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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

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.

Bromberg blends smooth and straight-ahead

Bromberg blends smooth and straight-ahead

Brian Bromberg, headliner for the 19th Jazz in the Pines, has taken bass playing where no player has gone before, firmly establishing it as a melody instrument. He credits an epiphany that came early in his career with allowing him to find his musical calling and path.   “I started playing drums as a kid,” […]

Fatality calls attention to risks of rock climbing

Fatality calls attention to risks of rock climbing

Ask any inveterate rock climber and they will tell you the sport is thrilling and exhilarating, but it also demands respect …

Mandatory fire evacuation in Aguanga, Sage

Mandatory fire evacuation in Aguanga, Sage

Fire officials ordered mandatory evacuations for residents in Aguanga as the Buck fire grows in size and intensity. Evacuation orders affect residents north of Sage Road, south of Stanley Road, east of Benton Road and west of Reed Valley Road.   At 6:05 p.m., the Incident Commander reported the Buck Fire was 1,800 acres and […]

Stone announces code enforcement amnesty for Anza

Stone announces code enforcement amnesty for Anza

Third District Supervisor Jeff Stone, facing a capacity audience at Anza Valley’s community hall, announced major revisions in county code enforcement policy for valley residents. Among those revisions is a time-limited amnesty for existing code violations. Anza, like Idyllwild, is very different from the rest of Supervisor Jeff Stone’s third district. It is a rural […]

New Lumber Mill owner plans big

New Lumber Mill owner plans big

  New Lumber Mill Bar and Grill owner Luis Solis has big plans, very big plans, for his restaurant. Solis and wife Michelle, with previous restaurant experience in Temecula, are weighing in with menu choices that will challenge even the most jaded Idyllwild diner.   “We’re keeping the existing menu for now, but are adding […]

Kimmerle-Dravenstatt trial continued

Both Ron Kimmerle, 49, and Taylor Dravenstatt, 20 are on trial for burglary and receiving stolen property. Their Aug. 6 felony settlement conference was continued to Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta on request of defense counsels. Kimmerle remains in jail. Dravenstatt, now represented by a private attorney, is out on bail.

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