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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:

Idyllwild markets cater to 'locavores'

Idyllwild markets cater to ‘locavores’

Eating locally grown food is a movement that’s popularity is expanding. Local produce has benefits for the environment …

Proposition 39: Changes in computation of multistate corporation tax

The amount of money a business owes California in corporate income taxes each year is based on the business’ taxable income. Beginning in 2013, Proposition 39, if approved, would change existing law to require multistate businesses to calculate their California income tax liability based solely on the percentage of their sales in California, what is […]

Proposition 33: Insurance fairness or new rate hike opportunity?

Editor’s note: Once again it’s the season when California voters exercise their right to govern directly. Using the state’s initiative process, 11 measures have qualified for the November ballot. Some seem simple, but reading the proposition text can uncover what the title or summary may not fully disclose. The Town Crier will summarize each of […]

McKay new PE teacher at Idyllwild School

McKay new PE teacher at Idyllwild School

Note: Seven new teachers have joined the Idyllwild School faculty. The Town Crier will profile them over the next few weeks.   “I’m pretty much a kid at heart,” said Wisconsin native and new Idyllwild School Athletic Director Darren McKay. “So, it’s easy for me t identify with the kids. I feed off their energy.” […]

New deputies in the pipeline

Twenty-five new police officers completed a rigorous training program at the Ben Clark Training Center and graduated from the Riverside Sheriff’s Department Basic Peace Officer Training Academy. Only one, Cory Zimmerman, will join the Sheriff’s Department and could be part of a new wave of deputies that will increase staffing at Hemet Station. Other graduates […]

Idyllwild Historical Society’s 12th Annual Home Tour

Idyllwild Historical Society’s 12th Annual Home Tour

The Idyllwild Area Historical Society’s much-anticipated annual fundraiser, the 12th edition of its Home Tour, features five very different mountain homes, each with a distinctive character and ambiance.   An 800-square-foot 1949 cabin in pristine original condition offers a peek at old Idyllwild. A more modern home features Spanish-Moroccan décor and musical instruments from all […]

Chamber directors face lawsuit alleging fraud

Directors of the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce face a suit in Superior Court that charges them with fraud. The complaint, filed Aug. 6, charges directors with fraud and alleges that directors “had actually embezzled the majority of the Chamber’s Monument Preservation Fund.” The complaint, filed “Pro Per” (Latin for “propria persona,” “for onself”) ostensibly by […]

Shannon Houlihan Ng is new Idyllwild librarian

Shannon Houlihan Ng brings impressive credentials to her new position as head librarian for the Idyllwild Library. She has a master’s degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from UCLA, an undergraduate degree in English (Cal State San Bernardino), with additional postgraduate studies in English, a secondary teaching credential in English and a librarian services […]

New lieutenant at Hemet Station: Dean Agnoletto

New lieutenant at Hemet Station: Dean Agnoletto

In March of this year, Dean Agnoletto was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and posted at Hemet Station. He replaced Lt. Geoff Raya, who had been promoted to captain and given the command of the Indio jail facility.   Agnoletto’s police background is in special teams of all sorts — SWAT, homicide, gang task […]

Architects complete final checks at library

Architects complete final checks at library

There is no soft opening according to Tom Freeman, press spokesperson for EDA. “The contractor will finish up in the next few weeks with minor punch list items” …

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