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

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 …

Two arrested for Pinyon triple homicide

Two arrested for Pinyon triple homicide

On Tuesday, March 11, investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Central Homicde Unit arrested both Cristin Smith and Robert Pape. The following day, both men were charged with the 2006 triple murder of Jon Hayward, 55, Vicki Friedli, 53, and Vicki’s daughter, Becky Friedli, 18, in Pinyon Pines. “I’m elated. Very, very happy, finally […]

Cal Fire begins mailing this year’s bills this month

Cal Fire has begun mailing the Fire Prevention Fee bills to property owners with land or structures within State Responsibility Areas, such as these mountain communities. This is the third year of the fee imposition and litigation challenging its legality is still in the state courts. “Fee assessments for Riverside County are scheduled to be […]

Primary race  candidates decided

Primary race candidates decided

Hill voters will have several choices for the June primary ballot. Former Assemblyman Ray Haynes, Republican, has decided to enter the race for U.S. Representative from the 36th District. He is challenging incumbent Dr. Raul Ruiz and fellow Republican Brian Nestande (current 46th District state assemblyman). California’s “Top Two” law sends the two candidates, regardless […]

Forest Service fire budget a high priority next fiscal year

Last week, President Barack Obama submitted his budget request for fiscal year 2014-15, which begins Oct. 1. For the U.S. Forest Service, the president is requesting $5.7 billion, an increase of $228 million. This includes a proposed change to funding wildland firefighting. In past years, if the appropriation for fire suppression was not sufficient to […]

Another Idyllwild sewer rate increase on horizon

At last week’s special meeting, Idyllwild Water District directors listened to new General Manager Tom Lynch and Chief Financial Officer Hosny Shouman discuss preliminary reasons for a potential rate increase, particularly for the sewer district. Lynch explained that the presentation was just an initial discussion, and more information and a recommendation would be ready when […]

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