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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 […]

Opinion: Let’s take back our mountain

Editor: I was born and raised in Idyllwild with our family history going back to the 1800s. I have worked locally with several of our merchants and personally worked as a volunteer EMT for Pine Cove and Idyllwild for more than 14 years. The importance of local support could not be greater and the Town […]

Opinion: Keep local control of special districts

Editor: Riverside County has 61 independent California special districts — four California water districts, eight cemetery districts, one citrus pest control district, six community services districts, 10 county water districts, one fire protection district, four health care districts, two irrigation districts, three library districts, one metropolitan water district, two mosquito and vector control districts, five […]

Helping restock the HELP Center

A fund to help Idyllwild residents by restocking the Idyllwild HELP Center’s pantry is underway at

County supervisor’s schedule

Riverside County Third District Supervisor Jeff Stone will be at the Idyllwild Library from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, to meet with consitutents. He also will be at his Hemet office from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. To make an appointment, call […]

Daughter needs service dog

Melissa Wilson, a teacher at Idyllwild Arts Academy for the past 12 years, has a daughter, Amara, 14, with Type 1 diabetes. Amara has had the disease since age 2-1/2. Mother and daughter, who live on campus, are raising funds to for a diabetes alert service dog to help keep Amara safe and healthier overall. […]

Wildfire control campaign

The U.S. Forest Service and other land management agencies have a new fire safety campaign in California. The One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire campaign provides constant reminders during this fire season to reduce the numbers of human-caused vehicle and equipment wildfires throughout the state. “All the stories we hear about sparks starting wildland fires […]

Historic voter records available

Historians, researchers, and people exploring genealogy will have an new window to the past thanks to a new law Secretary of State Debra Bowen sponsored and the governor approved last Friday. California voter rolls will be available to the public after 100 years. Personal identifiers, such as Social Security and drivers license numbers, were not […]

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