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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

Park rangers find lost hikers

Robert Peek, State Park ranger, reported that park employees Eric Hanson and Diana Santiago, who had been dispatched to help locate two hikers lost on the Pacific Crest Trail near Wellman’s Divide, found the hikers and escorted them back to the Long Valley Ranger Station. The rescue occurred on Thursday, April 4. Rescuers were dispatched […]

Historic district board meets stressing community outreach

The local review board of the Idyllwild Downtown Historic District met to begin the process of adopting design guidelines, governing documents and application forms to be used for altering historic structures. During the review process, Monroe, board chair, pointed out while reviewing the draft of the district’s design guidelines, that the district has had a […]

More than 200 attend celebration of Mayor Max’s life

More than 200 attend celebration of Mayor Max’s life

By any measure it was joyous …

Dean finishes Boston Marathon: Mark and Margie are both safe

Dean finishes Boston Marathon: Mark and Margie are both safe

Pine Cove resident Mark Dean finished the Boston Marathon well before two bombs exploded near the race finish line. Nevertheless, Dean’s months of training, the race he ran in Boston and his satisfaction in the stamina and endurance it took to finish will forever be shadowed by the devastating tragedy at the finish line. Dean […]

Idyllwild Chamber’s future bleak: Last director looking for an endgame

The Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce now has only one director, David Jerome, out of an authorized 11. Directors Gary Taylor, Peter Buhl, Mike Lackey and Chris Titus have resigned. Directors cited threats of future lawsuits and the expense and emotional trauma of defending two successive lawsuits from David Roy as reasons for their resignations. Boards […]

Highway 243 closed for oak borer-infested tree removal

Highway 243 closed for oak borer-infested tree removal

Caltrans closed Highway 243 in front of Mountain Top Liquor on Thursday, April 11 from around 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. to remove a large Goldspotted oak borer-infested tree …

Mark Dean Boston Marathon race updates and final time; Dean and wife OK after explosions

Mark Dean and wife Margie are OK following the explosions at the Boston Marathon. Dean had finished his race about 20 minutes prior to the two blasts and both he and Margie were several blocks away from the explosions when they occurred. Mark Dean, Pine Cove resident, is running in the Boston Marathon. Live updates […]

Highway 243 closed on Thursday; GSOB trees down

Highway 243 closed on Thursday; GSOB trees down

Beginning around 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 11, Caltrans crews closed Highway 243 in front of Mountaintop liquor to take down a five story tall Goldspotted oak borer infested tree. After removing the first tree, crews moved on to a second infected tree near the Chevron station. Caltrans reopened Highway 243 at at 12:42 p.m. […]

Pine Cove resident Mark Dean heads to Boston Marathon

Pine Cove resident Mark Dean heads to Boston Marathon

Pine Cove resident Mark Dean heads to Boston on Tuesday, April 9, to run for the first time in that city’s prestigious marathon. As the Hill’s sole runner in the Monday, April 15, Boston event, Dean, 60, said he is proud to represent the mountain communities. The mountain may also have conferred an advantage on […]

Supervisor Stone gives $1,500 to friends of the county parks

At its April 2 meeting, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a grant of $1,500 to the Friends of the San Jacinto Mountain County Parks from 3rd District Supervisor Jeff Stone’s community improvement funds. Nature Center Park Interpreter Shelley Kibby said the grant would be used for both streambed restoration along Lily Creek in […]

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