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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

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.

Burglary victim takes protective steps

San Diego resident Wesley Baugh and wife have a second home in the 54000 block of Lower Pine Crest Avenue in Idyllwild. The weekend before the Fourth of July, a neighbor noticed a hole in the home’s lower level door. When the Baugh’s came up to investigate, they discovered the theft of valuable tools and […]

Red Carpet treatment at Patrons' Dinner

Red Carpet treatment at Patrons’ Dinner

If you want to feel special and have a little elegant red carpet treatment here on the mountain, the Associates of Idyllwild Arts have the perfect end of summer elixir — the Jazz in the Pines Patron’s Package highlighted by the Patrons’ Dinner Dance on Friday, Aug. 24.   “It is a VIP evening, elegant […]

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