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

Idyllwild voters choose Layton, Charles-Stigall, and Andrewson

Two new faces will join the Idyllwild Fire Protection District Commission in December. Nancy Layton, the leading vote getter, and Rhonda Andrewson will join incumbent Commission President Jeannine Charles-Stigall on the Commission. Only 22 votes separated the top three candidates. The fourth candidate, former Fire Chief Steve Kunkle finished a distant fourth, 64 votes behind […]

Firefighting budget draining

The number of wildland fires and the unusually dry weather caused the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group to increase the national fire preparedness level to its highest point, PL-5, which signals very high activity. Summer 2008 was the last time the preparedness level was raised to five and the fifth time in 10 years. The raised […]

Mountain Fire victims can speak to Small Business Adminstration Thursday in Idyllwild

On Thursday, Aug. 29, the Riverside County Fire Department Office of Emergency Services will host an informational meeting for business owners affected by the July Mountain Fire. The meeting will be held at the Idyllwild Nature Center, 25225 Highway 243 in Idyllwild and will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Representatives from the Federal Small Business […]

Photos of the Little Fire

Photos of the Little Fire

All of the photos below were taken by Jenny Kirchner. The Little Fire is burning from Little Thomas Mountain in Garner Valley, north toward Lake Hemet.

PC water use declines in July

Total 2013 water production for the Pine Cove Water District is 2.7 percent more than the comparable seven-month 2012 period. “Production for July was 3.5 million gallons, a little bit less than the past two years,” General Manager Jerry Holldber told the board. “In the past, you could always count on 4.5 to 5 million […]

Fern Valley water production growing

In 2013, water production has increased and well water is a much larger portion of Fern Valley Water District’s production. For the first half of 2013, the district’s production was 8 percent greater than the same period in 2012. Firefighters’ need for water during the Mountain Fire contributed to an increase in July, General Manager […]

IFPD actively involved in recent fires

The spate of recent fires dominated the discussion at the recent Idyllwild Fire Protection District commission meeting. IFPD was very busy during each of them, Chief Patrick Reitz reported. Often the department was receiving more than two calls per minute with questions about the fires’ status. While IFPD was a cooperating agency during the Mountain […]

County approves tank site for IWD

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a lease agreement between the Idyllwild Water District and the county Regional Park and Open-space District. The agreement allows IWD to construct a 300,000-gallon storage tank on a 150-foot square pad, which will be on park property in Idyllwild west of Delano Road. The tank […]

Fire meetings Aug. 23 and Aug. 29

Assemblyman Brian Nestande has organized a “Fire Suppression Roundtable” in Palm Springs, Friday Aug. 23. The following Thursday, Aug. 29, Riverside County is sponsoring a community workshop for people who lost homes or personal property because of the Mountain or Silver Fires. This meeting will be in Beaumont. For details of both meetings, see below. […]

After the fires, what next?

Reaction to the long-term consequences of the recent Mountain and Silver fires has varied. While all were uniformly glad that no lives were lost and the property damage limited, how the burnt areas will affect future fire threats and how those threats can be lessened is still being debated. The Mountain Fire was substantially larger […]

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