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

State fire fee back in court

The litigation over the state’s Fire Prevention Fee had another court date, Thursday, Nov. 21. The state and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, which has filed a class action suit disputing the legality of the $150 fee, are still arguing which issues will go to trial. After the hearing, the court took the issues under […]

Local Hal Carey survives Afghan bombing

Local Hal Carey survives Afghan bombing

The American consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, was attacked in the early morning of Sept. 13. Idyllwild resident Hal Carey was there. He’s now home and recovering from a knee injury related to the attack. Carey, an agricultural development officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, tries to help local governments improve their food production […]

U.S. Forest Service plans winter burning

The U.S. Forest Service will begin its winter prescribed burn program in the San Bernardino National Forest with the arrival of favorable weather conditions. Winter burning projects continue the effort to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and improve forest health. The prescribed fire program will continue through the winter months as weather and conditions […]

Isis Theatre Company performing Christmas program

Isis Theatre Company performing Christmas program

  In “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” Clement Moore made the phrase “’Twas the Night before Christmas” famous. And Isis Theatre Company will bring that sentiment and feeling of the holiday season alive in Idyllwild during its popular Christmas show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. “’Twas the Night … A Celebration of Christmas Stories […]

HUSD OKs funding for new teaching standards

The Hemet Unified School District board approved allocations for the Common Core State Standard’s funding on Tuesday, Nov. 19. HUSD will receive about $4.5 million this fiscal year and next year to prepare and implement the new approach. Each district school will receive a portion of the monies. Idyllwild’s share is about $8,500 each year. […]

IWD hopes customers complete income survey

IWD hopes customers complete income survey

The Idyllwild Water District board discussed the income survey, which it is conducting, with General Manager Terry Lyons acknowledging that some residents have objected to the district’s interest in their income and feel it’s an invasion of their privacy. “It’s no question it’s privacy and I tell them if they’re uncomfortable, don’t do it,” Lyons […]

Fern Valley finances look good

The Fern Valley Water District board reviewed its draft audit for fiscal year 2012-13 at last week’s meeting, noting that property tax revenue resulted in increased assets. While not officially completed nor accepted, the board discussed the draft’s conclusions, which found the 2012-13 records were “in accordance with accounting principles.” At the end of the […]

Rustic Theatre grand opening this Friday

Rustic Theatre grand opening this Friday

This Saturday, Nov. 30, is Idyllwild’s only movie theater’s grand opening

Safety is reason for closure

“We need to protect human life, property and critical natural resources,” San Jacinto District Ranger Arturo Delgado said, explaining the closure of nearly 16,000 acres for the next 12 months. According to Delgado, the area of National Forest Service lands the closure affects is less than 7 percent of NFS lands comprising the San Jacinto […]

Hemet to negotiate with county for fire service

Last week, the Hemet City Council narrowly agreed to enter into negotiations with the Riverside County Fire Department to provide city fire services (prevention and protection). A final decision is still in the future and depends upon the outcome of these negotiations as well as further negotiations with the Hemet firefighters about several issues. The […]

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