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Past Tense: March 27, 2014

Past Tense: March 27, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 Plans called for completion of the Idyllwild-Banning Highway by summertime. 60 years ago – 1954 Three search parties were looking for three teenage boys lost in the mountains. They finally emerged, unhurt but hungry, in Tahquitz Canyon. 55 years ago – 1959 Woodland Park Manor and Idyll-a-Wyle Cabins changed hands. […]

Tax Tips: Charitable contributions …

Americans are the most charitable people in the world, as evidenced by records of our annual charitable giving. Congress has been very generous in the passage of laws regulating deductions for charitable giving. Consult IRS Publication 526 for regulations governing the many aspects of charitable giving and the required documentation. In order to be deductible, […]

Off the leash: A parenting lesson for society …

I want to tell you a story about three brothers — Lloyd, 12, Steven, 8, and Timmy, 6. The boy’s mother, Mary, gave the brothers one hour to play video games. Lloyd, the oldest, declared that his younger brothers get to play for 10 minutes each and he gets to play for the remaining 40 […]

Past tense: March 20. 2014

Past tense: March 20. 2014

65 years ago – 1949 Forty-five people gathered at the Idyllwild Inn, attending a shower to help Shirley Wood refurnish her burned-out home.   60 years ago – 1954 Eastern Municipal Water District was planning to purchase the Lake Hemet Water Company.   55 years ago – 1959 The Idyllwild Rotary Club invited the public […]

Creature Corner: March 20, 2014

Creature Corner: March 20, 2014

Paws up to you, Lucy, in your new forever home. And our tiny Mrs. Beasley will be in her perfect home soon. Introducing the Mertzs. Fred on the left, and Ethel, bottom right. They were both found together and would love to be adopted together. Ethel is a bit younger than Fred, but they love […]

Off the main roads: Have you ever wondered? …

Hiking around these mountains you may see all sorts of things in nature that just seem designed to boggle the mind. 1. Why is your pine tree foaming at the mouth in the rain? Don’t be alarmed; it doesn’t need rabies shots. The formation of a crude soap on the bark from fatty acids in […]

Before our time: From Fern Valley Gardens to The Epicurian and now the sound of music …

One aspect of Idyllwild that helps maintain its small-village charm is the way commercial and residential activities get intermingled through both space and time. Upper North Circle Drive offers a good example. Just across the street from ever-busy Café Aroma, stands dense forest surrounding two obviously old buildings. As Idyllwild’s first construction boom gained momentum […]

Creature Corner: March 13, 2014

Creature Corner: March 13, 2014

The leprechauns have visited the ARF cattery and left behind the luck o’ the Irish. Monday, March 17 is St. Paddy’s Day and all of our felines can be adopted for the lucky #17. Come on in this weekend. Your Irish eyes will be smiling as you visit the cats in the shamrock room. Mr. […]

Past Tense: March 13, 2014

Past Tense: March 13, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 Caretakers of the Bunker Ranch found themselves snowbound for seven weeks with dwindling provisions.   60 years ago – 1954 The Isaac Walton League built and installed 14 signs to warn motorists about deer on local highways.   55 years ago – 1959 More than 60 mountaineers attended a workshop, […]

Fire and Forest: Feds move to fix funding but homeowners still key …

“Facts are stubborn things,” as John Adams said, and a very stubborn thing over the last two decades has been how much we have spent on putting out forest fires. Not surprisingly, wildfire protection costs have risen substantially. A recent paper from Headwaters Economics puts the federal annual-average fire suppression cost during the 1990s at […]

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