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

Supervisors decline to regulate recycled water

At the urging of Chairman Bob Buster (1st District), the Riverside County Board of Supervisors considered getting involved in future regulation of the use of recycled water, particularly for citrus groves. But in a November 4-1 vote (Buster opposing), his colleagues agreed to leave the issue alone and simply refer it to the county’s water […]

Idyllwild Water District officials go to Sacramento

Idyllwild Water District officials go to Sacramento

Earlier this month, officials from the Idyllwild Water District (IWD) met with state water officials in their Sacramento offices. They were pursuing their effort to secure funding for a tertiary recycled water treatment plant, according to Board President Allan Morphett. The treated water would be delivered to customers for irrigation purposes. While the Water Resources […]

2011's top Idyllwild stories: Part 1

2011′s top Idyllwild stories: Part 1

The Town Crier looks back at the headlines that made the biggest local news …

U.S. Forest Service 2012 budget passed

U.S. Forest Service 2012 budget passed

After a quarter of the federal fiscal year has transpired, President Barack Obama signed Public Law 112-74, which authorizes funding for federal agencies through Sept. 30, 2012, the end of the federal fiscal year. Congress passed the appropriations bill on Dec. 17. Six days later, on Dec. 23, the President signed it. Although funding for […]

In a fast sport, Idyllwild skeleton athlete Salter keeps her head up

In a fast sport, Idyllwild skeleton athlete Salter keeps her head up

Salter spends hours every day preparing to use and to risk her skeleton …

Initial Thoughts: Christmas thoughts — past and present  …

Initial Thoughts: Christmas thoughts — past and present …

As we quickly approach the end of 2011, the Town Crier’s 65th year and the centennial of our founder, Emax, Ernie Maxwell, I wish to give you, our faithful readers, the gift of another Emax column. Below are his thoughts from Dec. 22, 1961. Sometimes the commerce of Christmas time overwhelms the truly important values […]

New Idyllwild Fire commission faces same budget problems

New Idyllwild Fire commission faces same budget problems

“We’ll go broke before five years,” Idyllwild Fire Chief Norm Walker told the fire district’s commission, while discussing when to hold a workshop on its budget situation. “You need to come up with a vision and look five years out,” Walker urged the commission. While the commission was pondering its responsibility to Firefighter Greg Minor, […]

No bald eagles seen in December

The annual bald eagle count began Saturday. Throughout San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains, the U.S. Forest Service reported 9 eagles (5 adults and 4 juveniles) were observed at regional lakes. At Lake Hemet, three people came to help the count, but no eagles were observed Saturday morning. “Probably due [the absence] to the steady […]

County Corner: Dec. 22, 2011

County executive The search for a replacement for former County Executive Bill Luna is ongoing. Luna’s predecessor, Larry Parrish, has been the interim executive since Sept. 27. He had agreed to serve for three months without salary. Since no permanent choice has been made, the board has asked Parrish to continue to serve as interim […]

Draft plan for Palms to Pines Scenic Byway available

Draft plan for Palms to Pines Scenic Byway available

A draft Corridor Management Plan is the result of five workshops over the past year …

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