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IWD hopes customers complete income survey

IWD hopes customers complete income survey

The Idyllwild Water District board discussed the income survey, which it is conducting, with General Manager Terry Lyons acknowledging that some residents have objected to the district’s interest in their income and feel it’s an invasion of their privacy. “It’s no question it’s privacy and I tell them if they’re uncomfortable, don’t do it,” Lyons […]

Fern Valley finances look good

The Fern Valley Water District board reviewed its draft audit for fiscal year 2012-13 at last week’s meeting, noting that property tax revenue resulted in increased assets. While not officially completed nor accepted, the board discussed the draft’s conclusions, which found the 2012-13 records were “in accordance with accounting principles.” At the end of the […]

Rustic Theatre grand opening this Friday

Rustic Theatre grand opening this Friday

This Saturday, Nov. 30, is Idyllwild’s only movie theater’s grand opening

Safety is reason for closure

“We need to protect human life, property and critical natural resources,” San Jacinto District Ranger Arturo Delgado said, explaining the closure of nearly 16,000 acres for the next 12 months. According to Delgado, the area of National Forest Service lands the closure affects is less than 7 percent of NFS lands comprising the San Jacinto […]

Hemet to negotiate with county for fire service

Last week, the Hemet City Council narrowly agreed to enter into negotiations with the Riverside County Fire Department to provide city fire services (prevention and protection). A final decision is still in the future and depends upon the outcome of these negotiations as well as further negotiations with the Hemet firefighters about several issues. The […]

IFPD includes public in budget preparation

The Idyllwild Fire Protection District Commission established a Finance Committee last week that includes two commissioners, Chief Patrick Reitz and two members of the Idyllwild community. The committee’s responsibility will be to assist the district in preparing and monitoring its budget, and making recommendations on financial issues. As a standing committee, its meetings and activities […]

2014 jazz fest brings back familiar names

The 2014 Jazz in the Pines will be familiar to long-time aficionados of local and straight-ahead jazz. Last week, Anne Erikson, president of the Associates of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation, announced the chairs for the August 2014 event — the 21st Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines. She and her associates colleague Pam Goldwasser will be […]

Group hears about roof replacements

The Mountain Emergency Service Committee (MEMSCOMM) met briefly last week to hear progress of the shake-shingle roof replacement project from Pat Boss and Don Patterson, project managers for the Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council. To date, 14 roofs have had the wooden shingles removed and replaced with fire-safe shingles. Another 47 projects are soon to […]

Fuelbreaks going ahead

The U.S. Forest Service has issued a decision approving the continued maintenance of the Strawberry and West Ridge fuelbreaks to the south and west of Idyllwild. On Nov. 8, San Jacinto District Ranger Arturo Delgado signed the decision memorandum. The affected area covers a total of 166 acres on local national forest lands. The Strawberry […]

MDP election sees little change

Mountain Disaster Preparedness held its election for its 2014 officers on Nov. 12. Essentially, the current board was returned. “We have some really great people,” said Mike Feyder, who remains president. Susan Weisbart will be the new vice president. She replaced Sherry Edwards who resigned. The other officers are unchanged: Bob Edwards, treasurer; Annamarie Padula, […]

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