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

Idyllwild 2014 – it's a wrap

Idyllwild 2014 – it’s a wrap

Celebrating a year of extraordinary independent filmmaking, the Idyllwild Festival of Cinema wrapped its fifth year …

Local photographer victim of theft

Local photographer victim of theft

Award-winning freelance photographer and Idyllwild resident Jenny Kirchner has worked with the Town Crier and other news outlets for more than 12 years creating a body of work that has garnered awards and captivated readers. Her coverage of the Mountain Fire in July 2013 was awe-inspiring. Kirchner was working in Palm Springs recently on assignment […]

Strawberry Creek Buddha brings more blessings

Strawberry Creek Buddha brings more blessings

News of the theft and eventual return of the Strawberry Creek Inn Buddha covered by the Town Crier in the Dec. 19 and Dec. 26 issues made newspapers and online outlets across the country. Inn owners Ian Scott and Rodney Williams are amazed by the response the story has received. As reported previously, the Buddha […]

New scam targets Spanish-speaking women

The Federal Trade Commission is alerting the public to a telemarketing scam targeting Spanish-speaking women. The women are offered the opportunity to purchase brand-name clothing, purses and perfumes at below-market prices for resale. Once the order is placed, the items are shipped C.O.D. to the purchaser who is unable to verify the contents of the […]

Successful artist learned from TV art instructor

Successful artist learned from TV art instructor

Mike Bennett has fond memories of long-time Idyllwild resident Jon Gnagy, the man known as “Mr. Learn-to-Draw” …

Nature Center names new park interpreter

Nature Center names new park interpreter

Jyoti Kintz has been named park interpreter at the Nature Center following the retirement of Shelley Kibby on Nov. 7, 2013. The Kintz family moved to Idyllwild when Jyoti was only 6 months old. “My name comes from India. It’s Sanskrit and it means, ‘The light within,’” Kintz explained. She attended Idyllwild School from kindergarten […]

Artist creates beauty from recyclables

Artist creates beauty from recyclables

Art lovers will find artist Judith Schoenbaum’s work at locations throughout Idyllwild …

A sad goodbye to an abused dog

A sad goodbye to an abused dog

Seager, the abused, but rescued German shepherd loved by so many, was euthanized on Dec. 30 after a lengthy bout with intestinal problems and numerous surgeries for injuries sustained at the hand of an abusive owner. In July 2013, Marcia Wheeler Marcus rescued Seager while driving through Double Check Retreat in Valle Vista. On July […]

Cycling race may return  despite trail closures

Cycling race may return despite trail closures

Katie Hedrich, Idyllwild Cycling Club’s former president and current vice president and Idyllwild Spring Challenge race director, is looking forward to 2015 when the ISC hopes to return …

Crime declines in 2013

New crime data released on Dec. 24 by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) shows a drop in overall crime from Jan. to Oct. 2013 compared to 2012 data for the same period. The preliminary FBI Part I crime statistics for all sheriff’s areas indicate a drop in overall violent crime, down 15.7 percent from […]

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