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

Initial Thoughts: Budgets & spending …

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 […]

Initial Thoughts: A true fiscal crisis …

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 use declining

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 […]

People seek Idyllwild Chamber's support, help

People seek Idyllwild Chamber’s support, help

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 […]

Fern Valley keeping tabs on pipeline project

Fern Valley Water District (FVWD) directors approved a progress payment of $217,000 for El-Co Contractors, the firm installing 3,000 feet of water pipeline. General Manager Steve Erler provided the board with a summary of the work and payment from Aug. 1 through Sept. 9. “The contractor is performing the work on a time and material […]

Riverside County looks at layoffs and wage cuts

Layoffs versus salary reductions were the two sides of a debate between two Riverside County supervisors during the Board of Supervisors’ discussion of the 2011-12 budget. “It’s the worst budget and the county’s strategy has not yielded results. We’re headed toward a lot of layoffs,” Board Chair Bob Buster (1st District) warned his colleagues. Later, […]

Palms to Pines Scenic Byway planning progresses

The final sessions to discuss the proposed Palms to Pines Scenic Byway are planned for October. The fourth series of planning meetings occurred from May 31 through June 2. At those meetings, a draft vision statement was presented to the participants and several other specific issues were discussed. The proposed vision statement read, “The Palms […]

Another La Niña winter for the Hill?

Another La Niña winter for the Hill?

Last week’s rain totaled almost 1-1/4 inches. This is the most rain in the first quarter of the rain year since 1999.

Nearby quake causes mild shake in Idyllwild

A 4.1-magnitude earthquake was felt in Idyllwild and other areas of the Hill about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. The quake was centered in the Yucaipa area and bounded by Beaumont and Moreno Valley. The shake was felt as far west as Long Beach and the Los Angeles coastal communities, east to Indio, south to […]

IFPD schedules special meeting; running out of cash

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the Idyllwild Fire Protection District commission will meet to discuss and take actions to ensure sufficient cash to pay bills for the next several months. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Idyllwild Fire Station. Options that will be considered include cashing out its $125,000 certificate of deposit and […]

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