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

IFPD says end ambulance contract for Pine Cove

Effective June 30, the Idyllwild Fire Protection Distict plans to terminate its contract for ambulance service to Pine Cove and Zone III.The district announced that intention in a letter to Bruce Barton, director of the county’s Emergency Medical Services Agency. Regardless of the resolution of IFPD’s role, Barton said, “We will do whatever we have […]

Idyllwild Fire planning ambulance contract negotiations

In a brief meeting, the Idyllwild Fire Protection District Commission directed the absent interim fire Chief Michael Sherman to discuss the ambulance contract with the district’s attorney. The current contract expires at the end of June. The contract is between the county and IFPD for provision of emergency medical services to Pine Cove and Zone […]

Opposition to fire fee forms

Republican state lawmakers, a significant minority of the California Legislature, will try to repeal the state fire fee. Various legislators have proposed its repeal within days of its passage in July. On Thursday, Republican legislators from both the Assembly and the Senate held a joint press conference to call attention to the levy, which they […]

Dr. Julia Bucci new dean at Idyllwild Arts

Dr. Julia Bucci new dean at Idyllwild Arts

Dr. Julia Bucci has been appointed the new Dean of Academics for Idyllwild Arts Academy. Idyllwild Arts President Brian D. Cohen announced the selection on Thursday, March 15. He said Bucci will begin in June and replaces Anna-Karin Li, who has been instrumental in strengthening the academic program at Idyllwild Arts. Bucci is the chair […]

50 years — 3 generations

50 years — 3 generations

February 1962, John and Teresa Friemoth arrived in Idyllwild …

CSA 38 to purchase new fire engine

Amid its discussion of the budget for fiscal year 2012-13, which begins June 30, the County Service Area 38 Advisory Committee thought that county officials had granted approval with a long-standing effort to purchase a new fire engine for Station 23 and the Pine Cove community. However on Thursday, Bill Brown, County Service Area Manager […]

Winter won't leave

Winter won’t leave

Monday morning and all is well in Idyllwild. The roads and highways were cleared yesterday and this morning sun is appearing behind the mountain. The forecast for today is “Scattered snow showers before 11am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 42. West wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation […]

Initial Thoughts: Benefits of Sunshine week tarnishes feds …

From Sunday, March 11, through Saturday, March 17, we celebrate and honor Sunshine Week. For those unfamiliar with this event, Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Sunshine Week was launched by the American Society of News Editors in March 2005. This […]

Forest Service air fleet aging

Forest Service air fleet aging

In its air tanker modernization strategy plan submitted to Congress in February, the Forest Service reported that it expects 10 of its 11 air tankers to be retired by 2021 …

Hemet Unified School District budget teetering

Difficult and sensitive subjects were discussed at the recent Hemet Unified School District meeting. Bill Sanborn, president of the Hemet Unified School District trustees, began the meeting by addressing the Hemet High School teacher recently charged with sex with a minor. He issued the following statement: “The district was informed last Wednesday night, Feb. 29, […]

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