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

Vic Scavarda next Idyllwild representative on Hemet Unified School District Board

Vic Scavarda next Idyllwild representative on Hemet Unified School District Board

Former idyllwild School teacher, Vic Scavarda, was selected to replace retiring Hemet Unified School District Director Bill Sanborn on the District’s Governing Board in July. Scavarda and three other candidates met with the HUSD Board, Tuesday afternoon, June 4. After an hour of answering questions, mostly about their qualifications and what skills and talents they […]

Fire commission, firefighters demand Schelly’s resignation

For more than two hours, Idyllwild Fire Protection District Commissioner Dr. Charles “Chip” Schelly was chastised and criticized for writing a letter to the Town Crier editor that appeared in the May 23 issue. The commission’s May 28 meeting began with President Jeannine Charles-Stigall stepping from behind the dais and speaking from the podium. In […]

Happy birthday, Idyllwild playground, one year later

The Idyllwild Community Center/San Jacinto Mountain Community Center will celebrate the first birthday of its popular Idyllwild Playground from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8. In addition to live entertainment, everyone is promised a piece of birthday cake. Hosts for the celebration will be Dawn Sonnier of the ICC Program and Activities Committee […]

2014 film fest planning underway: Savage seeks replacement  for Calderone

2014 film fest planning underway: Savage seeks replacement for Calderone

The Idyllwild 2014 International Festival of Cinema will open Jan. 7, 2014, and continue for four more days until the Awards Ceremony, the evening of Saturday, Jan. 11, under the festival’s founder. Steve Savage will reprise his role until a new chair is found to replace Phil Calderone whose time is focused on the Rustic […]

Hill special District elections: Idyllwild and Pine Cove water settled, Idyllwild Fire and Fern Valley water open

One special district — Idyllwild Fire Protection District — is guaranteed an election on August 27. Fern Valley Water District may need one, but the residents in the other two Hill water districts — Idyllwild and Pine Cove — will not need to cast a vote to fill the expiring seats. Only IFPD Commission President […]

Forest Service to reduce fire coverage in 2013: No apparent change on San Jacinto Ranger District

The U.S. Forest Service will reduce fire personnel this summer throughout the country though the San Jacinto Ranger District should not be affected. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement of fire cuts May 13 during a press conference with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. The conference highlighted the agencies’ collaboration during the 2013 fire season, […]

Historic Preservation board organizing

The new Idyllwild Historic Preservation District Local Review Board is working hard to establish operating procedures so it can soon begin the essence of its purpose — reviews of proposed alterations to local historic properties within the district. At its May 23 meeting, the board adopted the County’s policy A-21, “Advisory boards, commissions and committees,” […]

Forest Service plans trail changes in May Valley

Forest Service plans trail changes in May Valley

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on the proposed May Valley non-motorized trail project for the San Jacinto Ranger District. “The May Valley area is an important area for non-motorized trail recreation users on the San Jacinto Ranger District. May Valley contains approximately 50 miles of both unauthorized non-system and authorized National Forest […]

Covered California announces 2014 health plans

Covered California announced on May 23 the 13 diverse health insurance plans that will offer millions of Californians affordable, quality health care coverage beginning in 2014. Thousands of doctors and more than 300 hospitals are part of the plans’ networks. The tentative selection of health plans is subject to state regulators’ rate review. In Riverside […]

Doug Ashcraft takes helm of Idyllwild Arts Academy

Doug Ashcraft takes helm of Idyllwild Arts Academy

Doug Ashcraft is now officially head of the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Since the former school president left in July 2012, Ashcraft had been interim head and dean of the school. Last week, the school’s Board of Governor’s decided to make Ashcraft’s position permanent. While Idyllwild Arts serves two separate, somewhat overlapping functions, the Summer Program […]

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