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Initial Thoughts: Registration: to vote, first register …

It’s 28 days, less than a month, until Election Day, Nov. 6. The polls in California open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. The hours to vote won’t help if you aren’t registered to vote. There is still time to register; the deadline is Monday, Oct. 22. Hill residents should heed this message. […]

Initial Thoughts: Idyllwild Fire needs money, but from where …

For the past several years, the Idyllwild Fire District has engaged in deficit spending. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, the loss was estimated to be more than $400,000. For the next year, the loss diminished. Within 12 months, its net assets were a negative $57,000 compared to nearly $645,000 on June 30, […]

Initial Thoughts: Election coverage begins …

A big event is approaching. Election Day 2012 is on Nov. 6 and is only 60 days away. For those who vote by mail, the choices are even sooner. I’m not trying to convince you that this is the most important election ever, or even in your lifetime. Every presidential election is important. While the […]

Initial Thoughts: Smith again gains national attention …

Initial Thoughts: Smith again gains national attention …

Congratulations for Marshall. His perceptive and fluid writing has garnered him another honor.   Last week, the National Newspaper Association announced the winners of its 2012 Better Newspaper Contest. Honorable mention for the best Health Story was awarded to Marshall, a Town Crier reporter since 2005, for his Nov. 3, 2011, story, “Prostate cancer survivors […]

Initial Thoughts: What makes Idyllwild unique …

The Third Annual Lemon Lily Festival was last weekend. What a success! The Festival’s popularity and reputation has grown each year. This is true of the much bigger and well known Jazz in the Pines Festival, which is on the eve of its 19th annual production. The success of these festivals and Idyllwild’s winter fest […]

Initial Thoughts: A busy Independence week …

What a wonderful parade. Again the Rotary did a fantastic job producing a traditional Idyllwild event. And special thanks to the participation of UCR’s Pipe Band. They were ubitquitous last week. Thanks, Allan. Also a special acknowledgment to Dawn Sonnier for all of her work to build another playground in the community. She is the […]

Initial Thoughts: The freedom of independence …

Happy Fourth of July, or as Marshall reminds me, Independence Day. It was 236 years ago that the residents of the colonies decided that they knew a better way to govern themselves and their neighbors than their English overseers. Cherish this independence because many people on the planet envy us, desire it or have no […]

Initial Thoughts: Truth and dependency …

Last week was tumultuous. On Wednesday, the County Service Area 38 Advisory Committee recommended that Supervisor Jeff Stone support the termination of the county’s ambulance service contract with Idyllwild Fire Protection District. On Friday, Stone, in Idyllwild for his monthly constituent meetings, said he couldn’t do that. He feels less than 12-minute response time is […]

Initial Thoughts: Do we care about healthcare? Its cost and its delivery …

Much gratitude is due Dawn Sonnier for conceiving of the playground project, finding the money and organizing the construction. Many “Thank yous” to all the people who helped complete this project, thousands of youngsters today and tomorrow will be very happy because of your contributions. As noted last week, Idyllwild’s civic duty extends in many […]

Initial Thoughts: Kindness, its name is frequently Idyllwild …

Idyllwild has always been a special place. From before the first roads were constructed, I’m sure whoever climbed to the Hill felt something different from the flatlands, something unique. Even the stories about the construction of Town Hall tell about a town that was communal and cared about friends and neighbors. Town Hall wasn’t a […]

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