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

Initial thoughts: Christmas wish …

Many of the following thoughts may be obviated after Tuesday night’s Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) commission meeting. This was the first meeting of the commission with new members — Jerry Buchanan and Larry Donahoo. I wish them the best luck and hope these commissioners can bring the district back from the brink of insolvency. […]

HUSD board still facing tough choices

Future financial possibilities were the chief topic at last week’s Hemet Unified School District (HUSD) meeting. Financial Services Director Pam Buckhout outlined the prospective changes from the current state budget condition and how they might affect HUSD finances over the next three years. “The multiyear projections show the district may need to make additional cuts […]

Anza man gets 25 years for arson

Joseph A. Heredia, 35, of Anza received a 25-year sentence for arson and two counts of criminal threats. Judge F. Paul Dickerson pronounced the sentence on Dec. 2. The arson conviction resulted in a 16-year state prison sentence. The additional years were attributed to the other two charges as well as Heredia’s five prior convictions. […]

Whitman in top 10 again

Local triathlete Bill Whitman ran two races recently and finished strongly in both. On Dec. 3 and 4, he entered the HITS Triathlon in Palm Springs. This inaugural event featured five distances, including a 100-meter swim, a 3-mile bike and 1-mile run. Whitman finished second in his age group (45-49) and sixth overall in the […]

Tuesday, Dec. 13 weather — Snow maybe?

Tuesday, Dec. 13 weather — Snow maybe?

Well as you can see, we received about an inch, maybe two inches, of snow yesterday. The roads are cleared and cinders have been laid. But the National Weather Service is predicting another snowfall today. The specific Idyllwild forecast says we may receive another inch during the day. Today: Snow showers, mainly before 4 pm. […]

Chain control in force now

Chain control has begun on SR 2 in the Wrightwood area and also on SR 243 in Idyllwild, according to a message from Terri Kasinga, Public Information Officer for tje Caltrans Maintenance – District 8.

Snow storm approaching

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Southern California Mountains. Snow is expected to begin Monday and continue through Tuesday. NWS estimates a total of 4 to 9 inches over the two-day period. Below is a summary of the NWS message issued at 3 a.m., this morning, Dec. 12. …HEAVY […]

Idyllwild's Sanborn leads Hemet Unified

Idyllwild’s Sanborn leads Hemet Unified

Bill Sanborn was elected the new president of the Hemet Unified School District (HUSD). This will be Sanborn’s fifth term as president. Presiding at his first meeting, as president, Sanborn heard a budget presentation that hinted a further reduction in the future unless the state’s educational funding is changed.HUSD has the capability to handle the […]

Initial Thoughts: Who are we? Getting older …

Idyllwild’s 2010 census data frightens me. Not the aging population, that was expected. In fact, Idyllwild has been home to a larger percent of elderly (65 years or older) since 2000. After that census, 18 percent of Idyllwild exceeded the normal retirement age, but only 12.4 percent of the nation. Ten years later, the gray, […]

Local man serves time for inflicting corporal injury

Job John Rieli, 37, of Mountain Center, pleaded guilty to inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or companion. On Nov. 28, Judge Kelly Hansen sentenced Rieli to 270 days in county jail, assessed numerous fines and fees and ordered him to enroll and complete a 52-week domestic violence program. The latter must be accomplished by […]

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