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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

Governor proposes revising animal shelter law

California Governor Jerry Brown, as a cost saving measure, is recommending deleting parts of the Hayden Animal Shelter Law that had increased stray animal holding times in public and private animal shelters. Specifically, Brown is seeking to repeal provisions of the law that are “reimbursable state mandates.” The animal rights legislation, passed in 1998, required […]

County to present Idyllwild historic district design guidelines

Keith Herron, Riverside County chief preservation officer, Park and Open Space District, is now the intermediary between the Idyllwild Historic Preservation District and the county. Herron was instrumental in guiding Ordinance 578.5, which created the Idyllwild district, through the process until it was adopted by the County Board of Supervisors. Herron stated that design guidelines, […]

Riverside County employees, SEIU members, strike

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, about 1,400 of the 5,800 county employees, members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721, walked off the job in response to the board of supervisors having declared an impasse in negotiations. In November, the county had imposed mandatory pay and benefit terms including forcing worker contributions to their […]

Zoey Onyx Patlan — Idyllwild’s first 2012 baby

Zoey Onyx Patlan — Idyllwild’s first 2012 baby

First Idyllwild baby of 2012 entered the world Friday, Feb. 3 …

Auf Wiedersehen, Lowmans

Auf Wiedersehen, Lowmans

Bill and Carolyn to leave for Salzburg posting … Former Idyllwild Arts CEO and headmaster Bill Lowman is the new director of the University of Redlands (Redlands), Salzburg (Austria) Program. Lowman and his wife Carolyn leave in May for a month in Berlin for intensive German study at the Goethe Institute, and for a 2-year […]

Todd cites personal, family reasons for leaving Chamber presidency

Nick Todd, Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce president since October 2010, submitted his resignation both as president and director to the board. His resignation was effective Feb. 1. Todd cited personal and family reasons, but noted he would remain involved in an advisory capacity. Under Todd’s presidency, and under previous President Mimi Lamp, the Chamber executed […]

Nick Todd resigns as Chamber president

On February 1, Nick Todd, president of the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce, sent the Crier and his board of directors his resignation letter, citing personal and family reasons. He has appointed Vice President Richmond Blake interim president until a new election can be held. Todd took over from previous president Mimi Lamp. Todd’s letter below: […]

RMRU completes 24-hour rescue

Last week, Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit (RMRU) volunteers rescued two hikers lost at the 6,200-foot level east of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The hikers from the Vancouver, Canada area, both in their 40s, had set out from the desert floor on the Skyline Trail. Even with snow visible on the mountain’s upper reaches, the […]

Hit-and-run driver still sought

California Highway Patrol is seeking information on a hit-and-run collision that occurred in Idyllwild on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Ian Schoenleber, Idyllwild resident and Annual Fund Director at Idyllwild Arts, was westbound on Tollgate Road when a red Dodge Durango that had been stopped at a stop sign on Meadow Glen, pulled out directly in front […]

Court order stops health care worker strike

On Monday, Jan. 30, a Riverside County Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) prohibiting 248 nurses and other essential health care workers, members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721, from joining a scheduled one-day strike on Tuesday, Jan. 31. A spokesperson at the union office in Riverside said on Monday […]

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