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  • Man Rescued off Mt. Baldy Finally Reunited With Dog he had to Leave Behind With a broken leg, five broken ribs and a punctured lung, Warren Muldoon sat on a ledge above a 40-foot waterfall in a remote canyon on Mount Baldy. It was about noon Feb. 1, and he’d already fallen down four smaller waterfalls in an attempt to reach safety after getting lost while hiking down from the summit.
  • In the Shadow of Terror: Family of Woman Found Dead on Day of Mass Shooting Say They Feel Forgotten Pamela Limon’s 40th birthday on Dec. 2, 2015, was off to a frightening start. Limon and about a dozen colleagues were on lockdown in a San Bernardino County fleet management office as the terror attack unfolded at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.
  • Grieving San Bernardino Family Fights to Block Parole of Loved One’s Killer Twenty years is too long for life without “mija.” Twenty years is too short for the sentence of her killer, says the family of “mija.” “I feel he should do life,” said Marilyn Necochea, the young woman’s sister. “She’s doing life. We’ve been sentenced to life.”
  • Bloody Scene Detailed in Court Records That ID Dead Grandmother, Granddaughter When Banning police arrived at the scene of a homicide last week, they found the mobile home ransacked, blood all over, and the 78-year-old victim on a bedroom floor with bruising on her neck and a possible defensive wound on her hand. The oven was on, and inside were a revolver, a bullet and a kerosene lamp with fuel.
  • Gilman Springs Road: A Crash a Week, but Getting Better When Ted Morgan was a Moreno Valley police officer, he rarely responded to a fender bender on Gilman Springs Road. “Every time we got a call of a crash out there, we rolled multiple officers because we knew it was going to be bad,” he said. “They were almost always injury accidents.”
  • Getting Published is Happy Ending to Storyteller’s Tale Once upon a time, Cynthia Orme read bedtime stories to her seven children. She introduced them to Mother Goose, Peter Pan, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and more. Orme read to her children to expand their imaginations and teach them to read, just like her mother did for her.
  • Event Focuses on Creating Forever Families Lillie Chasco Flores felt like a princess. The Riverside 9-year-old looked like one, too. A silver tiara sat atop her brown braids, and she cradled a bouquet of Gerber daisies in her arms. Some were purple like her dress. As Lillie posed for photos outside Riverside County Historic Courthouse on Saturday morning, Nov. 21, she was flanked by two aunts. One of them, Hollie Flores, 60, soon would become her mother.
  • Three-Year-Old Girl’s Seven Strokes a Unique Condition, Family Says As far as medical experts know, 3-year-old Raelynn Hoffa of Temecula is unique in the world. And it’s a lonely place to be. A mutated gene is to blame for the seven strokes she has suffered since age 8 months. Not another person has been known to have the same issue.
  • After 125 Years, Church Still Thrives Due to the Power of Faith In 125 years, Riverside’s Second Baptist Church has moved five times, followed 17 pastors, weathered depressions, recessions and wars, and reflected the changing faces of its neighborhoods. Yet, as Senior Pastor T. Ellsworth Gantt, II, said: “We’re still here.”
  • Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion Expected to Top 200,000 Visitors Laurie Bakewell and Nancy Derrick had prime seats Saturday, Sept. 19, for Ontario’s Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion car show — in the back of Bakewell’s husband’s 1966 Pontiac GTO convertible. The white GTO, like the two women in its red backseat, is a car-show veteran.
  • Deaf Head Coach is Jr. Football League’s First Marcus Chmaj is an expressive football coach. To get his point across, he gets close. He crouches. He grimaces. The boys, all 7 or 8 years old, stand attentive, watching his every move. The boys watch him closely because they can’t hear him speak. That’s because Chmaj can neither speak nor hear.
  • Rotarians See Red (Keg Cups, That Is) There is no beer in beer pong when played according to official rules. You heard correctly: No beer. Official rules. It’s one of the few times in a bar when red plastic keg cups contain only water.
  • Teacher Brings Home Powerful Lessons About Holocaust Becky Dell went to hell for summer vacation. It wasn’t the first time for the middle school teacher, and if history is any indication, it won’t be the last.
  • Angels Pitcher Garrett Richards Sparks Dreams for Foster Kids The scene was reminiscent of countless American childhoods. Eight children wore fresh baseball caps with hanging price tags and the John Hancock of a famous player – in this case, Angels pitcher Garrett Richards – scrawled atop the brims. The kids bobbled along like the dolls Richards had signed and now were carried in boxes tucked securely under their arms.

