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Underground fuel constituents dissipating

The third quarter groundwater monitoring report of the underground plume of hydrocarbons along Highway 243 southwest of the Shell and Chevron gasoline stations indicates continued declining levels. The October 2011 monitoring of ground water of the Village Market (Shell station) site of a former leaking underground fuel tank (LUFT) again detected virtually no contaminants. In […]

Mountain Folk: Genis gets ‘Best Art Show’ award

The Town Crier congratulates photographer and part-time Idyllwild resident Gina Genis for the award she was given for the Best Art Show of 2011 from Orange County Weekly for “Economy Portraits.” Images of her work can be viewed at… Wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Idyllwild resident Frank Gorzny, who is recovering […]

Only in Idyllwild: Brave neighbors

Only in Idyllwild will your neighbor relocate your caught rattlesnakes and racoons that come through your doggie door.

Outside Idyllwild: Remembering Jimmy …

Outside Idyllwild: Remembering Jimmy …

I can’t recall the first time I met James Haney. He seemed to just materialize into my consciousness fully formed as a friend and buddy. Looking back, it was as if we were meant to be good friends from the start and there was no “getting to know you” phase like most friendships. One thing […]

County advances $450,000 to Idyllwild fire department

Insolvency for the Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) has been postponed. The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a loan or advance of $450,000 to IFPD. The funds will be repaid to the county from the district’s December and January property tax and special assessment payments. On Friday, 3rd District Supervisor Jeff Stone said he […]

Initial Thoughts: IFPD budget problems “Normal”?

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved an advance of the Idyllwild Fire Protection District’s (IFPD) property taxes on a short-term loan. But trying to blame someone will not make the problem disappear. I’ve heard some people say former Commissioner Ben Killingsworth should have prevented the shortfall. While Ben may have been district treasurer, he […]

Off the Leash: Are fear and love motivation or purpose?

Is it better to be feared or loved? This question was posed by Machiavelli in his book “The Prince” back in the 1500s. The question possesses both political and religious ramifications. As a lifelong Christian, I’ve often wrestled with this schizophrenic notion of God. On one hand, we have the demanding and wrathful God found […]

Chief’s Corner: About fall …

I wrote a similar column about this time last year but the message is still very important to your individual safety, your home and the community in general. After 39 years in the fire suppression business, I still can’t predict fire season exactly and I’ve never met anyone who can. However there are a few […]

Verizon expands bandwidth in Idyllwild area

Verizon, local telephone and Internet provider, plans to expand bandwidth in the Idyllwild area but will not bring its FiOs (bundled high definition TV, upgraded Internet speed, and digital voice calling) service to the area, according to Jarryd Gonzales, California media relations manager. “From a FiOs standpoint, it would require a significant upgrade to the […]

County corner: Oct. 20, 2011

The Board of Supervisors considered a resolution to make local campaign finances more transparent and consistent with state law. John Benoit, 4th District supervisor and also a former state assemblyman and state senator, proposed a resolution that would require candidates or their campaign committees to file the currently required reports online, rather than as a paper document.

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