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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

Water consumption and sales increase at FVWD

The May and June residential water sales and consumption increased over the same period last year, as reported at the Fern Valley Water District’s board of directors July meeting. In 2012, consumption increased more than 600,000 gallons compared to the same two months in 2011. Sales grew about $10,000 ($53,600 compared to $43,700). Unaccounted-for water […]

Governing through initiatives: 11 on California’s November ballot

There are 11 statewide ballot propositions on the November ballot. They propose both statutes and amendments to the state constitution and continue the right, begun in 1911, for citizens to pass laws on an equal footing with the legislature. But “confusing” is a word many voters apply to the wording of California ballot initiatives. Voters […]

Idyllwild Author Series wraps with high attendance

Idyllwild Author Series wraps with high attendance

  It was standing room only for the final author in the second year of Eduardo Santiago’s Idyllwild Authors Series. “We were scrambling trying to find chairs,” said Santiago of the attendance at Amy Wallace’s Sunday, July 22 appearance at INK Book Gathering.   Wallace, daughter of Irving Wallace, and author of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: […]

Female climber dies of injuries after Suicide Rock fall

Female climber dies of injuries after Suicide Rock fall

Karen Gose, 27 of Chino, died of injuries sustained while descending a sheer face of Suicide Rock in Idyllwild’s San Jacinto wilderness. Gose, reportedly a counselor with a church camp, fell 30 feet during a rappelling demonstration, onto a rock ledge.   CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department responded, as did Idyllwild Fire Protection District, although […]

Board vacancy at Pine Cove Water District

Pine Cove Water District announced the resignation of Director Dan Frandrich, who has moved out of state. That sets up a vacancy on the board. District Secretary Becky Smith said she had contacted the Riverside County Registrar of Voters to post the vacancy and comply with applicable regulations for holding an election. If interested in […]

Hill break-ins escalate

Barney Brause, reserve sheriff’s deputy and local Neighborhood Watch coordinator, said incidents of burglary and vandalism are increasing in Idyllwild and Pine Cove. Between five and eight break-ins occurred in the past 10 days. It is time, said Brause, for neighbors to become more vigilant, given lean staffing at Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Hemet Station. […]

Coachella Valley Symphony brings Broadway

Coachella Valley Symphony brings Broadway

Broadway conductor and pit band veteran Wayne Abravanel is the new maestro of the Coachella Valley Symphony, appearing next for the Idyllwild Summer Concert Series.   For his first season as the symphony’s principal conductor, Abravanel tapped into his Big Apple roots. Those included 25 years in Broadway musical pit bands, on piano, for the […]

Castaneda confidante next at Idyllwild Author Series

Castaneda confidante next at Idyllwild Author Series

Amy Wallace, daughter of author Irving Wallace, met Carlos Castaneda on her father’s recommendation when she was 15. “You would love him,” he said. And eventually she did. Wallace had already established herself as a successful writer when, pursued and seduced by Castaneda’s stories, charisma and promise of marriage, she joined him in Mexico only […]

Marine band; different band, different day, different format

Marine band; different band, different day, different format

The Marine Band is an 18-piece jazz ensemble led by Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan Bley …

Native American Arts Festival featured Jock Soto

Native American Arts Festival featured Jock Soto

On Thursday and Friday, July 13 and 14, the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program’s Native American Arts Festival paid tribute to Soto, a much honored principal dancer of the New York City Ballet.   On Thursday the festival screened “Water Flowing Together,” a PBS/Independent Lens documentary. Gwendolen Cates directed the film that follows Soto as he […]

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