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Obituary: Alvar Kauti

Obituary: Alvar Kauti

Alvar Kauti, former Dean of Students at Pasadena City College, passed away at his home in Idyllwild after a brief illness on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. He was a devoted father, friend, co-worker and coach to many people throughout his journey in life. He is survived by his son Timothy Kautiainen and his wife Mary […]

Federal loans available to help fire victims

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California residents and business owners that the Silver and Mountain fires affected, said U. S. Small Business Administration Administrator Karen G. Mills announced Monday. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request Gov. Edmund G. Brown’s designated representative, Mark Ghilarducci, director […]

Ruiz’s office helping fire victims

Residents of California’s 36th Congressional District who lost homes or businesses in the recent wildfires may be eligible for federal assistance. The office of Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) is available to assist those affected by damage to homes or businesses with claims to the Small Business Administration. Also, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has […]

Cedar shake replacement project

The Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council has received Federal Emergency Management Agency authority to begin its cedar shake shingle roof replacement project, according to Executive Director Edwina Scott. Work will begin over the next few weeks and homeowners may receive 75 percent of the replacement cost. Scott can be reached at 951-659-6208.

Special workshop for fire victims with SBA

The Riverside County Office of Emergency Services has arranged two special workshops for Idyllwild and Hill residents who incurred damage and lost property during the recent Mountain and Silver fires. Representatives of the Small Business Administration will be available 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Idyllwild Nature Center and later from 6 to 8 […]

Opinion: Keep fire service local

I have had an opportunity to read the political ads supporting Cal Fire, the letters regarding the Idyllwild Fire Protection District problems and while I am somewhat out of place here, I felt it important to maybe help with a little different perspective. First, the California Department of Forestry, or Cal Fire as it is […]

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 […]

Helping restock the HELP Center

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

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. […]

Auxiliary postpones meetings

In response to a request from Idyllwild Fire Chief Patrick Reitz, the Idyllwild Fire Protection District Auxiliary will temporarily suspend regular meetings until further notice. The Auxiliary is applying for nonprofit status with state and federal agencies involved and will revisit an Auxiliary meeting schedule when these issues are complete, according to Auxiliary member Nancy […]

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