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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

ICRC speakers focus on Africa

ICRC speakers focus on Africa

‘I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills,” wrote Danish author Karen Blixen in her most famous book “Out of Africa,” her account of her love affair with Africa and its people. Blixen lived in Kenya, not far from Nairobi, from 1917 until 1931, running a coffee plantation that her […]

Riverside County looks at recreation expansion

Riverside County looks at recreation expansion

Terri Bowen, senior recreation program manager for county service areas, wears many hats. She oversees recreation programs in seven locations from Blythe to Corona for the Economic Development Agency. And she is currently Acting Recreation Manager for the Idyllwild Recreation Program at Town Hall. “I’m a fixer,” Bowen said. “I’m asked to see what can […]

Local business storm water compliance fees increase

Federally mandated stormwater compliance inspection deposits are going up. In 2009, when they were first assessed in Idyllwild, deposits required prior to on-site inspection were $196.50, based on a rate of $131 per hour. This year they will be $435, based on an hourly rate of $142, more than doubling in four years. A stormwater […]

MAST meeting Dec. 12 not a public informational session

The Mountain Area Safety Taskforce meeting at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Nature Center is a working meeting of professional responders and is not open to the general public except by specific invitation, according to Kevin Turner, GSOB coordinator at UCR and CAL FIRE Forest Battalion Chief Gregg Bratcher. They have requested the […]

Medicare prescription drug supplements’ confusing choices

Navigating Medicare prescription plans is usually a daunting and confusing procedure but this year it is even more so, according to Bill Robinson, insurance advisor at Palm Canyon Insurance Agency in Palm Springs. “Each year drug companies change offered plans,” Robinson said. “What is so difficult is that this year so many companies are changing […]

New foreign film category debuts at ICF 2013

New foreign film category debuts at ICF 2013

The debut of foreign films as a new category at Idyllwild CinemaFest 2013 is a sign of the increasing breadth of programming in the festival’s fourth year. Although the list of films selected won’t be public until Dec. 15, ICF Chairman Phil Calderone knows two particularly striking films will definitely screen — from Russia, “Siberie […]

Forest Service response to oak borer in San Diego County

Forest Service response to oak borer in San Diego County

Ninety thousand dead oaks, killed off since the Goldspotted oak borer was discovered in 2004 in San Diego County, is no small problem …

An inner city rugby tale plays at ICF 2013

An inner city rugby tale plays at ICF 2013

“Red, White, Black and Blue,” which screens at Idyllwild CinemaFest 2013, is first a sports story that follows a traditional arc of inner city youth winning on the field and in their own lives, despite the odds stacked against them. But it goes beyond the playing fields and also chronicles the challenges these South Los […]

Johnson family to transfer Town Hall to county

Johnson family to transfer Town Hall to county

Jay Johnson and son Jason met with county representatives to begin the transfer of Idyllwild’s Town Hall and lands to the county …

Returns and changes of location part of business shuffle

Returns and changes of location part of business shuffle

Nancy Nunez, proprietor of Nancy’s Boutique, returns to Idyllwild after a nine-month absence, this time in a new location next to INK Book Gathering on North Circle. Nunez said she retains her other store on State Street in Carlsbad Village and is happy to be back on the Hill. “I like the new location,” Nunez […]

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