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Creature Corner: June 20, 2013

Creature Corner: June 20, 2013

Tippycanoe, Tyler II, Tutti Frutti, Teddy Bear and T. Rex. Come in to ARF and get your kitty love; three males and two females. They will be ready for their new adventure into your home this week. Hurry, these bundles of fur won’t last long. They are all 8 weeks old and properly trained by […]

Past Tense: June 20, 2013

Past Tense: June 20, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 Bill Butler’s masterpiece, a huge totem pole, was about to be installed in front of the Idyllwild Inn. The pole weighed more than 3 tons, and required 136 hours of carving and 36 hours of painting. 60 years ago – 1953 A “beach” area was added to the Idyllwild Plunge […]

Off the Leash: 1984 or the erosion of trusting government …

I remember back when 1984 rolled around, how for a brief moment everyone was asking the question, “Was George Orwell right?” Are we entering the era when Big Brother is a reality, not just a whimsical notion conjured up in the imaginative mind of an English writer? It was a time before the Internet, before […]

Outside Idyllwild: Wildflower report, June 2013, part 2 …

Outside Idyllwild: Wildflower report, June 2013, part 2 …

This past week’s heat wave put most of my afternoon outdoor activities on hold. After my morning outings, it was so hot I retreated indoors to sit by a fan or to a shady spot, hoping for a little breeze to come up and cool me down. In California, they call hot, dry days earthquake […]

Off the Main Roads: Permit? But I’m a local …

Next time you get annoyed when a ranger asks you for your permit, sit back and think for a moment. Do you like to hike our local trails? Look at the nice, smooth trail stretching out in front of you. It’s so easy to only see what is in front of us, and not all […]

Past Tense: June 13, 2013

Past Tense: June 13, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 Pala Indians had predicted 11 days of rain in May, but none fell. 60 years ago – 1953 Volunteers were asked to report to the Town Hall campfire area to build a platform and seats for the community campfire programs. 55 years ago – 1958 It was estimated that 25,000 […]

Creature Corner: June 13, 2013

Creature Corner: June 13, 2013

Hurray, Amadeus. He was lost for just a bit, and is now home with his very worried human pack. Missing is Sophie, a Belgian Shepherd Malanois, near the State Park on Highway 243. Found Sunday: three dogs near the transfer station. Call ARF to claim, (951) 659-1122. Tippycanoe, Tyler II, Tutti Frutti, Teddy Bear and […]

Fire and Forest: Greenwood Award, GSOB Training, and Goodbye to a Friend …

The Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council received the 2013 Greenwood Award for outstanding contributions to our regional environment. Karen and Richard Greenwood presented the award to us at the Idyllwild Earth Fair on May 23. We are very grateful for this recognition. In line with the spirit of the award, we continue to cope with […]

Past Tense: June 6, 2013

Past Tense: June 6, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 Due to error, Dick Elliott’s name was omitted from the ballot in the school district election. But the diligence of his supporters resulted in 160 write-in votes for Elliott, and he won. 50 years ago – 1963 A Lynwood glider pilot unexpectedly set his craft down on a green at […]

Creature Corner: June 6, 2013

Creature Corner: June 6, 2013

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday, dear Charlie, happy birthday to you. Charlie celebrated his very first birthday June 1. He is a male Jack Russell-mix in love with life. And life to Charlie is all about playtime, walks and toys. Charlie had only one birthday wish: To have his very […]

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