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Protecting a home from burglary

With the recent rash of burglaries in Idyllwild, increased home security is a concern among many residents. Cost concerns prevent many families from installing a monitored, home-security system or video surveillance. There are many common-sense, low cost ways to protect a home and family from intruders without breaking the bank. Lock doors. Sounds simple enough, […]

Holiday decorating contributes to house fires

It’s the time of year for Christmas lights, holly, inflatable Santas and reindeer, and, of course, a Christmas tree. It is also the time of year to be especially careful so decorations bring comfort and joy rather than chaos and heartbreak. According to Cal Fire, in 2011, nearly 300 Christmas tree and holiday decoration fires […]

Readers write: Make ceremony more kid-friendly

Editor: I have one suggestion that those of you in charge of the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony might consider. Many of us with small children/grandchildren would greatly appreciate a more condensed version of the program. For example: 1) see Santa arrive, 2) sing a few uplifting Christmas/Hanukkah songs (such as “Jingle Bells,” Rudolph, Dreidel), and […]

Fire personnel committee negotiates with career staff

The Idyllwild Fire Protection District Personnel Committee met with negotiators from the Idyllwild Career Firefighters Association last week. Before entering a closed session during the Dec. 5 committee meeting, Commissioner Jerry Buchanan announced that the subjects were the new California Public Employees Retirement System rules and overtime. The CalPERS issue was a continuation of the […]

Predicting wildfire behavior in the future

Fire scientists from Maryland, Colorado and Riverside have collaborated to combine fire modeling with satellite data to develop a new method for predicting wildfire behavior in near real time. The resulting predictions will be more accurate and revised based on the fire’s actual behavior. For years, fire experts have researched and designed models for predicting […]

Reduce the stress of holiday air travel

Millions of travelers will pack airports, train and bus stations, and highways over the holidays to celebrate with family and friends. With the millions of folk heading out of town for the holidays, wide-eyed excitement may give way to airport agony, train terrors and road rage. Advance planning and expectation management can help people arrive […]

Lola’s kitchen: Pairing beer with food …

I always knew that certain foods are enhanced when paired with specific wines, but I had no idea pairing can also be done with beer. In the past few months, J.P. Crumrine and I have attended the beer tasting at Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe. At first I was skeptical; I’m not really a beer drinker. […]

Burglary victims dismayed at sheriff’s response

No additional burglaries have been reported in Idyllwild since Nov. 22, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, but some victims of the recent string of robberies have expressed dismay at the RCSD’s response to the recent rash of burglaries. A seemingly lack of follow-up from the first report and insufficient communication about progress have […]

Out Loud: A few kudos …

We produced a paper this week without either an interim operations manager or our incredible Halie, who is on maternity leave, as many of you know. She will be returning at the beginning of the year and though we all here are immensely excited about that, it will be difficult for her to leave little […]

Major injury in over-the-side crash

Friday afternoon, December 6th, a vehicle and its driver ended up 50 feet over the side of Highway 74 near Palm Canyon Drive in Anza, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. The driver had to be extricated from the vehicle. Mercy Air transported the individual to a nearby hospital. J.P. Crumrine can be reached […]

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