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

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 […]

Caltrans continuing work on Highway 74

Caltrans and its contractor, Skanska, of Los Angeles, Calif. will begin work today on an emergency project on Highwayt 74 near the Cranston Fire Station. This is the “bump” site. The work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and continue through this weekend during the same hours and will continue next week. […]

Idyllwild Arts offers unique summer learning program

It’s another summer of arts programs for youth, children, adults and families at the Idyllwild Arts campus. Once again, participants will have choices of familiar programs, favorite instructors and new opportunities. The Summer Program lasts for eight weeks, from June 15, when the popular Hot Clay and Metals Week opens, through Aug. 9, when many […]

Flu season still abating

Deaths in California from influenza virus rose to 318 people under 65 years from the beginning of the year to last week, according to the California Department of Public Health. Six of these deaths were children. Another 26 deaths are still under investigation. The 12 deaths last week were the fewest flu-related deaths since the […]

Bald eagle counters spot one at Lake Hemet

Bald eagle counters spot one at Lake Hemet

Saturday morning, during the U.S. Forest Service’s fourth and final bald eagle count of the 2013-14 season, just one adult eagle was seen at Lake Hemet …

Robert Peek receives  valor award

Robert Peek receives valor award

On March 5, Idyllwild resident Robert Peek, a ranger at Mt. San Jacinto State Park, received the California State Park Rangers Association’s Award of Valor for saving a life. Nearly a year ago, just before sunrise on Easter morning, March 31, Peek was awakened by a sound similar to a gunshot outside his Idyllwild house. […]

Fire drill to be held on Hill in spring

A large scale, wildland-urban interface fire exercise will be held Thursday morning, May 22, in the Idyllwild and Pine Cove communities. Organized by the Riverside County Fire Chief’s Association, the exercise will allow fire, law enforcement and animal service agencies to field-simulate a major fire rapidly approaching the two communities.   The exercise will focus […]

Fire committee learns about payroll process

The budding Idyllwild Fire Protection District Finance Committee held its second meeting Monday. At this session, the committee learned about the IFPD’s payroll process and some pending CAL PERS changes to future firefighter retirement benefits. At the meeting’s beginning, Chair and Commissioner Nancy Layton introduced Rob Dennis, the department’s bookkeeper and accountant, to the citizen […]

‘Eleemosynary,’ ISIS’s next charitable gift

‘Eleemosynary,’ ISIS’s next charitable gift

ISIS Theatre Company begins its 11th season Friday, March 7, with a reading of Lee Blessing’s, “Eleemosynary.”

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