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

Two hikers rescued

On Sunday afternoon, Sept. 8, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Cabazon station deputies responded to the Palm Springs Tram regarding a report of two hikers needing rescue. They became lost while hiking at the top of the Palm Springs Tram. The hikers were identified as Alejandro Escobedo, 62, of Austin, Texas and Tracey Pomeroy, 50, of […]

Funds for low-income fire victims

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a $15,000 agreement to provide assistance to low-income victims of the Mountain Fire. The state’s Department of Community Services is providing the funds to the Community Action Partnership of Riverside County that can help these people with mortgages, rentals, utility or food costs, according to Colleen Meyer, client […]

September rain reaches record levels

During the past week, Idyllwild has seen near-record September rainfall. Since Sept. 1, nearly 2.8 inches of rain has been recorded at the Idyllwild Fire Station and 2.4 inches of rain recorded at the Keenwild Ranger Station in Mountain Center. The 70-year average is .83 inches during September. The maximum is 8.3 inches, which fell […]

House funds firefighting, Senate more cautious

The federal 2013-14 fiscal year begins Oct. 1, about four weeks from now, and the U.S. Congress has yet to enact an appropriations bill to fund the U.S. Forest Service operations or other federal agencies. However, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have reported bills. As expected, the House and Senate strategies differ. The House […]

Boosting the state parks

In June, California Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird and California State Parks Director Major Gen. 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 responds to several issues involving misappropriation of the agency’s funding and a March […]

Adequacy of Forest Service aircraft questioned

Besides the Senate Appropriations Committee’s concerns about adequate plans to replace the U.S. Forest Service’s aircraft resources, the General Accounting Office also reported concerns about the plans. While neither group questions the need to replace and expand the Forest Service’s firefighting aircraft, they both recommend that the agency improve and revise its plans for accomplishing […]

Economic loans for businesses affected by fires

Cynthia Cowell, Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance public information officer, met with Hill business people last week. SBA is making loans to local businesses that incurred economic injury from the Mountain or Silver fires. Cowell, here at the request of Riverside County’s Office of Emergency Services, explained the details of the process. These […]

Little Fire fully contained

The U.S. Forest Service reported that the Little Fire, which started Saturday afternoon, Aug. 24, was fully contained Thursday evening, Aug. 29. The fire’s size was 97 acres and its cause is still under investigation. Firefighters continued to improve the fireline and extinguish burning logs and materials within the fire perimeter. The fire burned chaparral […]

Many refused to vote for IFPD candidates

The turnout for the 2013 Idyllwild Fire Protection District Commission election was 37 percent, the lowest since the 2001 election. Registered voters in the district have declined from 1,799 in 2001 to 1,593 this year, which was 44 more than 2011, the nadir. Besides the decline in registered voters, the actual number of votes cast […]

Flash Flood warning, Thursday, Sept. 5

FLASH FLOOD STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA 341 PM THU SEP 5 2013 ..A FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6:15 PM PDT FOR CENTRAL RIVERSIDE COUNTY… AT 336 PM PDT, LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS REPORTED FLOODING ON ROADWAYS IN THE WARNED AREA. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUES TO INDICATE FLASH […]

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