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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 […]

Opinion: Grateful for coverage

I just wanted to say I appreciate all the hard work and long hours you put in covering the fire. The Town Crier had the best and most detailed coverage. Scott Fisher Pine Cove/Palm Desert

Opinion: Outstanding coverage

I commend you for your outstanding coverage of the Mountain Fire and the pictures your fearless photographer took of the event. You truly served the members of the community. Paula DeBlanc Idyllwild/Escondido

Opinion: Mountain Fire updates

I have a brother living full-time and parents who are part-time Idyllwild residents. The San Jacinto Wilderness also is special to me for many years of backpacking in my youth and our marriage proposal 25 years ago. Our Temecula home has a wonderful view of the vineyards with the mountain beyond. Your “Breaking News” announcements […]

Opinion: Commissioners ignored voters

In response to your reader’s question who jokingly asked if Pete Capperelli dated my wife,  Pete’s a great guy.  I think he also was a pretty good real estate agent.  But the people of Idyllwild, in the last general election, voted him out of office.  All the fire commissioners who ran for re-election were rejected. The […]

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