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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

Karin and Richard Greenwood: Making everything count

Karin and Richard Greenwood: Making everything count

Karin and Richard Greenwood literally built Community Lumber piece by piece, discarding nothing of use and assembling what was needed from what they had …

Idyllwild Arts jazz combo returns to Berklee festival

Idyllwild Arts jazz combo returns to Berklee festival

For the third year, Idyllwild Arts Jazz Department is sending a jazz combo to the Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival …

Kimmerle and Dravenstatt convicted

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, the day the jury trial was to have commenced, Ron Kimmerle, 49, and Taylor Dravenstatt, 20, both of Idyllwild, entered guilty pleas to single counts of felony burglary, were convicted and were formally sentenced to four years in state prison. “This was a plea agreement between both sides,” said John Hall, […]

Chamber of Commerce offices ransacked

Chamber of Commerce offices ransacked

The Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce offices were ransacked on Saturday night, Feb. 16. Vandals gained entrance through a back sliding door. File drawers were opened and files were scattered throughout the office. One particular file in a file drawer that normally contains the Chamber cash box was the only one with papers jutting out of […]

Wayne Parker, longtime musician, Town Crier and Idyllwild Arts colleague, dies

Wayne Parker, longtime musician, Town Crier and Idyllwild Arts colleague, dies

Richard Lewis “Wayne” Parker, musician, singer, songwriter, arranger, music producer, Idyllwild Arts van driver and 10-year Town Crier employee, died Sunday night, Feb. 17, after a three-month struggle with lymphoma. He was 81. Music-producing partner Ron Combes, who has known and worked with Parker for more than 30 years, said of him, “There was not […]

Idyllwild Downtown Historic District board holds first meeting

Idyllwild Downtown Historic District board holds first meeting

The local review board for the Idyllwild Downtown Historic District convened officially for the first time last week …

Two major Idyllwild businesses face changes

Two major Idyllwild businesses face changes

Higher Grounds sold, Community Lumber for sale …

Chamber considers auctioning monument to pay legal costs

Directors of the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce are considering liquidating a Chamber asset, Harmony, the town monument, to pay for legal fees and costs incurred to defend the Chamber board. Directors say the lawsuits are baseless and grudge-motivated. In August, monument creator David Roy filed a lawsuit claiming unpaid fees. He subsequently refiled a nearly […]

Calderones buy Rustic Theatre business

Calderones buy Rustic Theatre business

Shane Stewart retains building ownership …

Idyllwild Post Office open and will stay open

Idyllwild Post Office open and will stay open

Idyllwild’s Saturday postal service will remain unaffected despite last week’s U.S. Postal Service announcement of plans to discontinue Saturday mail delivery beginning Saturday, Aug. 5, 2013. Mail will still be placed in Hill post office boxes on Saturday, said Idyllwild Postmaster Kelly Gates. As with the rest of the country, package delivery will also still […]

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