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Past Tense: May 1, 2014

Past Tense: May 1, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 A crew of 70 RKO people descended on the Idyllwild Inn. They were to shoot location scenes for a Tim Holt western. Along with the troupe came Holt’s favorite palomino, Lightning. 60 years ago – 1954 The biggest angling crowd on record came to the mountain for the opening of […]

At the Library This Week: May 1, 2014

Here’s what going on at the library this coming week: From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, Maria Reyes teaches her weekly Spanish language class for home-schoolers. The lessons are designed for kids, but everyone is welcome. Also on Wednesday, from 2 to 3 p.m., Idyllwild Library’s monthly book club meets. This month’s […]

Off the main roads: Pine pop quiz …

Have you ever asked yourself … Why do pines have both big and teeny, tiny cones?  The answer lies in the basic biology of pine tree reproduction. Every conifer tree species produces male and female cones (usually both on the same tree). The male cones start out small and stay small, usually going pretty much […]

La Cocina de Lola: Fun with edible flowers

Have you ever thought back on some silly thing you’ve done that now brings a smile to your face. Well I have a few stories. One such story comes to mind. In the early 1990s I worked for Sylvia Thompson as I have mentioned in an early column. She taught me to enjoy the incredible […]

Brown Act 101: ‘What is the Brown Act and why should I care about it?’

This is the first in a series of editorial articles explaining the major provisions of the Ralph M. Brown Act, California’s local-government open-meeting laws. This week’s article addresses some of the more basic questions and answers. The “Ralph M. Brown Act” is the official statutory name for California Government Code sections 54950 through 54963. These […]

Past Tense: April 24, 2014

Past Tense: April 24, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 The Glenn Froehlichs announced that the Rustic Theatre would open starting May 1.   60 years ago – 1954 New benches for  Town Hall’s campfire area were under construction. Almost $2,000 was available for the project.   55 years ago – 1959 The Izaak Walton League was planning a major […]

Creature Corner: Apri 24, 2014

Creature Corner: Apri 24, 2014

Can it get any cuter than this? ARF didn’t get Easter flowers this year. Instead, we got a black, fluffy Papillion/Chihuahua/cocker-mix. And so we named her Lily. She is about 6 months old and already earning As, in the form of treats, of course, in puppy training school. She loves to walk, is good in […]

At the Idyllwild Library this week: April 24, 2014

Here’s what’s going on at the library this coming week: From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 23 and 30, Maria Reyes teaches her weekly Spanish language class for home-schoolers. The whole community is welcome. Also on Wednesday, April 23, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Saffron presents art projects for children ages 6 to […]

Creature Corner: April 17, 2014

Creature Corner: April 17, 2014

Hey … it’s Ethel with a big smile. But where’s Fred? Oh, Fred was adopted? Yea and high five to you, Fred, for being on your best behavior. He is now in the best forever and ever home. Ethel was absolutely fine with it all, even though she didn’t get to go, too. Ethel is […]

Past Tense: April 17, 2014

Past Tense: April 17, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 The new school building, housing second- through seventh-grades, was being readied for an open house.   60 years ago – 1954 Parents and PTA members voted to recommend that seventh-grade students be sent to Hemet Junior High School the next year on a one-year trial basis.   55 years ago […]

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