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Outside Idyllwild: In search of gold …

I spent the month of October photographing trees in my neighborhood and beyond in all their autumn glory. The yellow, orange and red maple leaves, the tall candle-shaped golden boxwoods, and the multicolored dogwoods all flaunted their fall fashion hues before dropping their leaves at winter’s first sign. One tree, of an unknown species, sparked […]

Opinion: Why unions? …

There has been and lot of chatter about the role of labor unions in our society during the recent election cycle. Some have claimed that it is the unions that are destroying the American economy. Others have argued that unions once served a purpose but are no longer needed to insure fair working conditions. As […]

Creature Corner: Nov. 15, 2012

Creature Corner: Nov. 15, 2012

Found: Female terrier near the Lumber Mill; Bull dog roaming around Idyllwild. Call ARF to identify (951) 659-1122. In honor of Veterans Day we are offering our cats at discounted rates to everyone who needs to heal. Just having an animal in your home has a healing effect in many ways. Call ARF today. Meow […]

Past Tense: Nov. 15, 2012

Past Tense: Nov. 15, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 “Hurricane Force Winds Leave Idyllwild in a Shamble,” screamed the Town Crier’s page one headline. The George Thomas Cedar, oldest tree on the mountain, was uprooted. 60 years ago – 1952 Heavy rains in Hemet almost flooded the Armistice Day parade, which included a float entered by the Idyllwild PTA. […]

Today’s Health Issues: Meningitis outbreak — Are we under regulated? …

As of Nov. 9, 419 cases of fungal meningitis and 32 deaths can be traced to a compound pharmacy in New England. Today, most medications are mass-produced. A compounding pharmacy produces medications, which are custom-made for the needs of a patient. The medications must be prescribed by a licensed physician. The compounding pharmacist follows the […]

Outside Idyllwild: Winter is coming …

It is easy to overlook this fact during our current heat wave, but as the Starks on “Game of Thrones” are so fond of saying, “Winter is coming.” This being my 36th winter in Idyllwild, I have learned a few things about making it through the cold months. First let us take a look at […]

Creature Corner: Nov. 8, 2012

Creature Corner: Nov. 8, 2012

Reunited this week was Kujo the Chihuahua mix. Please have your pets chipped and spayed/neutered. ARF can help. Call (951) 659-1122. Found: Female terrier near the Lumber Mill; Bull dog roaming around Idyllwild. Call ARF to identify (951) 659-1122. In honor of Veterans Day we are offering our cats at discounted rates to everyone who […]

Off the Main Roads: Rescue me! …

So, you’re lost. You’re not quite sure where you got turned around, but if you just keep going, you’ll probably figure it out, right? Maybe if you follow this stream downhill … didn’t Bear Grylls say something about water leading to civilization? The shadows start to grow around you and the trees that seemed so […]

Past Tense: Nov. 8, 2012

Past Tense: Nov. 8, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 The possibility of establishing a branch of the Riverside County Library in Idyllwild was being discussed. County funds were not adequate to hire a paid librarian, however, so volunteers were solicited.   60 years ago – 1952 Dick Elliott was named to head the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce. 50 years […]

Outside Idyllwild: Fall colors, spring and summer weather …

Outside Idyllwild: Fall colors, spring and summer weather …

Last Saturday, I volunteered to work the Earth Fair yard sale. The day started out cold and windy, so I was wearing jeans and a jacket.   By 9 a.m., I removed the jacket and, by noon, I had changed into shorts. Although it seemed like a mistake to have a yard sale so late […]

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