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Fire and Forest: Going green with abatement …

Fire and Forest: Going green with abatement …

Fire abating one’s property, or reducing the flammable vegetation around your house, is a very green activity. Of course, it is very good if you would like to lessen the risk of your house going up in flames and sending large amounts of toxins into the air and soil, but it is, happily, one of […]

Creature Corner: May 9, 2013

Creature Corner: May 9, 2013

Oreo is our special dog of the month. Just like April, he is blooming with new tricks. Only a couple years old, this bright Chihuahua mix attends Mt. Pawly Tech training school and has a report card that he is so proud of. Basic commands are a piece of cake, such as sit, down, and […]

Past Tense: May 9, 2013

Past Tense: May 9, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 Fern Valley Mutual Water Company installed a 420,000-gallon water tank on Strawberry Creek. 60 years ago – 1953 A record-breaking crowd of anglers hit the Hill for the opening of trout season. A crowd of 1,500 to 2,000 lined banks of Strawberry Creek shoulder-to-shoulder on opening day. 55 years ago […]

Outside Idyllwild: April stories …

Outside Idyllwild: April stories …

April was a good month for outdoor adventures. I would have liked to have seen more rain, which would benefit the wildflower season. Of course, when it comes to weather, you take what you get. It does not look like we will have a similar profusion of wildflowers as we had last year. But late […]

Fire and Forest: Fire codes and the end of our grant …

Quick, who knows what PRC 4291 is? Here’s a hint — homeowners are supposed to be in compliance with it everywhere in California where there is a threat of wildfire. Okay, I know the old-timers up here got it, but in case you are new to these altitudes, this is the statewide code for fire […]

It Takes a Village: ‘Glee’ful results for music alums

The Idyllwild community and the campus have a unique symbiotic relationship which truly takes a village to be successful. It’s well known that life often imitates art and vice versa. Such is the case with several Idyllwild Arts Academy graduates who have been or are currently involved in “Glee,” one of the most popular musical […]

Creature Corner: May 2, 2013

Creature Corner: May 2, 2013

Oreo is our special dog of the month. Just like April, he is blooming with new tricks. Only a couple years old, this bright Chihuahua mix attends Mt. Pawley Tech training school and has a report card that he is so proud of. Basic commands are a piece of cake, such as sit, down, and […]

Past Tense: May 2, 2013

Past Tense: May 2, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 A handful of energetic men, women and children scrambled up and down Strawberry Creek, building little dams. The purpose was to deepen the pools and provide quieter living conditions for fish. 60 years ago – 1953 The Chamber of Commerce published a 32-page pictorial magazine called “We Live in Idyllwild” […]

Before Our Time: Lakes on the Hill …

Before Our Time: Lakes on the Hill …

The absence of a local lake has helped shape Idyllwild’s lasting character, a fact for which many Hill residents are grateful. But as with skiing, this omission from our recreational menu has not always been overlooked. When Claudius Lee Emerson bought the Idyllwild Inn in 1917, he soon cast his eye on a recreational lake […]

Science and Reality Today: Shedding light on what was once dark, the mystery of dark matter …

Imagine you are a physicist doing research outside of Geneva, Switzerland, these days. It’s like when you were a kid driving back home with your parents from an awful family get-together. As you turn to look outside the window, you see all these kids playing and running around in a gigantic bouncy house. They’re riding […]

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