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

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 […]

Idyllwild's 20th jazz fest a big success

Idyllwild’s 20th jazz fest a big success

Clear skies, warm days and good music were the right medication to help the Hill recover from the recent fire siege — Mountain, Strong and Silver fires …

ISIS reschedules ‘Red’ for Aug. 23 and 24

ISIS reschedules ‘Red’ for Aug. 23 and 24

“Red,” an exploration of expressionist Mark Rothko, will be ISIS’ next 2013 production. John Logan’s 2010 play was a 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play. Originally scheduled the weekends of July 26 and Aug. 2, but postponed because of the Mountain Fire, ISIS will perform “Red” Aug. 23 and 24 in Rush Hall on […]

County ready to help fire victims whose property was damaged or destroyed

The following was provided by Riverside County’s Assessor’s Office and Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office. Victims of recent wildfires whose property was damaged or destroyed may be eligible for property tax relief in Riverside County. In response to the disasters, Assessor-Clerk-Recorder Larry Ward and Treasurer-Tax Collector Don Kent have teamed up to assist victims countywide. Taxpayers may […]

Paul Reisman, new state park superintendent

Paul Reisman, new state park superintendent

“The first month was blue skies, the second started with a roar,” he said of his new post …

Dangerous RMRU rescue garners award

Dangerous RMRU rescue garners award

Two local Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit members — Les Walker and Donny Goetz — received the Mountain Rescue Association’s highest award for any search and rescue team member. On the night of Oct. 21, 2012, Walker and Goetz, who have climbed together for years, along with fellow RMRU members Lee Arnson and Helene Lohr, saved […]

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