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Sheriff makes progress within the community

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Lake Hemet substation. Photo by Jenny Kirchner After years of being closed, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) reopened its Lake Hemet substation Dec. 3, 2020 and held the grand opening Dec. 7. RCSD personnel and community members were able to meet...

News of Record: January 21, 2021

Idyllwild FireThe Idyllwild Fire Protection District recently responded to the following calls.• Jan. 9 — Medical aid, 9:22 a.m. S. Circle Dr.• Jan. 9 — Motor vehicle collision with injuries, 2:07 p.m. Highway 74.• Jan. 9 — Motor vehicle collision without injuries, 2:20 p.m. Highway 243.• Jan. 9 — Motor vehicle collision with injuries, 2:27 p.m. Highway...

Past Tense: January 21, 2021

70 years ago - 1951Twenty-four men, representing areas from Thomas Mountain to Pine Cove, were taking training as members of the Emergency Auxiliary of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office. 65 years ago - 1956“The Cattle King,” starring George Montgomery and Marcia Hendrickson, was being filmed at the Garner Ranch. Part of the action included...

Creature Corner: January 21, 2021

Harper Last week in “Days of Our Nine Lives,” the cats met Ivan, the new feline.Harper: (carefully entering ARF) Hello? Is anyone here?Whiskers: I am! Who the heck are you?Harper: I’m the new ARF dog, Harper.Whiskers: Welcome to ARF! You seem to be OK with cats, clearly.Pepper: (entering the office) A dog? Who...

COVID-19 testing Feb. 4

Another COVID-19 testing date has been announced. Riverside County Public Health has scheduled COVID-19 testing in Idyllwild from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 at the Idyllwild Library. The library is located at 54401 Village Center Dr. Register at http://bit.ly/IdyllwildTesting or by using the adjacent QR code.

Mountain Center evacuated for Bonita Fire, USFS reports 50% containment

Firefighters responded to a wildland fire Friday at 1:16 a.m. at the 28000 block of Bonita Vista Drive in Apple Canyon (between Mountain Center and Garner Valley). The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) took over the incident, which had been under the command of Cal Fire/Riverside...

New info on Lydia ‘Dia’ Abrams

Lydia “Dia” Abrams went missing June 6 from her Bonita Vista ranch in Apple Canyon (between Mountain Center and Garner Valley). The ranch, that is over 100 acres, was searched multiple times by Riverside County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) and the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit (RMRU) soon after Abrams was reported missing, but they returned empty-handed. RMRU is...

Steele T4 at the Sony; plays in La Quinta this week

Brendan Steele fired a 19-under-par 65-66-61-69 — 261 at the Sony Open in Hawaii last week to finish tied for fourth place, his best finish of the still-new 2020/21 season. Brendan Steele FILE PHOTO The Idyllwild native’s stats told the story: Drives averaging 310 yards found 73% of the fairways,...

Locals volunteer to clean up the community

Idyllwild has always had an influx of snow-play visitors every winter. Families from far and wide flock to the mountains for snowball fights, sledding and snowman building. It brings tourism and a lot of smiles to the town. However, in recent times it seems the snow players have increased, and while there are positives to that, it’s...

CHP response to snow play

By Marsha KennedyContributed Over the New Years’ weekend, Idyllwild was struck by an unprecedented avalanche of snow-play visitors — more than the Hill has ever seen, in the estimate of many residents. In addition to the illegal parking, trespassing and littering, which unfortunately have become standard features of such events, traffic...
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