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IFPD investigating personnel matter

During its Jan. 28 meeting, the Idyllwild Fire Commission unanimously authorized Fire Chief Patrick Reitz to hire an outside investigator to look into a personnel matter. When asked if the investigator would look into a departmental policy or specific issue, or how many individuals are involved, Reitz had no response. In making the request to […]

Historic review board to raise community awareness

Historic review board to raise community awareness

The Idyllwild Historic Preservation District’s Local Review Board is now ready to review projects. At its Jan. 30 meeting, Riverside County Historic Preservation Officer Keith Herron told the board that the county’s Planning Department is prepared to accept applications for permits to alter resources with the local historic district. (See accompanying map.) “Good news,” Herron […]

Before Our Time: Newspapers a historic and a history source …

As my late-blooming interest in local history has deepened, I’ve become increasingly impressed with the value of old newspapers. They preserve a contemporary record of people and activities in a locale, and regardless of accuracy or bias they balance our often faulty human memories. They’re also an irreplaceable resource for constructing timelines, and timing is […]

Fourth investigation hits Idyllwild Fire

Another Riverside County Grand Jury investigation of the Idyllwild Fire Protection District was reported in the Jan. 2 issue of the Town Crier. The IFPD commission on Tuesday, Jan. 28, discussed its concerns with the report’s preparation without addressing its own recommendations. This is the fourth Grand Jury report involving IFPD since 2008. Commissioners Rhonda […]

Stolen deer sparks community outrage

Stolen deer sparks community outrage

Monday, Robert Garcia, owner of La Casita discovered that one of the deer that is part of the “Deer Sightings” project had been stolen …

Fundraising goal met for local photographer

Fundraising goal met for local photographer

Idyllwild rallied and contributed $12,000 to pay for replacing camera equipment stolen from Idyllwild photographer Jenny Kirchner’s car on Jan. 7 while in the desert. An anonymous donor gave $180 on Feb. 4, bringing the contributions to $12,000, the value Kirchner estimates she lost. Kirchner has worked with the Town Crier and other area news […]

Art for Jenny sold!

Art for Jenny sold!

Artist Dore Capitani (shown) donated this beautiful metal sculpture, featuring his newest color process, to raise  money to replace Idyllwild Photographer Jenny Kirchner’s photographic equipment stolen from her car in the desert while she was on assignment. A couple bought the sculpture this past weekend so now Idyllwild has raised all but $210 of the […]

Emergency medical dispatch: remote life-saving

Emergency medical dispatch: remote life-saving

In early October 2013, a 911 dispatcher at the Cal Fire and Riverside received a medical emergency call. But she didn’t simply dispatch an ambulance — she saved a life right over the phone. The caller excitedly told the dispatcher that a person had collapsed and needed help. An engine and ambulance were immediately dispatched […]

Out Loud: Learning from babes …

I babysat our fifth grandchild, Finn, while his parents went on their first real date Sunday night since his birth nearly four months ago. With two children of my own and experience watching four other grandchildren, you could expect that Clark here, a seasoned pro, knows every nuance of a small baby’s cries. Afterall, a […]

Past Tense: Jan. 30, 2014

Past Tense: Jan. 30, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 So much snow had fallen during January that plans were underway to organize a ski club on the Hill. 60 years ago – 1954 Newlyweds Marilyn Monroe and Joe Di Maggio spent a honeymoon weekend at the Lloyd Wright cabin in Idyllwild. 55 years ago – 1959 Idyllwild old-timer Henry […]

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