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Category: Idyllwild News

Assemblyman to hold meeting

Assemblyman Brian Nestande is holding a town hall meeting to discuss current legislation and issues of concern to local communites. The meeting is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the San Jacinto Community Center, 625 South Pico Ave., San Jacinto. For more information, call Nestande’s office at 951-925-8306 or email

PC water use declines in July

Total 2013 water production for the Pine Cove Water District is 2.7 percent more than the comparable seven-month 2012 period. “Production for July was 3.5 million gallons, a little bit less than the past two years,” General Manager Jerry Holldber told the board. “In the past, you could always count on 4.5 to 5 million […]

Matter of fact

In last week’s Town Crier on page 14, the spiritual workout was incorrectly attributed. Steven Morrison hosts the event, not Rick Barker. Town Crier regrets the error.

Cedar shake replacement project

The Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council has received Federal Emergency Management Agency authority to begin its cedar shake shingle roof replacement project, according to Executive Director Edwina Scott. Work will begin over the next few weeks and homeowners may receive 75 percent of the replacement cost. Scott can be reached at 951-659-6208.

Fern Valley water production growing

In 2013, water production has increased and well water is a much larger portion of Fern Valley Water District’s production. For the first half of 2013, the district’s production was 8 percent greater than the same period in 2012. Firefighters’ need for water during the Mountain Fire contributed to an increase in July, General Manager […]

IFPD actively involved in recent fires

The spate of recent fires dominated the discussion at the recent Idyllwild Fire Protection District commission meeting. IFPD was very busy during each of them, Chief Patrick Reitz reported. Often the department was receiving more than two calls per minute with questions about the fires’ status. While IFPD was a cooperating agency during the Mountain […]

Fire chief discusses station fundraising campaign

Fire chief discusses station fundraising campaign

As a volunteer during the recent Mountain Fire, Sheila Zacker staffed the phones at the Idyllwild Fire Station. During her stint she observed that the facility was in need of repair. She acted on her observations by beginning a fundraising effort. “I put this together because people in our community wanted to say thank you […]

IFPD voters have deadlines

To ensure that Idyllwild Fire Protection District ballots reach election officials in time to be counted in Tuesday’s election, voters should not return their ballots by mail after Wednesday, Aug. 21, according to Riverside County Registrar of Voters Kari Verjil. The mail ballot will be conducted completely by mail, so there will be no established […]

County approves tank site for IWD

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a lease agreement between the Idyllwild Water District and the county Regional Park and Open-space District. The agreement allows IWD to construct a 300,000-gallon storage tank on a 150-foot square pad, which will be on park property in Idyllwild west of Delano Road. The tank […]

After the fires, what next?

Reaction to the long-term consequences of the recent Mountain and Silver fires has varied. While all were uniformly glad that no lives were lost and the property damage limited, how the burnt areas will affect future fire threats and how those threats can be lessened is still being debated. The Mountain Fire was substantially larger […]

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