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

Beware of Affordable Care Act scam

The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday, Jan. 23, announced a lawsuit against one of the biggest scammers involved in an Affordable Care Act scam. The company, according to the FTC, played on public fears about impending deadlines for obtaining health care coverage. Messages announcing, “Today is the deadline,” and “Activate here before it’s too late,” […]

ACA confusing to medical providers, consumers

The Affordable Care Act that took effect on Jan. 1, 2014, continues to be a source of confusion and consternation to local medical providers and consumers. The website, with on-again, off-again features — a doctor list is there one day, gone the next — and ever-changing deadlines, have the public confused and medical providers scratching […]

At 80, artist Glasheen keeps reinventing himself

At 80, artist Glasheen keeps reinventing himself

At the ripe young age of 65, Gary Glasheen found himself tired of watering the plants in his Japanese garden in San Diego, so he put down the hose, picked up a paintbrush, and began a celebrated career as an artist. After all, according to Glasheen, his brother had drawn a picture that he liked; […]

Stage play benefits ICC, Idyllwild Middle School

Stage play benefits ICC, Idyllwild Middle School

Leg Up Theatre Company performs the romantic comedy, “It Had to Be You,” at the Idyllwild School Gym at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 to Monday, Feb. 17. The play, written by Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor, follows the antics of an aspiring actress who “sort-of” kidnaps the producer from an audition she attends. “She’s […]

Stratford Players perform Valentine’s shows

Stratford Players perform Valentine’s shows

“The Elizabeth Chronicles” follows five Elizabeths through the trials and tribulations of relationships spanning 110 years. The staged reading explores a hex leveled at the first Elizabeth by a jilted spinster in 1904 which can only be lifted by true love, a perfect theme for a Valentine’s Day celebration …

Stolen deer sparks community outrage

Stolen deer sparks community outrage

Monday, Robert Garcia, owner of La Casita discovered that one of the deer that is part of the “Deer Sightings” project had been stolen …

New under $100 art fair coming to town

The Art Alliance of Idyllwild will kick off its “Under $100 Art Faire” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Town Hall. Artists will display their work and all items will be priced at or under $100. Donna Elliot and Neil Jenkins, organizers of the event, have pulled together a list of […]

Affordable Care Act enrollment deadline extended

On Jan. 14, the Obama administration announced another enrollment delay for people with pre-existing conditions, extending the deadline from Jan. 31 to March 15, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Joanne Peters, HHS spokesperson, said in a statement, “As part of our continuing effort to help smooth consumers’ transition into Marketplace […]

Artist Les Walker rides a wave of success

Artist Les Walker rides a wave of success

It’s difficult to imagine a beach guy like artist Les Walker being content without wet sand curling over his toes or giant waves crashing at his feet, but boy is he …

Art Alliance cooking in 2014

Art Alliance cooking in 2014

In a departure from traditional Art Alliance of Idyllwild meetings, the group hosted a social Friday, Jan. 24, that attracted about 70 attendees eager to hear the organization’s plans for 2014. Shanna Robb organized the social and served as “timer” for the unique meeting that she compared to creating a “soup.” “Tonight we are not […]

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