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Breaking News: Flooding traps at least one person in Silent Valley

UPDATE 5 P.M. Radio traffic indicates significant receding of the water levels. The Cal Fire Incident Commander has released the swift water teams and is reconnoitering the area. UPDATE 4:40 P.M. At least one person is trapped in a recreational vehicle surrounded by fast moving water. Another person may also be trapped. The swift water […]

Potential flooding on Hill, Friday afternoon, Aug. 30

The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for the Hill from 3:10 p.m. through 6:15 p.m. The areas which may be receive a deluge of rain include Idyllwild, Pine Cove, Anza, Lake Hemet and San Jacinto Peak. A 3:08 p.m. the NWS doppler radar indicated thunderstorms over Lake Hemet which will likely produce […]

Little Fire fully contained

The Forest Service has reported that the Little Fire was fully contained Thursday evening, Aug. 29. Since its start on Saturday, Aug. 24, the Fire has burned about 97 acres and its cause is still under investigation. Firefighters will continue to improve the fireline and extinguish burning logs and materials within the fire perimeter. The […]

Nestande’s workshop discusses fire prevention

In the wake of four fires in the San Jacinto Mountains, and a day before the Little Fire erupted, the fifth fire, State Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R-Palm Desert) held a policy roundtable last Friday on fire suppression. Nestande convened the session to hear different ideas and thoughts about the best methods to avoid fire damage […]

Hemet school district STAR scores mixed

Earlier this month, the California Department of Education released the results of the spring Standardized Testing and Reporting. Statewide the scores fell slightly compared to the 2012 results, according to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Idyllwild School results were mixed this year. Overall, 77 percent of the students were proficient or advanced in […]

Deer sculptures become artists’ canvasses

Deer sculptures become artists’ canvasses

Sunday, Sept. 15, will herald a unique event in town and the only time it can be seen. A herd of metallic, painted deer will be browsing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside Forest Lumber on Pine Crest Avenue. This “Community Herd Gathering” is the only time all 22 deer sculptures will be together. […]

Little Fire near Thomas Mountain

Little Fire near Thomas Mountain

UPDATE 7:30 A.M., WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28 The Little Fire is now 85 percent contained and its size remains at 97 acres. Fire crews have made excellent progress on the fire, and have been assisted by the cooler temperatures and higher humidity over the past two days, according to the Forest Service. Staffing has been reduced […]

Little Fire burns near Thomas Mountain

The Little Fire, near the top of Thomas Mountain in Garner Valley, has burned 97 acres. The fire started just after 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, and was 70 percent contained as of Tuesday. The higher humidity and cooler temperatures have helped firefighters Monday, but there was little rain in the area, according to Lee […]

Historic board recommends review permit

The Local Review Board for the Idyllwild Historic Preservation District last week recommended a historic alteration permit form to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. County planning staff revised its proposed form at the urging of the review board. When approved officially, the form must accompany proposed architectural changes to properties, which contribute to the […]

Idyllwild Water moves forward on Tollgate project

Idyllwild Water moves forward on Tollgate project

At its Aug. 21 meeting, the Board of Directors for the Idyllwild Water District approved the initial study for the Tollgate tank and pipeline project and adopted a mitigated negative declaration and monitoring plan. No comments were received before the public hearing opened and no member of the public attended the hearing. The proposed 300,000-gallon […]

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