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Outside Idyllwild: Where are they now again …

It is time once again to check in with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hikers, most of whom are nearing the end of their journey. A quick check on trialjournals.com reveals that most of the remaining hikers are now counting the miles in hundreds instead of thousands and almost all the recent posts are from […]

Outside Idyllwild: Tramway excursion …

Outside Idyllwild: Tramway excursion …

Back in 1975, I took the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up into the high country. I don’t recall the exact why or wherefore but I do remember enjoying the experience. After I found out that I could do the tram and back to Humber Park as a long day hike the cost of the tram […]

Off the Main Roads: Another safety program …

Off the Main Roads: Another safety program …

Many times when the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit (RMRU) gets called out, it is in conjunction with the California State Park for a situation that has taken place in its area. Over the past year, we have seen a steady decline in rescues within the state park. A new program, which Ranger Sue Neary started, […]

Creature Corner: Sept. 8, 2011

Creature Corner: Sept. 8, 2011

A couple of lost dogs were reunited with their humans on this busy holiday, which made for a good weekend. And, the concerns of the young men who found a baby kitty in a woodshed soon became a success story as they found the perfect family to love and care for their little found ball of fur. Good job boys.

Past Tense: Sept. 8, 2011

Past Tense: Sept. 8, 2011

In these photos from the Sept. 20, 2001 edition of the Town Crier, Idyllwild residents respond in positive ways to the tragedy that affected all Americans. 60 years ago – 1951 Idyllwild had 450 full-time residents. 55 years ago – 1956 The Christian Science Church was being built on Cedar Street. 50 years ago – […]

Outside Idyllwild: Idyllwild magic again …

Hot has been the order of the day for the last week. With the temperature topping 90 degrees for several days in a row, it was simply too hot for hiking or climbing. Too hot for just about every other outdoor activity I could think of besides swimming. All of us Idyllwilders know swimming options […]

Before Our Time: How communities evolve

The current ferment about where and how to manage public recreation in Idyllwild calls to mind a place where Hill folk gathered for amusement in earlier times. I speak of the land now occupied by “The Center of Idyllwild,” better know locally as The Fort. If we go back to 1904, the site was little […]

Fire and Forest: The fire fee …

Town Crier readers will have noticed that the State Board of Forestry ruled on Aug. 22 that the Legislature approved fire fee was to be no more than $90, and that various discounts would apply. Residents who pay a local fire district fee would be given a $45 discount, and residents who could show a […]

Creature Corner: Sept. 1, 2011

Creature Corner: Sept. 1, 2011

Four paws up to Hobo, also known as Licky. He found his comfort zone with his foster family, and is now part of a forever pack.

Past Tense: Sept. 1, 2011

Past Tense: Sept. 1, 2011

55 years ago – 1956 Idyllwild School registered 90 youngsters in kindergarten through seventh grades. Last week, 290 students attended the first day of the new school year. 50 years ago – 1961 Tahquitz Lake Estates announced the opening of a tract on the Dutch Flat property and near Foster Lake. Lots were priced at […]

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