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Sheriff Bianco acknowledges former membership in Oath Keepers

On Oct. 5, the Press-Enterprise broke the story that Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco admits to his former membership in the Oath Keepers, a far-right group some of whose members are being prosecuted for the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building. According to reports of the Southern California News Group, Press-Enterprise owner,...

Commission begins redistricting process

Riverside County’s redistricting effort is moving forward. On Oct. 6, the Executive Office Technical Committee presented four draft maps to the 2021 Advisory Redistricting Commission, that the five planning commissioners composed. One of the proposals, all of which bring Hill communities into District 4 (desert). MAP COURTESY OF RIVERSIDE COUNTY

County considering more restraints on temporary events

The board of supervisors will consider major changes to Riverside County’s procedures for regulating temporary events (Ordinance 348, section XIX) at an upcoming meeting. A draft ordinance has been prepared and Planning Department staff intend to present it to the board at its Oct. 19 meeting. The top of the chart showing classes...

Actress finds home and new career on the Hill

By David JeromeCorrespondent Marisa Quintanilla has lived in Idyllwild for about 2 1/2 years. Her business here, Wildland Organics, is about to celebrate its anniversary Oct. 31. An active vocalist, photographer and visual artist, she is best known as an actor. Her role as “Huilen” in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn...

Clubs

Idyllwild Garden ClubThe ever-popular and free Discover Mountain Gardening event is back. The Idyllwild Garden Club will be at the Town Hall Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 and 24. Gardening in the mountains can be a challenge, that’s why IGC holds this public event. Saturday will include three speakers on the Community Garden and...

Why is Idyllwild School by far the most COVID-infected school in HUSD?

Hemet Unified School District’s online Dashboard is posted daily. It shows key COVID statistics for each of the district’s schools on a rolling, two-current-week basis. On Thursday, Sept. 30, HUSD’s daily Dashboard showed Idyllwild School had by far the highest COVID infection percentage in its combined student/staff population of any school in HUSD. Specifically,...

Idyllwild has lost two icons to COVID-19

On Sept. 2, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, having married in 1961 in Lake Arrowhead Community Church. But it was this Hill where they spent most of their married life working, volunteering, living and raising their four children Steven, Bonnie, Brian and Martha. Michael Alan Pearson, 83, and Emily Martha Pearson, 78, succumbed...

WNKI will expand emergency radio coverage

At its Sept. 21 meeting, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved the first phase for the Idyllwild and San Jacinto Mountains Emergency Outdoor Warning System and Travelers’ Information Stations. “They have taken a first step for what will be an absolute beneficial product for those living and visiting the Hill,” said Idyllwild Fire...

Sports

Will Steichen Recreation & Program DirectorIdyllwild Community Center The Idyllwild Community Center youth soccer season has officially kicked off. The opening game on Thursday, Sept. 23 between The Kraken and the Green Wolves turned out to be a high-scoring match. Jason Maldonado of the Green Wolves scored 4 points, and Makai Githaiga and...

Great Pumpkin Carnival coming soon

Stephanie YostIdyllwild Community Center President Fall is a busy time in the mountain communities, and most especially for the Idyllwild Community Center (ICC). Among the many events and programs ICC offers throughout the year, two of its most popular occur every fall. The first is Idyllwild’s annual Great Pumpkin Carnival....

Steele T17 at Sanderson Farms; will play this week in Shriners

Brendan Steele fired rounds of 69-70-66-67 to post a 16-under-par 272 and tie for 17th in the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi last week. The Idyllwild native’s drives averaged 310 yards while finding only 48% of the fairways, but he still managed to hit nearly 74% of the greens in regulation while gaining an...

Local groups make short-term rental requests

The effort to revise the Riverside County short-term rental ordinance (927) has strengthened in the past two weeks. The board of supervisors took action to fortify the possible changes with specific attention to enforcement. Locally, the Idyllwild Association of Realtors has expressed to Supervisor Chuck Washington (3rd District) their preferences for changes after a group of citizens...

3rd and 5th districts will shrink in redistricting

Redistricting, the shifting of political boundaries, to create more balanced districts following the decennial census has begun. California has an official 2020 California Citizens Redistricting Commission responsible for considering changes to boundaries for districts of U.S. House of Representatives and the California Legislature, both the Assembly and Senate. MAP COURTESY OF RIVCO

Shannon Ng manages both Idyllwild and Anza libraries

On June 1 of this year, Idyllwild Library Branch Manager Shannon Ng also became Anza Valley Community Library’s branch manager. “I’m just now getting comfortable,” she said. “The COVID restrictions were lifted about the time I started managing both branches, so things became complicated very quickly.” Shannon Ng at her...

Making lemonade out of lemons

“The Idyllwild Area Historical Society and museum used to have a beautiful, old, but healthy large pine tree in front of our garden facing North Circle Drive,” wrote IAHS Vice President Marlene Pierce. “However, several months ago, a Southern California Edison crew topped the tree, leaving a huge pine trunk.” One IAHS board member...

Too Much Fun in the Pines event Saturday

Christian Chalifour is bringing Too Much Fun in the Pines, a concert to benefit Spirit Mountain Retreat, to the retreat at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, in the retreat’s garden at 25661 Oakwood Street. It will run just under two hours with a short intermission for purchasing snacks. The concert features John Walz, Los...

Steele cut at the Shriners

Brendan Steele posted a 4-under-par 36-35-35-32 — 138 in the first two rounds of the Shriners Children’s Open on the PGA Tour in Las Vegas last week, but he missed weekend play by one stroke.The Idyllwild native posted seven birdies against three bogeys while belting drives averaging 321 yards into three-quarters of the fairways, and he hit...

Past Tense: October 14, 2021

60 years ago - 1961Bonnar Blong, local game manager, reported the extreme drought had caused a drastic drop in the number of coyotes, bobcats and lions in the local mountains. 55 years ago - 1966U.S. Air Force Major Robert Krone was decorated with two awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross for action in Vietnam.

Creature Corner: October 14, 2021

Pepper Last week in “Days of Our Nine Lives,” the ARF cats learned about holiday foods they shouldn’t eat.Stevie: Good news, everyone! Those two cute little dogs, Cinnamon and Toto, were adopted together.Whiskers: Aw, that makes me very happy. They truly loved each other.Stevie: And the lovely couple who adopted them are nearby...

Life Tribute: Elaine Rahman 1934 – 2021

Elaine Rahman was born Oct 5, 1934 in Niles, Ohio and moved to California in her teens with her mother. Later she worked for Safeway where she met her future husband Bob.Upon their retirement in 1998, they moved to Idyllwild. Elaine loved meeting people and making new friends.She became an active volunteer member of the fire lookout...

Redistricting leaning to move mountain into District 4

With the recently released U.S. Census data for 2020, the Riverside County Executive Office Technical Redistricting Committee has released four maps of possible revised supervisorial boundaries. In all four maps, Idyllwild and its neighboring Hill communities will be shifted to District 4, which is essentially the desert cities — Palm Desert and...
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