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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, […]

Creature Corner: Feb. 13, 2014

Creature Corner: Feb. 13, 2014

Her heart is full of love for that special someone. She loves to be groomed and held, as she purrs her delight. Easy going, loves cat naps and the sun, is Heidi, an 8-year-old female tortoiseshell. Unfortunately, she lost her owner in a tragedy. As if that wasn’t enough, she also is a special-needs cat. […]

Past Tense: Feb. 13, 2014

Past Tense: Feb. 13, 2014

65 years ago – 1949: There were 30 to 40 inches of snow on the ground in town …

Tax Tips: Are all payments received income?

I often get questions as to whether payments a client has received are taxable and the answers are often surprising. Many taxpayers are receiving Form 1099-C reporting cancellation of debt income. In general, cancellation of debt is taxable. Several exclusions are available that you will want to discuss with your tax preparer. Often Form 1099-C […]

Fire & Forest: Public safety and caution …

Like a lot of people, I was fascinated by the almost complete shutdown of Atlanta from 2.3 inches of snow last week. It was a failure of government to manage a threat to public safety, which cost millions of dollars and some people their lives. But the actors were not irresponsible people. They thought they […]

Past Tense: Feb. 6, 2014

Past Tense: Feb. 6, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 The “Year of the Big Snow” continued; the chapel at Idyllwild Pines collapsed under the load and icicles hung from roofs in solid sheets. 60 years ago – 1954 Several huge crates arrived at the County Park. They contained the prefab makings of a 30-foot observation tower. 55 years ago […]

Before Our Time: Newspapers a historic and a history source …

As my late-blooming interest in local history has deepened, I’ve become increasingly impressed with the value of old newspapers. They preserve a contemporary record of people and activities in a locale, and regardless of accuracy or bias they balance our often faulty human memories. They’re also an irreplaceable resource for constructing timelines, and timing is […]

Past Tense: Jan. 30, 2014

Past Tense: Jan. 30, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 So much snow had fallen during January that plans were underway to organize a ski club on the Hill. 60 years ago – 1954 Newlyweds Marilyn Monroe and Joe Di Maggio spent a honeymoon weekend at the Lloyd Wright cabin in Idyllwild. 55 years ago – 1959 Idyllwild old-timer Henry […]

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