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When you are out shopping for bargains this weekend, try to keep in mind the annual Christmas Toy Drive, with the Calimesa Chamber of Commerce and the Calimesa Fire Department. New, unwrapped toys, for ages newborns to teenagers, can be dropped off at 17 collection sites in Calimesa, through…

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Kathy Crane lives in the peaceful Whisper Ridge community of Yucaipa. Most days, she enjoys native wildlife and the wide-open views from her backyard. On June 13, Crane was outside watching a pair of hawks hang out on a pole near her property, when she heard what she believed to be a gunshot…

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Calimesa held its second housing element discussion within a week, this one via Zoom where members of the public could join the discussion. About 15 community members attended the meeting, conducted by housing element consultant Dave Barquest and Planning Manager Kelly Lucia on Wednesday, No…

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Santa will be stopping by at the annual Yucaipa Winterfest, which takes place on Saturday, Nov. 27, from noon to 9 p.m. in Historic Uptown Yucaipa. In addition to holiday cheer, this year’s festival will feature live entertainment, Santa’s Village, a Kids Zone, photos with Santa, snow zone, …

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Assemblyman James Ramos, State Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh, their staffs, and several other community organizations joined forces to give out 400 free turkeys to families in need, on Saturday, Nov. 20.

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Kandie Cansler, a local animal rehabilitator, has rescued many birds and other animals over the years.  In June 2021, she got a call regarding a large hawk which was shot in a Yucaipa community. She rescued it, and five months later, it was released back to the wild. See the complete story i…

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The first of two discussions this week on Calimesa’s housing element was held Monday night at a joint workshop between the city council and the planning commission. Members discussed their concerns, which mainly centered on keeping Calimesa’s rural lifestyle while following state law to addr…

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Local students have another more affordable opportunity to further their education beyond high school after the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District signed an agreement last week with Grand Canyon University, a private Christian college. Superintendent Cali Binks signed the Partici…

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The city of Yucaipa is excited to announce the annual Yucaipa Winterfest. The one-day festival will take place Saturday, Nov. 27, from noon. to 9 p.m. in Historic Uptown Yucaipa. Festival entry is free and all ages are welcomed. This year’s activities include live entertainment, Santa’s Vill…

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Local churches collaborated together to ensure that those in need would receive a turkey meal for Thanksgiving. On Tuesday, Nov. 16,  from noon to 2 p.m. Green Valley Church will give away a turkey meal bag to the needy at 11656 Bryant St., Yucaipa.

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A play area for elementary age children, a soft-surface walking path, open green space and four pickleball courts were among the amenities depicted in the design concept presented Monday night at a joint public workshop between the Cali-mesa Planning Commission and the Parks, Trails and Comm…

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On Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at approximately 3:09 a.m., Yucaipa deputies responded to the 35000 block of Forest Lane, Yucaipa, for a call of a reported stabbing. Deputies located Christopher Pearson deceased at the location. Matthew Kusko, 32-year-old Yucaipa resident, was detained at the scene…

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Discussions are underway about bringing back the D grade at local high schools. Board members heard information on the possibility at last week’s Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District meeting, before it was requested to have it as an agenda item for a vote at the Dec. 14 board meeti…

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 On Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at about 8 a.m., Jorge Mendoza dropped off a female victim at the Redlands Community Hospital. The victim had a life-threatening gunshot wound to the abdomen. Due to the severity of the injury, the female was transported to a trauma center by ambulance. Redlands C…

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There are two separate unrelated incidences that occurred in the city of Yucaipa, which are currently being investigated.  One involving a handgun on Nov. 4 and the other, involving a stabbing in the early morning hours of Nov. 5. As previously stated, both cases are under investigation and …

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Yucaipa and Calimesa could go it alone. Their neighbors in Banning and Beaumont could, too. Yet, a similar theme of working together as a single, cohesive regional powerhouse with shared goals and visions in order to tackle issues such as traffic and securing sufficient water supplies, was e…

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On Oct. 30, about 100 volunteers from Yucaipa and the surrounding cities met to help complete the task that began the prior week for Make-a-Difference Day. Some of the volunteers were returning to help from the Oct. 23 Make-a-Difference Day plantings at Five Winds Ranch and some were there f…

