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State eliminates supervisors from redistricting decisions —Mandates a citizens redistricting commission

On Sept. 18, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 1307 which creates a County of Riverside Citizens Redistricting Commission, similar to the 2020 California Citizens Redistricting Commission. The state group redrew the boundaries for the Board of Equalization, Congress, state Senate and Assembly, following the 2020 Census. Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes (AD 60),...

Short-term rental community meetings

Riverside County 3rd District Supervisor Chuck Washington is hosting two community meetings to discuss short-term rentals (STRs), one in Idyllwild and one in Temecula. The Idyllwild event is from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Town Hall. The Temecula event is from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4,...

Noer and Jimenez take over managing ICC programs

The Idyllwild Community Center (ICC) board has hired a new recreation and program director and an assistant director. The duo will manage programs at Town Hall and ICC’s other facilities. From left, new Idyllwild Community Center Assistant Director Emily Jimenez, and Recreation and Program Director Bridget Noer.PHOTO COURTESY OF ICC

Idyllwild School interim approved as new principal

Shool District (HUSD) Board of Trustees approved Idyllwild School Interim Principal Tim Poseley as new principal Tuesday, Sept. 13. An email to Idyllwild School parents announced, “We are thrilled to announce that after completing the interview process at last night’s board meeting, action was taken to approve Tim Poseley as the Principal of Idyllwild School TK-8. We...

Supervisors placed 45-day moratorium on short-term rentals

At its Sept. 13 meeting, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a revised Ordinance 927.1, “Regulating Short Term Rentals” (STRs), and a moratorium on new STR certificates for two areas within the county. At the Riverside County Board of Supervisors’ hearing on short-term rentals Tuesday, Sept. 13.PHOTO BY JOEL FEINGOLD

Lily Rock Chamber Music Festival this weekend

This weekend will mark the inaugural season for a new Idyllwild event, the Lily Rock Chamber Music Festival. It is a project of the Manhattan Chamber Players (MCP), three of whose members will perform, augmented by a roster of guest artists. This first year, two concerts are scheduled: Saturday, Sept. 24, at a home on Middle Ridge...

Associates host paint ’n’ sip event Oct. 15

The Associates of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation are introducing a new event, Pinot’s Palette. This is a “paint ‘n’ sip” experience taking place in Idyllwild. All guests will create the same mini-masterpiece. Pinot’s Palette will provide all paints, easel, canvases, brushes, aprons and whatever else may be needed. The Associates will provide the wine,...

Steele misses cut at Fortinet

Brendan Steele had a rough go of it at the Fortinet Championship in Napa last week. He posted a 77-72 — 149 to miss the cut by seven strokes. The Idyllwild native’s drives averaged 318 yards, but into only 43% of the fairways, resulting in hitting only about 56% of the greens in regulation,...

Supervisors to consider 45-day moratorium on STR certificates

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors will consider a 45-day moratorium on issue new Short-term Rental (STR) Certificates in Idyllwild, Pine Cove, Mountain Center and the Temecula Valley Wine Country Policy Area. The moratorium specifically will not prohibit using existing approved STRs in these areas or renewing certificates for properties that already have an...

Mountain communities survive Fairview Fire

nificant events other than the usual weekly meetings, book clubs and spiritual events followed by Labor Day weekend barbecues, music and art shows. But before the three-day weekend was completely over, at 3:37 p.m. Monday, Labor Day, a wildfire was reported in Valle Vista, an unincorporated area outside of Hemet just below the mountains...

Idyllwild Master Chorale seeking members for upcoming season

The Idyllwild Master Chorale (IMC) will begin its fall season this October at Idyllwild Arts. The current plan is to begin evening rehearsals from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday evenings in October, November and December. The Idyllwild Master Chorale the last time it was in concert at Lowman Hall on the Idyllwild Arts...

Mountain Folk

John Graham of Idyllwild received the 2022 California Teachers Association (CTA)/National Education Association (NEA)-Retired Ellen Logue We Honor Ours Award in June. Graham was a member of the Hemet Teachers Association for many years, holding various positions. He served on CTA State Council, was an alternate NEA director and...

Steele opens 13th season on PGA Tour

Brendan Steele opens his 13th consecutive season on the PGA Tour Thursday of this week in the $8 million Fortinet Championship on the Silverado Resort and Spa North Course in Napa. The Idyllwild native has won this tournament two years consecutively, in 2016 and 2017, when it was named the Safeway Open.

Record high temperatures on the Hill

August 2022 was hot with record temperatures all over Southern California. Death Valley reached 127 degrees one day last week. The National Weather Service (NWS) reported, “August was roughly 2 to 3.5 degrees warmer than average for most areas.” While millions in the region had to endure the high...

Prop 28 addresses arts and music in schools

Editor’s Note: Seven propositions will be on the November ballot. The July 14 edition of the Idyllwild Town Crier had an article describing all seven propositions. Between now and the election on Nov. 8, the Town Crier will report on each proposition individually. In this edition is the first of these articles, Proposition 28, Arts and Music...

New Music Department Chair Kai Potts-Smith

The Idyllwild Arts Academy (IAA) has announced the arrival of new Music Department Chair Kai Potts-Smith. She is a world-class violist who has appeared as soloist and featured artist with orchestras across the U.S. and abroad, including the Cleveland Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony and more. She was the first violist to become a First Place Laureate...

