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County has $21 million and 5,000 inmates coming

Riverside County’s Corrections Partnership committee met last week and allocated the $21.8 million from the state to implement the new statewide policy realigning felon imprisonment. The County Sheriff’s Department, which will have to accommodate an additional 5,700 inmates, was granted $10.1 million. The Probation Department, whose workload will also significantly increase, was granted $5.7 million, […]

CSA 36 hears about recreation staff and activities

CSA 36 hears about recreation staff and activities

The October County Service Area (CSA) 36 meeting was a backdrop to the introduction of Director GeGe Beagle’s recreation staff. In addition, Beagle described the future programs and the community response to the initial programs offered in August. Beagle now has a preschool teacher, Rebecca Odum, and her aid, Kelly Wills, who continues on at […]

Hardy joins Idyllwild Chamber board

Continuing its upward trend, the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce voted to add Creek House co-owner Lanny Hardy to its board of directors. Hardy and wife Lorraine have owned the iconic restaurant since July and have expanded both the menu and hours of operation, adding a lunch hour. Lanny’s background is in nonprofit business management, a […]

Volunteers helm skate park reopening

The Idyllwild Community Recreation Council (ICRC) reopened the Idyllwild Skate Park (ISP) with volunteers at the helm. Insurance on the park has been paid, but lacking funds to hire a park manager, a number of volunteers have agreed to help assure its continuation for local boarders, according to Claudia Posey, skate park volunteer coordinator. Currently, […]

Anza continues pursuit of water study

Anza continues pursuit of water study

For many years, residents of the Anza valley have struggled with the question of water adequacy and ownership. Residents of the largely undeveloped valley acknowledge that further development and population growth are predicated on knowing how much water is available. The 2005 Anza Valley Vision and Goals Statement developed by the community in a yearlong […]

CERT trainees complete course

CERT trainees complete course

Fifteen residents graduated this weekend from the Mountain Disaster Preparedness CERT class. Welcoming the group is Idyllwild Fire Department Chief Norm Walker. The course was certified by the U.S. Office of Emergency Services and totaled 20 hours of instruction. Instructors were Rick Foster, Nancy Layton and EMT Greg Minor.

Opinion: Even good people make bad mistakes

The [donors of the Idyllwild Community Center (ICC) property] were stuck in a bad real estate market, with vacant land they bought years ago. An unresolved migrating oil spill was discovered, making it even more unsellable. And here’s their practical solution. Use public money for real estate development — a community center. Keep 100 percent […]

Opinion: St. Pete’s 4 — Good!

I recently had the good fortune (along with an overflow crowd in Stephens Recital Hall) to attend the performance of the St. Petersburg String Quartet. While the quartet’s performance was of the highest quality, there are several things still puzzling me about the circumstances surrounding it, as follows: Though the event was presented adequately enough […]

Opinion: Health insurance, facts & Tea Party

Those who criticize the Tea Party need to be sure of their facts. The letter in the Oct. 13 issue [of the Town Crier] is a good example of this failing. To go through all of the purported facts in the letter would be well beyond 400 words. So, I will demonstrate its fallacy with […]

Opinion: Radio waves created equally

Reading the Oct. 13 issue of the Town Crier proved very informative. On the front page, there was an article about the CPUC delaying the installation of Southern California Edison’s “Smart Meters.” It seems people are concerned about radio waves that these meters emit causing brain tumors or other health problems. Further into the Town […]

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