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President to propose change to wildfire funding

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama released his fiscal year 2015 (starting Oct. 1, 2014) federal budget proposal. Beginning next year, the President plans to change the ways the federal government funds its costs of fighting wildfires. The proposal provides certainty, safeguards and effectiveness for paying these annual costs, which are in the billions of dollars. […]

Governor signs drought legislation

On Saturday, March 1, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation to assist drought-affected communities and provide funding to better use local water supplies. “Legislators across the aisle have now voted to help hard-pressed communities that face water shortages,” said Brown in the press release. “This legislation marks a crucial step — but Californians must […]

Despite rain, drought  remains

Despite rain, drought remains

Last week’s, rainstorms brought more than 4 inches of precipitation to the Hill.

Science and Reality Today: The placebo effect … my personal story …

  As some of you know, I am one of the 25 million people nationwide who suffer from asthma. Recently I had a major scare at the gym when, after a very intense workout, I started feeling the symptoms of an asthma attack coming. Only then did I remember  that I was out of my […]

Board of Equalization may lower gasoline excise tax rate

On Friday, Feb. 14, the California State Board of Equalization announced it will consider adjusting the excise tax rate for gasoline downward by $0.035 during its scheduled Feb. 25 meeting in Culver City. Gasoline prices have declined and are projected to remain low during the next fiscal year. If adopted, between July 1, 2014 and […]

Caltrans announces traffic signal project on Highway 74 in Hemet

Caltrans and its contractor, PTM General Engineering Services, Inc. of Riverside, Calif. will begin work to install a traffic signal and lighting at the intersection of State Route 74 and Gilbert Street in Hemet this week. The work will take place from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, March 3 through Friday, March 7 and […]

Idyllwild Water special meeting March 5

The Idyllwild Water District has scheduled a special Board of Directors meeting for 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 5 in the District’s boardroom. The proposed agenda includes the following topics: 1. RESOLUTION #685 – This Resolution provides updated signatures for the BBVA Bankcard. 2. The Board will discuss a limited term consultation contract for Terry Lyons. […]

Out Loud: Keep government open …

One of the bills I encourage you to vote for on the June ballot will amend the state Constitution to incorporate the California Public Records Act. Though that act is currently state law, government officials constantly challenge it because the act is yet another rule requiring them to be open and honest with public taxpayers […]

Today, Sunday, March 2, the National Weather Service has no warnings or watches posted for the Hill. As the remnants of the last storm will pass over the Idyllwild today, a few remaining showers and flurries may still occur. But at 9 a.m., some sunshine was passing through the thinning clouds and shadows were observable […]

MDP mounts donation drive, offers training classes

Mountain Disaster Preparedness met Feb. 18 to discuss the organization’s plans and receive status updates on several items. Annamarie Padula continues to update the MDP database by merging lists and undertaking a postcard campaign to verify contact information where only addresses exist in the database. The email campaign aimed at verifying contact info has been […]

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