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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:

Hiker fatality at Humber Park

Riverside County Fire Department/CAL FIRE reported at 10:50 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 the death of a male hiker on the Ernie Maxwell Trail. Responding personnel performed resuscitation efforts but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. A Sheriff’s Department press release later in the day stated Hemet Station had received a call for assistance […]

Fire Chief comes to Fern Valley Water meeting

New Idyllwild Fire Chief Patrick Reitz attended the Fern Valley Water District board meeting to build communication. “I want to make sure we have a great working relationship,” said Reitz, “and to build communication. I’m planning on staying around for quite a while.” The board said they appreciated Reitz’s gesture. Reitz elaborated that he would […]

Town Jazz complements jazz fest weekend

Town Jazz, the three-day in town event serves up a bountiful menu of jazz designed to add additional hours of pleasure and entertainment to its venerable progenitor, Jazz in the Pines. Jazz luminaries from all over Southern California have answered the call of Idyllwild jazz icon Marshall Hawkins to play at Town Jazz. The Idyllwild […]

RMRU rescues disoriented hiker

A hiker who started his hike at about 7 a.m. from the desert floor in 110-degree heat with only two liters of water, required rescue at about the 3,500-foot level of the Skyline Trail according to Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit volunteer Ralph Hoetger. RMRU was called out at about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19. […]

Mary Stallings, the best kept secret in jazz

Mary Stallings, the best kept secret in jazz

Vocalist Mary Stallings, considered by many one of the great jazz singers, has also been called one of the best-kept secrets in vocal jazz …

Sheriff's raid nets two arrests

Sheriff’s raid nets two arrests

On Monday, Aug. 20 Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a second search of a home in the 26800 block of Highway 243, near Idyllwild School that led to the arrest of two men. Law enforcement had previously searched the same home in an earlier operation on March 28.   Deputies arrived in five unmarked and […]

Thieves steal valuable copper antenna pieces at KATY Inspiration Point tower

Thieves steal valuable copper antenna pieces at KATY Inspiration Point tower

Thieves stole over 400 pounds of copper fixtures from KATY’s (Temecula 101.3) antenna at Inspiration Point in Idyllwild. Bill McNulty, KATY general manager, is assisting law enforcement with evidence that could lead to identification of the thieves. The station will be offering a reward that would be paid if information provided leads to arrest and […]

Neighborhood watch groups form as crime escalates

Neighborhood watch groups form as crime escalates

With 70 felony property crimes reported from Jan. 1 through Aug. 11 this year in Idyllwild and Pine Cove, concerned residents are rapidly convening to form Neighborhood Watch groups.

Sherry Williams and Keith Droste wrap summer concerts

Sherry Williams and Keith Droste wrap summer concerts

Piano man and arranger Keith Droste and jazz chanteuse Sherry Williams wrap the Idyllwild Summer Concert Series’ 13th edition with some sounds sweet, stirring and swinging.

Buck Fire full containment by Saturday

CAL FIRE status update, as of 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 for the Buck Fire expects full containment by Saturday, Aug. 18. The fire is 60 percent contained as of this reporting and firefighters continue to make good progress towards containment.

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