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Outside Idyllwild: Pacific Crest Trail hikers and other stories …

I have not made it back down to Halfway Spring as of yet. I will probably go on Wednesday the day this edition of the Town Crier comes out. For another reason, Wednesday should be a big day. I am planning a photo shoot for the day and Miss Wyoming will be arriving later that […]

Tax Tips: Tax update

Congress has been gearing up for the 2012 elections so no major tax legislation was passed in 2011. The bill passed in December 2010 extended the Bush tax cuts through 2012. You can expect the battles on how to improve our tax code to resume after the fall elections. But several interesting developments on other […]

Before Our Time: Rustic before Silver Pines …

I first got acquainted with the Silver Pines Lodge as an Idyllwild newcomer, when I learned about artifacts unearthed there by two Idyllwild School students, Max Singer, son of the lodge’s owner Chris Singer, and his friend Bobby Righetti. Now, whenever I attend an event there, the meeting room reminds me of its longevity. Extracting […]

Creature Corner: April 5, 2012

Creature Corner: April 5, 2012

Four paws up for Emma, our Aussie mix. Her smile says it all, as she enjoys her forever home and her new pack. Paws up to the human angel too for saving her. Lucky was tied to a post, matted beyond belief, with some kibbles thrown on the ground. He is a young male dachsund, […]

Fire and Forest: A Day of Fire Awareness …

It’s time for a Fireman’s Muster! On April 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a gathering of all sorts of people connected to fire prevention and suppression, at the Idyllwild Community Center site on Highway 243 and Ridgeview Drive across from the Shell Station. The day is dedicated to providing fire […]

Past Tense: April 5, 2012

Past Tense: April 5, 2012

55 years ago – 1957 Bee Krone composed the song “Let’s Keep America Beautiful,” and Philippe Buhler composed music for a string quartet which was given a first performance at the University of Redlands. 50 years ago – 1962 The County Board of Supervisors launched a campaign to have the Banning-Idyllwild Highway taken into the […]

Outside Idyllwild: Halfway Spring …

A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to some folks about eagles. One of them, Brian, mentioned there is a golden eagle nest down at Halfway Spring on the control road going toward Hemet. This surprised me. I was not aware there were golden eagles in these parts. However, Brian also mentioned that the […]

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Past tense: March 29, 2012

60 years ago – 1952
The Kretsingers wrote from Nebraska, that they are very homesick for Idyllwild.

Creature corner: March 29, 2012

Creature corner: March 29, 2012

After spending several days lost and out in the cold, Nala, the pittie puppy, has been reunited with his very worried owners. Cinnamon, the chocolate Lab-mix, went for an overnight adventure as well, and now is safely home with her pack. And Hairy, the terrier had spring fever, frolicking in the streets without a care. Paws up to you all for being reunited …

Outside Idyllwild: In like a lamb, out like a lion …

Another March miracle? No, just a normal winter occurrence. Something us Hill folk deal with every year. One day it’s 70 degrees. Two days later we have a high of 30 degrees and a couple of days of daytime temperatures below freezing. For once, Miss Wyoming gets to tell me about walking around in shirt […]

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