The rumor about Raley's interim store...

The latest rumor in circulation says a lawsuit has halted Raley’s progress on opening the interim grocery store. Both Raley’s and the Murieta Plaza landlord say there’s no truth to the story. From Raley’s: “There is no lawsuit impacting our opening. We are moving expeditiously to open in January.”

Security logs, Nov. 3-25

Here are Rancho Murieta's complete Security logs for Nov. 3-25, as released to the public. CSD Security edits the logs to remove names and specific addresses before releasing the information. Read more »

Murieta girl helps with coats for homeless

Macey Casagrande

Murietan Macey Casagrande faces the TV camera at the site of her coats giveaway for homeless people. Photo by Justin Hayduk. Click for larger image.

It started during last year’s holidays, when Macey Casagrande was shopping downtown with her mother and saw homeless people. She wanted to do something to help, and Saturday morning she did just that. Read more »

Santa Claus is coming to town? He's here!

Santa in town

Red square See a gallery of 18 photos from the event

A happy crowd braved the chilly night air for the traditional Christmas Tree Lighting at Stonehouse Park Plaza Friday. The festivities began after Santa (also known as Tony Avampato) arrived by fire truck to light the tree and visit with children while parents took photos. The Optimist Club, sponsor of the free event, provided candy canes, cookies and hot chocolate for everybody. Click photo for larger image.

Turkey Trot warms up the morning

Turkey Trot

It was a frosty morning for the sixth annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, but Jen McNamara, left, and Laurel Condon made the most of it with their turkey headgear. About a hundred adults and kids took part in the run. This year's race was lengthened to a bit more than three miles, according to organizer Charlotte Dubey.  The run, which benefits the Fisher House Foundation, offered special thanks this year to Summerfest, which provided insurance coverage. The run started and ended at the Gazebo. At the finish line, awaiting the male and female winners, were homemade holiday pies. Click the image below to see a panorama of the participants as they await the start.

Turkey Trot

Looking in on Santa and Mrs. Claus


This will be the first Christmas in a decade that Frank and Marianna Hashorva won't be pulling on bright red clothing and delighting children as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Frank is recovering nicely from heart surgery but won't be able to star in Friday night's Santa welcome and the other stops he usually makes — the Country Club's Christmas brunch, the Learning Center's holiday celebration and other gatherings, from here to the Mather V.A. medical center.

A Turkey Trot and a visit from Santa

The holiday season gets under way Thursday and Friday with the Turkey Trot and Santa's arrival in Rancho Murieta. Here's the rundown. Read more »

Driver taken to hospital after accident


A car drifted off Murieta Parkway at the north end of Domingo Drive and into a clump of trees shortly after noon Monday, sending the driver to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center South by ambulance. CHP Officer Pat Talley said the cause of the accident was a possible medical emergency.  The four-door silver Subaru Legacy, with a Rancho Murieta gate sticker, was dragged back onto the road and towed away.

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