The U.S. Forest Service completed its final environmental statement (FES) on the use of aerial application of fire retardants and argues that the continuation of aerial application is an important fire protection tool and its negative environmental affects can be controlled or limited. The FES is available online at www.fs.fed.us/fire/retardant/eis_info.html. The agency’s preferred approach would […]
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J.P. Crumrine is editor of the Town Crier. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lake Hemet Municipal Water District (LHMWD) board of Directors heard from the contractor for the district’s Lake Hemet facility and enacted two resolutions at its latest meeting.
The Hemet High School Girls Volleyball (23-7) team’s journey through the state championships ended abruptly in Del Mar Tuesday, Nov. 22. Nationally ranked Cathedral Catholic swept Hemet 3-0. The game scores were 25-9, 25-18 and 25-14 in the final. This is the second consecutive year Hemet has ended its season in the first round of […]
Like a puff of smoke from a magician’s hat, the state fire fee has already been raised before anyone has paid the original fee announced in August. On Nov. 8, a restocked state Forestry Board voted 6-2 to replace the $90 annual fee (approved in August) with a new fee set at $150. Property within […]
Light pollution The Board of Supervisors postponed action on the draft ordinance to control light trespass. The board scheduled a public hearing at its Oct. 15 meeting, but Supervisor John Tavaglione (2nd District), the ordinance’s sponsor, was absent. Another hearing was scheduled for the Nov. 22 meeting. “Light trespass occurs when light fixtures on one […]
The worsening state budget is posing a significant threat to local school district budgets. Fortunately, Hemet Unified School District (HUSD) has the wherewithal to withstand the potential short-term reductions. In the longer term, Hemet could possibly see its state funding reduced $12 million more within this budget year, according to HUSD superintendent Dr. Steven Lowder. […]
Forest Service lifts fire restrictions With recent rain across the southland, forest officials on the San Bernardino National Forest reduced fire restrictions effective today and have begun winter burning projects. “While campfires and recreational shooting are being allowed in portions of the forest, we are not completely out of wildfire danger yet, and ask the […]
The California Department of State Parks and Recreation has released the draft management for Long Valley, in the Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness. The area comprises approximately six acres of the park’s total 13,700 acres. It sits at the top terminus of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. This plan is the result of […]
Allan Morphett and Warren Monroe were re-elected president and vice president of the Idyllwild Water District (IWD) Board of Directors last week. Morphett was first elected president in December 2005 and Monroe was chosen vice president in December 2003.The duo has served on the board since December 2003. The board is considering changes to its […]