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Idyllwild Botany: Oracle oaks …

This is the Reader’s Digest condensed version of my thoughts about Oracle Oaks (Quercus X morehus). I have been conducting surveys over the last three winters. Since I do not have a working knowledge of genetics, these thoughts are based solely on observations with some questions and conjectures thrown in. Some of these ideas have […]

Science and Reality Today: Who needs superheroes when you have nature? …

Last week my roommate and I were having another one of our deep philosophical discussions about what superpowers would be the coolest to have. My roommate, being an X-Men fanatic, went with Wolverine’s power to regenerate and heal. Personally, having grown up reading Marvel Comics as well, I was always envious of Magneto’s ability to […]

Tax Tips: People get ready, tax season’s a comin’

About this time of year, we begin to collect all the information we will need to properly file our income tax returns. Since it’s been a year, I have listed below some of the items you will want to look for. Your employer is required to send you your W2 forms by Jan. 31. You […]

Off the Main Roads: Hiking gear, time to retire? …

It’s supported you loyally throughout the years, but bringing worn-out gear into the back country can do you far more harm than good. Here’s a quick guide for when to replace key gear. Boots: Your boots should be allowed to go hike the great trail in the sky when: Your soles wear thin and smooth. […]

Creature Corner: Jan. 16, 2014

Creature Corner: Jan. 16, 2014

Found on the Ernie Maxwell Trail: an adult neutered male German shepherd with no chip, collar or tag. Well groomed. Yep, I’m Scrappy Doo. And it’s a good thing because a human abandoned me in the ARF yard one chilly day. So I had to learn really fast how to be a scrapper. I am […]

Past Tense: Jan. 9, 2014

Past Tense: Jan. 9, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 A cold snap brought a high of 30 degrees and a low of 7 degrees one day, freezing pipes and Mrs. Eric Holm’s breath on her coat. Emax reported that even the squirrels were shivering 60 years ago – 1954 The California Public Utilities Commission approved Idyllwild Water Company’s request […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Fondue revival …

Do you remember the food trends from your past? Some of mine are Jello molds with drained fruit cocktail. Onion dip with chips is still around — a great dip for guys with football on TV. Due to my heritage, I also remember the traditional tamale making around the kitchen table on Christmas eve.As a […]

Fire and forest: A year in review …

The Fire Safe Council began the year with its attention on the new insect threat to the Hill’s oaks, the Goldspotted oak borer. Many of our volunteers and staff attended a training program in January at the Nature Center led by experts from the Forest Service and University of California, Riverside. From that training came […]

Before our time: J.M.V. Pathfinders to Idyllwild Pines …

From time to time in this column, I share anecdotes illustrating the adage that in order to be preserved, history must first be reconstructed. During my 17 years pursuing historical reconstruction as a post-retirement hobby, I’ve been particularly struck by how often sheer luck figures into the process. A rich example is the emerging story […]

Past Tense: Jan. 2, 2014

Past Tense: Jan. 2, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 The Women’s Association of the Idyllwild Community Church was considering setting up a “bank” of food and clothing for needy families on the Hill. 60 years ago – 1954 Snow finally arrived — 9 to 11 inches of it. It was welcome, for Idyllwild had been through a very dry […]

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