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Off the Main Roads: Gambling with gear …

Gambling with gear … It’s the the night before your big backpacking trip. You’ve been a good camper and packed all of your 10-plus essentials, checked the seals on your water bladder and made sure you have enough chocolate Goo packets to feed a small nation. While test-hefting the final weight of your pack, your […]

Ramblings from Roscoe: Holiday decorations …

The holiday season is here — again and already! Time to “deck the halls” and gather with friends and family. Time to get into spirit of the season and out into the hustle and bustle with everyone else that is getting into the spirit.

Initial Thoughts: 2012 — bigger, better, warmer, drier, more …

As I look back on 2012, I try to compare it to 2011. Isn’t that what the media does, compare the present with the past?

Past Tense: Dec. 13, 2012

Past Tense: Dec. 13, 2012

65 years ago – 1947
November had been a cold month with a low of 14 degrees. Joe McGaugh reported 10 degrees in his cow barn, but people thought he was just trying to get ice cream the easy way.

Creature corner: Dec. 13, 2012

Creature corner: Dec. 13, 2012

Santa is checking his list of animal shelter babies, and he knows who is nice. They all are! Freya, now known as Freda went on a sleepover and never returned. Well, just to visit. She now sports her Christmas harness, and is the love of her human’s life. Guido is now Alfie, and quickly learned the way to melt his human’s hearts. Paws up Alfie. Merry Christmas from ARF to both.

Idyllwild Botany: Idyllwild County Park flora upadate …

As of Nov. 29, the web page for the [Tom] Chester and [Dave] Stith et al flora of the county park has been updated with more photos and maps. Chester added some really cool new features. Now you can click on the scientific name for a complete botanical description of each species including which […]

Outside Idyllwild: Observe our seasons — grandiose and subtle changes …

Outside Idyllwild: Observe our seasons — grandiose and subtle changes …

I spent the spring chasing after wildflowers. During the summer months, there were flowers, butterflies, birds and bees to seek out. When fall finally arrived, I lamented seeing the last butterfly as it flew a quick circle around me and disappeared until spring comes once again. Autumn proved to have its own charms with bluer […]

Fire & Forest: How we change regarding fire safety …

The fire season has ended. I know fire professionals in the state who prefer to say that it never really ends, but when the rain and snow comes we feel like the main threat is over. An extended period of dry winds off the desert could change that, but barring that, we won’t worry about […]

Before Our Time: The endless discoveries of history …

Like peeling an onion, the work of reconstructing history seems never to end. New tidbits appear serendipitously and constantly. Let me close the year by sharing a sample of such footnotes that have corrected or enhanced tales told in several past columns. The first piece I wrote for the Town Crier a decade ago recalled […]

Creature Corner: Dec. 5, 2012

Creature Corner: Dec. 5, 2012

Reunited this week after going on a little adventure were Jezabelle, Noodle, Soup and Nugget. Missing is Max, the Chihuahua mix from Jameson area. Call ARF if seen (951) 659-1122. Bosley, the doxie, has new sweaters, a warm bed and will never be left alone again. Freya, the Chihuahua-Basenji mix, is on a sleep over […]

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