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Cal Trans announces delays on SR 74 today

An accident involving a fuel spill occurred yesterday on SR 74 at the Vista Point (about 6 miles above Palm Desert). Caltrans Maintenance crews along with a hazardous material contractor will be cleaning up the residual today from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. As a result flagging will be necessary at this location. Motorists are […]

Only in Idyllwild: House warming

A few years ago, after being away for awhile, we were surprised to see a large pile of neatly stacked firewood when we drove into our yard. There had been a big storm and one of our tall trees had fallen on our next door neighbors’ garage roof. His insurance took care of the damage […]

Idyllwild area emergency group talks post-earthquake operations

Idyllwild area emergency group talks post-earthquake operations

The Mountain Emergency Services Committee (MEMSCOMM) discussed post-earthquake emergency operations at its Thursday, Nov. 10 meeting — specifically what building or building would serve as the emergency operations center (EOC), the communication hub of local disaster response. Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) Chief Norm Walker has repeatedly voiced concern that, given the building materials and […]

Final Palms to Pines sessions next week

The fifth and last sessions in a series of Palms to Pines workshops will be held next week. At this workshop, the draft Corridor Management Plan (CMP) will be presented and a discussion of the next steps for implementation will be held. As before, the U.S. Forest Service has scheduled the workshops in three locations […]

Mountain Folk: Happy Birthday Marge Muir!

Mountain Folk: Happy Birthday Marge Muir!

Marge Muir, one of Idyllwild’s most iconic and esteemed residents, who has lived on the Hill for 53 years, and been involved as a volunteer in more boards and service organizations than most can remember, turns 80 years young on Sunday, Nov. 13. Happy Birthday Marge!

Idyllwild Fire reelects Capparelli in 2-1 vote

Idyllwild Fire reelects Capparelli in 2-1 vote

A divided Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) commission selected President Pete Capparelli to fulfill the final two years of former Commissioner Ben Killingsworth’s term. After a debate about how many votes were sufficient to make the decision, whether Capparelli could vote for himself and then a call for advice from legal counsel was the decision […]

Highway 74 tree work underway

Work began on Highway 74 this week. California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), District 8 awarded a contract to California Arbor Care to remove trees within the recovery zone along SR-74 from mile marker 59.3 to 71.7. Work began Monday, Nov. 7, and is slated to last for 15 days. Work hours are 7 a.m. to […]

Outside Idyllwild: Winter tips for outside and inside …

Outside Idyllwild: Winter tips for outside and inside …

Now it’s winter again and all I can say to Idyllwild’s newcomers is welcome to the Hill. I hope you enjoy the change of seasons. After talking to a few newcomers and offering some tips on staying warm in the fall and winter months, I was asked to write this column and offer some of […]

Opinion: Half truths have no value

I have just one thought after reading the letter titled “Who is Community Center for?” in the Nov. 3 edition of the Town Crier. There is a story of a woman who went to her priest to confess that she had spread rumors about another individual and asked for forgiveness. The priest handed her a […]

Opinion: Publishing rants is not free speech

I must speak out against the recent accusatory ranting recently published in the opinion and letters section of the Town Crier. It is inconceivable to me that a newspaper would allow such personal attacks impugning the character and reputation of those who are trying to serve this community to be printed. This is wrong. It […]

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