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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

4.7 magnitude quake near Anza rocks Hill

A 4.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Hill just before 10 a.m. Monday, March 11. Initially reported as a 5.2 quake by the United States Geological Survey, the temblor was preceded by 6 foreshocks, the largest of which was a 2.7 magnitude at 10:36 a.m. The quake was centered 12.4 miles east southeast of Anza, at […]

Survey in high country shows more snow than last year

Survey in high country shows more snow than last year

A crew of Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit volunteers found 10 inches more snow than last year in its annual February snow survey. There was an average of 29.7 inches of snow and 9.5 inches of water content (if the snow melted it would produce that amount of water), said crew leader Lee Arnson. On Sunday, […]

Garden Club joins oak borer fight with roadside signs

Garden Club joins oak borer fight with roadside signs

The Idyllwild Garden Club takes a major step in trying to stop further Goldspotted oak borer infestation in Idyllwild. It has commissioned and will install roadside signs advising against importation of oak onto the Hill. “Our budget allowed for 10 signs,” said Mike Feyder, Garden Club instigator of the sign project. At present the club […]

Esther Kennedy, Spirit Mountain Retreat director, leaving

Esther Kennedy, Spirit Mountain Retreat director, leaving

Esther Kennedy, director of Idyllwild’s Spirit Mountain Retreat Center, is returning to Adrian, Mich., the motherhouse of her Dominican order of Catholic sisters. A new director, Jill Breslau, arrives in June. “It’s been an extraordinary 11 years of my life and I have loved every minute of it,” Kennedy said. “I feel welcomed and loved […]

Ted Belden constructs an iconic Idyllwild for ICRC Speaker Series

Ted Belden constructs an iconic Idyllwild for ICRC Speaker Series

Ted Belden, son of Pinecraft Furniture originator Charles Selden Belden, headlines the Idyllwild Community Recreation Council’s popular series on Friday, March 15. This is a not to be missed opportunity for anyone interested in Idyllwild’s history from the 30s through the 60s, and for devotees and collectors of the Pinecraft Furniture line, which Selden began […]

It’s three in a row at Berklee fest for Idyllwild Arts jazz

It’s three in a row at Berklee fest for Idyllwild Arts jazz

The upstart school from the West has made it three in a row at the annual Berklee High School Jazz Festival in Boston …

Pine Cove adopts standby charges

The board of directors for the Pine Cove Water District adopted standby charges for 2012-2013 fiscal year. The charge remains $30 per acre per year for each acre of land or portion of any single parcel which is not served by an active water meter. At the Wednesday, Feb. 13, board meeting, General Manager Jerry […]

Leaks triple Fern Valley water demand

Fern Valley Water District General Manager Steve Erler said the mid-January cold snap caused average district water demand to triple from 80 gallons per minute to a peak of 256 gpm. At the Friday, Feb. 15, district board meeting, Erler said staff conducted a system survey and found that numerous customers had failed to properly […]

Lake Hemet Campground extends recreation management contract

The Lake Hemet Municipal Water District board of directors extended its management contract for Lake Hemet Campground with The California Parks Company, Urban Parks Concessionaires. The extension, containing the same terms as the original contract, runs through Friday, Nov. 30, 2014. The water district board had previously placed a notice of termination for UPC’s contract […]

Chamber and Roy continue negotiations

The Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce board of directors continues to try to reach some settlement with David Roy, according to President Chris Titus. After announcing they were considering dismantling and auctioning the monument, which the chamber had commissioned from Roy, Roy has made two separate settlement offers to the chamber, he said.

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