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

Two days left for Idyllwild film fest

Two days left for Idyllwild film fest

No fees to visit local forests

The U.S. Forest Service has waived fees for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. visiting the San Jacinto Ranger District will cost you gas and food, but trails are free this weekend from today through Monday.

Forest Service warning about fire danger — “Very High”

John Miller of the San Bernardino National Forest has shared the following warning for the visitors to the San Jacinto Ranger District. Fire Danger Elevated to “Very High” on the San Bernardino National Forest — Fire Restrictions Increased Fire Danger increases with the unseasonable warmer, drier weather along with persistent Santa Ana wind conditions. Weather […]

Former Crest Forest Fire Protection District Fire Chief Michael Sherman

Mike Sherman, new interim chief of Idyllwild Fire

Last night, Jan. 10, retired Crest Forest Fire Chief Mike Sherman agreed to become the interim Fire Chief for the Idyllwild Fire Protection District. He agreed to contract terms during the regular January commission meeting and the signed the contract after the meeting.

Congressional candidate Ruiz visits Idyllwild

Congressional candidate Ruiz visits Idyllwild

Dr. Raul Ruiz, Democratic candidate for the California Congressional District 36 seat, visited the Town Crier Thursday, Jan. 5. After a hectic few months raising money for his campaign this year and a full week of emergency room work at Eisenhower Medial Center, Ruiz came to Idyllwild for a few days of rest and peace

Initial thoughts: The community is part of the solution for IFPD …

Is the Idyllwild Fire Protection District suffering from a financial crisis? Is it or is it not approaching insolvency? If IFPD were fiscally healthy, most reasonable people would have to ask “How?”. Every other level of government — federal, state, county and school district — is facing an imbalance between its revenues and expenses. Larger […]

Idyllwild Fire budget in 'danger' zone

Idyllwild Fire budget in ‘danger’ zone

After a nearly four-hour budget workshop on Saturday, commission recognized the district’s perilous financial condition …

Hillman hearing delayed

Last week, Riverside County Judge Becky Dugan continued the trial and appeal until March 2012 for Christopher V. Hillman, 48, of Hesperia, brother-in-law of convicted arsonist Raymond Lee Oyler. In July 2010, Hillman had been found guilty of seven counts of attempting to influence a juror during the Oyler trial. At Hillman’s August 2010 sentencing […]

Lawler Fire 95 percent contained, Monday evening

Lawler Fire 95 percent contained, Monday evening

The Lawler Fire, which started Sunday, Jan. 8, was at 95 percent containment Monday evening. The burned acreage is about 14 acres within the San Jacinto Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest, according to Kate Kramer, Forest Service Public Information Officer. The small community of Eagle’s Nest is no longer still threatened, The […]

Lawler Fire update

Lawler Fire update

The Lawler Fire, which started Sunday, Jan. 8, remains at 70 percent containment and has burned about 14 acres, according to Kate Kramer, Forest Service Public Information Officer. The fire is about four miles north of Idyllwild in the Dark Canyon area. “It hasn’t spread over night,” Kramer said after the morning team briefing. “We […]

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