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Past Tense: March 6, 2014

Past Tense: March 6, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 With the help of a slide rule, Larry Smith estimated he had removed 8 tons of snow from his roof.   60 years ago – 1954 The snow pack in Tahquitz Valley, the survey team found, measured only 28 inches in depth.   55 years ago – 1959 Planes and […]

Creature Corner: March 6, 2014

Creature Corner: March 6, 2014

Two dogs were found near Lake Fulmor. Call ARF 951-659-1122. Lucy in the sky with diamonds … in her eye. She is a shiny, small black Lab-mix about 1 to 2 years old. This smart little girl has already learned the doggy door, and basic commands such as sit, stay and shake. She loves to […]

Science and Reality Today: The placebo effect … my personal story …

  As some of you know, I am one of the 25 million people nationwide who suffer from asthma. Recently I had a major scare at the gym when, after a very intense workout, I started feeling the symptoms of an asthma attack coming. Only then did I remember  that I was out of my […]

Off the main roads: Outdoor skills from local experts …

One of the best ways I’ve found to get myself outside and enjoying nature is to take up a new outdoor skill. While some people can just adopt a new activity without investing much learning time, most of us need some coaching. That’s why I recommend learning your new skill from a true expert in […]

Past tense: Feb. 27, 2014

Past tense: Feb. 27, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 There were heated arguments at the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce meeting regarding whether the Chamber acted properly in endorsing plans for a cocktail bar at the Idyllwild Inn.   60 years ago – 1954 During the opening weekend of Idyllwild Market, owner Joe Darnell rigged up an alarm set to […]

Creature Corner: Feb. 27, 2014

Creature Corner: Feb. 27, 2014

And they call it “Puppy Love.” So Mrs. Beasley, our terrier mix puppy has wiggled her way into a forever home that needed just that…some puppy love. Paws up to you lil one. And huge paws up to Gizmo, our boxer mix who also has found a puppy love home, as he is only a […]

Lola’s Kitchen: An unexpected treat …

About a month ago I received an unexpected email. It was from my stepdaughter, Kathryn Gille. We had lost touch and have since reconnected. It had been about three years since we have seen each other. I thought she may have aged a little but no, she never ages. She is tall and beautiful. When […]

Creature Corner: Feb. 20, 2014

Creature Corner: Feb. 20, 2014

Hi, everybody. My name is Gizmo. No, I’m not a gadget, but a 1-year-old male boxer-mix who loves to give hugs. I will wag my tail for the treat, play tug of war, go on walks, oh, and did I say give hugs? I am house-trained and I like children and other dogs. And I […]

Past Tense: Feb. 20, 2014

Past Tense: Feb. 20, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 The U.S. Forest Service reported that 90 inches of snow had fallen in Idyllwild since Oct. 1. 60 years ago – 1954 Local children, in the spirit of making this “America’s Cleanest Forest,” launched a cleanup campaign. 55 years ago – 1959 ISOMATA appointed a committee to develop plans for […]

Tax Tips: Foreign asset reporting – watch out

Several filing requirements can apply when you own or are a beneficiary of foreign financial assets. These forms report on the specific assets themselves and are information returns versus income tax returns. However, the penalties for failing to file them are truly draconian, many starting at $10,000. The rules are complex, in some cases overlapping, […]

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