Valley News - June 7, 2024

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JDS announces upcoming camps, classes and programs

Karlee Skipper Special to Valley News

JDS Creative Academy is preparing for a new season of innovation and learning. With its unique summer camp experience, 10th Anniversary celebration, and the commencement of fall classes, the studio will be jam-packed with creative programs for everyone to enjoy.

Temecula Mayor Stewart presents the 2024 State of the City Address

Hemet Sportsman’s Club honors high school athletes

Diane A. Rhodes Special to Valley News

The Hemet Sportsman’s Club is a nonprofit organization that works year-round to promote and salute youth sports in the San Jacinto Valley and Anza. On May 23, the club presented the 2024 Bill Gray and Spring Sports Awards Banquet honoring local outstanding high school athletes. Area coaches nominated their students who were all recognized as team MVPs.

in California,” where he leads the Temecula City Council. He praised the city’s public safety departments in which the

Soboba Fiesta mixes culture and fun for all

Back to back brush res alarm Anza residents

Diane Sieker Staff Writer

Two brush fires scorched over 35 acres just a day apart and in the same Anza neighborhood last week, causing alarm and speculation among high country residents.

Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Special to Valley News

The annual Soboba Fiesta treated guests to a full day of cultural experiences and fun and games when it was held at the Soboba Sports Complex on Saturday, May 18. Through a collaborative effort between several departments and includes the Soboba Foundation and Tribal Administration, the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians also welcomed singers and cultural presenters to interact with those who attended the Tribal community event through their social songs and dances.

Several food vendors were set up behind the shady ramadas that were built to encircle the grassy area where bird singers and dancers were well-received throughout the day. Michael Mirelez, who led the Desert Cahuilla Bird Singers from Torres Martinez, has been teaching a class through Soboba TANF and Cultural Resources for

Women Veterans honored in special ceremonies in San Jacinto

Adding to the more recent Memorial Day events in the San Jacinto Valley was the recent special event to honor veteran women and the women championing veterans in ceremonies at Golden Era Productions in San Jacinto. The special event May 19 was sponsored by Veterans Circle of Friends and the Rotary Club of Hemet. The Master of Ceremonies for the event was Virginia Blumenthal, a strong supporter of veterans and an advocate for women veterans. Co-emcee was the Honorable Col. Mark Johnson (ret) from the United States Army

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Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Kim Kelliher, Chairman of the Board, introduces the 2024 Temecula State of the City Address by Mayor James “Stew” Stewart at the Pechanga Resort and Casino on May 30. Valley News/Tony Ault photo Michael Mirelez and the Desert Cahuilla Bird Singers from Torres Martinez are the first of many bird singers to present social songs and dances at the Soboba Fiesta, May 18. Valley News/Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians photo
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Menifee to host first public workshop on the Menifee Innovation District Specific Plan

MENIFEE – The City of Menifee will host its first community workshop for the Menifee Innovation District Specific Plan on Tuesday, June 25 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Menifee City Hall, 29844 Haun Rd. This new project, envisioned as part of the City’s Five-Year Strategic Plan, will help bolster economic activity in the region and provide a pipeline for local job creation. The Menifee Innovation District will be located on approximately 299 acres of land at the City’s southern gateway area, west of the I-215 Freeway, east of Howard Way, south of Scott Road, and north of Keller

Road. The Specific Plan for the project will provide the necessary development standards and design guidelines to create a thriving innovation district featuring a variety of business uses.

The first workshop will be interactive and cover several topics including the vision for the area, a project schedule and process, urban design, market demand, land use, and transportation.

Input from Menifee stakeholders, property owners, and the community will help steer the vision for the Menifee Innovation District Specific Plan. Additional outreach opportu-

nities will also be made available to the public and communicated through the City’s website and social media channels. For more information about the Menifee Innovation District and to sign up for project updates, please visit For any questions related to the project, please contact Doug Darnell, Principal Planner, at (951) 723-3744 or ddarnell@

Submitted by the City of Menifee.

Located on the southern end of Menifee just west of I-215, the Menifee Innovation District is envisioned to further diversify the city’s local economy and facilitate job creation. Valley News/Courtesy image

Supervisor Yxstian Gutierrez brings affordable housing to the fifth district

RIVERSIDE - Fifth District

County of Riverside Supervisor Gutierrez announced the First Time Home Buyer (FTHB) Down Payment Assistance Program for the County of Riverside’s Fifth District. The program will empower low- to moderate-income individuals by providing the necessary financial support to achieve their dream of homeownership.

The County of Riverside’s Department of Housing and Work-

force Solutions (HWS) will administer the program. Eligible recipients may receive up to a maximum of 20% of the home’s purchase price (up to $100,000) in down payment assistance. Fifth District residents must buy homes located within the Fifth District in order to qualify. In addition, applicants need to have a gross income of 120% or less of the median income.

Down payment assistance will

be provided through a silent second loan, meaning recipients are not required to make any payments on the loan. Additionally, if the home buyer fulfills all program requirements, the loan is forgiven after a period of 15 years.

“This program aims to transform the aspiration of homeownership into reality for a fortunate group of future first-time homebuyers.” said Mike Walsh, Assistant Director of HWS.

“Homeownership is essential to bringing economic mobility and building generational wealth,” said Supervisor Gutierrez. “With this program, we will help bring lifechanging, affordable housing to many of our hardworking families, empowering them while strengthening our community.”

For more information about the First Time Home Buyer (FTHB) Down Payment Assistance Program, please contact the Office

of County Supervisor Gutierrez online at or call 951-955-1050.

Riverside County’s 5th District includes the cities of Banning, Beaumont, Calimesa, Hemet, Moreno Valley and San Jacinto and the unincorporated communities of Cabazon, Cherry Valley, Lakeview, Nuevo, Reche Canyon, San Timoteo Canyon, as well as parts of Valle Vista and Whitewater.

Murrieta Fire & Rescue unveils cutting-edge radio system

Enhances public safety for growing community

MURRIETA – Murrieta Fire & Rescue leaps into the future of public safety with the launch of the Public Safety Emergency Communication (PSEC) system. This cutting-edge radio network marks a historic step forward, replacing the agency’s aging VHF radio infrastructure with state-ofthe-art technology. PSEC signifies Murrieta’s continued commitment to excellence, building upon its achievements as the first Internationally Accredited Fire Department in Riverside County (2018, reaccredited 2023). With expanded and robust radio coverage and seamless interoperability, PSEC ensures the highest level of protec-

tion for Murrieta’s growing community, empowering firefighters and paramedics to communicate more effectively. This is a new era of communication, and Murrieta Fire & Rescue is leading the way. The successful launch of the PSEC system is a culmination of years of collaboration between our dedicated team members,” said Battalion Chief Mike Ramos.

“Fire Captain Greg Hull was instrumental in this project, and I’m incredibly proud of our team and their collective efforts in bringing this vital technology to fruition.”

Murrieta Fire & Rescue Chief Bernie Molloy emphasized that MFR is committed to providing

innovative public safety to our city and moving to the PSEC radio system continues this goal.

“PSEC ensures our personnel have a modern communication system with exceptional local and regional coverage. We are excited to be the first fire department in Riverside County to transition our radios to PSEC. We look forward to the improved communication and safety it will bring our firefighters,” noted Chief Molloy. PSEC’s reach extends beyond city borders, fostering seamless collaboration with neighboring agencies during joint operations and regional emergencies. Modern digital technology powers clear

voice communication, empowering first responders with situational awareness and the ability to respond quickly and effectively. PSEC facilitates clear communication and efficient coordination during natural disasters and largescale events, enabling a rapid and effective response.

As Murrieta grows, PSEC’s infrastructure grows alongside it, guaranteeing reliable communication even in an expanding city. Built-in redundancy ensures critical information flows uninterrupted, even during emergencies.

This groundbreaking communications system is a testament to the interagency collaboration efforts of the Murrieta Police Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, and other stakeholders. PSEC addresses the critical need for a modernized communication infrastructure that protects and serves the entire region.

The PSEC Steering Committee shared, “We look forward to having MFR join the PSEC system as the first Municipal Fire Department in Riverside County to be using the PSEC system as their primary means of communications. Having MFR on PSEC will not only allow for Murrieta’s Fire and Police Departments to inter-operate seamlessly, but also will allow MFR to communicate with other first responder agencies throughout the county and their Cal Fire partners at the state level.”

The PSEC Steering Committee Chairperson, Murrieta PD Chief Tony Conrad said, “Having Murrieta Fire and Rescue join the system as the first municipal Fire Department is a huge step for the City of Murrieta and is consistent with PSEC’s goal to have seamless communication between every first responder in Riverside County. Murrieta Fire now joins every law enforcement agency in the county, as well as County Fire, as a full use subscriber on PSEC. The ultimate goal is to have every law and fire agency in Riverside County on PSEC to ensure the optimum inter-operability between all Riverside County first responders, and Murrieta Fire and Rescue is taking a huge step forward in helping accomplish that goal.”

PSEC, now in its 10th year of operation, is one of the most robust and redundant first responder communications systems in the country. PSEC is currently housed and managed by the Riverside Sheriff’s Department. The PSEC budget is adopted by the County Board of Supervisors and the operations of PSEC are guided by a 7-member Steering Committee made up of subscriber agencies.

The launch of PSEC marks a significant milestone for Murrieta Fire & Rescue. It is a testament to the agency’s commitment to continuous quality improvement and its dedication to providing the highest service to the community.

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city spends nearly 55% of its general fund. He thanked the many members of the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce and Kim Kelliher, the Chamber’s Chairman of the Board, for partnering in presenting the State of the City. The special annual event brought more than 100 vendors including Abbott laboratories and Pechanga Resort Casino and nearly 40 nonprofits from almost every part of Temecula.

In his opening program remarks Stewart said, “The State of the City Address remains a cornerstone event, uniting the most influential leaders of our remarkable community. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to each of you for joining me on this significant occasion. As mayor I am deeply honored to present the State of the City Address to you today.”

In his hour on stage, bringing in a personal touch, Stewart proudly featured his talented guitar playing teen grandson Jake Hylkema playing a rocking melody. Local choir and orchestra members then gave a rousing rendition of “We Will Rock You” to begin the morning event.

“I love Temecula and I care about its people,” Stewart said in his opening remarks, ”and I care about what’s coming up in our future.” With that in mind he began a series of high resolution video presentations showing the city staff and the accomplishments they have made in the past year. He explained how the city has become

a hot spot for tourism with over 3.2 million visitors in the past year. He then highlighted how with its outstanding public safety services Temecula became the 8th safest city in California.

Stewart thanked the nonprofit organizations in the city that enhance the quality of life to residents of the city. He also highlighted the city’s many auto dealers who generate much of the city’s economy that also enhance the residents’ quality of life.

Turning his attention to the city’s financial state, he said, “With a balanced budget, well-funded reserves and capital improvement program, Temecula is in a strong financial position,”

He said the city’s expenditures next year will be about $99 million with the expected revenues of about $110 million. “So we are in good shape.” He noted that all the new municipal buildings in the city are paid off, including city hall. “We have no facilities debt at all!”

Stewart mentioned a number of new housing projects coming into the city, Then added, “The Promenade Mall is almost completely full and new additions are on the way.” He hinted the city will soon see a new Harbor Freight store.

Stewart brought in more in his personality, starring in a video presentation driving one of his favorite classic cars around town, then dropping in on some of the larger businesses and employers in the city, and visually introducing the hundreds of Temecula business community members, city

department workers and nonprofit volunteers.

The city’s newest business initiative, the Temecula Entrepreneur Resource Center, was introduced. The center recently opened and offers support services for startups or existing businesses. It includes about a dozen businesses now under one roof and who work with the city’s WorkForce programs in training young people for productive trades through internships.

The greatest applause came when they lauded teachers and administrators of the public and private schools and colleges for their many programs available to members of the community. Stewart pointed out Cal State San Marcos will be offering four year studies in software development and cybersecurity in its new city location.

Temecula Valley area hospitals shared the various types of training that medical personnel can find through residency programs. Many in the community seeking medical career paths can find hands-on experience and research opportunities. Stewart said almost 60% of those being trained are choosing to stay in the community

Adding to career training for residents, many Temecula Valley Unified School District schools now offer hands-on trade education classes where they can earn college credits as shown in the State of the City videos.

Stewart then explained that if it had not been for learning a trade he would not have been successful in his careers leading up to becoming

the city mayor and opening nine barber shops. He said all those vocational programs in the community are “building our future workforce.”

With that he talked about the city’s major infrastructure projects, highlighting the $138 million city French Valley Parkway Phase II project to reduce the traffic congestion on Interstates 15 and 215. He said the city will also build an additional lane on I-15 North, between Temecula Parkway and Rancho California Road. He exclaimed all of the current projects should be completed by the next State of the City Address, which was greeted with a loud applause.

Temecula city’s work on the public parks included 17 playgrounds that had been “reimagined” in the last few years, Stewart reported.

The city will soon be adding new pickleball courts at Ronald Reagan Sports Park, the first in the region and a new dog park will be built at the Michael “Mike” Naggar Community Park with county funding, He referred to a new splash pad being built also at the Ronald Reagan Sports Park.

Stewart explained the city’s Community Services Department

puts on 40 events annually with several major signature events and showed some of the more recent events in Temecula that drew thousands of people.

Rebecca Farnbach, a Temecula author and historian, on video explained her joy in having theTemecula Vail Ranch Headquarters and its pathway being named an American National Parks Historical Site reminding residents of the city’s special history since 1867. Stewart concluded how the past history of Temecula “shows us the way we can overcome any challenges or obstacles today… Temecula is more than just a place. Temecula is a community with people connected to building a brighter future for generations to come.”

The event’s Title Sponsor was Walmart stores. Abbott was the Platinum Level Sponsor with Pechanga Resort Casino and Gold Level Sponsors were Rosenstein Associates and Southwest HealthCare. The Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce presented the State of the City partnered with the City of Temecula.

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Valley News/Tony Ault photos CITY from page A-1 Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Kim Kelliher introduces Jake Hylkema, 14, one of Temecula Mayor’s grandsons who played a rocking tune at the State of the City opening on May 30. Temecula Mayor James “Stew” Stewart at the Pechanga Resort and Casino gives the 2024 Temecula State of the City Address at the Pechanga Resort and Casino. Temecula Mayor James “Stew” Stewart shows off a video slide of his entire family at the 2024 Temecula State of the City Address giving it a personal touch.
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almost eight years. Each Tuesday, from 6 to 8 p.m., he conducts Cahuilla Language Through Bird Songs that is open to all Tribal communities by RSVP to 951-6636261. Some of his students who were present at the Fiesta joined in.

“I do this because I have a passion for it,” said Mirelez, who teaches at three other reservations. “Our dances have always been unified; we’re all dancing together, and we are trying hard to bring that back.”

Also presenting were Larry Hammond and the Mojave Bird Singers, Ft. Mojave; Jonny Ray Hemers and the Rez Life Bird Singers, Ft. Mojave; Mickey Salazar, Kumeyaay Bird Songs, San Jose de la Zorra; George Zuniga, Kumeyaay Birdsongs, Santa Ysabel; Mojave Boy, Ft. Mojave; Painiktem Singers, Pass Cahuilla Bird Singers, Agua Caliente; and Wayne Nelson and the Intertribal Bird Singers, So Cal.

Another highlight was a performance by the Apache Crown Dancers from White River, Arizona.

Co-ed sports were front and center with horseshoe and one-pitch softball tournaments starting at 11 a.m. There were 20 players in the

double-elimination horseshoe tournament; the winners were Kathy Pico and Shad Wulf.

For the one-pitch softball tournament, the Beernuts took home first place among the field of 12 teams.

The Soboba-based team roster was Andy Silvas, Noel Alverez, Noel Alverez Jr., Brave Alvarez, Davi Bentiste, Jocie Bentist, Fabian Correra, Tot Briones, Ciara Ramos, Jeremiah Ramos, Crystal Devore and Ane Pahulu.

Games and contests were also popular activities. The tortilla contest was won by Kat Duro.

Alice Helms, 92, was one of six entrants in the salsa contest which she has entered for many years, having won first place in the past. This year the top honors went to Ruby Arrietta.

“I use all fresh ingredients and roast everything with garlic,” Helms said.

All contestants had to submit a quart of salsa. A small amount was placed in bowls for tasting by guests who then cast a vote for their favorite. The rest of the salsa was available at the free lunch that was served inside the gymnasium. Meal contributors were Wayne Nelson who slowly smoked the shredded beef and turkey overnight before barbecuing it, Yolanda Rhodes who provided the homemade tortillas, and Anita Morillo and Jacob Rivera who made the sides that included salads, beans and rice. Also provided was homemade wewish, an acorn mush that was one of the main food staples of the Indigenous peoples of California. After the hearty meal, there were plenty of sweets supplied by guests at the potluck dessert table.

The Soboba Elders sponsored Bingo games from 10:30 to noon, which was a popular activity. Grease pole climbing, a watermelon eating contest and some tugof-war sessions kept everyone’s

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Fiesta to life on May 18. and current Superior Court Judge who presides over the Riverside County Veterans Court which he helped develop.

The event recognized the long history of women serving our country. American women have served their country going back to the Revolutionary War where women like Deborah Simpson disguised themselves as men and engaged in combat. Other women have supported war efforts through nursing and other essential services which have carried on until this day, according to a Golden Era news release.

