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J.P. Crumrine is editor of the Town Crier. He can be reached at

MDP election sees little change

Mountain Disaster Preparedness held its election for its 2014 officers on Nov. 12. Essentially, the current board was returned. “We have some really great people,” said Mike Feyder, who remains president. Susan Weisbart will be the new vice president. She replaced Sherry Edwards who resigned. The other officers are unchanged: Bob Edwards, treasurer; Annamarie Padula, […]

Idyllwild loses a friend

Idyllwild loses a friend

Doug Yagaloff, 54, of Palm Springs and former Idyllwild resident, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 13, from kidney cancer. During his time in Idyllwild, Doug was very active in the business community. One of his goals was to expand efforts to attract visitors to the Hill. He was instrumental in creating the Idyllwild Business Roundtable in […]

Rain, snow and possible flooding

Besides snow, flooding is an imminent danger in the San Jacinto Mountains for the next 24 hours. The National Weather Service has just posted the following forecast for the Hill through tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 23. Flash flood watch remains in effect until 10 p.m. this evening… The flash flood watch continues for a portion of […]

PCWD to invite Stonewood to meeting

Pine Cove Water District directors held a brief meeting Nov. 13 with most of the discussion about this year’s water usage and a possible expansion. The board agreed with General Manager Jerry Holldber’s recommendation to invite Stonewood residents to the January meeting. “We’ll work through what it will take to incorporate [Stonewood] into our system,” […]

Salvage logging ignores wildfire benefits

Salvage logging ignores wildfire benefits

As part of its efforts to ensure counties with a large portion of public lands receive payments equivalent to the loss of property taxes, the House of Representatives has passed a bill that would increase timber logging efforts on many national forests. While logging is in a long-term decline in America, the causes are varied. […]

Some local trails closed for a year

The U.S. Forest Service has announced a one-year closure of portions of the San Jacinto Ranger District. The closed areas were severely damaged from the Mountain Fire this summer. [See map, page 3.] Trails originating at Saddle Junction and going to the eastern boundary of the district, such as Laws Camp and Caramba, are closed. […]

Senator Emmerson resigns

Senator Emmerson resigns

State Sen. Bill Emmerson (R-23) has tendered his resignation effective Dec. 1, admitting to losing passion for the job. Emmerson had previously represented the Hill in the state Senate until last November’s elections implemented the 2010 redistricting. Idyllwild and other Hill communities are now within the 28th Senate District, but elections for even-numbered districts will be November 2014. Nevertheless, since his election to represent the new 23rd district, Emmerson said he […]

County grapples with potential budget disasters

After the first quarter of fiscal year 2013-14, the Riverside County financial condition continues to improve very slowly. However, several very dangerous issues are on the horizon before the fiscal year ends June 30, 2014. The most egregious is the deteriorating finances of the County’s Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley. Its current cash storage […]

Disaster group makes headway with county

The Mountain Disaster Preparedness group met with several Riverside County officials last week to discuss emergency medical care in case of a disaster such as an earthquake, which might leave the Hill isolated from nearby medical facilities. MDP has been developing plans for providing emergency medical services for more than a year. Among its initiatives […]

Salter misses national but sets sights on Olympics

Idyllwlld’s Lauren Salter didn’t earn a spot on the 2013-14 National Women’s Skeleton team, but she has only been a skeleton racer for three seasons and still has her sights on the 2018 Olympics to be held in Korea. “We just concluded our team selections, so it was an extremely busy couple of weeks,” Salter […]

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