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

Fire commission to study parcel fee increase

In a surprising turn to those who attended the June 11 Idyllwild Fire Protection District’s commission meeting, President Jeannine Charles-Stigall withdrew from its agenda the items requesting Commissioner Dr. Charles “Chip” Schelly’s resignation and the censure resolution. Without explanation, Stigall said those and the vote on whether Schelly should remain vice-president would not be addressed […]

Bagpipers plan concert in gardens

Pipes in the Pines, featuring the University of California, Riverside, Pipe Band, returns to Idyllwild, Wednesday, July 3. The evening event was sold out last year and this year’s return engagement is also quickly selling tickets. The Pipe band will present an evening of Celtic entertainment from shortly after the gate opens, at Gary Parton’s […]

Pine Cove Water District receives transparency honor

Pine Cove Water District receives transparency honor

It was a celebration in Pine Cove Saturday. The water district held its annual open house where customers feasted on tri-tip, salads and ice cream. On display were the district’s three new trucks, courtesy of a grant and loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and nearly 2 miles of pipeline. But the highlight was […]

Forest Service expands night firefighting helicopter operation

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell announced last week that the agency will begin night helicopter wildfire suppression operations this season in Southern California. “The re-introduction of Forest Service night helicopter firefighting operations in Southern California further establishes the agency’s commitment to protect lives and property in the region,” said Tidwell in a press release. […]

Fire commission: Four running for three seats

Only the Idyllwild Fire Protection District will need an election in 2013 since four candidates are running for three seats. The only incumbent seeking re-election is IFPD Commission President Jeannine Charles-Stigall, who came in second in a field of six in her first race in 2009. The other three candidates also have had connections with […]

Scavarda to replace Sanborn on HUSD board

Scavarda to replace Sanborn on HUSD board

Former Idyllwild School teacher Vic Scavarda was selected Tuesday afternoon, June 4, to replace retiring Hemet Unified School District Trustee Bill Sanborn on the governing board in July, representing the Idyllwild area. Scavarda and three other candidates met with the HUSD board in open session. The board asked the candidates to respond to these four […]

Arturo Delgado, new San Jacinto district ranger

Arturo Delgado, new San Jacinto district ranger

Arturo Delgado, the new district ranger on the San Jacinto Ranger District, has arrived, been meeting his new staff and learning about the Hill. And what he has discovered, as many residents have learned, is “it just feels like home. There are lots of trees, grass and water,” he said. “I grew up in a […]

Donation Alley brings in money for local charities

Donation Alley brings in money for local charities

Peter Buhl gives Clay Helgren of Living Free and Mary Lou Prosin of ARF checks totaling $402 from his Donation Alley at the Funky Bazaar in Fern Valley. Buhl has collected and donated in excess of $2,000 since he initiated the idea less than two years ago.

Free composting workshop in Idyllwild on Saturday, June 8

The Riverside County Waste Management Department will host a free backyard composting workshop in Idyllwild on Saturday (June 8). Attend this “how-to” workshop to learn how to recycle organic resources such as yard trimmings, fruit and vegetable waste into a dark, crumbly, sweet-smelling soil conditioner. Compost can be used to enrich the soil in gardens, […]

No new candidates apply, Fire District election Aug. 27

Only the Idyllwild Fire Protection District will need an election in 2013. The Fire district has four candidates to fill three seats. The only incumbent seeking re-election is IFPD Commission President Jeannine Charles-Stigall, who was second in a field of six in her first race in 2009. The other three candidates also have or had […]

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