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Opinion: No to CAL FIRE

I am very alarmed that CAL FIRE could take over our fire services. CAL FIRE, which used to be called CDF (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is still the official name], is responsible for the huge Cedar Fire in San Diego [which occurred in October 2003]. When the idiot hiker lit a flare […]

Creature Corner: Sept. 29, 2011

Creature Corner: Sept. 29, 2011

The mountain suits her style, as Lilly is a shepherd/husky mix. She has lots of good energy and, of course, her favorite pastime is being in the outdoors. This 8-year-young girl is gentle on the leash and loves to walk and ride in the car. She also loves to play in the snow. Pleasing her human is always on top of the list. Lilly can shake, sit, stay and loves children, cats and other dogs. Bring your leash, because this girl won’t last long.

ICRC regroups with new events: Expands board eligibility

The Idyllwild Community Recreation Council (ICRC) directors previewed new and familiar recreational offerings that promise some fall and winter excitement for Hill residents. They also voted to amend their bylaws, expanding eligibility for sitting on the board to include “residents of the Hill,” with “the Hill” being defined as Idyllwild, Fern Valley, Pine Cove, Stone […]

Past Tense: Sept. 29, 2011

Past Tense: Sept. 29, 2011

60 years ago – 1951 The Town Crier was making plans to celebrate its fifth anniversary. Ernie Maxwell, the paper’s founder, banged out the first issue of the paper on a manual typewriter on Nov. 1, 1946. 55 years ago – 1956 Local Forest Service firefighters had a harrowing close call as they fought a […]

PCWD brings water donation to Idyllwild organizations

PCWD brings water donation to Idyllwild organizations

Last Friday, Jerry Holldber, Pine Cove Water District general manager, and Jerry Johnson, field foreman, delivered and unloaded several cases of Arrowhead bottled water for Idyllwild School. Holldber contacted Arrowhead and received nearly 430 cases of water. Holldber distributed them to Hill organizations such as the Idyllwild and Fern Valley water districts, Idyllwild Fire Department, MDP, RMRU and the Fire Safe Council. Helping Holldber and Johnson, but not shown, was Jeremy Potter.

Only in Idyllwild: Legends among us

Only in Idyllwild can you go from photographing legendary jazz vocalist Herb Jeffries for his 98th birthday in the morning, to photographing jazz legend-to-be Casey Abrams at his welcome home block party in the afternoon. Gina Genis Idyllwild/Laguna Hills “Only in Idyllwild” may be sent one of four ways: e-mail to beth@towncrier.com, call 659-2145, Ext. […]

IFPD Commissioner Ben Killingsworth resigns

IFPD Commissioner Ben Killingsworth resigns

(STORY UPDATED Sept. 27, 2011) Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) Commissioner Ben Killingswoth has resigned. In a terse note to his commission colleagues and the Town Crier, Killingsworth wrote, “I hereby resign from my position as a member of the Idyllwild Fire Protection District Board of Commissioners, effective immediately.” The email notification was sent Thursday, […]

Outside Idyllwild: Random thoughts …

Outside Idyllwild: Random thoughts …

I saw my friend Maurie sitting in front of Gary’s Deli on Sunday. I hadn’t really seen Maurie since we did the Spitler Peak Trail last May. So, I asked him what he had been up to and he replied that he was there with an 80-year-old Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hiker. It turns out […]

Only in Idyllwild: Unfazed by thunder storm

City folk run inside at the first raindrop. In Idyllwild, no one bats an eye at a powerful thunderstorm. I recently enjoyed lunch with a friend at Nature’s Wisdom. We were on the deck at a table under an umbrella. The sky ripped open and the downpour began. We continued our conversation with the umbrella […]

Initial Thoughts: Budgets & spending …

Editor’s note: I apologize for offering you a second column this week. But this is the result of receiving no letters from you this week! While on the subject of budgeting and spending, below is a brief list of the responses to President Barack Obama’s Jobs Act, which he just unveiled. I’m sure more interest […]

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