Alex Ianonne | Dawson and her daughter hug during her mayoral party on Nov. 2, where she led against Melendrez.

Election 2020: Lock Dawson leads in race for mayor

Editor’s note: This article was updated Nov. 10, 2020. Patricia Lock Dawson continues to hold a lead over Andy Melendrez in the runoff contest for the mayor of Riverside. As of 7 p.m. on Nov. 10, 55% of the total votes had been counted, with Lock Dawson 15,000 votes ahead. Because of the delayed nature […]

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California prepares to end sale of gas-powered cars

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Sept. 23 that California will transition completely to the sale of new zero-emission vehicles rather than gas-powered cars and passenger trucks by 2035. This executive order aims to reduce California’s contribution to climate change while maintaining economic progress and jobs.  Gas-powered vehicles rely on fossil fuels, meaning that when vehicles burn […]

Tonia Ross | Banner | Daniel Bishop, the lead pastor at The Grove Community Church, gives his sermon outside to maintain social distance.

Local churches reopen outdoors

Some local churches have initiated their in-person reopening processes as the pandemic progresses. Many of these churches have adapted their services to abide by COVID-19 precautions such as social distancing and wearing face coverings. The churches Harvest Christian Fellowship, Redeemer Baptist Church and The Grove Community Church are offering outdoor services, and Sandals Church is […]

Camille Grochowski | Banner | The Cellar Door Bookstore is emptier than usual due to only one customer or group being allowed in at a time.

Small businesses adapt to pandemic

Six months ago California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide stay-at-home order that temporarily closed many locally-owned businesses. As a result of the ongoing pandemic, many stores have had to reshape how they conduct business. Linda Sherman-Murick, the owner of local bookstore Cellar Door Books said her company had to shift their focus to their […]

Shabnam Shaikh | Banner | Paige, a hairdresser at Supercuts, asks Priscilla Pedrosa what hairstyle she would like.

California introduces new system for reopening

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new reopening plan for California on Aug. 28 after COVID-19 cases continued to rise during the first reopening attempt in June. The new plan introduced a four-tier, color-coded framework for counties to follow based upon the case rate and the number of positive COVID-19 tests.  The tiers indicate each county’s […]

Luc Stringer | Banner | Smoke billows across the mountainside as the fire rages through Cherry Valley.

Southern California’s Apple Fire burns across San Bernardino forest

Three fires merged into one massive blaze on July 31, and the resulting Apple Fire has consumed 26,850 acres in the San Gorgonio Wilderness. No injuries have been reported. Cal Fire reported on Aug. 4 that the wildfire, caused by a malfunctioning diesel engine that spat out materials near Oakland Road in Cherry Valley, was […]

Protesters flee on June 1 as the police advance along Orange Street in downtown Riverside. | Luc Stringer | The Banner

Thousands flood downtown to protest injustice

“No justice, no peace, no racist police” and “I can’t breathe” were just some of the chants heard June 1 in downtown Riverside, as thousands of protesters exercised their First Amendment right and made their voices heard following the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed May 25 when a white police […]

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Projections indicate possible future of COVID-19 pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, epidemiologists have released several statistical models that have projected how the virus could affect countries across the globe in the coming weeks and beyond. Dr. Linn Carothers, professor of mathematics at California Baptist University, has monitored the COVID-19 projections throughout the pandemic. He said that governments have mainly used models […]

Robert Jordan | Banner | People with a compromise immune system have to take extra precaution during COVID-19.

Life in quarantine with a compromised immune system

The COVID-19 pandemic affects populations and segments of people all around the world, but the most affected group are those who are at least 65 years old. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals at higher risk are those in the following groups: older adults, people with asthma, the immunocompromised, groups at […]