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

Ghost Town needs townspeople

Ghost Town needs townspeople

After 10 years and lots of scary nights, Idyllwild’s Halloween Ghost Town may truly become a ghost town.

‘The Children’s Hour’  requires adult time

‘The Children’s Hour’ requires adult time

Lillian Hellman’s “The Children’s Hour” will be the next production of the Idyllwild Arts Academy’s Theater Department.

New director Terri Sena guiding Spirit Mountain Retreat

New director Terri Sena guiding Spirit Mountain Retreat

A long search for an executive director to replace Esther Kennedy has ended with Spirit Mountain Retreat landing in the good hands of Terri Sena. The path leading to her arrival seems spiritual itself to Sena. While she has been to Idyllwild many times to visit friends — Debbie and Bill Shepherd — in less […]

Local arrested on robbery charge

Local arrested on robbery charge

Michael Darrenger Kellner, 20, of Idyllwild, was arrested on charges of robbery, terrorist threats and receiving stolen property and two charges of violating probation. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department would not release the identity of the victim or target of the terrorist threats. The arrest was made at the corner of Ridgeview and Village Center […]

Dean returns to Boston race

Dean returns to Boston race

Mark Dean is nearly finished preparing for his second Boston Marathon, but the 51 weeks since his first Boston run have been depressing, discouraging and deceiving. As many remember, the 2013 Boston Marathon was disrupted and damaged when bombs ignited near the finish line. Three people, including an 8-year-old boy, were killed and more than […]

Highway 74 open

Highway 74 open

Highway 74 is open from Idyllwild to Hemet. Earlier this morning, Monday, April 7, the road was temporarily closed in both directions. According Terri Kasinga, Chief, Public and Legislative Affairs, for Caltrans District 8, provided the following information,the abutments constructed in recent weeks at the site, “… held up most of the slide.” Caltrans was […]

Stone ramps up fundraising

Three Republicans have announced their intentions to fill the vacant state Senate District 28 seat, representing Idyllwild. Locals will recognize 3rd District Supervisor Jeff Stone. Some will remember Bonnie Garcia. From 2002 through 2008, she represented Assembly District 80 (eastern Riverside County and all of Imperial County). The third candidate is Glenn Miller, a current […]

Grant writing workshop next week

The Community Foundation Serving the Counties of Riverside and San Bernardino will conduct a grant-writing and technical-assistance workshop from 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 9, for Idyllwild nonprofits at the Idyllwild Library community meeting room. The Idyllwild Community Fund, a fund of The Community, is now accepting grant proposals from local, qualified nonprofit organizations […]

State Parks need improvement: Consultant optimistic for future

Editor’s note: In June, 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 and […]

Judge orders Smith to trial for Pinyon homicides

Last week, Riverside County Judge James Hawkins ordered Cristin Smith, 25, to stand trial for the murder of three Pinyon Pines residents in 2006. A Riverside County grand jury has already indicted Smith’s friend, Robert Pape. The grand jury did indict Smith, but because he was under age 18 at the time of the crimes […]

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