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

Flash flood and winter storm watch for Hill

Flash flood and winter storm watch for Hill

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Southern California …

CBD files lawsuit to protect frog’s habitat

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit against the U.S Department of the Interior Wednesday, Feb. 12, for failing to develop a recovery plan for Southern California’s mountain yellow-legged frogs. Although the frogs have been protected under the Endangered Species Act for more than a decade, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has yet […]

Flu season appears to be abating, although deaths continue

Although deaths in California from influenza virus rose to 278 people under ages 65, other signs indicate that the flu season is beginning to abate. In California, both outpatient visits and hospitalizations have decreased for two consecutive weeks and are within or below levels that would be expected at this point in the flu season. […]

Rain relief may come this week

Rain relief may come this week

Politicians promise money for disaster relief

New fire abatement funds available

Earlier this month, the Natural Resources Conservation Service announced a multi-year partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to improve forest health and reduce fire threats to communities and landowners on and near several national forests. The San Bernardino National Forest is one of two California projects to receive funding. The other is the Middle Klamath […]

Idyllwild Fire commission rejects grand jury report

At last week’s meeting, the Idyllwild Fire Protection District Commission rejected all four recommendations in a recent Riverside County Grand Jury report. The first recommendation was to share Administrative Capt. Mark Lamont’s duties in order to reduce the cost of paid overtime, which exceeded $50,000 in 2012. Fire Chief Patrick Reitz drafted the proposed response, […]

Garcia comments on Pinyon homicides

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, two events occurred relating to the 2006 triple homicide in Pinyon Pines. The more dramatic event was a press release from Bonnie Garcia, former Assemblywoman and candidate for State Senate District 28. Her son, Javier, was a friend of Becky Friedli, one of the three victims and he allegedly called a […]

Time Warner Cable to merge with Comcast

The Hill’s cable provider, Time Warner Cable, is merging with Comcast Corporation. The TWC board agreed to the sale on Feb. 12. This $45.2 billion transaction unites the nation’s two biggest cable providers. Comcast has 22 million customers and with TWC’s 11 million subscribers, the new firm will have 33 million cable subscribers. But Comcast […]

Parcel fee may increase in future

Idyllwild Fire Protection District’s Finance Committee held its first meeting Monday, Feb. 17. Fire Chief Patrick Reitz introduced the citizen’s committee members to the IFPD budget format, source of revenues and a general description of expenses. They also talked about specific issues for this fiscal year (2013-14) and likely budget questions for the 2014-15 budget […]

Artists invited to create lemon lily banners

Artists interested in designing and making a banner for the 2014 Lemon Lily Festival are being asked to submit a mock-up on Wednesday, March 5. The LLF Banner Committee Chair Mimi Lamp is organizing this year’s banner display and wants to have the community more involved in the effort. Artists should submit a 6-inch-by-10-inch color […]

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