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

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 […]

Emergency medical dispatch: remote life-saving

Emergency medical dispatch: remote life-saving

In early October 2013, a 911 dispatcher at the Cal Fire and Riverside received a medical emergency call. But she didn’t simply dispatch an ambulance — she saved a life right over the phone. The caller excitedly told the dispatcher that a person had collapsed and needed help. An engine and ambulance were immediately dispatched […]

Public speaks out on future of California’s state parks

Editor’s note: In June 2013, California Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird and California State Parks Director Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret.), unveiled “Parks Forward,” a collaborative initiative to undertake a top-to-bottom evaluation to improve and sustain California’s State Parks System. The effort responded to several issues involving misappropriation of the agency’s funding […]

HUSD educates public on budget priorities

To a nearly empty room in Hemet Monday night, Hemet Unified School District Supt. Dr. Barry Kayrell and Deputy Supt. LaFaye Platter discussed and explained the Local Control Funding Formula and the Local Control Accountability Plan. This was just one of several meetings throughout the district to involve parents, residents and other stakeholder groups in […]

Flu deaths double state-wide in a week

Flu deaths double state-wide in a week

During the week ending Jan. 18, 50 more people under age 65 died from influenza, for a total of 95 confirmed flu deaths this flu season, including three children …

Congressman Ruiz meets Fire Safe Council

Congressman Ruiz meets Fire Safe Council

The Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council welcomed Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz to its offices last Wednesday …

Jeff Stone new chair of county supervisors

Two weeks ago, 3rd District Supervisor Jeff Stone was chosen chair of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors for 2014. He succeeds Supervisor John Benoit (4th District) as chair and this will be his second term as chair. He also served as chair in 2009. The new vice chair is 5th District Supervisor Marion Ashley. […]

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. […]

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