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Trade in for a better leaf blower

The Southern California Air Quality Management District offers a leaf blower exchange program for professional landscapers and gardeners within a four-county area, including Riverside County. The program allows them to trade in an old leaf blower for a new, low-emission and low-noise model at a 50-percent discount. For more information, sign up for an email […]

Past Tense: Sept 26, 2013

Past Tense: Sept 26, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 “Ma’s New Husband” was chosen as the first play to be produced by the newly organized Mountain Players.   60 years ago – 1953 More than 150 people pledged $10 each for benches  to be placed at the Town Hall campfire area.   55 years ago – 1958 Temperatures dropped […]

Help with new health options

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $21,931,657 in grant awards to 129 California health centers operating 1,221 sites to enroll the uninsured in new health coverage options the Affordable Care Act made available. In California, health centers served 3,261,720 patients last year, 42 percent of whom were uninsured. With these funds, the awardees […]

National health survey underway

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey got underway in Riverside County on Aug. 30. The program monitors the health and nutritional status of the U.S. population. Public health officials, legislators and physicians use the information to develop effective health policies and programs. Also, national references are produced and standardized growth charts are created for […]

Creature Corner: September 19, 2013

Creature Corner: September 19, 2013

Reunited this week were Samson and Rosie to their very worried humans. Ladybug can be a lady most of the time. But bring out the football, Frisbee or anything that even looks like a toy, and she’s ready with all fours to play. She is a young shepherd/husky-mix who was abandoned at our dumpsite with […]

Health department urging flu vaccines

Dr. Ron Chapman, state health officer and director of the California Department of Public Health, recently urged Californians to get immunized from influenza to prevent health problems. “Thousands of serious illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths can be prevented if Californians receive a flu vaccine as soon as possible,” Chapman said. “We can’t predict exactly when flu […]

Opinion: Inspiration everywhere

Editor: We — myself, my husband and two dogs — are part-timers who love Idyllwild. We continue to be impressed with the way residents help each other in times of emergency, and inspire us to make the most of life in times of peace. Local friends who share our combined interests in art — ARF, […]

Opinion: Learn new lessons from recent fires

Editor: I recently looked on in horror as the Strong Fire erupted a short distance from my Fern Valley home. I’m extremely grateful to live in a first-world country where we pay taxes to support firefighting organizations that make a valiant effort to protect structures. I am very thankful that, so far, our home and […]

Opinion: Fingerprints

Editor: If you want to be a volunteer sheriff’s deputy you will be fingerprinted and background checked. If you want to volunteer for Riverside County Fire you will be fingerprinted and background checked. Volunteer for Mountain Community Patrol and you will be fingerprinted and background checked. Heck, volunteer in your child’s classroom and you will […]

Opinion: IFPD commission at fault

Editor: The Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) is a wonderful asset to our community. I support IFPD. One reason is because locals elect the board and therefore we have resources here that do not exist in other small, rural towns. Regardless of what some may say, IFPD is better suited for this community than what […]

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