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March 31 health care deadline approaching

In California, nearly 15,000 residents who applied for health coverage using the California Health Exchange website, www.coveredca.com, 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 […]

Clubs: Friends of the San Jacinto Valley, Idyllwild Contemporary Book Club, Friends of the Idyllwild Librar

Friends of the San Jacinto Valley Naturalists and bird nesting-box specialists Samantha Dempster and Dan Lace will take hikers to some of the 45 nesting boxes in the San Jacinto Wildlife Area and show how to inspect, clean and survey the boxes. Information will be provided on how to install and maintain nesting boxes and […]

Before our time: From Fern Valley Gardens to The Epicurian and now the sound of music …

One aspect of Idyllwild that helps maintain its small-village charm is the way commercial and residential activities get intermingled through both space and time. Upper North Circle Drive offers a good example. Just across the street from ever-busy Café Aroma, stands dense forest surrounding two obviously old buildings. As Idyllwild’s first construction boom gained momentum […]

Another Idyllwild sewer rate increase on horizon

At last week’s special meeting, Idyllwild Water District directors listened to new General Manager Tom Lynch and Chief Financial Officer Hosny Shouman discuss preliminary reasons for a potential rate increase, particularly for the sewer district. Lynch explained that the presentation was just an initial discussion, and more information and a recommendation would be ready when […]

Caltrans continuing work on Highway 74

Caltrans and its contractor, Skanska, of Los Angeles, Calif. will begin work today on an emergency project on Highwayt 74 near the Cranston Fire Station. This is the “bump” site. The work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and continue through this weekend during the same hours and will continue next week. […]

VIDEO: Snow and 49 degrees

A light dusting of snow fell overhead on the Hill this afternoon, despite the unseasonably warm weather. Forecasters are scratching their heads. The National Weather Service did not see this coming. The snow only lasted for a few minutes and quickly melted after hitting streets and surfaces. NWS foresees sunshine tomorrow and temperatures in the […]

News of Record: March13, 2014

Fire log The Idyllwild Fire Station responded to the following calls, Tuesday, March 4 to Monday, March 10:   Idyllwild: March 4 — Malicious false alarm. March 4 —  Three medical aids. March 9 — Medical aid. March 10 — Medical aid.   Mountain Center: March 5 — Two cover assignments, standby, move-up. March 5 […]

Creature Corner: March 13, 2014

Creature Corner: March 13, 2014

The leprechauns have visited the ARF cattery and left behind the luck o’ the Irish. Monday, March 17 is St. Paddy’s Day and all of our felines can be adopted for the lucky #17. Come on in this weekend. Your Irish eyes will be smiling as you visit the cats in the shamrock room. Mr. […]

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