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

New Year’s simplified

A new year is almost here and locals and visitors alike are looking forward to ringing in 2014 on the Hill. Listed below are the restaurants welcoming people to New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Restaurants – New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Arriba, 25980 Highway 243, 951-659-4960, NYE — 8 a.m. to 12 […]

Stolen Buddha returned home

Rodney Williams, co-owner of the Strawberry Creek Inn, was surprised late Wednesday afternoon when the Buddha, stolen from his property on Saturday, Dec. 14, was returned. And, it seems that the Town Crier had a hand in its return by publishing the photo and story about its theft in the Dec. 19 issue. “A family […]

Business comings and goings

The Idyllwild business scene will welcome several new ventures over the coming weeks while some old favorites will be closing prior to or at year-end. Idyllwild Outdoors will be located at 25965 Highway 243, Suites C and D (the spaces formerly occupied by Mountain Do’s and the tanning salon). Larry Donahoo of Village Hardware owns […]

Preparedness group sets 2014 agenda

The board of directors of Mountain Disaster Preparedness met Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Idyllwild Library to discuss plans for 2014, an annual event for the past two years. “We also establish our mission for the coming year,” President Mike Feyder said. “Last year’s mission was community outreach, and we are going to continue that […]

Local artist crafts fabric into art

Local artist crafts fabric into art

Idyllwild artist David Graybill, with his wife of 12 years, Marie, transforms fabric into paper and paper into art, jewelry, origami and sculptures. The fabric used in Graybill’s process is collected from a multitude of sources. “We used to travel around to thrift shops, but it seems now that every time we go home to […]

Local inn experiences theft

Local inn experiences theft

  After a rash of break-in burglaries, 15 reported, over the period Oct. 22 to Nov. 22, no new incidents have been reported through Dec. 8, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department log. No updates or press releases have been forthcoming by the RCSD. While the burglaries appear to have slowed or stopped, an […]

Open for business on Christmas day

The holidays are demanding of time and energy. Preparing a day of meals for family and friends can be a bit overwhelming. To avoid the fuss and muss, here are some local restaurants, delis and markets open Christmas day.   Restaurants Arribas, 25980 Highway 243, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., 659-4960. The Country Club at […]

Protecting a home from burglary

With the recent rash of burglaries in Idyllwild, increased home security is a concern among many residents. Cost concerns prevent many families from installing a monitored, home-security system or video surveillance. There are many common-sense, low cost ways to protect a home and family from intruders without breaking the bank. Lock doors. Sounds simple enough, […]

Holiday decorating contributes to house fires

It’s the time of year for Christmas lights, holly, inflatable Santas and reindeer, and, of course, a Christmas tree. It is also the time of year to be especially careful so decorations bring comfort and joy rather than chaos and heartbreak. According to Cal Fire, in 2011, nearly 300 Christmas tree and holiday decoration fires […]

Reduce the stress of holiday air travel

Millions of travelers will pack airports, train and bus stations, and highways over the holidays to celebrate with family and friends. With the millions of folk heading out of town for the holidays, wide-eyed excitement may give way to airport agony, train terrors and road rage. Advance planning and expectation management can help people arrive […]

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