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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:

GSOB confirmed in Pine Cove

GSOB confirmed in Pine Cove

DNA analysis of larvae from a tree in Pine Cove confirmed the presence of Goldspotted oak borer. CAL FIRE Forester Gregg Bratcher made the announcement at the April 24 Mountain Area Safety Taskforce meeting. Confirmation of Goldspotted oak borer in the tree on Pine Needles Lane brings the total of confirmed Idyllwild area infested trees to 11, according to Bratcher. “We’re seeing new GSOB trees at the rate of about one per week and that’s in the winter,” he noted.

Chamber votes to dissolve: Assets to be dispersed

With a resounding show of member indifference, only seven of 57 members of the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce cared enough about the Chamber’s future to attend a meeting called to decide its future. In a little over an hour, those seven voted to dissolve the long-standing Idyllwild institution. Secretary and last remaining director, David Jerome […]

A rescue where everything had to go right

A rescue where everything had to go right

An injured climber is hoisted from the ledge into Riverside County Sheriff Star Helicopter 91 …

FVWD Director Diana Johnson leaves Hill

Longtime Fern Valley Water District Director Diana Johnson has said she will not continue as a director after selling her home in the district. Although Johnson has not submitted a formal letter of resignation, she indicated in a phone call to Office Manager Jessica Priefer she would not be returning for board meetings. First elected […]

Amgen cycling race comes through Mountain Center: Highway 74 ‘rolling closure’ both directions during race

Professional road cycling teams from the U.S., the Netherlands, France, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Luxembourg and Colombia, competing in the 8th annual Amgen Tour of California, pass through Mountain Center and Garner Valley on Monday, May 13, in the second stage of the eight-day event. The Amgen event is the biggest stage race in the United […]

3.1 M earthquake 6.2 miles from Idyllwild

At 11:59 PDT, a 3.1 Magnitude earthquake centered just west of Garner Valley, shook the Hill. Two small aftershocks followed.

GSOB confirmed in Pine Cove; Hill to be part of expanded Zone of Infestation

GSOB confirmed in Pine Cove; Hill to be part of expanded Zone of Infestation

At a Wednesday April 24 Mountain Area Safety Taskforce meeting, CAL FIRE Forester Gregg Bratcher said DNA analysis confirmed Goldspotted oak borer infestation of a black oak in Pine Cove. Confirmation of the Pine Cove tree greatly expands the known micro zones of Hill GSOB infestation. Inspections by Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council teams in […]

Mountain Disaster Preparedness seeks volunteers

Mountain Disaster Preparedness seeks volunteers

Mountain Disaster Preparedness, as part of an outreach campaign to recruit new volunteers, held an open house at Silver Pines Lodge on Thursday, April 18. MDP Vice President Sherry Edwards organized the event to honor Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trained volunteers; but its underlying purpose was to recruit more Hill residents to MDP’s disaster […]

First or last meeting for the Idyllwild Chamber?

David Jerome, Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce secretary, is preparing for what could be the first meeting of a new Chamber board or the last meeting of the existing Chamber. Jerome is the only director not to have announced his resignation. Because the board cannot function with only one director, Jerome has called a meeting of […]

PCT 'thru hiker' gives concerts along the way

PCT ‘thru hiker’ gives concerts along the way

Mark Votapek, assistant professor of cello at the University of Arizona, is an accomplished cellist with a distinguished resume. A graduate of Indiana University’s prestigious Jacobs School of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, Votapek has served as associate principal cellist with the St. Louis Symphony, principal cellist with the Honolulu, Oregon and […]

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