The following story is true. A behind-the-scenes exposé of the working relationship between the media and law enforcement agencies. Last Thursday, Gary Kuscher called and alerted me to a breaking story. He said law enforcement agents were in the midst of a marijuana eradication exercise in progress on Thomas Mountain. (I don’t have the creativity […]
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J.P. Crumrine is editor of the Town Crier. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) has asked Riverside County for a $450,000 loan. Technically, it might be considered an advance of $450,000 from the agency’s 2011-12 property taxes. It may take the county four to six weeks to review the request, according to Verne Lauritzen, 3rd District Supervisor Jeff Stone’s chief of staff. “The […]
The Idyllwild Fire Protection District commission approved its final 2011-12 budget this week. The overall budget balances revenues and expenditures are set at $1,687,400 each. The final budget forecast increased revenue of $20,000 with a proposed ambulance rate increase, which Fire Chief Norm Walker will bring to the commission next month. Walker also reduced expenditures […]
County executive officer resigns County Executive Bill Luna, 57, resigned effective Oct. 4. Luna had been Riverside County executive officer since July 2008. Ever since he took office, Luna has had to deal with balancing the county’s budget while its revenues continue to decline. “This letter confirms my statement in closed session on Sept. 13 […]
Last Friday, Jerry Holldber, Pine Cove Water District general manager, and Jerry Johnson, field foreman, delivered and unloaded several cases of Arrowhead bottled water for Idyllwild School. Holldber contacted Arrowhead and received nearly 430 cases of water. Holldber distributed them to Hill organizations such as the Idyllwild and Fern Valley water districts, Idyllwild Fire Department, MDP, RMRU and the Fire Safe Council. Helping Holldber and Johnson, but not shown, was Jeremy Potter.
(STORY UPDATED Sept. 27, 2011) Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) Commissioner Ben Killingswoth has resigned. In a terse note to his commission colleagues and the Town Crier, Killingsworth wrote, “I hereby resign from my position as a member of the Idyllwild Fire Protection District Board of Commissioners, effective immediately.” The email notification was sent Thursday, […]
Editor’s note: I apologize for offering you a second column this week. But this is the result of receiving no letters from you this week! While on the subject of budgeting and spending, below is a brief list of the responses to President Barack Obama’s Jobs Act, which he just unveiled. I’m sure more interest […]
The Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) is in dire straits. The commission confesses the fact when the subject of borrowing money from Riverside County just to get to December is on its agenda. But the commission took no action at its regular meeting on Sept. 13, yet scheduled a special meeting one week later for […]
Pine Cove Water District (PCWD) produced 3.5 million gallons of water during August, which was nearly 1.1 million gallons or 23 percent less than August 2010. This represents the smallest use during August since before 2002. For the first eight months of the year, PCWD production was 3 percent (650,000 gallons) less than the same […]
Without fanfare and publicists, the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce has been gradually rebuilding and rejuvenating itself. The growth in membership is only the superficial manifestation of this change. The actions at this week’s meeting also demonstrated the Chamber’s revival. People are coming to the Chamber with ideas and requests and the participation needed to implement […]