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

Mixed results in first court battle over fire fee

Plaintiffs contesting the 2011 State Regulation Area Fire Fee convinced a Sacramento Superior Court judge that their case merited treatment as a class action. However, if their argument ultimately prevails, refunds may be limited to members who have officially appealed their payment with Cal Fire. On July 19, Judge Eugene Balonon dismissed the state’s contention […]

BREAKING NEWS: Fire near Tramway parking lot

5:41 P.M. AUG. 8 UPDATE: As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, the Tram Fire was 100 percent contained and limited to 60 acres. The potential to grow was never large as it was burning in light fuels. 7:30 A.M. AUG. 7 UPDATE: As of midnight, the Tram Fire is 20 percent contained and limited […]

De Eskew newest Pine Cove Water director

De Eskew newest Pine Cove Water director

On July 10, the Pine Cove Water District Board of Directors elected Diana “De” Eskew to fill the remainder of former President Tom McCullough’s term through December 2015. The following is an interview with Eskew on her views about the District and water issues. TC: Why join the water board? DE: “I’ve lived and worked […]

Riverside County Supervisors want more transparency

Last month, the Riverside County Board of Supervisor’s took action to improve the transparency of its meetings’ agenda. For example, no longer will items be on the agenda with details to come later. A complete Form 11 (the description and discussion of the item) must be available when it is placed on the agenda. Financial […]

West Nile Virus now in San Jacinto

A 60-year-old woman is the first confirmed human case of West Nile Virus in Riverside County this year, said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County public health officer. The individual, who was hospitalized and is now recovering at home, lives in southwest Riverside County. On July 22, the state confirmed that mosquitoes collected from several locations […]

County OKs IFPD advance

Last week, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved the Idyllwild Fire Protection District’s request for an advance of its December property tax revenue. The district submitted the request for $400,000 in June and the board unanimously approved it. This is the third consecutive year IFPD has needed to obtain an advance to help it […]

A ‘Valentine’ for jazz lovers

A ‘Valentine’ for jazz lovers

Billy Valentine, jazz vocalist, will perform for the first time at the Jazz in the Pines festival on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 18. Valentine has been singing for years and fans of “Boston Legal” have heard his voice from the theme song to the credits. Rhythm and blues are his favorites, but the audience in The […]

New fire burns 2 acres in Idyllwild

New fire burns 2 acres in Idyllwild

The Strong Fire, reported shortly after noon Monday along Strong Drive, was no match for human strength …

Strong Fire out, but was burning in Idyllwild

Strong Fire out, but was burning in Idyllwild

The Strong Fire has been quickly contained. The fire was reported shortly after noon today, Aug. 5. It started near Strong Drive and was moving south towards Tahquitz View Drive. Firefighters from Idyllwild Fire Department, Cal Fire, and the U.S. Forest Service immediately surrounded the blaze, which produced several clouds of smoke. At this time […]

Local trails open and closed by name

The Forest Service has released a status — open or closed — of most trails within the San Jacinto Ranger District. The trail closures are pursuant to Forest Order 13 – 10. Recreation Conditions Report

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