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Opinion: Commissioners ignored voters

In response to your reader’s question who jokingly asked if Pete Capperelli dated my wife,  Pete’s a great guy.  I think he also was a pretty good real estate agent.  But the people of Idyllwild, in the last general election, voted him out of office.  All the fire commissioners who ran for re-election were rejected. The […]

Opinion: Evacuated businesses praised

I am writing to express appreciation to those business owners who followed the evacuation orders to leave Idyllwild like the rest of us. They clearly saw that our common good outweighed any personal gain that could have been made by staying. They did not see themselves as exempt from the rules, and by leaving when […]

Out loud: We’re still here …

1:45 p.m. Monday, July 15, a Mountain Center fire report to San Bernardino National Forest dispatch came over the scanner. I remember the description as rapidly moving. On deadline for the July 18 paper, I walked into J.P.’s office and relayed what I had just heard. Strapped to our computers typing like mad, neither of […]

Opinion: Advice to evacuees

For all of the locals who evacuated, I know that it is a hard thing to do, leaving the comfort of home and community, not knowing if your home will be there when you return — the anxiety, the stress of being off the Hill. Now that you have gone through the experience, you may […]

Opinion: Documenting the Mountain Fire

The Mountain Fire will go down as one of the most consequential events in Idyllwild’s history, and we at the Idyllwild Area Historical Society hope to document as complete a record of it as we can. As part of our effort we invite all local residents to share your experience of the event, whether you […]

Creature Corner: July 25, 2013

Creature Corner: July 25, 2013

Adopted and ready for their new adventure this week were Teddy Bear and Tyler II, two males from the litter of gray kittens. They went to their new home together, so the brothers will always have each other to play with. Found: a small female husky-mix. Call ARF to identify at 951-659-1122. Reunited this week […]

Past Tense: July 25, 2013

Past Tense: July 25, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 With a net profit of almost $4,000 from the Gold Strike, the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce paid off a $1,500 note to the bank, borrowed to help build Town Hall. 60 years ago – 1953 Forty members of the Camp Pendleton Marine Band performed at the Community Campfire. 55 years […]

Opinion: Grateful for the TC alert

Editor: I was just lying around today and thinking about going up the hill (from Palm Springs to Pine Cove) when a message came across my laptop regarding the fire. I was so appreciative and will wait a day or two to make the journey so I am not in anyone’s way. I am grateful […]

Lola’s kitchen: Where to start …

I decided to write this column before the Mountain Fire mandatory evacuation was lifted. Needless to mention, starting Monday, July 15, the residents of Idyllwild have been through hell. The fact is, my mind and heart were filled with turmoil, but I was not alone. All residents of Idyllwild scattered throughout Southern California and those […]

Speaking for the animals: Ready, Set, Go! …

Editor’s note: This column was submitted after the Mountain Fire began but before evacuation orders were implemented. If we weren’t paying attention before, we are now. You’re ready to evacuate your family in case of a disaster on our mountain; you’ve got supplies to get through a week or two if we are isolated here. […]

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