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Opinion: What’s going on with recreation?

This first paragraph is in response to the Readers write letter from Jeff Smith last week [in the Nov. 3 issue of the Town Crier]. It is malicious and full of fabrications. I have only met Jeff Smith once, and that was at the County Service Area (CSA) 36 advisory committee meeting when he threatened […]

Opinion: Occupied!

I’m glad to see the Idyllwild knob turned to red. Some years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. But experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in […]

Fire and Forest: Fewer dollars …

What will happen to federal support for homeowner fire abatement? Judging from the words of U.S. Forest Service’s Director of Fire and Aviation Management Tom Harbour at a fire prevention conference last week, we should not expect much in the future. Last week, a bunch of us from the Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council traveled […]

Creature Corner: Nov. 10, 2011

Creature Corner: Nov. 10, 2011

Paws up to our min/pin mix Frankie for snuggling his way right into the hearts of his forever humans. Good job Frankie! Found: An adult, medium-size, mixed breed dog, corgi red in color, on South Circle and Scenic. Call ARF to identify. Also found was a tabby kitten in a cat carrier by the dumpster behind The Fort. If you have any information regarding this unforgiveable abandonment, please call ARF at 659-1122.

Past Tense: Nov. 10, 2011

Past Tense: Nov. 10, 2011

65 years ago – 1946 The E.H. Kincaides bought the Cole house nearing completion on the corner of River Drive. 60 years ago – 1951 Building started on the new Idyllwild Motel, a 10-unit structure on Pine Crest behind La Cantina. 55 years ago – 1956 An Arabian horse show climaxed Palm Springs’ Western Week. […]

Outside Idyllwild: PCT speed record and other stories …

Scott Williamson has set the new speed record for hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). He completed the 2,627-mile trail southbound from Canada to Mexico in 64 days, 11 hours and 19 minutes. He hiked an average of 41 miles each day. He began his trek Aug. 8. In the northern-most State of Washington, he […]

Initial Thoughts: From Nov. 1, 1946, to 2011, 65 years proud …

Initial Thoughts: From Nov. 1, 1946, to 2011, 65 years proud …

Editor’s note: Ernie and Betty Maxwell wrote the column below for the Oct. 28, 1952 issue. In it, they discuss the production of the first Town Crier issue, Nov. 1, 1946. Seven Hallowe’ens ago Hillfolk gathered at Fern Valley Lodge in a startling array of costumes. The husky Poates boys appeared as slinky sirens and […]

Before Our Time: From lumber to recreation …

As this past summer’s well-deserved centennial celebration for Ernie Maxwell fades into memory, I’d like to focus attention on an equally fascinating Idyllwild pioneer: George B. Hannahs, Jr. His father was prominent in Michigan banking and lumber industries, eventually serving as state senator there before retiring to San Diego in 1887. Although George, Jr, was […]

Opinion: St. Petersburg Quartet concert at Idyllwild Arts

Being an ISOMATA [Idyllwild School of Music and Theater Arts, now Idyllwild Arts] alumnus of the 1960s, I can say audiences knew better than to clap between movements of a single work. The administration and teachers should immediately impart this knowledge to their students and at the very least note on future programs, “Please refrain […]

Opinion: Health insurance barriers

In the Oct. 20 issue of the Town Crier, [the author of one of the] letters to the editor asserts there is no excuse why anyone whose annual income is equal or greater than $50,000 would lack health insurance. I must conclude he is not acquainted with pre-existing condition clauses. Allow me to elucidate. These […]

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