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

Author to discuss Esperanza Fire book

Author to discuss Esperanza Fire book

On March 8, John MacLean will discuss his book “The Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder, and the Agony of Engine 57” at the Rustic Theatre. MacLean spoke to the Town Crier, Sunday, Feb. 24, about the book and his writing on wildland fires. MacLean has written three other books about wildland fires. The first was “Fire […]

January leaks bleeding Idyllwild Water’s supply

The Idyllwild Water District continues to monitor its water supplies and usage. Foster Lake, the district’s largest storage reservoir, showed a slight increase in January. General Manager Terry Lyons reported to the board that the lake’s water level was 6.5 feet, a half-foot improvement. The water level of the wells around the lake remained unchanged […]

Riverside County budget problems lessen, but continue

Riverside County’s balanced budgets for 2012-13 and next fiscal year are in jeopardy, according to County Executive Jay Orr. In a mid-year budget report to the board of supervisors, Orr wrote, “Several issues burdened by multi-million deficits or unexpected costs threaten that delicate balance and make next year’s budget a challenge.” Among those issues are […]

County suspends CSA 38 meetings

County Service Area 38 is shut down until summer, according to 3rd District Supervisor Jeff Stone’s office. Riverside County’s Emergency Medical Services Agency is developing a new contract for delivering emergency medical and ambulance services. While the analysis and review is proceeding this spring, Stone has suspended the CSA 38 Advisory Committee meetings until at […]

Garratt Aitchison leaving Mt. San Jacinto State Park for Ocotillo Wells

Garratt Aitchison leaving Mt. San Jacinto State Park for Ocotillo Wells

Mt. San Jacinto State Park Superintendent Garratt Aitchison is leaving for another assignment at the end of February. Aitchison has been the local park sector superintendent for nearly five years and has had to endure and implement some of the department’s budget reductions. Next month, he will become district superintendent at Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular […]

More snow photos from Idyllwild

More snow photos from Idyllwild

These are from Bryan Reeves, a LA resident, visiting town during the snow storm.

Idyllwild Fire re-creates labor committee

Idyllwild Fire re-creates labor committee

The Idyllwild Fire Protection District Commission focused mostly on house-cleaning business during its latest session last week. At the request of Commissioner Jerry Buchanan, the commission added the issue of a standing committee for labor negotiations to the Feb. 12 agenda. For third time, the commission had to establish a committee for negotiations and labor […]

Idyllwild snow photos, Wednesday, Feb. 20

Idyllwild snow photos, Wednesday, Feb. 20

Despite warnings from flatlanders, the Hill is beautiful this morning. And the roads are fine. Unfortunately, last night there were problems, even before most of the snow fell. Jenny Krichner got this photo of an accident about 5:30 p.m. Feb. 19 …

Many inches of snow on ground; Idyllwild roads cleared

Many inches of snow on ground; Idyllwild roads cleared

We received quite a bit of new fallen snow last night. But thanks to Cal Trans and Riverside county Roads, the roads have been plowed, travel around the Hill is fine …

GSOB in MAST hands

In a sparsely attended meeting, the Mountain Area Safety Taskforce focused on the arrival of the Goldspotted oak borer on the Hill. The discussion addressed future actions, such as a census and mapping of the most vulnerable oak trees as well as potential protective actions and procedures for destroying infected trees. Riverside County Fire Department […]

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