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

Tremors shake the mountain

In the past week, a series of six earthquakes shook the Idyllwild area along the San Jacinto Fault. The first was at about 3:45 Monday afternoon, Dec. 30, and was the largest and closest. The 3.6-magnitude earthquake could be felt throughout Idyllwild. The epicenter was about 2 miles south-southwest of Idyllwild and 9 miles east-southeast […]

Breann Johnson, lead in ‘Red Wing,’ to attend fest

Breann Johnson, lead in ‘Red Wing,’ to attend fest

Breann Johnson, one of the leads in “Red Wing,” the opening-night film for the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema, spoke to the Town Crier last week. “Red Wing” is directed by Will Wallace, the festival’s co-director. Town Crier: How did you become interested in acting? Breann Johnson: As an 8-year-old, I was in my first […]

Lowman Concert Hall funded, permit process begun

Construction of the William M. Lowman Concert Hall on the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Programs campus will occur in the next year or two. The Idyllwild Arts Foundation successfully completed a $6.3-million campaign to fund the project by its Dec. 31 deadline. A 298-seat, acoustically brilliant facility, the concert hall will become the centerpiece […]

Flu activity slowly spreading

Last week, state officials again urged residents to get a flu shot. While influenza activity has been low so far this flu season, it began to rise at the end of December. While not widespread in California, the number of cases has been growing. “Many California counties, and other states, are reporting patients who are […]

State majority favors legalized marijuana use

State majority favors legalized marijuana use

In recent years, voters in Colorado and Washington have approved legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana under state regulation. Coloradans may begin purchasing pot at stores in 2014. Unsurprisingly, the attitude of Californians toward legalizing marijuana also has evolved over the years. In a Field Poll released in December, nearly 55 percent of […]

Breann Johnson, lead in “Red Wing,” plans to attend Idyllwild Film Fest

Breann Johnson, lead in “Red Wing,” plans to attend Idyllwild Film Fest

Breann Johnson, one of the leads in “Red Wing”, the Opening Night film for the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema, spoke to the Town Crier last week. “Red Wing” is directed by Will Wallace, the Festival’s co-director. Interview with Breann Johnson Towncrier: How did you become interested in acting? Breann Johnson: As an 8-year-old, I […]

State and county still growing, but slower

California grew by 332,000 people between July 1, 2012, and July 1, 2013, to total more than 38.2 million, according to official population estimates the California Department of Finance released. The growth rate of 0.9 percent and the 332,000 numeric gain are the largest for California since the pre-recession year of 2003-04. Riverside County’s population […]

Grand Jury looking at fire district again

The 2013-14 Riverside County Grand Jury has issued a report concerning the Idyllwild Fire Protection District. The Grand Jury investigated three issues: the responsibilities of the administrative captain, political activities of uniformed firefighters and the district’s overtime expenses. IFPD has not officially responded to the report, according to Fire Chief Patrick Reitz. In a Dec. […]

2014 brings array of electoral choices

This coming spring expect to find stuffed mailboxes — stuffed with election material solicitations for votes and campaign contributions. June 3 is the statewide Primary date. Besides the statewide offices such as governor and attorney general, several local races will be on the June Primary and then the November General Election ballot this year. While […]

IFPD to consider future dispatch services provider

The Idyllwild Fire Protection District has announced a special meeting for Tuesday, Jan. 7. The purpose of the special session is to discuss the District contract with Riverside County for emergency dispatch services. The contract between IFPD and the county expires on March 11. There are two one-year extension, and a 60-day notification clause, according […]

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