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Marshall Smith has been a general assignment reporter for Idyllwild Town Crier since 2005. His favorite quote is: "Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not." Email: marshall@towncrier.com

Preventing the human trafficking of youth

Preventing the human trafficking of youth

Opal Singleton knows the dangers of trafficking of young people both in the United States and in third-world countries. And the recruitment methods are not that dissimilar, regardless of first- or third-world location.  “A lot of recruitment has to do with gangs,” said Singleton, noting that the ubiquity of smart phones and the Internet makes […]

Hill Easter: Sunrise Service to special dinners

Hill Easter: Sunrise Service to special dinners

Easter, the holiest day in the Christian calendar, the vernal or spring equinox, a magical time for children

Master Chorale Spring Concert this weekend

The Idyllwild Master Chorale presents a musical banquet with its Spring Concert at Stephens Recital Hall on the Idyllwild Arts campus on Saturday, March 29. Led by Artistic Director Dwight “Buzz” Holmes and featuring returning guest artists Dimyana Pelev and Justin Patrick Holmes, the chorale aims to satisfy all appetites from classical to musical theater. […]

Post Mountain Fire evacuation sheriff patrols kept order

Capt. Scot Collins, Hemet Station commander of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, was prepared from experience for policing the mountain communities during the Mountain Fire that began Monday, July 15, in Mountain Center. That experience and the plans the Mountain Area Safety Taskforce formulated helped direct evacuation, kept the community residences and businesses safe from […]

Motown and blues at summer concert

Motown and blues at summer concert

Harold Wherry and his Blue Breeze Band serve Motown and blues at the Idyllwild Summer Concert Series. They take the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8. Guitarist Wherry has more than 30 years experience working in the Motown, R&B, funk, jazz and blues styles. As a teenager he backed soul R&B singer Bobby Day […]

‘Everything’s gone’

‘Everything’s gone’

Martin Prevosto and Sasha Fisher were both working on Monday, July 15, when the disastrous Mountain Fire started in Mountain Center. Prevosto, a contractor and carpenter, was helping pour a foundation in Pine Cove and Fisher was at her job at Lady of the Lake in Idyllwild. Shortly before 2 p.m. a friend called Prevosto […]

Latin served up sizzling at summer concerts

Latin served up sizzling at summer concerts

Grupo Bohemio, popular six-piece Latin and classic rock group, returns to Idyllwild Summer Concert Series serving some jalapeno-flavored saucy and sizzling up-tempo music. Manny Torres, Bohemio leader, said locals should break out their dancing shoes since dance music is Bohemio’s bag. The group, based in the Coachella Valley, has been together for 13 years. “On […]

From equestrian to salsa dancer, an author’s journey

Samantha Dunn, the next presenter in Eduardo Santiago’s Idyllwild Author Series, grew up with horses in rural hardscrabble New Mexico. Riding, dance, growing up poor in parched Southwest landscapes, her mother’s brilliance and alcoholism, and Dunn’s journey to redefine herself as a grown woman are key themes in her writing. “At the age of 3 […]

Public art project extended to Pine Cove

Public art project extended to Pine Cove

The Art Alliance of Idyllwild’s ambitious project to install public art in Idyllwild and Pine Cove moved from page to reality when 22 nearly life-size aluminum deer arrived at Forest Lumber Wednesday, June 12. Twenty-three mostly local artists and representatives of the Idyllwild School smARTS program began picking up deer assigned to their creative care […]

A poet takes the platform at Idyllwild Author Series

A poet takes the platform at Idyllwild Author Series

Steven Reigns, poet and next presenter at Eduardo Santiago’s Idyllwild Author Series, is from St. Louis. And although place of birth does not necessarily define one, it can inform one’s choices and determine how one navigates the world. Reigns’ poetry has been called plainspoken. In fact his poems, though difficult of subject matter, are sparse, […]

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