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Past tense: March 20. 2014

Past tense: March 20. 2014

65 years ago – 1949 Forty-five people gathered at the Idyllwild Inn, attending a shower to help Shirley Wood refurnish her burned-out home.   60 years ago – 1954 Eastern Municipal Water District was planning to purchase the Lake Hemet Water Company.   55 years ago – 1959 The Idyllwild Rotary Club invited the public […]

News of Record: March 20, 2014

News of Record: March 20, 2014

Fire and Sheriff’s logs

Creature Corner: March 20, 2014

Creature Corner: March 20, 2014

Paws up to you, Lucy, in your new forever home. And our tiny Mrs. Beasley will be in her perfect home soon. Introducing the Mertzs. Fred on the left, and Ethel, bottom right. They were both found together and would love to be adopted together. Ethel is a bit younger than Fred, but they love […]

Emergency service group  discusses road repairs

Emergency service group discusses road repairs

A recent survey of the nearby terrain found an alarming movement in the soil. Consequently, a Caltrans geologist has been overseeing the work, which will include the construction of a French drain to divert water from the area …

Two arrested for Pinyon triple homicide

Two arrested for Pinyon triple homicide

On Tuesday, March 11, investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Central Homicde Unit arrested both Cristin Smith and Robert Pape. The following day, both men were charged with the 2006 triple murder of Jon Hayward, 55, Vicki Friedli, 53, and Vicki’s daughter, Becky Friedli, 18, in Pinyon Pines. “I’m elated. Very, very happy, finally […]

Cal Fire begins mailing this year’s bills this month

Cal Fire has begun mailing the Fire Prevention Fee bills to property owners with land or structures within State Responsibility Areas, such as these mountain communities. This is the third year of the fee imposition and litigation challenging its legality is still in the state courts. “Fee assessments for Riverside County are scheduled to be […]

Primary race  candidates decided

Primary race candidates decided

Hill voters will have several choices for the June primary ballot. Former Assemblyman Ray Haynes, Republican, has decided to enter the race for U.S. Representative from the 36th District. He is challenging incumbent Dr. Raul Ruiz and fellow Republican Brian Nestande (current 46th District state assemblyman). California’s “Top Two” law sends the two candidates, regardless […]

March 31 health care deadline approaching

In California, nearly 15,000 residents who applied for health coverage using the California Health Exchange website,, will need to resubmit their information due to a software glitch. The enrollment function was disabled on Feb. 20 to allow for software maintenance and upgrades, and relaunched on Feb. 24 after the problems were corrected. The problem […]

Off the main roads: Have you ever wondered? …

Hiking around these mountains you may see all sorts of things in nature that just seem designed to boggle the mind. 1. Why is your pine tree foaming at the mouth in the rain? Don’t be alarmed; it doesn’t need rabies shots. The formation of a crude soap on the bark from fatty acids in […]

Forest Service fire budget a high priority next fiscal year

Last week, President Barack Obama submitted his budget request for fiscal year 2014-15, which begins Oct. 1. For the U.S. Forest Service, the president is requesting $5.7 billion, an increase of $228 million. This includes a proposed change to funding wildland firefighting. In past years, if the appropriation for fire suppression was not sufficient to […]

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