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

Moran-McGough chairs her final MEMSCOMM meeting

In her last time leading the Mountain Emergency Service Committee meeting, Gina Moran-McGough, new emergency services manager in Riverside County’s Office of Emergency Services, led the group in singing “The 12 Stages of Emergency Preparedness,” which is very similar to “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Moran-McGough has been promoted within OES and Kathleen Henderson will […]

Supervisors to consider ambulance — negotiate or compete

The key recommendations The Abaris Group (the contractor evaluating Riverside County’s emergency medical system) will submit in the early spring to the Board of Supervisors, were discussed in public meetings last week. A summary of the 11 recommendations can be found below. “These are our observations and recommendations we’ve made after looking at the [Riverside […]

Snow has arrived in Idyllwild, less than original forecast

Snow has arrived in Idyllwild, less than original forecast

Updated 4 p.m. Despite the National Weather Service’s forecast of less than inch accumulation this afternoon. Here’s the view from N.Circle Drive in front of the Town Crier office. This morning, Thursday, Dec. 19, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Southern California Mountains, including the Hill, from Thursday morning, Dec. […]

Pamela Jordan next president of Idyllwild Arts

Pamela Jordan next president of Idyllwild Arts

Pamela Jordan, Head of School at the Chicago Academy for the Arts will become the next President of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation. Jordan will begin at Idyllwild Arts in July 2014. “I am thrilled that Pamela has accepted the position of President. IAF is a marvelous institution with a legacy of commitment to creativity and […]

Cassie Jaye returns to film fest

Cassie Jaye is one of two featured filmmakers at the 2014 Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema. She is returning to Idyllwild, a springboard for her successful and growing career. “The new feature at IIFC this year is a more focused spotlight on our featured filmmakers. Both Wolfgang Bodison and Cassie Jaye are alums of the […]

Work scheduled on Highway 74 for Friday, Dec. 20

Caltrans has announced that the Hemet maintenance crew will conduct a flagging operation near Cranston Fire Station on Friday, Dec. 20. The slow down is needed to repair a section of the Hwy. 74 on the eastbound side. The operation will last from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Winter Weather Advisory issued for Thursday, Dec. 18

Earlier this afternoon, Wednesday, Dec. 18, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Southern California Mountains, including the Hill, from Thursday morning, Dec. 19, into Thursday night. The NWS forecasts snow to begin falling late Thursday morning and accumulation between 3 and 5 inches by evening. During Thursday night, additional accumulation […]

Bark beetles returning

Warnings were the highlight of the December Mountain Area Safety Taskforce meeting. With help from the diminishing rain in the past several years, bark beetle populations are resurging and beginning to kill more pines on the Hill. As more lumber needs to be ground, the grinding station is seeking a larger and more secure water […]

Fire personnel committee negotiates with career staff

The Idyllwild Fire Protection District Personnel Committee met with negotiators from the Idyllwild Career Firefighters Association last week. Before entering a closed session during the Dec. 5 committee meeting, Commissioner Jerry Buchanan announced that the subjects were the new California Public Employees Retirement System rules and overtime. The CalPERS issue was a continuation of the […]

Predicting wildfire behavior in the future

Fire scientists from Maryland, Colorado and Riverside have collaborated to combine fire modeling with satellite data to develop a new method for predicting wildfire behavior in near real time. The resulting predictions will be more accurate and revised based on the fire’s actual behavior. For years, fire experts have researched and designed models for predicting […]

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