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Out Loud: Local Vineyards …

A few weeks ago, as guests of the Garner Valley Women’s Club, Jack and I covered a tour of vineyards in — would you guess? Garner Valley (tecnically, Pine Meadows) and Anza. Garner Valley surrounds Thomas Mountain Vineyards, where our tour began, that Jim and Timmie Martens, retired trucking owners, began a few years ago. […]

NEWS OF RECORD: September 19, 2013

NEWS OF RECORD: September 19, 2013

A two-vehicle traffic collision with minor injuries just north of Saunders Meadow Road on Highway 243 created one-lane traffic Monday afternoon. Gabriel Michelle Roberts, 52, of Hemet, was traveling northbound in a Subaru Outback, according to CHP Officer Ron Esparza, when she veered into the southbound lane. Michael Curtis Loften, 18, of Mountain Center, was […]

HUSD superintendent talks — part 2

(Editor’s note: On Tuesday, Sept. 3, Hemet Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Barry Kayrell and Trustee Vic Scavarda of Idyllwild met with the Town Crier to discuss the “State of the District” and trends in the next few years. This is the second of three parts of the interview.) Do you see HUSD”s growth (student […]

Capparelli resigns from IFPD

Idyllwild Fire Commissioner Pete Capparelli resigned his position at the conclusion of the Sept. 10 commission meeting. “As of tomorrow [Sept. 11], I tender my resignation to step down from the commission,” he said. Capparelli’s term would have ended the first week of December since he had chosen not to seek re-election. Commissioner Dr. Charles […]

No chunking of Garner Valley roads

Old Morris Ranch and Wagon Wheel roads are the subject of a petition by a group called “Residents, Neighbors and Friends of Garner Valley” that seeks to stop the closure of these back-access roads by the U.S. Forest Service. The Petition has been referred to the office of Congressman Raul Ruiz. Michael Ford of Ruiz’s […]

PAST TENSE: Sept. 19, 2013

PAST TENSE: Sept. 19, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 The dump, the Town Crier learned, was a popular after-dark rendezvous during the summer. Residents were taking guests there to watch the deer feeding. 60 years ago – 1953 A sudden cold snap hit the mountain; the thermometer dropped to 18 degrees at Kenworthy Station in Garner Valley. 55 years […]



Idyllwild School had an API of 908.



Local grant awards announced

Next week, the Idyllwild Community Fund will hold a reception for its nine grant recipients this year. New honorees, along with six repeat recipients, are the Art Alliance of Idyllwild, Idyllwild Scholarship Fund and Idyllwild Arts Foundation. AAI will use its grant to help with the cost to install the “deer herd” at the various […]

Idyllwild Fire OKs $1.7 million budget

After a Sept. 10 presentation in which Idyllwild Fire Chief Patrick Reitz addressed and tried to rebuff many of the issues in the recent ad campaign directed against the district during the election for commissioners, the department’s 2013-14 budget was unanimously approved. Reitz, however, did say that after the escrow for the sale of the […]

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