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Science and Reality Today: Sean Carroll, cosmologist …

Science and Reality Today: Sean Carroll, cosmologist …

As you may remember, I have cited the work of theoretical physicist and acclaimed author Sean Carroll in previous columns. Yet it wasn’t until recently that I had the honor of interviewing Dr. Carroll, one of the most recognizable popularizers of science today. So, without further ado, enjoy: HT: Good morning, Dr. Carroll. I am […]

Before our time: An Idyllwild institution — the Chamber of Commerce …

An Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce with 700 members? Dream on! And yet….. Our Chamber’s recent demise piqued my curiosity about its origin. I found evidence that it existed as early as 1931, when Idyllwild was beginning to outgrow its identity as more or less a “company town,” benevolently directed by C. L. Emerson’s Idyllwild Inc., […]

Fire and forest: Fire season here/prevention setback …

Southern California jumped into the fire season with a large fire in the Angeles National Forest in early June. The Powerhouse Fire burned more than 30,000 acres in dense, mature chaparral just north of Santa Clarita. Fire Safe Council Board Member Norm Walker, an incident commander on the fire, told the council that the wind, […]

Idyllwild Botany: Lemon Lily population in (a small part of) Tahquitz Valley …

Idyllwild Botany: Lemon Lily population in (a small part of) Tahquitz Valley …

Last year was a rough year for Lemon Lilies in the San Jacintos. So I was anxious to get back up to the higher elevations of the mountain to investigate this year’s blooms. On Tuesday, June 18, I met Tom Chester and Adrienne Ballwey at Humber Park. We three hiked together as far as Saddle […]

Creature Corner: July 4, 2013

Creature Corner: July 4, 2013

The name says it all — Jezabelle — the diva of the cattery. The eyes will draw you in. She’s a bit shy until she warms up to you. She will allow you to look and touch, but this diva lives to have her own space to show her beauty. She absolutely loves a perch […]

Past Tense: July 4, 2013

Past Tense: July 4, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 Five new street lights were installed in Pine Cove by the Improvement Club. 60 years ago – 1953 Paul and Alma Wood came to Idyllwild on their honeymoon and decided to stay. So they opened a self-service laundry. 55 years ago – 1958 Lots at Tahquitz Lake Estates were going […]

Outside Idyllwild: Butterflies of Idyllwild …

Outside Idyllwild: Butterflies of Idyllwild …

Their life cycle is truly magnificent, from tiny egg, to larva, to caterpillar, to silk cocoon and finally they metamorphosize into butterflies. Butterflies: The word itself has a magical sound. In their relatively short time as adults, they feed and mate and the whole process starts over again. I enjoy taking photos of beautiful wildflowers […]

Past Tense: June 27, 2013

Past Tense: June 27, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 Movie star Tim Holt was in town with a film company shooting a western picture in Garner Valley. He brought his favorite movie horse, Lightning, for the film shooting. 60 years ago – 1953 Four children — Earlene Dick, Jimmy Johnson, Gary Anderson and Arty Yates — comprised the graduating […]

Creature Corner: June 27, 2013

Where does a dog go who has escaped out of his yard? Why, the lumber yard of course. And that’s just what Charlie Brown the Anatolian shepherd mix did. He just sat down behind the counter and decided he had had enough of the strolling around, after only a couple of hours. Glad you are […]

Speaking For the Animals: “Hot dog alert” …

With temperatures climbing, it’s time to leave your dogs at home when you run into the post office or the market “for just a couple of minutes.” Every summer, news programs carry at least one sad story of a dog dying from heatstroke while locked in a car. The thought of what these poor animals […]

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