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Idyllwild Historic District proposal moves forward

Two key developments moved the Idyllwild Historic Preservation District (IHPD) closer to becoming fully functional. One involves the county’s retaining a contractor to draw up the IHPD design guidelines and the timeline for completing them. The other is the opening of the application process for selecting the five members for the local IHPD board (see […]

Idyllwild jazz fest cedes nighttime to town jazz fest

At the Nov. 21 Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) meeting, Jazz in the Pines Logistic Director Ted Cummings informed the directors that festival planners do not plan to continue their Jazz and Jambalaya Saturday night dinner and entertainment. This will also eliminate any conflict with the in-town Marshall Hawkins jazz concert which the Chamber sponsored […]

California budget deficit could trigger more school cuts

The worsening state budget is posing a significant threat to local school district budgets. Fortunately, Hemet Unified School District (HUSD) has the wherewithal to withstand the potential short-term reductions. In the longer term, Hemet could possibly see its state funding reduced $12 million more within this budget year, according to HUSD superintendent Dr. Steven Lowder. […]

Sustainability: How it started at Idyllwild Arts …

My first impression upon visiting Idyllwild, just over a year ago, was of the clarity and freshness of the light on the landscape. The landscape itself seemed raw and untouched, as if it had been formed far more recently than the burnished hills of New England from which I moved, and was little affected by the scouring forces of erosion, an observation that bears out geological fact. The presence of the landscape, its undeniable relief and texture, seems to reach everywhere in Idyllwild, in definite contrast to much of southern California. This unspoiled and ecological distinctive landscape of pines, oak and white fir is a unique refuge from pavement, big-box stores, and unrestrained and indiscriminate development omnipresent to our west, 5,000 feet below, and thousands of people seem to remember that every weekend.

News from Idyllwild area fire agencies

Forest Service lifts fire restrictions With recent rain across the southland, forest officials on the San Bernardino National Forest reduced fire restrictions effective today and have begun winter burning projects. “While campfires and recreational shooting are being allowed in portions of the forest, we are not completely out of wildfire danger yet, and ask the […]

Volunteers with knowledge of Idyllwild history needed

Third District Supervisor Jeff Stone is seeking five individuals for the Idyllwild Historical Preservation District local review board. This is a nonpaying position. Members must reside within a three-mile radius of the Historic Preservation District boundaries. Knowledge in architecture, construction techniques, and familiarity with the history of the Idyllwild Historical Preservation District is desired. The […]

Opinion: Whose community center?

As a small community, we are certainly not represented by ICRC/ICC [the Idyllwild Community Recreation council or the Idyllwild Community Center committee]. Since Idyllwild is not incorporated, we have no mayor nor council members to hear our complaints. We are relegated to sharing our complaints or praise in this quaint little newspaper. We can write […]

Opinion: Capparelli in the revolving door

Can someone please explain how local politics work around here? We just had a general election. It was well publicized and well debated. Our fire department is in financial trouble, going from $1 million in reserves to $60,000 with very little accounting. The people of Idyllwild spoke loudly, strongly rejecting and voting out their president, […]

Opinion: Watching the county

I am responding to the letter from the new Town Hall employee, Susan Swanson [in the Nov. 17 issue of the Town Crier]. I agree with her that the children are our most important asset. I created and implemented the Forest Friends Preschool at Town Hall in 2005. I have been teaching children for over […]

Opinion: Property taxes and Idyllwild

Should IFPD [Idyllwild Fire Protection District] seek higher property taxes to pay its bills? Absolutely not! This won’t fix its crumbling foundation, enabled by careless and uncontrolled spending. Its employees are paid higher than any other firefighter in the region, in some cases more than double. They have a full ride on their retirements, an […]

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