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

UPDATE: Reports of recent Idyllwild kidnapping just rumor

Capt. Lyndon Ray Wood of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department confirmed today that the RCSD has had no reports of an attempted kidnapping in the Idyllwild area. “We have received no information with regard to any kidnapping,” Wood said. “If someone has information, they should contact us immediately.” Reports that have surfaced on Facebook and other […]

Documentary reaches funding goal

Documentary reaches funding goal

“The Herd Gathering,” a documentary film project local filmmaker Scott J. Foster launched on Kickstarter.com, a crowd-funding website, reached its goal of $28,000 in funding by the Sunday, Jan. 19, cutoff date. By 9 p.m., $25,055 of the $28,000 needed to go forward with the project had been raised. With only hours to go, a […]

Dore Capitani — industrial mechanic turned artist

Dore Capitani — industrial mechanic turned artist

Dore Capitani has a wonderful sense of humor that is no more evident than in his “OUCH!” sculpture …

Town rallies around photographer

Town rallies around photographer

On the morning of Jan. 7, award-winning, local freelance photographer Jenny Kirchner discovered that her car had been burglarized and all of her photography equipment stolen while she was on assignment for a San Diego client in Palm Springs. The equipment, consisting of Canon camera bodies, lenses and a variety of supplies valued at more […]

Burglary suspect is arrested

Burglary suspect is arrested

A suspect has been arrested in the burglary of a local campground. A Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy spotted Kristopher Niemi, 40, a local transient, walking along Highway 243 in Idyllwild on Thursday, Jan. 16, and arrested him for suspicion of the burglary. The RCSD launched its investigation into the burglary of the campground on Nov. […]

Second apparent suicide reported in area

An elderly woman was discovered deceased in her vehicle on the night of Sunday, Jan. 12, near Stonewood just beyond the Pine Cove Fire Station, according to Sgt. Brent Sechrest of the Riverside County Coroner’s Office. A note recovered at the scene indicated she had taken her own life; she was apparently dying of cancer, […]

Friends grieve sad death of local resident

Friends grieve sad death of local resident

In 2005, Kathleen Barnes and husband, Roy Wayne Davis, moved from Altadena to Pine Cove, fulfilling a dream the couple had of living in the mountains. Sadly, Wayne, as he was known to friends and family, died from cancer in 2008. The couple had been married for almost 30 years and, according to friends, Barnes […]

Don’t be scammed

On Nov. 21, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issued a Fraud Alert on its Facebook page. As incredulous as it may seem, a marketing firm has established two fraudulent numbers varying only one digit from the VA’s call center. If the misdialed number is called, callers are offered a gift card in exchange for […]

‘Pretty Rosebud’ wins big at film festival

‘Pretty Rosebud’ wins big at film festival

The Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema wrapped on Saturday, Jan 11, with an awards ceremony at the Rustic Theatre. “Pretty Rosebud” was a big winner with awards for Best Screenplay, Chuti Tiu; Best Director, Oscar Torre; Best Actress, Chuti Tiu; and Best Cinematography, Tarina Reed. Torre and Tiu, in addition to being creative partners, also […]

SmARTS founder an inspiration to young artists

SmARTS founder an inspiration to young artists

In 2003, local artist Joann Tomsche rallied teachers and parents to help start the smARTS program at Idyllwild Elementary School …

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