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Outside Idyllwild: A day at the beach …

Outside Idyllwild: A day at the beach …

On Saturday, Jan. 19, I got a text messsage from Les and Cheri Walker asking if I wanted to ride out to Lake Hemet with them and Boulder, the newest member of the Walker clan. Boulder is a mixed-breed puppy that is as cute as a pup could be. This would be his first time […]

Tax Tips: Countdown to tax time

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 find. Your employer is required to send you your W2 form by Jan. 31. If it […]

Creature Corner: Jan. 24, 2013

Creature Corner: Jan. 24, 2013

Rachel and Dillon have found their forever homes. They are two of the four Christmas puppies at ARF. They will both grow up here in Idyllwild in the best of forever homes. Paws up to you. And then there were two — that leaves Noah and Olivia. About 12 to 13 weeks old now, and […]

Past Tense: Jan. 24, 2013

Past Tense: Jan. 24, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 Idyllwild’s barber Bert Playle moved away, leaving local men mourning. There were still three beauty operators to take care of the ladies’ hair. 55 years ago – 1958 Despite property owner protests, county supervisors approved plans for a Girl Scout Camp near Saunders Meadow. 50 years ago – 1963 Lou […]

Idyllwild Botany: Idyllwild County Park flora update …

This afternoon I spent about two hours moseying around lower Strawberry Creek, upstream from the bridge crossing on Highway 74. I did not go far, nor did I intend to. The route up the creek from the highway is no less daunting than the route down from the grotto.

Outside Idyllwild: Winter: gloves, hats and views …

Outside Idyllwild: Winter: gloves, hats and views …

For anyone who has been wishing for those cold crisp days of winter, your wish came true.

Past Tense: Jan. 17, 2013

Past Tense: Jan. 17, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 Idyllwild was deciding if it should join the Hemet School District. 60 years ago – 1953 Martin Aguirre was in charge of the Lions Club project to raise funds for recreation equipment at Town Hall. Plans called for developing a playground adjacent to the building. 55 years ago – 1958 […]

Creature Corner: Jan. 17, 2013

Creature Corner: Jan. 17, 2013

The best news this week is that two Dachshunds who were lost in the winter storms came home. Sadie and Rutledge miraculously found their way out of the snow and ice to wander to a porch to ask for help. Paws up to you both for being such troopers. Also reunited was Buddy, the pit bull. And great breaking news: Rachel, the black female puppy has been adopted into a forever home. That leaves three puppies available. Get your applications in now.

Outside Idyllwild: Systems failure 4 …

Outside Idyllwild: Systems failure 4 …

One of the most important parts of your hiking system is navigation. Staying found is very high on the list of priorities when you are out backpacking. Finding lost hikers is the main reason that the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit stays so busy. Of course a lot of RMRU callouts could be avoided if people […]

Tax Tips: New American Taxpayer Relief Act

After months of wrangling, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 on Jan. 1, 2013, ending months of “Y2K” style handwringing by the media. The law extends many of the Bush tax cuts for most taxpayers. This article will touch on some of the most important provisions, which apply for tax years 2013 […]

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