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Fire and Forest: Good Fire Chiefs …

In addition to a breathtaking mountain and an excellent Fire Safe Council, I am grateful for extremely competent fire professionals who make it possible for us all to live here. We are very fortunate to have chiefs who are fine leaders. I don’t have the background to assess their abilities as a peer would, since […]

Fire retardant analysis available

The U.S. Forest Service completed its final environmental statement (FES) on the use of aerial application of fire retardants and argues that the continuation of aerial application is an important fire protection tool and its negative environmental affects can be controlled or limited. The FES is available online at The agency’s preferred approach would […]

CPUC to decide Smart Meter opt out

Not before Jan. 12, 2012, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will act on its Smart Meter opt-out proposal. On Nov. 22, the CPUC issued a “proposed decision” about Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) opt out policy. Jan. 12 is the earliest the CPUC can cast a final vote on the proposed decision, which […]

Before Our Time: From lumber to recreation …

Although you won’t find them memorialized in a street name, there are three Idyllwild pioneers I regard most highly: George Hannahs, Claudius Emerson, and Ernest Maxwell. After profiling Hannahs and Maxwell recently, it’s time for me to focus on Emerson. A recent arrival in San Jacinto from California’s Central Valley, Claudius at 28 married Zelma […]

Creature Corner: Dec. 1, 2011

Creature Corner: Dec. 1, 2011

Paws up to Bobbi, the applehead Chihuahua, for prancing his way into his forever home. And three meows to Dawn, Dusk and Leonardo as they all will be purring together in their new forever home too. Well hello, Missy, and welcome back. Does anyone want to play with me? A young energetic aussie/pointer mix, Missy […]

Past Tense: Dec. 1, 2011

Past Tense: Dec. 1, 2011

65 years ago – 1946 Mrs. Huston at the Cedars Cafe in Fern Valley, beside Strawberry Creek, advertised that she wanted to trade a lawn mower for snowshoes. 55 years ago – 1956 Members of the class in government at Desert Sun School journeyed to the Hollywood Bowl to hear President Eisenhower speak. 50 years […]

Lake Hemet Water District hears from campground contractor

Lake Hemet Water District hears from campground contractor

The Lake Hemet Municipal Water District (LHMWD) board of Directors heard from the contractor for the district’s Lake Hemet facility and enacted two resolutions at its latest meeting.

Only in Idyllwild: Just for the children

Only in Idyllwild would the local theatre open just for the children. On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the Rustic Theatre opened so the Town Hall children could watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The children loved the outing and watching a classic holiday movie on the big screen. Susan Swanson Idyllwild “Only in Idyllwild” may […]

Toys needed for Christmas

Join the Firefighters of Riverside County in spreading holiday cheer in the hearts of underprivileged children through the Spark of Love Toy Drive. For almost 20 years, CAL FIRE and the Riverside County Fire Department, in conjunction with ABC-7, and other local sponsors have collected and distributed toys with a common goal to ensure that […]

Fire fee raised before its collected

Like a puff of smoke from a magician’s hat, the state fire fee has already been raised before anyone has paid the original fee announced in August. On Nov. 8, a restocked state Forestry Board voted 6-2 to replace the $90 annual fee (approved in August) with a new fee set at $150. Property within […]

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