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May 9, 1999
The various manifestations of Joaquin Murrieta demonstrate the malleability and popular appeal of the legend ("The Many Myths of Murrieta," May 4). The story of this "touchstone of ethnic identity" was shaped largely by a Cherokee journalist who advocated assimilation into the Anglo cultural mainstream. John Rollin Ridge, also known as Yellow Bird, was just a boy when his grandfather helped negotiate the treaty that led to the Trail of Tears. Ridge may have had this betrayal in mind when he created the motivation for Murrieta's revenge in the form of a "company of unprincipled Americans" who drive him from his land "with no other excuse than that he was 'an infernal Mexican intruder!
January 1, 2005
Re "In GOP They Trust," Dec. 24: Your portrayal of Murrieta is misleading. Murrieta has a Republican majority typical of American suburbia. However, the city is a generous, harmonious community whose residents are of all political and religious persuasions. It has its share of political and religious extremists, but they are not typical of the community. We do have a vibrant Democratic organization in the Temecula-Murrieta area. The Democratic Club has close to 200 members. We had an active campaign headquarters during the last election.
February 25, 1990
Cimarron at Rancho Acacias, a 112-unit development by Cimarron Homes Inc., is open in the master-planned community of Rancho Acacias in Murrieta, in southern Riverside County. Designed by Barry A. Berkus in what builder Wally Meads said is "as close to custom homes as (you) will find in the marketplace," the first phase of 18 three-, four- and five-bedroom houses ranges in size from 2,450 to 2,855 square feet, and in price from $222,990 to $259,990.
March 1, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
The weather in Palm Desert was dry enough for Palm Desert and Vista Murrieta to play a doubleheader on Saturday in baseball, and Vista Murrieta came away with victories of 7-5 and 9-1. Sophomore Jack Moberg threw six shutout innings in the first game and contributed two hits. Coltin Gerhart hit a three-run home run in the second game.  
August 12, 1990
Crossroads Development has completed the first phase of its $75-million Murrieta Town Center in Murrieta Hot Springs. The 500,000-square-foot shopping center project is financed by Citicorp and is located on 44 acres at the juncture of Interstates 215, 15 and Murrieta Hot Springs Road. Construction on Phase 1--now fully leased--began in July 1989. Phase 2--which is 70% preleased--began last April and completion is scheduled for next January.
February 14, 1988
Signal Development Corp., Irvine, will build a $30-million, 55-acre business park in the rapidly growing Rancho California area of Riverside County. Rancho Murrieta Business Park will be bordered by Jefferson Avenue, Date Street and Interstate 15 in Murrieta. Grading is expected to begin in March, and the park will have 57 lots, according to William S. Walkup of Signal. The one-third acre to 1.5-acre lots will be geared to smaller users, he said.
October 23, 2003 | John Ortega, From Staff Reports
The Murrieta Valley High boys' cross-country team should be back at full strength when the Nighthawks compete in the Division I-II team sweepstakes race of the Mt. San Antonio College Invitational on Saturday morning. A medical condition prevented Greg Hasty, Murrieta Valley's No. 5 runner, from competing in the Inland Empire Challenge at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario on Oct. 11. Coach Steve Chavez said Hasty would be ready to run at Mt. San Antonio.
January 31, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
A 19-year-old man accused of murdering an Army National Guardsman in Murrieta in June 2005 was captured Tuesday in Mexico by officials from the Riverside County district attorney's office and Mexican authorities. Prosecutors say Fabian Urrea fled Murrieta for Mexico after shooting 24-year-old Jorge Estrada, a Guardsman on leave from Iraq, outside Estrada's apartment during a fight over Estrada's wife. Months before the killing -- while Estrada was on assignment in Ft.
July 23, 1989 | MICHELE GRIMM and TOM GRIMM, The Grimms are Laguna Beach free-lance writers/photographers and authors of the updated "Away for a Weekend."
You can cool down this summer at Murrieta Hot Springs. Although it's 25 miles inland, this spa is bathed by afternoon ocean breezes that funnel through the mountains. Guests wear sweaters or jackets on nippy evenings. The Temeku Indians discovered the mineral waters, which continue to bubble up through an earthquake fault. Hot water also mixed with the soil where tule plants grew, and the Indians bathed in mud they believed was medicinal.
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