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Lola’s Kitchen: Baking at high altitude …

Baking desserts has been my passion since childhood. I started with cookies then graduated to cakes and other pastries. One of the hardest lessons is learning to bake at a high altitude. I own two high altitude cookbooks, “The New High Altitude Cookbook” by Beverly M. Anderson and Donna M. Hamilton, and “Pie in the […]

Off the Leash: Do we want a “do-nothing” government? …

Like a lot of Americans, I’ve been following the Republican presidential debates the last couple of months. To be honest, I find myself scratching my head and asking myself, “What in the world is going on?” I have never seen such a group of job applicants express such open disdain for the company to which […]

Creature Corner: Nov. 17, 2011

Creature Corner: Nov. 17, 2011

Leonardo is almost 2 years old. Always open to new friendships, Leonardo will bravely welcome any four-legged that walks through the door — be it canine, or feline. He knows no enemies, as he makes sure all the new orphans at ARF are accepted and safe. A sleek short haired grey, Leonardo, along with his siblings, lost his mom shortly after birth. One by one, his brothers were all adopted. He chose to pass it on, as Mr. Mom to Dawn and Dusk, who also lost their mom and were living under a house. Leonard is a one of a kind furry friend who is at his best consoling and loving other cats and dogs.

Past Tense: Nov. 17, 2011

Past Tense: Nov. 17, 2011

65 years ago – 1946 The new electrical substation was almost ready for service. It was expected to greatly improve power service for the Hill. 55 years ago – 1956 Some Banning youngsters took a one-day outdoor education course at the Arts Foundation. One of them later wrote the instructor (Emax), “I enjoyed hiking with […]

Outside Idyllwild: Winter tips for outside and inside …

Outside Idyllwild: Winter tips for outside and inside …

Now it’s winter again and all I can say to Idyllwild’s newcomers is welcome to the Hill. I hope you enjoy the change of seasons. After talking to a few newcomers and offering some tips on staying warm in the fall and winter months, I was asked to write this column and offer some of […]

Fire and Forest: Fewer dollars …

What will happen to federal support for homeowner fire abatement? Judging from the words of U.S. Forest Service’s Director of Fire and Aviation Management Tom Harbour at a fire prevention conference last week, we should not expect much in the future. Last week, a bunch of us from the Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council traveled […]

Creature Corner: Nov. 10, 2011

Creature Corner: Nov. 10, 2011

Paws up to our min/pin mix Frankie for snuggling his way right into the hearts of his forever humans. Good job Frankie! Found: An adult, medium-size, mixed breed dog, corgi red in color, on South Circle and Scenic. Call ARF to identify. Also found was a tabby kitten in a cat carrier by the dumpster behind The Fort. If you have any information regarding this unforgiveable abandonment, please call ARF at 659-1122.

Past Tense: Nov. 10, 2011

Past Tense: Nov. 10, 2011

65 years ago – 1946 The E.H. Kincaides bought the Cole house nearing completion on the corner of River Drive. 60 years ago – 1951 Building started on the new Idyllwild Motel, a 10-unit structure on Pine Crest behind La Cantina. 55 years ago – 1956 An Arabian horse show climaxed Palm Springs’ Western Week. […]

Outside Idyllwild: PCT speed record and other stories …

Scott Williamson has set the new speed record for hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). He completed the 2,627-mile trail southbound from Canada to Mexico in 64 days, 11 hours and 19 minutes. He hiked an average of 41 miles each day. He began his trek Aug. 8. In the northern-most State of Washington, he […]

Before Our Time: From lumber to recreation …

As this past summer’s well-deserved centennial celebration for Ernie Maxwell fades into memory, I’d like to focus attention on an equally fascinating Idyllwild pioneer: George B. Hannahs, Jr. His father was prominent in Michigan banking and lumber industries, eventually serving as state senator there before retiring to San Diego in 1887. Although George, Jr, was […]

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