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Creature Corner - August 22, 2013

Creature Corner – August 22, 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 […]

Past Tense - August 22, 2013

Past Tense – August 22, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 At long last, a suitable place was found for a mountain branch of the county library — a small building on the Fern Valley Lodge property. Volunteer librarians were being sought. 60 years ago – 1953 Sierra Club members of the rock climbing division again tackled Tahquitz Rock. Several new […]

Off the Leash: Buy small? …

Last week I was driving Highway 126 on my way to San Luis Obispo to help my daughter move some things into her new apartment. While passing through a rich agricultural area outside of Santa Paula I pulled over to get a burrito from a food truck parked alongside the road. A young girl, around […]

Creature Corner: Aug. 15, 2013

Creature Corner: Aug. 15, 2013

What a busy weekend. Reunited are the very well behaved shepherd mix, and Grizzly, the pom-poo. We are so happy that you are both safe and home. Adopted is our very special and so loved little Bruce, the Chihuahua that was dumped at the Transfer Station with Dozer and Ladybug. Paws up to you, little […]

Past Tense: Aug. 15, 2013

Past Tense: Aug. 15, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 More than 100 people attended the town’s Old Time Dance. 60 years ago – 1953 An electrical storm roared through the night, starting eight fires and depositing .84 inches of rain that raised Strawberry Creek 2 feet. 55 years ago – 1958 Max and Bea Krone were collaborators on “The […]

Fire and Forest: Lessons …

We are all glad that our town was unharmed by the Mountain Fire, but I don’t want to celebrate too much. I don’t want us to draw the wrong lesson, which is that fire agencies will always have the personnel and equipment to save us. After all, can’t they just keep pulling in more and […]

Creature Corner: Aug. 8, 2013

Creature Corner: Aug. 8, 2013

Buddy the cat and Samson the dog had been lost since the Mountain Fire. Imagine the stories they could both tell now that they have returned. Such a relief. Monte, the little guy, has returned home, also. Tippycanoe seems to be a bit shy for the camera this week, so Tyler II decided to give […]

Past Tense: August 8, 2013

Past Tense: August 8, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 The district school board accepted a bid of $80,272 for a new Idyllwild School building. Work was to be completed in six months. 60 years ago – 1953 The first production of a Shakespearean play in the history of Idyllwild occurred when “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was presented at the […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Key Lime cupcakes …

Last Sunday afternoon I attended a baby shower. What was different about this shower? I have known the mom-to-be since she was a little girl. At times I feel she is my child. She has grown up to be a gentle, loving woman who will be a great mom. Watching her grow through the years […]

Before our time: Another Mountain Center Fire — 1943 …

The fire erupted unseen in dried-out brush, and wind drove it through Mountain Center before the first fire crew arrived. As flames raced down the mountainside after quickly consuming nearly two dozen cabins, a smoke plume rose that was visible all over Southern California. Highway 74 was shut down. When the wind died down, stopping […]

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