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Life Tribute: Karen Ann Metz 1943-2019

Karen Ann Metz passed away Wednesday, Oct. 9 in Tallahassee, Florida where she lived for the last two years with her husband Les Suderman. Karen was born on April 27, 1943. Karen and Les lived in Idyllwild from summer 2012 to 2016. They bought their cabin in 2003...

IFPD looks for new legal counsel

The Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) commission put out a request for proposal (RFP) for legal counsel. The commission held a meeting to interview the two responding firms — Cole Huber and Varner & Brandt — on Oct. 29. Unfortunately, the item will be revisited at the Nov. 26 commission board meeting because only three of the...

IWD’s legal fees add up over summer

At the last Idyllwild Water District (IWD) meeting on Oct. 16, Director David Hunt asked for an itemized bill of the legal fees. “The legal fees seem awful high,” said Hunt. “Is there a way we can see an itemized bill for that?” The district contracts with Aleshire & Wynder, LLP...

What ‘Do Not Call’ complaints are telling us

Calls from imposters were the most-reported topic of unwanted calls to the Federal Trade Commission over the past year, FY 2019. chart courtesy of the Federal Trade Commission By Amy Hebert Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Have you gotten a call from an imposter, maybe someone pretending to be with the Social...

Poultry products recalled due to possible metal contamination

By U.S. Department of AgricultureContributed Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc., a Gentry, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,071,397 pounds of poultry products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials — specifically metal — the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Nov. 6. The poultry...

U.S. Postal Service to host passport fair

Walk-ins welcomed for new passports By US Postal ServiceContributed The United States Postal Service will hold a passport fair for first-time passport applicants at Redlands Lugonia Post Office, 404 New York St., in Redlands from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. No appointment necessary. ...

Rep. Raul Ruiz advocates for bold investments in America’s schools

By the Office of Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D. Contributed A couple of weeks ago, Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D., D-Palm Desert, advocated on the House floor for much-needed investments in our schools. Earlier last month, James Madison Elementary School in Indio closed after rust and corrosion were found in its support columns. Nearly 500 students...

Tales of a Hot Mess Mama: The Mom Guilt Monster

There is no way to avoid her. She comes for you whenever you make that “selfish” choice and you put your needs first — “The Mom Guilt Monster.” That inner she-devil whispers to you: “Wow, your poor children have a mother that would do this. How could you?” I had what I hoped...

A Healthy Idyllwild: How to be a healing presence

Having been a trauma psychotherapist for nearly 30 years — now retired — I still think about how to help those of us who are suffering from traumatic incidents. Many of you, also, wish to be a healing presence for family and friends experiencing urgent states of highly charged emotional/physiological stress. Such stress can be caused by...

How did ‘The Old Man’ impact town?

On Oct. 30, Idyllwild was inundated with trucks, equipment, and a film crew taking over the center of town for the filming of the FX television pilot of “The Old Man” starring Jeff Bridges. While the consensus was positive, some businesses suffered financially during the filming. “They closed the roads down and we...
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