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August 15, 2010 | By Ken Van Vechten, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Forget the Scots. Golf was invented in America. There's a petroglyph at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico showing Kokopelli, a mystical Anasazi figure, holding a 9-iron. The descendants of the ancestral Puebloans now have run amok with the sport, and tribal golf is about as good as it gets in California. Here's a look at some favorite courses. Barona Creek Golf Club The green you play: Several years ago a wildfire threatened the Barona Resort & Casino in Lakeside, burning the margins of the golf course.
August 4, 2010
When the news broke that a loose-knit group planned to stage a protest against a planned mosque in Temecula, we feared an outbreak of Islamophobia in Riverside County. Several said they opposed the mosque because they feared the coming of jihad, terrorism and Sharia law. Particularly offensive was the suggestion by organizers of the protest that people bring dogs to the event as a way to show disrespect for Islam; many Muslims believe dogs are unclean. That's why it was encouraging to see that four times as many people turned out to support the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley last Friday as did to oppose it. The supporters upheld the right of the area's small Muslim community to worship as it chooses — a right that should be defended by all who cherish core American principles — but they did more than that.
July 31, 2010 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A small group of protesters took over a patch of grass across from the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley on Friday for a vocal but relatively tame protest against a proposed mosque, though they were greatly outnumbered by supporters from area churches who were there to support the Islamic Center. The rally was held during the Islamic Center's Friday prayers and, at the urging of organizers, a few protesters brought their dogs, which many Muslims would consider an insult. "This is America.
July 28, 2010 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A loosely organized protest planned this week over a proposed new mosque in Temecula whose organizers urged demonstrators to bring their dogs was sharply denounced by a Southern California Islamic organization Tuesday. Organizers of the rally, to be held outside the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley during prayers Friday, appear to be associated with a southwest Riverside County political group affiliated with the "tea party" movement. In anonymous e-mails and website postings, organizers encouraged protesters to bring their dogs — considered an insult to Muslims.
July 24, 2010
Keeping the faith Re "Planned Temecula mosque draws critics," July 18 As a Christian and an American, I am outraged by the attempt of a vocal minority to prevent Muslims from building a house of worship on land they have owned for 10 years. The critics' objections are nothing but prejudice. The Constitution protects the right of all citizens to worship as they see fit. If we deny that right to one group, we endanger freedom of worship for everyone. Jon Neff Pasadena The controversy here in Temecula illustrates an embarrassing lack of education in our community.
July 18, 2010 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Muslims throughout Temecula and Murrieta have saved up for years to build a mosque to replace the plain white industrial building, tucked between a pipeline company and packaging warehouse, where they now gather to pray. But as the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley moves ahead with plans to build on a four-acre plot of vacant land near Temecula's gentle hills and invading housing developments, plans for the new mosque have stirred hostility in this mostly conservative community in southwest Riverside County.
June 4, 2010
EVENTS Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival Colorful hot-air balloons will dot the sky as the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival lifts off. Aerial activities include balloon shows and rides. On the ground, visitors can partake in food and wine tastings, live music, children's activities and a motocross show. Lake Skinner Recreation Area, 37701 Warren Road, Winchester. 5-11 p.m. today, 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. $15-$22 per day, $50 for a weekend pass.
April 5, 2010 | By My-Thuan Tran
A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of felony battery after tackling a referee following a soccer match in Temecula, authorities said Monday. Charles Haynes was ejected during a match Sunday evening between adult soccer teams at Patricia H. Birdsall Sports Park, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The incident occurred after the two teams had begun to fight and the referee, Gaston Manrique, 50, ended the game with 20 minutes left in regulation time.
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