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Fire and Forest: Some thoughts on the year …

Another year to enjoy our mountains! On this topic, the vision of the Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council is “Fire Safe Communities in a Healthy Forest.” It is not that our members are people who have always wanted to cut brush, prepare firewood, or write and administer federal grants (though they are good at it). […]

Science & Reality Today: It’s all relative so let’s take a moment to ponder …

As I held my mother in her final moments on that early morning of May 2011, I experienced so many emotions all at once. Sad that I would not see her again or hear her voice, angry that I was not there for her more, relieved that she was no longer in pain, you name […]

Outside Idyllwild: Systems failure — Part 2 …

Last week, we talked about assuring that your sleeping system is up to snuff. This week, I will focus on rain gear. It may come as a surprise that not all “rain” gear is actually waterproof. This column will help you find your way through the maze of terms and purchase the right gear for […]

Creature Corner: Dec. 28, 2012

Creature Corner: Dec. 28, 2012

ARF had one wish for Santa: Please give just one dog a forever home. And we got our wish. Domino, our Lab mix, was left to die without food, water, or human contact for five days until an angel rescued and brought her to ARF. It was love at first sight, even through the window, […]

Speaking for the Animals: The Year of the Deer? …

Speaking for the Animals: The Year of the Deer? …

I’ve lived in Idyllwild for 13 years and only occasionally seen a lone deer on my morning hikes. Infrequently, we might see one bounding across Highway 243 on the way out of town. But, in the last few months, there has been an increase in sightings, not only in our Saunders Meadow neighborhood, but also […]

Off the leash: Newtown! …

News of the Newtown massacre tragedy is everywhere. It’s the second largest school shooting in American history, but who’s keeping score?

Tody’s Heatlth Issues: Overweight — an increasing health risk …

As we approach the end of the year and we start to contemplate New Year’s resolutions we must remember that nothing is as important as preserving our health.

Past Tense: Dec. 20, 2012

Past Tense: Dec. 20, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 Everyone was invited to the first Christmas party in Town Hall. Ernie Maxwell was master-of-ceremonies and Charles Kretsinger led the carol singing. 60 years ago – 1952 Sale of Buckhorn Ranch at Dutch Flat to the Reorganized Church of Latter-day Saints was announced. 55 years ago – 1957 Vandals shot […]

Creature Corner: Dec. 20, 2012

Creature Corner: Dec. 20, 2012

Happy holidays to all from ARF. We hope your holidays and the New Year will be full of love and treats for your furry four-leggeds.

Outside Idyllwild: Systems failure — Part 1 …

The biggest flaw of the computer age is when we rely on them exclusively to store all our information. When the inevitable happens and that unfortunate crash occurs, you better have a back-up or you can be in big trouble.

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