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COVID-19 Local Update: Omicron variant likely on its way

As of Tuesday morning, the Dashboard of the Hemet Unified School District (HUSD) reported recently confirmed cases (last two weeks) of COVID at Idyllwild School as being one student and no staff members, in other words, 0.33% of its combined student/staff population, the same as last week. At Hemet High, three students and two staff members are...

Minor injuries, suspected DUIs in recent crashes

California Highway Patrol (CHP) Public Information Officer Matt Napier reported several traffic collisions but no serious injuries on the Hill the past few weeks.At 8:20 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, Allissa Moreno, 31, of Idyllwild, was driving a black 2011 Ford Flex northbound on Crestview Drive south of Marian View Drive at a stated speed of 20 to...

Fashion Jack Revisited: Clutter and shoe addiction

Fashion Jack Revisited
Originally published Nov. 26, 2015 Q. My wife is nagging me that my clothes closet is cluttered. I don’t see it that way. Who’s right?-Herman, Alhambra A. Many women seem overly sensitive to clutter. What is clutter to them is in reality underclutter. Your wife appears to be one of them....

Important issues upcoming at water district meetings

The Pine Cove Water District Board of Directors is holding a special meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, to discuss the USDA Preliminary Engineering Report Water System Improvements Project.As part of its 10/20/50-year plan approved in February 2021, it has applied for a USDA Rural Development loan for well rehabilitation, smart meters and storage facility improvements....

Santa Ana Winds cause major pickleball court damage

In the far background is what is left of the once majestic pine tree Santa Ana Winds snapped during the Thanksgiving holiday that crashed onto the Idyllwild Community Center’s pickleball courts on Idyllwild Pines Camp property. Pickleball players, shown, volunteered to remove the pine and were hard at work at it with chainsaws Friday. Photo by Becky...

News of Record: December 2, 2021

Idyllwild FireThe Idyllwild Fire Protection District responded to these calls from Monday to Sunday, Nov. 23 to 28. • Nov. 23 — EMS call, provide basic life support, 1:14 p.m. Marian View Dr.• Nov. 23 — Alarm system activation, no fire, 4:48 p.m. Village Center Dr.• Nov. 23 — No incident found on arrival...

Creature Corner: December 2, 2021

By Janice MuraskoLast week in “Days of Our Nine Lives,” the ARF cats discussed the benefits to adopting an adult feline.Phil: After the hustle and bustle of last weekend’s tree lighting in town, I’m feeling in the holiday mood.Whiskers: Perfectly understandable!Phil: I’m so much in the mood that I’ve written lyrics to a new holiday song!Whiskers: Oh...

Past Tense: December 2, 2021

60 years ago - 1961The U.S. Forest Service conducted an inventory of timber in the May Valley area where a critical insect problem existed to appraise value and quality of lumber. 55 years ago - 1966Town Hall celebrated its 20th year with exhibits, a buffet and entertainment. 50 years ago -...

Local wins national wilderness award

In November 2021, Andrew “Andy” Smith of Idyllwild has received the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance (NWSA) Agency Partnership Award. Andy Smith, National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance Agency Partnership Award recipient for 2021.PHOTO BY ANDY SMITH The award, according to the NWSA website, is “to recognize an agency employee or unit which...

SCE switching 2,750 Idyllwild customers to time-of-use rate

Editor’s note: This is from a Southern California Edison (SCE) press release This coming December, 2,750 SCE households in Idyllwild will be switched to time-of-use (TOU) rates. They are among more than 107,000 Riverside County households SCE will transition to TOU rates next month. One consumer affairs observer called it “one...
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