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JP Crumrine is news editor of the Idyllwild Town Crier newspaper.

Top local stories of 2015

El Niño conditions or patterns, which have recently become daily conversation on the Hill, are not defined by the amount of precipitation. Rather, the National Weather Service defines them as higher-than-normal sea-surface temperatures along the equator from the coast of South America to the central Pacific Ocean.

Tree falls; power still out to Fern Valley homes

The strong winds, Saturday, Dec. 26, blew steadily all morning in Idyllwild. Gusts were between 40 and 50 miles per hour, according to the...

Forest Service has budget through September

Before recessing for the holidays, the U.S. Congress passed an omnibus appropriations bill to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal...

Water revenue falling at Idyllwild Water: New directors on board

While business at the Dec. 16 Idyllwild Water District board meeting was routine, the meeting itself was distinctive and noteworthy. Not only did the...

Ballot measure submitted to allow tiered water rates

A ballot measure for the 2016 November general election, which would allow water districts to restore tiered rates, has been submitted to the state...

Idyllwild Fire commission and Finance Committee meet together: Role of committee...

On Wednesday, Dec. 16, the Idyllwild Fire Protection District Commission and its Finance Committee met in a rare joint session. The purpose was to discuss...

Proposed CPUC decision protects homeowners with solar

California homeowners who install solar photovoltaic will receive financial credit based on a California Public Utilities Commission decision last week. The proposed decision continues...

Freezing temps created major water loss in Pine Cove

The extremely cold, freezing weather at the beginning of last week took its toll on the water supply in Pine Cove when warmer temperatures...

Brown sentenced to six years for hit-and-run death

Nearly five months after a fatal hit-and-run collision, Lisa Marie Brown, 40, (also known as Lisa Sanchez) pleaded guilty and was sentenced to prison...

Secretary of Agriculture frustrated with no changes to firefighting funding

In January, when President Barack Obama submitted his budget requests for fiscal year 2015-16, he included a recommendation to change the funding mechanism for...

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