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Rotary supports ICC’s Distance Learning Camp

By Stephanie YostIdyllwild Community Center board president Rotary Club of Idyllwild donated $3,900 to support Idyllwild Community Center’s (ICC) distance learning camp at Town Hall. The program, which began last fall and will last until school lets out, provides a very low-cost, socially-distanced location with adult support and supervision for about...

Longtime Idyllwild resident, film and TV actor Chris Pennock died at age 77

By Lynn PennockContributed Chris Pennock first came to Idyllwild 40 years ago to rock climb with his stunt man. It was then that he fell in love with the beautiful surroundings of the Idyllwild mountains. Chris often came up on weekends to hike with friends. In 1988, he moved here to...

Search for Roy Prifogle moved to April 18

As of April 1, the planned search for Roy Prifogle has been changed from Saturday, April 17 to Sunday, April 18. Prifogle’s daughter Kendra Johnson posted the change on her Facebook account April 1, asking for people’s help in the search effort. Roy PrifoglePHOTO COURTESY OF KENDRA JOHNSON “The detective...

Spotlight on Leadership: Ellen Rosa-Taylor

By Associates of the Idyllwild Arts FoundationContributed The Associates of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation continues its monthly series, Spotlight on Leadership. The Spotlight series introduces a member of the Idyllwild Arts Academy (IAA) leadership team, department chair, or a faculty member to our community. This is an ideal opportunity to learn...

IAA speaks with award-winning musician

Idyllwild Arts Academy (IAA) created its own podcast — “One World. One Idyllwild. The Series.” The podcast premiered March 30 and was aired on IAA’s YouTube channel. This podcast series will spotlight artists from all backgrounds, showcasing how they have been shaped by the transformative power of art. In the first...

IWD directors approve GM contract in 3-2 vote

Idyllwild Water District (IWD) General Manager Leo Havener just received a raise. The board, in a special closed-session meeting 3-2 vote, approved a contract increasing Havener’s current annual salary from $117,000 to $119,225 “prorated and paid on the District’s regular pay-days” for the remaining of this fiscal year. He was hired by the district March of last...

IWD field employee resigns

Dillon Pulatie started working at the Idyllwild Water District August 2016 and submitted his resignation dated March 15 to the district with a last day of March 23. In his resignation letter, Pulatie cites “Leo and Joe have managed to put a divide between all employees and in doing so they have...

Search planned for Roy Prifogle April 17

As Easter approaches, four people are still officially missing from the Idyllwild and surrounding areas. Roy Prifogle, Lydia “Dia” Abrams, Diana Perez Gonzalez and Melissa Lane have not been located. According to Prifogle’s daughter Kendra Johnson, a new search and rescue operation is scheduled for April 17. They are asking citizen volunteers to participate,...

Local musician needs community support

When things happen to community members in Idyllwild, many pull together to help their fellow neighbor. Many have struggled this year with the pandemic, but on top of that, some have struggled with their own health. Idyllwild local and musician Ron Wright is a good example of someone who shares his talents with the...

The Rustic Theatre opens for business

Graham and Gail Sutherland purchased The Rustic Theatre, now renamed The Rustic Theatre and Entertainment Center, Oct. 24, 2020. In the middle of the pandemic, the theater was unable to open to show movies until last weekend. According to the website, the theater was originally opened as a side job for Nina and Glenn...

COVID-19 Local Update: Newsom says state can fully reopen June 15 if two criteria are met

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday “On June 15, California will fully open its economy if two criteria are met:• If vaccine supply is sufficient for Californians 16 years and older who wish to be inoculated; and• If hospitalization rates are stable and low.”The entire state will move into the new phase and the state will revisit the...

Three collisions on highways

Three collisions occurred on highways 74 and 243 over the last week and a half, according to California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Matt Napier.On March 28 at 8:40 a.m., James Robert Phillips, 72 of Hemet, was driving his silver 1999 Honda Accord southbound on Highway 243 north of Saunders Meadow Road at approximately 30 mph. For...

News of Record: April 8, 2021

Idyllwild FireThe Idyllwild Fire Protection District recently responded to the following calls.• Mar. 28 — Medical aid, 7:15 p.m. Highway 74.• Mar. 28 — Gas leak, 7:36 p.m. Glen Rd.• Mar. 29 — Walk-in medical aid, 1:45 p.m.• Mar. 29 — Medical aid, 5:35 p.m. Live Oak Dr.• Mar. 29 — Public service assist, 5:49 p.m. N....

Community Calendar: April 8, 2021

Submit listings and changes to [email protected] All events are subject to last-minute changes. Note: Some events, meetings and office hours may be canceled or modified due to precautions being taken to limit the spread of COVID-19. Wednesday, Apr. 7• Soroptimist International of Idyllwild, 9 a.m. Mountain Resource Center, 25380 Franklin Dr.•...

Plans for protecting California this fire season

Wildfires are always on the mind of those who call California home. Last year was the worst fire season on record, surpassing previous devastating years. In January 2021, Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a $1-billion budget to protect Californian’s from the devastation of wildfires. This is also known as the Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan. The goal behind...

California State Parks seeking rangers and lifeguards to ‘Live the Parks Life’

By California State ParksContributed California State Parks invites individuals to “Live the Parks Life” as rangers and lifeguards in the nation’s largest state park system.For more than 150 years, rangers and lifeguards have worked closely with the state’s network of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to protect visitors to California’s State Park...

Forest Service requests comments

Officials with San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF) are requesting comments by April 25 regarding a communications use lease to a private company. “The Forest Service proposes to designate the Mountain Center Communications Site and issue a communications use lease to Renegade Towers, LLC, as a facility manager for: the construction, operation and maintenance of a cellular/wireless communication...

Local assessments an option if statewide tests aren’t viable during pandemic, California officials signal

By Sydney JohnsonEdSource This story was updated on April 4 with more information from the California State Board of Education.California education officials have been told verbally that the state may not need to submit a waiver application to the U.S. Department of Education, thus opening the door for more flexibility this spring when it...

Scholarship for local students

The Idyllwild Scholarship Fund board is requesting community donations to support scholarships for Idyllwild area 2021 high school graduates.To be eligible, a student must have resided in the Idyllwild School attendance area with a parent or guardian for at least three or more years during grades K-8 and for two of the four high school years.Academic requirements...

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The Town Crier’s tasks include advising its community of goods and services available from businesses on the Hill and in our surrounding communities, as well as the purchase and sale of available real estate on our beautiful island in the sky.We also advise of opportunities to participate in community service, library, education and outdoor activities — and...
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