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Idyllwild Botany: Lemon lilies need post-fire protection …

This is a very sad time for the Lemon Lilies of Tahquitz Valley in the San Jacinto Mountains. It’s another example of just how tough it is to be a Lemon Lily. The Mountain Fire burned an area where Tom Chester and I counted a healthy reproducing population of 2,667 Lemon Lilies in 2009. This […]

Creature Corner - August 1, 2013

Creature Corner – August 1, 2013

We’re still here, too! And the Mountain Fire is not even on our bucket list. Frisbees, treats and getting adopted are. Reunited this week were Monty and Mugsy. Merlot, the chow-mix, strutted her stuff at the Pet Expo and caught the eye of her forever human. And she will always be best in show in […]

Past Tense: August 1, 2013

Past Tense: August 1, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 Formal opening ceremonies were to be held to mark the completion of the Banning-Idyllwild Highway. 60 years ago – 1953 The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Geological Survey Division began a project to map inaccessible areas in the local mountains. 55 years ago – 1958 The Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce […]

Creature Corner: July 25, 2013

Creature Corner: July 25, 2013

Adopted and ready for their new adventure this week were Teddy Bear and Tyler II, two males from the litter of gray kittens. They went to their new home together, so the brothers will always have each other to play with. Found: a small female husky-mix. Call ARF to identify at 951-659-1122. Reunited this week […]

Past Tense: July 25, 2013

Past Tense: July 25, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 With a net profit of almost $4,000 from the Gold Strike, the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce paid off a $1,500 note to the bank, borrowed to help build Town Hall. 60 years ago – 1953 Forty members of the Camp Pendleton Marine Band performed at the Community Campfire. 55 years […]

Lola’s kitchen: Where to start …

I decided to write this column before the Mountain Fire mandatory evacuation was lifted. Needless to mention, starting Monday, July 15, the residents of Idyllwild have been through hell. The fact is, my mind and heart were filled with turmoil, but I was not alone. All residents of Idyllwild scattered throughout Southern California and those […]

Speaking for the animals: Ready, Set, Go! …

Editor’s note: This column was submitted after the Mountain Fire began but before evacuation orders were implemented. If we weren’t paying attention before, we are now. You’re ready to evacuate your family in case of a disaster on our mountain; you’ve got supplies to get through a week or two if we are isolated here. […]

Science & reality today: The language of nature: We are all connected …

As I remained glued to the Internet following every update posted regarding this immense wildfire that has altered not just the landscape but also the lives of so many, it is easy for me to become depressed. Everyone deals with tragedy and hardship differently, but have you ever wondered where this sense of angst or […]

Outside Idyllwild: Lake Hemet…

Outside Idyllwild: Lake Hemet…

Last week I left off where I was driving and then walked along the road to Lake Hemet. Once I returned to my car, I drove to the parking lot and immediately noticed that the lake was even smaller than my last visit about three weeks before. Many interesting plants were growing above the sandy […]

Off the leash – July 18, 2013

Where’s my brother? … “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourself. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2: 3-4 This was part of the epistle reading at church a couple of Sundays […]

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