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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

Idyllwild gym closes without notice or refunds

In March 2012, Willy Latzo, four-time world champion in Heavyweight Kyokushinkai Full Contact Karate and German boxing champion, opened Idyllwild Fitness Center with promises of full-service gym memberships, new equipment (coming that summer) and a full range of classes. One year later, in March 2013, he posted a notice that the gym was temporarily closed […]

Artist concludes ICRC speaker series

As he did last year, plein air artist Rich Stergulz concludes the Idyllwild Community Recreation Council’s popular speaker series. Plein air, for the uninitiated, is a movement in fine art that gained prominence in the late 19th Century when painting outdoors in natural light became a signature of French impressionist painters Claude Monet, Camille Picaroon […]

Author Napoli recounts life in Shangri-La

Author Napoli recounts life in Shangri-La

If there were a Shangri-La, the dreamed-of mystical country of James Hilton’s “Lost Horizon,” it would probably be Bhutan. Public radio reporter Lisa Napoli moved there in 2007 to help develop a national radio station to engage Bhutanese youth in the country’s transition from absolute to constitutional monarchy. Bhutan, a remote Himalayan kingdom, has only […]

Exploring the commonality of the dark side

Exploring the commonality of the dark side

Author Lisa Teasley, the third in this season’s Idyllwild Author Series, has been called fearless, unafraid to inhabit and explore her characters’ dark psyches and discover what each of us has in common with those whose wounds are gruesome and raw. She’ll discuss her debut novel, “Dive,” the story of a love affair between two […]

Idyllwild School students award grant recipients

Idyllwild School students award grant recipients

Idyllwild School Youth Grantmakers, ages 11 t o 13, awarded nearly $4,000 in grants to five local nonprofits …

Goldspotted oak borer inspections continue

Goldspotted oak borer inspections continue

The current count of Goldspotted oak borer infested trees stands at 11, with the majority of those in Idyllwild. On Friday, May 18, crews removed a large infested oak in Pine Cove in the 23000 block of Pine Needles Lane. Because of the size of the oak and proximity to a residence, a crane had […]

Fern Valley water board accepts pipeline bid

The board of the Fern Valley Water District voted to accept an $845,440 bid from T.A. Rivard Inc. of Riverside for the district’s pipeline replacement project. The project will replace pipelines on Fern Valley, Howland and Encino Roads and is expected to be completed in the middle of September. Total cost of the project is […]

Reyna Grande recounts her immigration odyssey at author series

Reyna Grande recounts her immigration odyssey at author series

After a well-attended successful launch of his third annual Idyllwild Author Series, Eduardo Santiago next presents Reyna Grande, author of “The Distance Between Us” (Atria Books, 2012). Grande recounts in her memoir how, when she was two, her family life was devastated by the departure of first her father, then her mother, as undocumented immigrants […]

Memorial Day honors American war dead

Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, honors men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. At 11 a.m. Monday, May 27, American Legion Post 800 holds its annual honor guard ceremony, the emotional centerpiece of the Memorial Day weekend. The tradition of a solemn spring ceremony began after the […]

On your mark: June 1 race day

On your mark: June 1 race day

The first Saturday in June is race day, Idyllwild’s annual celebration of fitness, family, fun and financial contribution to Idyllwild School’s physical education program …

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