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

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 […]

Pine Cove may get new ambulance services

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors decided to renegotiate the county’s current ambulance contract with American Medical Response rather than considering competitive bids for the whole or parts of the county. The current AMR contract expires June 30, 2015. One of the principal reasons was the experience of Alameda, Monterey and […]

Bald eagle counters see two at Lake Hemet

Saturday morning, during the U.S. Forest Service’s third bald eagle count of the 2013-14 season, the pair of adult bald eagles was again seen at Lake Hemet. During this count, a grand total of 15 eagles (nine adults and six juveniles) were counted at the lake areas in and near the San Bernardino National Forest. […]

Flu deaths continue to increase

The number of Californians dying from influenza this flu season has passed 200. Last week, another 56 influenza-related deaths were confirmed for a total of 202, of which four have been children. For California, another 41 deaths are under investigation. For the entire 2012-13 flu season, 106 people died from confirmed flu virus. And nationwide, […]

Fire Safe Council to revise wildfire plan

The Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council is beginning to revise the 2006 Community Wildfire Protection Plan. More than 25 firefighters and land managers met at the FSC’s offices on Franklin Drive Wednesday to begin work on updating the eight-year-old plan. CWPPs were originally authorized by the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003. One of the […]

Mountain Fire report ongoing

The report on the cause of last year’s destructive Mountain Fire is progressing, according to Cal Fire Information Officer Daniel Berlant. In an email last week, he said the investigation has not yet been completed. Ten days after the fire’s start in Mountain Center, on July 25, 2013, Cal Fire Investigators determined the Mountain Fire […]

Idyllwild film fest expands to Hemet

Idyllwild film fest expands to Hemet

Reinforcing his promise to grow the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema, founder and director Stephen Savage has signed a deal to bring Idyllwild 2015 to Hemet next January. During the first, week-long festival, from Monday, Jan. 5, through Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, Savage plans to show films at the Hemet Theatre three nights, Thursday through […]

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