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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

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” …

Town Jazz brackets festival

Town Jazz brackets festival

The Second Annual Town Jazz served up breakfast, cocktail and dinner jazz as a complement to Jazz in the Pines …

 Idyllwild Crime sweep nets 12 arrests: Department is building additional leads

Idyllwild Crime sweep nets 12 arrests: Department is building additional leads

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department conducted an intensive week of raids and interrogations in Idyllwild that resulted in 12 arrests. The police operation began Monday, Aug. 20 in response to a rapid escalation of property crimes in greater Idyllwild over the last year. Hemet Station’s Lt. Dean Agnoletto coordinated the action. By Monday, Aug. 27, […]

The community built the playground; it can repair it

At its first meeting since the playground dedication on June 17, the board of the Idyllwild Community Recreation Council announced its plan for maintaining and repairing it. “It’s community built so the community should maintain it,” said ICRC acting chair Dawn Sonnier. The board clarified that money left in the budget for maintenance would be […]

Pine Cove Water has new director

Pine Cove Water has new director

Pine Cove Water District Secretary Becky Smith swore in Robert Hewitt as the newest member of the district’s board. The board vote to nominate and elect Hewitt was 3 to 1, with one vote for Nancy Borchers. The ceremony took place at the board’s regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 15.   The vacancy occurred […]

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