The ban on women in combat roles was lifted in 2013 which is a testament to the valor and competence of women who have been serving under fire since America’s earliest conflict, explained trial attorney Blumenthal. Col. Johnson is the author of the newly released book, “Scars and Strife.” Virginia said, “I made Mark give me a pre-release copy of the book and I can tell you it

The Rev. Jannet Guzman from the Loma Linda Veterans Affairs opened the event with an invocation followed by the Patriot Guards riding in on their motorcycles to present the colors. Linda Greilich of Golden Era Productions sang the National Anthem.

The first honoree was Theresa Seaton, now 94, who served in the Army Air Corps from 1949 to 1954. She is a member of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians and has been a cast member of the Ramona Pageant since 1940.

The second honoree was Barbara Barron, a retired Army veteran of 26 years. She was the President of the Federal Employee Women Adelphi Chapter in Maryland.

Dr. Stephanie Bruce was the third honoree. She served in the Army for over seven years which included Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield. She went on to create the nonprofit, Black Voices of the Valley.

Martha Sylvia Zaragoza, the fourth honoree, now gives more than 70 hours a week to service

interest. Peon games began at dusk and lasted well into the night. The pool and playground were also open and children enjoyed both throughout the event that occurred during a day of sunny and warm temperatures. Soboba Tribal Preschool students earned much-deserved applause and smiles from the crowd as they performed three songs they have learned. One about colors was in the Luiseño language.

Sitting under one of the ramadas constructed with help from Noli Indian School students and enjoying a nice breeze, Alice Helms said that back in her grandmother ’s day they didn’t have tents and canopies to provide shade so ramadas were a necessity. Today they serve as a reminder of the cultural traditions that Tribal members know are important to continue for future generations.

veterans. She is the daughter of a WWII Veteran, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Patriot Guards. She, along with the Patriot Guards, attend funeral services every Wednesday morning at the Riverside National Cemetery for military heroes who have no families.

The fifth honoree was Ramonita Cruz who served as a Marine deployed three times to Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2018 she has worked for the Riverside County Veterans Services to assist veterans and their families.

Jackie Wayman, the sixth honoree, served in the U.S Army in Vietnam. While she may not have served in combat, she was posted as a Colonel’s driver and

bodyguard. The Colonel is quoted as saying, “You don’t need to be afraid of me, you need to be afraid of her.” She is now the President of OC Cultural Pride and an advocate for military women in pursuit of holistic healing.

The last honoree was Arlene Jackson, founder and CEO of Restoring Hope Community Services in Perris, which for more than 16 years has been caring for veterans. She created a 14-bed shelter for homeless veterans on her own.

The honorees were handed certificates and acknowledged by Hemet City Councilwoman Linda Krupa, State Senator Richard Roth’s office representative Altie Holcomb, State Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh’s Office representa-

Valley-Wide Aquatic Center to open June 15

HEMET - Swim season at Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District’s Diamond Valley Aquatic Center in Hemet will begin Saturday, June 15. The pool, near Diamond Valley Lake, will offer open swimming daily as well as a number of other activities.

Weekday hours will be Monday to Thursday, 2:30 to 5 p.m. The cost is $5 per person, $4 for age 55+ and veterans, $2 age 2 and younger. Weekend hours will be Friday to Sunday, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Price $9 per person, $8 for age 55+ and veterans, $2 age 2 and younger.

Registration for group and private swim lessons, junior lifeguard

and water polo classes are taken at the pool, 1801 Angler Ave., Hemet. Due to the popularity of the lessons, additional sessions have been added, although most morning sessions are full. Classes are for ages 4 to adult. Tot classes are 5 and younger with a parent. Swim lessons sessions are June 17-27; July 8-18 and July 22-Aug. 1. Classes are Monday-Thursday and last 30 minutes. Daily sessions begin at 9 a.m., 9:35 a.m., 10:10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:12 p.m., 12:50 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. The cost is $70 per child ($45 per tot class). Junior Lifeguard classes will be from 11:20 a.m. to noon June 17-27. The cost is $70 per child.

Junior lifeguard is for children 10 to 14 who already know how to swim. Advanced Swimming class will be from 11:20 a.m. to noon July 8-18. The cost is $70 per child. Water Polo classes for ages 10 to 15 will be from 11:20 a.m. to noon July 22-Aug. 1. The cost is $70 per child. Come Swim with Me for toddlers will be from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays June 21 and 28, July 5, 12, 19 and 26. $9 per family of 3, additional members are $3 each.

Come Swim with Me for families with special needs, will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays June 29, July 13 and 27. $9 per

family of 3, additional members are $3 each. AM Family Swim will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays June 22 and July 6, 20 and Aug. 3. $9 per family of 3, additional members are $3 each. Lap Swim will be from 11 a.m. to noon each Sunday starting June 16. $2 per person. To better serve visitors, ValleyWide is upgrading the tot area of the pool. A new play structure will be installed in time for the 2025 swim season. The pool is at 1801 Angler Ave. in Hemet. For more information call 951-929-0047 or visit

tive William Boyd, the president of Hemet Rotary Dalida Jaafar, and Michael McGuinness of Veterans Circle of Friends.

In addition, certificates were sent in and presented from the offices of the U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, Congressman Raul Ruiz, Congressman Mark Takano, County Supervisor Yxstian Gutierrez and the City of San Jacinto.

At the end of the ceremony, Martha Sylvia Zaragoza gave each honoree a special beaded keepsake to personally thank them. This article was written by Valley News staff writer Tony Ault in cooperation with Golden Era studios.

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Dancers in their colorful bird skirts join Larry Hammond and the Mojave Bird Singers, Ft. Mojave on May 18 fiesta at the Soboba Sports Complex. At left, Tashina Miranda Ornelas, Culture Department Coordinator/Instructor at Noli Indian School, works with fellow basket weavers at the Soboba Fiesta. Valley News/Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians photos Beernuts’ team member Andy Silvas slugs it out during the one-pitch softball tournament where 16 teams competed on two fields at the Soboba Sports Complex.
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FIESTA Soboba TANF staff members are among many other departments that collaborated to bring the Soboba The Patriot Guards present the colors at the opening of the event honoring women veterans. Valley News/Courtesy photos In the front row, from left, veteran Barbara Barron, Hemet City Councilwoman Linda Krupa, veteran Theresa Seaton, and emcee Virginia Blumenthal. In the back row, from left, Michael McGuinness of Veterans Circle of Friends, the representative from State Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh’s office William Boyd, President of the Rotary Club of Hemet Dalida Jaafar, veteran Ramonita Cruz, veteran Jackie Wayman, Arlene Jackson, veteran Stephanie Bruce, Martha Sylvia Zaragoza, the Honorable Mark Johnson, and the representative of State Senator Richard Roth’s office Altie Holcomb.
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1801 Angler Avenue in Hemet. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Just 4 Kids Fishing Derby

B-1 Valley News • • June 7, 2024 Volume 24, Issue 23 B Section June 7– 13, 2024 ENTERTAINMENT
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John Rodrigues Jr., 5, fishes from the levee at Lake Elsinore during the Just 4 Kids Fishing Derby, June 1. Valley News/Shane Gibson photos Levi Davis, 5, concentrates on catching a fish at the levee during the Lake Elsinore Just 4 Kids Fishing Derby. Children attempt to catch fish during the Lake Elsinore Just 4 Kids Fishing Derby. Brothers from left Trey Cardenas, 9, CJ, 5, and Michael, 5, together attempt to catch fish during the Lake Elsinore Just 4 Kids Fishing Derby. Brian Blumenshine helps his daughter Parker, 4, cast bait during the Lake Elsinore Just 4 Kids Fishing Derby. [Left] Children of all ages attempt to catch fish during the Lake Elsinore Just 4 Kids Fishing Derby. [Right] Children of all ages try to catch fish during the Lake Elsinore Just 4 Kids Fishing Derby.


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June 7 – 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 TemeculaCA. gov/Classes or contact Temecula Community Services Department, 951-694-6480.

June 11 – 7:30-9 a.m. Tuesdays. Free summer golf lessons for children at the Golden Era Golf Course in San Jacinto. Sponsored by Grandfathers for Golf, a 501( c) (3) nonprofit organization. Contact President Tony Viola, Grandfathers for Golf at 909-754-4148, or online at signup before June 12.

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. ValleyWide Recreation also has many children’s activities. Please visit


June 7-9 – Family Fun Fest and Carnival at the Outlets at Lake Elsinore at 17600 Collier Ave. For all ages. Games and entertainment.

June 8 – 5-7 p.m. Juneteenth Celebration Concert being presented at the Temecula Amphitheater in the Temecula Community Recreation Center, 30875 Rancho Vista Road. Connect with others through song and dance. Bring lawn chairs, blankets. Food vendors available.

June 8-9 – 7:30 p.m. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma playing at the Temecula Community Theater, Main Street, Old Town Temecula. Presented by the Temecula Valley Players. Tickets $26 to $30 with discounts for students, military, children under 5 and seniors. See or call 866-653-8696.

June 10 – 3 p.m. Murrieta

Arts Council auditions for artists and bands for the second annual MAC Music Fest at the Alleyway, 24810 Washington Ave., Murrieta. BYO instruments. Sound system provided.

June 15 – 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Menifee Juneteenth Celebration at the Mt. San Jacinto College Menifee Campus, 28237 La Piedra Road, Menifee. Free. Vendors, entertainment.

June 15 – 2 p.m. 53rd Father’s Day Car Show at Murrieta’s California Oaks Sports Park, 40600 California Oaks Road, Murrieta. Classic, antique, sports and hot rods parked on the field. Vendors. Free admission. 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,

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 events@

June 22-23 – 1 p.m. 4th annual Old Town Music Festival presented by the Newman Hospitality Group is now to be held at the Murrieta Town Center Amphitheater in Murrieta. Top country stars. Tickets, information and prices at www.OldTownMusic

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.

ONGOING – Riverside Transportation Commission is offering Park and Ride lots to connect with carpools, vanpools and transit sys-

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tems 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.


June 7 – 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 to be considered for a Swim Lesson Scholarship. For more information, please contact the Class Hotline at 951-694-6480, or email

June 7 – 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 TemeculaCA. gov/Classes. Questions? Call the Class Hotline at 951-694-6480 or email Follow @TemeculaParksAndRec on social media. June 7 – 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 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 MurrietaCA. gov/classes.

June 15 – 12-2 p.m. Military

Care Packing event for MilVet at the Diamond Taproom, 500 Diamond Drive in Lake Elsinore. Pack military care packages with Storm staff and players. RSVP required.

June 15 – 7 p.m. “Twisted Gypsy” is a tribute to Fleetwood Mac at the Historic Hemet Theater, 216 E. Florida Ave., Hemet. $30 and up.

June 25 – Noon-2 p.m. MilVet hosting a packing of military care packages with Elsinore Storm staff and players in collaboration with ThunderCares, the charitable arm of Storm Baseball. RSVP is required. Contact www.milvet. org/storm24.

June 22-23 – 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Lee DeForest Amateur Radio Club presents a HAM radio field day in McSweeny Park in the South Village Loop in Hemet. Part of the American Ham Radio Summer Field Day event. Free.

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 tvgs.

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 perma-

nent 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 Veterans 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 drop-off locations and packaging locations, visit www. 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@gmail. com 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 833-349-2054.

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

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

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

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JDS announces upcoming camps, classes and programs

JDS Creative Academy is preparing for a new season of innovation and learning. With its unique su mmer camp experience, 10th Anniversary celebration, and the commencement of fall classes, the studio will be jam-packed with creative programs for everyone to enjoy.

After the success of their Spring Showcase production of The Wizard of Oz, JDS Creative Academy’s v isual and performing arts programs have now switched gears to focus on their highly-anticipated summer camp. For ages 10 and up, the two-week program invites campers to participate in an exciting and engaging hands-on summer camp that unfolds into a fantastic performance.

The summer camp will take place Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campers bring their lunch and JDSCA provides a creative afternoon summer snack and beverage. The fun starts June 17 and goes through June 28. There are scholarships available. The camp is limited to 20 people, so make sure you sign up now at

By the end of August, semester classes are back in session. JDS Creative Academy has a variety of unique courses for the fall season to foster your creativity. From screenwriting and filmmaking to backstage production and musical theater, there is something for e veryone. JDSCA is excited to announce that this year’s Winter Showcase production will be The Addams Family, which will pair nicely with the JDSCA annual Haunted Studio event. Our yearround acting classes through JDS Actors Studio have open enrollment year-round and you can check out a class for free to ensure it’s a good fit.

JDS Creative Academy’s 10thanniversary celebration and its ribbon cutting are quickly approaching. Save the date for Aug. 8 . For 10 years, the nonprofit’s mission has been to advance education, training, and opportunities in visual, performing, and digital arts. Through our interactive classes, we are proud to build confidence, encourage creativity, promote inclusion, and provide a safe environment for everyone to express themselves.

For those interested in learning m ore about the ins and outs of

breaking into the industry, join the JDS Actors Studio’s Industry Showcase. The program led by Scott and Diane Strand meets every Wednesday for 4-weeks beginning on Aug. 28 and concluding on September 18th, from 6-8 p.m. Then, they showcase their work to SAG Franchised Agents and Industry Professionals on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $325 and includes the Strands’ Best Selling Book, Show Business: Breaking Into the Industry as an Actor. Sign-ups are open now at Take advantage of this great opportunity to elevate your career to the next level.

About JDS Creative Academy JDS Creative Academy is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Temecula, California, and hosts DigiFest Temecula. The organization is dedicated to inspiring, educating, and enhancing achievement in video production and workforce development. With a focus on visual, performing, and digital arts, JDS Creative Academy offers programs for mainstream and diverse populations to foster an inclusive environment. For more information, visit or call JDS Studio at (951) 296-6715.

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Keep our shelves stocked! Please help with food or donations from your groves, gardens, or pantry. OR DONATE ONLINE AT WWW.FALLBROOKFOODPANTRY.ORG 140 N. Brandon Rd., Fallbrook, CA 92028 760.728.7608 Because when you’re hungry, nothing else matters! Donation Suggestions: Donate fresh food from your trees and gardens, canned and frozen foods, fruits and vegetables. Low-sugar, low-sodium foods, pasta, rice, beans, meats, cereals, oats, shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, diapers, baby bood, etc. For safe handling purposes Fallbrook Food Pantry does not accept donations in glass containers. 92% OF DONATIONS GO DIRECTLY TO PROVIDING FOOD
The Spring Showcase presented a successful production of The Wizard of Oz. Valley News/Courtesy photos
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Movie review ‘The Garfield Movie’

“Garfield and Friends,” based on comic strips by Jim Davis, was one of my favorite cartoons growing up. With all due respect to the show’s talented writers and other voice actors, the best thing about the show was Lorenzo Music’s performance as the title tabby. Music’s voice, which somehow always sounded like a yawn, was the perfect fit for a character that spent every waking moment wishing he wasn’t awake. Yes, Garfield would engage in frenzied eating, especially of lasagna, but that was mostly handled with whooshing noises from the sound effects team. Otherwise, Garfield, with Music’s voice, was the personification (catification?) of laziness.

I take this moment to applaud Music as Garfield because I have nothing but negative things to say about Chris Pratt as the character in “The Garfield Movie.” The guy just doesn’t have it in him to sound

that lazy. It’s not like he doesn’t have experience playing lazy. He was always something of a slacker as Star-Lord and his “Parks and Recreation” character spent most of the first season milking an injury. But here, he always sounds like he’s up for an adventure. The movie around him isn’t much of a winner anyway, but it’s already off on the wrong paw when Garfield doesn’t sound like Garfield.

The story opens with a glimpse into Garfield’s days as a kitten, when he was left in an alley by his father Vic (Samuel L. Jackson) and found his way to Jon (Nicholas Hoult), his doormat of an owner.

The household soon adds loyal dog Odie (Harvey Guillen, limited to dog noises) and the pets live in sedentary luxury. Of course, something has to happen to keep Garfield from enjoying complacency, and one night he finds himself cat-napped, as opposed to indulging in a cat nap. He and Odie are brought to a hideout where they meet the long-absent Vic. But Vic

Temecula’s 2024 Summer Concert series announces new location

TEMECULA – Temecula’s Summer Concert Series is back and in a new location. This free Concert Series begins on Thursday, June 20, and will run through Thursday, July 25, with an amazing line-up of talented bands. Please join the City of Temecula Community Services Department on select Thursdays at 7 p.m. at our new location Temecula’s Civic Center Quad, 41000 Main Street. It is sure to be a rockin’ good time. Remember to bring your blankets and lawn chairs. In addition to the Concert Series, select nights will feature the Temecula Sunset Market. Beginning on Thursday, June 13, the Sunset Market will take place on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 5 to 9 p.m.You can experience the gourmet food court and handcrafted vendors at the Market before and during summer concerts on June 27, July 11 and July 25.

June 20 will feature music by Beatles tribute group Britain’s Finest. June 27 will have pop/ soul duo Fresh Play performing. July 11 will feature Tony Suraci with a tribute to The Highwaymen. July 18 will have music from the sixties and today, performed by The Tokens. And July 25 will feature Journey tribute band Classic Journey. June 20 and July 18 concerts will not coincide with a night market.

