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Readers Write: June 17, 2021

The filibuster is racist and needs to go Dear editor:Year after year, we see politicians in Congress make promises about what they can do for constituents like me. And year after year, the progress is usually less than we hoped for.The solution is clear: It’s time to get rid of the filibuster -- a...

Creature Corner: June 17, 2021

Last week in “Days of Our Nine Lives,” the ARF cats welcomed the “spicy” litter of kittens.Lulu: The remaining two kittens of our original litter have been adopted.Stevie: Are you talking about Ike and Charlotte?Lulu: That’s right.Pepper: This is good news, but we have barely gotten to know so many dogs and cats before they are adopted.Whiskers:...

Past Tense: June 17, 2021

70 years ago - 1951Gary Cooper was vacationing at the Idyllwild Inn. 65 years ago - 1956“George the barber” at the Idyllwild Inn was advertising his services with the slogan, “All the latest krazy kuts, also something subdued for pops.” 60 years ago - 1961Jon Gnagy, an artist known for giving...

Steele plays in his 5th U.S. Open this week

Brendan Steele plays this week in the U.S. Open, one of the four major championships in golf, for the fifth time in his career. After being cut in 2013, he notched top-20 performances in 2016 (T15) and 2017 (T13) and finished 63rd in 2018.This year, the U.S. Open is being played at Torrey Pines in La Jolla....

Homes lost in Pinyon-area fire

More recent update at bottom of the story: At about 11:15 a.m. Sunday, June 13, a wildfire was reported in the Pinyon area. Quickly, fire personnel, planes carrying retardant and helicopters hauling water in buckets descended on the area. The Flats Fire was burning in the Santa Rosa Mountains off Highway...

Area long-term rentals are scarce

Quite a stir is made about the issues (loud noise, parking, etc.) related to short-term rentals. Another issue brought up in letters to the editor is the extreme lack of long-term rentals due to the increased number of short-term rentals. Barry Kayton and his family have been trying to relocate to Idyllwild. His daughter...

Five people missing in area

Cathy Tarr, founder of the Fowler-O’Sullivan Foundation (FOF), let the newspaper know that future searches will be conducted for Roy Prifogle, Melissa Lane and David O’Sullivan, who was last seen at the Idyllwild Inn April 7, 2017 and was 25 years old when he went missing. The FOF website writes of O’Sullivan, “David ...

Portrait of a visual arts teacher

Don StollContributed David Reid-Marr’s schedule remains full even in semi-retirement. Two years after stepping down as Chair of Idyllwild Arts Academy’s Visual Arts Department, he’s teaching only two classes. David Reid-MarrPHOTO COURTESY OF IDYLLWILD ARTS ACADEMY “But that means you can give as much time to two...

Highway 74 closure due to wildfire in Pinyon area

Update 10:54 a.m. Tuesday: All evacuation orders have been lifted. Update Tuesday morning: The Flats Fire is now 60% contained, according to Incident Command. Update 12:30 p.m. Monday: The Flats Fire's rate of spread has been stopped, "but high heat, winds and...

Readers Write: June 10, 2021

Dismayed Dear editor:I was very dismayed to see that you devoted an entire half-page to David Greene’s Op-ed on the COVID vaccine. Like Dr. Greene, I am neither an epidemiologist nor a bio-medical researcher, so when I read his scary allegations about the vaccine I wanted to know more. I went to the sources...
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