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Disappearance of ‘Rocky’ the deer still a mystery

According to Capt. Ray Wood, the Sheriff’s Department Hemet Station has exhausted all leads and the likelihood of finding Rocky the deer is remote. He said the deer might have been dismantled and scrapped. The mountain climbing-themed deer painted by local artists Donna Elliot and Neil Jenkins as a part of the public art display […]

Before our time: Libraries in Idyllwild: past and present …

Like a growing number of Hill residents, I’ve been spending more time lately at our public library. Its move to Strawberry Plaza in 2012 was truly a return to its roots at the heart of the community. In 1920, Claudius Lee Emerson made a library an integral part of his plan to develop a family-friendly […]

Stone ramps up fundraising

Three Republicans have announced their intentions to fill the vacant state Senate District 28 seat, representing Idyllwild. Locals will recognize 3rd District Supervisor Jeff Stone. Some will remember Bonnie Garcia. From 2002 through 2008, she represented Assembly District 80 (eastern Riverside County and all of Imperial County). The third candidate is Glenn Miller, a current […]

Tax Tips: Survivor — tax audit island episode …

When taxpayers receive a tax audit notice, they often feel as if they are stranded on a hostile island and danger awaits. If their record keeping is shoddy or if they or their tax preparer engaged in dubious tax strategies, they are certainly correct. Abraham Lincoln once said, “He who represents himself in court has […]

Out Loud

One of my recent columns urged folk to pick out a local good nonprofit cause to receive their volunteer time and monetary donations. The Town Crier has decided to take our own suggestion by unofficially affiliating itself with the Friends of the Idyllwild Library and the library itself. Our library has enjoyed a long and […]

State Parks need improvement: Consultant optimistic for future

Editor’s note: In June, California Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird and California State Parks Director Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret.), unveiled Parks Forward, a collaborative initiative to undertake a top-to-bottom evaluation to improve and sustain California’s State Parks system. The effort responded to several issues involving misappropriation of the agency’s funding and […]

Don’t be scammed: Natural disaster scams …

Natural disasters provide a fertile feeding ground for scammers to take advantage of the generosity of those wishing to lend assistance. No matter the tragedy or the scope of devastation, scammers are furiously dialing for dollars, and the recent mudslides in Washington state have provided yet another opportunity for the public to fall prey to […]

Judge orders Smith to trial for Pinyon homicides

Last week, Riverside County Judge James Hawkins ordered Cristin Smith, 25, to stand trial for the murder of three Pinyon Pines residents in 2006. A Riverside County grand jury has already indicted Smith’s friend, Robert Pape. The grand jury did indict Smith, but because he was under age 18 at the time of the crimes […]

Deputies arrest Idyllwild man

On Thursday, March 27, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Hemet Station arrested Wayne Sleme, 39, of Idyllwild, on multiple charges. He currently is being held in the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility until his arraignment Tuesday, April 1, at the court in Banning. Five charges were filed, three of which were felonies — burglary, […]

Creature Corner: April 3, 2014

Creature Corner: April 3, 2014

Hurray and paws up for Chelsea, our shepherd-mix, and Twiggy, our gray cat, who have both been adopted this week. Here we have Lord Archibald (Archie) in the white and Lady Arabella (Bella) in the black. Lost, abandoned, dumped — that’s a question mark. They came to ARF together, and are very friendly. They will […]

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