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

State considers groundwater regulation

All three of the Hill’s local water districts — Fern Valley, Idyllwild and Pine Cove — rely on groundwater for their customers. For PCWD, groundwater is the exclusive water source; for the other two districts, diversions from local streams also are a source. While none of the local districts has expressed any concern about the […]

MDP leads discussion of evacuation preparation

MDP leads discussion of evacuation preparation

Be prepared to evacuate your Hill domiciles, was the message of the latest Mountain Disaster Preparedness meeting last week. Nothing imminently threatens the Hill’s residents, but all of the speakers at Tuesday’s meeting, held at Idyllwild Library, emphasized the importance of being prepared for an emergency. Many of the speakers used the example of the […]

Idyllwild Fire to develop strategic plan

During its March 11 meeting, the Idyllwild Fire Commission discussed the prospects of conducting a strategic planning exercise in the future. Several commissioners, Fire Chief Patrick Reitz, his assistant Sherry Edwards and Ruth Wick, head of Volunteer Company 621, attended a 5-day strategic planning class the previous week. Commissioner Rhonda Andrewson thought the class was […]

Student truancy is Attorney General Harris’ target

About five months after issuing a report on the consequences — economic and personal — of truancy, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and four state legislators have proposed a package of legislation to encourage the reduction of elementary school truancy throughout the state. Not only is […]

Measles outbreak growing

The statewide outbreak of measles has worsened in the past month, enough so that Riverside County has issued a Measles Health Advisory. As of March 14, 32 measles cases have been reported in California. Of these, five cases have been reported in Riverside County since February 2014. In 2013, at this time, only three cases […]

Whitman has third-place finish in Pasadena Triathlon

Idyllwild’s Bill Whitman ran in the Pasadena Triathlon Saturday finishing third overall in the race, which had nearly 800 participants. Of course, he was first in his age group (50 to 54 years old). “I had a particularly good race result this weekend … ” Whitman wrote in an email. “The race tried a newer […]

Pine Cove declares water emergency  effective April 1

Pine Cove declares water emergency effective April 1

Pine Cove Water District directors unanimously approved the declaration of a water shortage emergency plan. Immediately, General Manager Jerry Holldber proclaimed a Water Conservation Stage 1, which requires voluntary compliance, effective April 1. Concern over lack of water was not Holldber’s reason for recommending the Water emergency action. “We’re not running out of water and […]

Youth Grantmakers award $4,000 to local groups

Youth Grantmakers award $4,000 to local groups

Idyllwild Middle School students announced their awards to five local groups whose efforts will enhance the community and activities for middle school students.

RMRU rescues elderly woman

On Wednesday, March 12, members of the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit helped to bring an elderly woman out of the wilderness. Her husband had called 9-1-1 and indicated that she may have suffered a heart attack. A full team of RMRU members was activated. Lee Arnson and Helene Lohr met the Riverside County Sheriff Department’s […]

Emergency service group  discusses road repairs

Emergency service group discusses road repairs

A recent survey of the nearby terrain found an alarming movement in the soil. Consequently, a Caltrans geologist has been overseeing the work, which will include the construction of a French drain to divert water from the area …

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