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Category: Idyllwild News

Helping restock the HELP Center

A fund to help Idyllwild residents by restocking the Idyllwild HELP Center’s pantry is underway at

Status of Idyllwild Chamber dissolution

As reported previously, the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce is currently in dissolution. Board Member David Jerome gave a status update on the dissolution. Items remaining for distribution are checks to the Art Alliance of Idyllwild and the HELP Center. Once the Chamber receives a final billing for telephone services, the checks will be issued. Some […]

County ready to help fire victims whose property was damaged or destroyed

The following was provided by Riverside County’s Assessor’s Office and Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office. Victims of recent wildfires whose property was damaged or destroyed may be eligible for property tax relief in Riverside County. In response to the disasters, Assessor-Clerk-Recorder Larry Ward and Treasurer-Tax Collector Don Kent have teamed up to assist victims countywide. Taxpayers may […]

Caltrans opens Highway 243 for weekend; traffic controls begin Monday, Aug. 19

Caltrans, in collaboration with the California Highway Patrol, Cal-Fire and the US Forest Service, will reopen State Route 243 to all traffic today, Friday, Aug. 16, at noon. No work will be conducted over the weekend to allow full access to residents and motorists. Beginning on Monday, Aug. 19, traffic control will be in place […]

Paul Reisman, new state park superintendent

Paul Reisman, new state park superintendent

“The first month was blue skies, the second started with a roar,” he said of his new post …

Post Mountain Fire evacuation sheriff patrols kept order

Capt. Scot Collins, Hemet Station commander of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, was prepared from experience for policing the mountain communities during the Mountain Fire that began Monday, July 15, in Mountain Center. That experience and the plans the Mountain Area Safety Taskforce formulated helped direct evacuation, kept the community residences and businesses safe from […]

Highway 243 repairs from fire

Griffith Construction has been awarded a $300,000 contract to repair the damage that occurred on Highway 243 during the Mountain Fire last month. Crews began light repair work Saturday at Mountain Center. Motorists are advised to anticipate one-way traffic control and minimal delays (if required by the contractor). Drivers are urged to slow down as […]

Dangerous RMRU rescue garners award

Dangerous RMRU rescue garners award

Two local Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit members — Les Walker and Donny Goetz — received the Mountain Rescue Association’s highest award for any search and rescue team member. On the night of Oct. 21, 2012, Walker and Goetz, who have climbed together for years, along with fellow RMRU members Lee Arnson and Helene Lohr, saved […]

Silver Fire: A story of loss and survival

Silver Fire: A story of loss and survival

Frank Thaheld and his wife of 10 years, Miriane, were traveling when they received the call from a neighbor that Poppet Flats was on fire …

Several businesses open or change hands in Idyllwild

It has been a busy year in Idyllwild with ownership changes to some businesses and the addition of a new and unique dining establishment, The Crepe Beyond downstairs in The Fort. Jonie Millhouse and Richard Kennedy are the new owners. Millhouse has been an Idyllwild resident for 11 years and is well known to many […]

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