Idyllwild Town Crier – News • Events • Local Information – Est. 1946, the only newspaper exclusively serving Idyllwild, California and area communities Est. 1946 by Ernie and Betty Maxwell
Established in 1946, the Idyllwild Town Crier was purchased in 2012 by Idyllwild House Publishing Co., co-owned by Jack Clark and Becky Clark (who worked for the Town Crier for decades)
The Idyllwild Town Crier newspaper was founded in 1946 by Ernie and Betty Maxwell. It has been in weekly or semi-weekly publication ever since, serving the communities of Southern California's San Bernardino National Forest, including Idyllwild, Pine Cove, Fern Valley, Mountain Center, Garner Valley, Poppet Flat, Pinyon and Anza. In 2013, after the dissolution of the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce, the Town Crier opened a visitors center to serve an important need in our resort town. Idyllwild Town Crier is under the parent company Idyllwild House Publishing, Ltd., owned by Jack and Becky Clark. Becky has worked at the Town Crier since the 1980s and now serves as Publisher/Editor. Jack serves as Co-Publisher, Legal Counsel, Pro Golf Correspondent, Delivery Driver and Fashion Columnist. Idyllwild House Publishing Company also publishes the bi-monthly Palms to Pines Magazine, the bi-annual Explore Idyllwild Directory and Map, the annual Idyllwild Phone Book and Homes on the periodic Hill Real Estate section. Please call our office at (951) 659-2145 for more information.
Operating as usual
UPDATE @ 1:30 p.m. - The Evacuation Order has been lifted for all residents West of Highways 74 and 243. An Evacuation Order remains in place for residents East of Highways 74 and 243 from Keenwild Fire Station to the north and Keen Camp Rd. to the south. Please use caution returning to the area as fire crews continue to work.
[UPDATE] 12:30 p.m. - All road closures in the area of the Bonita Fire have been lifted, with the exception of Highway 74 from Mountain Center to Lake Hemet. This area will be reduced to one lane with law enforcement escorts around 2 p.m. according to CHP.
Most up to date info on the #BonitaFire. As of 6:35am, 600 acres with 5% containment.
rvcfire.org Click here for an interactive map. UPDATE 5:45 a.m. - The fire is 600 acres and 0% contained. An Evacuation Center has been established at the Banning Community center (789 N. San Gorgonio Avenue, Banning).
The Bonita Fire is 250 acres and started at 1:16 a.m.
Mountain Center has been evacuated.
Hard road closures: Highway 74 from Morris Ranch Road to Strawberry Creek and Highway 243 at Saunders Meadow Road. Updates will be posted when available. #bonitafire
Update: In case you missed it yesterday, according to SCE’s website, the community crew will be set up in front of Town Hall at 25925 Cedar St. Idyllwild, 92549 on Tuesday, 12/8/20 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Update: According to SCE’s website, the community crew will be set up in front of Town Hall at 25925 Cedar St. Idyllwild, 92549 on Tuesday, 12/8/20 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Southern California Edison is set up in front of Town Hall today, December 7, giving away blankets, chargers, and lightbulbs that do not require electricity to operate. Snacks and water are also being provided. This is for residents only, you must provide your physical address.
Food distribution, Oct. 28
Calvary Chapel is distributing USDA Farmers to Families food boxes starting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the Idyllwild Community Playground site on Highway 243. Boxes contain protein, dairy and produce. Distribution will end by 1 p.m.
Bureau of Land Management - California
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument and National Public Lands Day by getting outdoors and joining this special #BioBlitz event. Take part in a 24-hour session to record plants and animals in the desert, foothills, or mountains in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains. More information about this fantastic event: https://go.usa.gov/x73Wz
Flyer for the event (PDF): https://go.usa.gov/x73WM
📸Bob Wick, BLM
[10/21/20] Calvary Chapel is distributing USDA Farmers to Families food boxes starting at 11:30 a.m. today, Oct. 21, at the Idyllwild Community Playground site on Highway 243. Boxes contain protein, dairy and produce. Distribution will end by 1 p.m.
UPDATE: According to U.S. Forest Service Public Information Officer Zach Behrens, as of 6:45 p.m. the McCall Fire was 1.5 acres and 50% contained. Crews will be on scene for approximately 3-4 hours. The cause of the fire is under investigation. According to CHP, Highway 74 should be open by 8 p.m.
Fire at Highway 74 near mile marker 58 (McCall Park Road). The Highway is closed. See information in this post from CHP.
Caltrans District 8
Blasting operations continue on SR 243 between Idyllwild and Mountain Center on Tues and Wed (9/15 & 9/16). Flagging 6 am to 6 pm and no access between 1 pm and 4 pm during blasting. Use SR 243 for detour.
RESIDENTS OF IDYLLWILD: WE HEAR YOU
Recently, several members of our mountain communities have expressed growing concerns of dangerous driving in and around Idyllwild and Pine Cove, including excess speed, tailgating, and unsafe passing. As the leading jurisdictional agency for traffic throughout Idyllwild, we take these concerns very seriously. We know that as a small community, the impacts of a major incident can reverberate throughout the mountain and affect an entire town. For this reason, we have taken a proactive approach to this problem and want to remind locals and tourist alike that CHP will not tolerate unsafe driving in any capacity.
Beyond our regularly scheduled patrols, the San Gorgonio Pass CHP has deployed additional resources in and around Idyllwild to the areas effected most by this unsafe driving. Utilizing a combination of education and aggressive enforcement, our officers will take a zero-tolerance approach to this issue and are dedicated to providing a level of service and safety that our community has grown to expect from the San Gorgonio Pass Area office.
