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J.P. Crumrine is editor of the Town Crier. He can be reached at

IFPD accepts 2012-13 audit; dismisses auditor

The Idyllwild Fire Protection District Commission accepted its 2012-13 audit and decided to seek a new auditing firm at the board’s April 8 meeting. Before discussing the district’s financial condition, which continues to deteriorate, Fire Chief Patrick Reitz said, “I want to publicly admonish RAMS [Rogers, Anderson, Malody and Scott, LLP, the district’s auditors since […]

Pine Cove will evaluate future of special tax

The County Service Area 38 Advisory Committee was advised last week to begin thinking about its parcel tax for the ambulance contract with Riverside County. Since the committee’s January meeting, the county Board of Supervisors has agreed to renegotiate its ambulance contract with American Medical Response. As part of the negotiations, 3rd District Supervisor Jeff […]

IFPD conduct violates Brown Act

The accompanying article posted here reports on the Idyllwild Fire Protection District Commission’s discussion of a meeting with Riverside County Fire Department officials at the Emergency Command Center in Perris on Tuesday, March 18. Three commissioners — Jerry Buchanan, president, Rhonda Andrewson, secretary, and Nancy Layton, treasurer — all officers; and the three citizen members […]

Edison planned outages continue

Another power outage affecting the town business area and many residential neighborhoods is planned between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16. Several smaller and limited outages have also occurred since the April outage, which affected much of the local area, including Pine Cove. “We are putting in equipment to make the substation more […]

Morning shake

About 7:40 a.m., this morning, April 14, a 2.9 magnitude earthquake shook the Hill. It was located about 7 miles south southwest of Idyllwild and 10 miles southeast of Valle Vista.

Arsonist undergoes medical exam

A Riverside County Superior Court judge has ordered a battery of medical assessments for Steven Taylor Rutherford, 48, of Banning. The doctor’s report is expected back for a May 1 hearing. In February, Rutherford was charged with 13 felony counts of arson with enhancements, including use of a delayed ignition device and having a prior […]

Garcia seeks state Senate seat

Garcia seeks state Senate seat

California State Senate District 28 is currently vacant and Idyllwild voters will see five names on the June 3 primary ballot. Democratic candidates are Philip Drucker of La Quinta and Anna Nevenic of Palm Springs. On the other side are three Republicans — Bonnie Garcia of Cathedral City, Glenn Miller of Indio and Jeff Stone […]

Highway 74  temporarily closed Monday

Highway 74 temporarily closed Monday

Highway 74 was temporarily closed in both directions Monday morning, April 7. A landslide was detected in the area where Caltrans has been working for the past several weeks just east of the Cranston Forest Service Station near Valle Vista. As of Monday afternoon, no further closures of the highway were planned, said Chief Terri […]

Several earthquakes on and near the HIll

In the past week, several earthquakes occurred on the Hill and in nearby areas. All were less than 3.0 magnitude. On Monday, April 7 about 7 p.m., a 2.6 magnitude tremor occurred about 11 miles south of Aguanga. On Wednesday, April 9, two more quakes shook the Hill softly. About 7:50 a.m., a 2.5 magnitude […]

Baseball sign-ups given reprieve

Baseball sign-ups given reprieve

The Town Hall Coed baseball signups have been extended through April 25, according to Bill Brown, Riverside County’s County Service Area administrator. The Town Hall advertisement in the April 10 issue of the Town Crier indicated that “… the season had been canceled due to lack of enough players …” That decision has been reversed […]

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