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

Drought emergency declared statewide

Drought emergency declared statewide

The seemingly unending drought has engendered official action …

EPA proposes new standards for woodstoves

EPA proposes new standards for woodstoves

Earlier this month, the federal Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to regulate new wood burning stoves in the future. EPA has regulated residential wood heaters since 1988. The proposed updates would strengthen the emissions standards for new woodstoves, while establishing federal air standards for other new wood heaters, including outdoor and indoor wood-fired boilers (also […]

IFPD needs two monthly meetings

At its Dec. 10 meeting, the Idyllwild Fire Protection District Commission adopted Resolution 13-17, which eliminated two regular meetings each month. IFPD, as the water districts do, will hold only one regular meeting monthly. It will be 6 p.m., second Tuesday of each month. However, besides its regular January meeting, the commission held a special […]

IFPD worried about cost of dispatch

The Idyllwild Fire Protection District believes the Riverside County Fire Department is doubling the cost of its dispatch contract and authorized Fire Chief Patrick Reitz to open negotiations with the county. In addition, the Fire Commission asked Reitz to redraft a request for proposal to entertain competitive bids from other dispatch entities. “The change in […]

HUSD superintendent plans community  meetings for future budgets

HUSD superintendent plans community meetings for future budgets

Parents, students and taxpayers in the Hemet Unified School District are invited to attend a series of meetings this month to discuss new local control accountability plans, which are required by the state’s control funding formula approved last spring. HUSD Superintendent Dr. Barry Kayrell presented an outline of the plans at the district’s Jan. 7 […]

BREAKING NEWS: Sheriff's Department makes arrest in Idyllwild burglary

BREAKING NEWS: Sheriff’s Department makes arrest in Idyllwild burglary

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department announced the arrest of a suspect in a local burglary. On Thursday, Jan. 16, a Sheriff’s deputy from the Hemet Station arrested Kristopher Niemi for the burglary while he was walking along Highway 243. On November 12, 2013, deputies from the Hemet Station investigated a burglary at Idyllwild Pines Camp. […]

Pine Cove Water’s supplies are sufficient

Pine Cove Water’s supplies are sufficient

Despite below normal rainfall the past year and the bleak weather forecast for winter, Pine Cove Water District General Manager Jerry Holldber remains comfortable with the district’s current water supply and confident with its ability to meet demands.

CSA 38 pursues new fire engine

At its January meeting, the Pine Cove County Service Area 38 Advisory Committee decided to pursue the acquisition of a new fire engine for Riverside County Station 23 in Pine Cove. At the end of December, CSA 38’s cash balance was slightly more than $610,000. However, the 2013-14 cost of the emergency medical services contract […]

Capt. Ray Wood new head of Sheriff’s Hemet Station

Capt. Ray Wood new head of Sheriff’s Hemet Station

Capt. Lyndon “Ray” Wood returned in December 2013 as the new head of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Hemet Station, the station where he started his law enforcement career in 1990. “In the short term, I want to assess our resources,” Wood said. “I want to better utilize the resources I have and continue to do […]

Bald eagle counters see two at Lake Hemet

Bald eagle counters see two at Lake Hemet

During the U.S. Forest Service’s second bald eagle count of the 2013-14 season, a pair of adult eagles was observed adding to their nest at Lake Hemet …

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