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Adult Volleyball The competition was hot once again inside Buckhorn Camp’s Peace Center last Tuesday (Jan. 16) as we witnessed Forest Lumber win their second game of the season by defeated the Red Kettle 3 games to 1. It was a well-rounded match and everyone played well. Tuesday’s other match was...

Life Tribute Denise Anne Van Herpen 1971-2024

Denise Anne Van Herpen passed away Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, of an aneurysm. Denise was born in Long Beach July 24, 1971. She was a sixth generation Californian. She attended Los Amigos High School in Fountain Valley and then attended Long Beach State University. Denise was...

Life Tribute Jon Alan Kibby 1954-2023

Jon Alan Kibby, 69, of Idyllwild, passed away Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023. He was born April 13, 1954, in Lowell, Massachusetts. Jon had a salt-of-the-earth personality and was loved by all who knew him. He had a huge heart, a great sense of humor, and a...

Havener out as IWD manager; town rallies around fired employees

More than 30 members of the public made for standing room only at the Jan. 17 meeting of the Idyllwild Water District (IWD) Board of Directors. News had spread of Tuesday night’s special meeting, at which the board, during closed session, voted unanimously to terminate General Manager (GM) Leo Havener, placing him first on 30 days administrative...

Transient man sentenced for Silver Fire

After more than 10 years, a transient man responsible for starting the Aug. 7, 2013, Silver Fire in the Poppet Flats area pleaded guilty to 14 counts of recklessly and unlawfully setting fire to and burning, “and cause to be burned, an inhabited structure and inhabited property.” Stephen Patrick Medlock at the time...

MAST to meet four times in 2024

After several years of being dark, the Mountain Area Safety Task Force (MAST) is planning meetings again this year. Participants have included fire agencies, water districts, nonprofit organizations and other groups that have a say in safety issues on the Hill. The public forums are from 11 a.m. to noon the Wednesdays of March...

Bill Sheppard having a release party for new album

Local musician Bill Sheppard is enjoying some late-breaking acclaim for work he did more than 50 years ago. Back in the day, his band Stack was prominent in the Southern California area. Bill Sheppard back in the day between shows at Merlins.PHOTO BY MIKE PINIZZOTTO Stack’s lone 1968 LP “Above...

IFPD honors three retired volunteers

The Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) honored three former local paid call firefighters (PCF) at an appreciation ceremony at the station Thursday evening, Jan. 18, in the IFPD board room. From left, Idyllwild Fire Chief Mark LaMont, Retired Paid Call Firefighter (PCF) Capt. Steve Friemoth, Retired PCF Engineer Dr. Charles Schelly, Retired PCF...

Birthday Bash

Sammy Busby (left) organized a rock and roll birthday party for long-time Idyllwild resident Paul Hamilton (right) at Audiowild Studios Saturday night, Jan. 13. Hamilton played the harmonica and a potluck was enjoyed with about 50 people attending.PHOTO BY PETER SZABADI

IFPD approves grant proposal for fuel reduction

The Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) commissioners met for a special meeting Tuesday, Jan. 9. All commissioners were present to hear Chief Mark LaMont present a resolution regarding a grant application to be submitted to the state. The application asks for almost a million dollars to help IFPD complete work on the Bear Trap Fuels Reduction Project,...
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