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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 […]

Opinion: What’s going on with recreation?

This first paragraph is in response to the Readers write letter from Jeff Smith last week [in the Nov. 3 issue of the Town Crier]. It is malicious and full of fabrications. I have only met Jeff Smith once, and that was at the County Service Area (CSA) 36 advisory committee meeting when he threatened […]

Opinion: Occupied!

I’m glad to see the Idyllwild knob turned to red. Some years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. But experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in […]

Fire and Forest: Fewer dollars …

What will happen to federal support for homeowner fire abatement? Judging from the words of U.S. Forest Service’s Director of Fire and Aviation Management Tom Harbour at a fire prevention conference last week, we should not expect much in the future. Last week, a bunch of us from the Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council traveled […]

Plans for Idyllwild playground near end of permit stage

The proposed playground on the Idyllwild Community Center site is moving forward without any foreseeable problems, according to Dawn Sonnier, acting chair of the Idyllwild Community Recreation Council (ICRC). Before the final permit approvals, Sonnier is awaiting completion of engineering drawings for the playground’s pavilion. Architect Jim Marsh, of Hemet, is preparing these in cooperation […]

Riverside County budget erodes to 2004 levels

The Board of Supervisors heard the details of acting County Executive Larry Parrish’s recommendations for the 2012-2013 budget. Significant operating budget reductions and the potential for laying off 650 more county employees are distinct possibilities. Only one quarter of the way through the fiscal year 2011-12 budget (ending June 30, 2012), Parrish already estimates that […]

Hill escapes fireplace wood-burning restrictions

In March 2008, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) adopted a rule establishing mandatory wood-buring curtailment within its jurisdiction. Although the curtailments went into effect Nov. 1, no restrictions will be imposed on Hill residents. The mandatory wood-burning curtailments would be possible from November through February and only on days and in specific […]

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