Temecula Mayor James “Stew” Stewart commented, “Cruise on over and join us in our new location in front of City Hall where you’ll have plenty of room to dance along to all your favorite oldies and popular hits from today! Be sure to bring the whole family down to enjoy hot summer nights on Thursdays in Old Town – we’ll see you here!” Submitted by Temecula Community Services Department.

isn’t their captor, he’s very much on a short leash himself.

The operation is actually headed by feline crime boss Jinx (Hannah Waddingham) and her hench-cats Roland (Brett Goldstein) and Nolan (Bowen Yang). She has a vendetta against Vic for abandoning her during a milk heist at a farm (sadly not Jim Davis’s “U.S. Acres,” though I would have loved that crossover) years earlier. But Vic can repay his debt if he, Garfield, and Odie can pull off the same heist now, with the farm having stronger security. The three reluctantly take on the assignment, even though Garfield and Odie are pampered housepets and Garfield and Vic’s relationship is sorely strained.

The rest of the movie is an adventure-comedy that could be filled by characters from any franchise with a spoiled lead lacking in skills and street smarts. The only thing that makes it recognizable as “Garfield” is that Odie, to the movie’s credit, is as awesome as

ever with his ingenuity and unwavering friendship. A few physical gags work, and there are some scene-stealing moments from the villains and a bull voiced by Ving Rhames (I took twisted delight in the very idea of the Arby’s pitchman voicing future roast beef). But every time there’s a string of solid gags or decent action, the miscast Pratt will open his mouth and I’ll be reminded that this movie has a major flaw at a fundamental level.

“The Garfield Movie” is mostly middling, brought down by how much Pratt pales in comparison to Lorenzo Music. At least it has the decency to be wholly animated, as opposed to the Bill Murray movies where the environment was live-action and Garfield was a CGI abomination. The new movie is never “that” painful, but it doesn’t strike me as anyone’s best work either. I guess what I’m saying is that this movie, while it could have been worse, is lazy – and not in a way that’s on-brand for Garfield.

Grade: C-

Menifee’s Park After Dark series offers summer fun for the whole family

MENIFEE – The City of Menifee is excited to invite the community to experience the “Park After Dark” series offering free movies, live music, family-friendly activities, and more this summer season.

Menifee Moonlight Markets

Bring your friends and family for a free, fun Friday night filled with themed activities, a live concert, and local craft and food vendors. Each market will feature a unique theme and musical performance.

The upcoming June 14 Market will be “Around the World” theme and feature El Pachuco Band.

Movies in the Park/Go Skate Day

Movies in the Park start at 7 p.m. and are free to all ages. Bring a blanket or chairs and enjoy popular new flicks under the stars. The community will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite movie and voting will close one week before each event. To vote for the movie, please visit http://www.cityofm-

The upcoming dates are Friday, June 21 at Audie Murphy Ranch Sports Park located at 30376 Lone Pine Dr. and Friday, July 19 at Underwood Park located at 28251 Rouse Road.

This year, Go Skate Day will be held in coordination with the Movies in the Park on Friday, June 21 at the Audie Murphy Ranch Skate Park. Free skating will be available at the skate park from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Food vendors will be onsite from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the movie starting at dusk.

Family Camp Out

Residents are invited to enjoy a fun overnight camping experience at Lazy Creek Park, 26480 Lazy Creek Road, on Friday, July 12 starting at 4 p.m. The whole family can enjoy a scavenger hunt, family competitions, picnic games, a family-friendly movie, and a nighttime campfire with s’mores. Dinner and breakfast will be provided. Space

is limited and tickets are required for participants ages 4 and up. The cost is $15 per resident and $18 for non-residents. Register at www.

Shakespeare in Sun City

Join us for the final Park After Dark event on Friday, July 26 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Sun City Civic Association Amphitheater, 26850 Sun City Blvd. The Full Circle Players will perform William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Full of magic and sorcery, The Tempest was one of the last plays written by Shakespeare and introduced several common phrases used today including “into thin air” and “brave new world.” This free event will also include pre-show live entertainment, food vendors, and art displays. For more information about the “Park After Dark” series, or any future special events, visit www. , email, or call (951) 723-3880.

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The Garfield Movie. Valley News/Courtesy photo “The Garfield Movie” is rated PG for action/peril and mild thematic elements. Its running time is 101 minutes. Contact Bob Garver at rrg251@


Menifee’s Got Talent a hit at Liberty High School May 31

The annual Menifee’s Got Talent show featured more than 20 highly talented youngsters to adults who won the praises and applause well deserved for their hard work in the performing arts Friday, May 31.

Attendees gathered at the new Liberty High School Theater and were more than surprised at the talent of neighbors and friends that has taken some of these artists to perform nationally and worldwide. Dr. Jonathan Greenburg, a patron from the sponsoring Arts Council Menifee, read the introductions of the talented singers, musicians, actors and dancers.

Among those, he introduced 13-year-old Alicia Rinaldi, a classical singer who has appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York and sings in seven different languages; Victor Alexeeff, a musical prodigy who plays piano and writes scores for film and television; and most surprising, Menifee Council Member Bob Karwin, a guitarist and singer who has albums of his original music and has played from Key West, Florida to Dublin, Ireland.

Rinaldi sang the stirring “O Mio Babbino Caro” by Gianni Schicchi in Italian. Alexeeff on his piano played Rachmaninoff’s “EtudeTableaux” while Karwin sang out his own song “Sequel” in his summer attire.

Among the other notable singers and musicians were returning MGT local star Jason White dressed as Willy Wonka from movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory throwing out hard candies to the audience; 15 year-old Kathryn D’Costa who sang her own original song, “The Art of Living”; 12 year-old Camden Brown, a theater actor acting and singing “My Petersburg” from the musical “Anastasia”; Joseph A. Luna, a winner of national competitions, sang “Great Balls of Fire” almost tempting members of the audience to dance; 8th grader Saqueen Ghimire from Menifee Middle School sang Adam Schlesinger’s “Way Back Into Love”; and Naomi Aguilar, from the Texas Roadhouse who sang Alicia Keys touching song “Falling.”

The exciting and colorful dance group The House of Donle and The Trainees of Donle put on a very athletic hip hop performances and the Menifee Ballet Folklorico danced to “Las Pitayas” in their colorful costumes.

Other notable performances included John Anderson a classical pianist who played “Beethoven’s 5th”; Chy’anne Smock who lives with autism performed “Pie Jesu” from Gabriel Faure’s complex “Requiem”; Barbara Shawcroft who played Ray Henderson’s “Five Foot Two” on piano, a favorite of her late husband; The duo Andrea and Monica Carli know as Echo of Red singing and on saxophone played the favorite “Besame Mucho.”

Rick Hildebrandt, a popular local country artist with his guitar sang the “Workin’ Man Blues”; Classical Guitarist Ezekiel Rivera on his acoustic guitar played “Beyond the Blue Sky” by Hirokazu Sato; 16 year-old singer-songwriter Daniella Moroz performed “Wondering” by Olivia Rodrigo’; Ivelisse Jamison sang the melodic song “At Last”; Chloe Deschepper sang “Adam’s Ribs”; well-known local singer Anahi Rodriguez sang JVKE’s “Golden Hour”; and Aryana Campos sang Linda

Rondstadt’s “La Cigarra.” Arts Council president Colleen Ackerman welcomed the Menifee artists on their arrival and later praised their individual and singular performances that brought clapping and cheers from the audience attending. She thanked Perris High School District Grant Bennett for supporting the Arts Council and the use of the Liberty High School Theater. Real estate agent Jennifer Wentz provided the event’s intermission water and snacks. Brookfield Residential along with The 9th Shield were sponsors of the night’s event. Menifee Mayor Bill Zimmerman and his wife Julie Zimmerman, MGT committee member, were on hand to greet guests and the talented artists.

Also on hand was Ricky Estrada from the Menifee City Council. Many other members of the Arts Council and community leaders were present for this year’s MGT show. The Arts Council Menifee is a nonprofit cultural and educational agency with more than 100 patrons dedicated to supporting visual, musical, theater, dance, literary and culinary arts.

The night’s MGT program is online at www.artscouncimenifee. org . Joseph Williams Assistant Superintendent of Innovations and Technology and the Drama Club of Liberty High School directed his students helping on stage and in the theater.

Tony Ault can be reached at

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Menifee’s Got Talent return star Jason White plays Willy Wonka from the show Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory singing “Pure Imagination” during the opening of the annual show at the Liberty High School Theater May 31 in Winchester. Valley News/Tony Ault photos Chy’anne Smock sings the opera song “Pie Jesu ‘’ from the Requiem at the Menifee’s Got Talent show. Ivelisse Jamison sings “At Last” the Mike Gorden/Harry Warren song at the MGT show presented by the Arts Council Menifee at Liberty High School. 10-year-old Joseph A. Luna, a winner of national competitions, sings Jerry Lewis’s “Great Balls of Fire” at the Menifee’s Got Talent show. Alicia Rinaldi, 13, sings the classic “O Mio Babbino Caro” by Gianni Schicchi in Italian showing one of 7 languages she can sing in at the Menifee’s Got Talent show. Ezekiel Rivera, classical jazz acoustic guitarist shows off his fine fingering talents playing “Beyond the Blue Sky” by Hirokazu Sato at Menifee’s Got Talent. Menifee Council Member Bob Karwin is last but not least in the Menifee’s Got Talent show ending as he sings one of his own original pieces, “Sequel.” The Ballet Folkorico of Menifee groups joyfully dances to the music of “Las Pitayas” at the Menifee’s Got Talent event. The House of Donle dance troupe puts on a very active hip hop dance routine during the Menifee’s Got Talent show. Fifteen year-old Kathryn D’Costa shows off her amazing talent playing and singing one of her own songs, “The Art of Living." Young showman Camden Brown, 12, recites and sings a piece from “My Petersburg” by Derek Klena

Take a car seat safety refresher for summer vacations

Bradley Jacoby, DO, chief of pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente Riverside, says, “This is a good time to take a refresher on car seat safety.” One of the leading causes of preventable injuries or death among toddlers is the “improper use of a child seat during a crash.”

According to Kaiser Permanente, “up to 70% of new parents are not properly securing their kids in a car seat.” Dr. Jacoby says, “Here in California, the law is rearfacing-only seats until 2 years old, or if the child is over 40 pounds or over 40 inches, then they’re allowed to switch direction” and face the front of the vehicle.

Current estimates of child restraint effectiveness indicate that child safety seats reduce the risk of injury by 71% to 82% and reduce the risk of death by 28% when

The best clean, effective sunscreens

Protecting our skin is just as important as protecting our internal and mental health.

Which products are on my current and favorite clean sunscreen list?

We’ll get to that soon. First, let’s talk basics.

What is clean sunscreen?

In my opinion, it’s a brand that cares and values human health and the planet.

The ingredients are transparent, easy to understand (no dictionary needed), has minimal ingredients, and does not harm your body. The assumption is many non-clean brands are toxic and offer a double whammy approach: having a negative impact on your body and health and simultaneously causing more problems down the road. The brands that just keep giving, but not in the ideal way.

Why should you care about sunscreen ingredients?

First off, it’s something you can’t avoid.

Exposure to ultraviolet radiation “is an issue concerning the entire life span.”*


CALIFORNIA - As parents, we love sharing precious moments of our children’s lives with loved ones.

However, the practice of “sharenting” – sharing photos and personal details of our kids on social media – comes with potential dangers that we must be aware of.

Trevor Cooke, Privacy Expert at EarthWeb, says that while the desire to share precious moments with loved ones is understandable, it’s crucial to recognize the potential risks associated with oversharing on the internet.

Permanence of online media

Once a photo or personal information is posted online, it becomes virtually impossible to remove it entirely.

Cooke says, “Even if you delete the content from your accounts, it may have already been shared, cached, or archived elsewhere, leaving a permanent digital footprint that could potentially resurface in the future.’

This permanence means that

Second, the sun is mighty powerful and causes destruction. Sunlight has damaging effects on skin. “Upon light exposure, a cascade of photo-induced chemical and biological reactions take place in the target issue.”*

What are the top 3 skin health conditions?

#1 – Sunburn

#2 – Photodamage #3 – Skin cancer

This all sums up why I believe in clean ingredients in sunscreen and why I made the change. Will you make the change? Your skin health may depend on it. There’s no better time to talk about sun protection than now.

Spring break has concluded, summer is nearing, and outdoor picnics and beach days are on many individuals’ upcoming weekend plans. No matter where you live in the world – your skin health matters. It’s not too late to make skincare a priority. For skin’s sake – take care of it!

When I travel to tropical islands, near the coastline locally, or am just heading out to the park with four-legged pups, I apply clean sunscreen!

Which are my top picks for clean sunscreens?

1. Unsun full coverage hydrating mineral sunscreen lotion (SPF 30)

Why I love Unsun:

Luxurious feel

Fragrance free

Protects my whole body from damaging sun rays

2. Native mineral face lotion sunscreen with zinc oxide (SPF 30)

The best things about Native: Applies nice and evenly

Gives a nice natural glow to my face

Unscented and no residue once applied

All of their products are quality; I’m a fan across the board (deodorant, body wash)

3. Coola face organic sunscreen lotion – cucumber (SPF 30) Its brand focuses on sourcing organic ingredients

An effective face sunscreen

Refreshing scent

*Nutritional Protection Against Skin Damage from Sunlight, Helmut Sies and Wilhelm Stahl, 2004

a moment captured today might still be accessible decades later, potentially resurfacing in contexts that could be embarrassing or inappropriate for your child.

For example, a cute bath-time photo shared today might be seen by future employers or classmates, leading to awkward situations.

Potential embarrassment Children have little control over the content their parents share about them online. They grow and change rapidly, and what seems adorable or funny now might be a source of embarrassment in the future.

“As they grow older, they may feel embarrassed or violated by the personal information and images that were shared without their consent during their formative years,’

Cooke says.

As children mature, their sense of privacy and personal space evolves, and they might not appreciate having their younger selves displayed publicly

This can lead to feelings of re-

compared with children of similar ages in seat belts. Infants and toddlers have relatively large heads and several structural features of their neck and spine that place them at particularly high risk of head and spine injuries in motor vehicle crashes. “Rear-facing car seats provide optimal support to the head and spine in the event of a crash,” adds Dr. Jacoby.

When children using rear-facing-only seats reach the highest weight for their seat, they should continue to ride rear-facing in a convertible seat for as long as possible. Most currently available convertible seats can be used rearfacing to at least 40 pounds. Car safety seats are most effective when used properly. Child passenger safety technicians can help you install your child’s seat correctly. If you have further questions, check in with your pediatrician.

Submitted by Kaiser Permanente.

With clean sunscreens, the list of ingredients is transparent, easy to understand (no dictionary needed), have minimal ingredients, and do not harm your body.

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sentment towards parents for not respecting their privacy and can impact their social interactions and self-esteem.

Unwanted harassment

Posting photos of your children can inadvertently expose them to unwanted attention and harassment. This can come from online trolls who derive pleasure from making hurtful comments, or worse, individuals with malicious intent.

Even innocent pictures can attract negative remarks or cyberbullying, which can be distressing for both the child and the parents.

Cooke notes, “Sharing too much personal information about your child online can also make them vulnerable to online predators, cyberbullies, or other malicious individuals who may use the information for nefarious purposes.’

Sharing with unwanted third parties

Many social media platforms and apps have complex privacy policies and data-sharing agreements.

“The personal information and

photos you share may be accessed, used, or even sold to third parties without your knowledge or consent,” Cooke says. When you post photos online, you might also unintentionally share more information than you realize. Geotagging features can reveal your home address or regular locations, and even seemingly harmless details can be pieced together by those with ill intent. This can lead to a breach of privacy and, in extreme cases, can pose safety risks for your child.

Trevor Cooke’s 5 tips safe sharing practices

To strike a balance between sharing and protecting your child’s privacy, Cooke recommends the following tips:

Limit Personal Information: Avoid sharing your child’s full name, birthdate, address, or other identifying details that could be used to locate or identify them.

Adjust Privacy Settings: Review and adjust the privacy settings on your social media accounts to control who can see the content you

share about your child. Ask for Consent: As your child grows older, involve them in the decision-making process and seek their consent before sharing personal information or photos online.

Consider a Private Sharing Platform: Instead of public social media, explore private sharing platforms or cloud storage options that allow you to share photos and updates with a limited, trusted audience.

Be Mindful of Context: Even seemingly innocent photos or anecdotes can be misinterpreted or used in harmful ways when taken out of context.

“Sharenting is a modern parenting phenomenon that requires careful consideration and responsible decision-making,’ says Cooke. “By being mindful of the potential risks and implementing safe sharing practices, you can protect your child’s digital footprint while still cherishing and sharing the joys of parenthood.’

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Suite Modular: Pioneering sustainable luxury in home design

Piercy Robinson, a local entrepreneur and visionary, is transforming the landscape of home construction with Suite Modular, a design, construction, and consulting firm focused on environmentally conscious and uniquely crafted housing solutions, including Additional Dwelling Units (ADUs).

After high school, Piercy graduated from the College of Innovation and Design at Boise State University. She then took her passion for design and sustainability and founded Suite Modular in 2020. Suite Modular stands out for its commitment to sustainability and innovation in every aspect of its operations. She channeled her passions into a company that delivers not just homes but a lifestyle centered around leading-edge building practices.

“I wanted to create homes that marry aesthetics with functionality, all while reducing our environmental impact,” Piercy shares, reflecting on her motivation behind starting Suite Modular.

