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

IFPD adopts balanced 2011-12 budget

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 Corner: Sept. 29, 2011

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 […]

PCWD brings water donation to Idyllwild organizations

PCWD brings water donation to Idyllwild organizations

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.

IFPD Commissioner Ben Killingsworth resigns

IFPD Commissioner Ben Killingsworth resigns

(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, […]

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, […]

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