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Special workshop for fire victims with SBA

The Riverside County Office of Emergency Services has arranged two special workshops for Idyllwild and Hill residents who incurred damage and lost property during the recent Mountain and Silver fires. Representatives of the Small Business Administration will be available 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Idyllwild Nature Center and later from 6 to 8 […]

Firefighting budget draining

The number of wildland fires and the unusually dry weather caused the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group to increase the national fire preparedness level to its highest point, PL-5, which signals very high activity. Summer 2008 was the last time the preparedness level was raised to five and the fifth time in 10 years. The raised […]

County supervisor’s schedule

Riverside County Third District Supervisor Jeff Stone will be at the Idyllwild Library from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, to meet with consitutents. He also will be at his Hemet office from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. To make an appointment, call […]

Low-interest loans for businesses affected by Mountain Fire

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest working capital federal disaster loans to small businesses economically impacted by the Mountain Fire that occurred July 15 to July 30, SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills said Monday, Aug. 19. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received […]

A primer in the new national healthcare act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama in March 2010. The law provides for sweeping changes in the way consumers purchase healthcare coverage and the way insurance companies provide coverage. Some provisions of the act have already taken effect, with more provisions taking effect over the next several […]

Historic voter records available

Historians, researchers, and people exploring genealogy will have an new window to the past thanks to a new law Secretary of State Debra Bowen sponsored and the governor approved last Friday. California voter rolls will be available to the public after 100 years. Personal identifiers, such as Social Security and drivers license numbers, were not […]

Friday furloughs canceled in Riverside County

Riverside County offices previously closed one day a week as a result of county furloughs have resumed Friday operations as of last week. Many employees had shifted to a four-day, 10-hour work week as part of a 10 percent cut in compensation that most employees took for a year in order for the county to […]

District attorney revamps website

Last week, the Riverside County District Attorney’s office announced the launch of its new, revamped website at The re-design has been in the works for more than a year. “A website can be one of the best ways for this office to communicate with the public,” said District Attorney Paul Zellerbach in a press […]

Mixed results in first court battle over fire fee

Plaintiffs contesting the 2011 State Regulation Area Fire Fee convinced a Sacramento Superior Court judge that their case merited treatment as a class action. However, if their argument ultimately prevails, refunds may be limited to members who have officially appealed their payment with Cal Fire. On July 19, Judge Eugene Balonon dismissed the state’s contention […]

Stone among three seeking state Senate

Riverside County Third District Supervisor Jeff Stone announced his candidacy for the new 28th state Senate district. This will be the first election for a senator representing this district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Idyllwild’s state senator was Bill Emmerson. But the redistricting process placed Idyllwild in a new district with no incumbent senator. In […]

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