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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:

New Idyllwild library is bright and airy

New Idyllwild library is bright and airy

Third District Supervisor Jeff Stone tours the new library; staff changes worry some …

Bob and Pat Parish are parade grand marshals

Bob and Pat Parish are parade grand marshals

Bob and Pat Parish, Fourth of July Parade chairmen for the past 10 years, will have different roles in this year’s parade. They are the honored grand marshals in the annual event put on by Idyllwild’s Rotarians. This year the parade features 57 entrants.   Bob, a cancer survivor for 13 years, and Pat, now […]

Neighborhood watch groups forming

Neighborhood watch groups forming

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Deputy Barney Brause met with a large group of Fern Valley residents to discuss the Sheriff’s Neighborhood Watch Program. Brause is the department’s trainer for the Idyllwild and Pine Cove area. The Thursday, June 21, meeting was Brause’s first Watch meeting since being certified as trainer by Hemet Station Administrative […]

Chamber president Blake attends last meeting

From being part of rebuilding a Chamber on its deathbed to presiding over the election of a new invigorated board and membership, Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce President Richmond Blake has maintained a calm and steady presence. This was Blake’s final board meeting, since he decided not to run for re-election. In the past few years, […]

PCWD grants Idyllwild Water’s request, waives four parcel standby fee

By board vote, Pine Cove Water District granted a request from the Idyllwild Water District General Manager Terry Lyons and Director Jim Billman to waive standby fees on four Dutch Flat parcels, which IWD owns. The total aggregate annual fee for the parcels is $240. In Lyons’ letter to the board, he stated, “As you […]

RMRU executes difficult rescue

On Thursday, June 14, around 5 p.m., Riverside County Sheriff’s Department received a call from two hikers in need of rescue. Sixty-seven-year-old John Wilson of Walnut, Calif., and 21-year-old Evan Boccardi from New York had gotten off the trail and stuck in the Long Valley drainage area at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial […]

Kimmerle and Dravenstatt hearing continued

Judge Elaine M. Johnson, at the request of the defense, continued until July 12 felony settlement conferences for Ron Kimmerle and Taylor Dravenstatt. Johnson took the action on Thursday, June 14, when the defense requested more time to review evidence. The prosecution did not object to the defense request. Kimmerle remains in custody at Southwest […]

Fern Valley water adopts budget

The Fern Valley Water District Board of Directors approved a $1.5 million budget for fiscal 2012-13, which starts July 1. For income, the budget anticipates a slight decline in tax income and a marginal increase in water sales ($42,000 more than fiscal 2011-12). The budget also plans more for engineering for a Fern Valley Road […]

Burglaries continue and vandalism at Town Hall

Two residential burglaries, one on River Drive (June 6) and one on Double View Drive (June 14), continue the spate of criminal activity that has increased over the last year. And on Thursday, June 14, vandals cut the lock on Town Hall’s outside storage shed and ransacked the supplies kept inside. Nothing was stolen. Disorder […]

Hundreds work to complete Idyllwild playground

Hundreds work to complete Idyllwild playground

For five days, something extraordinary took place in town …

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