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Idyllwild Water begins pipeline repairs

Idyllwild Water begins pipeline repairs

The Idyllwild Water District begins repair of the water line near the juncture of Highway 243, Pine Crest Avenue and Maranatha Drive. Water delivery in the vicinity of the work will be disrupted tomorrow, Jan. 28. This will include the Water District office, Idyllwild Fire Station, South Bay Cable and other structures along Maranatha Dr. […]

Two morning earthquakes rumble the HIll

Early Monday morning, Jan. 27, two earthquakes shook the Idyllwild area, seconds apart, along the San Jacinto fault. The first was about 4:42 a,m. and was the largest and closest. The 3.2 magnitude earthquake could be felt throughout Idyllwild. The epicenter was approximately 6 miles south of Idyllwild and11 miles southeast of Valle Vista. No […]

Education top priority in Brown’s 2014-15 budget

Gov. Jerry Brown has released his budget for fiscal year 2014-15, which begins July 1. The proposed budget of $106.8 billion is $8.3 billion (or 8.5 percent) more than 2013-14 budget. This is the largest state budget since former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s $102 billion budget for fiscal year 2007-08. While most state programs will enjoy […]

Fern Valley GM comfortable with water supply

Despite worries about the statewide drought, General Manager Steve Erler said he is not worried about Fern Valley Water District’s water supplies this spring. During the board’s Jan 17 meeting, Erler said, “The lack of rain and snow pack is a concern to me. But at this time we should be fine. “I’m keeping an […]

Ruiz gains federal highway funds to repair wildfire

Last week, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) announced $1.5 millions in funding for the repair or reconstruction of Federal-aid highways and roads that suffered serious damage as a result of wildfires in Riverside County. This Federal grant comes after Dr. Ruiz and other federal lawmakers sought a formal disaster declaration making the State eligible for […]

IWD begins general manager interviews

Signs of General Manager Terry Lyons’ retirement are being seen more frequently at the Idyllwild Water District. At last Wednesday’s board meeting, Lyons reported that 26 applicants had responded to the board’s notices seeking a new general manager. The list has been narrowed to six and the board will conduct interviews Thursday, Jan. 23. Lyons […]

Flu death rate increases rapidly; officials urge vaccination

The 2013-14 flu season continues to worsen. Last week, Riverside County reported two more deaths related to influenza. A man, 63, and a girl, 9, died after being hospitalized, according to Barbara Cole, director of disease control for the Riverside County Department of Public Health. The man died last week and tested positive for the […]

Cong. Ruiz visits Idyllwild and meets with Fire Safe Council

Cong. Ruiz visits Idyllwild and meets with Fire Safe Council

Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz was in Idyllwild Wednesday, Jan. 22. He met with the Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council at their office. Later in the afternoon, he was shown several of the FSC’s projects. A full story will appear in the Jan. 30 edition of the Town Crier.

Idyllwild 2015: plans to expand next film fest

The 2014 Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema (“Idyllwild 2014”) is barely over with visions of favorite actors and rolling scenes still fresh in movie-goers minds. But Festival Director Stephen Savage is not bathing in his most recent success. Plans for an even bigger Idyllwild 2015 are already percolating. Potential changes for 2015 start with the […]

More trees succumb to bark beetle as drought worsens

More trees succumb to bark beetle as drought worsens

One companion of the drought conditions is the native bark beetle …

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