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

Initial Thoughts: Thanks

Well, the Thanksgiving holidays are past. Most of us are planning for Christmas, New Years and the other special days between now and the middle of January. Before we end this year, a few more moments of recognition will take place. As I’ve written many times, Idyllwild is nurtured and sustained by the life line […]

Fire retardant analysis available

The U.S. Forest Service completed its final environmental statement (FES) on the use of aerial application of fire retardants and argues that the continuation of aerial application is an important fire protection tool and its negative environmental affects can be controlled or limited. The FES is available online at The agency’s preferred approach would […]

Lake Hemet Water District hears from campground contractor

Lake Hemet Water District hears from campground contractor

The Lake Hemet Municipal Water District (LHMWD) board of Directors heard from the contractor for the district’s Lake Hemet facility and enacted two resolutions at its latest meeting.

Idyllwild Arts Summer Program earns federal grant

Idyllwild Arts Summer Program earns federal grant

A $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will support the Idyllwild Arts Native American Arts Program and Festival …

Hemet's state volleyball quests ends in Del Mar

Hemet’s state volleyball quests ends in Del Mar

The Hemet High School Girls Volleyball (23-7) team’s journey through the state championships ended abruptly in Del Mar Tuesday, Nov. 22. Nationally ranked Cathedral Catholic swept Hemet 3-0. The game scores were 25-9, 25-18 and 25-14 in the final. This is the second consecutive year Hemet has ended its season in the first round of […]

Fire fee raised before its collected

Like a puff of smoke from a magician’s hat, the state fire fee has already been raised before anyone has paid the original fee announced in August. On Nov. 8, a restocked state Forestry Board voted 6-2 to replace the $90 annual fee (approved in August) with a new fee set at $150. Property within […]

County Corner: Nov. 24, 2011

Light pollution The Board of Supervisors postponed action on the draft ordinance to control light trespass. The board scheduled a public hearing at its Oct. 15 meeting, but Supervisor John Tavaglione (2nd District), the ordinance’s sponsor, was absent. Another hearing was scheduled for the Nov. 22 meeting. “Light trespass occurs when light fixtures on one […]

California budget deficit could trigger more school cuts

The worsening state budget is posing a significant threat to local school district budgets. Fortunately, Hemet Unified School District (HUSD) has the wherewithal to withstand the potential short-term reductions. In the longer term, Hemet could possibly see its state funding reduced $12 million more within this budget year, according to HUSD superintendent Dr. Steven Lowder. […]

News from Idyllwild area fire agencies

Forest Service lifts fire restrictions With recent rain across the southland, forest officials on the San Bernardino National Forest reduced fire restrictions effective today and have begun winter burning projects. “While campfires and recreational shooting are being allowed in portions of the forest, we are not completely out of wildfire danger yet, and ask the […]

Long Valley Plan ready for review

Long Valley Plan ready for review

The California Department of State Parks and Recreation has released the draft management for Long Valley, in the Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness. The area comprises approximately six acres of the park’s total 13,700 acres. It sits at the top terminus of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. This plan is the result of […]

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