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Out Loud: The Brown Act …

Two Idyllwild Fire groups committed numerous and parallel Brown Act violations on March 18, when both a quorum of commissioners and a quorum of the Finance Committee visited the dispatch command center in Perris. Multiple violations of both groups within this agency occurred because the meetings were neither noticed nor opened to the public. A […]

Creature Corner: April 17, 2014

Creature Corner: April 17, 2014

Hey … it’s Ethel with a big smile. But where’s Fred? Oh, Fred was adopted? Yea and high five to you, Fred, for being on your best behavior. He is now in the best forever and ever home. Ethel was absolutely fine with it all, even though she didn’t get to go, too. Ethel is […]

Past Tense: April 17, 2014

Past Tense: April 17, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 The new school building, housing second- through seventh-grades, was being readied for an open house.   60 years ago – 1954 Parents and PTA members voted to recommend that seventh-grade students be sent to Hemet Junior High School the next year on a one-year trial basis.   55 years ago […]

At the Idyllwild Library this week: April 17, 2014

This is National Library Week. Visit our library and see what new features it has to offer. From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, Maria Reyes will offer her weekly Spanish language class for homeschoolers, a program designed for children but to which the whole community is welcome. From 1 to 2 p.m. […]

Out loud: Pet food …

You know those websites offering free samples with just a click and then, after you click once, you find endless requirements to click through offers until you get to the offer you sought in the beginning — or you’ve completely forgotten the dang offer? They are appropriately called websites because I got caught like a […]

Fire and Forest: Fire muster April 26, climate changing daily …

 On Saturday, April 26, the public is invited to a festive and informative gathering in Idyllwild of people connected to fire prevention and firefighting. At no admission charge, we hope everyone will come and enjoy the activities. The Fire Safety Muster is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Idyllwild Community Center site in […]

At the Idyllwild Library this week: April 10, 2014

This coming week brings a variety of events to our Idyllwild Library. On Wednesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Maria Reyes will offer her Spanish language class for home-schoolers, a program designed for children, but to which everyone is welcome. From 1 to 3 p.m. that same day, Karen Lampert will walk […]

Past Tense: April 10, 2014

Past Tense: April 10, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 More tracks of the mountain lion previously sighted around Ernie Maxwell’s cabin were spotted. The visitor seemed to be more curious than hungry.   60 years ago – 1954 Oscar Lawler, prominent Los Angeles attorney, donated his 80-acre estate in the Dark Canyon area to the county. The donation was […]

Before our time: Libraries in Idyllwild: past and present …

Like a growing number of Hill residents, I’ve been spending more time lately at our public library. Its move to Strawberry Plaza in 2012 was truly a return to its roots at the heart of the community. In 1920, Claudius Lee Emerson made a library an integral part of his plan to develop a family-friendly […]

Tax Tips: Survivor — tax audit island episode …

When taxpayers receive a tax audit notice, they often feel as if they are stranded on a hostile island and danger awaits. If their record keeping is shoddy or if they or their tax preparer engaged in dubious tax strategies, they are certainly correct. Abraham Lincoln once said, “He who represents himself in court has […]

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