What sets Suite Modular apart are its designs—a harmonious blend of European elegance and

cutting-edge technology. Piercy describes the homes as akin to “stick-built homes” in their permanence and structural integrity but assembled with incredible efficiency. “We eliminate thermal bridges and control airflow meticulously,” Piercy explains. “Our homes feature heat pumps and ventilation systems designed for optimal air quality and climate control, which can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 80%—a significant advantage, especially in California.”

The designs themselves draw inspiration from traditional craftsmanship, reminiscent of luxury coach craft found in high-end vehicles. Piercy incorporates materials like visual and structural grade aluminum, steel, carbon fiber, sandstone, limestone, and teak finish carpentry, resulting in homes that are both visually striking and structurally sound.

Suite Modular offers a fullservice experience, handling everything from permitting to design and construction.Clients have the option to choose from this full service offering or purchase the panelized kits separately, based on their preferences. The company’s commitment to compliance with

local building codes ensures that each structure is not only innovative but also 100% code-compliant a nd tailored to its specific site jurisdiction.

One of Suite Modular’s key innovations lies in its use of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), whi ch integrate insulation and structural support into a single component. This approach not only improves energy efficiency but also streamlines construction, enhancing both durability and comfort for homeowners.

“Our homes attract individuals who value sustainability and crave a living space that reflects their values,” Piercy notes. “Whether it’s a standalone house or an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), we offer designs that resonate with those who appreciate forward-thinking building practices.”

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Rose Care FUNdamentals June, 2024

Frank Brines, ARS Master Rosarian Special to Valley News

It was a wetter than “normal” winter, influenced by the El Niño (warmer waters in the western Pacific). That extra rainfall recharged the soil, aquifers, and reservoirs, setting us up for great growing conditions this year. The long range expectation is for El Niño to weaken and to transition to La Niña conditions, increasing the likelihood of drier conditions for us this coming winter

But June is upon us and we must still be watchful to efficiently manage the amount of water we apply in our gardens while keeping our plants safe from heat damage and water stress. The strategies I will discuss here are:

Delivering water efficiently Keeping water in the soil using mulch

Allowing your roses a summer dormancy period

Delivering Water Efficiently: Installing the most efficient delivery system is one method to save (conserve) water. Learning your garden’s soil type will help you make a decision on which systems work best and how much water to deliver at any one time. (Growing in pots is another story!) Sadly, now that your roses are fully leafed out and dominating your garden, it’s difficult to install a new system! Best to do it right after the major pruning in late winter and early spring.

Typical mature, full-size hybrid teas in Southern California require about 6-9 gallons of water a week in moderate temperatures (i.e., 70s). As temperatures rise into the 80s, they require about 9 gallons per week. In the 90s, about 12+ gallons. A rose can stay alive on considerably less, but they may come through the experience debilitated.

Drip systems are the most efficient way to deliver water because they don’t produce a spray that can be carried away by the breeze, and they deliver water slowly so it soaks deep rather than running off. If you have a drip system, be sure it’s in good shape before you cover it with mulch! Open each irrigation valve one at a time and repair leaks.

I like Netafim products for their integrated pressure-regulating emitters that can even be buried beneath soil or mulch. They offer a range of options for emitter spacing and flow rates. Find the information at

To estimate how long to run each

not remove sunburned leaves

cane which can be damaged or killed by

system, multiply the number of emitters by their delivery rate (e.g., 1 gallon/hour), then divide by the number of roses. For example: if you have 40 emitters, each delivering 1 gal/hr, you deliver 40 gallons per hour. If you have 10 roses, that’s 4 gallons per rose. To deliver 12 gallons per week, run for one hour three times a week.

This should work well in a typical loam soil. You want the water to soak down at least 12” for optimal rose health. A loam soil doesn’t allow water to just run through it, so irrigating for an hour at a time can be fairly efficient. On the other hand, if your soil is particularly sandy (water permeates more quickly) an hour may waste water, so run the system twice as often for half as long. You may need to make adjustments based on the performance of individual bushes.

Mulch: If you’ve read my past columns, you know that I advocate a 3” - 4” layer of mulch. Mulch moderates the soil temperatures, retains moisture and allows it to spread throughout the root zone, discourages weeds, and (over time) enriches with nutrients and bio mass. There are many materials you can use, but I recommend composted mulch.

You might experiment with a variety of material, but you’ll probably get the best results if you don’t mix them in any one garden bed. For example, some gardeners have access to pine needles. They provide a cool airy barrier and break down very slowly to impart a more acidic soil environment which makes mineral nutrients more available to plants.

Another material is any size of wood chip specifically intended as mulch; I recommend the finer cut forms. Possible drawbacks: If not

specifically manufactured for garden use—as when a neighbor has tree waste chipped up—there is the potential for matting due to fungal growth, which can make the mulch impermeable to water; also, as the wood breaks down, it tends to rob the soil of nitrogen, meaning you have to add more. I’m not an advocate for the dyed wood products. Hay presents similar problems.

Whatever material you choose, be careful to NOT apply it on or over the bud union—that’s the place where most commercially available rose varieties are grafted onto “root stock”. Leave a clear area around the base of the plant of about 12” diameter. (If you can maintain that distance, then as your composted mulch disintegrates it will not raise the soil level around the bud unions and won’t cause the lower canes send out lots of fibrous roots.) Also, keep foliage pruned to at least 8” above the mulch layer to reduce infestations from pests like spider mites.

Summer Dormancy: Allowing your roses to go dormant during the hot summer months will reduce the stress on your plants. You won’t be missing out much because when you allow roses to power through the summer, most blooms are poor quality with burned petals and leaves.

To encourage this dormancy, stop feeding established roses near the end of June but be sure to water them deeply. For your June fertilizing program I suggest using a product with higher phosphate (the middle number if product uses the three N P K system) as it helps grow roots so the plant can better cope with the water demands placed by higher summer temperatures. As blossoms fade, remove only the petals—do not deadhead

ficiency in construction, Piercy acknow ledges that permitting processes, including in areas like San Diego County, can still present challenges. However, she says it’s possible to build one of Suite Modular’s homes from start to finish in just a few days if regulatory hurdles were removed.

With sizes ranging from 400 to 1200 square feet, Suite Modular homes cater to various needs and preferences, promising a blend of luxury, sustainability, and comfort. Whether providing a panelized kit or handling the entire construction process, Piercy and her team are dedicated to delivering homes that exceed expectations.

For those interested in embracing the Suite Modular lifestyle, inquiries can be made through their website at or by reaching out via email at contact@ or phone at

them—that is, allow the “hips” to form. This discourages new growth and flower formation, thus reducing demand for water. Remove fallen leaves and discard them along with the petals into your green yard waste bin—do not compost them unless you know for certain that your compost pile reaches a sufficient temperature to kill pathogens!

(It is always a good practice to keep the garden clean in order to reduce fungal diseases and insect pests, particularly in hot dry weather.)

Do not remove sunburned leaves because they provide shade for the cane which can be damaged or killed by sunburn!

In summary, during July and August:

Do not feed

Make sure your water delivery system is operating efficiently

Apply 4” of mulch over the entire bed

Remove petals as flowers mature

Do not prune or cut back: Allow hips to form

Leave burned leaves on the plant

Potted plants will require more diligent watching, resources and attention to what they are experiencing during this period. Learn to listen to your plants and observe their reaction to the elements.

Summer Pests: Summer heat brings with it a host of diseases. This is also perfect weather for rust, the spores that form on the undersides of leaves and (as it’s name implies) looks like rust on metal. Since it begins on the lower leaves it can go undetected before you discover it is present. Remove each leaf by cutting it off close to the cane to minimize the spores falling onto other leaves and the

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As Suite Modular continues to redefine the boundaries of sustainable luxury living, Piercy Robinson remains committed to shaping a future where homes are not just structures but reflections of our values and aspirations.To this end, she also serves on the Executive Board of a nonprofit organization called Mighty Hero Homes, where she serves as the Director of Design and Development. Mighty Hero Homes seeks to eradicate veteran homelessness by building permanent, affordable housing supplemented by wraparound aid such as career training and health services. Their objective is “Homelessness 2 Homeownership” in two years from move-in. To inquire about Mighty Hero Homes, email piercy. or visit

ground. Spores on the ground can easily be splashed back upon the leaves if irrigating with other than a drip system.

Western thrips continue to be a terrible problem. These tiny insects love to get inside the blooms and suck the juice out of the petals, beginning on the outside petals, causing them to lose substance and preventing blooms from opening. Damage is easy to see on lightcolored roses: small brown spots on petals and/or edges. Open an affected blossom: Thrips look like tiny hopping fleas running around inside. Clip off and promptly dispose of infested and spent blooms, as well as litter on the ground. The dreaded Chile Thrip is even smaller and more damaging. This species attacks blooms and tender foliage. They have been detected on other plants as well. Immediately cut out distorted and bronzed new foliage, scorched and deformed buds and blooms, and fallen leaves. There are available products for treating, read the labels so you buy the product you need for the problem. I cannot endorse products here.

As if all the above isn’t enough, spider mites are a major destructive pest. They are not insects but more closely related to spiders. They are hard-to-see because they live on the underside of leaves and rasp the tissue. Left alone they can quickly defoliate a bush. Heat increases their reproduction. Look for loss of color on tender green leaves in the middle part of the leaf and purplish yellow on more mature leaves and in severe cases, webbing on the leaves. Because spider mites over-winter in soil and migrate to the undersides of the lower leaves, an infestation may often go unnoticed until significant damage has been done. A quick light brushing of the underside of the leaf with your finger will readily support your suspicions. The surface will feel like it’s covered with a fine grit. If discovered early, a strong spray of water from underneath and a water shower from above to rinse off the dislodged mites may be sufficient to correct the problem. To help prevent a complete infestation, remove all leaves within 8” - 10” of the soil surface. Doesn’t look like much work, right? Well, since you’ll be taking it easy or the summer, go visit Rose Haven, located at 30592 Jedediah Smith Road (the cross street is Cabrillo Avenue) in Temecula. Also, visit the web site,

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Valley News/Courtesy photos Do because they provide shade for the sunburn. Chili thrip damage can be treated with products found at most garden and hardware stores. Valley News/Courtesy photos Stylish Suite Modular homes can serve as a complete ADU home or as a guest house or pool house and after permitting, can possibly be finished in just a few days. Suite Modular homes range from 400 to 1200 square feet, andcater to various needs, promising a blend of luxury, sustainability, and comfort.

Menifee business owner credits the US Navy for shaping his values and life

Terry Lee Cole was born in Los Angeles in 1971. Growing up, life was difficult as his family faced many challenges. Like many youths today, he grew up without a father.

“Growing up without a male role model and wage earner, I started taking care of myself and family at an early age.

“My first real job was parking cars at 16. I did everything from mowing grass to busing tables to name a few of the ways I made money.

“When I was a teenager, even between school and work, I still found time to get into trouble,” Cole said.

Cole viewed the Navy as a means to a better life and education while being paid at the same time. “Plus, even though I was just a high school graduate when I joined, I knew I wasn’t headed in the right direction and needed more discipline and stability in my life.

“I don’t mean to sound like a walking recruit poster for the Navy. There were downsides also, but in the long run, it lived up to its promise for people like me, willing to take advantage of what was available,” he explained, adding that “between the Navy and my childhood, staying busy is a habit.”

Cole retired from the Navy in 1990 as a Senior Chief Petty Officer, and immediately went to work as a Family Representative at the Riverside National Cemetery, the country’s largest and busiest military cemetery. Initially hired as a Family Representative, Cole is currently a Contracting Agent responsible for negotiating contracts and following up on the vendors and numerous operations necessary to maintain the nearly 1,000-acre facility.

Cole said, “The Representative’s job was emotionally difficult. It involved assisting people that are hurting and in pain. Every day was

about sadness.

“Today, even as a Contract Agent, when I go home after work, I still feel the grief that’s prevalent in that environment.

“I knew I needed a distraction.

Something to keep me busy; something I could do after work and on weekends. Something that cheered m e up and relieved the stress; something new and challenging; something that felt good.

“Cleaning solar panels was my answer. It didn’t start out as a business, but as a reprieve from the residual grief that comes with the cemetery job. There are many other perks, like the company of pigeon’s’, along with no phone calls or other interruptions,” he noted.

Cole found he was having fun and actually discovered being alone and busy on roofs to be the calming and peaceful --“almost meditative experience” -- he wanted. At some point, as word and requests spread, his wife, Cori, suggested he charge for the service.

“At first, I was reluctant to charge because I was enjoying my time on roofs, but the demand kept growing. The next thing I knew, my personal escape became a parttime, paying business. My plan is to expand to full-time when I retire from the cemetery.

“Since I am a one-person company, I can keep the costs down. As my own boss and a veteran, I can provide services free to veterans such as Wounded Warriors, Gold Star Families, and nonprofits serving seniors, as well as religious institutions,” Cole stated, adding that his teenage son often helps; “but he doesn’t find the work as enjoyable as I do.

“I have to admit my initial interest in solar cleaning was not altruistic, nor had I planned to like it so much,” Cole confessed.

After receiving a $3,000 electric bill, even with the promises of solar, he decided to find a way to lower the bill. Learning that cleaning solar panels improves pro-

ductivity by 30%, he jumped onto the roof with cleaning equipment and safety gear. Soon, neighbors began asking him to climb onto their roofs.

Cole pointed out that, “Just because I enjoy solar cleaning, doesn’t mean I don’t take the job seriously, both for the customer’s benefit and my own safety.”

From the Guantanamo Terrorist Detention Base in Cuba as liaison to the commanding officer, and a Platoon Leader; anchoring tail hook jets on moving carriers; to investigating and arresting Naval criminals as a Command Investigator at Miramar; Cole also had two years of Naval communications training.

While most of his posts included serious physical and mental challenges, Cole feels that his training as a “search and seize” Master at Arms was the training that most prepared him for working safely on roofs. As a Master at Arms, he was trained to board moving vessels to engage in swat-like operations on the ship in cases where terrorists may have taken over the ship.

According to Cole, as a member of search and seizure teams, in addition to training to protect the ship by free climbing aboard, the other high-rise aspect of the duty was searching the ship’s containers without ladders.

“I think this was possibly my most difficult and dangerous duty,” Cole added.

There was exception, he noted. It was the experience of leading a platoon, guarding the most dangerous terrorists; and being instrumental in quelling a deadly riot at the Guantanamo Detention base.

“Being a member of the search and seizure teams required the most rigorous training for safety, managing safety equipment in order to board a moving naval vessel and repelling as high as 60 feet to search large manifest containers for contraband or human smuggling.

“We had to pop open contain-

ers, hanging by hooks while the ship is rocking back and forth. It took some serious training in mental and safety preparedness to access the tremendous heights of a naval vessel or containers usually stacked three stories. It takes time and experience to train your body to be in sync with the equipment, and also learning to use your body as equipment.

“You could say, I was overtrained for solar cleaning. I was Navytrained in safety measures when working at heights, and the importance of securing everything.”

Cole noted, “Accidents and mishaps are most likely to occur coming down from a roof on an unsecured ladder.

“Most of my clients are repeat customers; and in addition to the

other benefits of my solar business, I feel good about helping people reduce their electric bill. For some folks, the cost, even with solar, can become a choice between lights on or other necessities.

“Sometimes, while cleaning a roof, I am the local entertainment, as people bring out folding chairs to watch me work. Others take pictures and most ask questions, giving me the opportunity to get to know my neighbors and also educate them about solar electricity.”

Also, Navy-trained to participate in the community that is home and to make it a better place, Cole has volunteered many years as team father/coach for a number of youth sports organizations and currently serves on the Board of the Santa Rosa Academy.

Two Taiwanese green technology companies announce expansion to Menifee and Temecula

TEMECULA – PV Circonomy and EasyCycle Online, two Taiwanese green technology companies, announced plans to develop their first U.S. processing facility and office in Southwest Riverside County. EasyCycle Online has created an innovative AI-driven software that, when paired with the advanced solar panel recycling hardware of PV Circonomy, will bring a new industry to the United States.

PV Circonomy CEO Dr. Andrew Hung expressed his excitement about the announcement.

“PV Circonomy’s mission toward a circular economy will not only benefit local communities and California, but throughout the United States.

“PV Circonomy’s automated solar recycling process recovers 99% of solar panel materials without using chemicals, water, or creating high carbon emissions, which paves the way for a truly sustainable solar recycling economy.

“We chose our location in Menifee, California in part because of the concentration of the solar economy in the United States, but also due to the resources and assistance that was provided to us. It is clear that it’s a community ready

to welcome new businesses.”

TSGC is the Taiwan-based parent company of PV Circonomy.

TSGC co-founder Dr. Yaw-Shyan Fu shared more about the opportunities of this new technology.

“There are thousands of different types of solar panels in use around the world, making recycling very difficult. The collaborative efforts of our team with organizations in Asia, Europe, and the U.S., in combination with our innovative technology that utilizes AI, opens up numerous academic opportunities to improve the circularity of the solar industry.”

EasyCycle Online will initially be located at the Temecula Valley Entrepreneurs Exchange (TVE2), establishing its office location while PV Circonomy sets up its first U.S.-based processing location in Menifee. In addition to their manufacturing presence in the region, they are fostering research and development partnerships with the University of California, Riverside.

