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CERT trainees complete course

CERT trainees complete course

Fifteen residents graduated this weekend from the Mountain Disaster Preparedness CERT class. Welcoming the group is Idyllwild Fire Department Chief Norm Walker. The course was certified by the U.S. Office of Emergency Services and totaled 20 hours of instruction. Instructors were Rick Foster, Nancy Layton and EMT Greg Minor.

Opinion: Even good people make bad mistakes

The [donors of the Idyllwild Community Center (ICC) property] were stuck in a bad real estate market, with vacant land they bought years ago. An unresolved migrating oil spill was discovered, making it even more unsellable. And here’s their practical solution. Use public money for real estate development — a community center. Keep 100 percent […]

Opinion: St. Pete’s 4 — Good!

I recently had the good fortune (along with an overflow crowd in Stephens Recital Hall) to attend the performance of the St. Petersburg String Quartet. While the quartet’s performance was of the highest quality, there are several things still puzzling me about the circumstances surrounding it, as follows: Though the event was presented adequately enough […]

Opinion: Health insurance, facts & Tea Party

Those who criticize the Tea Party need to be sure of their facts. The letter in the Oct. 13 issue [of the Town Crier] is a good example of this failing. To go through all of the purported facts in the letter would be well beyond 400 words. So, I will demonstrate its fallacy with […]

Opinion: Radio waves created equally

Reading the Oct. 13 issue of the Town Crier proved very informative. On the front page, there was an article about the CPUC delaying the installation of Southern California Edison’s “Smart Meters.” It seems people are concerned about radio waves that these meters emit causing brain tumors or other health problems. Further into the Town […]

Pine Cove Water District reports good well levels

The Pine Cove Water District (PCWD) board held a brief meeting Wednesday, Oct. 12. The board had no major action on its agenda and listened to General Manager Jerry Holldber report on well levels, budget status and the Arrowhead Water donations. Well levels remain strong, with measuring well No. 10 up 2 feet from last […]

Opinion: IFPD bankrupt

In my humble opinion as a formally trained mathematician by the University of California, adoption of Resolution 2011-261 by the Board of Supervisors for the advance of property tax revenue to the Idyllwild Fire Protection District, 3rd District, bankrupts the district in four months if salaries and retirement contributions are not immediately reduced by at […]

Medicare enrollment period changes

Individual plan changes depend upon drug regimens Medicare’s annual open enrollment period, during which individuals can either enroll in Medicare or make changes to their current Medicare coverage, began earlier this year — on Oct. 15 — and will end earlier, on Dec. 7, rather than on Dec. 31 as in previous years it ended. […]

Of mice and bats

Above average rainfall and moderate temperatures have created a bountiful crop of grass this year. Vegetation has also helped enhance the local rodent and bat populations. Pest control specialist Tracy Philippi, owner of Better Wildlife Control, and Village Hardware owner, Larry Donahoo, both have an abundance of customers combating the local rodents. “Who invited the […]

Creature Corner: Oct. 20, 2011

Creature Corner: Oct. 20, 2011

Found: Almost all black male cat near Fireside Inn in Idyllwild. Blue collar. Please call ARF at (951) 659-1122 to identify. Abandoned on the ARF front porch in a cardboard box, alone and afraid, was a beautiful female Maine coon tabby mix we are calling Sweet Pea. A soft mixture of gray, black and white, she will be available soon for adoption. A reminder: It is against the law to abandon your animals. Without a medical record, we have no record of prior vaccinations and rabies shots, which could result in over inoculation.

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