• Twin-Engine Plane Crashes Near Mountain Center

    MOUNTAIN CENTER (CNS) – A twin-engine plane crashed in rugged terrain southwest of Mountain Center Thursday, killing the pilot, who was the sole occupant, and triggering a small brush fire. The aircraft was reported down about 12:40 p.m. near Bautista Road, within sight of the Bautista Conservation Camp in the San Bernardino National Forest, according […]

  • Motorists Can Expect Expanded Travel on Mountain Roads to Open Soon

    People who live and work in the mountain communities of Idyllwild, Mountain Center, Pine Cove, and Fern Valley have been dealing with road closures since the Cranston Fire last year. Terri Kasinga public affairs officer with Caltrans says they’ve been working non stop to fix the roads ever since, “They did get hard hit, they […]

  • Caltrans to Announce Expanded Travel on Damaged Mountain Highways

    State officials are slated Tuesday to announce the start of day and night guided access along state Route 74 through the San Bernardino National Forest, as well as provide updates on progress repairing that highway and state Route 243 between Idyllwild and Banning. Staff from Caltrans District 8 will join Riverside County transportation officials and […]

  • 2nd Annual Idyllwild Strong Benefit Festival Kicks Off Tonight

    The Idyllwild Strong Benefit Festival is now in its second year, raising money for disaster relief in the beautiful mountain oasis of Idyllwild, California. The town relies on regular tourism to survive, which has been severely impacted by catastrophic damage caused by the Cranston Fire in July 2018 and massive flooding in February 2019. The […]

  • Remains Believed To Be That Of Missing Oceanside Man Found

    Sheriff’s deputies discovered what may be the remains of an Oceanside man who’s been missing for nearly seven months, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday. John Sturkie, 55, was reported missing on Jan. 5, in a remote area of the Black Mountain Truck trail in San Jacinto State Park, northeast of state Route 243. […]

  • Body Found Off Palm Desert Hiking Trail; Man Apparently Shot Himself

    A man found dead off a hiking trail near Vista Point on Highway 74 Monday died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot, a sheriff’s deputy said. Authorities received a 911 call around noon reporting a body on a trail near the popular roadside viewing point, according to Riverside County sheriff’s Deputy Mike Vasquez. […]

  • 64-Year-Old Man Behind Bars For DUI Injury Collision in Palm Desert

    A 64-year-old Mountain Center man is behind bars for allegedly driving under the influence and causing a collision that injured another motorist. Curt Johnson was arrested Tuesday following the 11:30 a.m. collision near the intersection of Cook Street and Country Club Drive in Palm Desert and booked on suspicion of DUI and causing bodily injury, […]

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