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Outside Idyllwild: PCT speed record and other stories …

Scott Williamson has set the new speed record for hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). He completed the 2,627-mile trail southbound from Canada to Mexico in 64 days, 11 hours and 19 minutes. He hiked an average of 41 miles each day. He began his trek Aug. 8. In the northern-most State of Washington, he […]

Initial Thoughts: From Nov. 1, 1946, to 2011, 65 years proud …

Initial Thoughts: From Nov. 1, 1946, to 2011, 65 years proud …

Editor’s note: Ernie and Betty Maxwell wrote the column below for the Oct. 28, 1952 issue. In it, they discuss the production of the first Town Crier issue, Nov. 1, 1946. Seven Hallowe’ens ago Hillfolk gathered at Fern Valley Lodge in a startling array of costumes. The husky Poates boys appeared as slinky sirens and […]

Before Our Time: From lumber to recreation …

As this past summer’s well-deserved centennial celebration for Ernie Maxwell fades into memory, I’d like to focus attention on an equally fascinating Idyllwild pioneer: George B. Hannahs, Jr. His father was prominent in Michigan banking and lumber industries, eventually serving as state senator there before retiring to San Diego in 1887. Although George, Jr, was […]

Riverside County budget continues to deteriorate

After a quarter of the fiscal year, the Riverside County budget problems have not improved and are slightly worse, according to interim County Executive Larry Parish. More importantly, Parish’s future assessment includes nothing optimistic for next year. In the first quarter report to the Board of supervisors, Parish wrote, “Looking to next year, our county […]

Riverside County plans new medical dispatch system

A new dispatch system for emergency medical calls is on the horizon in Riverside County. At a workshop last week, the Board of Supervisors listened to staff and the public discuss changes needed to implement the new system. “We are interested in becoming the system that’s the model,” said County Emergency Services Director Bruce Barton. […]

Idyllwild Community Center committee seeks local input

Idyllwild Community Center committee seeks local input

The Idyllwild Community Center (ICC) committee took questions from residents and presented plans and drawings of the center as it is presently envisioned during two meetings last week. Headed by longtime resident and Hemet Unified School District (HUSD) Trustee Bill Sanborn, the ICC committee is composed of members with many years of business expertise and […]

County OKs Idyllwild Playground

County OKs Idyllwild Playground

With a minimum of discussion, and with a small contingent of Idyllwild supporters in the audience, the Riverside County Planning Commission approved a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for construction of a 7,980-square-foot playground on the Idyllwild Community Center (ICC) site. The vote, at the Wednesday, Oct. 26 meeting, was unanimous and approval was subject to […]

Limited local support in ShakeOut

According to the website,, over eight-and-a-half million Californians — families and individuals, schools, local, state and federal government agencies, tribes, businesses, non-profits, churches, preparedness organizations, and communities and neighborhood groups — participated in the fourth annual Great California ShakeOut which occurred at 10:20 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Idyllwild participation was light, limited primarily to […]

Remembering our fallen firefighters

Remembering our fallen firefighters

San Jacinto District Ranger Laurie Rosenthal’s speech for the baseball tournament in observance of the Esperanza fifth anniversary ..

Idyllwild prostate cancer survivors favor the PSA test

A group of local men, all prostate cancer survivors who meet regularly in an information-sharing and support group, reacted to a panel of experts’ recent recommendation against a test that screens for prostate cancer (prostate specific antigen, PSA test). Collectively, they were incredulous about the panel’s recommendation. “The test is non-invasive and costs little to […]

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