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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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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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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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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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San Bernardino County departments and employees continue to take on new roles to serve our communities during this worldwide pandemic by ensuring people can get vaccinated at a convenient location.

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The Yucaipa 2021 Make A Difference Day (MADD) is planned for two days this year. The days will be Saturday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 30, due to the size and scope of the proposed project, the event is being proposed to be held over two days. Director of Community Services Megan Wolfe prese…

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According to a press release from Yucaipa Police Department, deputies from the Yucaipa Police Station obtained information about a subject who was selling illegal drugs at his Yucaipa residence. During the investigation, deputies learned Brent Richie, 56, Yucaipa resident, was the alleged su…

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Using Beacon/Spotlight Grant funds, Yucaipa Elks No. 2389 presented $2,750 to local nonprofits Smiles for Seniors and Yucaipa Family Assistance. Both organizations help local individuals and families in need with food and other necessities. Featured in above photo: Cheryl Arthur, YFA volunte…

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Voters can submit their ballots today through election day, Tuesday, Sept. 14, in the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom. Although Sept. 14 is election day, the recall is still operating under COVID-19 rules, giving California voters lots of opportunities to submit their ballots early. As of Sept. …

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Keeping students engaged and showing them the value of hard work has been a hallmark of Chris Rekstad’s teaching career. For those reasons, and several more, Rekstad was selected the Teacher of the Year for the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District. The Valley Elementary School teac…

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The Yucaipa 2021 Make A Difference Day (MADD) is planned for two days this year. The days will be Saturday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 30, due to the size and scope of the proposed project, the event is being proposed to be held over two days. Director of Community Services Megan Wolfe prese…

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At the Aug. 18 Yucaipa Planning Commission meeting, Yucaipa Assistant Planner Madeline Jordan asked the planning commissioners to conduct a public hearing to approve a 100% increase in a land density bonus request, conditional use permit, architectural design and conceptual landscaping and a…

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There is less than two weeks before California voters will go to the polls to decide if they want to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom, but ballots can already be submitted. In fact, according to a Los Angeles Times article, nearly 2.7 million, or 12%, of California’s 22.2 million registered voters h…

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With over 15 major wildfires raging across the state, the U.S. Forest Service announced California’s national forests are closed, effective Sept. 1. The closure of 18 national forests is in place despite many adventure seekers who planned to visit the local mountains this Labor Day weekend. …

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Yucaipa Police Detective Daniel Berumen arrested Highland resident, Eric Michael Villagran, on Aug. 10, on charges of seven bank robberies, including one in January at Yucaipa Arrowhead Credit Union. Dubbed the Cartel Bandit, the 26-year-old suspect would wear a mask and hand bank tellers a …

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The San Bernardino County Library is pleased to provide adult literacy services to the Yucaipa community. The adult literacy program features individualized literacy services in one-on-one, confidential, student-centered sessions. The program is intended to equip participants with lifelong l…

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Since 2018, 51 Verkada cameras have been installed in various locations throughout the city of Yucaipa. On Aug. 9, Information Systems Manager Jason Underwood presented an update on the city’s camera systems and stated after a study conducted by staff, it was determined 15 new Verkada survei…

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Photographer Debbie Strong captured this rare Blue Moon on Aug. 22, in Yucaipa. The next big event in the sky will be the Sept. 20 Harvest Moon. The next Blue Moon won’t appear again until 2024. 

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At the June 20, Yucaipa City Council regular meeting, city staff was asked to come back to council for a study session regarding the city’s Oak Tree Preservation Policy and permit process. This was brought back to the city council at the June 20 regular city council meeting to discuss if the…

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There was no shortage of cowboy hats at the Yucaipa Equestrian Center on Aug. 6-7, as Yucaipa’s third annual rodeo, Turn on the Lights, wowed eventgoers with live action. Rodeo horses, bull riding, calf roping, mutton busting and more were part of the fun over the weekend during Yucaipa’s ro…

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On Aug. 12, 2021, deputies responded to a call for service in the 40000 block of Spruce Drive in Forest Falls regarding an assault with a deadly weapon. According to the victim, Schmetzer was upset the victim’s vehicle was parked in front of Schmetzer's residence. Schmetzer used his truck to…

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There was a multiple car traffic collision on Monday, Aug. 9 involving eight people, one with critical injuries and eight with minor injuries. According to Yucaipa Police Department, vehicle No. 1 was traveling west on Avenue D, vehicle No. 2 was traveling north on 14th Street and vehicle No…

