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J.P. Crumrine is editor of the Town Crier. He can be reached at jp@towncrier.com.

Idyllwild hosts Halloween parade and carnival

Idyllwild hosts Halloween parade and carnival

Idyllwild’s traditional Pumpkin Carnival and Parade will begin at 4 p.m. at Fern Valley Corners …

Underground fuel constituents dissipating

The third quarter groundwater monitoring report of the underground plume of hydrocarbons along Highway 243 southwest of the Shell and Chevron gasoline stations indicates continued declining levels. The October 2011 monitoring of ground water of the Village Market (Shell station) site of a former leaking underground fuel tank (LUFT) again detected virtually no contaminants. In […]

County advances $450,000 to Idyllwild fire department

Insolvency for the Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) has been postponed. The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a loan or advance of $450,000 to IFPD. The funds will be repaid to the county from the district’s December and January property tax and special assessment payments. On Friday, 3rd District Supervisor Jeff Stone said he […]

Initial Thoughts: IFPD budget problems “Normal”?

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved an advance of the Idyllwild Fire Protection District’s (IFPD) property taxes on a short-term loan. But trying to blame someone will not make the problem disappear. I’ve heard some people say former Commissioner Ben Killingsworth should have prevented the shortfall. While Ben may have been district treasurer, he […]

County corner: Oct. 20, 2011

The Board of Supervisors considered a resolution to make local campaign finances more transparent and consistent with state law. John Benoit, 4th District supervisor and also a former state assemblyman and state senator, proposed a resolution that would require candidates or their campaign committees to file the currently required reports online, rather than as a paper document.

County has $21 million and 5,000 inmates coming

Riverside County’s Corrections Partnership committee met last week and allocated the $21.8 million from the state to implement the new statewide policy realigning felon imprisonment. The County Sheriff’s Department, which will have to accommodate an additional 5,700 inmates, was granted $10.1 million. The Probation Department, whose workload will also significantly increase, was granted $5.7 million, […]

CSA 36 hears about recreation staff and activities

CSA 36 hears about recreation staff and activities

The October County Service Area (CSA) 36 meeting was a backdrop to the introduction of Director GeGe Beagle’s recreation staff. In addition, Beagle described the future programs and the community response to the initial programs offered in August. Beagle now has a preschool teacher, Rebecca Odum, and her aid, Kelly Wills, who continues on at […]

Of mice and bats

Above average rainfall and moderate temperatures have created a bountiful crop of grass this year. Vegetation has also helped enhance the local rodent and bat populations. Pest control specialist Tracy Philippi, owner of Better Wildlife Control, and Village Hardware owner, Larry Donahoo, both have an abundance of customers combating the local rodents. “Who invited the […]

Early snow a harbinger?

Early snow a harbinger?

While no snow fell in the village, the mountain ridges surrounding Idyllwild were dusted in white powder last week …

HUSD Superintendent Lowder and Trustee Sanborn talk education

Last week, both Lowder and Sanborn talked about the trend toward increasing class sizes as a result of less money to hire teachers. “I don’t expect class size to go back [to 20 students per teacher] anytime soon,” Sanborn lamented.

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