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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:

Idyllwild community garden seed planted

Idyllwild community garden seed planted

The committee of Forest Folk did their homework and came well prepared to seek support for a community garden from the County Service Area 36 Advisory Committee. What they had not counted on was the support the County Economic Development Agency proffered. EDA has experience in planning and creating community gardens. They offered to bring […]

Future looking brighter says Stone at Econ Forum

Future looking brighter says Stone at Econ Forum

At his 7th Annual Economic Development Forum, Riverside County 3rd District Supervisor Jeff Stone cited figures that show the county’s unemployment rate is declining, sales taxes are increasing, and the housing market is stabilizing. “All in all,” said Stone, “we are on the mend in Riverside County and moving forward. The future is looking brighter.” […]

Pine Cove Water board tours new construction

In an addition to its monthly board meeting, Pine Cove Water District directors toured the new pumping infrastructure installed at the highway wells off Highway 243, south of the district office. The new pumps will provide a 400-gallon per minute flow from Dutch Flat to the tanks atop Rocky Point, which will give the district […]

Idyllwild recreation council applies for staffing grant

Representatives from the Morongo Tribe of Mission Indians will be coming to Idyllwild on April 2, according to Idyllwild Community Recreation Council Director Cheryl Vladika. She has applied to the tribe for a $10,000 grant to staff the Idyllwild Skate Park. Tribal representatives want to inspect the ICRC’s Skate Park, Vladika reported, prior to deciding […]

Lemon Lily Committee green lights bluegrass festival

In an effort to incorporate local businesses and the business district into the third annual Lemon Lily Festival, organizers are planning to add an in-town Bluegrass Festival for Saturday, July 21. Idyllwild had a Bluegrass Festival from 1974 to 1979, and at the time it was the only Bluegrass Festival in Southern California. In a […]

Fern Valley Water District adopts new personnel policies

Directors of the Fern Valley Water District adopted three new personnel policies that changed retirement and health benefits for new hires and the requirements for what employees must pay into their own retirement. At the March 16 board meeting, directors voted to reduce retirement benefits from the existing 2.7 percent of salary per years served […]

Blast to the Past returns Friday

Blast to the Past returns Friday

See fourth graders dancing Flash Dance and the Limbo; hear Autumn Detzel sing “Over the Rainbow,” and listen to talented middle school instrumentalists …

Multiple injury head-on collision in Idyllwild

Two vehicles collided head on Saturday morning, March 17 in Idyllwild causing multiple injuries to the vehicles’ occupants, two with moderate and three with minor injuries. The collision occurred at about 7:43 a.m. at the intersection of Marian View Drive and Highway 243. Idyllwild Fire Protection District personnel responded. The injured were transported to off-Hill […]

Idyllwild Arts jazz combo takes first place at Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival

Idyllwild Arts jazz combo takes first place at Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival

The Idyllwild Arts Academy jazz combo took first place for the second consecutive year at the prestigious Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival, now in its 44th year …

SCE submits smart meter opt-out proposal to state

The California Public Utilities Commission, after approving a smart meter opt-out plan for Pacific Gas and Electric, directed the state’s other power utilities to submit their own plans. Southern California Edison submitted a proposal, which is different in a number of respects. The CPUC asked SCE to provide information on all opt-out alternatives, not just […]

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