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Chief’s Corner: Public service

After the Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in Idyllwild, I was thinking how lucky we are to live on this island in the middle of the sea of humanity known as Southern California. In some ways we have it better than most. If you’ve lived in a major city (or commute to one now), you know […]

Off the Leash: “Greed” and its potential consequences …

Greed: an excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what one needs or deserves, especially with respect to material wealth. Greed has gripped our nation and may very well destroy our economy and our democracy. One doesn’t have to research too deeply or look too far to find examples of over inflated salaries and […]

Creature Corner: Dec. 15, 2011

Creature Corner: Dec. 15, 2011

There is only one thing we love more than welcoming all the furry four leggeds that come in the door, and that is to watch them go out the door to their forever home. Four paws up to Polly, our orange polydactyl resident who purred her way right into the purrfect home. We’ll miss you, window kitty.

Past Tense: Dec. 15, 2011

Past Tense: Dec. 15, 2011

55 years ago – 1956 Former California Attorney General Robert Kenny was in town paying a visit to his former business associate, Hazel Cress. 50 years ago – 1961 Emax saw the painting of yellow lines on the highways as “a trend toward the police state.” 45 years ago – 1966 A series of storms […]

Outside Idyllwild: Retirement rules …

In about 18 days from the time I write this column, I will be officially retired. As of Dec. 29, I am 62 years old and have already applied for Social Security. Back on that day in 1965, who would have thought when a fifteen year old got his first real job working as a […]

Outside Idyllwild: ’Tis the season for insulation …

Once again the holiday season is upon us and what will be at the top of many hillbillies’ Christmas list? My guess is warm clothing has to be number one for most adults. After all almost every one can use another sweater, fleece or down jacket to stave off the winter chill. A few weeks […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Baking at high altitude …

Recently I was hired to cook for a film crew. Never having had the experience, I said yes. The film is a dark comedy called, “Blood Punch.” There were 28 people on the crew. Filming was on location in Pine Cove and Idyllwild. The actors and several of the crew were from New Zealand. Understanding […]

Creature Corner: Dec. 8, 2011

Creature Corner: Dec. 8, 2011

Found: male cat near Chevron. To identify, call ARF at (951) 659-1122. Four paws up to Coco the cat who was safely reunited with his worried human. No more field trips Coco. Skye, the mama calico, and her five kittens will be available for adoption soon. Pictures next week! Several ARF angels found them at […]

Past Tense: Dec. 2, 2011

60 years ago – 1951 Thanksgiving was followed by a beautiful snow fall that left 3 inches in Idyllwild and 8 inches in Tahquitz Valley. 55 years ago – 1956 The newly organized Pine Cove County Water District planned to ask voters to approve a $110,000 bond issue to purchase facilities and make improvements. 50 […]

Outside Idyllwild: Giving thanks for Idyllwild magic …

Another Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone along with another missed Tree Lighting Ceremony. I am not much for crowds, so I tend to avoid the ceremony. I do enjoy seeing the tree lit up when I drive or walk through town. All and all, I do think of the Thanksgiving holiday as a time […]

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