brought it back into Fallbrook and took a chance holding it downtown, and it seemed like a winner! There were 400-500 cars and what a variety! Estimates were that there were over 50,000 people who attended. It wasn’t as crowded as the Annual Avocado Festival, with an estimated 100,000 people, but there were more than the Christmas Parade, which is typically 30,000 people.

It was just a great day. The cars were fantastic, the crowds were pleasant, and the weather was

to arm’s reach, so in many cases a hybrid with handshakes for those willing and close enough and a wave to acknowledge those further away has become common practice.

When classroom learning was converted to at-home learning some students struggled while other students thrived. Some districts evaluated the success of the students who did well learning from home and created formal independent study programs. Independent study not only provides a better learning setting for many students, but the flexibility also allows students to take all desired courses rather than having to choose one course if multiple desired courses are offered during the same period.

While I sometimes travel to attend work-related events and make occasional trips to the office, I had been working from home for more than 20 years when the coronavirus outbreak caused


perfect. So, I just want to say thank you to the Vintage Car Club for all their hard work and for bringing the event back to town. I enjoyed chatting it up with my long-time friends. That is really so important to keep that community, and having it downtown was just great.

I think even when it was held at Pala Mesa Resort, people didn’t head into downtown Fallbrook, so anytime we can bring people downtown it’s a good thing and all the proceeds go to local charities, which is a win-win for everyone.

This next weekend I will be at the Fallbrook Food Pantry Dine ’N Dash at the 1924 Winery on E.

many companies to transition from work at the office to remote work. Many others learned the benefits of working from home I already knew. Telecommuting saves energy in more ways than trip avoidance; since I can wear clothes suitable for working at home rather than for meetings I can extend the time between laundry loads, and waking up later instead of traveling reduces the lights I use to get ready. The benefits include lessened need for office space and parking at workplaces. Recently a directive from Governor Newsom required state employees to be in their offices at least two days a week. It makes sense for some employees who cannot work at home to travel to their workplace every workday, and it also makes sense for the occasional meeting at the office for employees who normally work at home. It does not make sense for employees who have

Mission Road. This is going to be another great event with Dueling Chefs and sampling from dozens of local restaurants and pubs. Not only is it entertaining with a variety of food, drinks and desserts to sample and choose from, but the proceeds go to purchase food for the pantry, which, since inflation has increased food prices, has been feeding as many as 3,000 people per week and some of them are from surrounding towns. Many of these are families who have gone through the rigorous process of qualifying. It will be a good time and for a great cause. I hope to see you there!

successfully worked from home on a daily basis to have to be in their office at least twice a week. Governor Newsom has made other decisions seeking to reduce motor vehicle emissions, and his directive against telecommuting contradicts his quests to reduce vehicle miles traveled. Gavin Newsom’s insistence that state employees be at their offices at least twice a week is completely senseless.

Those who opposed increased governmental powers during the coronavirus outbreak had no opposition to citizens applying the benefits they learned when they were not required. Both those who opposed emergency measures and those who favored some restrictions learned benefits resulting from coronavirus prevention activities. Gavin Newsom has not learned that lesson.

available at Lorraine’s Pet Supply or at ERA Excel Realty in Anza.

The Miss Anza Days pageant attracted a record number of talented contestants last year,

MISS from page D-1 according to Elmore. The pageant, celebrating girls from 1 to 100 years old, is an important tradition preceding the annual Anza Days celebrations. Age group divisions are as follows:

Wee Miss Anza Days: Ages 3 years old and under

Lil’ Miss Anza Days: Ages 4 - 7 years old

Junior Miss Anza Days: Ages 8 - 12 years old

Teen Miss Anza Days: Ages 13

- 18 years old

Miss Anza Days: Ages 19 - 25 years old

Ms. Anza Days: Ages 26 and over Winners receive special sashes, tiaras and prizes and will be featured during Anza Days celebrations the

following weekend. The Miss Anza Extravaganza is open to all girls from newborn to adult.

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

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