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

President to propose change to wildfire funding

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama released his fiscal year 2015 (starting Oct. 1, 2014) federal budget proposal. Beginning next year, the President plans to change the ways the federal government funds its costs of fighting wildfires. The proposal provides certainty, safeguards and effectiveness for paying these annual costs, which are in the billions of dollars. […]

Despite rain, drought  remains

Despite rain, drought remains

Last week’s, rainstorms brought more than 4 inches of precipitation to the Hill.

Caltrans announces traffic signal project on Highway 74 in Hemet

Caltrans and its contractor, PTM General Engineering Services, Inc. of Riverside, Calif. will begin work to install a traffic signal and lighting at the intersection of State Route 74 and Gilbert Street in Hemet this week. The work will take place from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, March 3 through Friday, March 7 and […]

Idyllwild Water special meeting March 5

The Idyllwild Water District has scheduled a special Board of Directors meeting for 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 5 in the District’s boardroom. The proposed agenda includes the following topics: 1. RESOLUTION #685 – This Resolution provides updated signatures for the BBVA Bankcard. 2. The Board will discuss a limited term consultation contract for Terry Lyons. […]

Today, Sunday, March 2, the National Weather Service has no warnings or watches posted for the Hill. As the remnants of the last storm will pass over the Idyllwild today, a few remaining showers and flurries may still occur. But at 9 a.m., some sunshine was passing through the thinning clouds and shadows were observable […]

Drought exacerbates fire season threats

While an official forecast for this summer’s fire season is still several months away, the current situation and weather forecasts are foreboding, according to Tim Chavez, the Riverside County Fire Department’s Beaumont battalion chief. He spoke at the Feb. 13 Mountain Emergency Service Committee meeting. “Did the 2013 fire season end? No, we’re still staffed […]

Rain now, winter storm warning tonight

Rain now, winter storm warning tonight

Nearly 4 inches of rain has fallen on the Hill since Thursday. Saturday morning, March 1, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for several Southern California areas, including the Riverside County mountains. The warning is currently in effect until 3 a.m. Sunday, March 2. Saunders Meadow Road at its intersection with Highway […]

Tom Lynch new Idyllwild Water manager

Tom Lynch new Idyllwild Water manager

Tom Lynch of Norwalk, is the new general manager for Idyllwild Water District.

FVWD comfortable with current water supply

Fern Valley Water District customers will feel no immediate effect from the statewide drought, according to General Manager Steve Erler. “We’re easily meeting our demands now,” Erler told the FVWD Board of Directors last Friday. “If the drought persists, we’ll assess as we move into spring and summer.” FVWD wells showed little change during January. […]

County budget assumes little revenue growth

Riverside County Executive Officer Jay Orr began his mid-year review report to the Board of Supervisors describing the optimism in Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent 2014-15 budget submission, but didn’t portray the same enthusiasm for the county’s next budget. The county’s fiscal situation, while better than the past five years, only improves at a snail’s pace. […]

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