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Celebrating Thanksgiving 1565 to 2011

Thanks to what we learned in grade school, most of us probably think of our Thanksgiving holiday as a continuation of something started by the Pilgrims and their newfound Indian friends when they got together on Dec. 21, 1621 to feast and give thanks to God for a “bountiful harvest.” The celebration, which went on […]

Anza takes small step toward water management

Anza Valley’s future development hinges on water availability and a plan to maintain its sustainability. The pristine and relatively undeveloped valley is classified as a semi-arid high desert dependent on rainfall for all water uses. Furthermore, no comprehensive water study has been completed since 1973. The valley’s current 10,000 inhabitants include two Native American tribes. […]

Mountain Folk: A very Idyllwild birthday

After her 80th birthday, Marge Muir said, “Think … only in Idyllwild can you have a surprise birthday party when you turn 80 and it makes you feel young. … It did, and I do! “I got a birthday wish from Arizona and France, today folks read it in the Town Crier!” she exclaimed …

County Corner: Nov. 24, 2011

Light pollution The Board of Supervisors postponed action on the draft ordinance to control light trespass. The board scheduled a public hearing at its Oct. 15 meeting, but Supervisor John Tavaglione (2nd District), the ordinance’s sponsor, was absent. Another hearing was scheduled for the Nov. 22 meeting. “Light trespass occurs when light fixtures on one […]

Idyllwild Historic District proposal moves forward

Two key developments moved the Idyllwild Historic Preservation District (IHPD) closer to becoming fully functional. One involves the county’s retaining a contractor to draw up the IHPD design guidelines and the timeline for completing them. The other is the opening of the application process for selecting the five members for the local IHPD board (see […]

Idyllwild jazz fest cedes nighttime to town jazz fest

At the Nov. 21 Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) meeting, Jazz in the Pines Logistic Director Ted Cummings informed the directors that festival planners do not plan to continue their Jazz and Jambalaya Saturday night dinner and entertainment. This will also eliminate any conflict with the in-town Marshall Hawkins jazz concert which the Chamber sponsored […]

California budget deficit could trigger more school cuts

The worsening state budget is posing a significant threat to local school district budgets. Fortunately, Hemet Unified School District (HUSD) has the wherewithal to withstand the potential short-term reductions. In the longer term, Hemet could possibly see its state funding reduced $12 million more within this budget year, according to HUSD superintendent Dr. Steven Lowder. […]

Sustainability: How it started at Idyllwild Arts …

My first impression upon visiting Idyllwild, just over a year ago, was of the clarity and freshness of the light on the landscape. The landscape itself seemed raw and untouched, as if it had been formed far more recently than the burnished hills of New England from which I moved, and was little affected by the scouring forces of erosion, an observation that bears out geological fact. The presence of the landscape, its undeniable relief and texture, seems to reach everywhere in Idyllwild, in definite contrast to much of southern California. This unspoiled and ecological distinctive landscape of pines, oak and white fir is a unique refuge from pavement, big-box stores, and unrestrained and indiscriminate development omnipresent to our west, 5,000 feet below, and thousands of people seem to remember that every weekend.

News from Idyllwild area fire agencies

Forest Service lifts fire restrictions With recent rain across the southland, forest officials on the San Bernardino National Forest reduced fire restrictions effective today and have begun winter burning projects. “While campfires and recreational shooting are being allowed in portions of the forest, we are not completely out of wildfire danger yet, and ask the […]

Volunteers with knowledge of Idyllwild history needed

Third District Supervisor Jeff Stone is seeking five individuals for the Idyllwild Historical Preservation District local review board. This is a nonpaying position. Members must reside within a three-mile radius of the Historic Preservation District boundaries. Knowledge in architecture, construction techniques, and familiarity with the history of the Idyllwild Historical Preservation District is desired. The […]

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