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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

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 […]

Pine Cove Water District board tours plant

Pine Cove Water District board tours plant

After reviewing General Manager Jerry Holldber’s report, the Pine Cove Water District board of directors toured recently completed plant facilities and intended fire line expansion plan locations.   The board tour included the Rocky Point Tanks, the Highway Tanks and booster station on Highway 243, and two planned fire line expansions. Holldber and staff were […]

Plans for Tree Lighting Ceremony on track

All chairpersons are in place and the plans for the Saturday, Nov. 24, Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony are preceding smoothly, according to Phyllis Mueller, CEO of her own worldwide marketing company, and new Tree Lighting chair. “The event is now 100 percent coordinated with a person over every area and nothing is behind schedule,” Mueller […]

Fern Valley Water District denies leak reimbursement

Fern Valley Water District customers Suzanne and David Horowitz experienced extensive water loss from an undisclosed leak and petitioned the Fern Valley Water District for a catastrophic water loss adjustment. The Horowitz’s (who did not attend the meeting) asked in a letter that the $13,695.80 bill for the period of July 1 through Aug. 31 […]

Palms to Pines Scenic Byway plan compete: Implementation faces hurdles

Palms to Pines Scenic Byway plan compete: Implementation faces hurdles

Highway 74 was designated a State Scenic Highway in 1971, Highway 243 in 1972 and both were subsequently designated a National Forest Scenic Byway in 1993 …

Proposition 30 for education and public safety funding

Proposition 30, the Schools and Public Safety Protection Act, proposes to raise personal income tax rates on individuals making more than $250,000 a year for the next seven years and to increase the state sales tax by a quarter of a cent for the next four years. According to the measure’s authors, the additional revenue […]

Idyllwild composer is major award nominee

Idyllwild composer is major award nominee

Composer Peter Davison and his wife Iris are new to the Hill and don’t like leaving. “I’ve made only two trips into L.A. since we moved last year,” said Davison. “It was nice to visit my old haunts in Santa Monica, but now my haunts are here.”   But, he and Iris will have to […]

Two Monday night break-ins disrupt Idyllwild's crime decline

Two Monday night break-ins disrupt Idyllwild’s crime decline

Two break-ins on Monday night disrupted what had been two relatively crime-free months in Idyllwild. About 4 a.m. in the early morning of Oct. 29, masked burglars broke the glass in the front entry door of the Idyllwild Shell Station, entered the vacant premises apparently seeking money or goods.   Security cameras captured the burglars’ […]

Much history precedes new Idyllwild Library

Much history precedes new Idyllwild Library

The new Idyllwild Library owes a debt to many who have labored for over 15 years to bring this expanded library service to fruition …

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