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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

Thanksgiving on the Hill

Thanksgiving on the Hill

Cold weather blew into the Idyllwild area the second week of November, frosting mountaintops and ridgelines in white. Majestic oaks turned brilliant yellow, seemed more brilliant than in past years and held their colorful foliage longer. Skies remained that special blue so characteristic of the Hill, and with colder temperatures and light winds tossing the […]

GSOB found in Idyllwild. Pest has killed 80,000 oaks in San Diego County

GSOB found in Idyllwild. Pest has killed 80,000 oaks in San Diego County

The Goldspotted oak borer, the non-native beetle that has killed more than 80,000 oaks in San Diego County, has been positively identified in an Idyllwild oak, on Highway 243 near the center of town. Currently, entomologists know of no native California predator or insecticidal defense against the tree killer. A DNA analysis, conducted by the […]

McCullough hangs it up: Longtime WNKI manager retires

McCullough hangs it up: Longtime WNKI manager retires

Bob McCullough, longtime manager of Idyllwild’s emergency radio station WNKI (1610 AM), is hanging it up. McCullough, a direct link to WNKI founders George Covington and Carol Lindholm, received a charge from Covington early in the station’s life. “He told me if anything happened to him, that I should keep the station running, and that […]

Ruiz appears to have defeated Bono Mack

Dr. Raul Ruiz appears to have defeated six term incumbent Mary Bono Mack to become the Hill’s new congressional representative. With some ballots still to be counted, Ruiz holds a narrow lead, approximately 5,000 votes, and appears poised to become the representative of the new 36th Congressional district, which also now has a very slight […]

Hemet Dam historian speaks at ICRC series

Hemet Dam historian speaks at ICRC series

Bob Norman, water quality specialist at Lake Hemet Municipal Water District, is interested in water and history. He brings that passion to the Idyllwild Community Recreation Council’s Speaker Series …

Purfict publisher and Idyllwild Arts Inter Arts senior Jordan Sternberg. Photo by Marshall Smith

Idyllwild Arts student creates arts magazine

Jordan Sternberg, 17-year-old Idyllwild Arts senior, is currently in the process of funding and staffing an arts and fashion magazine, Purfict, as his senior project at Idyllwild Arts.

Missoula Children’s Theatre production team Alex Kowalchik and Erin Norlie.

Missoula Children’s Theatre returns to Idyllwild School

Missoula Children’s Theatre team members Erin Norlie and Alex Kowalchik will work with the students in 4-hour rehearsal blocks for each of the five rehearsal days to produce the popular, “The Secret Garden.” This is a musical version of the familiar children’s story commissioned for the theater group.

Four burglars attempt Fairway break in

Four burglars attempt Fairway break in

Four burglars, hooded, two carrying axes, attempted to break in to the Fairway Market early Tuesday morning, Nov. 6. Although they did not succeed in forcing entry, according to Fairway manager Diana Johnson, this attempt is similar to the Shell station burglary on Thursday morning, Oct. 29. This also took place at about the same […]

Apparent decline in Idyllwild residential burglaries

Apparent decline in Idyllwild residential burglaries

Reports of residential burglaries from the Sheriff’s Department show a recent decline from previous levels, and this continues through this week. Whether this is due to arrests and sentencing from an Aug. 20 weeklong crime sweep by Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Hemet Station personnel or by the growing number of Neighborhood Watch groups distributed though […]

The Hill’s elected officials share election forecasts

Editor’s note: Although the election is nearly over and most winners — officials and propositions — are known, the Town Crier invited several local elected officials to share their expectations on the results — not the merits — of the races and propositions. Today, Tuesday, Nov. 6, Election Day, ends what is commonly called the […]

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