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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

MDP has a new president and board

MDP has a new president and board

Mountain Disaster Preparedness, the Idyllwild area’s volunteer emergency preparedness group, has a new board and new president. Incoming President Mike Feydar said he would focus on community outreach and getting the preparedness message out. Feydar, who served as vice president under outgoing President Veronica Alt, brings previous disaster preparation board experience acquired in the South […]

Forest Folk offer movies and potlucks

Forest Folk offer movies and potlucks

As part of their menu for expanding membership and demonstrating broader appeal and outreach to the community, the adult group Forest Folk is hosting Thursday evening meeting, potluck and movie nights at Town Hall. …

Idyllwild CinemaFest launches year four

Idyllwild CinemaFest launches year four

The Idyllwild Cinema-Fest returns invigorated for its fourth year, with new features designed to seal its steady progress toward becoming a major U.S. showcase for independent filmmakers. New venues, more films and film categories, expanded filmmaker submission processes, an upgraded website featuring online audience film previews and voting (Viewers Choice) in addition to links to […]

Business changes: Creek House closes

Business changes: Creek House closes

A notice posted on the Creek House Restaurant door advises “closed until further notice.” An email sent to employees from owners Lanny and Lorraine Hardy confirmed the same. But in a Nov. 10 email to the Town Crier, Lanny Hardy said because of overwhelming community response they are trying to work something out. So, the […]

Righetti and Wills resign Town Hall positions

Citing personal reasons, Town Hall Recreation Manager Amy Righetti resigned her position last week. “It’s time for me to be a mom again,” she said, noting that she had enjoyed serving but that the time demands had come at the expense of her family. Kelly Wills also resigned but could not be reached for comment. […]

Chamber Transfers Town Hall deed

The Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce recently transferred the deed to Town Hall back to the Johnson family. The Chamber had held the deed, in trust for the town and community recreation, for just over 60 years, from the time in 1952 when Gerald Johnson deeded it to them. But owing to the need for repairs […]

CAL FIRE removes infected Idyllwild oak

CAL FIRE removes infected Idyllwild oak

CAL FIRE crews removed a 140-year-old California black oak (quercus kelloggii), the first local casualty of the Goldspotted Oak Borer that has killed over 80,000 trees in San Diego County. The removal process, which closed Highway 243 in both directions just after 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, took about 45 minutes. GSOB targets California […]

Voters choose DeForest, Smith and Forst for HUSD board

Voters choose DeForest, Smith and Forst for HUSD board

Voters gave the nod to retired educator Jim Smith to join the Hemet Unified School District Board of Trustees and returned incumbents Dr. Lisa DeForest and veteran Marilyn Forst. John Graham, who has local Idyllwild business ties, came in fourth out of five candidates. Boyd Lachlan Roberts finished last. Smith said he is thrilled to […]

Burglars hit Fairway and Village Hardware

Burglars hit Fairway and Village Hardware

In circumstances similar to previous commercial burglaries, including time of night and means of gaining entry, burglars broke into two Idyllwild businesses — Fairway Market and Village Hardware — in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 14. Burglars used tools to break the glass of the front door of Fairway Market, succeeding in gaining […]

Idyllwild School continues API score improvement

For the second year in a row Idyllwild School has bettered previous year Academic Performance Index scores by more than 20 points. This year Idyllwild students posted an API score of 896, a gain of 23 points from last year. Local students posted one of the highest scores in the Hemet Unified School District and […]

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