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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

RMRU rescues lost Marines

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported the rescue of two hikers, lost in the area of Marion Mountain Trail near Idyllwild. The hikers, Marines who had become separated from two friends after a hike to the summit of Mt. San Jacinto, used a cell phone to call for help around 7:20 p.m. Sunday, June 10. […]

Benson pleads guilty

On June 6, Joshua Benson, 21, of Idyllwild pled guilty to assault of a person by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury (Penal Code 245 (A)(4)). He now faces three years in the state prison system. Benson had been arrested on May 25, two days after the incident, which occurred in front […]

Kimmerle and Dravenstatt in custody

Locals Ron Kimmerle, 49, and Taylor Dravenstatt, 20, are charged with felony burglary and receiving stolen property for crimes committed in the Idyllwild and Pine Cove areas. Both are in custody, linked to recent local property crimes by charges filed by the Riverside County district attorney. Both have pled not guilty. The court set bail […]

Apparent suicide in Mountain Center

Early Tuesday morning, Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a critically injured man in a late model white pickup truck. Upon arriving at a westbound pullout on Highway 74 west of McCall Park Road in Mountain Center, deputies discovered 21-year-old Jamie Godfrey of Moreno Valley wounded in the vehicle. Deputies were called out […]

Community playground build begins

Community playground build begins

Volunteers still needed …

Idyllwild Community Playground build begins

Construction of the long planned $100,000 Idyllwild Community Playground begins this week, on Wednesday, June 13. Lead organizer and fundraiser Dawn Sonnier said that volunteers of all sizes, stripes and skill sets are still needed. Collection of tools begins the weekend of June 9 on the Idyllwild Community Center site. Villagers who loan tools will […]

First double bill at Idyllwild Authors Series: Amy Friedman and Dennis Danziger

First double bill at Idyllwild Authors Series: Amy Friedman and Dennis Danziger

Eduardo Santiago’s popular Idyllwild Author Series will feature a two for one bonus on Sunday, June 17. Amy Friedman and Dennis Danziger, two writers who happen to be married to each other will be the next guest speakers. Friedman is the author of the long-running syndicated newspaper column and series of audio books, “Tell Me […]

Fern Creek Medical adds cardiologist

Fern Creek Medical adds cardiologist

Dr. Ken Browning, Fern Creek Medical Center proprietor, has added the services of North County San Diego cardiologist Dr. Robert Orr. Browning’s plan is to provide full service medical care, including cardiology tests, on the Hill so that patients do not have to leave the Hill for many medical needs. Orr, whose practice in Vista […]

Hurkey Creek bridge project outlined

Hurkey Creek bridge project outlined

Caltrans plans to replace a 1930s-era bridge over Hurkey Creek in a project estimated to cost $2,237,000 …

Preschool graduation takes place after all

Preschool graduation takes place after all

Even though an anonymous report forced Town Hall’s preschool to close on Thursday, May 24, a scheduled graduation for the students took place on Thursday …

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