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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 […]

Past Tense: Nov. 22, 2012

Past Tense: Nov. 22, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Carmen reminisced about the good old days in Idyllwild. They remembered Fern Valley as a fern-filled meadow without many trees, with cattle grazing in Round and Tahquitz valleys. 60 years ago – 1952 During a major snowstorm, Ada Morlan, Chamber secretary, left an evening committee meeting. […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Thanksgiving leftovers …

Everyone has Thanksgiving leftovers unless you are Henry VIII. It starts out on Thanksgiving Day with a wonderful feast giving appreciation for a year of bounty. After dinner, time is spent lounging around, letting the tryptophan kick in and watching football. The day after Thanksgiving is nice, no meals to prepare, a nice turkey sandwich […]

Speaking for the Animals: Animal Rescue History – Part II …

In last month’s column, Janice Fast brought us through the beginning of our community’s animal rescue history up to the late 1980s. Some of us fondly like to imagine that the next chapter started when a flame-haired, leather-clad woman roared into town on her Harley-Davidson, her saddlebacks stuffed with cats and dogs. But, according to […]

Outside Idyllwild: In search of gold …

I spent the month of October photographing trees in my neighborhood and beyond in all their autumn glory. The yellow, orange and red maple leaves, the tall candle-shaped golden boxwoods, and the multicolored dogwoods all flaunted their fall fashion hues before dropping their leaves at winter’s first sign. One tree, of an unknown species, sparked […]

Opinion: Why unions? …

There has been and lot of chatter about the role of labor unions in our society during the recent election cycle. Some have claimed that it is the unions that are destroying the American economy. Others have argued that unions once served a purpose but are no longer needed to insure fair working conditions. As […]

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