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Historic district hearing scheduled for July 12

The Idyllwild Historic Preservation District is on the cusp of approval. A public hearing on the district’s creation is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12. The proposed Historic District maps, survey, resolution, and environmental findings to be considered by the Board of Supervisors are available for review Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the County of...

Altschul’s “Deus Ex Machina” savages media

Andrew Altschul, according to reviews, has applied a devilish wit to what he observes as a growing societal fascination with reality TV, in his novel, “Deus Ex Machina” (Counterpoint, 2011). That fascination, in Altschul’s view, centers on ever-devolving scenarios of debasement, danger and cutthroat competition for contestants. Intrigued by shows such as “Fear Factor” and “I Love Money,” Altschul crafts...

Steele captures another big check

Brendan Steele turned in a fine top-15 finish at the Travelers Championship on the TPC River Highlands course in Cromwell, Conn., last week. His 13-under-par 68-64-67-68 — 267 earned him a tie for 13th place and a check for $112,500. Steele’s performance was aided by hitting more than 80 percent of the fairways with drives averaging 287 yards and by...

Idyllwild triathletes wow San Diego

Idyllwild’s triathletes — Brad Rechtfertig amd Bill Whitman — competed last weekend in the San Diego International Triathlon. This event offered both an international and sprint race. The international course included a 1,000 meter swim, a 30K bike ride and ended with a 10K run. The sprint course was composed of a 500 meter swim, a “hilly” 20K...

Sports Roundup: June 30, 2011

Idyllwild’s Palms to Pines Golf Association held its regular monthly tournament on Friday, June 17, 2011, at the Golf Club at Rancho California in Murrieta (the old Southern California Golf Association Member’s Course). The day was clear, bright and beautiful and the course was in excellent shape.

Idyllwild talks tolerance at community dialogue

On Thursday, June 23, about 40 people gathered at the Idyllwild School multi-purpose room to discuss tolerance and diversity in Idyllwild in the wake of graffiti hate crimes that began in March 2010 and a subsequent and ongoing wave of graffiti incidents. This “Community Dialogue,” using a discussion template developed by the Department of Justice (DOJ), was the followup...

Riverside County enforces fireworks restrictions

Riverside County Fire, Law and Code Enforcement officials would like to remind residents and visitors that fireworks are illegal in Riverside County, meaning that you may not sell, purchase, transport, store or use fireworks in the county. The cities of Blythe, Coachella, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs and Indio are the only cities that allow the sale and use...

Santana tribute band, Bohemio, opens Summer Concert Series

Bohemio, a sizzling Latin jazz and Santana tribute band from the Coachella Valley jump-starts Ken Dahleen’s popular community event, the Idyllwild Summer Concert Series. Opening night, Thursday, July 7, in addition to launching what has come to be a highly anticipated summer entertainment event, also honors the 100th birthday of noted Idyllwild artist, environmentalist and journalist, Ernie Maxwell. Bohemio plays...

Past Tense: June 30, 2011

60 years ago - 1951 Inie Wilson, now probably Idyllwild’s oldest resident, was in charge of Town Hall maintenance. 55 years ago - 1956 Pine Cove residents voted to form the Pine Cove County Water District. 50 years ago - 1961 Ernie Maxwell presented a program called “Some Fun in the Outdoors,” as part of the Izaak Walton League’s Outdoor Series. 45 years ago...

Creature Corner: June 30, 2011

A red, white and blue celebration to Melissa, the chiweenie who found her dream home this week. Rescued from the streets, scared, hungry and needing medical attention, she will now be pampered, loved, and sharing a home with Baxter, ARF’s movie star rescue. Paws up to you Melissa.
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