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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

Lost hiker rescued

Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit responded on Sunday, Nov. 25, to reports of a hiker lost near the Cactus to Clouds trail near the mountaintop station of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Relatives alerted authorities around 10:40 p.m. when the hiker, identified as Louis E. Perez of Corona, failed to […]

ARF presents speaker series on pet health

ARF presents speaker series on pet health

Animal Rescue Friends of Idyllwild presents five more speakers on issues of interest to pet owners, in their free educational series …

Scott Foster decides on Idyllwild

Scott Foster decides on Idyllwild

New Idyllwild resident Scott Foster has the kind of entertainment background and resume any athlete, actor, singer, dancer choreographer or music producer would call a world-class career. Foster has had major successes in all of these areas and yet has chosen to live in Idyllwild, away from the noise and pressure of Los Angeles and […]

Idyllwild CinemaFest 2013 featured filmmaker: Gary King

Idyllwild CinemaFest 2013 featured filmmaker: Gary King

New York filmmaker Gary King, one of two Idyllwild CinemaFest 2013 honorees, spent five years in the corporate world of Silicon Valley before deciding to build a career doing what had always been his passion — storytelling, writing and making movies. He ditched the West Coast technology hub and moved with his wife to the […]

Idyllwild CinemaFest 2013 featured filmmaker: Ignatius Fischer

Idyllwild CinemaFest 2013 featured filmmaker: Ignatius Fischer

Ignatius Fischer, one of two Idyllwild CinemaFest 2012 honorees, had one of those off the charts serendipitous launches into the filmmaking business. Like Quentin Tarantino who worked as a clerk in a Manhattan Beach video rental prior to breaking into the business of movie making, Fischer also worked in a South Bay store when he […]

Gearing up to stop oak borer spread

Gearing up to stop oak borer spread

Since discovery of the invasive and dangerous Goldspotted oak borer in Idyllwild two weeks ago, scientists and professional responders from CAL FIRE and the Forest Service have been meeting to devise steps to contain the spread of the destructive beetle. Kevin Turner, Goldspotted oak borer coordinator at the University of California, Riverside, said the next […]

Medical volunteers needed after disasters

Martin Baxter, Riverside County medical volunteer coordinator, discussed the county’s medical volunteer program at the monthly meeting of the Mountain Emergency Services Committee. The Nov. 8 meeting at the Idyllwild Fire station was well attended and included professional responders and representatives from disaster volunteer groups from Idyllwild and Anza. MEMSCOMM is the mountaintop’s coordinating committee […]

Community Fund funds new program

The Idyllwild Community Fund, a division of the Community Foundation that serves Riverside and San Bernardino counties, approved a new program that gives grant-funding ability to Idyllwild Middle School students. The Youth Grantmakers Program, already in place for off-Hill high school students, will be offered to middle school students for the first time, according to […]

Fern Valley directors reaffirm precedent decision

Fern Valley directors reaffirm precedent decision

Not all Hill water districts grant one catastrophic water loss settlement …

Chamber hears preparations for Tree Lighting Ceremony

Several Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce directors and community members attended the brief monthly public meeting of the Chamber. The only business considered was a report from Phyllis Mueller, chair of Idyllwild’s 52nd annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, “An Olde Fashioned Christmas.” Current Chamber President Chris Titus announced that Lanny Hardy, former Chamber director and vice […]

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