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

Fire Safe Council’s safety muster coming April 26

The third Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council’s Fire Safety Muster is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Idyllwild Community Center site. It promises much useful and needed information that “… will serve as reminder for Hill residents to begin preparing for another fire season,” said Edwin Scott, MCFSC executive director. […]

Several earthquakes on and near the Hill

Several earthquakes occurred on the Hill and in nearby areas in recent days. All were less than 3.0-magnitude. The most recent and strongest was 2.9-magnitude quake at about 7:40 a.m. Monday, April 14. It was centered 7 miles south southwest of Idyllwild and 10 miles southeast of Valle Vista. This was the fifth quake in […]

Pine Cove Water District considers major equipment purchase

Buying or continuing to rent major equipment for future pipeline replacement and repair projects was a major topic during the Pine Cove Water District meeting last week. Laying new pipeline, which the district did last summer, or replacing pipeline with PCWD employees is less expensive than contracting the work, General Manager Jerry Holldber told the […]

County agencies receive $7 million

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the award of $253.6 million of grants for support of more than 800 local homeless housing and service programs in California. Riverside County received $7.1 million for local programs such as ABC Recovery Transitional Housing, Martha’s Village and Kitchen Transitional Housing, Shelter Plus Care Consolidated All […]

Delays may occur on Hwy 243 next week

CalTrans has announced that there will delays between Idyllwild and Mountain Center from Tuesday, April 22 through Friday, April 25. Flagging and slowing of traffic will occur between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Crews will be installing recessed markers on Highway 243 between its intersection with Hwy. 74 at Mountain Center and Marion Ridge Road […]

Protection sought for flying squirrel

In early April, the Center for Biological Diversity announced its intention to fight for federal protection of the San Bernardino flying squirrel, a native to both the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains. No sightings of the flying squirrel in the San Jacinto Mountains have been confirmed for several decades. And a recent five-year wildlife […]

Baseball sign-ups extended until April 25

Town Hall coed youth baseball sign-ups 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 read, “Unfortunately, this season has been canceled due to lack of enough players …“ That decision has been reversed and […]

County fire doubles crews at Pine Cove

County fire doubles crews at Pine Cove

Another fire engine and crew has been added to the Riverside County Fire Station 23 in Pine Cove. Also, an engine and crews are supplementing the Station 53 (Garner Valley) staff, Cal Fire Mountain Battalion Chief Sean Dakin said at last week’s County Service Area 38 meeting. “There will be six people at the station […]

RMRU has two rescues this week

The Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit was involved in two successful rescue efforts this weekend, both of which exemplified the problems hikers can encounter when they go off on trek without being fully prepared. The first started about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, after the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway received a call from three lost hikers. […]

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. One outage affected about 15 customers on Marion View Drive […]

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