• Two Local Tribes Get Increase From Federal Government Disaster Assistance

    Acting Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Bob Fenton announced Thursday that President Joe Biden has increased disaster assistance available for two local tribes. Biden authorized an increase in the level of federal funding for public assistance projects undertaken as result of severe weather events in February 2019 for the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians in […]

  • ‘Old Conditions’ Cause Continued Concern for SR-243

    Caltrans has already spent millions on State Route 243 repairs after the Valentine’s Day flood but with the first rain storm of the season, the highway’s integrity is being brought into question again. Drivers at a gas station in Banning said at this point, they are just “flat out avoiding the inconsistent highway.” SR-243 closed […]

  • Mountain Highway Closed After Heavy Rain Compromises Lane

    The north half of state Route 243 between Banning and Twin Pines was shut down Wednesday after heavy rains compromised one of the two lanes on the mountain highway. “We’re hoping to get it fixed by tonight, but for now, the highway is closed,” Caltrans District 8 spokeswoman Terri Kasinga told City News Service about […]

  • State Route 243 to Fully Reopen Thursday or Friday

    State Route 243 will fully reopen on Thursday or Friday, according to Caltrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga. The timeline has gone back and forth after it was destroyed in the Valentine’s Day flood. At one point, officials said the repairs could take another year. “Never did we expect the devastation that would follow on February 14 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Portion of Highway 243 Repaired, Permitting Access to Lake

    A nearly 10-mile segment of state Route 243 just north of Idyllwild was reopened Monday after a seven-week closure stemming from a Valentine’s Day storm that damaged multiple sections of the mountain highway. According to Caltrans, the portion of the two-lane corridor between Idyllwild-Pine Cove and the Lake Fulmor recreation area was opened to traffic […]

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