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Idyllwild’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony – 2019

The Tree Lighting Ceremony at IdyPark Saturday was a spectacular sight. Photos by Jenny Kirchner Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus arrive at the annual tree lighting. The IdyllBeast made an appearance, complete with a Santa hat.

Past Tense: December 5, 2019

Few failed to enjoy this snow, perhaps the most beautiful one in 20 years. Snowmen and snowwomen appeared both in the town center and cabin yards, prompting a snow-sculpting contest at the elementary school. Snow ... lots of work and lots of pleasure. Town Crier Archive 70 years ago -...

Creature Corner: December 5, 2019

Mr. Gray Last week in “Days of Our Nine Lives,” the cats tried their hands at poetry. Terra: Well, not any adoptions this week, but there was a lot of snow! Tillie: No kidding! ARF volunteers didn’t even open the doors on Saturday or Sunday. Mr. Gray: They worked...

Grateful for our first responders

The reality of fire station dinners is full plates and empty chairs with responders out helping our public in the snow. Shown here are firefighters from station 53 in Garner Valley on Thanksgiving Day.    Photo by Jesse Park  AMR served 60 paramedics and EMTs between its Hemet...

IWD appoints acting general manager

When former General Manager Darren Milner resigned the evening of Nov. 17, Idyllwild Water District (IWD) was without an acting general manager until a special meeting the evening before Thanksgiving held by the district’s directors. The board appointed Field Supervisor Mitch Freeman to fill the position until the district selects yet another general manager.     

Bald eagle population stabilized, yearly count canceled

A bald eagle count at Lake Hemet in 2012. File photo A 40-year tradition has come to an end. San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF) is discontinuing the winter bald eagle count after reports the species’ population has stabilized.   “After 40 years of conducting monthly bald eagle...

Second snowstorm of the season

A significant snowstorm hit Idyllwild last week.     Photo by Peter Szabadi Winner of the snow guessing contest revealed The second snowstorm of the season brought quite a bit of snow with the majority hitting Thanksgiving Day. The Cal Fire Pine Cove station recorded 22 inches...

From the Archives: Storm dumps first snow on the Hill

Photos and story by Jeanie MillsStory originally ran Dec. 3, 1981 The first snowstorm of the season Thanksgiving weekend caused only minor problems for Hill residents and left mountain peaks, trees and rooftops covered with snow. A total of 10 inches of snow was recorded at...

California state parks reach milestone in K-12 digital access

By California State ParksContributed California State Parks is proud to announce it has connected more than 500,000 students to state parks via virtual field trips since 2004. The grassroots program known as Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students (PORTS®) engages underserved students by creating equitable digital access to state parks at no cost...

Creature Corner: November 28, 2019

Zeus Last week in “Days of Our Nine Lives,” the cats shared their stories of how they came to ARF. Terra: Let’s have a pre-Thanksgiving meeting. Tillie: We are all here, including our three kittens. Mr. Gray: Three kittens? I thought we had five. Terra: Albany and Anita found...
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