Breaking News

  • West Cajon Valley Couple Return to Find Home Safe From Blue Cut Fire John “Gio” Muensterman said Saturday afternoon he “was a lucky boy.” “I kissed the ground and said ‘Thank you, Lord,’” the West Cajon Valley resident said. He and his wife Vivian had returned moments before, about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, to their home of 35 years on Monte Vista Road to find their home, garage, chicken coops and dog house all still standing, though the Blue Cut fire had come right up to their property.
  • Owners Stand Firm After SUV Crashes Into Barbershop Posters of Muhammad Ali and Bruce Lee on the walls of an East Hemet barbershop attest to the fighting spirit of its owners, who didn’t let a hit-and-run crash knock them out. “When you fall down you got to get back up, because the round’s not over,” Cristy Gomez, co-owner of Eric Root Razors N Barbers, said Tuesday, April 26.
  • Plane Crash Kills Two Men: Aircraft Narrowly Misses Bethel Baptist Church The pilot and passenger of a single-engine airplane were killed Sunday when the aircraft plunged into a Kalispell house, just missing churchgoers who were leaving an 11 a.m. service across the street.
  • Balcony Collapse Injures 74: Seven in Serious or Critical Condition After Polson Bar Incident Tabetha Brown doesn’t remember falling. “I remember looking up at all the people standing out the door looking down on us,” Brown said. “I remember lying there trying to figure out just what happened.”
  • Fire Destroys Home in Many Lakes Area Fire destroyed a home on Many Lakes Drive Friday, but not the spirit of the homeowner. “I just had open heart surgery a few weeks ago,” said Sam Hanson with a grim smile as he watched his house burn in front of him. “So I don’t worry about this s—.”

Features

  • Call of the Wild: Redlands Police Corporal Practices the Ancient Sport of Falconry On a recent bright, warm and windy Wednesday, in a field in sight of the 210 Freeway, Alex Paredes went hunting for rabbits. But this was no ordinary hunt. Sure, the Redlands police corporal and Rancho Cucamonga resident was accompanied by his dog Bree, whose role was to flush game. But instead of carrying a rifle Paredes carried two hawks, and they were hungry.
  • How an Arts Education Dream was Saved One day in Aug. 1985, William “Bill” Lowman, executive director of Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts (ISOMATA), and Richard Richardson, development director, got into Richardson’s car and started the drive off The Hill. To Lowman, the school’s future — the survival of its founders’ dream — was at stake that day.
  • Wrecking Crew: Derby Drivers Crunch Junkers Front-end loaders smoothed dirt roughed up by horses’ hooves, like a Zamboni preparing the ice for a game of hockey. Dirt was piled to the side in an almost circular wall. Then came the water trucks and soon the mud. The demolition derby: A little bit hockey, a little bit mud wrestling, a little bit…
  • A Dog Fight Over Woods Bay: Pair of Peregrine Falcons Chase off Eagle From a Prized Perch Something was wrong: the falcon aerie was eerily quiet. Byron Crow, field project coordinator with the Montana Peregrine Institute, put his binoculars to his eyes to observe a golden eagle perched in a tree on a cliff top. “That’s a bad sign, because he’s up there eating something,” he said.
  • Coffee Talk: Lakeside Men’s Club has a Long History of Morning Meetings It’s 9 a.m. at the Spinnaker in Lakeside. A group of older men sit around two tables. They talk, they laugh, they drink coffee, they roll dice to see who pays the bill. It’s been like this for almost 30 years. “Some of these people fall asleep,” says Jay Thiessen, 75. “Don’t worry about it.” Welcome to the Lakeside Men’s Coffee Club.
  • Alta Egos: Does Alta Club Membership Still Have its Privileges? There are some who believe the Alta Club’s reputation is in the crapper. The main floor men’s bathroom, to be precise. “You’d always make sure to spit,” said Joe Hatch, recalling the giant brass spittoons that once stood on the floor. “My brother and I would go down there two or three times during dinner just to spit.”
  • Going for Broke: Is it Tithing or Carelessness That Leads Utahns to Bankruptcy? Faith got him up and running, but faith alone couldn’t solve his mounting problems. An entrepreneur of sorts, he had spread his resources thin to realize a vision, one now shared by many. Land was bought, buildings built, followers found and supported. At one point he had even printed his own money. But now his responsibilities were gaining on him.

Profiles

  • Idyllwild Student Sees Connection in Engineering, Jazz Idyllwild Arts Academy senior Sam Zorn first picked up a violin at age 2. He went to his first fiddle camp at age 12. By the time he turned 18, he was gigging with recording and touring jazz pros. As Zorn readies to graduate, possibly as valedictorian, he hopes to be accepted by either Cal Poly San Luis Obispo or Harvey Mudd College. That’s right, technical schools. Jazz violinist Zorn wants to study environmental engineering.
  • St. Petersburg’s “Gramma Moses #2” Started Painting at 83 and Writing at 87 Joan Collins doesn’t look 87 — 72 seems more likely — but she does look like an artist. Today, she wears brown leather sandals, slate-blue Capri pants, and a periwinkle short-sleeved shirt that matches the hue of her lipstick and of her glass necklace. Compact spectacles frame her bright eyes, and her hair, a yin yang of white and gray, is worn short and stands a bit more than five feet above the ground. Collins appears to have followed the artist’s way for much of her life. Yet she took it up only four years ago.
  • Dream Boats: Boating’s Past is Boat Builder’s Present At 4 a.m. one morning in January 2000, the lights in Bob White’s hospital room in Kalispell went on. Ol’ Doc Williams walked in, presumably to see how Bob was doing. At the age of 70, his heart had been giving him some problems. Doc Williams sat down on the bed. “Now about this wooden boat…”
  • After a Busy Life Outdoors, Jack Whitney is Coming in From the Woods It’s been a few years since Jack Whitney has wielded a bow — many more since he last used one to bring down a cougar with a handmade arrow — but three bows, made by hand about 50 years ago, stand in the corner near his back door. Each stands handily, like a broom or a shovel, but it’s unlikely Whitney will grasp one anytime soon.