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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

Idyllwild Warming Center available

The Idyllwild Warming Center, located at and operated by American Legion Post 800, is available this winter, as it has been for the past two years. Located at 54360 Marian View Drive, the center opens, based on an existing activation protocol, when particular weather conditions occur. Those conditions are when an electrical outage affecting multiple […]

Sheriff Sniff opposes Feinstein proposed assault weapon ban

Earlier this month, Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff wrote to California Senator Dianne Feinstein and stated that he opposed gun legislation she is proposing. Sniff noted that he does not enforce federal gun control laws, but said he wanted Feinstein to know, from a law enforcement perspective, why the law does not work as presently […]

Larry Kawano connects Idyllwild and science discoveries as next ICRC speaker

Larry Kawano connects Idyllwild and science discoveries as next ICRC speaker

Larry Kawano, chief scientist and outreach coordinator at Idyllwild’s Astrocamp, makes science interesting as part of his current job, explaining and enlivening scientific mysteries for young students at the Hill’s science camp. He does the same for older Idyllwild residents as a popular speaker for Idyllwild Community Recreation Council’s long-running speaker series. He returns for […]

CSA 36 board placed in deep freeze: No plans to revive advisory committee

CSA 36 board placed in deep freeze: No plans to revive advisory committee

County Service Area 36 Advisory Committee Chair Bob Schraff resigned from the committee on Wednesday, Feb. 6, leaving the board with only one regularly attending member, Reba Coulter. The office of 3rd District Supervisors Jeff Stone says there are no current plans to fill the committe. Both Schraff and committee member Mike Frietas, who seldom […]

Oak borer found in four more trees in Idyllwild

Oak borer found in four more trees in Idyllwild

Four more Goldspotted oak borer-infested trees have been identified in Idyllwild. When authorities identified the first infested tree here in November, they expressed hope that it was an isolated incident. Authorities no longer believe the outbreak is limited. Since tree one was on Highway 243, it appears to have been almost certainly infested from firewood […]

Idyllwild first baby of 2013, Jacob T. Johnston

Idyllwild first baby of 2013, Jacob T. Johnston

Idyllwild residents Charles and Stephanie Johnston welcomed Jacob T. Johnston into the world as Idyllwild’s first baby of 2013. Jacob made his debut at 4:35 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27 at Desert Regional Hospital in Palm Springs. Jacob weighed in at seven pounds, three ounces and measured 19 inches in length. Jacob is Stephanie’s first […]

Idyllwild Warming Center availability

The Idyllwild Warming Center, located at and operated by American Legion Post 800, is available this winter, as it has been for the past two cold weather seasons. Located at 54360 Marian View Drive, the center opens, based on an existing activation protocol, when particular weather conditions occur. Those conditions are when an electrical outage […]

Animal behaviorist talks energy healing for ARF

Animal behaviorist talks energy healing for ARF

Dr. Susan Foster is trained in clinical psychology, but her interest in species’ behaviors and actions began with animals. “I started working with animals in nature, in marine biology,” she said. In studying whales and dolphins in the Sea of Cortez, Foster noticed the vibrational energy generated by these species, and it is this use […]

Idyllwild student finishes third at district spelling bee

Idyllwild student finishes third at district spelling bee

Idyllwild School eighth-grader Benjamin Cruz placed third out of 44 students from 22 Hemet Unified School District elementary and middle schools. This was the district’s 36th annual spelling bee. “It’s the highest finish of any Idyllwild School student at the district bee that I can recall in the 15 years I’ve been involved,” said former […]

Roy refiles suit against Chamber

David Roy filed another complaint against the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce directors. This one was filed Wednesday, Jan. 23, the same day the court recorded approval of his request to drop the original suit without prejudice. The court record showed actual dismissal of the action on the 18th. Five days later, Roy filed a second […]

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