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Homes lost in Pinyon-area fire

More recent update at bottom of the story: At about 11:15 a.m. Sunday, June 13, a wildfire was reported in the Pinyon area. Quickly, fire personnel, planes carrying retardant and helicopters hauling water in buckets descended on the area. The Flats Fire was burning in the Santa Rosa Mountains off Highway...

Area long-term rentals are scarce

Quite a stir is made about the issues (loud noise, parking, etc.) related to short-term rentals. Another issue brought up in letters to the editor is the extreme lack of long-term rentals due to the increased number of short-term rentals. Barry Kayton and his family have been trying to relocate to Idyllwild. His daughter...

Five people missing in area

Cathy Tarr, founder of the Fowler-O’Sullivan Foundation (FOF), let the newspaper know that future searches will be conducted for Roy Prifogle, Melissa Lane and David O’Sullivan, who was last seen at the Idyllwild Inn April 7, 2017 and was 25 years old when he went missing. The FOF website writes of O’Sullivan, “David ...

Portrait of a visual arts teacher

Don StollContributed David Reid-Marr’s schedule remains full even in semi-retirement. Two years after stepping down as Chair of Idyllwild Arts Academy’s Visual Arts Department, he’s teaching only two classes. David Reid-MarrPHOTO COURTESY OF IDYLLWILD ARTS ACADEMY “But that means you can give as much time to two...

Highway 74 closure due to wildfire in Pinyon area

Update 10:54 a.m. Tuesday: All evacuation orders have been lifted. Update Tuesday morning: The Flats Fire is now 60% contained, according to Incident Command. Update 12:30 p.m. Monday: The Flats Fire's rate of spread has been stopped, "but high heat, winds and...

Four still missing

Backpacker.com published a story by Bill Donahue titled “Kidnapped on the Pacific Crest Trail” Dec. 17, 2019. The introduction reads: “This is the story of an alleged kidnapping and rape on the Pacific Crest Trail. No charges have been filed against the alleged perpetrator . The accuser died on February 7, 2019. Prior...

Life Tribute: Berry Bookout 1919-2021

Berry Bookout, longtime resident of Idyllwild, passed away on Wednesday, June 2 in Palm Springs, California. He was 102 years old.Berry was born in rural Tennessee in 1919. He was the quintessential southern gentleman.He was a veteran of WWII, serving in active combat in Belgium and Germany in 1944 and 1945.After his...

Community Calendar: June 17, 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, June 16• Jazzercise, 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Camp Maranatha, 54162 Maranatha Dr.• Coed...

News of Record: June 17, 2021

Idyllwild FireThe Idyllwild Fire Protection District recently responded to the following calls. • June 6 — Walk-in medical aid, 8:47 a.m.• June 6 — Assist invalid, 3:16 p.m. Strawberry Valley Dr.• June 6 — Motor vehicle collision with injuries, 6:14 p.m. Highway 243.• June 6 — Medical aid, 8:15 p.m. Lodge Rd.• June 7...

Coexisting with rattlesnakes and avoiding a painful experience

By William K. HayesContributed Each spring, rattlesnakes in the San Jacinto Mountains emerge from their winter slumber and engage in a new season of pursuing food, making babies and avoiding predators and other risks. Unfortunately, many meet their demise when they encounter humans.So how dangerous are these snakes? What should we do when we...

Online summer reading program

The Riverside County Library System kicked off its online summer reading program, Reading Colors Your World, Monday, June 14. The program goes through Friday, Aug. 6. All ages are welcome to participate. Reading challenges, weekly activities, virtual events and prize drawings are included. Visit srp.rivlib.net for more information.

COVID-19 Local Update: State reopens but state of emergency stays

The state reopened Tuesday, June 15. Gov. Gavin Newsom stated he would not be ending the state of emergency. Physical distancing, capacity limits on businesses and the county tier system all ended June 15.Written on https://covid19.ca.gov/safely-reopening/ is “As of June 15, 2021, the Governor terminated the executive orders that put into place the Stay Home Order and...

Fashion Jack: BUTTONS & WEDGES

Q. I have a shirt with a missing button. The only button I have to replace it has two holes, whereas the rest of the buttons on the shirt have four holes. Is it okay to replace a four-hole button with a two-hole button? -Dale, Valle Vista A. It depends upon the position of...

Businesses, you’re back!

Businesses in our community are reopening now.Our restaurants are more populated — especially on weekends — and they are striving to bring their staffing up to normal levels. So, now is the time to advertise positions available to future employees and business hours, menus and specials to new customers.And, with visitors filling our streets on weekends again,...

Cool centers open to Riverside County residents as hot summer months near

By Riverside CountyContributed As temperatures begin to climb, cool centers in locations throughout Riverside County have begun opening their doors, offering residents a welcome retreat from the heat.Currently, 39 cool centers are open to the public in partnership with local organizations such as libraries and community centers, with the plan to expand to 60...

Transfer Station holidays

The Idyllwild Transfer Station was closed this Memorial Day creating some confusion.In the past, the transfer station was closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.According to the CR&R office, it is closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.The transfer station...
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