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Past Tense: Nov. 1, 2012

Past Tense: Nov. 1, 2012

Reunited last week was Bella the cat to her very worried owner. Please have your pet spayed or neutered and chipped. Tammy, our Chihuahua mix, found her window seat for the sun and is loving her new forever home with a new playmate. Tawny, our deer head Chihuahua, is headed to the beach to be […]

Before Our Time: Idyllwild’s early winters …

The only sustained effort to create a ski resort here in Strawberry Valley began immediately after World War II. In 1946, Jules Berkeley of Los Angeles acquired 37 acres high in Fern Valley below Tahquitz Peak, where he built Hidden Lodge. Taking advantage of a location handy to both the Devil’s Slide Trail and South […]

Science and Reality Today: Death is a portal …

We all wish we could stop the hands of time and look the way we did when we were high school seniors. Nationwide the cosmetic, beauty supply and perfume store industry has a combined annual revenue of about $11 billion. The plastic surgery industry had a revenue of $10 billion in 2011 with 9.2 million […]

Speaking for the Animals: In the beginning … Animal welfare in Idyllwild …

Editor’s note: We’re introducing a new column today. “Speaking for the Animals” by Shela Boynton will appear in the fourth issue of each month. She will focus on pets, but won’t be limited to just these animals. The request: Write a monthly column about animals. The challenge: Write something that people will want to read, […]

Outside Idyllwild: The autumn leaves, part 2 …

Last week I talked about the 10 essentials and preparing for the fall hiking season. Although the 10 essentials are necessary for year round hiking, the fall and winter seasons obviously require additional equipment. We covered emergency bags and rain gear last week and next up are insulation layers. Last Sunday was another example of […]

Past Tense: Oct. 25, 2012

Past Tense: Oct. 25, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 Town Crier wound up its first year of publication, written, mimeographed and mailed from the Maxwell home. News was brought right to the front door as the Maxwells did not have a telephone.   60 years ago – 1952 Disaster struck an elderly couple, Mr. and Mrs. James Bowlin, when […]

Creature Corner: Oct. 25, 2012

Creature Corner: Oct. 25, 2012

Barely 6 months old, Baby Girl Faith was found curled up in a ball, outside in the cold, shivering and close to death. Every rib in her body was visible. She spent almost a week in the hospital because she had parvo and was left to die. Baby Girl Faith has a foster home now […]

Today’s Health Issues: Changes in medicine …

I thought it would be best to alternate my health columns between policy issues affecting health care and pressing health care problems affecting all of us. From the beginning of the human race, mankind had to deal with diseases. Infectious diseases were the most common threat to humans. This was made more serious by the […]

Outside Idyllwild: The autumn leaves: Part 1 …

Fall is once again upon us. In Idyllwild, autumn is when the wind blows hot one day and cold the next or visa versa. It can be sunny and warm or sunny and cold or cloudy and colder like it was last week. One day you are freezing in long pants and a jacket. The […]

Off the Leash: If the result benefits all, doesn’t mean the game was socialism …

There is a lot of talk of cutting back these days. “Austerity” is a popular word in our current lexicon. While following the current election I hear both candidates stress the need for cutbacks. Republicans keep ranting against “big government,” I wonder what they mean. We can all agree that we’d like to have our […]

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