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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 […]

Heat wave and sparse rain bring forest restrictions

Hot weather and lower fuel moisture have prompted the San Bernardino National Forest to increase fire restrictions, effective Thursday Sept. 1, 2011. Forest officials took these steps to prevent human-caused fires and raise public awareness as the summer continues to get warmer and drier. Most wildfires on the San Bernardino National Forest are human-caused and […]

Idyllwild business closures and relocations

Idyllwild business closures and relocations

The Mountain Restaurant, after two sets of owners, is closing. New owners Jambey and Emily Dixon, who bought the business from Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef Brian Ayers, will shutter the restaurant in mid October. The Mountain has been known for its dedication to “slow food,” a style of from-scratch preparation of high-end cuisine. “We may […]

Mountain Folk: Sept. 8, 2011

Caitlin Burns, daughter of Maureen Jones, will be competing this year for the Junior Miss California International title, Sept. 8 to 10, representing Idyllwild. If she is crowned she will tour California speaking on her platform, “A New Path, Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing.” While on tour, she will also be representing the youth […]

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