Community mental health series coming Sept. 10

The Idyllwild Forest Health Project (IFHP) and its Mountain Communities Mutual Aid (MCMA) organization, working with local therapist Robyn Winks, will be bringing a roster of local mental health professionals to Town Hall for a series of six Saturday morning adult workshops to “help community members gain healthy, updated coping skills and practices to thrive during challenging...

Supervisors ratify Monkeypox emergency

At a special meeting Monday, Aug. 15, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously ratified the public emergency for Monkeypox. The previous Monday, Aug. 8, Riverside County Public Health Officer Geoffrey Leung proclaimed a public health emergency. While the number of Monkeypox cases in Riverside County was not widely spreading, he was concerned that...

IWD OKs rate-study proposal from company making false client claim

Wednesday, Aug. 10, Bartle Wells Associates (BWA) submitted its proposal to Idyllwild Water District (IWD) to conduct water and wastewater rate studies for the district at a cost of $30,850. Seven days later, at the Aug. 17 meeting, on the recommendation of General Manager Leo Havener, the IWD board approved accepting BWA’s proposal over the proposals of...

Jennifer Singer headlines the last concert this year

Thursday, Sept. 1, the Idyllwild Summer Concert Series (ISCS) will present a special treat, an unprecedented ninth concert. The evening will feature Jennifer Singer, a crowd-pleasing vocalist whose residencies with cruise lines have culminated in her latest voyage as “Signature Artist” aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Wonder of the Seas, its newest and the world’s largest cruise...

2022 Emax award nominees

The Town Crier announces the 2022 Ernie Maxwell Community Spirit Award nominees. They are Ken Dahleen, Anne and Barnaby Finch, and Jon King. Please keep the following in mind when you vote: The individual should have demonstrated a tangible, perhaps physical, effect on the community. The honor is given to an individual or group...

1st Division Marine Corps Band next ISCS concert

This Thursday, Aug. 25, the Marines are coming to Idyllwild. A tradition in Idyllwild dating back even before the present Summer Concert Series (ISCS), the 1st Division Marine Corps Band will perform a concert of patriotic and American wind ensemble music for the audience at the Butterfield Amphitheater. The concerts are free to all, supported entirely by...

The Perfect Blend: Nature, Art and Wine

IDYLLWILD, CA  (September 6, 2022)  What does October in Idyllwild offer?  First of all, prismatic autumn colors with hues of red, yellow and gold, celestial symphonic breezes through our shady forests, fresh mountain air, stunning scenery and adventure on our trails and rocks. Secondly, on October 8, 2022, the Art Alliance...

Rock climbers ID’d who died on Tahquitz

Chelsea Walsh, 33, and Gavin Escobar, 31, both of Huntington Beach, have been identified as the rock climbers who died Wednesday, Sept. 28. The Riverside County Coroner's Office listed the time of injury of 12:21 p.m. and time of death of 1:18 p.m. for both climbers. Riverside County Fire Department...

Wilkerson leads next mental hygiene workshop

From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, the Idyllwild Community Mental Hygiene Workshop Series continues at Town Hall with Cara Wilkerson, a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). Her workshop is titled “Depression and Anxiety in Childhood, Adolescence and Adulthood: Effects on Relationships with Self, Others and Community.”The series is a project of the Idyllwild...

County board approves Idyllwild Fire tax advance

At its Sept. 20 meeting, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved the request from the Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) for an advance of its property tax revenue.IFPD requested an advance of $400,000 from the county in July. The advance will be repaid, with interest, in December and January when Riverside County makes its first distribution...

News of Record: September 29, 2022

Idyllwild FireThe Idyllwild Fire Protection District responded to these calls from Sunday to Saturday, Sep. 19 to 24. (IFPD has a new system of reporting that does not include times in its logs.) • Sept. 18 — EMS, transport. Hwy. 243• Sept. 19 — EMS, treat & release. Hwy. 74.• Sept. 19 — Public...

Water board meetings during September

Here is a summary of recent Hill water district activity:At their Sept. 17 meeting, Fern Valley Water District directors unanimously approved a non-budgeted cost of $60,000 to upgrade 10 fire hydrants from 3-inch post to 6-inch commercial. This will cover a quarter of the remaining 40 hydrants to upgrade and required a revision to the Capital Improvement...

Prop 31 affirms ‘No’ to flavored tobacco

Editor’s Note: Seven propositions will be on the November ballot. The July 14 edition of the Idyllwild Town Crier had an article describing all seven propositions. Between now and the election on Nov. 8, the Town Crier will report on each proposition individually. In this edition, the third of these articles, Proposition 31, is a “referendum on...

Democrat Brian Nash vies for state senator

Brian Nash, candidate for state Senate. Photo courtesy Brian Nash Editor’s note: On Nov. 8, the state’s general election will be held. Voters will choose a state senator for District 32, which includes the Hill. As a result of redistricting after the 2020 Census, there is no incumbent in this race. The two candidates...

Seyarto seeks move from Assembly to Senate

Kelly Seyarto, candidate for state Senate. Photo courtesy Kelly Seyarto Editor’s note: On Nov. 8, the state’s general election will be held. Voters will choose a state senator for District 32, which includes the Hill. As a result of redistricting after the 2020 Census, there is no incumbent in this race. The two...

Steele to play in Sanderson Farms

Brendan Steele will tee it up this Thursday in the $7.9 million Sanderson Farms Championship on the The Country Club of Jackson course in Jackson, Mississippi.He finished tied for 17th in this tournament last year.The Idyllwild native currently is ranked no. 110 in the Official World Golf Rankings.Brendan will tee off Thursday at 11:12 a.m. PT and...
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