EasyCycle Online CEO Vincent Cheng elaborated on their role in this project: “EasyCycle Online represents the customerfacing software component of solar decommissioning. Our aim

is to make the process easy for both residential solar users and industrial-scale users to decommission their panels in an environmentally responsible way. The City of Temecula and the EDC have been incredibly helpful to us in establishing new roots here in California.”

Rodolfo Torres, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at the University of California, Riverside, shared his thoughts on the project: “UC Riverside, in partnership with the Economic Development Coalition and other agencies in Riverside County, will leverage our strong research foundation to innovate and collaborate with PV Circonomy and EasyCycle Online. Together, we’re accelerating green technology, fostering growth, and contributing to the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. With a focus on sustainability and innovation, our research will drive breakthroughs in renewable energy and environmental conservation. Through our SoCal OASIS initiative, UC Riverside is strongly committed to continuing collaboration with our regional partners to attract more companies to Inland Southern California.”

“California is leading the way in green technology, and we are excited to welcome both PV Circonomy and EasyCycle Online to Southern California,” said Economic Development Coalition Executive Director Connie Stopher. “The local and statewide partnerships, including the access to talent and university collaborations, were key to the success of this project. The technology they bring to the state and the U.S. will be critical as our solar infrastructure ages and we look to add more renewable energy to the grid.”

The Economic Development Coalition (EDC) works with communities in the Southwest Riverside region of Southern California to attract new businesses and grow existing industries. Green Technology is one key sector that they have strategically targeted.

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metropolitan areas, and available land opportunities near the interstate.”

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Local talent shines in 2024 NCAA Division 1 Baseball Tournament

The field of 64 teams competing for the 2024 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship got underway this past weekend, and this postseason is already shaping up to be a thrilling event. Among the numerous standouts, after combing the rosters, we found seven local players who once displayed their skills on the high school fields in Temecula, Murrieta, and Menifee. What makes this story even more special for me is that I had the privilege of coaching or coaching against these players at various stages of their journey, whether it was high school, travel ball, or even in the local Pony and middle school leagues, I could not be prouder of their success.

Highlighting local stars in the tournament Fresno State Bulldogs: Two of our local athletes recently clinched the Mountain West Championship with the Bulldogs in a thrilling 16-

11 victory over San José State ( a team that rosters Nolan George, a former Temecula Valley Golden Bear). The Bulldogs, seeded fourth in the conference tournament, won four games in three days after an initial loss to Air Force to claim their title, before heading to the Regional tournament.

Caleb Anderson, a right-handed pitcher (RHP) who transferred to Fresno State for the 2024 season, is among the local talent on the Bulldogs. Anderson, an alumnus of Paloma Valley High School, was a letter winner throughout his high school career, earning First Team All-League honors in his sophomore and junior years. Despite ending the season with an elevated 8.62 ERA and three losses, Anderson maintained a 1.53 WHIP, striking out 20 while walking nine.

Brendan Shanahan, who graduated from Great Oak High School in 2023, is another Fresno State talent. A versatile infielder, Shanahan played shortstop and earned Southwestern All-League

selections in 2022 and 2023 while with the Wolfpack. As a freshman at Fresno State, Shanahan didn’t register any stats this season, which is common for first-year players.

UC Santa Barbara Gauchos : Winners of the Big West Conference with a 26-4 record, the Gauchos finished the regular season on a 14-game win streak and an undefeated home record of 25-0. Santa Barbara had a dominant run, finishing their regular season with a 42-12 overall record and ended up hosting one of the 16 regional sites.

LeTrey McCollum, a 2021 Vista Murrieta High School graduate, was a key player for UCSB. He earned All-Southwestern League First Team honors his senior year and helped his high school team win the 2019 league title. During the regular season, McCollum hit .309 with 38 hits in 123 at-bats, starting 31 games.

Jonah Sebring, another Gaucho, graduated from Great Oak High School in 2019. After a stint at Golden West College, where he was an All-Orange Empire Conference First Team selection, Sebring transferred to UCSB. He earned All-Big West Honorable Mention in 2023 and hit .279 during the 2024 regular season with six home runs and 46 hits in 165 at-bats.

UC Irvine Anteaters: Received an at-large bid, marking their return to the national postseason for the first time since 2021. They were placed in the Corvallis Regional, hosted by Oregon State. Woody Hadeen, a redshirt junior from Temecula Valley High School, had his senior year in high school cut short due to the pandemic in 2020, but that didn’t slow him down. For UCI, Hadeen Started and played 49 games in

2022 and as a Freshman in 2021 appeared in 47 games, starting 10 games. Despite a setback due to injury last year, and not playing, Hadeen had a historic season in 2024, earning All-Big West First Team honors and broke the Anteaters single-season records with 76 runs scored and 58 walks, finishing second in conference play with a .407 batting average.

Oregon Ducks: Despite an early exit from the Pac-12 tournament, the Ducks received an at-large bid and made their fourth consecutive postseason NCAA Tournament appearance where they were No. 3 seed in the Santa Barbara Regional.

Carter Garate, a former standout from Murrieta Mesa High School, has made significant strides in the game. After earning Second Team All-Southwestern League and All-CIF honors in high school his junior year, when the Rams won their second-ever league title, he earned First Team AllSWL honors as a senior. During his time at Oregon, Garate has transitioned from shortstop to third base and during the regular season he started 55 regular season games, hitting .276 with three home runs and notched 50 hits as a sophomore.

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers: Competing in the Clemson Regional, this squad features Chaparral High School alumnus Trevor Hinkel.

Hinkel, who graduated in 2019 as a First Team All-SWL selection, also pitched for Pepperdine and Cal State Fullerton before joining Coastal Carolina. This season, he posted a 6.35 ERA over 28.1 innings, striking out 33 batters. Notably, Hadeen, McCollum, and Garate have a shared history,

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Temecula Valley’s Woody Hadeen had a historic season breaking two records with UCI and earning All-Big West First Team honors as a senior. Valley News/UC Irvine Athletics photo Former Murrieta Mesa standout, Carter Garate, was a walking highlight reel at Oregon this season where he helped the Ducks get to the NCAA Super Regional Tournament for the second straight season. Valley News/Oregon Athletics photo Murrieta’s LeTrey McCollum brings his hitting prowess from Vista Murrieta to UCSB and was a key player in the Gauchos’ impressive season. Valley News/UCSB Athletics photo
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From Paloma Valley to the Mountain West Championship, Menifee’s Caleb Anderson pitched for the Fresno State Bulldogs this season, making it to the Regional’s in Santa Barbara. Valley News/Fresno State Athletics photo

Athlete Signing Day brings excitement to Tahquitz High School

HEMET – Cheers and applause filled the air at Tahquitz High School on Tuesday, May 21, as proud families, teammates, and friends gathered to celebrate National Letter of Intent signing day. This special event marked a significant milestone for three outstanding student-athletes who will continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

The Titan’s gymnasium was abuzz with excitement as Rika Cross, Kali Velasquez, and Jaylen Renteria officially committed to their respective colleges, showcasing the hard work and dedication it takes to reach the next level.

First up was Rika Cross, who signed her letter of intent to play tennis at Gustavus Adolphus College. Known for her agility and determination on the court, Cross has been a key player for the Tahquitz Titans. Her coaches and teammates praised her commitment and perseverance, qualities that will undoubtedly serve her well in college athletics.

“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity,” Cross said. “It’s been a lot of hard work, but I’m excited to take my game to the next level and represent Gustavus Adolphus.”

Next, Kali Velasquez, a standout cheerleader, committed to Cal Poly Pomona. Velasquez’s energetic performances and leadership have made her a favorite among her peers and a vital part of the cheer squad. Her journey to Cal Poly Pomona is a testament to her dedication and passion for cheerleading.

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having played together, and against each other on local travel ball teams and in the Temecula Youth Baseball league when they were younger. Their journeys have now brought them to the national stage, where they made significant contributions to their respective teams. Their journeys from local leagues to the national stage exemplify the talent and dedication stemming from our community. McCollum and Garate even got to battle it out against each other in their final game of the NCAA Regional Tournament.

The top 16 seeds to start the tournament included Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas A&M, North Carolina, Arkansas, Clemson, Georgia, Florida State, Oklahoma, NC State, Oklahoma State, Virginia, Arizona, UC Santa Barbara, Oregon State, and East Carolina. The Southeastern Conference leads with 11 teams, followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference with eight teams. Noteworthy first-time entrants include High Point, Niagara, and Northern Kentucky.

The tournament comprises four stages:

Regionals: 64 teams compete in 16 double-elimination brackets (Friday-Monday, May 31-June 3).

Super Regionals: Winners advance to best-of-three series (Friday-Sunday, June 7-9 or Saturday-Monday, June 8-10).

Men’s College World Series: Eight winners compete in doubleelimination brackets (First day of MCWS games: Start Friday, June 14).

MCWS Finals: Two finalists play a best-of-three series to crown the champion (Saturday-Monday, June 22-23/24).

For anyone that likes trivia, USC holds the record for the most titles, with 12 NCAA championships. Rod Dedeaux, former USC coach, has 60 NCAA tournament game wins (the most in history). LSU is alone in second with titles seven after winning in 2023.

Tournament update (as of 6/3, prior to this article going to print) Santa Barbara Regional: Game 1: Oregon 5, San Diego 4 Game 2: UC Santa Barbara 9, Fresno State 6

“It’s been an incredible journey so far, and I’m looking forward to continuing it at Cal Poly Pomona,” Velasquez said. “I want to thank my coaches, family, and friends for all their support.”

Rounding out the ceremony, Jaylen Renteria signed his letter of intent to join the cheerleading team at the University of Oklahoma. Known for his dynamic routines and athleticism, Renteria has been a driving force behind the success of Tahquitz’s cheerleading program.

“It’s a dream come true to join the University of Oklahoma’s cheer team,” Renteria commented. “I’ve worked hard to get here, and I’m excited for what the future holds.”

Pride and community support

Principal Andrew Holmes expressed his pride in the student-athletes’ achievements, emphasizing the importance of supporting young talent in the community.

“Today is a celebration of hard work, dedication, and dreams coming to fruition,” Holmes said. “We are incredibly proud of Rika, Kali, and Jaylen. They are outstanding representatives of our school and community, and we wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”

As the event came to a close, the sentiment was clear: these young athletes embody the spirit and commitment of Tahquitz High School. Their achievements serve as an inspiration to current and future students.

As for the high school athletes and sports fans in Hemet, the National Letter of Intent signing day was more than just a ceremony—it was a reminder of

Game 3: San Diego 7, Fresno

State 5

Game 4: Oregon 2, UC Santa Barbara 0

Game 5: UC Santa Barbara 4, San Diego 2

Game 6: Oregon 3, UC Santa Barbara 0

With their 6-3 win over UCSB, Oregon advances to the Super Regional for the second straight time, while Fresno State and UC Santa Barbara have been eliminated. Neither Anderson nor Shanahan played for Fresno State in the tournament. Garate, McCollum, and Sebring were pivotal, delivering key performances for their teams. Garate ended the tournament going 5 for 10 with 4 RBIs, a homerun, a run scored, and a stolen base. McCollum, who got hurt in the first game of the tournament after pulling a hamstring while sliding home, still batted 5 for 7 with two doubles, a walk, and three runs scored while hobbling around the bases. Sebring, who was the final batter to strike out against Oregon in their final game, was 3 for 16 with a homerun, 2 RBIs, and two runs scored

Corvallis Regional:

Game 1: UC Irvine 13, Nicholls 12

Game 2: Oregon State 10, Tulane 4

Game 3: Tulane 3, Nicholls 0

Game 4: Oregon State 5, UC Irvine 3

Game 5: UC Irvine 17, Tulane 7

Game 6 was postponed Sunday night due to rain with UC Irvine trailing Oregon State 6-4 in the fourth inning. The game resumed midday on Monday, June 3, but the Beavers kept the Anteaters at bay, winning 11-6 to advance to the Super Regional. Hadeen was instrumental in UCI’s attack plan, going 5-for-18 with 4 walks, 5 RBIs, and 6 runs scored. While the season may be over for the Eaters, and Hadeen, the senior shortstop from Temecula should hear his name called in the upcoming MLB Draft, set to take place July 14-16 in Arlington, Texas.

Clemson Regional:

Game 1: Coastal Carolina 13, Vanderbilt 3

Game 2: Clemson 4, High Point 3

Game 3: High Point 10, Vanderbilt 9

the possibilities that hard work and determination can bring. With their sights set on the future, Rika Cross, Kali Velasquez, and Jaylen Renteria are ready to take on the challenges and opportunities that

lie ahead in their collegiate athletic careers. For more information about Tahquitz High School’s athletic programs, please contact the school’s athletic department

at (951) 765-6300 or visit

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Tahquitz high school in Hemet conducted a National Letter of Intent signing day on Tuesday, May 21, with Rika Cross, Kali Velasquez, and Jaylen Renteria committing in writing to continue their sports and athletic endeavors at the next level.
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Trevor Hinkel, a Chaparral High graduate in 2019, continued his journey on the mound at Coastal Carolina, striking out 33 batters this season. Valley News/Coastal Carolina Athletics photo
Game 4: Clemson 4, Coastal Carolina 3 Game 5: Coastal Carolina 6, High Point 5 Game 6: Clemson 12, Coastal Carolina 5 Coastal Carolina was eliminated after losing to Clemson. Hinkel pitched 1.1 innings in the final game, allowing 2 hits and 3 runs (2 earned), and took the loss. The journey of these young athletes from local high school fields to the national stage of the NCAA tournament is a testament to their dedication and talent. As the tournament progresses, we look forward to witnessing more memorable performances from players that advance. Stay tuned for further updates and join us in celebrating their achievements. Follow along with the brackets and get more information at Send any local sports updates to 24/7 at
Jonah Sebring, a 2019 graduate from Great Oak, made his mark with UCSB this past season, helping the Gauchos claim the Big West Conference title. Valley News/UCSB Athletics photo

Murrieta Mesa defeats Great Oak in semifinals, advances and wins CIF State title over Del Norte

MURRIETA – In an exhilarating showdown on Friday, May 31, the Murrieta Mesa High School softball team triumphed over their Southwestern League rivals, Great Oak, with a final score of 6-3. This marks the Rams’ fourth victory against Great Oak this season, propelling them into the final game of the Division 1 - 2024 CIF SoCal Softball Championships.

The much-anticipated final will see Murrieta Mesa face off against Del Norte Saturday, June 1.

The Rams’ Southern Section run ended three weeks ago after a crushing 13-1 defeat to Orange Lutheran in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 semifinals. Despite expectations to withdraw from the CIF State regional playoffs, the Murrieta Mesa team voted unanimously to continue their journey.

Sophomore pitcher Hauser, who struggled in the game against Orange Lutheran, made a remarkable comeback. “I did not want that game to be my final memory for this season,” she told the media, explaining why she voted to continue.

In Friday’s game, Great Oak (16-11-1) struck first. Samantha Young walked to lead off the game, advanced to second on a ground

out, and scored the first run on an error. However, Murrieta Mesa responded immediately. With the bases loaded and no outs, Danica Hobbs, Hauser, and Victoria Prado set the stage for Macy Clark to score two runs with a one-out single, giving the Rams a 2-1 lead.

Hauser further extended the lead with her ninth home run of the season, a powerful shot to center field in the third inning.

Despite Great Oak pitcher Miali Gauchino’s efforts to escape a bases-loaded situation with three consecutive strikeouts, Hauser drove in another run in the fourth inning, followed by Kenzie Farrier’s sacrifice fly, making it 5-1.

Great Oak mounted a comeback in the fifth inning, with Jocelyn James scoring on an error and Gauchino’s RBI double reducing the deficit to 5-3. However, Murrieta Mesa added an insurance run in the sixth when Hauser singled and scored her third run on Farrier’s long single off the left-field fence.

Hauser’s performance was nothing short of spectacular.

She threw a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and went 4 for 4 at the plate, including a home run. This follows her recent outing where she pitched a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts and hit a three-run homer in the CIF State Southern

Regional opener against Mater Dei.

Gauchino, Great Oak’s senior pitcher headed to Ole Miss, registered 12 strikeouts in her final high school game, demonstrating her powerful presence on the mound despite the loss.

The Rams then turned around and clinched the CIF Southern Regional Division 1 title with a commanding 8-2 victory over Del Norte on Saturday afternoon, June 1. Murrieta Mesa (28-4) set the tone early, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and continued their offensive surge in the second inning, adding three more runs to establish a solid 6-0 margin. Although Del Norte managed to get runners on base, they couldn’t deliver key hits to score runs.

Pitching was a standout factor in the game, with Lilly Hauser again delivering an exceptional performance. Hauser tossed a fourhitter and recorded 14 strikeouts, stifling Del Norte’s attempts to mount a comeback. On the offensive side, Paige Bambarger and Madison Boehm combined to drive in five runs for the Rams, fueling the team’s dominant performance.

In the seventh inning, Del Norte’s Lainey Llamas hit a home run to make the score 8-2, but it was too little too late as Murrieta

Mesa secured the championship title. This victory caps off an impressive season for the Rams, who are coming off winning four straight Southwestern League titles.

Congratulations to the Murrieta Mesa Rams on their outstanding achievement and memorable championship season!

