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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:

Rescheduled ... Idyllwild then and now: Bob Smith at ICRC’s Speaker Series

Rescheduled … Idyllwild then and now: Bob Smith at ICRC’s Speaker Series

NOTE: Due to heavy snow last week, this event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 29 and will still be held at the Silver Pines Lodge. Although local historian Bob Smith is an accomplished writer, in his upcoming appearance for the Idyllwild Community Recreation Council’s (ICRC) popular Speaker Series, he is trusting that pictures can […]

RMRU helps rescue lost hikers

On Saturday, Feb. 18, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit responded to a report of two hikers lost near Soboba Hot Springs. Sheriff’s deputies responded at 6:32 p.m. and RMRU volunteer Lou Kingman of Redlands and the Sheriff’s aviation unit spotted the hikers around 8 p.m. Kingman was lowered in and both […]

Lemon Lily Festival planning begins

Planning for the third annual Idyllwild Lemon Lily Festival is underway. With its tripartite mission of fostering appreciation for this once abundant local flower, as well as providing public education and restoration, festival planners are in the process of organizing festival events, locations, schedules and monetary allocations to best accomplish festival goals. They have decided […]

Idyllwild Chamber seeks to regroup

In its first meeting since December, the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors discussed a need to rebuild its board and create a long-term plan for promoting local commerce and increasing the chamber’s overall health. Since quorum was not met, the board could take no action. As previously reported in the Town Crier, Nick […]

Drier winter impacts Fern Valley Water District wells

Well levels are lower at Fern Valley Water District owing to a drier than normal winter. Prior to the storm that dropped eight inches of snow in Idyllwild and 13-1⁄2 inches in Pine Cover and upper Fern Valley, precipitation was about half of what it had been last year at this time. Now it approaches […]

Three sisters, three breast cancer diagnoses

Three sisters, three breast cancer diagnoses

From the age of 29, Kathleen religiously had mammograms …

Sheriff clarifies response policy as burglaries increase

An apparent surge in burglaries is occurring throughout the Idyllwild area. A review of incident reports received from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Hemet Station, shows that crimes to property (burglary, attempted burglary, vehicle theft, grand theft and felony vandalism) increased substantially in recent weeks compared to 2010 and 2011. Property crimes grew marginally in […]

Spate of burglaries worries Idyllwild; Sheriff response issued

Burglaries in Idyllwild used to be a rare occurrence. The Sheriff’s reports were usually dominated with incidents in other Hill areas. In the past month Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has reported nine incidents in Idyllwild. Reported were a felony grand theft at a local campground and six burglaries — three residential, one business, one vehicle, […]

Idyllwild Community Recreation Council faces challenges

The Idyllwild Community Recreation Council began the fall with great hopes for a number of new and resurrected recreation projects. As described at its Feb. 13 board meeting, the winter has been one of challenges and disappointments in which projects did not materialize as the board had hoped, A privately operated ice rink, which was […]

Pine Cove hears tank maintenance presentation

The Pine Cove Water District Board of Directors and General Manager Jerry Holldber heard a presentation about a comprehensive tank maintenance program available from Utility Service, a Perry, Ga., division of the French company Suez Environment. The presentation occupied much of the Wednesday, Feb. 8 board meeting. Mark Wash, Utility Service’s water system consultant, and […]

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