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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:

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 […]

Michael Becerra next at authors series

Michael Becerra next at authors series

Michael Jaime Becerra, associate professor of creative writing at University of California, Riverside, said a sense of place and trust in his characters are the keys to his writing success. Becerra is himself shaped by the place where he grew up, El Monte in Los Angeles’ San Gabriel Valley, and his writing is a product […]

Casey Abrams’ first CD out June 26

Casey Abrams’ first CD out June 26

Idyllwild’s hometown season 10 American Idol finalist will release his first CD on the Concord Music Group label …

Mountain Community Patrol expands surveillance

Idyllwild’s Mountain Community Patrol has expanded their surveillance role to include residential areas, specifically daytime patrols of around 31 Idyllwild properties listed as abandoned, foreclosed or bank owned. So far, MCP patrols have discovered two of the 31 occupied, even though the foreclosed properties they are tasked to inspect are supposed to be vacant. “We […]

Idyllwild Chamber elects new board

Chamber members chose a new board of directors. Ballots tabulated Monday, May 21, showed Lanny Hardy and former President Mimi Lamp as the top vote getters, along with Chris Titus. Hardy received 30 votes, Lamp and Titus both received 29 and all three are elected for three-year terms. Eighty-five ballots were mailed out and 37 […]

Pine Cove plans for next fiscal year

PCWD’sproposed budget allocations are very similar to this year’s, with slight increases in property tax collection and a comparable decrease in revenue from current services.

Race for Superior Court judge examines experience and record

Race for Superior Court judge examines experience and record

The race for Judge of the Superior Court Office Number 9 pits incumbent Judge Craig G. Riemer against Supervising Deputy District Attorney John A. Henry. This is the first opportunity in years for Riverside County voters to choose between two candidates for the same judgeship. While there are 12 judgeships up for election, eight are […]

IA dedicates sustainability garden

IA dedicates sustainability garden

In what they hope will become a ritual spring event at Idyllwild Arts, students dedicated their “Avant Garden,” just down hill from the campus pool.

Anza residents protest code enforcement tactics

At a capacity meeting hosted by the Anza Valley Municipal Advisory Council, nearly 100 residents lodged protests about tactics used by county code enforcement in issuing citations. Residents complained of unauthorized entrances onto their properties, even into their homes, by a particular officer they accused of using “Gestapo” tactics. They complained of not receiving directives […]

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