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Tax Tips: A kinder, friendlier IRS and FTB?

I think it was back when George H.W. Bush was president that there was an effort to create a kinder, friendlier Internal Revenue Service (IRS). With the current budgetary pressures in Washington and the reluctance of Congress to reduce spending or to pass new taxes, there is an effort to make up a part of […]

Sustainability: Lighting the way to sustainability and savings …

Idyllwild Arts Academy (IAA) has substantial outside lighting requirements for visibility and safety. Students, faculty and visitors are often out in darker hours, going to and from dorms and the dining hall, the library and various art studios, or attending on-campus performances and recitals. To assure these needs, IAA has an annual utility bill totaling more than a half million dollars. Consequently, the school has a strong incentive to undertake a sustainability program. So, outside lighting is one of many areas we have been looking at. Plus, many of us have outside lighting needs at home.

Outside Idyllwild: Idyllwild scenic spots …

Outside Idyllwild: Idyllwild scenic spots …

About four years ago, I wrote a column about a hiker asking me if there were any “sights to see” up ahead on the trail. I was just coming down from Saddle Junction (he was heading up). This inquiry surprised me and I answered, “Just more of the same; trails, mountain peaks, trees and rocks.” […]

Creature Corner: Jan. 26, 2012

Creature Corner: Jan. 26, 2012

All tails are wagging and paws are up for Shasta and Chloe who finally were reunited with their humans. As well as the Pomeranian in Garner Valley. Sugar, one of the “Girl Scout Kitties” is now in his furever home with a new name of Forest!

Past Tense: Jan. 26, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 The Chamber of Commerce announced that a deputy sheriff would be assigned to the area, and a new switchboard would be installed in the summer to handle 200 phones. • • • A University of Southern California movie crew photographed the Chamber meeting for a film dealing with the proposed […]

Lifelines: The revitalizing nature of nature …

After his recent visit, my wife and I invited our 30-year-old son to move to Idyllwild. He loves fishing, hiking, and the outdoors, all which provide him a much-needed respite from the pressure of his days in the Marine Corps. When I saw a T-shirt hanging in the Idyllwild Gift Shop the other day, I […]

Off the Leash: Citizens unite against “Citizens United” …

Recently, during a Town Hall meeting in New Hampshire, GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney fielded a question from a young man in the crowd, asking the candidate if he thought that corporations were people. The question was in reference to the Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission decision handed down by the Supreme Court on […]

Outside Idyllwild: Chasing the sun ...

Outside Idyllwild: Chasing the sun …

It seems I have been spending an inordinate amount of time with my camera in the pursuit of sunrises and sunsets. My recent trip to Wyoming whetted my appetite for sunrise photographs. Now Idyllwild has proved to be no slouch when it comes to great sunsets. After Wyoming, I started paying attention to the sunrise […]

Creature Corner: Jan. 19, 2012

Creature Corner: Jan. 19, 2012

Several four-leggeds decided to venture out on their own this weekend, and most have been reunited. Paws up to Sammy the Rhodesian ridgeback mix, Shelby the black Lab, Truffles the Rottie mix, Susie the blonde Lab and Tank the Lab/pit puppy.

Past Tense: Jan. 19, 2012

Past Tense: Jan. 19, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 There were 300 families living year-round in the area. 60 years ago – 1952 Movie shows at Hillbilly Lodge ended as the Froelichs worked to complete their new Rustic Theatre. 55 years ago – 1957 Hill folk living beside Strawberry Creek reported hearing a strange noise following the heavy rain. […]

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