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Past Tense: May 2, 2013

Past Tense: May 2, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 A handful of energetic men, women and children scrambled up and down Strawberry Creek, building little dams. The purpose was to deepen the pools and provide quieter living conditions for fish. 60 years ago – 1953 The Chamber of Commerce published a 32-page pictorial magazine called “We Live in Idyllwild” […]

Before Our Time: Lakes on the Hill …

Before Our Time: Lakes on the Hill …

The absence of a local lake has helped shape Idyllwild’s lasting character, a fact for which many Hill residents are grateful. But as with skiing, this omission from our recreational menu has not always been overlooked. When Claudius Lee Emerson bought the Idyllwild Inn in 1917, he soon cast his eye on a recreational lake […]

Science and Reality Today: Shedding light on what was once dark, the mystery of dark matter …

Imagine you are a physicist doing research outside of Geneva, Switzerland, these days. It’s like when you were a kid driving back home with your parents from an awful family get-together. As you turn to look outside the window, you see all these kids playing and running around in a gigantic bouncy house. They’re riding […]

Outside Idyllwild: PCT hikers and wildflowers …

Spring is the time for wildflowers and Pacific Crest Trail thru hikers to start popping up all over Idyllwild. It starts in March, when a few early bird hikers begin their long trek and the willows start to bloom. A spring snow does not deter either the willows or the PCTers from beginning their spring […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Dreaming of brunch …

Within the last two weeks I have undertaken what is for me a huge project. I live on 14 acres of religious retreat property. An old, very heavy picnic table was sitting next to an old swimming pool, both unused for a long time. I asked Pastor Tim if I could move the table to […]

Creature Corner: April 25, 2013

Creature Corner: April 25, 2013

Reunited this week was Ally, the adventurous yellow Lab. Maggie, the senior yellow Lab is still missing. Please help in the search. A reward is offered. Adopted was Gypsy, our blonde cockapoo-terrier mix to the absolute best mom in the world. Paws up to you Gypsy. And two of Sunny’s kittens, Ashley and Jinx, both […]

Past Tense: April 25, 2013

Past Tense: April 25, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 All major streams in the mountains had been stocked for the May 1 trout opener. Among the volunteers were a couple of young boys, Jimmy Johnson and Don Brolin. 60 years ago – 1953 The Chamber of Commerce took action to see how the disturbance caused by bugles and loudspeakers […]

Speaking For the Animals: Rattlesnake season …

The first rattlesnakes of the season already have been spotted on the Hill. There are eight species of rattlers found in Southern California. A combination of preventive measures and cautious behavior can help keep your pets safe from their deadly venom. Rattlesnake aversion training can save your dog’s life if reputible, trained professionals do it […]

Outside Idyllwild: Déjà vu all over again …

Outside Idyllwild: Déjà vu all over again …

This past week I took another trip out to Joshua Tree. On the Hill, I saw the first lilac flowers of the season and took a trip to Garner Valley. It was a great week with warm days and not too cool mornings, which all seemed to come to an end Sunday afternoon when thick […]

Today’s Health Issues: Common sense health maintenance …

Number one rule is to avoid extremes: there is no need to climb to a tree dressed in a diaper and eat only nuts for the rest of your life. Neither should we neglect our bodies or plunge into dietary excesses and fight all preventive medicine. It is difficult to determine what is necessary to […]

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