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Opinion: Keeping us well informed

My love affair with the San Jacinto Mountains began when I was 9 years old and attending Girl Scout Camp at Azalea Trails. I spent 14 consecutive summers there ending the summer of my last year in college as a unit leader for a group of backpackers you remembered in your recent edition “Past tense,” […]

‘When’ finally arrived

By Blair Ceniceros Claremont (Formerly of Idyllwild and the Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council) For years, Cal Fire, the Forest Service and the Fire Safe Council have been warning that it wasn’t “if” but rather “when” a forest fire would come to Idyllwild. Now the unthinkable has arrived, but thanks to the years of planning […]

Before our time: Another Mountain Center Fire — 1943 …

The fire erupted unseen in dried-out brush, and wind drove it through Mountain Center before the first fire crew arrived. As flames raced down the mountainside after quickly consuming nearly two dozen cabins, a smoke plume rose that was visible all over Southern California. Highway 74 was shut down. When the wind died down, stopping […]

Out Loud: Positive press …

Each time our mountain suffers a tragedy in my more than 23 years at the TC, a media blitz hits Idyllwild. And most of the time it arrives at deadline. Though not on deadline while covering the fire during the evacuation, the three of us who remained behind constantly either wrote and/or answered phones. A […]

Idyllwild Botany: Lemon lilies need post-fire protection …

This is a very sad time for the Lemon Lilies of Tahquitz Valley in the San Jacinto Mountains. It’s another example of just how tough it is to be a Lemon Lily. The Mountain Fire burned an area where Tom Chester and I counted a healthy reproducing population of 2,667 Lemon Lilies in 2009. This […]

Creature Corner - August 1, 2013

Creature Corner – August 1, 2013

We’re still here, too! And the Mountain Fire is not even on our bucket list. Frisbees, treats and getting adopted are. Reunited this week were Monty and Mugsy. Merlot, the chow-mix, strutted her stuff at the Pet Expo and caught the eye of her forever human. And she will always be best in show in […]

Past Tense: August 1, 2013

Past Tense: August 1, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 Formal opening ceremonies were to be held to mark the completion of the Banning-Idyllwild Highway. 60 years ago – 1953 The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Geological Survey Division began a project to map inaccessible areas in the local mountains. 55 years ago – 1958 The Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce […]

Opinion: Awesome coverage

Heartfelt appreciation goes to the Town Crier for the awesome job you did during the Mountain Fire crisis. We are part-timers with a home on Double View, and your website was a huge help in understanding the scope of the fire, the strategies used to battle it, and the mammoth efforts by firefighters to achieve […]

Opinion: Fire coverage was amazing

Kudos to the Town Crier and WNKI. Having lived here most all of our lives it was so hard to back out of our driveway and leave our home. The coverage provided by the Town Crier online was amazing. The updates and stunning photos kept us in touch with the fire’s progress. Even though some […]

Opinion: Defensible space still at issue

Mountain residents take note: Almost every home here fails to abide by Cal Fire-recommended clearances of minimum spacing between our trees of 15 feet. Some think the black forest should be their backyard. You threaten my family’s safety by not following Cal Fire reccommendations. Cal Fire tagged many homes with a defense document certifying whether […]

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