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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 […]

Outside Idyllwild: Wildflower report, June 2013, part 3 …

Outside Idyllwild: Wildflower report, June 2013, part 3 …

This week saw trips down to the Grotto on Strawberry Creek, hunting giant dandelions on and off Tollgate Road, a trip up to Humber Park, yet another visit to the meadow on South Circle and Tahquitz, and two trips down to the Hub (behind Idyllwild Arts). Last year I found Hooker’s evening primroses (Oenothera elata) […]

Today’s Health Issues: Bon Voyage …

Many of us are contemplating either taking a vacation or traveling to see friends and relatives during the summer. Most of us can go through these trips with no problem. However, it is wise to remember a few basic safety tips to make vacationing safer and more pleasant. Before you travel If you have a […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Grilling corn on the cob …

One of the first things I learned in grade school was that corn was a staple of Native Americans. I love Native American cuisine. My husband and I would journey down to Fantasy Casino when they had a pow-wow with several nations attending. Each nation had their own style of tribal dress designating their affiliation. […]

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