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Category: Idyllwild News

Woman pleads guilty to Idyllwild burglary

Marisa Boccone, 43, of Palm Desert, pleaded guilty to felony burglary last week. She had been arrested on Aug 10. The Sheriff’s Department reported she was arrested on suspicion of felony burglary of a residence in the 25000 block of Oakwood Street in Idyllwild. At her Sept. 2 felony settlement hearing, Baccone pleaded guilty and […]

Elder abuse earns jail time

Teri Blackburn, who had pleaded guilty to elder abuse last month, was sentenced to 60 months of probation as well as being committed to the custody of the Riverside Sheriff’s Department for 363 days. Blackburn was originally arrested in Pine Cove last October. She pleaded guilty on June 27.

Fire closes Hwy. 243

The Twin Fire near Twin Pines Road was contained within hours and only burned 5 acres, according the Riverside County Fire Department. Combating the fire resulted in the closure of Highway 243 for several hours Tuesday afternoon. The fire was reported about 12:45 p.m. and was contained by 1:20 p.m. Responding fire departments included federal […]

San Bernardino National Forest Fire Danger Increases, Officials Raise Fire Restrictions

Hot weather and lower fuel moisture have prompted the San Bernardino National Forest to increase fire restrictions, effective Thursday September 1, 2011. Forest officials are taking these steps to prevent human-caused fires and raise public awareness as the summer continues to get warmer and dryer. Most wildfires on the San Bernardino National Forest are human-caused […]

Buchanan and Donahoo win, Measure G and incumbents lose

Buchanan and Donahoo win, Measure G and incumbents lose

In the second consecutive election, voters rejected the incumbent Idyllwild Fire commissioners and chose challengers to manage the district. Voters also told the commission to find another way to improve its finances before raising taxes. Measure G was soundly trounced. Newcomer Jerry Buchanan and long-time resident, Larry Donahoo easily won the commission seats up for […]

Community dialogue projects begin

The first of the Community Dialogue projects, a Family Mentoring Program got off to a solid start on Monday, Aug. 29. The community dialogues began in response to several hate crimes in Idyllwild in spring and fall of 2010 and a subsequent escalation of graffiti throughout town. The Family Mentoring Program is designed to train […]

Idyllwild Arts plans more growth, less water use

Idyllwild Arts (IA) has plans to expand its campus facilities, but no ground will be broken or new project started until late spring 2012. A replacement health center will be the first construction. Then, three faculty residences will follow, according to John Newman, dean of students. A multi-million dollar concert hall is part of the […]

Idyllwild Pines has new team

It’s not just a new sign, although the graphic is strong and provides a new look for the venerable institution. The 88-year-old Idyllwild Pines nondenominational Camp and Conference Center has a new management team and a newly refined message and mission. Headed by a trio of experienced and engaging professionals, Idyllwild Pines is planning to […]

Tom Dillon has some magic up his sleeve

Tom Dillon has some magic up his sleeve

Tom Dillon, new fifth grade teacher at Idyllwild School, has a few sleight-of-hand magic tricks up his sleeve that he uses to help students pay attention, improve their observational and cognitive skills and reward them for those little leaps forward that he says makes teaching so rewarding. “I enjoy giving knowledge to kids,” said the […]

Lemon Lily Festival draws big, learns lessons

Lemon Lily Festival draws big, learns lessons

The 2nd-annual Lemon Lily Festival (LLF) drew a larger audience and organizers learned some lessons they will use to improve the festival for next year. Key organizer Doug Yagaloff reported that based on site surveys, shuttle transport and merchant queries, he believes the festival drew about 5,000 attendees, most of whom were from out of […]

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