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

IFPD preparing for a new fire chief

The Idyllwild Fire District commission held a brief business meeting Tuesday, April 10 to review a job description, which will be used to recruit a new permanent fire chief …

Ambulance service now in county hands

In the first County Service Area 38 Advisory Committee meeting since the Hill learned that the Idyllwild Fire Protection District wished to terminate its ambulance contract, residents seemed comfortable with the committee’s approach to the issue. …

Snow yesterday, going today

Snow yesterday, going today

This morning is sunny, clear and warming. The National Weather Service is predicting 61º for today. Already the snow and ice is falling from the trees. Tomorrow is supposed to be 72º and possibly in the 80s by Tuesday through the weekend. So enjoy the white stuff today, it will be gone soon. The National […]

Clear roads, cloudy sky

Clear roads, cloudy sky

The roads are clear into and around Idyllwild. Snowfall was between five and eight inches in town since Friday afternoon. The weather service is predicting a 40 percent chance of additional snow Saturday afternoon and night. Abut accumulation will be minimal. Sunday is supposed to be sunny and 62º. Starting Monday, temperatures should be in […]

And the snow begins

And the snow begins

The rain and snow has begun to fall here in Idyllwild. Accumulation of snow has begun yet. The Forest Service’s Keenwild Ranger Station has recorded .34 inches of precipitation today, through 4:19 p.m. In the past week, Keenwild has recorded 1.05 inches of rain. An urgent winter weather message from the National Weather Service. This […]

A lot of snow coming today and tonight

Although a major spring snow storm is predicted to arrive this afternoon and tonight, as of 11:30 a.m., only the rain as fallen on the Hill. but it’s cold outside. An urgent winter weather message from the National Weather Service. This was posted at 2:17 a.m., Friday, April 13. This winter storm warning remains in […]

June 5 is primary election day

The June 5 primary election is only eight weeks away. The ballot will be crowded this year. Not only will voters have choices for County Supervisor, State Assembly and the Federal House of Representatives, but numerous local judgeships and Riverside County Board of Education seats will be on the ballot for Hill residents. In addition, […]

No “Native plants and Pollinater Walk” Saturday, FS cancels due to weather

The U.S. Forest Service has had to cancel its planned “Native Plants and Pollinator Walk” scheduled for this Saturday. The anticipation of bad — snowy and icy — weather is the culprit. Anne Poopatanapong, Forest Service District wildlife biologist, says “I hope to reschedule at a different time.” Stay close to find out when the […]

Fire commission works on policies

Operating procedures and policies were the topic of last week’s fire commission special meeting and workshop. Commissioner Jerry Buchanan and Interim Fire Chief Mike Sherman presented draft policies, which Buchanan had received from the California Special District Association. “Purchasing Policy” was the first policy, which the commission reviewed. In all, the commission went over 16 […]

Howland home burns

Howland home burns

A major fire burned the home of Idyllwild businessman Shane Stewart …

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