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Fire and Forest: Our vision and mission

A grantor recently asked us for our strategic plan. Since we have never done a formal strategic plan, we decided this was a good time to go through the process and create a useful one (i.e., one that does not sit on the shelf). We decided to work on the plan this summer and fall. The first part of...

Fire commission accepts union language

In a special meeting, the Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) commission adopted changes to the District’s contract with Idyllwild Career Firefighters Association (ICFA). The amendments for fiscal year 2011-2012 budget are expected to reduce the agency’s salary and benefits costs almost $37,000, according to Commissioner Ben Killingsworth. Nevertheless, the preliminary budget adopted last week still has a deficit greater...

Idyllwild Water adopts 2011-12 budget: Balanced and no rate increase

Hours before the 2010-11 fiscal year ended, the Idyllwild Water District (IWD) adopted its 2011-12 budgets. The financial committee, composed of Directors Jim Billman and John Clark and Auditor and Controller Jim Ludy, presented a balanced budget consistent with the board’s decision to maintain water and sewer rates at the current levels for another year. Total expenses for the water...

A very Idyllwild Fourth of July

Many local community groups participated in the 2011 Fourth of July Parade. A few are pictured here.

Noel Alumit visits Idyllwild authors series

Noel Alumit, author of “Talking to the Moon” and “Letters to Montgomery Clift,” talks with Idyllwild Authors Series host Eduardo Santiago at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at B’s Mountain of Books in Idyllwild. “Talking to the Moon” (Carroll & Graf Publishers 2007), Alumit’s second novel, is a fictional account growing out of an actual hate crime incident. The author...

Steele: An American in Paris

In a dramatic turnaround of events, Brendan Steele came from the cut number to finish tied for seventh in the Alstom Open de France — the French Open — on the Le Golf National course in Paris last week. Steele’s 74-70-67-71 — 282 earned 77,400 euros or nearly $112,400, which will not count toward his winnings on the PGA...

Creature Corner: July 7, 2011

By Mimi and Hootch Every morning, she would be there to greet you in the kitchen at the ARF house. Not a vocal cat, but her eyes said it all. She sat very calmly, sometimes nestled in a basket on the counter, just observing with a sleepy grin. Marlena became known as “kitchen cat,” and we thought she would always...

Past Tense: July 7, 2011

60 years ago - 1951 A county road crew installed sidewalks and curbs downtown. 55 years ago - 1956 Actress Marjorie Main, best known for her role as “Ma Kettle,” bought a lot on Dickenson Road. 50 years ago - 1961 A touch of the Old West livened the 4th of July weekend as ropers competed at the Idyllwild Stables Arena. 45 years ago -...

Mountain Folk: Clark new CalPress VP

After the recent mid-year board meeting of the California Press Association, President Will Fleet announced that Becky Clark (right), former publisher of the Idyllwild Town Crier, will serve as first vice president of the association … Celebrating a birthday this week are Ann Kohler Castillo and Denise Huntington. To get your birthday listed, e-mail [email protected] or call (951) 659-2145, Ext. 17,...

Three guilty pleas

In the past week, two local women, Teri Danette Blackburn and Diane May Black, and one man, Steven Thomas Cook, pleaded guilty to felony charges in three separate cases. On Monday, June 27, Blackburn, a Pine Cove resident, pleaded guilty to one charge of caretaker embezzlement of an elder (Penal Code 368 (e)). Judge Jerry E. Johnson will pronounce sentence...
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