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

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 […]

Idyllwild Water dredging Foster Lake

With its largest storage facility, Foster Lake, nearly empty because of the lack of rain over the past two years, Idyllwild Water District has decided to conduct some maintenance of the lake. In a special Oct. 29 morning meeting, the board unanimously approved General Manager’s Terry Lyons’ recommendation to use Idyllwild Backhoe from among five […]

Supes may extend time to keep emails

In times when many feel that government is becoming darker and less transparent, the Riverside County supervisors plan to take a step in the openness direction. The county’s policy on electronic media (A-50) requires that all emails — either sent or received — shall be deleted after 45 days. There is no exception. However, at […]

Local fire expert teaches Vanuatu islanders

Local fire expert teaches Vanuatu islanders

The Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region team that provided Incident Command System training to officials of Vanuatu

Extraction wells being abandoned

The two soil vapor extraction wells located on the Village Food and Fuel site (Shell station) have been decommissioned and abandoned. On Oct. 10, Robert Manning, president of R.M. Environmental Inc. of Calimesa, wrote the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health confirming the action. The wells were filled with hydrated bentonite chips and then covered […]

Common Core: The new educational goals

By J.P. Crumrine News Editor   California has adopted and Hemet Unified School District is implementing the next educational reform — Common Core State Standards.   What is CCSS and why is it implemented? In 2001, the U.S. Congress enacted the “No Child Left Behind Act,” which placed emphasis on setting high goals or standards […]

Rainfall higher than normal

Rainfall in a high fire-hazard area is precious. Since July 1, the beginning of the 2013-14 rain year, Idyllwild (at the Keenwild Fire Station in Mountain Center) has received about 5.2 inches of rain — 50 percent greater than normal through October. Pine Cove has received about 4.8 inches of rain and 2 inches of […]

Rizor reprises 1962 ‘Olympian’ torch run

Rizor reprises 1962 ‘Olympian’ torch run

Wes Rizor was the first “Olympian” to carry the torch and he repeated the feat this month at his alma mater.

County targets orphan shopping carts

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors has directed staff from the sheriff’s Office and Code Enforcement to consider a county ordinance to discourage or prevent removing shopping carts from the premises of businesses that provide them to customers. Third District Supervisor Jeff Stone offered the idea to his colleagues after several cities in his district […]

Nearby county animal shelter opens

The grand opening of Riverside County’s San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus was last Saturday, and though the $18 million shelter was completed in 2010, the county’s financial travails delayed its opening until this  past weekend. The 10-acre property has multiple buildings, including kennel structures with more than 140 kennel runs equipped with the ability to […]

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