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The grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Wildwood Single Track Mountain Bike Trail will be hosted by the city of Yucaipa at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at the equestrian parking area of Wildwood City Park, located at 36699 Wildwood Canyon Road in Yucaipa. The ceremony is open to…

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At the Yucaipa City Council meeting on Aug. 9, Public Works Analyst Todd Gutjahr and Director of Development Services/City Engineer Fermin Preciado presented the Phase I and Phase II of Wildwood Mountain Bike Trail Project to council asking to accept the contract work for the two phases that…

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At the Yucaipa City Council meeting on Aug. 9, Public Works Analyst Todd Gutjahr and Director of Development Services/City Engineer Fermin Preciado presented the Phase I and Phase II of Wildwood Mountain Bike Trail Project to council asking to accept the contract work for the two phases that…

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At the Yucaipa City Council meeting on Aug. 9, Public Works Analyst Todd Gutjahr and Director of Development Services/City Engineer Fermin Preciado presented the Phase I and Phase II of Wildwood Mountain Bike Trail Project to council asking to accept the contract work for the two phases that…

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The citizens of Yucaipa, diplomats and city officials helped with the tradition of pushing in a new fire engine into the station at the unveiling and Push-In ceremony of Medic Engine 553 at Station 3 on Wildwood Canyon Road on Aug. 9. See the full story in the Yucaipa-Calimesa News Mirror on…

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The Calimesa City Council allotted roughly $2.4 million Monday night to improve the city’s roads. And, it may end up about $1.1 million more. About half of the $2.4 million is from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which pro-vides direct financial assistance to state and local governments…

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At the Community Public Safety Breakfast held this month, Lt. Robert Warrick stated “At the Sheriff’s Department we have several programs that I think you might be interested in.” One of the programs from the Public Affairs Division is the Safe Return Program. “There are a lot of seniors in …

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Despite the triple digit temperatures, the community came out in droves to support local police and firefighters at the annual National Night Out at Yucaipa Community Park on Aug. 3. The Yucaipa park was transformed into a carnival atmosphere with dozens of vendors, giveaways and demonstrati…

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Motorists driving along Bryant Street saw an unusual concurrence on Tuesday, Aug. 3, shortly after 8:30 a.m.  A camper shell came loose and slid off a truck bed and remained in the intersection for a few minutes, prompting questions from passerby's. According to Yucaipa Police Department, it…

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In the city’s efforts to continuously improve services to residents and property owners, the city of Yucaipa is offering over-the-counter plan review and permit approval services for certain types of Building and Safety permit applications.  Typically, the city will review plans submitted as…

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At a recent Community Public Safety Breakfast, Yucaipa Police Lt. Robert Warrick said “On Aug. 3, we are going to be doing National Night Out (NNO) at the Community Park.” This event is free to the public and all are invited. Various activities, information, presentations and demonstrations …

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On July 26,  the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the most recent statistics on COVID-19 and updates on the state’s pandemic response.

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Vintage cars lined the old fairways, vendors sold their wares and the grill was smoking as the free Concerts on the Green summer series made a comeback last week after a year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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On Monday, July 19, the Criminal Grand Jury indicted Refugio Manuel Jimenez Jr. and Angelina Renee Jimenez on 30 charges relating to the unintentional starting of the El Dorado Fire that burned 22,000 acres in San Bernardino and Riverside counties in Septem-ber of 2020. There are eight felon…

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Almost a year after the El Dorado Fire, which scorched thousands of acres, displaced hundreds and claimed the life of a firefighter, San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office held an update today, July 20, at the  D.A.'s office in San Bernardino and announced that charges will be brou…

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On July 12, at the regular Yucaipa City Council meeting, an unanimous vote for a plaque of recognition to be placed on a boulder on the city’s Honor Walk, for Sgt. Dominic Vaca was approved. Mayor Greg Bogh was absent.

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A zone text amendment allowing personal services in Calimesa’s downtown business area where they were restricted was unanimously approved Monday night by the planning commission.

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At the regular Yucaipa City Council meeting on July 12, a Firewise Community organization was presented to the city and council members. Yucaipa Fire Chief Grant Malinowski said the post-El Dorado assessment is done on a continuous basis along with pattern field mitigation projects to keep t…

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