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Capt. Ray Wood new head of Sheriff’s Hemet Station

Capt. Ray Wood new head of Sheriff’s Hemet Station

Capt. Lyndon “Ray” Wood returned in December 2013 as the new head of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Hemet Station, the station where he started his law enforcement career in 1990. “In the short term, I want to assess our resources,” Wood said. “I want to better utilize the resources I have and continue to do […]

Bald eagle counters see two at Lake Hemet

Bald eagle counters see two at Lake Hemet

During the U.S. Forest Service’s second bald eagle count of the 2013-14 season, a pair of adult eagles was observed adding to their nest at Lake Hemet …

Flu deaths above normal

Flu deaths above normal

County, state and federal health officials intensified their admonishments to the public to obtain flu vaccines. State officials confirmed seven deaths already this season, as cases of influenza are well ahead of normal. “For this time of year, seasonal influenza activity continues to rise in California. This week it reached the level of activity considered […]

Local photographer victim of theft

Local photographer victim of theft

Award-winning freelance photographer and Idyllwild resident Jenny Kirchner has worked with the Town Crier and other news outlets for more than 12 years creating a body of work that has garnered awards and captivated readers. Her coverage of the Mountain Fire in July 2013 was awe-inspiring. Kirchner was working in Palm Springs recently on assignment […]

Idyllwild Fire Commission meeting postponed

Tonight’s (Tuesday, Jan. 7) regular meeting of the Idyllwild Fire Protection District Commission has been postponed, according to Fire Chief Patrick Reitz. A new date has not yet been set.

Idyllwild Botany: Oracle oaks …

This is the Reader’s Digest condensed version of my thoughts about Oracle Oaks (Quercus X morehus). I have been conducting surveys over the last three winters. Since I do not have a working knowledge of genetics, these thoughts are based solely on observations with some questions and conjectures thrown in. Some of these ideas have […]

Only in Idyllwild: Lost keys

About a week ago, I parked my car and walked a mile or so with my dogs to the end of Marion Ridge Drive and into the very large field below it. I didn’t realize until I returned to my car that I had lost my keys. Over the next week, I retraced my steps […]

Strawberry Creek Buddha brings more blessings

Strawberry Creek Buddha brings more blessings

News of the theft and eventual return of the Strawberry Creek Inn Buddha covered by the Town Crier in the Dec. 19 and Dec. 26 issues made newspapers and online outlets across the country. Inn owners Ian Scott and Rodney Williams are amazed by the response the story has received. As reported previously, the Buddha […]

Science and Reality Today: Who needs superheroes when you have nature? …

Last week my roommate and I were having another one of our deep philosophical discussions about what superpowers would be the coolest to have. My roommate, being an X-Men fanatic, went with Wolverine’s power to regenerate and heal. Personally, having grown up reading Marvel Comics as well, I was always envious of Magneto’s ability to […]

Joint powers water agency fades

The new year brought one barely noticeable change to the Hill. Officially, the San Jacinto Mountain Area Water Study Agency terminated. It passed quietly and without fanfare, a contrast with its notoriety and presence during its infancy in the 1980s and more recently in the early 2000s. The Agency, as it was initially called, was […]

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