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

Flu deaths unabated in California

The number of people dying from influenza continued to grow last week. In California, 52 more deaths were attributed to this season’s flu called H1N1. Nationwide the mortality in 122 U.S. cities exceeded the epidemic threshold. For California, 147 deaths have been confirmed as influenza-related and another 44 deaths are under investigation, according to county, […]

Lemon Lily Festival planning underway

Planning for the fifth-annual Lemon Lily Festival is underway. Shelley Kibby, new festival chair, is organizing the two-day festival for the weekend of July 12 and 13; but the whole event will kick off Friday night with the traditional Lemon Lily Launch. The 2014 festival’s mission is to educate the public of the plight of […]

Two chosen for IFPD finance committee

The citizen members of the Idyllwild Fire Protection District Finance Committee are Chris Davis and Susan Weisbart. David Gogerty was chosen as an alternate citizen member. The commission established the Finance Committee in November. Besides two citizen members, two commissioners and the fire chief will compose the committee. Its function is to assist the chief […]

Jeff Dvorak is new  Idyllwild Arts Foundation chair

Jeff Dvorak is new Idyllwild Arts Foundation chair

Last Saturday, Jeff Dvorak of Palm Springs, assumed the chair of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation. He was the vice-chair and succeeds Faith Raiguel, who was IAF chair since 2008. Similar to Raiguel, Dvorak brings a financial background to the foundation. After a 32-year career, including 20 as a partner in the Los Angeles Lead Tax […]

IFPD pursuing new dispatch contract

During its Jan. 28 meeting, the Idyllwild Fire Protection District commission unanimously authorized Fire Chief Patrick Reitz to distribute a request for proposals to provide fire and emergency medical dispatch to the district. The RFP requests responses will be based on IFPD’s estimated future workload. For example, the RFP estimates that medical responses, the largest […]

Jeff Stone new board chair

On Jan. 7, Riverside County 3rd District Supervisor Jeff Stone was chosen chair of the Board of Supervisors for 2014. He succeeded Supervisor John Benoit (4th District) as chair. This is Stone’s second chair term. He also served as chair in 2009. The new vice chair is 5th District Supervisor Marion Ashley. This is an […]

Stone announces committee vacancies

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone is seeking residents interested in serving on county councils, boards and committees. Vacancies exist on each of the following: Advisory Committee on Substance Abuse, Advisory Council on Aging, County Service Area 36 (Idyllwild), County Service Area 149 (Wine Country), Community Facilities District Special Tax Review Board, Flood Control Commission, In-Home […]

IFPD investigating personnel matter

During its Jan. 28 meeting, the Idyllwild Fire Commission unanimously authorized Fire Chief Patrick Reitz to hire an outside investigator to look into a personnel matter. When asked if the investigator would look into a departmental policy or specific issue, or how many individuals are involved, Reitz had no response. In making the request to […]

Historic review board to raise community awareness

Historic review board to raise community awareness

The Idyllwild Historic Preservation District’s Local Review Board is now ready to review projects. At its Jan. 30 meeting, Riverside County Historic Preservation Officer Keith Herron told the board that the county’s Planning Department is prepared to accept applications for permits to alter resources with the local historic district. (See accompanying map.) “Good news,” Herron […]

Fourth investigation hits Idyllwild Fire

Another Riverside County Grand Jury investigation of the Idyllwild Fire Protection District was reported in the Jan. 2 issue of the Town Crier. The IFPD commission on Tuesday, Jan. 28, discussed its concerns with the report’s preparation without addressing its own recommendations. This is the fourth Grand Jury report involving IFPD since 2008. Commissioners Rhonda […]

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