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Veterans Day is a day to honor all U.S. veterans, both living and deceased. Veterans Day is  Nov. 11, and the Yucaipa-Calimesa Veterans and Memorial Day Committee is holding a ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Yucaipa Community Park to honor the armed forces. “As chair of the committee for several …

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Calimesa’s first fire chief, Jock Johnson, is retiring. The announcement was made Monday night at the Calimesa City Council meeting. Johnson, who has been with the Calimesa Fire Department since its planning stages about five years ago, will retire, effective Nov. 11. Battalion Chief Tim O’C…

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Ever since he was a kid, Larry Reagan has loved Halloween. “There is just something about the excitement you would see on people’s faces,” the Yucaipa resident said. “Then, the laughter afterwards (from being scared).” At 6 years old, he came up with the idea of putting a ghost on his skateb…

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According to a Yucaipa Police Department press release, on Thursday, Oct. 28, at approximately 7 a.m., the missing juvenile's father briefly left his residence to drop off his other child at a nearby school. When he returned he noticed his daughter, Jolene Vasadi, 11, was not in the residenc…

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The annual Christmas Toy Drive, through the Calimesa Chamber of Commerce and the Calimesa Fire Department, is set to kickoff Monday, Nov. 1, culminating in a Night of Giving. Those interested in donating can drop off new, unwrapped toys, for ages newborns to teenagers, at 17 collection sites…

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A public hearing was conducted at the Oct. 11 Yucaipa City Council meeting to establish a schedule of revised Development Impact Fees (DIF). Planning Manager/City Planner Ben Matlock told the council that this was part of the annual adjustment of the city’s development impact fees program fo…

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A meet and greet with Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco will be held on Monday, Nov. 1, at the Haus Bistro, 534 Myrtlewood Dr., Calimesa from 9 to 10 a.m. This is an informal gathering of coffee and conversation with Sheriff Bianco. Speciality coffees will be available for purchase from @…

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On Oct. 5, the Yucaipa Valley Water District (YVWD), General Manager Joe Zoba reported that the California State Water Resources Control Board and the Department of Water Resources released information that in July the state reduced water usage by 1.8% as compared to Gov. Gavin Newsom reques…

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Veterans Day, honors all those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Nov. 11 is an opportunity to commemorate those special men and women in the military. This year, the Yucaipa-Calimesa Memorial and Veterans Day Committee is especially excited to get back into the annual tradition of ho…

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Calimesa turned the next page in building a new library Monday night when the city council conceptually approved a partnership with the County of Riverside Business and Community Services Department and the allocation of funds. “This is a very exciting thing. The possibilities are hopefully …

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Yucaipa is no stranger to hosting Make-a-Difference Day, a national day of volunteering. Last year, because of the pandemic, the annual Make-a-Difference Day in Yucaipa was canceled, however the city is making up for it this year, with a two-day event, on Saturday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct.…

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Join the PassEDA on Thursday, Oct. 28, for a city managers forum, a free event open to the public. Ray Casey, Yucaipa City Manager; Bonnie Johnson, Calimesa City Manager; Todd Parton, Beaumont City Manager; and Doug Schulze, Banning City Manager will discuss updates about city and transporta…

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At the Oct. 9 YMRA (Yucaipa Mobilehome Resi-dents Association), Chair Shirley Dalton welcomed the residents and stated Second Vice Chair Rayna Carmichael brought photos she took of issues in the parks around town that she wanted City Manager Casey to address. “This is why we really need YMRA…

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Contacting parents whose children need to see an eye-care specialist was part of Lucy Manning’s work as a Lions Club volunteer. The local Lion recalled speaking to a mom about her daughter’s poor vision, based on a screening for children, ages 6 months to 6 years, completed by volunteers thr…

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On Oct. 11, Yucaipa City Council and staff conducted the first of four study sessions regarding the consideration of city council election district boundaries based on the 2020 U.S. Census data. These sessions are proposed to help the city receive public input from the community of its inter…

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Join bike and nature enthusiasts this Thursday, Oct. 14, for a fundraiser for the Wildwood Mountain Bike Trail in Yucaipa.  The fun event is at Hops & Spokes, 34324 Yucaipa Blvd., Suite A from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be plenty of donation opportunities. 

