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Two tuberculosis cases do not make an outbreak

The Riverside County Department of Public Health has announced the detection of two cases of active tuberculosis in nearby high schools. In late October, one case was diagnosed in Vista Murrieta High School. A second case was diagnosed in an Indio High School student in November. While unusual, the two cases are unrelated, said Barbara […]

‘Red Wings’ opens Idyllwild film festival 2014

‘Red Wings’ opens Idyllwild film festival 2014

The opening night film for the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema is Director Will Wallace’s “Red Wing.” Wallace also is the festival’s co-director. “Red Wing” is loosely based on Gearge Sand’s French novella, “The Country Waif.” Rather than the green and pastoral French countryside, “Red Wing” is set in a small Texas cattle ranching town. […]

Analyst says state budget looks good

Last month, the state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office issued its budget forecast for the remainder of fiscal year 2013-14 and next year, too. “The state’s budgetary condition is stronger than at any point in the past decade,” the November report stated. Unless something highly unexpected occurs, the report projects a surplus twice the size of Gov. […]

War is being staged at Idyllwild Arts

The Idyllwild Arts Academy Theatre Department’s next production intertwines mythology and contemporary history to address the complex and ever-present issue of war. Ellen McLaughlin’s “Ajax in Iraq” takes on the eternal conflict — war — and opens up issues such as leadership and soldiers’ responsibilities. McLaughlin’s script presents two pictures of war. The relationship between […]

Idyllwild film festival coming January 2014

Idyllwild film festival coming January 2014

The Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema returns for the fifth time next month. From Jan. 7 to 11, festival participants will once again be offered a panoply of dozens of films — from features to documentaries to shorts. “We really focused on quality this year,” said Idyllwild Director Steve Savage. “Our standards are through the […]

Snow storm expected Saturday

The National Weather Service is forecasting snow for the San Jacinto Mountains. It is likely to begin late tonight (Friday, Dec. 6) and mostly fall during the day on Saturday. The latest estimate is between 5 to 9 inches in Idyllwild and more at higher elevations. Snowfall should end Saturday evening and clearing begin later […]

Project organizers speak to business community

Project organizers speak to business community

The Idyllwild Community Center group began reaching out to the local business community this week. Two morning presentations at Grand Idyllwild Lodge and an evening event at the Rainbow Inn attracted more than 70 Idyllwild business people. On Monday morning, Janice Lyle, chair of the San Jacinto Mountain Community Center, otherwise known as the Idyllwild […]

State fire fee back in court

The litigation over the state’s Fire Prevention Fee had another court date, Thursday, Nov. 21. The state and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, which has filed a class action suit disputing the legality of the $150 fee, are still arguing which issues will go to trial. After the hearing, the court took the issues under […]

Local Hal Carey survives Afghan bombing

Local Hal Carey survives Afghan bombing

The American consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, was attacked in the early morning of Sept. 13. Idyllwild resident Hal Carey was there. He’s now home and recovering from a knee injury related to the attack. Carey, an agricultural development officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, tries to help local governments improve their food production […]

U.S. Forest Service plans winter burning

The U.S. Forest Service will begin its winter prescribed burn program in the San Bernardino National Forest with the arrival of favorable weather conditions. Winter burning projects continue the effort to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and improve forest health. The prescribed fire program will continue through the winter months as weather and conditions […]

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