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

Mountain Area Safety Taskforce revising goals and preparing for 2012 fire season

While the Mountain Area Safety Taskforce is reviewing its goals and objectives, the group is preparing for the 2012 fire season, which may be longer and drier than recent years. Revising Goals and Objectives The members began revising the objectives at the November meeting. The current set was developed in 2003 in response to the […]

Initial Thoughts: What’s in the water?

In case, you don’t have the time to read the entire paper, I’d like to direct your attention to two brief articles. The subjects of the stories are two young adults, both former Idyllwild residents. Brendan Steele and Lauren Salter have left the Hill, but both are making a mark in the world. Brendan is […]

Salter wins gold

Salter wins gold

Lauren Salter, Idyllwild, won the women’s skeleton race gold medal at the Empire State Winter Games. The Games were the weekend of Feb. 3 and 4 at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, New York. Salter had the best two runs, totaling one minute, 55.18 seconds. She attained a top speed of 68 miles per hour. Salter had […]

Riverside County budget weakens

The Riverside County budget promises little improvement through the end of the current fiscal year (June 30). “There are some signs that economic recovery is accelerating in Riverside County,” Interim County Executive Officer Larry Parish told the board of supervisors. Nevertheless Parish reported that revenue fell during the second quarter of this year. Consequently, his […]

California lists Mountain Yellow-legged Frog as endangered

California lists Mountain Yellow-legged Frog as endangered

The state’s Fish and Game Commission made the unanimous decision Friday …

Shooting homicide in Anza

On Feb. 7, at about 9:30 a.m., deputies from the Hemet Station of Riverside County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. The incident occurred near the intersection of Gassner Road and Roger Lane, in Anza not far from the Anza RV Resort. When deputies and California Highway Patrol […]

County offers amnesty to unlicensed canines

County offers amnesty to unlicensed canines

Riverside County’s Animal Services Department has lifted penalties for currently unlicensed dogs …

HUSD sets 2012-13 school calendar

The Hemet Unified School District approved a school calendar and Monday, Aug. 20 will be the first day of next school year. At its last meeting, the board asked for new calendar options from staff. Last night, the board chose the Aug. 20 start date, but there was considerable discussion and some support for the […]

Congressional candidates chase contributions

The 2012 race for the 36th Congressional District is heating up. At least, the candidates — Rep. Mary Bono Mack and her Democratic challenger, Dr. Raul Ruiz — were beneficial recipients of donors’ largesse during the fourth quarter of 2011. Ruiz raised $100,000 in individual contributions during the latest reporting period. From July 1 through […]

Initial Thoughts: “Anonymous” questions …

Several people have chosen to post questions online at the end of some stories and letters to the editor regarding the Idylwild Fire Department and former Chief Norm Walker’s departure. Rather than respond directly online, I choose to respond here, so that all Town Crier’s readers can benefit from the questions. Of course this column […]

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