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Idyllwild Fire seeks community members for committee

The Idyllwild Fire Protection District is soliciting community members to join its Finance Committee. Fire Chief Patrick Reitz says interested citizens will be considered at the fire commission’s Jan. 14 meeting. An application and the resolution establishing the committee’s function and compostion can be found at the district’s website, The application asks for name, […]

Organization supports animal services in wildfires

Riverside County is seeking more volunteers for the Riverside Emergency Animal Rescue System (REARS). The group is a network of volunteers trained by Riverside County Animal Services to assist the department in large-scale emergencies such as wildfires. The volunteers are dispatched through Animal Services’ command structure. The next orientation meeting is Saturday, Jan. 11, at […]

HUSD president has Idyllwild connections

HUSD president has Idyllwild connections

The 2014 Hemet Unified School District president will be Trustee Paul Bakkom of Area 2. He was elected to the board in November 2010, defeating incumbent Phyllis Petri, and his term expires in December 2014. Ross Valenzuela is the new vice president of the board. Bakkom has a very good opinion of the Idyllwild community, […]

Thursday's Snow

Thursday’s Snow

Jordan named IAF president

Jordan named IAF president

Pamela Jordan, head of school at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, will become the next president of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation. Jordan will begin at Idyllwild Arts in July 2014. “I am thrilled that Pamela has accepted the position of president. IAF is a marvelous institution with a legacy of commitment to creativity and […]

Stolen Buddha returned home

Rodney Williams, co-owner of the Strawberry Creek Inn, was surprised late Wednesday afternoon when the Buddha, stolen from his property on Saturday, Dec. 14, was returned. And, it seems that the Town Crier had a hand in its return by publishing the photo and story about its theft in the Dec. 19 issue. “A family […]

Holiday closings

Hill businesses and institutions that will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25, to observe Christmas: • Area post offices • BBVA Compass Bank • Fern Creek Medical Center (Also half day Dec. 24.) • Fern Valley Water District (Also Dec. 24.) • Hemet Unified School District (Also Dec. 24.) • Idyllwild Health Center (Also half day […]

PCWD declines offer to continue unified agency

At last week’s meeting, the officers of Pine Cove Water District were re-elected by acclamation. Mike Esnard continues as president, Lou Padula is vice president and Robert Hewitt remains secretary. Just prior to the vote, Joel Palmer, Hewitt and Padula took the oath of office as they began their new four-year terms. Hewitt is beginning […]

Buchanan is new Idyllwild Fire president

Buchanan is new Idyllwild Fire president

Idyllwild Fire commissioners chose Jerry Buchanan (left) to be president for the next 12 months. Buchanan was board secretary. He succeeds Jeannine Charles-Stigall, who was president since November 2011 and for 10 months during 2010. Larry Donahoo is the new vice president, succeeding former Commissioner Dr. Charles “Chip” Schelly, and new Commissioner Rhonda Andrewson is […]

Moran-McGough chairs her final MEMSCOMM meeting

In her last time leading the Mountain Emergency Service Committee meeting, Gina Moran-McGough, new emergency services manager in Riverside County’s Office of Emergency Services, led the group in singing “The 12 Stages of Emergency Preparedness,” which is very similar to “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Moran-McGough has been promoted within OES and Kathleen Henderson will […]

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