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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:

Fern Valley Water settles customer problem, faces another

The Fern Valley Water District (FVWD) has resolved one customer problem concerning a sewer line shared with the district office, but will face a different problem at a December small claims court date. The sewer line issue came to the district’s attention in March, when a new owner purchased the property directly north of the […]

Planning begins for 3rd Idyllwild film fest

Planning begins for 3rd Idyllwild film fest

Ticket price reduced for locals …

Idyllwild students help Honduran school

Idyllwild students help Honduran school

Idyllwild Arts (IA) National Honor Society members are staging a fundraising drive, replete with performances by IA students, to obtain school supplies for an elementary school in Honduras. From noon to 3 p.m. on three consecutive Saturdays, Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12, IA students will be in front of Mountain Harvest Market in Strawberry Creek Plaza to entertain and entreat. Part of the Honor Society’s mission is to perform service. The beneficiary of this year’s IA’s honor service project is a 630-student school in Punta Gorda, Honduras.

Injured Tahquitz Peak climber rescued by helicopter

Injured Tahquitz Peak climber rescued by helicopter

The 21-year-old climber had fallen 60 feet and sustained an ankle injury.

Verizon expands bandwidth in Idyllwild area

Verizon, local telephone and Internet provider, plans to expand bandwidth in the Idyllwild area but will not bring its FiOs (bundled high definition TV, upgraded Internet speed, and digital voice calling) service to the area, according to Jarryd Gonzales, California media relations manager. “From a FiOs standpoint, it would require a significant upgrade to the […]

Hardy joins Idyllwild Chamber board

Continuing its upward trend, the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce voted to add Creek House co-owner Lanny Hardy to its board of directors. Hardy and wife Lorraine have owned the iconic restaurant since July and have expanded both the menu and hours of operation, adding a lunch hour. Lanny’s background is in nonprofit business management, a […]

Volunteers helm skate park reopening

The Idyllwild Community Recreation Council (ICRC) reopened the Idyllwild Skate Park (ISP) with volunteers at the helm. Insurance on the park has been paid, but lacking funds to hire a park manager, a number of volunteers have agreed to help assure its continuation for local boarders, according to Claudia Posey, skate park volunteer coordinator. Currently, […]

Anza continues pursuit of water study

Anza continues pursuit of water study

For many years, residents of the Anza valley have struggled with the question of water adequacy and ownership. Residents of the largely undeveloped valley acknowledge that further development and population growth are predicated on knowing how much water is available. The 2005 Anza Valley Vision and Goals Statement developed by the community in a yearlong […]

Pine Cove Water District reports good well levels

The Pine Cove Water District (PCWD) board held a brief meeting Wednesday, Oct. 12. The board had no major action on its agenda and listened to General Manager Jerry Holldber report on well levels, budget status and the Arrowhead Water donations. Well levels remain strong, with measuring well No. 10 up 2 feet from last […]

Medicare enrollment period changes

Individual plan changes depend upon drug regimens Medicare’s annual open enrollment period, during which individuals can either enroll in Medicare or make changes to their current Medicare coverage, began earlier this year — on Oct. 15 — and will end earlier, on Dec. 7, rather than on Dec. 31 as in previous years it ended. […]

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