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Outside Idyllwild: ’Tis the season for insulation …

Once again the holiday season is upon us and what will be at the top of many hillbillies’ Christmas list? My guess is warm clothing has to be number one for most adults. After all almost every one can use another sweater, fleece or down jacket to stave off the winter chill. A few weeks […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Baking at high altitude …

Recently I was hired to cook for a film crew. Never having had the experience, I said yes. The film is a dark comedy called, “Blood Punch.” There were 28 people on the crew. Filming was on location in Pine Cove and Idyllwild. The actors and several of the crew were from New Zealand. Understanding […]

Creature Corner: Dec. 8, 2011

Creature Corner: Dec. 8, 2011

Found: male cat near Chevron. To identify, call ARF at (951) 659-1122. Four paws up to Coco the cat who was safely reunited with his worried human. No more field trips Coco. Skye, the mama calico, and her five kittens will be available for adoption soon. Pictures next week! Several ARF angels found them at […]

Past Tense: Dec. 2, 2011

60 years ago – 1951 Thanksgiving was followed by a beautiful snow fall that left 3 inches in Idyllwild and 8 inches in Tahquitz Valley. 55 years ago – 1956 The newly organized Pine Cove County Water District planned to ask voters to approve a $110,000 bond issue to purchase facilities and make improvements. 50 […]

Outside Idyllwild: Giving thanks for Idyllwild magic …

Another Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone along with another missed Tree Lighting Ceremony. I am not much for crowds, so I tend to avoid the ceremony. I do enjoy seeing the tree lit up when I drive or walk through town. All and all, I do think of the Thanksgiving holiday as a time […]

Fire and Forest: Good Fire Chiefs …

In addition to a breathtaking mountain and an excellent Fire Safe Council, I am grateful for extremely competent fire professionals who make it possible for us all to live here. We are very fortunate to have chiefs who are fine leaders. I don’t have the background to assess their abilities as a peer would, since […]

Before Our Time: From lumber to recreation …

Although you won’t find them memorialized in a street name, there are three Idyllwild pioneers I regard most highly: George Hannahs, Claudius Emerson, and Ernest Maxwell. After profiling Hannahs and Maxwell recently, it’s time for me to focus on Emerson. A recent arrival in San Jacinto from California’s Central Valley, Claudius at 28 married Zelma […]

Creature Corner: Dec. 1, 2011

Creature Corner: Dec. 1, 2011

Paws up to Bobbi, the applehead Chihuahua, for prancing his way into his forever home. And three meows to Dawn, Dusk and Leonardo as they all will be purring together in their new forever home too. Well hello, Missy, and welcome back. Does anyone want to play with me? A young energetic aussie/pointer mix, Missy […]

Past Tense: Dec. 1, 2011

Past Tense: Dec. 1, 2011

65 years ago – 1946 Mrs. Huston at the Cedars Cafe in Fern Valley, beside Strawberry Creek, advertised that she wanted to trade a lawn mower for snowshoes. 55 years ago – 1956 Members of the class in government at Desert Sun School journeyed to the Hollywood Bowl to hear President Eisenhower speak. 50 years […]

Sustainability: How it started at Idyllwild Arts …

My first impression upon visiting Idyllwild, just over a year ago, was of the clarity and freshness of the light on the landscape. The landscape itself seemed raw and untouched, as if it had been formed far more recently than the burnished hills of New England from which I moved, and was little affected by the scouring forces of erosion, an observation that bears out geological fact. The presence of the landscape, its undeniable relief and texture, seems to reach everywhere in Idyllwild, in definite contrast to much of southern California. This unspoiled and ecological distinctive landscape of pines, oak and white fir is a unique refuge from pavement, big-box stores, and unrestrained and indiscriminate development omnipresent to our west, 5,000 feet below, and thousands of people seem to remember that every weekend.

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