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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 […]

Creature Corner: Nov. 3, 2011

Creature Corner: Nov. 3, 2011

Ciao Bella! Our newest addition to ARF is Jack, an Italian greyhound/Chihuahua mix. Young and full of love, his eyes will melt your heart. Warning: once you have him in your arms, you’ll never let go.

Past Tense: Nov. 3, 2011

Past Tense: Nov. 3, 2011

60 years ago – 1951 Indians from the valley were gathering acorns in Strawberry Valley where the crop was tremendous. 55 years ago – 1956 Max and Bee Krone were featured in “The Instructor,” a teacher’s magazine. A section of their song arrangements appeared in several issues. 50 years ago – 1961 Movie studio technicians […]

Outside Idyllwild: Lake Fulmor photo safari …

In all the years I have known Les Walker, I have never seen him take a photograph. Les is a professional photographer and photo editor but he has never brought a camera when we went out hiking or took our trips out to Lake Hemet. Lake Hemet has always been one of my favorite spots […]

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