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

Tree falls on Pine Cove house

Tree falls on Pine Cove house

Thursday evening, Jan. 26, the Eddys — Jerry and Debbie — thought they heard an engine from airplane crossing the San Jacinto Mountains land on their house. A nearly 200-year-old oak tree fell hitting the corner of their roof and sending another tree down on their rear deck. No one was injured, Eddy said. “I […]

Idyllwild fire department future cash flow still low

After listening to several residents oppose, object to and question the departure of former Fire Chief Norm Walker, the Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) commission began to move down the long path it hopes will be to of finding fiscal solvency at its Jan. 24 meeting. Interim Chief Mike Sherman several times referred to actions […]

Hantavirus found in Sage

Two deer mice collected last month near the Sage area southeast of Hemet have tested positive for Hantavirus. The California Department of Public Health confirmed the rodents that Riverside County Environmental Health officials submitted for testing on Dec. 15 and 28, 2011, were infected with the virus. Between 2001 and 2010, approximately 13 percent of […]

IWD schedules finance committee meeting Friday morning

The Idyllwild Water District has scheduled a Finance Committee meeting for 8:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 27. The meeting will be in the District’s board room. the Committee plans to discuss development of a long-term financial plan.

Initial Thoughts: Political largesse, earmarks and public policy …

Sue Nash, the Press-Enterprise editorial board and the Town Crier have overlapping but dissimilar views of good government. A once well-known Massachusetts Democratic Congressman, Tip O’Neill, replied “All politics is local,” when asked about a campaign strategy. O’Neill, Speaker of the House for 10 years, demonstrated its validity in 1982, when he defended a national […]

Idyllwild Water sets goals for 2012

In 2011, the Idyllwild Water District (IWD) completed one of its major goals and will continue pursuing the unfinished goals and objectives in 2012. The board’s goals are large labor-intensive projects that require a lot of effort, such as the recycled water project for which the state is the principal driver of actions. In August […]

Idyllwild's Fire Safe Council planning big

Idyllwild’s Fire Safe Council planning big

After six months of meetings, conversations and discussions, the Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council (FSC) has identified a very ambitious plan of action for the next several years.

Sun out, temperatures warming

Sun out, temperatures warming

The inclement weather has passed. The sun is shining and the National Weather Service forecasts temperatures in the 70s tomorrow. Only .29 inches of rain fell yesterday, despite raining nearly all day. The total since July 1 is 9.53 inches.

Peterson concert cancelled

Peterson concert cancelled

Idyllwild Arts has sadly just announced that guitarist Jeff Peterson had to cancel his concert, scheduled for tonight, Jan. 23. “Mr. Peterson is unable to travel due to health reasons,” said Darren Schilling, the school’s Director of Marketing. Peterson lives in Hawaii.

Raining in Idyllwild today

Through 1:20 p.m. today (Jan. 21), Keenwild Ranger Station has recorded .63 inches of rain. The total for the rain year (since July 1, 2011) is now 9.23 inches. That is nearly 5 inches less than the long term average of 14.19 inches through Jan. 31 of each year.

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