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

Initial Thoughts: We need and need to know about IFPD …

On Monday, I received a question which is below. I responded and asked the writer if she wanted it printed as a letter to the editor. She replied, “Yes, print that as a letter, but only if you give the … reply to the readers that you also gave to me.” So, I’ve printed the […]

Bono Mack plans for ninth campaign

Local Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack is planning her re-election strategy. Redistricting resulted in some adjustments to her old 45th District, but the foundation of the desert and Hill communities remained together and unchanged. “I’m really not worried right now,” she said Thursday. Ten months prior to the election, Dr. Raul Ruiz is the announced candidate […]

State budget balances depend on new taxes

Public safety and education in jeopardy Gov. Jerry Brown announced his proposed 2012-13 budget last week. The $92.5 billion budget is balanced and could produce a $1.1 million surplus for future reserves. Both the projections and plan are delicately balanced on the assumption that state voters will approve his proposed tax increases on upper-bracket taxpayers […]

Idyllwild and San Diego County share Assembly District

Idyllwild and San Diego County share Assembly District

Welcome to redistricting, the 2012 version …

Meet Mike Sherman, interim Idyllwild fire chief

Meet Mike Sherman, interim Idyllwild fire chief

Sherman is the former Crest Forest Fire Department chief …

CSA 36 costs down while supporting new programs

CSA 36 costs down while supporting new programs

County official Michael Franklin told the County Service Area (CSA) 36 Advisory Committee that its fiscal year expenses through November 2011 had been $63,000.

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.

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