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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:

DA files charges against Kimmerle

The Riverside County District Attorney’s office has charged Ron Kimmerle, 49, of Pine Cove, with four felony counts, two for burglary and two for receiving stolen property. Kimmerle remains in custody at Southwest Detention Center in Murietta pending a June 1 felony settlement conference.

Sheriff arrests Joshua Cody Benson on multiple assault charges

Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Idyllwild local Joshua Cody Benson, 21, on suspicion of committing felony assault. The attack took place around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23 near Mountain Top Liquor on Highway 243 when Benson assaulted another man. The individual assaulted received injuries sufficient to require hospitalization. Paramedics from Idyllwild Fire Protection District […]

Fern Valley water considers new budget

Fern Valley Water District board of directors considered a draft $1 million budget for fiscal 2012-13 (starting July 1). While income is projected to increase $12,000, expenses will fall more than $500,000 because a $546,000 pipeline replacement contract was completed during this year. The total capital budget for next year is $28,000. The slight increase […]

Donation Alley helps fund animal rescues

Donation Alley helps fund animal rescues

Peter Buhl, proprietor of Fern Valley Corner’s Funky Bazaar, has a side business, or rather a nonbusiness literally on the side, called Donation Alley. It is what the name implies — a place where patrons donate goods, often brand new and still in boxes, and other shoppers take what they want, paying what they will, […]

Man assaulted in Idyllwild requires hospitalization

Around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, one man assaulted another near Mountain Top Liquor Store on Highway 243 in Idyllwild to the degree that the victim required hospitalization. Idyllwild Fire Department Captain Mike Mulhall confirmed that IFPD medics responded at 7:39 p.m. and transported the male victim to Riverside County Regional Medical Center in […]

It's Cameron versus Eckhardt for Superior Court Office 1

It’s Cameron versus Eckhardt for Superior Court Office 1

In one of four contested races for Riverside Superior Court, incumbent Judge Victoria Cameron faces challenger attorney Tom Eckhardt in the Tuesday, June 5 primary election. In an interview, Cameron cites her courtesy on the bench and the plaudits for fairness she has received from both prosecution and defense attorneys who have come before her. […]

Summer begins with 5K and 10K

Summer begins with 5K and 10K

Holly Guntermann, Idyllwild School’s longtime physical education teacher may be retiring but the race goes on — the Idyllwild 5 & 10K Run and Fitness Walk will be Saturday, June 2. Guntermann acknowledges there is some confusion over how long ago the race started since it was very informal in its first years. But she […]

IA songwriters appear at Creek House

Leaving the confines of academia, Idyllwild Arts student songwriters, part of a new Music Department program this school year, will appear at Fern Valley Corner’s Creek House Restaurant. Songwriters Will Whitaker, Nicky Martin, Elias Sedlmayr, Alex Keller and Corwin Zekley, assisted by Idyllwild Arts’ award-winning jazz combo pianist Luca Jacaruso take the stage at 6 […]

Ron Kimmerle arrested for third time in a month; charged with multiple burglaries

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department deputies again arrested Ron Kimmerle at his Laurel Drive home at around 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23. Special Investigations Supervisor Sgt. Wallace Clear confirmed that Kimmerle, 49, would be charged with multiple counts of residential burglary. This is Kimmerle’s third arrest in just under a month. It follows an April […]

Idyllwild Historic District up and running in three months

A small group of Idyllwild and Pine Cove residents attended a final county presentation prior to the official launch of the Idyllwild Downtown Historic District. County representatives held the Wednesday, May 16, meeting to show the community final draft design guidelines for the district, explain how the permitting process for alterations works, and how the […]

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