July 24, 2021
TOP STORIES
California's huge Dixie Fire exploded to "megafire" status late Thursday, forcing more mandatory evacuations in nearby communities, fire officials said Friday. At more than 221 square miles in size, it's now the largest wildfire in California.
While life seems to be returning to normal in some places, the World Health Organization (WHO) called people "fools" if they feel the pandemic is over, which the organization doesn't see happening for likely another year.
California approved, as part of the budget, compensation of up to $25,000 last week for some of the thousands of people who were sterilized, some when they were just girls, for decades by the government, which considered them “unfit to reproduce.”
TOKYO - The long-awaited 2020-21 Summer Olympics have officially kicked off. The Games were postponed by one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
FONTANA – (INT) - The City of Fontana is being taken to task for its approval of a mega-warehouse.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - San Bernardino County health officials are urging residents to take precautions.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - In San Bernardino County, confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are on the rise.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - This week’s mountain and desert storms that struck inland areas of Southern California may have been only a forerunner of what’s ahead.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A strong demand for real estate has fueled a 6 percent increase in Riverside County’s assessed property values.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – A local couple is denying an assortment of criminal charges stemming from last year’s El Dorado Fire.
VICTORVILLE – (INT) – City Council member Blanca Gomez and a masked man under post-release community supervision were arrested following a disturbance.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – San Bernardino has landed among the nation’s five worst cities to rent a residence.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Prospective home buyers are finding more options.
ONTARIO – (INT) – One of the nation’s largest hospital systems based has agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement over false claims.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) - KVCR-TV-FM are getting a new lease on broadcasting life.
REDLANDS – (INT) – A Celebration of the Life for former congressman Jerry Lewis is being planned.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Residents of the Inland Empire’s second-largest city have gained another distinction they could do without.
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SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Incentives to get more Californians vaccinated against the coronavirus appear to be working.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - There were 7,984 newly reported confirmed COVID-19 cases as of the last daily report.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Rising gasoline prices may be peaking.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – First-of-its-kind climate insurance could be coming to California.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – New COVID-19 data is raising concern for unvaccinated Californians.
Nearly one in three California families are struggling to cover their daily needs.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Disinformation is becoming the biggest issue as divisions deepen in the fight against the coronavirus.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Governor Newsom Monday signed the largest funding and reform package for housing and homelessness in California history.
At least a dozen wildfires, some over 100,000 acres, are burning in Northern California.
HOLLYWOOD - The Tune Squad rules over the court and box office charts.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California is struggling to recover from new unemployment claims.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – State health officials (CDPH) are clarifying the required use of masks in California’s public schools.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - A new analysis sheds brighter light on exactly what was in the thick smoke that blanketed much of Northern California for two weeks in November 2018.
ORBEND – (INT) - In America’s fruit and nut basket, water is now the most precious crop of all.
OAKLAND – (INT) - There is no evidence of an abnormal increase in residents planning to move out of the state.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - An estimated 500,000 working families in California are still eligible to apply for $220 million in tax credits.
A 67-year-old Rancho Cucamonga church pastor is under arrest on suspicion of sex crimes involving a young girl. The 14-year-old girl says she was a victim of lewd and lascivious acts allegedly perpetrated by Puredi Hillary for 3-years. Hillary is a pastor at Shiloh Tabernacle Church.
In Riverside, a similar case is unfolding against Jaime Alejandre Gonzalez, a 65-year-old youth leader at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine. Gonzalez was arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a young girl between 2010 and 2015 when she was under the age of 10.