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Murrieta Mesa Champions show off their CIF State Southern Regional championship plaque and medals. Valley News/Courtesy photos Murrieta Mesa starter Lilly Hauser goes the distance to pick up the win for the Rams. Valley News/David Canales photo Freshman Macy Clark was key to the Rams 8-2 CIF State Southern Regional championship win over Del Norte (San Diego). Valley News/David Canales photo In their CIF State Southern Regional semifinal matchup earlier in the week, Great Oak pitcher Miali Gauchino shows off her two-way talent after making contact. Valley News/David Canales photo In the CIF State Southern Regional Championships, Del Norte’s Alexis Kyles slides in to second base ahead of the tag from Kenzie Farrier Saturday, June 1. Valley News/David Canales photo Great Oak’s Jocelyn James (3) drives the ball for a base hit against Murrieta Mesa during 2024 CIF State Southern Regional semifinals. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group Pitcher Lilly Hauser (second from left) Nayla Arnal (21), Kailyn Holtkamp (55), Miranda Moore (24) and teammates celebrate the final out and winning the CIF SoCal Regional Championship Saturday, June 1, at Murrieta Mesa High School. Valley News/David Canales photo

Hemet Sportsman’s Club honors high school athletes

Diane A. Rhodes Special to Valley News

The Hemet Sportsman’s Club is a nonprofit organization that works year-round to promote and salute youth sports in the San Jacinto Valley and Anza. On May 23, the club presented the 2024 Bill Gray and Spring Sports Awards Banquet honoring local outstanding high school athletes. Area coaches nominated their students who were all recognized as team MVPs.

President Bill Misner has been a club member for about nine years. His sport of choice is golf, and he has been an assistant golf coach at Hemet High for 10 years. His daughter played for Hemet High and at Waldorf College in Iowa for four years. He said approximately 170 guests attended the recent event.

Once finalists from each school were determined, members of the club scouted all those nominated and decided who would be awarded the Most Outstanding Female Athlete and the 10th annual Bill Gray Award which honors the most outstanding prep baseball player. Each received a $1,000 scholarship, a recognition plaque and had their names added to a perpetual trophy.

Chloe Payne from Hemet High School was named the most outstanding female athlete. Other 2024 Spring Season finalists were Gwen VanZile, track and field, Hamilton High School; Jaydah Godbolt, swimming, Hemet High School; Angel Chang, track and field, San Jacinto High School; Leeana Shores, track and field, San Jacinto Valley Academy; Taylor Solis, swimming, Tahquitz High School and Zena Pastrana, swimming, West Valley High School.

This category was recently added to the annual awards event and the previous winner of the Spring Sports Most Outstanding Female Athlete was Kaitlyn Barreto, Hamilton High School softball (2023).

Hemet High School Head Football and Softball Coach Jeff Galloway coached Payne all four years she has played varsity softball for the school. This year, she played third base and shortstop and in previous years she has played outfield as well as catcher. Galloway said Chloe will play wherever she is needed, and she will embrace every role she is given. Chloe is going to be playing softball at Tyler College in Texas.

“In my opinion, to become a good high school softball player, you need to work on yourself, from emotional to physical characteristics,” Galloway said. “Chloe never stops learning about this game or how to improve herself as a person and leader on and off the field. Chloe is very coachable, always open-minded and open to change. Chloe has a great attitude and a swagger about her on the field. She is very confident in her ability to play this game; she never stops competing until the last out. That is the relentless attitude that she possesses. Chloe’s work ethic is unmatched by many. She puts in long hours of work off the field in the cage and on her own to help hone and master her skills.”

Timmy LaChappa, also from Hemet High School, received the coveted 10th annual Bill Gray

Award. Other finalists were Seth Aanestad, Hamilton High School; Aidan Quiroga, San Jacinto High School; Carter Kelly, San Jacinto Valley Academy; Coleman Rutkoff, Tahquitz High School; and Caden Bridwell, West Valley High School.

Coach Steven Brown has been the head baseball coach at Hemet High School since the 2018-2019 school year. Along with coaching LaChappa for the past four years, he coached his older brother Nolan from 2018-2021. Timmy is a fouryear letter winner who became an everyday starter in his sophomore season. He was a starting pitcher and played first base/third base this season. Timmy is continuing his education and baseball career as a pitcher at the University of Texas Permian Basin. He received a baseball scholarship there and will be on the team with his brother Nolan.

Brown said what makes Timmy stand out from other athletes is that “It doesn’t matter what he has going on, as soon as he is on the baseball field we get the same Timmy every single day. Timmy is the ultimate competitor that wants to win every game, inning and pitch. As a leader, he is the type of player that goes about his business every day with the intention to get better and find ways to help the team win.”

Coach Brown said it is important for people to know who Bill Gray was and what he did for baseball in the valley. Bill Gray founded the Bill Gray Baseball School in Hemet. The school was free to all, operated for 30 years and had 150 students each Saturday at the ball field at his home. Special instructors included MLB players Don Drysdale and Sparky Anderson along with team coaches, managers, umpires and major league scouts. Gray was a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers, umpired high school and college baseball and coached local summer teams. He developed big league players, managers and umpires. He was deeply involved in the growth and development of the Hemet Youth Baseball program.

Among numerous honors, Gray was a recipient of the Hemet-San Jacinto Exchange Club’s Book of Golden Deeds Award in 1999 and was recognized by the ValleyWide Recreation and Park District with the naming of Bill Gray Park on Lake Street in Hemet. While operating the baseball school, Hemet High School won the CIF baseball championship three times (1963, 1966 and 1974). Two former students from his school were honored as CIF Player of the Year. They were Bill Gray Jr. and Bob Frazier.

Gray came to the San Jacinto Valley after being heavily involved in Los Angeles teams. He graduated from Manual Arts High School and played and coached on numerous Los Angeles teams. Among his numerous former players were Larry and Norm Sherry (Dodgers) and Bill Cosolo (Red Sox). Larry was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1959 World Series and Norm later managed the Angels.

Gray also championed the rights of Emmett Ashford, an L.A. resident, who fought to umpire baseball games and eventually became the first African American

to umpire in the major leagues. Prior to moving to Hemet, Gray was president of the Los Angeles Grain Exchange. Before his passing in 2005, Gray was married to his wife Marion for 60 years and had three children, Christine, Corynne and Bill Jr.

To honor Bill Gray and his influence in the valley, the Hemet Sportsman’s Club initiated the Bill Gray Award in 2014 to recognize the most outstanding high school baseball player in the valley. His son, Bill Gray Jr., was at the event and thanked the club for honoring his father with such a meaningful award.

Gallegos, San Jacinto High; Leslie Hernandez, San Jacinto Valley Academy; and Vanessa Garcia and Lillian Phelps, Tahquitz High. Boys Volleyball: Kevin Gomez, Hamilton; Kellen Arnold and Russell Huser, Hemet; Skylar Murphy and Lucas Rex-Cube, San Jacinto; Leon Terakubo, San Jacinto Valley Academy; Daniel Mendoza, Tahquitz; and Diego Allievi, West Valley High.

mission is to fill the financial gap that exists between what the youth and high school programs need and what schools and family members provide. The club’s donations help athletic teens with equipment, uniforms, transportation and recognition.

Boys Golf: Levi Schain, Hemet; Robert Day Edwards, San Jacinto Valley Academy; and Timmy Parker, Tahquitz. Boys Tennis: Jesus Guadarrama, Hemet; Keith Norman, San Jacinto; and Angel Cantor Chiman, Tahquitz. Girls

“My dad would have been very honored to have his name on this award,” he said. Bill Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps by playing baseball and operating a baseball camp in San Diego where he has lived since 1971 after playing in the Minnesota Twins organization. He also coached and scouted for the sport. “Baseball has always been a part of me,” he said.

Previous winners of the Bill Gray Award were Jarrett Veiga, Tahquitz High (2014); Zachary Barnes, San Jacinto High (2015); Quiason Holt, Hamilton High (2016); Caleb Farmer, Tahquitz High (2017); Tyler Richardson, Hemet High (2018); Caleb Shepard, Tahquitz High (2019); Gavin Meyer, Tahquitz High (2021); and Raul Plata, Hemet High (2023).

President Misner said for boys’ baseball, football and basketball awards, which are all celebrated at different events throughout the year, members form groups that attend games at local schools and then confirm stats through MaxPreps. Girls are typically nominated by the Athletic Directors and then confirmed through their stats.

The Spring Sports Team MVPs from local high schools who were celebrated at this year’s banquet in Hemet were chosen by coaches who submitted names of their top choices in each sport. Girls Softball: Kaitlyn Barreto and Ashlyn Rozzo, Hamilton High School; Chloe Payne, Hemet High; Keyera Cameron and Selena

Swimming: Jaydah Godbolt, Hemet; Olivia Mahle, San Jacinto; Taylor Solis, Tahquitz; and Zena Pastrana, West Valley. Boys Swimming: Evan Marshall, Hemet; Damion Montague, Tahquitz; Tyler Valdez, San Jacinto; and Paul Gid Valenzuela, West Valley. Girls Track: Gwen VanZile, Hamilton; Kaycia Carridice and Allyson Jamisola, Hemet; Angel Chang, San Jacinto; and Leeana Shores, San Jacinto Valley Academy. Boys Track: Timothy Wisda, Hamilton; Jomini Ransom, San Jacinto; Nehemiah Hamala, San Jacinto Valley Academy; and DJ Bryant, Tahquitz High School.

Coach Galloway, who has been coaching softball at Hemet High since 2006, said, “Seeing these young athletes accomplish great things through their high school careers and beyond is always a pleasure to see. I love seeing the success of all of the athletes I have coached once they leave high school. That to me is what coaching high school sports is all about. Seeing how these young athletes grow in just a short four years and then seeing their many successes after high school is awesome. I always feel blessed to have been a small part of their high school career.”

The Hemet Sportsman’s Club was formed in 2011 to serve amateur athletics in the San Jacinto Valley and Anza, although its roots date back to the 1970s. Its

Galloway said, “I feel it is important for the community to get to know the youth who are growing up in their community. The Hemet Sportsman’s Club does a great job of recognizing the athletes in our valley. It is another way for our young athletes to see community members who care about what they are doing. The Hemet Sportsman’s Club does an outstanding job of building a positive relationship between our athletes and our community members by bringing all of the high schools together at one event to celebrate the athletes for all of their accomplishments.

The Hemet Sportsman’s Club truly understands it’s about the athletes and nothing else. They are there to provide support and give them the recognition they so much deserve. The valley could use many more organizations dedicated to our valley athletic programs at all age levels like the Hemet Sportsman’s Club.”

Coach Brown said it is important for community organizations to host these events to create a sense of community within the valley.

“The Hemet Sportsman’s Club members are at different athletic events all year watching student athletes compete. It is great for those students to know the people cheering for them. They do a great job putting on different events and supporting different athletic programs in the valley.”

The club raises money through donations, hosting special events, membership dues and other activities. Most of its members are former athletes or avid sports enthusiasts who want to contribute their time, money and effort to helping local athletes.

Membership is by invitation only. For more information, www.

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Timmy LaChappa received the 10th annual Bill Gray Award and Chloe Payne was named Most Outstanding Female Athlete at the Hemet Sportsman’s Club’s spring sports award banquet May 23. Valley News/Courtesy photos Team MVPs were recognized at a sports award banquet presented by the Hemet Sportsman’s Club.

Murrieta area seniors recognized at Student of the Year breakfast

Diane A. Rhodes

Special to Valley News

The Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce 2023-2024

Student of the Month program culminated in its 29 th annual Student of the Year Scholarship and Recognition Breakfast on May 16 at the Murrieta Sizzler restaurant, 40489 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd. Emcee Mary Walters, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for the Murrieta Valley Unified School District, was proud to announce that each of the six students will receive a $4,000 scholarship. She then introduced Sally A. Myers, who founded the first of four area Student of the Month programs more than 30 years ago.

“We partnered with the Murrieta Valley Unified School District and the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce to bring the program to this area,” Myers said. More than 9,000 students have been honored over the four programs since the beginning and she shared the nonprofit’s mission statement as to how a Student of the Month is chosen.

The local high school recognition program acknowledges college and trade school bound seniors for their character, their love of learning and their commitment to academics in addition to their participation in athletics, school activities, community service or the ability to overcome difficult life circumstances in a setting that honors God, country, family, community and free enterprise.

Myers explained that each Student of the Year was chosen through a competitive and rigorous application process judged by volunteer community members.

As a reminder that the students are headed away from home to attend college, large plastic laundry baskets were used to hold all the gifts and certificates of recognition donated by the program’s sponsors and supporters.

Student of the Year honorees are Murrieta Canyon Academy’s Avery Redmon, Murrieta Mesa

High School’s Levi Alderate, Murrieta Valley High’s Gina Namkung, Oak Grove School’s Yasmin Yanthis, Springs Charter School’s Danica Chavez and Vista Murrieta High School’s Lauren Sammon.

Each one was invited to the podium by their principal who presented them with a medal to signify their achievement. Students shared how their passions will be integrated into their future plans with a room full of supporters that included family members, as well as community and school district dignitaries, including MVUSD Superintendent Ward Andrus. Avery Redmon

Murrieta Canyon Academy chose Avery as Student of the Month in October. Avery stated that she feels very seen and supported within the Murrieta Valley Unified School District. “MCA is helping me get to where I want to go,” she said. “For me, wondering about the future involves less doubt and only dreams. My dream stems from my passion for music. Unlike most people, I’ve known my calling my whole life. I was always meant to be a teacher. I have a passion for helping others and it’s for this reason I will be pursuing a career in music education. I want to thank

all of my supporters for not only getting me this far but for also giving me everything I need to go even further.”

Levi Alderate

Murrieta Mesa High School singled out Levi in January as its Student of the Month. He will be attending Cal Tech to study astrophysics and play baseball. After obtaining his master’s degree in mechanical engineering, he plans to enlist in the U.S. Air Force to undergo pilot training for his eventual goal of becoming an astronaut. “What led me to this career path is my passion for STEM learning,” Levi said. “As an artist, athlete, actor and robotics fanatic, I found that the road to achieving personal goals and the goals of community require both collaboration and creativity. My life’s mission is working toward a future where every child, regardless of their economic situation, has access to STEM education and can actively contribute to the progress of science, technology and society as a whole.”

Gina Namkung

As Murrieta Valley High School’s Student of the Month in April, Gina has had many accomplishments. She was

recently selected as the district’s Student of the Year by Riverside County Office of Education. Gina will be continuing her education at UCLA. “Growing up, a big part of my childhood was helping out at my dad’s store on weekends in L.A.,” she said, adding that her passion for sustainability began while commuting from Murrieta to Los Angeles, where she saw pollution filling the skies. “I’ll be studying public affairs and plan to pursue a master’s degree in city and regional planning,” Gina said. A fun fact is that her twin brother, Daniel, is Murrieta Valley’s valedictorian for the class of 2024.

Yasmin Yanthis Oak Grove School honored Yasmin as Student of the Month in February. Director of Education Athene Banche said Yasmin will definitely carry on the values that are prioritized by the Student of the Month/Student of the Year organization and she will definitely make the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce and all of the sponsors super proud. Yasmin is dedicated to sports and athletics. She will be headed to Howard University in the fall where she plans to challenge herself in different ways as she

studies kinesiology. “I want to help athletes with injury recovery and be a physical therapist for college athletes and others and learn how to create a safe environment for athletes.”

Danica Chavez Springs Charter School’s Student of the Month in December was Danica, who is graduating with 320 units and 14 college courses on her resume. She will be attending Biola University in the fall where she plans to earn her undergraduate and master’s degrees simultaneously in her quest to become a speech pathologist so she can treat people with various communication issues. “Being Student of the Year has given me the ability to see what I’m capable of and now I’m just going to strive to keep it up in college and in life,” Danica said. “This award is not only a motivation for me, but it is a confirming assurance that I can succeed. I am so grateful.”

Lauren Sammon

Vista Murrieta High School named Lauren as Student of the Month in October. In comparing life to a race, Lauren said the most important thing is not to be the fastest or the most successful but to be the one who helps those beside them with their own race. “The ones who are remembered are those who stopped to carry the tired runner next to them or those who sacrificed their shoes to someone who needed them more and this is what I now seek to do,” Lauren said. “My heart has been transformed by my savior, Jesus Christ.” She will be playing Division 1 golf at the University of Wisconsin where she will be studying finance at the business school.

Closing remarks Sally Myers thanked the students for sharing from their hearts. “Thank you all for what you have given to others,” she said. “We value you and appreciate you.” For more information or to participate in the program, please contact LouEllen Ficke at 951415-2250 or Sally Myers at 951775-0520.

Menifee Virtual School receives special visit from LA Rams cheerleaders

MENIFEE - As the school year winds down, the Menifee Virtual School (MVS) hosted an unforgettable celebration today with its highly attended “MVS Makerspace and More!” event on Wednesday, May 29. This special occasion brought together over 100 students for a day of games, connection, and community building, underscoring the school’s intentions and efforts in maintaining a supportive and engaging learning environment.

The highlight of the day’s event was the special visit from the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders. Their presence was especially meaningful as the virtual school proudly shares its mascot with the Rams. Students had a fantastic time playing games, building relationships, and experiencing the encouragement of the cheerleaders.

Principal Steve Melvin expressed his enthusiasm for the event, saying, “This event really shows how strong the bond is between our teachers and students. These fun, community-building moments are critical to student success, even in a virtual world.”

