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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 […]

Past Tense: Dec. 6, 2012

Past Tense: Dec. 6, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 Deputy Max Jensen, assigned to the mountains by the Sheriff’s Department, reported that during the previous six months he had handled 92 assignments, with 12 arrests. 60 years ago – 1952 A rather hectic program was readied for a visit by TV’s “Queen for a Day.” A weekend on the […]

Outside Idyllwild: Return of the Champ …

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I got an email from my friend Rob Bowman. He asked about the trails in County Park and whether I would like to go hiking with him and his family. We made arrangements and they drove up to my house about an hour later. I was waiting outside with my pack […]

Creature Corner: Nov. 29, 2012

Creature Corner: Nov. 29, 2012

The ARF staff and all of the four-leggeds wish our loyal community, friends, and visitors a Happy Thanksgiving. Reunited this week after taking a little stroll were Charlie and Bobby. Home for the holidays and staying warm in their very own beds is on every ARF animal’s wish list. This week, dreams came true for […]

Idyllwild Botany: Idyllwild County Park botanical report …

On Tuesday, Nov. 20, Tom Chester and I made a long overdue return to the Idyllwild County Park in order to survey and document the vegetation along Idyllwild Creek, which is on the east and south edge of the meadow and the opposite side from Lilly Creek. In 2010, we studied and documented the park […]

Past Tense: Nov. 27, 2012

Past Tense: Nov. 27, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 Game Warden Cliff Donham was double-crossed by the very squirrels he protected. When investigating his car’s lack of power, it was revealed that squirrels had been stuffing the exhaust pipe with acorns and nuts. 60 years ago – 1952 There was a flurry of new construction in the village. Next […]

Science and Reality Today: How truly free are we? A scientific point of view …

Before we start, let’s play a quick game. Let’s play “Think of someone you have met.” Ready? OK. Please close your eyes and think of anyone you have ever met. Do you have someone in mind? Was it my elementary school friend, Raul? Probably not, but it was for me. Even if it wasn’t Raul, […]

Creature Corner: Nov. 22, 2012

Creature Corner: Nov. 22, 2012

The ARF staff and all of the four-leggeds wish our loyal community, friends, and visitors a Happy Thanksgiving. Reunited this week after taking a little stroll were Charlie and Bobby. Home for the holidays and staying warm in their very own beds is on every ARF animal’s wish list. This week, dreams came true for […]

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