If you have questions or concerns regarding this or any traffic matters, or if you’d like to report traffic concerns for a specific area, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly at [email protected]. Our officers take pride in serving this unique mountain community and will continue to serve your needs as they arise. Thank you and stay safe.
#applefire as seen from Highway 243 south of Poppet Flatts around 3 pm Friday. According to the USFS, the large column is due to burn out operations to remove fuels.
UPDATE (1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7): As of Friday afternoon, two of the six people officially reported missing in our mountain area to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) have been located.
According to RCSD Correctional Sergeant Deanna Pecoraro, “Venessa Vlasek has been located safely and removed from the missing persons database.” No further details were available.
According to the Orange Police Department Dispatch Center, Officer Bryce Ayres located Jade Kemerer and Shane Wilcock in Kemerer’s vehicle at 11:40 a.m. Friday at the corner of Main Street and Town and Country Road in the city of Orange.
“Police found her and she appears fine,” said Eric Kemerer, Jade’s father, in a phone interview. “She lost her phone, which is why she wasn’t answering. I hope to hear from her soon.”
Melissa Lane was officially added to the system as a missing person on Aug. 5, according to Pecoraro. Lane, Rosario Garcia, Dia Abrams and Roy Prifogle remain missing.
Smoke from the #AppleFire in Cherry Valley/Beaumont is starting to be seen to the north of Idyllwild and Pine Cove. This fire is no threat to us at this time. Top photo was taken from Highway 243 just north of Pine Cove at 1:30pm. Bottom photo from Saunders Meadow Rd. Photos by Jenny Kirchner
Update from SBNF Twitter: “Assisted by @CALFIRERRU and Idyllwild Fire Department, the 1/4 acre fire located off the Webster Trail in Pine Cove is 100% contained and out.
“Firefighters will continue to mop up today.
“The cause is under investigation.”
ATTENTION Food Share recipients and participants:
The Idyllwild Community Center/Feeding America food distribution scheduled for tomorrow is unfortunately cancelled due to a covid-19 case at the Feeding America distribution warehouse. They are unable to send the truck up to deliver the groceries, leaving us with nothing to distribute.
We know that there are families who rely on this food distribution and are working on pulling together a mid-month distribution. Please keep your eyes out for updates!
Additionally, if there are any families who are in need of groceries immediately, we have a small emergency supply. Please do not hesitate to reach out!
Please keep in mind, the reported covid-19 case in the warehouse is from off-the-hill.
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Protest at Idy Park
Protest at IdyPark.
Riverside County Sheriff's Department
The County of Riverside proclaimed a local emergency and set a countywide curfew tonight from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The order was signed today by County Executive Officer and Director of Emergency Services George Johnson, in coordination with law enforcement officials, and applies to all cities and unincorporated areas.
The curfew is in response to several areas of rioting and looting in Southern California over the weekend, as well as planned protests set to occur today in Riverside County.
“We want the community to be able to peacefully assemble and exercise their first amendment rights,” said Johnson. “We must also take action to protect our community from threats of rioting and chaos. If you plan to visit a protest today, we urge you to do so peacefully and return home at the time of the curfew.”
The curfew will expire Tuesday morning at 6 a.m. and will not apply to residents who must leave their homes to attend essential work or business after 6 p.m. The curfew is intended to prevent any potential acts of destruction and violence at protest sites. Law enforcement will continue to serve the community by conducting patrols and responding to calls for service.
Public health officials also remind the community that while gathering for peaceful protests, community members should wear a face covering and maintain six feet between others to thwart the spread of coronavirus.
Members of the public can call 2-1-1 for more information.
These cost from $2.29 to $2.69 a piece. Take the whole box for $5.
Only one filing cabinet left.
Two solid oak desks for sale. $85 ea.
6-drawer solid desk for sale. $40.
Sweet corner desk for sale. Make offer!
[05/29/20] More free stuff at the old building tonight. Friday is the last day to buy a desk, work bench, filing cabinet and/or glass display case!
A virtual tour of our new office!
A short virtual tour of our new office.
Only one fan left!
[05/27/20] A white dog wearing a green bandana just made its way down N. Circle.
Cool down on a hot day with one of these fans!
[05/27/20] Just so you know, every night I put free items on the old Town Crier porch at N. Circle and Cedar. You’re welcome to it.
The Idyllwild Town Crier newspaper was founded in 1946 by Ernie and Betty Maxwell. It has been in weekly or semi-weekly publication ever since, serving the communities of Southern California's San Bernardino National Forest, including Idyllwild, Pine Cove, Fern Valley, Mountain Center, Garner Valley, Poppet Flat, Pinyon and Anza. Idyllwild Town Crier is under the parent company Idyllwild House Publishing, Ltd., owned by Jack and Becky Clark. Becky has worked at the Town Crier since the 1980s and now serves as Publisher/Editor. Jack serves as Co-Publisher, Legal Counsel, Pro Golf Correspondent, Delivery Driver and Fashion Columnist.
Under Becky’s leadership, the Town Crier has won numerous local, state and national awards, many for its stance toward transparency in local government. Idyllwild House Publishing Company also publishes the bi-annual Explore Idyllwild Directory and Map, the annual Idyllwild Phone Book and periodic special sections. Please call our office at (951) 659-2145 for more information.
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