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COVID-19 Local Update: Area has two additional cases in less than one week

The area of Idyllwild-Pine Cove now has a total of 10 cases since the outbreak of COVID-19. Because Riverside County is unable to provide recovery data by area, it is unknown how many of the ten total cases are active since the area’s first reported case on April 3.  No deaths have been reported...

Beating the odds, one cell at a time

In September of 2011 James Bachmann was a typical eight-year-old. He enjoyed playing, riding his skateboard and riding his bike. Then, he started experiencing some concerning behavior.  He was watching television with one eye closed because he was having double vision. He was having trouble walking and suffered from frequent headaches. At first, his...

IFPD board selects replacement commissioner

The Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) board of commissioners meeting was held on June 30. All commissioners were present, either physically or via Zoom.   Former IFPD Commissioner Larry Donahoo resigned for personal reasons effective at the end of the May board meeting. The IFPD board named Donahoo’s replacement after reviewing resumes from candidates...

Local girl creates ‘Positively Alexa’ book review channel

YouTube.com has been around for years and is a go-to for almost anything you can think of. We go to it for everything from cooking to auto repairs, and now there’s a new reason — book reviews. On May 17, local resident 11-year-old Alexandra Zakharin was finally able to start her own YouTube channel....

Spotlight: David Salk

One of David Salk’s clay baskets at Idyllwild Art in the Park Saturday afternoon.Photo by Jenny Kirchner Local resident David Salk has called our mountain community home for 50 years, having moved here in the fall of 1970. In that time, his one-of-a-kind pieces of art have graced the tables and cabinets in...

Rattlesnake incident prompts warnings

According to Cpt. Fernando Herrera, Cal Fire public information officer, a child suffered a rattlesnake bite at 3:25 p.m. Sunday, June 21 at the Fuller Mill Creek Campground north of Pine Cove. Cal Fire responded to attend to the child, who was transported by Mercy Air to a nearby hospital in stable condition. Herrera...

Elections coming up include local seats

Three water districts have board member seats up for election in November: Idyllwild Water District (all five seats), Lake Hemet Municipal Water District (Divisions 2 and 5) and Pine Cove Water District (three seats). LHMWD’s division 5 includes east Hemet and Garner Valley/Pine Meadows Estates.  In addition, the Idyllwild Fire Protection District has two...

Fern Valley water approves budget

Pipeline project to come in under budget The Fern Valley Water District’s office remains closed to the public. The district’s board held its meeting June 19 via teleconference. The agenda included the approval of the proposed FY 2020/21 budget, the consideration of a no-cost policy and updates on the pipeline project and fire...

Readers Write: July 2, 2020

Holding organizations accountableDear editor:Thank you for taking the time to attend the various public meetings for organizations funded by taxpayers and holding public officials of those organizations accountable for violations of laws and rules designed to keep their business dealings accountable.  We depend on your diligence to keep their actions transparent and to inform the public when transgressions...

PUBLISHER EDITORIAL: PCWD GM fires at the messenger

Pine Cove Water District General Manager Jerry Holldber recently sent a letter dated June 19 (republished by the TC in this issue) to his district’s customers disparaging the Town Crier’s coverage of his water district, claiming “many stories have been filled with misleading and incorrect information.” Well, then, I would think that...
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