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

IWD requesting disadvantaged status from state

Idyllwild Water District’s quest for greater funding and cost sharing from the state for the district’s proposed recycled water facility is inching forward, according to General Manager Tom Lynch at the board’s meeting last week. The state water agencies rely on the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey for calculating the community’s median household income. […]

Revised Community Wildfire Protection Plan being prepared

Revised Community Wildfire Protection Plan being prepared

The Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council hosted the second meeting to plan the 2014 Community Wildfire Protection Plan last week. The group’s goal is to have the new CWPP completed by early fall. Before it is finished, President Mike Esnard plans at least one community meeting to discuss and garner public thoughts and recommendations. All […]

Bagpipers plan another summer concert

Bagpipers plan another summer concert

Organizers met Saturday at Gary Parton’s Alpen Glow Lilac Gardens to discuss the return of the University of California, Riverside’s Bag Pipe Band to Idyllwild …

Idyllwild Fire ambulance collections less than billings

At the third meeting of the Idyllwild Fire Protection District Finance Committee, the members learned about the complicated processes of collecting fees for emergency medical service and for fighting fires outside the district. Chief Patrick Reitz explained that final ambulance payment depends on whether the individual has insurance and who the insurer is. Medicare and […]

‘Parallel Lives’ next ISIS show

‘Parallel Lives’ next ISIS show

The company continues its 11th season with a reading of Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney’s “Parallel Lives” …

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 […]

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