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Stone ramps up fundraising

Three Republicans have announced their intentions to fill the vacant state Senate District 28 seat, representing Idyllwild. Locals will recognize 3rd District Supervisor Jeff Stone. Some will remember Bonnie Garcia. From 2002 through 2008, she represented Assembly District 80 (eastern Riverside County and all of Imperial County). The third candidate is Glenn Miller, a current […]

Grant writing workshop next week

The Community Foundation Serving the Counties of Riverside and San Bernardino will conduct a grant-writing and technical-assistance workshop from 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 9, for Idyllwild nonprofits at the Idyllwild Library community meeting room. The Idyllwild Community Fund, a fund of The Community, is now accepting grant proposals from local, qualified nonprofit organizations […]

State Parks need improvement: Consultant optimistic for future

Editor’s note: In June, California Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird and California State Parks Director Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret.), unveiled Parks Forward, a collaborative initiative to undertake a top-to-bottom evaluation to improve and sustain California’s State Parks system. The effort responded to several issues involving misappropriation of the agency’s funding and […]

Judge orders Smith to trial for Pinyon homicides

Last week, Riverside County Judge James Hawkins ordered Cristin Smith, 25, to stand trial for the murder of three Pinyon Pines residents in 2006. A Riverside County grand jury has already indicted Smith’s friend, Robert Pape. The grand jury did indict Smith, but because he was under age 18 at the time of the crimes […]

Deputies arrest Idyllwild man

On Thursday, March 27, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Hemet Station arrested Wayne Sleme, 39, of Idyllwild, on multiple charges. He currently is being held in the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility until his arraignment Tuesday, April 1, at the court in Banning. Five charges were filed, three of which were felonies — burglary, […]

Meet your neighbors, courtesy of the Art Alliance

Meet your neighbors, courtesy of the Art Alliance

Saturday evening, April 12, the Art Alliance of Idyllwild is inviting the community to an old-fashioned, community event, “To greet, meet and eat,” according to Gary Kuscher, AAI president. He stressed that this is not an AAI art event or meeting, rather it is to get individuals and members of the various community groups to […]

Preservation board plans community education event

Preservation board plans community education event

A community potluck dinner, including a discussion about the Idyllwild Historic Preservation District, is being planned.

Death, a step we all will experience

Death, a step we all will experience

Death, except for in obituaries, is usually an event or process we normally do not discuss. But death is a part of the life cycle, and its process is the topic of the next Idyllwild Community Center Speaker Series. The Rev. Maria Dancing Heart Hoaglund of Sedona, Ariz., said, “In this day and age, [death] […]

For most 2014 health insurance, sign-up is over

For most 2014 health insurance, sign-up is over

Covered California™ confirmed that last Monday was its deadline for open enrollment in an exchange health insurance plan and announced its policies for completing an application for health care coverage. “Covered California is not extending its deadline for applying for a health plan,” CC Executive Director Peter V. Lee said. “However, we’re committed to helping […]

Power outage planned for Idyllwild

On Friday, April 4, beginning at 9 a.m., Southern California Edison plans to complete maintenance work in the Idyllwild area. SCE expects this work will take about three hours. And to complete the work safely, SCE will need to create an electrical outage during the period from 9 a.m. to noon, according to Jeremy Goldman, […]

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