A recent family survey highlighted the positive atmosphere at MVS, with an impressive 93%

of parents reporting that they feel the school is welcoming, staff are available to

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School announced that enrollment for the 2024-2025 school year is now open. Families interested in joining the MVS community can find more information and register at this link: https://musd. me/MVSregister. With schools dating back to the 1880s, Menifee Union School District serves over 12,000 students across 16 physical campuses and 1 digital campus. As a California

Pivotal Practices Award Winner, MUSD innovatively serves students from preschool through 8th grade. MUSD is led by its 12th Superintendent, Dr. Jennifer Root, and is governed by a Board of Education composed of five publicly elected officials who serve their respective trustee areas. Submitted by Menifee Union School District.

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Recipients of the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce Student of the Year award for 2023-2024 are, from left, Levi Alderate, Gina Namkung, Avery Redmon, Yasmin Yanthis, Danica Chavez and Lauren Sammon. Valley News/John P. Hess, Creative Industries Media Group Inc. Los Angeles Rams cheerleaders take a photo with student Tyion Freeman.
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Highway Update

RCTC suggests to help reduce traffic in the coming summer months, think about taking your bicycle

While the Riverside County Transportation Commission works with Caltrans and private contractors to improve all of the county’s highways, it still encourages residents to dust off their bikes and go cycling in the coming summer months. May was National Bike Month.

That effort not only helps reduce the congested highways in Riverside County but promotes the health and stamina of its residents to be safer on the highways in coming months.

In the RCTC publication, “The Point,” it reads, “The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and your bike is calling! May was National Bike Month, an annual celebration of cycling that encourages people to dust off that bike, hop on, and hit the road.”

RCTC reminds residents bike riding offers first hand views from the scenic mountain trails to the numerous paved paths. Riverside County offers a variety of opportunities to set out on bike.

Perhaps the most famous of all bike trails in Riverside County is the Santa Ana River Trail. The trail extends from San Bernardino through Riverside County to Orange County, following the Santa Ana River and provides scenic views of the waterway, parks and other natural areas along the route. When completed, the Santa Ana River Trail will span 110 miles making it one of

the longest continuous trails in southern California.

The city of Temecula recently was awarded “Silver” and “Bronze” Bikeway awards for its many Multi-Use Trails and Bikeways Master Plan that surround the city and connect with other county and city trails.

Bike riders should still obey traffic safety rules on the highways and stay on any designated bike paths. Some more powerful motorized bikes are still considered motorcycles and their riders must obey highway vehicle and pedestrian safety rules. Helmets are required on all and it is advised to stay hydrated.

Recently bike riders found free rides on the Metrolink that took them to the beaches and other areas. Other incentives to ride the Metrolink will be forthcoming.

The Point also reminds, “But that’s not all! Commuters who frequently bike to work can still earn $5 a day in gift cards and more through IE Commuter (www. Get fit, save money, reduce time spent in traffic, and improve air quality – all on the way to work. Just sign up through their website to start earning,”

Caltrans in the meantime reports the following freeway and state highway projects underway in Southwest Riverside County.

Menifee and Murrieta

Caltrans is alerting the public that construction will be taking place near the cities of Menifee and Murrieta on the shoulders of the north and south lanes of

Interstate 215. Daytime work is set Monday through Friday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. This means no lane closures are required at this time.

The project aims to improve road surface, update shoulder rumble strips, enhance culverts, upgrade guardrails, stabilize slopes, and boost highway worker safety along the stretch near Murrieta, from one mile north of Clinton Keith Road to one mile north of Newport Road. All work is dependent on the contractor receiving proper materials for each job function. It can be changed or canceled at any time. Watch for signage alerting motorists of closures and construction.

Drivers should anticipate traffic delays and plan ahead. Local residents and businesses might see significant noise and vibrations occurring near the construction zones during the working hours.

Anza and Aguanga

No scheduled Caltrans work is expected on State Route 371 this week.


Caltrans continues work on a $51.6 million corridor improvement project on State Route 74 (SR-74), in Hemet. This project will repave and rehabilitate 49 lane miles, install Traffic Management Systems, upgrade curb ramps, sidewalks and driveways to Americans with Disabilities Act standards, enhance bike lane signage and striping, and upgrade 29 bus pads within the project parameters.

Work zone is in and near Hemet

Senator Seyarto announces 10 bills

SACRAMENTO – Senator Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta)

announced that 10 bills from his 2024 legislative package have passed out of the State Senate and are now headed to the Assembly. These bills cover a wide variety of issues important to the 32nd Senate District and California as a whole, including Veteran benefits, government reform, public safety, and infrastructure funding.

The bills are as follows:

SB 73 Allows private businesses to establish voluntary hiring preferences for Veteran applicants.

SB 230

Provides an income-eligible tax deduction to a taxpayer for the amount they contribute to a Health Savings Account.

SB 916

Clarifies that extended education courses that can be applied toward an undergraduate degree are included in the CalVet Fee Waiver.

SB 920

Formally establishes the Purple Star School Program which helps military families identify schools that specialize in providing support for the unique challenges children of military families face.

SB 936

Creates a report for the safety improvement projects needed to address the 15 most deadly roads on the state highway system.

SB 978

Helps everyday Californians access critical information regarding how their tax dollars

on Florida Avenue (SR-74) 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 if weather permits. Watch for alternate route signage for business access.

Caltrans is still working on the Strawberry Creek bridge near Hemet on the way up SR-74 to Mountain Center and Idllywild. That work involves preserving the historical bridge. Crews have already completed pouring the eastbound abutments and retaining wall for the bridge. Other work includes upgrades with slab overlay, new guardrail systems on the existing bridge and bringing lane and shoulder widths up to current standards.

The temporary traffic signal remains as the highway over the bridge has been reduced to one lane to monitor the traffic in both directions. Stop and wait at the red light and only go when it turns green, this may take a few minutes.

Banning Caltrans alerted the public that Banning maintenance crews were conducting nighttime road repairs on Interstate 10 (I-10) and State Route 60 (SR-60) connectors in Beaumont. A full closure took place on eastbound I-10 to westbound SR-60 connector and westbound I-10 to westbound SR60 connector Friday, May 31 to Saturday, June 1 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Traffic control was placed on Beaumont Ave. bridge for bridge

crews to conduct the repairs at that time. Caltrans says to watch for any detour signage alerting motorists of upcoming maintenance and reminds them to reduce their speed in and surrounding the work zone. To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire go to Caltrans District 8 and sign up for commuter alerts or follow them on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information. To assist in planning your commute, view live traffic conditions using QuickMap. Riverside areas

Caltrans is alerting the public that landscaping will be taking place in Riverside County. Contractors will perform work in the city of Riverside west of Adams St. to SR-60, SR-91, and I-215 separations.

Daytime work is set Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Commuter access remains. All work is dependent on the contractor receiving proper materials for each job function. It can be changed or canceled at any time.

Crews are scheduled to work on both the Eastbound and Westbound directions of State Route 91. The project will rehabilitate landscaping and irrigation systems. Watch for signage alerting motorists of upcoming shoulder closures. Drivers should anticipate traffic delays and plan ahead. Tony Ault can be reached via email at

move forward to assembly

are spent by making the State Budget machine readable.

SB 1034

Provides government agencies a two week public records request extension during a state of emergency, when the emergency prevents record gathering for health and safety reasons.

SB 1044

Assists nonprofits by updating the overhead cost limit for charitable bingo games and linking it to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), ensuring sustainability amid changing economic conditions.

SB 1096

Requires all physical mail solicitations to be labeled on the outside of the envelope, clearly stating it is a solicitation and the recipient is not required to pay or

take any other action.

SB 1122

Modifies existing law to allow police academy cadets to fulfill their degree requirement while they are in or shortly after the academy instead of before, adding flexibility and addressing law enforcement shortages in rural and urban areas.

“I am happy to see my legislation move forward, furthering our goals to improve quality of life for Californians,” said Senator Seyarto. I want to thank my dedicated team for all of their hard work on this legislation, and my Senate colleagues for their bipartisan support. I look forward to working with the Assembly to accomplish our legislative goals and deliver results to our State and 32nd district.”

Senator Kelly Seyarto, R-Murrieta, represents California’s 32nd Senate District, which includes the cities and communities of Aguanga, Anza, Borrego Springs, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Chino Hills, Corona, Desert Edge, Desert Hot Springs, El Sobrante, French Valley, Good Hope, Hemet, Homeland, Idyllwild, Julian, La Cresta, Lake Elsinore, Lake Mathews, Lakeland Village, Menifee, Mead Valley, Meadowbrook, Murrieta, Norco, Palm Springs, Sage, Sky Valley, Riverside, Temecula, Temescal Valley, Thousand Palms, Valle Vista, Whitewater, Wildomar, Winchester, Woodcrest, and Yorba Linda.

New surgery suite debuts at Coachella Valley animal shelter

THOUSAND PALMS - A new surgery suite debuted Wednesday, May 29 at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms. Staff veterinarian Dr. Itzel Vizcarra handled the first patients today in the suite, a two-table operation room that will assist the county in increasing its spay and neuter needs for shelter pets. Dr. Vizcarra was assisted by two of her registered veterinary technician colleagues.

Patient No. 1 was a 2-year-old gray tabby named Caroline and Patient No. 2 was a 9-month-old Siamese named Lana. Both cats are available for adoption.

The Coachella Valley Animal Campus opened in 2006 without a surgical suite because of a long-standing partnership with nonprofit organization Animal Samaritans, the region’s leader in spay and neuter surgeries.

After the county shelter opened, Animal Samaritans constructed its new facility next door to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus. The county’s contract with Animal Samaritans remains current. The new suite will now complement the work of Animal Samaritans veterinarians.


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Registered Tech Robert Torres, Dr. Itzel Vizcarra. Registered Vet Tech Erica Morrow and Registered Vet Tech Rashelle Drake at the new surgery suite. Valley News/Courtesy photo Staff veterinarian Dr. Itzel Vizcarra performs the first surgery at the new surgical suite at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms on Wednesday, May 29.
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“We knew we needed to increase spay and neuter capacity and we appreciate the support from the Board of Supervisors to make that a reality,” Animal Services Director Erin Gettis said. “Everyone knows that pet overpopulation remains a big problem throughout the country. Spay and neuter surgeries are critical to solving this problem.” Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, whose Fourth District includes the Coachella Valley, called the surgical suite a big step on the pet support front. “This brand new surgical suite at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus is an important step in our efforts to provide better access to spay and neuter services in the Coachella Valley,” Supervisor Perez said. “The need is high for these services. I’m glad that, along with our new mobile clinic, this surgical center is now in operation and making a difference for our shelter pets.” Animal Services has established surgical suites at its Jurupa Valley and San Jacinto shelter locations. Plus, the county coordinates mobile outreaches through the offices of county supervisors to assist pet owners in underserved communities. Another mobile unit is expected to arrive in the fall to help boost those dispatches. Submitted by County of Riverside.

Back to back brush fires alarm Anza residents

Diane Sieker Staff Writer

Two brush fires scorched over 35 acres just a day apart and in the same Anza neighborhood

last week, causing alarm and speculation among high country residents.

The Howard Fire consumed 32 acres threatening several structures off the fire’s head and


right shoulder Thursday, May 30.

The blaze was reported at 12:11 p.m. at Howard Road and Old Ranch Road, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Multiple engine and hand crews

Hamilton High School holds 2024 Commencement ceremony May 30

Diane Sieker Staff Writer

Anza’s annual Hamilton High School Commencement isn’t just a ceremony, it’s a celebration by the entire community.

Family, school staff, district representatives and friends watched as the Hamilton High School Class of 2024 walked across the stage to receive their diplomas Thursday, May 30. The Commencement took place at the Garry Packham gymnasium at the school.

After opening ceremonies, Valedictorian Olivia Lopez delivered an inspiring and humorous message while

Salutatorian Painter Hildahl praised his classmates and teachers in a short address. A video featuring the grads’ senior pictures paired with their baby photos was shown, causing cheers and applause as each student was featured.

Principal Kari Sanchez told the audience how proud she was of the Class of 2024, mentioning each student in her Principal’s Message.

Senior Class Advisor Dr. Julie Cope, teacher Ann MohnBrimhall, Senior Class President Ashlynn Rozzo and Hemet Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Derek Jindra also spoke to the class. Jindra performed the Acceptance of Graduates, certifying that they

had completed the requirements to graduate. Presentations of Diplomas were announced by teachers Preston Brimhall and Ann Mohn-Brimhall. Cheers erupted as graduates were named and received their diplomas.

The California Scholarship Federation members were recognized: Miles Danner, Painter Hildahl, Oliva Lopez, Miranda Galindo and Katie Xiong. National Honor Society members also featured: Miles Danner, Remington Dawes Vollmer, Miranda Galindo, Painter Hildahl, Olivia Lopez, Jasmine Moralez, Katie Xiong and

see GRADUATION, page D-5

were deployed to the location and discovered the fire burning in light to medium fuels. Resources remained on scene through Saturday, working to contain the fire. According to Cal

Fire, two RVs and two vehicles were destroyed in the blaze and one outbuilding sustained damage. Full containment was gained

see FIRES, page D-4

Avoid conflicts with rattlesnakes this summer

use this to warn against contact - or not. Sometimes a rattler does not rattle at all and may strike nonetheless.

Rattlesnake sightings have been on the increase in the Anza Valley since the arrival of warmer weather. As temperatures increase, so do the reptiles’ activity levels, as they emerge to hunt after a winter with no food or water. The winter rains have caused unprecedented vegetation growth, resulting in a population explosion of the snakes’ food supply - small rodents like mice, rats and ground squirrels. To hunt, a rattlesnake utilizes heat-sensing organs on each side of its face, called loreal pits, that help it locate prey. Snake species that have these organs are called pit vipers, a group that includes rattlesnakes, water moccasins and copperheads. Unlike other pit vipers, rattlers have dead skin “buttons” on the end of their tails that form a rattle that makes a hissing noise when the snake vibrates it. They can

Rattlesnakes are also potently venomous, using their venom to subdue their prey in preparation for ingesting it whole. Bites to humans are not all that common. But when a bite occurs, the results can be devastating. The venom, discharged from special sacs in the snake’s head and injected through hollow, syringe- like fangs, damages tissue and affects the circulatory system by destroying skin tissues and blood cells and by causing internal hemorrhaging. Scarring, bruising, localized pain, massive swelling, discoloration and blood degeneration, as well as nausea and vomiting can occur. Without prompt treatment, or if someone has a major allergic reaction to the venom, a rattlesnake bite can see RATTLESNAKES, page D-3

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Hand crews work in the thick smoke at the Cave Fire in Anza Friday, May Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo Hamilton High School principal Kari Sanchez welcomes students and guests to the Hamilton High School commencement ceremony, held at the school Thursday, May 30. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo Diane Sieker Staff Writer Rattlesnakes coil tightly when alarmed. 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

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 27 through June 2. May 27

Arson - 3900 block Kirby Rd., Anza, handled by deputy Suspicious person - 5600 block Cahuilla Rd., Anza, handled by deputy

Attempt warrant serviceaddress withheld, Anza, warrant Public assist - 5500 block St. Hwy. 371, Anza, handled by deputy Public assist - 3700 block Hill St., Anza, handled by deputy Assist other departmentaddress undefined, Anza, handled by deputy Suspicious circumstance - 3800 block Bahrman Rd., Anza, handled by deputy Area check - 4000 block Brook Trail Wy., Lake Riverside, handled by deputy

May 28

Unknown trouble - 5700 block Cahuilla Rd., Anza, handled by deputy Follow-up - address withheld, Anza, handled by deputy Public assist - 5000 block Bradford Rd., Aguanga, handled by deputy Man down - 4000 block Terwilliger Rd., Anza, handled by deputy

Unlawful entry - address undefined, Anza, handled by deputy Civil dispute - 3700 block Bautista Canyon Rd., Anza, handled by deputy

May 29

Assist other department - 5200 block Cahuilla, Cahuilla, handled by deputy Public disturbance - 4100 block Terwilliger Rd., Anza, handled by deputy Unlawful entry - address undefined, Anza, handled by deputy 911 call - 5800 block Burnt Valley Rd., Anza, handled by deputy

RATTLESNAKES from page D-1

be fatal to humans.

The California Poison Control Center records approximately 800 bites each year statewide, with one to two deaths, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Rattlesnakes give birth to live young and are defined as ovoviviparous. This means that females produce eggs and retain them inside their body until the eggs hatch, at which time they will give birth to fully developed baby snakes.

Ovoviviparous reproduction means a higher survival rate for the offspring, as the creatures do not have their defenseless eggs eaten by predators.

There are several species of rattlesnakes in Southern California, including the Speckled, Crotalus mitchellii; Red Diamondback, Crotalus ruber and the Southern Pacific, Crotalus oreganus helleri. All are venomous.

Experts advise people that suddenly find themselves in the company of a rattlesnake to remain calm and slowly move away from the animal, keeping a safe distance from the snake. The rattler will not chase you - they simply want to be left alone.

