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

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. […]

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 […]

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