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Students of the Week

Special Education Specialist Mrs. Tatyana Kut chose Idyllwild School Students of the Week. Ruthie Malloy (top) “has made great progress on her Reading Inventory assessment and places her best effort into her work. She is very kind to her peers and teachers, helps her friends, has matured...

Joe Bressi (left) U.S. Forest Service Volunteers Association tower leader for Tahquitz and Black Mountain fire lookouts and Dan Roberts (right), a U.S. Forest Service volunteer, too, present Forest Lumber Manager Jim Adams (center) with thanks for his generous donation of the flagpole at the Black Mountain Fire Lookout and his ongoing...

Creature Corner

By Janice Murasko Last week in “Days of Our Nine Lives,” ARF cats, kittens and dog Rufus discussed pet hazards that come with Thanksgiving. Harley: I just heard a great dog joke. Where’s Rufus? He will love it! Pepper: Rufus is...

The Garner Valley Craft Faire was well attended Saturday at the Garner Valley Common. The annual event gives goers and opportunity to purchase homemade, holiday gifts. PHOTO BY JOEL FEINGOLD

Jo O’Brien, who set up the Garner Valley Craft Faire for Saturday, with AJ the llama, are happy with the turnout and that no rain had fallen. PHOTO BY JOEL FEINGOLD

Second place winner of the IWD essay contest Lennon Aramburo shown with his submission and President Charles Schelly. PHOTO BY PETER SZABADI

Second place winner of the IWD poster contest is seventh grader Scarlet Nowlin shown with President Charles Schelly. PHOTO BY PETER SZABADI

Idyllwild Water District’s (IWD) first Idyllwild School Water Scholarship contest first place winner for posters is ninth grader Elizabeth Flores.IWD President Charles Schelly thanks her for her winning submission. PHOTO BY PETER SZABADI

Chili cookoff

St. Hugh’s Episcopal Church held a chili cookoff Sunday, 12, at the church. Winners were, from left, Diana Kurr, third place; Lou Padula, second place; Juanita Brook, first place; James Sales, fire breather chili; Janine Koeneke, most creative chili; and Mary Knab, best overall chili.PHOTO BY BONNIE KEEFE

Harper removed as trustee of Dia Abrams’ estate

A judge at a Palm Springs probate hearing removed Keith Harper as trustee of missing Garner Valley resident Lydia “Dia” Abrams’ estate this week. The judge was responding to a motion by Abrams’ adult children Clinton and Crisara, reporting that Harper was trying to sell the Bonita Vista Ranch, where he lived with Abrams before her disappearance,...