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Mountain Disaster Preparedness training a reality check

Mountain Disaster Preparedness training a reality check

For the first time in a drill conducted by Mountain Disaster Preparedness (MDP), the Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) committed its resources to the simulated event.

RMRU rescues hiker on Marion Mountain

On Sept. 10, 2011, at 4 p.m., deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department responded to the area of the Marion Mountain Trail near Idyllwild. California State Parks staff had received information that a hiker had been injured on the trail and contacted the Sheriff’s Department to mobilize the Riverside County Mountain Rescue Unit (RMRU). […]

Rainbow over Mountain Center

Rainbow over Mountain Center

Driving home to Idyllwild on Monday evening, Sept. 5, Kristin Goffman saw this beautiful rainbow near Mountain Center.

Gov. vetoes cell phone use bill

Governor Jerry Brown vetoed Senate Bill 28, which would have significantly increased fines for using a cell phone without a hands-free device while driving or texting while driving. It also would have penalized bicyclists for using a cell phone while biking. In his Sept. 6 veto message, Brown wrote, “I certainly support discouraging cell phone […]

Outside Idyllwild: Tramway excursion …

Outside Idyllwild: Tramway excursion …

Back in 1975, I took the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up into the high country. I don’t recall the exact why or wherefore but I do remember enjoying the experience. After I found out that I could do the tram and back to Humber Park as a long day hike the cost of the tram […]

Only in Idyllwild: No runarounds

I am a half-timer in Idyllwild. Half the week I am in San Diego and half in Idyllwild. In anticipation of the installation of the new water pipeline by the Fern Valley Water District (FVWD) on South Circle Drive, I wanted to know if I needed to prepare my landscape for any digging in my […]

Carey takes on new mission: Idyllwild forester to work in foreign hot spot

Carey takes on new mission: Idyllwild forester to work in foreign hot spot

San Jacinto District Forester Hal Carey is leaving the Hill and the Forest Service to take up a new foreign mission with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in an infrastructure-building role he has long been preparing to undertake. Carey will be an agricultural development officer tasked to address food security issues by improving […]

Off the Main Roads: Another safety program …

Off the Main Roads: Another safety program …

Many times when the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit (RMRU) gets called out, it is in conjunction with the California State Park for a situation that has taken place in its area. Over the past year, we have seen a steady decline in rescues within the state park. A new program, which Ranger Sue Neary started, […]

IFPD commissioner responds to grand jury allegation of conflict of interest

IFPD commissioner responds to grand jury allegation of conflict of interest

Editor’s note: In the June 2011 Grand Jury report, item no. 5 stated, “A Board Member has an arrangement as a paid on call firefighter, EMT, or pump operator for the Fire District. This is a conflict as this Board Member is the Fire Chief’s superior as stated in AR IFPD #107 and when working […]

State wants to raise fire fee: $150-plus minimum

Even before regulations implementing the recently enacted state fire fee are implemented, state officials submitted proposed changes to ensure a higher fee. Last week, state officials submitted the changes to the Legislature, which include raising the fee to $175 and setting the minimum fee level at $150. Revenue generated by the law would be eligible […]

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