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Water districts prepare for “The Big One”

“It’s all a matter of capital,” said General Manager Steve Erler in discussing his district’s preparation to deal with the aftermath of a major earthquake. “There’s only so much you can do in a timely manner.” Even as FVWD is in the process of updating its infrastructure with a major pipe replacement project, Erler noted […]

Fern Valley Water district reviews state inspection costs

At its Friday, Aug. 19 meeting, the Fern Valley Water District (FVWD) board and general manager struggled with the difficulty of accurately forecasting an annual budget when fees from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for inspections can fluctuate greatly from year to year. “It’s difficult to get accurate fee estimates from [CDPH],” said […]

Stiff fines for “distracted drivers” implemented

If you drive and text, talk (without a hands-free device) or tweet, you’re in trouble. And, that trouble now extends to riding a bicycle, if Governor Jerry Brown signs Senate Bill 28 into law, cyclists can also be cited. “Distracted driving” is already against state law, but distracted bicycling had not been. Original legislation that […]

Outside Idyllwild: Forest outposts … Strawberry Creek

I recently read an article about access to Strawberry Creek. Apparently a section that runs through Idyllwild is being slowly eroded or cut off altogether. This article appeared in the Desert Star Weekly — “the #1 and only independent alternative community newsweekly serving the desert region of California.” The author, Don Wallace, is a longtime […]

Idyllwild Botany: Mysteries of field botany: Fire followers …

While fire appears to be devastating to the plants in the forest, for some it is beneficial if not essential. These are often called fire followers and require some aspect of a fire to thrive. The mechanisms are many. Some trees require heat to release their seeds. Fire may burn away inhibitory chemicals in the […]

Riverside County examining medical dispatch system

At their Tuesday, Aug. 16 meeting, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors agreed to hold an October workshop on the possibility of revising the county’s emergency medical services dispatch system. Last month, Supervisor and Board Chair Bob Buster (1st District) recommended that the county evaluate the current system and suggested that several changes be considered. […]

Idyllwild library to hold book sale

The Friends of the Idyllwild Library will hold a Labor Day weekend sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4, on the library deck at 54185 Pine Crest Avenue. This will be the last sale of the year. There will be many books available, and very reasonably priced collectible […]

Mountain Folk: McKnight sworn in as Naval Midshipman

Mountain Folk: McKnight sworn in as Naval Midshipman

Idyllwild resident and member of the American Legion Post 800 Honor Guard, Danielle McKnight, at right standing in military formation with her fellow midshipmen, was sworn in as a Naval Midshipman at the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, after completing a demanding orientation session at which candidates were judged as suitable officer candidates for […]

Only in Idyllwild: Aug. 25, 2011

My husband and I stopped to see the quilts displayed for sale on Highway 243 (next to the HELP Center). We stopped to look and enjoyed visiting with Joan, who makes the quilts. She and her husband recently bought the property. We weren’t sure the quilt we chose would fit on our bed as it […]

Lola’s Kitchen: My mother’s cooking …

Since I grew up on an apricot ranch that my parents owned in San Jose, Calif., I always had plenty of fresh, homegrown fruits and vegetables available. Our milk came from a neighboring dairy, so everything was fresh. Whenever I think of my mother, I see her in the kitchen. It seemed she was always […]

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