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Jay Pentrack is a staff reporter for the Idyllwild Town Crier newspaper.

Annual basket fest a huge success

Annual basket fest a huge success

The Basket Festival hosted by the Soroptimist International of Idyllwild club at Buckhorn Camp last Wednesday evening attracted an estimated 200 guests.

Blast from the past — Sportland 1962

Blast from the past — Sportland 1962

The front entrance of Sportland Park in 1962. File photo               Newcomers to Idyllwild have likely heard many stories from long-time residents about the “good old days” in Idyllwild and the evolution of this small mountain community from a veritable wilderness town with 450 residents to the community it […]

Health fair coming soon

On Saturday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Idyllwild HELP Center co-hosts its fourth-annual Health and Resource Fair at Fern Creek Medical Center, 54910 Pine Crest Ave. The fair, with co-host Dr. Ken Browning, offers free health services including flu shots, a variety of screenings (blood sugar, visual acuity, body and body […]

Idyllwild group discusses Transition Town’s movement

Idyllwild group discusses Transition Town’s movement

    About 40 people attended the Idyllwild Conversations meeting Tuesday evening, Oct. 15, at the Idyllwild Library, where the group embraced the Transition Town’s movement — a local response to an economic system that is problematic to many. The goal of the conversations is to address ways to help Idyllwild become more resilient. A […]

Halloween offers scary fun

Halloween offers scary fun

Runners and zombies race through the woods Saturday during the first Idyllwild Zombie Run. Zombies in full attack mode tried to pull the runners’ red flags before they reached the finish line at Idyllwild’s Ghost Town. Photo by Jenny Kirchner         You can run, but you can’t hide; Halloween is approaching fast […]

Garden railroads gain local steam

One way to take a garden from ordinary to extraordinary is by adding a model railroad. A personal railway system may be integrated with plants, rocks and boulders, bridges, tunnels and buildings (churches, stores and shops, and a rail station). The possibilities are endless. Garden railroads are popular worldwide and several have found their way […]

Foster Farms tied to salmonella outbreak

On Oct. 10, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service reviewed the safety plan Foster Farms put forth to avoid closing three of its California plants located in Livingston and Fresno. Foster Farms has implemented several safety controls over the last 60 days and will install added processes during an enhanced inspection period over the […]

Red Ribbon Week coming to Idyllwild School

Idyllwild School will honor Red Ribbon Week® with a host of activities from Oct. 14 to 18. Red Ribbon Week®  began in 1988 by Congressional proclamation after the death of Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. Camarena was kidnapped and killed in Mexico in 1985 in retaliation for investigating the involvement of the Mexican Army, […]

Ghosts, goblins and zombies invade Idyllwild

It’s baaaack! All manner of frightful characters will take over the town of Idyllwild this Halloween. The Idyllwild Community Center kicks off the Halloween season with Ghost Town — Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26, 31, and Nov. 1 and 2, now in its 10th year. Live actors and animatronics set the stage for a frightfully […]

Medical news: Commonly used medications can impair memory

As we age our bodies go through many “normal” changes such as skin becoming less elastic, hair beginning to thin, hearing and vision acuity decreasing, sleep patterns changing, bone density diminishing, and metabolism slowing. Perhaps the most frustrating of all are changes to our memory — our ability to recall recent memories, names and details […]

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