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Allan Morphett unexpectedly dies

Allan Morphett unexpectedly dies

Between Thursday evening and Friday morning, Idyllwild Water District President Allan Morphett passed away in his home. Morphett, born March 1944, was 69. He had been an Idyllwild resident for many years. In May 2012, his wife, Maggie, passed away after a long bout with cancer. In 2003, he was elected to the IWD board […]

Endangered frogs released at James Reserve

Endangered frogs released at James Reserve

The effort to re-establish the endangered mountain yellow-legged frog in its native habitat took a large step forward last week …

Grace Moore is grand marshal

Grace Moore is grand marshal

Longtime Idyllwild resident Grace Moore is this year’s Fourth of July Parade grand marshal. Idyllwild Rotary Club, parade organizer, made the announcement which came as a surprise to Moore who said she didn’t know why they would pick her. “It’s fantastic,” she said when reached by telephone in Oregon. “I was quite surprised.” Her long […]

Clarks to make changes to newspaper

Clarks to make changes to newspaper

On June 28, Becky and Jack Clark become the new owners of the Idyllwild Town Crier. Following in the footsteps of the Town Crier’s founder, Ernie Maxwell, the Clarks are bringing a local, family-owned paper back to Idyllwild. For the past 19 years, Tindle Newspapers Ltd., a private British company, has owned the Town Crier. […]

Fire commission to study parcel fee increase

In a surprising turn to those who attended the June 11 Idyllwild Fire Protection District’s commission meeting, President Jeannine Charles-Stigall withdrew from its agenda the items requesting Commissioner Dr. Charles “Chip” Schelly’s resignation and the censure resolution. Without explanation, Stigall said those and the vote on whether Schelly should remain vice-president would not be addressed […]

GSOB inspections continue

GSOB inspections continue

During a recent Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council inspection, Eliott Taylor closely examines a tree trunk for signs of the Goldenspotted Oak Borer.

Work begins on new water storage tank

Work begins on new water storage tank

The Idyllwild Water District is constructing a new 200,000-gallon water storage tank for its Golden Rod well. The new tank ring foundation pad (shown) required 40 yards of poured concrete. Steel construction will begin next Wednesday to allow the foundation to cure.

Pine Cove Water District receives transparency honor

Pine Cove Water District receives transparency honor

It was a celebration in Pine Cove Saturday. The water district held its annual open house where customers feasted on tri-tip, salads and ice cream. On display were the district’s three new trucks, courtesy of a grant and loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and nearly 2 miles of pipeline. But the highlight was […]

News of Record: June 13, 2013

Fire log Hill fire stations responded to the following calls Monday, June 3, to Tuesday, June 11, 2013: Idyllwild Fire Department and Ambulance June 4 — Canceled en route, Mountain Center. June 4 — Medical aid, Idyllwild. June 4 — Medical aid, Idyllwild. June 4 — Service call, Idyllwild. June 5 — Medical aid, Idyllwild. […]

No injuries in SUV rollover

No injuries in SUV rollover

At left, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Ron Esparza, a solo-vehicle traffic collision occurred at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9. Amber Leigh Whitney-Krongaard, 23, of Idyllwild was driving her Ford Explorer on Highway 243 about a half mile north of Forest Service Vista Grande Guard Station at about 45 to 50 mph. As Krongaard approached a left-hand curve, her vehicle’s right wheels hit the dirt on the right side of the highway causing her to over correct the Explorer which crossed both lanes, hitting an embankment and flipping onto the passenger’s side. Krongaard was uninjured. Highway 243 was down to one lane of traffic for about one-and-a-half hours as Riverside County Fire Station 63, Forest Service, CHP and Idyllwild Garage cleared the scene.

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