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Off The Main Roads: Plastic fantastic …

Hiking up the steep slope of a mountain can be hot and sweaty. The refreshingly cool feeling of raindrops merrily pelting off your head in a sudden downpour is a welcome relief. Getting rained on can be fun, but it’s easy to get chilled to the bone if you’re not properly prepared. As we’ve seen […]

Fire and Forest: Renewing commitment; evacuation win …

If anything good comes out of the two major fires on the Hill this summer, I hope it’s a renewed interest and commitment in making our communities fire safe. The Mountain and the Silver fires should serve as reminders of our vulnerability. So I hope we again ask the question, “What can we do to […]

Before Our Time: Before Kwikset came

You can’t commute from Fern Valley or walk about town these mild summer mornings for very long without noticing the seemingly abandoned scatter of old buildings across from St. Hugh’s Episcopal Church at South Circle and Tahquitz drives. Only the Kwikset Lock logo on the largest structure reflects their function for the past 60 years […]

Creature Corner: September 5, 2013

Creature Corner: September 5, 2013

Reunited and happy to be home this week are Brady and Brodie, as well as the cat Bella. September is “Adopt a Cat” month at ARF. And for a limited time, you can take two home for the price of one. Double the love. Sunkist, known as Sunny, has been very busy keeping up with […]

Past Tense: September 5, 2013

Past Tense: September 5, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 “Don’t look for the Town Crier next week,” advised the editor. “We’re skipping every other week to do our winter chores.” 60 years ago – 1953 The Marais-Miranda folk opera, “African Heartbeat,” premiered at the Bowman, but the weather was so cold the audience huddled in blankets. 55 years ago […]

Lola’s kitchen: Quick and easy spaghetti sauce …

I just received my September issue of InStyle magazine. Low and behold while thumbing through, on page 700 was a gorgeous chocolate cupcake with white icing. Mounted proudly on top were two of the most realistic blue butterflies I have ever seen. They were beautiful and edible. The wings are paper thin and colorful. This […]

Past Tense - August 29, 2013

Past Tense – August 29, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 The PTA raised $150 at its first Hill social event. 60 years ago – 1953 The thunderstorm that drenched Idyllwild proceeded northward, leaving 300 lightning strikes in the Six Rivers National Forest. 55 years ago – 1958 Charlotte Gorzny, an eager youthful reader, read 47 books to top all other […]

Creature Corner - August 29, 2013

Creature Corner – August 29, 2013

Sometimes it’s not even in your plan. Call it fate or the way the wind blew, but at the end of the day, you welcome a new four-legged member into your family. And that’s just what happened with Oreo, our Chihuahua-mix. Now known as Ortega, this little chili pepper won the heart and soul of […]

Science & reality today: The language of nature: We are all connected …

As I was watching my favorite show “Breaking Bad” the other day, a commercial came on featuring Cindy Crawford. What came to mind was the whole controversy back in the 1990s of whether or not she should remove that “imperfection” on her face, as some people called it (the mole above her lip), to make […]

Speaking for the animals: The care and feeding of wildlife …

Editor’s note: Shela has several changes in her life making it difficult to continue the column. First, an apology to readers for the oxymoron-ish statement in last month’s column: “If you don’t have access to a computer, email me …” So, let’s try that again. If you need any of the disaster preparedness lists about […]

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