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Photos: May 23, 2024

As of Sunday, May 19, Caltrans Constuction on route 74 bridge retrofit at Strawberry Creek will shift gears to the opposite lane.Crews have completed pouring the eastbound abutment and retaining wall for strawberry Creek as of the 19th, additional work includes upgrades with slab overlay, new guard rail systems on the existing bridges, and bringing lane...

Idyllwild Summer Concert Series Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Star-Studded Lineup

The Crier sat down with Idyllwild Summer Concert Series founder KenDahleen to hear about this year’s lineup as the series marks its 25th,or “Silver” anniversary. Darlene says that this will be a season ofcelebration, there will be lots of surprises, and “You’ll have to cometo all the concert to see all the surprises.”

Calvert and Rollins in close election and fund raising

All of the Hill communities reside within the 41^(st) U.S. CongressionalDistrict. Republican Ken Calvert, who represents CD 41, is serving his16^(th) Congressional term. In November 2022, he defeated Democratic rookie Will Rollins in one ofCalvert’s closest races, in which he captured just 52.4% of the votes. Both men will face off...

FVWD draft 2024-25 budget set for approval in June

Financial issues, primarily the draft fiscal year 2024-25 budget,dominated the May 16 meeting of the Fern Valley Water District’s Boardof Directors. The major budget item was about the District’s unfunded liability forretirement through the California Employers' Pension Plan Trust Fund.Other items included the warrants, the General Manager’s Report, andwater consumption’s effect on District revenue.

Newsom and Lara insurance reform moving forward

Near the end of his revised budget presentation last week, Gov. GavinNewsom described two major legislative initiatives that hisadministration is preparing. One is an effort to limit the appropriation of expected higher revenueuntil it is collected and the State assured of its availability. This isintended to avoid expansive budgets which later need to be...

IWD meeting exposes fabricated water loss figures

The regular meeting of Idyllwild Water District’s board of directorsincluded revelations regarding two aspects of IWD’s operations: waterloss and personnel. Interim General Manager Curt Sauer told the boardand public that the former GM’s figures for water loss were“fabricated,” and the second half of the meeting was a hearing duringwhich former Chief Water Operator Joseph Reyes appealed his...

County proposes increase salaries for supervisors and other elected officials

At its May 21 meeting and again at the June 4 meeting, the County Boardof Supervisors will approve two ordinances raising their salaries andthose of the County’s other elected officials, e.g., the Sheriff and theCounty Auditor. “For most of these elected officials, these ordinances were lastaddressed in 2014,” County Executive Officer, Jeff Van Wagenen,...

Photos: May 16th 2024

The Aurora Borealis paints the skies of Idyllwild on Friday, May 10th.Photo by SACHER WILSON Emcee Andre RealPhoto by Peter Szabadi Cast of Cabaret performed last weekend in Bowman Theatre at Idyllwild Arts Academy.Photo by Peter Szabadi One of...

Newsom submits revised budget to eliminate current deficit

Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his May revision for the comingfiscal year (FY) budget. For FY 2024-25, beginning July 1, Newsom’srevised total expenditures, including federal, special and bond funds,will be nearly $288 billion, of which $201 billion will be for theGeneral Fund accounts. This is about $25 billion less than available forthe current FY, which ends...

CPUC approves fixed rates and lowers usage rate

Thursday, May 9, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)unanimously approved a change in how large investor-owned utilities maybill for electricity in California. In late 2025, electric bills will be the total of a fixed or flat rateand a usage charge. Current bills are based on usage alone. The changeintroduces the separation of the electric...
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