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Before Our Time: How communities evolve

The current ferment about where and how to manage public recreation in Idyllwild calls to mind a place where Hill folk gathered for amusement in earlier times. I speak of the land now occupied by “The Center of Idyllwild,” better know locally as The Fort. If we go back to 1904, the site was little […]

Fire and Forest: The fire fee …

Town Crier readers will have noticed that the State Board of Forestry ruled on Aug. 22 that the Legislature approved fire fee was to be no more than $90, and that various discounts would apply. Residents who pay a local fire district fee would be given a $45 discount, and residents who could show a […]

Idyllwild Arts plans more growth, less water use

Idyllwild Arts (IA) has plans to expand its campus facilities, but no ground will be broken or new project started until late spring 2012. A replacement health center will be the first construction. Then, three faculty residences will follow, according to John Newman, dean of students. A multi-million dollar concert hall is part of the […]

Idyllwild Pines has new team

It’s not just a new sign, although the graphic is strong and provides a new look for the venerable institution. The 88-year-old Idyllwild Pines nondenominational Camp and Conference Center has a new management team and a newly refined message and mission. Headed by a trio of experienced and engaging professionals, Idyllwild Pines is planning to […]

Tom Dillon has some magic up his sleeve

Tom Dillon has some magic up his sleeve

Tom Dillon, new fifth grade teacher at Idyllwild School, has a few sleight-of-hand magic tricks up his sleeve that he uses to help students pay attention, improve their observational and cognitive skills and reward them for those little leaps forward that he says makes teaching so rewarding. “I enjoy giving knowledge to kids,” said the […]

Lemon Lily Festival draws big, learns lessons

Lemon Lily Festival draws big, learns lessons

The 2nd-annual Lemon Lily Festival (LLF) drew a larger audience and organizers learned some lessons they will use to improve the festival for next year. Key organizer Doug Yagaloff reported that based on site surveys, shuttle transport and merchant queries, he believes the festival drew about 5,000 attendees, most of whom were from out of […]

Domestic argument prompts school response

Around 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, an alert teacher on her lunch break at Idyllwild School heard a domestic argument in progress at a residence on Saunders Meadow Road, opposite a wing of school classrooms. She then spotted a man with a rifle getting into a truck and driving away from the residence. Despite […]

Arizona fire proves value of fuel projects

Arizona fire proves value of fuel projects

The Wallow Fire burned nearly 540,000 acres from late May until its containment on July 21.

MDP schedules boots on the ground earthquake drill

Saturday, Sept. 10, Mountain Disaster Preparedness (MDP) will mount a “boots on the ground” simulation of the aftermath of a 7.9 magnitude earthquake, with an epicenter 2.2 miles east of Banning, in the Pass area. At 9 a.m., MDP will announce over its radio and email systems and through the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services […]

Opinion: Let ’em dance

What better way to respect the band and its music than to get up and dance? Thank you, Lord, for providing me a place to sit near the rear of the park during the concert. Had I heard the people complaining about kids dancing, I’d most likely have been ushered out of the park. How […]

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