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If you’re looking for free family fun, look no further than Historic Uptown Yucaipa this weekend for its annual Autumn-fest. Rain or shine, the event will go on. The fun starts Friday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 10 p.m. and continues through Saturday, Oct. 9, from 3 to 9 p.m. As always, the city offe…

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Yucaipa Valley Kiwanis will hold a Swing for the Kids golf tournament on Oct. 1, at Yucaipa Valley Golf Club at 33725 Chapman Heights Rd., Yucaipa. The club is still in need of sponsors and golfers for the fundraiser. The club is committed to providing scholarships, sponsor school service cl…

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Yucaipa resident Spencer Sherwin, 25, was just a regular guy, attending film school in Northern California, when he was involved in a tragic auto collision that left him paralyzed from the chest down. The accident occurred June 24, 2020. It certainly changed the trajectory of his life. About…

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The city of Yucaipa is excited to host the Annual Autumnfest next weekend. The two-day festival will take place Friday, Oct. 8, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 9, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Historic Uptown Yucaipa. Festival entry is free and all ages are welcomed. On Friday, Oct. 8, …

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Today, Saturday, Sept. 25, Yucaipa Performing Arts Center  just announced tonight's concert, Queen Nation, is postponed. 

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Bets for Pets is back. On Saturday, Oct. 2, Yucaipa Animal Placement Society will host a casino night fundraiser with casino table games and bingo. The location has CHANGED: It will be held at YAPS, 11937 13th St, Yucaipa.

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Simply put, the Vial of Life program is a way to have important life-saving information available for emergency medical responders in the event that you are injured or take ill at home and are unable to communicate. Nationally recognized as saving countless lives each year, the Vial of Life …

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With the sense of fall in the air and the holidays getting closer, the city has put in motion the plans for a couple of the annual festivals for the citizens of Yucaipa and surrounding visitors to enjoy. The 2021 Autumnfest and the 2021 Winterfest and Uptown Ice Rink were presented during th…

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Yucaipa High School chapter of Best Buddies recently presented a $250 donation to the Yucaipa Animal Placement Society (YAPS). Chapter president Lily Eickenger and vice president Sergio Mora presented the donation to YAPS Operations Manager Ginger Bryk. Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) …

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Calimesa City Council members went back to school last week to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Summerwind Trails School. The kindergarten through eighth-grade campus, which is part of the Beaumont Unified School District, includes the first elementary school in Calimesa’s city lim…

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On Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 6 a.m., detectives assigned to the Morongo Basin Station and Search and Rescue members executed a search warrant in the 8600 block of Benmar Trail in Yucca Valley in search for missing 30-year-old Female Lauren Cho.

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Grace Point Fellowship Church (GPF) is hosting their third Rescue Sunday event on Sept. 26. This event, organized as a summit with four special speakers, will inform the community of the prevalence of human trafficking and what to do to prevent it, protect their own families, and bring hope …

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Faith Lutheran Church Preschool has opened to children ages 2-5, as of Monday Sept. 13. The nonprofit, church-sponsored preschool is re-opening with an emphasis on a safe and sanitary environment, and continuing Faith Church’s outreach ministry begun in 1979 to Yucaipa and other nearby commu…

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Just in time for an festive winter wonderland, Uptown Yucaipa will be the place to be for fun activities, including WinterFest and a temporary ice skating rink. Yucaipa City Council unanimously approved the temporary ice skating rink at its meeting on Sept. 13. The Uptown rink and the 2021 W…

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Bill Daley was at his security post when a co-worker came speeding up to him, honking his horn to try to get his attention early in the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. “When he stopped,” Daley recalled, “he said he heard on the radio that a plane had gone into the one of the twin towers in New Yo…

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Gavin Newsom remains California’s governor after defeating the recall election with 63.9 percent of voters opposing the recall on Tuesday, Sept. 14. According to unofficial results posted the morning of Sept. 15, which included partial reporting from all precincts (vote-by-mail and provision…

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The 75,000 members of the Knights of Columbus in California will conduct their annual fundraising drive in communities across the state to benefit people with Intellectual Disabilities. In Yucaipa, the Intellectual Disabilities Drive will be coordinated by The Knights of Columbus St Frances …

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This Saturday, Sept. 11, the Elks Lodge in Yucaipa will host a 9-11 commemoration brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The lodge will also hold a LifeStream blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., upstairs in the lodge. Please call 1-800-879-4484 for an appointment. 

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