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Jay Pentrack is a staff reporter for the Idyllwild Town Crier newspaper.

Don’t be Scammed: Fair Debt Collection

A troubled economy and high unemployment have taken their toll. The average American, drowning in debt and worrying every time the telephone rings, is ripe for  scammers who have found a clever way to exploit this angst. On March 13, the Federal Trade Commission initiated action against third-party debt collection company Federal Check Processing and […]

Erin O’Neill to present ‘Philippines at Depth’

At 6 p.m. Thursday, March 20, local underwater and wildlife photographer Erin O’Neill will offer a photographic presentation of the “Philippines at Depth – Before the Typhoon.” O’Neill visited the Philippines a few months prior to the typhoon that devastated the Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013. The typhoon, named Haiyan, is believed to be the […]

Cate overcomes early struggles to make art her life

Cate overcomes early struggles to make art her life

Cate. Not Cate plus a last name, not Cate plus a symbol. It’s simply, legally, Cate.

ICC Speaker Series hosts retired USFS division chief

On Thursday, March 20, a retired U.S. Forest Service aviation division chief of the San Bernardino and Cleveland national forests will discuss firefighting aircraft use on the Mountain Fire at the Creekstone Inn, 54590 Pine Crest Ave. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 6 p.m. Tom Inocencio, who has been […]

March 31 health care deadline approaching

In California, nearly 15,000 residents who applied for health coverage using the California Health Exchange website,, will need to resubmit their information due to a software glitch. The enrollment function was disabled on Feb. 20 to allow for software maintenance and upgrades, and relaunched on Feb. 24 after the problems were corrected. The problem […]

Local artists are reaching new heights

Local artists are reaching new heights

Neil Jenkins has taken the marriage proposal to new heights — literally.

Don’t be scammed: Text Messages

Scammers are now using text messages — millions of them — sent unsolicited, directly to cell phones announcing terrific prizes and/or gift cards just by replying to the text. Once a reply is made, the prize offer disappears but personal information may be solicited or responders may be solicited to sign up for offers that […]

Art Alliance’s ‘Eye’ fundraiser a big success

Art Alliance’s ‘Eye’ fundraiser a big success

Last Saturday night, the Art Alliance of Idyllwild held one of its two annual fundraisers, the Eye of the Artist.

Hiker dies in wilderness

The Riverside County Fire Department received a call of a hiker down about 2:30 p.m. Sunday and deployed a helicopter and ground crew. Two other hikers found the elderly man on the San Jacinto Peak Trail. He was unresponsive. According to Melody Hendrickson, public information specialist with Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire, Ulrich Luscher, 81, of […]

Don’t be Scammed

The Franchise Tax Board issued an alert on Feb. 6 warning of a taxpayer scam. Scammers posing as IRS or FTB employees are tricking taxpayers into revealing their personal information on threat of arrest. State Controller and FTB Chair John Chiang warns, “Do not give out Social Security, bank or credit card numbers over the […]

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