Gifted young artists from Idyllwild Arts show their art at Middle Ridge Winery

Gifted young artists from Idyllwild Arts show their art at Middle Ridge Winery

The Middle Ridge Winery in Idyllwild with its A-frame structure drew a packed house Saturday, Jan. 27, as 25 student artists from the Idyllwild Arts Academy and local professional artists who showed their finest works at the Idyllwild Collection “Fire & Ice.” The academy students are not ordinary teenage students from all over the world; […]

Winter storm prompts road closures throughout region

Winter storm prompts road closures throughout region

A rockslide prompted a partial closure of a mountain highway in Riverside County today, while flooding and toppled power lines led to other closures as the first storm of the winter season blew through. According to the California Highway Patrol, state Route 243 between Idyllwild and Twin Pines was partially closed this morning after a […]

IDYLLWILD: Man killed in hiking accident

IDYLLWILD – The Riverside County coroner today released the name of a man who died from a fall while climbing on the Ernie Maxwell Scenic Hiking Trail in Idyllwild. He was George J. Wu, 51, of Newport Beach, according to the coroner’s office. Riverside County sheriff’s deputies were called at 7:54 a.m. Saturday to Humber […]

San Jacinto Ranger District campgrounds, trails now open

San Jacinto Ranger District campgrounds, trails now open

IDYLLWILD – U.S. Forest officials in the San Bernardino National Forest San Jacinto District report the districts campgrounds, since opening day May 21, have almost filled up every weekend and hikers continue to enjoy the wilderness trails despite some continuing trail closures. The mild weather has helped campers and hikers enjoy their outings more this […]

MOUNTAIN CENTER: Lake Hemet brush fire 90-percent contained

MOUNTAIN CENTER: Lake Hemet brush fire 90-percent contained

A small brush fire near Lake Hemet was about 90-percent contained this morning, authorities said. The “Toro Peak” fire was reported at 1:22 p.m. Monday, southeast of Lake Hemet, just off state Route 74 in the San Bernardino National Forest, and has blackened about two acres, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. No homes or other structures […]