Construction delays on the Ortega Highway will reach a peak the last weekend of the month when Highway 74 will be closed. The 55-hour closure between Lake Elsinore and Orange County runs from Friday night, July 30th, through Monday morning, August 2nd. Caltrans says it’s necessary for widening of the highway. (INT)

A Riverside Services Protection Measure will be on the Nov. 2nd ballot. If enacted, the measure will continue a long-standing, voter-authorized transfer of certain monies from the City’s electric utility to maintain 911 emergency response times; fire, police, and paramedic services; and programs serving vulnerable residents, such as the homeless. (INT)

A San Bernardino mother is under arrest after her teenage son fired a gun in the back seat of their moving vehicle wounding her 20-month-old daughter. Veronica Pyatt, 38, claimed that, at first, she didn’t realize what had happened and drove home failing to report the incident. She took the toddler to the hospital where the staff informed police. Her 14-year-old son had disposed of the gun in a trashcan and was also arrested. Police say the toddler will survive. (INT)

The University of California is primed for a record-breaking freshman class this fall. Admission offers are up 11 percent. UC Riverside is preparing for an enrollment of 34,671 students. (INT)

Shannon Dicus has been sworn-in as San Bernardino County Sheriff- Coroner. Dicus was appointed to fill out the unexpired term of John McMahon who officially retired Saturday. Sheriff Dicus is a 40-year resident of the county and was hired by the sheriff’s department in 1991. He says he will seek a full term in the 2022 elections. (INT)

A 140-unit, affordable senior housing community in Rancho Cucamonga opens Wednesday. The development addresses the growing need for affordable housing for seniors, who continue to become a larger portion of people experiencing homelessness. Onsite solar panels will help the community generate 100% of its own electricity needs. The developer, National CORE, has partnered with the health organization, the Inland Empire Health Plan, to build affordable housing. (INT)

Anza-Borrego Foundation will celebrate what is likely the single largest transfer of land from a cooperating association to a state park in the history of California State Parks. The transfer is 17,597 acres of formerly private inholdings. A land transfer event celebration will be held July 29th. (INT)

Californians will now know when and where prescribed fires are planned and the projected impact of the smoke on air quality. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has launched an online app with the appropriate information. (INT)

In Moreno Valley, a motorcyclist was killed Thursday when he collided with a sub-compact SUV making a turn off Atwood Avenue. Sheriff’s investigators said that Antonio Aguirre, 22, had attempted to go around the SUV but crashed into it. In San Bernardino County, the coroner reports five persons dead since Thursday in a series of traffic accidents in Rialto, Phelan, Hesperia and Nipton. (INT)

A prisoner at the Benoit Detention Center at Indio is being accused of killing his cellmate. John Hemmer, 48, from South Dakota was found dead Wednesday of “significant traumatic injuries”. Luke Hanchette, 42, of Hemet is facing murder charges. (INT)

Menifee has become the first city in Southern California to streamline the processing of residential solar permits. SolarAPP+ helps automate the procedure and receive automated solar plan review and solar permits within minutes. (INT)

The driver of a pickup truck lost control on a Jurupa Valley street Tuesday and was killed in a collision with a semi-truck. Sheriff’s deputies said the errant pickup struck a fence on Rubidoux Boulevard, collided head-on with the larger truck and became wedged beneath it. (INT)

The Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) is handling about 300 cases of financial abuse monthly in the county. About one-third involve financial scams and fraud. “Scams are on the rise. “Fraudsters are very crafty and come up with scams that appear to be legitimate,” said Advocate Shirley De Santiago. (INT)

The new 2021-22 Riverside County Grand Jury has been seated. The members are evenly split between men and women. Seven members are Spanish-surnamed. There were fifty-three applicants and forty-one were interviewed. There are eight alternates. The jury was selected in a drawing earlier this month. (INT)

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is opening phase-one of its casino expansion on July 24th. It marks its 35th anniversary. The opening of phase one includes an expanded gaming space, a 24-hour restaurant, a high-end dining venue, and new retail shops. Later this year, San Manuel will open its first on-site hotel, featuring 432 luxury rooms and suites. San Manuel plans to fill 2500 new positions by the end of the year. (INT)

You know it’s almost summer when Riverside County’s cool centers open. Currently there 39 cool centers open to the public in partnership with local organizations such as libraries and community centers, with the plan to expand to 60 by mid-season. The centers are available to residents at no cost and will be open through October. (INT)

Owners of residential or business property in Riverside County who have unclaimed property tax refunds may file to receive reimbursement through August 2nd. Almost 600 refunds totaling more than $540,000 remain unclaimed. Most refunds stem from valuation reductions by the county assessor and are related to corrections or cancellations to the tax roll after taxes were already paid. (INT)

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