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Only in Idyllwild: Warm and friendly

Recently, while selling tickets for a local fundraiser outside the post office, I got cold and shivery despite wearing a sweatshirt. Just then, Barb Reese came by. Observing my plight, she went to her car and came back with a nice coat that she gave me and told me to keep. Only in Idyllwild do we take “warm and...

Initial Thoughts: Whose the lowest? only details …

The scrutiny of Idyllwild Fire Protection District’s commission will increase in coming weeks as the August election approaches. Two commission seats as well as Measure G, the unit or parcel fee increase, will be on the ballot. The terms of office for Commissioners Pete Capparelli and Paul Riggi expire in December. It is a difficult decision and fortunately the district’s...

Opinion: Malls in Idyllwild

The donated plot of land now trying to be juggled into a so-called “community center” might as well be called the Community Center Mall. There are plans for a strip of commercial shops edging the highway. Maybe the rent gathered from these shops will go toward maintaining the unneeded pool and the meeting hall. Rest assured, they can cut all...

Opinion: An apology

I am an employee of the State of California Transportation Department. On July 13 about 11 a.m., while on duty and in a state vehicle, I parked in a handicapped space at a business at the corner of Highway 243 and South Circle. A woman approached me and castigated me for my action. She was right and I was wrong. I...

Opinion: Free speech, wonderful

I’m writing regarding Conor O’Farrell’s columns that the Town Crier has been publishing these past several months. While I may not always entirely agree with all Mr. O’Farrell’s ideas, most of them I do support and I am happy to read a local paper that is willing to print his (liberal) views. But perhaps even more than...

Opinion: Schelly, focus on IFPD

I attended the Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) Commission meeting Tuesday night and was very disconcerted by the unprofessional and self-serving behavior of Dr. Charles Schelly. Regardless of any animosity between him and other board members, his public display of animus was enough to confirm my regret for having voted for him. Regardless of any merit of...

Opinion: Cable service

I like good television reception, fast internet speeds for my computer, and voice over internet protocol for cheaper telephone service. The choices available for these services are cable TV, telephone connection, or satellite dish. Having dealt with telephone and dish in the past, I chose cable after moving here five years ago. From the first day cable was installed in...

IFPD Candidate’s Corner: Paul Miglin

Editor’s note: The Town Crier is interviewing each of the six candidates for the Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) commission. Interviews with incumbent Commissioners Pete Capparelli and Paul Riggi appeared in the July 14 issue. The series of interviews will conclude next week with Jerry Buchanan and Larry Donahoo. Ballots will be mailed to voters and will be due...

IFPD Candidate’s Corner: Mark Spehar

Editor’s note: The Town Crier is interviewing each of the six candidates for the Idyllwild Fire Protection District commission. Interviews with incumbent Commissioners Pete Capparelli and Paul Riggi appeared in the July 14 issue. The series of interviews will conclude next week with Jerry Buchanan and Larry Donahoo. Ballots will be mailed to voters and will be due back...

IFPD budget still in the red

At its Tuesday, July 12 meeting, the Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) Commission reviewed its end-of-year financial condition and discussed the recent Grand Jury report on the agency. Although the district’s expenses exceeded its income by $235,000, several unique one-time circumstances explain a significant portion of the deficit, said Commissioner Ben Killingsworth. He first defended his duties as treasurer and explained...
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