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Injured hiker air lifted from Falls Trail

An injured hiker was hoisted by a CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire rescue copter from Falls Trail, in a remote area of the San Bernardino Wilderness on Mt. San Jacinto. The hiker had sustained minor to moderate injuries. The incident was reported at 3:43 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29 and the rescue was effected thereafter. CAL […]

IFPD new commissioners take oath of office

IFPD new commissioners take oath of office

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, 3rd District, (left) administers the oath of office to incoming Idyllwild Fire Protection District Commissioners Jerry Buchanan (center) and Larry Donahoo (right). Their term begins noon, Friday, Dec. 2. Stone was in idyllwild for his monthly conversation with local citizens. Appointments can be made by calling Rose Esparza at (951) […]

Teen boy shot in Garner Valley hunting accident

At 2:40 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, the day after Thanksgiving, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Hemet Station (RCSD) responded to a report of an accidental shooting on Little Thomas Mountain Road near Garner Valley. A 14-year-old boy, identified as Isreal Delatorre, resident of Coachella, was accidentally shot while hunting with family members. The […]

Outside Idyllwild: Giving thanks for Idyllwild magic …

Another Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone along with another missed Tree Lighting Ceremony. I am not much for crowds, so I tend to avoid the ceremony. I do enjoy seeing the tree lit up when I drive or walk through town. All and all, I do think of the Thanksgiving holiday as a time […]

Initial Thoughts: Thanks

Well, the Thanksgiving holidays are past. Most of us are planning for Christmas, New Years and the other special days between now and the middle of January. Before we end this year, a few more moments of recognition will take place. As I’ve written many times, Idyllwild is nurtured and sustained by the life line […]

Opinion: A house divided

Last week [the Nov. 24 issue of the Town Crier], Kathy Lewis, in her letter, raised a lot of complaints regarding Town Hall’s current staff. Poor Ms. Swanson (current Town Hall helper) merely wrote the week before requesting a healing, for all of us to get together for the good of the children. [I felt] […]

Opinion: It’s not that bad!

Oh boy, so now we have an issue of the Town Crier that lets each of our crybabies vent at the same time. The Thanksgiving — four-day holiday [Nov. 24 issue] — brings all the tourists and second homeowners to the Hill. We are inundated by out-of-towners. And at a time when we should “put […]

Fire and Forest: Good Fire Chiefs …

In addition to a breathtaking mountain and an excellent Fire Safe Council, I am grateful for extremely competent fire professionals who make it possible for us all to live here. We are very fortunate to have chiefs who are fine leaders. I don’t have the background to assess their abilities as a peer would, since […]

Fire retardant analysis available

The U.S. Forest Service completed its final environmental statement (FES) on the use of aerial application of fire retardants and argues that the continuation of aerial application is an important fire protection tool and its negative environmental affects can be controlled or limited. The FES is available online at The agency’s preferred approach would […]

CPUC to decide Smart Meter opt out

Not before Jan. 12, 2012, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will act on its Smart Meter opt-out proposal. On Nov. 22, the CPUC issued a “proposed decision” about Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) opt out policy. Jan. 12 is the earliest the CPUC can cast a final vote on the proposed decision, which […]

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