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Past Tense: March 13, 2014

Past Tense: March 13, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 Caretakers of the Bunker Ranch found themselves snowbound for seven weeks with dwindling provisions.   60 years ago – 1954 The Isaac Walton League built and installed 14 signs to warn motorists about deer on local highways.   55 years ago – 1959 More than 60 mountaineers attended a workshop, […]

Don’t be scammed: Text Messages

Scammers are now using text messages — millions of them — sent unsolicited, directly to cell phones announcing terrific prizes and/or gift cards just by replying to the text. Once a reply is made, the prize offer disappears but personal information may be solicited or responders may be solicited to sign up for offers that […]

Out Loud: Just one last bite …

The Ye family immigrated from mainland China, Shanghai, specifically, and took up residence in Idyllwild. In 1988, Freeman Ye took over the iconic Chinese restaurant on Cedar Street, Hidden Village. The award-winning chef created his own style of Chinese cooking — adapted for American tastes but more exceptional than most Chinese restaurants. Our children grew […]

Flu season still abating

Deaths in California from influenza virus rose to 318 people under 65 years from the beginning of the year to last week, according to the California Department of Public Health. Six of these deaths were children. Another 26 deaths are still under investigation. The 12 deaths last week were the fewest flu-related deaths since the […]

Readers write: Kudos to the TC …

Editor: Kudos to the Idyllwild Town Crier for publishing such a comprehensive, quality print and online publication. I’m visiting the area for the first time, staying in our fifth wheel at Thousand Trails RV Resort and the first thing I did when coming in to town was buy a copy of your newspaper. I recently […]

Bald eagle counters spot one at Lake Hemet

Bald eagle counters spot one at Lake Hemet

Saturday morning, during the U.S. Forest Service’s fourth and final bald eagle count of the 2013-14 season, just one adult eagle was seen at Lake Hemet …

Robert Peek receives  valor award

Robert Peek receives valor award

On March 5, Idyllwild resident Robert Peek, a ranger at Mt. San Jacinto State Park, received the California State Park Rangers Association’s Award of Valor for saving a life. Nearly a year ago, just before sunrise on Easter morning, March 31, Peek was awakened by a sound similar to a gunshot outside his Idyllwild house. […]

Fire drill to be held on Hill in spring

A large scale, wildland-urban interface fire exercise will be held Thursday morning, May 22, in the Idyllwild and Pine Cove communities. Organized by the Riverside County Fire Chief’s Association, the exercise will allow fire, law enforcement and animal service agencies to field-simulate a major fire rapidly approaching the two communities.   The exercise will focus […]

Hiker dies in wilderness

The Riverside County Fire Department received a call of a hiker down about 2:30 p.m. Sunday and deployed a helicopter and ground crew. Two other hikers found the elderly man on the San Jacinto Peak Trail. He was unresponsive. According to Melody Hendrickson, public information specialist with Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire, Ulrich Luscher, 81, of […]

Fire and Forest: Feds move to fix funding but homeowners still key …

“Facts are stubborn things,” as John Adams said, and a very stubborn thing over the last two decades has been how much we have spent on putting out forest fires. Not surprisingly, wildfire protection costs have risen substantially. A recent paper from Headwaters Economics puts the federal annual-average fire suppression cost during the 1990s at […]

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