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Opinion: Permitting process burdensome

This is a follow-up to Eric Townsend’s letter of last week. The entire atmosphere of services and charges from [the Riverside County Transportation and Land Management Agency which includes both] Planning and Building and Safety Departments has changed radically in recent years. When I was a young man, these departments were there to help. Today, […]

Creature Corner: May 10, 2012

Creature Corner: May 10, 2012

Found: Young kitten wandering around Lodge Road and South Circle Drive in Fern Valley. Please call ARF to identify. (951) 659-1122. Found in Hurkey Creek area: Female gray and white pit bull who has recently had puppies. Call ARF: (951) 659-1122. Adopted this week were Rockee, the golden-Aussie mix to a loving, forever home. Paws […]

Past Tense: May 10, 2012

Past Tense: May 10, 2012

60 years ago – 1952 The Izaak Walton League agreed to spend $20 on trees and flowering shrubs for a school landscaping program. 55 years ago – 1957 The Hemet School District Board voted to comply with local requests that the seventh- and eighth-graders remain on the Hill. 50 years ago – 1962 The Idyllwild […]

Outside Idyllwild: Spring in Idyllwild …

Outside Idyllwild: Spring in Idyllwild …

Once again it is springtime in Idyllwild. This season brings lilac flowers, Pacific Crest Trail hikers, goldfields carpeting Garner Valley, butterflies, rock climbers, nesting and migrating birds, wildflowers, green hillsides, running streams and so much more to the Hill. An April rain shower freshened things up and washed the panorama all clean. The late snows […]

Past Tense: May 3, 2012

Past Tense: May 3, 2012

60 years ago – 1952 Work began on a new bridge across Strawberry Creek at Fern Valley Corners, replacing a 25-year-old wooden structure. 55 years ago – 1957 It was the wettest May anyone could remember. The season’s total rain and snowfall was 5 inches under normal, but the late rains and snows were extremely […]

Before Our Time: Betty Maxwell …

Before Our Time: Betty Maxwell …

The attention Idyllwild lavished on Ernie Maxwell during his centennial last year was well deserved. But it left his wife, Betty, the other half of the Town Crier’s founding editorial duo, in the shadows. Born in Missouri in 1906, Elizabeth Beeman grew up in luxury in New York City. By her own account a born […]

Fire and Forest: A beautiful day, a successful muster …

Our community day of fire awareness, also called the Firefighter’s Muster, held this past Saturday, was gorgeous. Despite the cold rain earlier in the week, the sun was brilliant and warm, the temperature perfect.

Sustainability: A year of implementing new programs at Idyllwild Arts …

Editor’s note: The first part of this article appearred in the April 26 issue. By John R. Newman, Idyllwild Arts Academy Dean of Students Completed projects This winter we completed a comprehensive energy audit, sponsored by Southern California Edison, and have retrofitted close to 100 percent of the campus with compact fluorescent light bulbs and […]

Opinion: ICC site use and playground availability

The April 19 issue of the Town Crier reported that the ICRC adopted a policy requesting donations from third parties for use of the ICC site. At the time, they had “turned down Idyllwild Summer Concert Series promoter Ken Dahleen’s request to use the site at no charge for his [really our] upcoming series.” I […]

Opinion: Stolen property, yet released?

What a huge dissapointment in our legal system! Stolen items are found in his house, weapons in his car — stolen weapons. And yet, he’s able to get out of jail like it was a traffic ticket. I would say innocent until proven guilty, but the fact that they even found stolen items from several […]

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