Sometimes rattlesnakes give

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

May 30

Assist other departmentaddress undefined, Anza, handled by deputy Petty theft - 5800 block Burnt Valley Rd., Anza, handled by deputy

Burglary - 3900 block Kirby Rd., Anza, report taken Assist other departmentaddress undefined, Anza, handled by deputy Suspicious circumstance - 5700 block Mitchell Rd., Anza, handled by deputy

May 31

Follow-up - address withheld, Anza, handled by deputy Public disturbance - 3800 block Bahrman Rd., Anza, handled by

a distinctive notification as to their location. When frightened, rattlesnakes rattle, hiss or buzz with their tails to warn people and other animals not to step on them and to stay away. If heard before being located, biologists say to stay still until the snake’s position is discovered and to then move slowly away from it.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife offers the following advice:

• Be alert. Like all reptiles, rattlesnakes are sensitive to the ambient temperature and will adjust their behavior accordingly. After a cold or cool night, they will attempt to raise their body temperature by basking in the sun mid-morning. To prevent overheating during hot days of spring and summer, they will become more active at dawn, dusk or night.

• Wear sturdy boots and loosefitting long pants. Never go barefoot or wear sandals when walking through brushy wildland areas. Startled rattlesnakes may not rattle before striking defensively.

• When hiking, stick to wellused trails. Avoid tall grass, weeds and heavy underbrush where snakes may hide during the day.

• Do not step or put your hands where you cannot see. Step on top of logs and rocks, never over

deputy Suspicious vehicle - address undefined, Anza, handled by deputy

911 call from business - 5300 block St. Hwy. 371, Anza, handled by deputy Assist other department - 5300 block Cave Rock Rd., Anza, handled by deputy Vehicle theft - 5900 block Grandon Rd., Anza, unfounded 911 hangup from cell phone5900 block Blue Jay Rd., Anza, handled by deputy Alarm call - 5600 block St. Hwy. 371, Anza, handled by deputy June 1

Assist other department - address undefined, Cahuilla, handled by

them and be especially careful when climbing rocks or gathering firewood. Check out stumps or logs before sitting down, and shake out sleeping bags before use.

• Never grab sticks or branches while swimming in lakes and rivers. Rattlesnakes can swim and may be mistaken for a floating branch.

• Be careful when stepping over doorsteps as well. Snakes like to crawl along the edge of buildings where they are protected on one side.

• Never hike alone. Always have someone with you who can assist in an emergency.

• Do not handle a freshly killed snake, as it can still inject venom.

• Teach children early to respect snakes and to leave them alone.

• Leash dogs when hiking in snake country. Dogs are at increased risk of being bitten due to holding their nose to the ground while investigating the outdoors. Veterinarians may provide canine rattlesnake vaccines and can advise when a pet is bitten. There are also rattlesnake aversion training courses for dogs.

• To discourage rattlers from homes and ranches, eliminate their food source. Keep animal feed and trash contained to keep rodents away, and clear brush that may be used by small animals as

deputy Suspicious person - address undefined, Anza, handled by deputy

Assault w/ deadly weapon - 5500 block St. Hwy. 371, Anza, arrest made Public disturbance - 5500 block St. Hwy. 371, Anza, handled by deputy Missing person - 5900 block Burnt Valley Rd., Anza, report taken Assist other departmentaddress undefined, Anza, handled by deputy Public disturbance - 3800 block Manzanita Mountain Ln., Anza, handled by deputy June 2

shelter. There are companies that can install rattlesnake fencing to keep the snakes from entering a property.

There are many myths involving rattlesnakes. It is not true that juveniles are more venomous than adults. There is no published data to suggest that baby rattlers inject more venom or that they lack control of how much venom they administer.

Additionally, nonvenomous gopher snakes have not crossbred with rattlesnakes, as some people claim. They are separate species and cannot interbreed with rattlers.

Assist other department - 5200 block St. Hwy. 371, Cahuilla, handled by deputy Unattended death - address withheld, Anza, handled by deputy No assumption of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the content provided in the Sheriff’s Blotter.

Residents with information regarding any crimes are encouraged to contact the Hemet Sheriff’s Station at (951)791-3400. Criminal activity can also be reported through the We-Tip Crime Reporting Hotline, (909)987-5005 or

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

While gopher snakes coil, hiss and shake their tails, they lack rattles and are not venomous. They imitate rattlesnakes to warn off predators or curious people or pets. Be snake-smart, be snakeinformed and be snake-safe this summer to avoid unwanted contact with these interesting animals. For snake removal, call Riverside County Animal Services at 951-358-7387 or local people that specialize in snake relocation services.

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

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FIRES from page D-1

by about 8 p.m. Saturday, June 1.

The Cave Fire erupted at about 11:35 a.m. just south of the 53000 block of Cave Rock Road in Anza, scorching just over three acres Friday, May 31.

The vegetation fire had a moderate rate of spread, with structures threatened, as reported by radio traffic as crews arrived.

Water-dropping helicopters, air tankers, bulldozers, watertenders and hand crews battled the blaze.

One structure inside the fire interior was fully engulfed, according to reports.

The forward progress of the fire was quickly stopped at 12:34 p.m. and 100% contained at 2:53 p.m., as per WildCAD.

Incident Command reported that the final size of the Cave Fire was mapped at 3.2 acres. All resources were released from the incident at 3:50 p.m.

No injuries were reported at either blaze. The causes of the fires are under investigation.

Stacy Kuhns and Maria Bevins contributed photos for this report.

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

D-4 Anza Valley Outlook • • June 7, 2024 ANZA LOCAL
Hand crews scramble for additional supplies at the Howard Fire in Anza Thursday, May 30. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo Incident Command plans their attack on the blaze at the Howard Fire in Anza. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo [Right] Flames can be seen devouring property at the Cave Fire in Anza Friday, May 31. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo A bulldozer rumbles toward the inferno at the Cave Fire in Anza. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo Hand crews rush to create a containment line at the Cave Fire in Anza Friday, May 31. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo Firefighters put out hot spots at the Cave Fire in Anza Friday, May 31. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo Tankers attack the Cave Fire saving these structures in Anza Friday, May 31. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo Helicopters dip water from the lake in Lake Riverside Estates during the Howard Fire in Anza Thursday, May 30. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo

Tobby Sanak Kounlabout Olivia Alicia Michelle Lopez Wendy Maltos Angel Medina

The Junior Honor Guard

consisted of Seth Aanestad, Genesis Andrade, Cole Haley, Cyclaly Hernandez Villa, Nevelyn Jaime, Nisha Lee, Julie Tooth, Luci Washburn, Odessa Whitmer and Cynthia Nahsohn.

Presenting the Hamilton High School Class of 2024:

Anthony Joseph Bilecky

Helena Cathleen Boysen

Samuel Alexander Carranza

Jonathon Skylar Carver

Victoria Arenas Chacon

Dakota Kyle Cole

Miles Martinez Danner

Remington Dawes Vollmer

Angie Delgado

Tyrese James Diltz

Nathaniel Dinnyes

Mason Cliff Dunn

Miranda Galindo

Edgar Alai Garate Jaime

Gabriel Garcia Magallon

Aileen Garibay-Delgado

Misty Marie Gearhart

Lylee Elizabeth Gilbert

Kevin Gomez

Melany Aydee Gonzalez

Painter Bo Hildahl

Tra Von Andrew Hill

Kailee Jadyn Hoskins

Jessie Yoomin Kim

Raymond As’Wet Miranda

Baylee Barrows Moore Jasmine Alyssa Moralez

William Naus

Devin Michael Pereira

Milinda Maria Rayas

Katrynn Calyse Reynolds

Victor Louis Rodriguez

Luis Carlos Rodriguez


Alexa Rodriguez

Ashlynn Marie Rozzo

Joshua Michael Torres

Rey James Urtiz

Felipe Valdovinos Valencia

Gwendolyn Jeanelle VanZile

Layla Arianna Warner

Angelina Wellman Testasecca

Logan Robert Whitson

Katie Xiong

David Kai Young

James Michael Zeller

The Class of 2024 say they would like to thank the entire Hamilton High School staff for their commitment and dedication in preparing them for their future endeavors. They would also like to extend their appreciation to the parents and community for their ongoing and devoted support of the school’s students.

The Hemet Unified School District Executive Cabinet: Superintendent Dr. Christi Barrett, Darrin Watters, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Nereyda Gonzalez, Assistant Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Derek Jindra, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Martin and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mary Wendland.

The Hemet Unified School District Governing Board: President Jeremy Parsons, Vice President Al Cordova and Members Stacey Bailey, Kenneth Prado, Patrick Searl, Jeffrey Slepski, Ed.D., Horacio Valenzuela.

The Class of 2024 also would like to extend their gratitude to the Hamilton High School Administration: Principal Kari Sanchez, Assistant Principal Marcie Curcie, Athletic Director Patrick Williams, Counselor Jason Sonnier, Activities Director Diana Welty-Guerrero and Counselor Amy Allen.

Ann Mohn-Brimhall contributed the group photo to this article. Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia. com

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Mason Dunn. The Class of 2024 is ready to go out into the world at the Hamilton High School commencement ceremony, held at the school Thursday, May 30. Anza Valley Outlook/Ann Mohn-Brimhall photo
Valedictorian Olivia Lopez delivers her speech at the Hamilton High School commencement ceremony, held at the school. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photos Newly graduated students pose for pictures after receiving their diplomas at the Hamilton High School commencement ceremony, held at the school. Senior Class President Ashlynn Rozzo says a few words to her classmates at the Hamilton High School commencement ceremony, held at the school. Painter Hildahl praises his classmates and teachers during his Salutatorian Speech at the Hamilton High School commencement ceremony, held at the school Thursday, May 30. Cahuilla Band of Indians Chairwoman Erica Schenk gives the Land Acknowledgement address at the Hamilton High School commencement ceremony, held at the school. Teacher Ann Mohn-Brimhall gives the Senior Class Address at the Hamilton High School commencement ceremony, held at the school. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Derek Jindra delivers the Superintendent Address and Acceptance of Graduates announcement at the Hamilton High School commencement ceremony. Graduates are all smiles after receiving their diplomas at the Hamilton High School commencement ceremony.
GRADUATION from page D-1
Students cheer each other as they prepare to receive their diplomas at the Hamilton High School commencement ceremony.


Wanted suspect still sought by Riverside County Sheriff

The Riverside County Sheriff’s department continues to search for suspect Martin Perez, Jr., 30, a Hispanic male, 5’11”, 260 lbs, brown hair, brown eyes. Perez is suspected of firing at a deputy during a traffic enforcement stop on Tuesday May 14, 2024, at 6:09 p.m.. He is considered armed and dangerous.

His last known address was in San Bernardino.

The attempted stop by the Sheriff’s motor deputy was at Wineville Avenue and Limonite Avenue, in Jurupa Valley.

According to a press release

from the Riverside County Sheriff,

“The vehicle failed to yield and entered a dirt access road adjacent to 68th Street, west of Pats Ranch Road, firing at the pursuing deputy before entering a dense foliage near the Jurupa Valley Santa Ana river bottom. During the pursuit, the subject abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot in an unknown direction. The initial pursuing deputy did not sustain any injuries during the incident.”

The deputy also reported on the radio that night that he didn’t return fire.

Residents south of 68th Street on Tributary Way, Confluence Dr. and Weir Way in Jurupa Valley were asked by officers during

the search to shelter in place or evacuate until the suspect had been found.

The suspect was most likely in heavy brush in the riverbed, making it dangerous for the deputies.

He was able to evade officers and the Jurupa Valley Station Sheriff’s Investigators are asking the public for information that would assist in locating and arresting the subject.

The Sheriff’s department is asking anyone who may have information about the suspect to contact the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Investigations Bureau at 951-955–2654 with any information and reference case #JV-241350217.

Riverside Sheriff’s SET team arrests

Riverside County Sheriff’s Lake Elsinore Station Special Enforcement Team (SET) deputies, in collaboration with members of the Inland Violent Crime Suppression Task Force (IVCSTF), arrested a 34-year-old Lake Elsinore resident on May 30, 2024, following an extensive investigation into narcotics trafficking in the region. According to a press release from the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, Mauricio Hernandez-

Estrada was apprehended by SET deputies and IVCSTF members after being identified as the primary suspect in the distribution of narcotics, particularly fentanyl, in the cities of Lake Elsinore and Wildomar.

Hernandez-Estrada had been under investigation since November 2023 when SET deputies received information about the alleged narcotics sales.

Subsequently, Hernandez-Estrada was arrested on three separate occasions during the course of the investigation for various violations related to narcotics distribution.

narcotics suspect in Lake Elsinore

The collaboration between SET deputies and IVCSTF members led to the procurement of a federal indictment against HernandezEstrada. During his arrest on May 30, additional evidence was discovered, resulting in an additional charge of possession with the intent to distribute narcotics.

Throughout the investigation, law enforcement seized a significant quantity of illegal substances. SET deputies confiscated approximately 120 grams of fentanyl, 200 grams of methamphetamine, 61 grams

of heroin, 217 Xanax pills, and 42 oxycodone pills linked to Hernandez-Estrada’s activities.

Following his arrest, Mauricio Hernandez-Estrada was transported to a federal detention holding facility, where he awaits further legal proceedings under the federal indictment. Authorities urge anyone with additional information regarding this case to contact Deputy Crivello at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station at 951-245-3300.

As part of the ongoing efforts to combat criminal activities, law enforcement emphasizes

Investigation on homicide from six years ago continues

Six years have passed since the tragic murder of Henry Shannon, yet the perpetrators remain at large, prompting renewed calls for public assistance in solving the case.

On May 14, 2018, at approximately 3:30 p.m., deputies from the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of a shooting at Railroad Canyon and Grape Street in Lake Elsinore.

The victim, identified as Henry Shannon, a 35-year-old resident of Menifee, had fled the initial scene but was subsequently involved in a single-vehicle traffic accident near the intersection of Railroad Canyon Road and Church Road.

Despite the deputies’ efforts to save his life, Shannon succumbed to his injuries after being transported to a local hospital.

The Riverside Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit assumed control of the investigation, diligently pursuing leads over the years.

Why do you need to worship?

Zachary Elliott Special to the Valley News

Music is so important to us that we sing in our cars, at concerts, and even in the shower. We load up our phones with songs from our favorite artists and some pay exorbitant costs to attend concerts in the nosebleeds.

Do you know why music is such a global success? It’s because God wired us for music. It’s in our humanity. But he didn’t wire us just to sing to the latest pop star or country legend.

God wired us to worship him.

You might be amazing at singing along with your favorite artist in your car, but here are some reasons why you NEED to worship God. And you don’t have to be a musician to do it.

Your worship belongs to God alone.

God is very generous. The scriptures are crystal clear on that. However, he is very selfish when it comes to our worship of him. He never wants to share that!

Psalm 81:9 makes it clear that God created us to worship him alone.

You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not worship any god other than me.

Witnesses from the night of the shooting reported that the suspects fled the scene in a dark blue 4-door Buick sedan, manufactured between 1997 and 2003.

Sgt. Lance Stoyer, of the Riverside Sheriff’s Office Central Homicide Unit, reiterated the agency’s plea for public cooperation. “We are seeking any information that could lead to the identification of the individuals responsible for this heinous crime,” said Stoyer. He can be reached at 951-955-2777.

Your worship is a declaration of joy. It’s easy to let our feelings get in the way of our worship. When we’re going through difficulties, it’s hard to feel joyful. But that’s where worship comes in.

Worship doesn’t have much to do with our feelings. It has to do with who God is. That’s why Psalm 100:1-5 teaches us to worship with gladness and joy.

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise

the importance of community involvement in reporting suspicious behavior. Residents and business owners are encouraged to report any criminal activity directly to law enforcement by calling Sheriff’s Dispatch at 951776-1099, or dialing 911 in case of an emergency.

The Riverside Sheriff’s Department remains committed to maintaining the safety and well-being of the community through proactive enforcement measures and partnerships with local residents.

Despite the passage of time, authorities remain committed to achieving justice for Shannon and his loved ones. The unresolved case serves as a somber reminder of the lingering impact of violent crime within the community.

As the investigation continues, law enforcement urges anyone with information related to the homicide to come forward. The Riverside Sheriff’s Office emphasizes that even the smallest detail could prove crucial in solving the case.

The Riverside Sheriff’s Office

His name.

For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.”

We can always declare joy in our worship because it’s not rooted in our circumstances. It’s rooted in God’s character. He is always good even when life isn’t.

There’s a reason Psalm 100 is called “a psalm for giving grateful praise.”

Your worship tells what your heart is feeling.

If your mouth never speaks it, chances are it isn’t a reality. Our mouths say what’s in our hearts.

If our heart belongs to God, then according to Psalm 57:7, our mouths should sing it.

“My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.”

Sometimes, we need to have our hearts tell our mouths that we love

encourages individuals to reach out to Sergeant Stoyer with any pertinent information. Additionally, anyone with information can contact the Riverside Sheriff’s Dispatch at 951-776-1099 or dial 911 in case of an emergency.

The search for answers in Henry Shannon’s murder persists, underscoring the importance of community collaboration in combating crime and ensuring safety for all residents.

Jesus, then belt it out.

Your worship is a witness to others.

I know we don’t like it when people stare. We especially don’t like when people hear us sing, at least most of us. Like it or not, your worship has influence.

Psalm 57:9 tells us to sing among the people.

“I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples.”

Ask yourself this: can anyone tell by your worship that you love God?

It’s time to give your worship to God.

Zachary Elliott is the lead of Fusion Christian Church in Temecula. For more information, visit http://www. fusionchristiapastor http://www.encouragementtoday. tv or find them on Instagram.

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