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Initial Thoughts: Forest Service the new “Black Op” agency … ?

The latest federal agency to join the war on terrorism appears to be the Forest Service. I make this assumption since the agency is not revealing any information about the San Bernardino National Forest budget. Apparently that data is off-limits to the public. While the agency’s national budget is available online, the local budget appears […]

Opinion: Why we need the safety net

Here I am just hanging up from a Republican National Committee fundraiser call. I explained to the nice 27-seven-year-old that I have seen too much swill from the fat-cat-friendly tea baggers or the sue-happy liberals that I just don’t think either have anyone’s best interest at heart but their own. This includes letter-writer Mr. Ferguson, […]

That Was Yummy!: North Circle crab cakes …

That Was Yummy!: North Circle crab cakes …

Dear That was yummy, Could you please ask for the recipe for the crab cakes with spicy coleslaw that are served at The Creek House? I love how the spicy coleslaw enhances the flavor of the wonderful crab cakes. Thank you. Grace Reed, Idyllwild Dear Grace; Lanny and Lorraine at The Creek House were very […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Tailgating — food and football …

Football season is here and so is tailgating. Anyone who knows me knows I love football. The closest NFL team is the San Diego Chargers, and they are my favorite team! Despite the distance to the stadium and parking lot, my family and friends still manage to tailgate before games. We simply fill our living […]

Idyllwild Botany: Travails of a lemon lily …

Idyllwild Botany: Travails of a lemon lily …

[Several days ago] Tom and I visited my favorite lemon lily. I am happy to report it is still standing tall and strong, and has produced an abundance of seeds. I have known this lily since 2007 and have recently begun to study it. I wish I could single out more individual lilies to study, […]

Creature Corner: Oct. 27, 2011

Creature Corner: Oct. 27, 2011

Found: Black and white female cat around Hemstreet area in Fern Valley. Call ARF to identify 659-1122. Six baby pit bull mix puppies and 2 black lab/golden retriever mix babies need a home. Pictures are available at ARF. Our new address is 26890 Hwy. 243. You’ll see our signs. Four paws up to Missy, our […]

Past Tense: Oct. 27, 2011

Past Tense: Oct. 27, 2011

60 years ago – 1951 The Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce endorsed county plans for a local building code. 55 years ago – 1956 The Town Crier threw a 10th-anniversary potluck celebration at Town Hall. Everyone was invited to come and “talk over old times and swap yarns about our beginnings on the Hill.” 50 years […]

Outside Idyllwild: Remembering Jimmy …

Outside Idyllwild: Remembering Jimmy …

I can’t recall the first time I met James Haney. He seemed to just materialize into my consciousness fully formed as a friend and buddy. Looking back, it was as if we were meant to be good friends from the start and there was no “getting to know you” phase like most friendships. One thing […]

Initial Thoughts: IFPD budget problems “Normal”?

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved an advance of the Idyllwild Fire Protection District’s (IFPD) property taxes on a short-term loan. But trying to blame someone will not make the problem disappear. I’ve heard some people say former Commissioner Ben Killingsworth should have prevented the shortfall. While Ben may have been district treasurer, he […]

Off the Leash: Are fear and love motivation or purpose?

Is it better to be feared or loved? This question was posed by Machiavelli in his book “The Prince” back in the 1500s. The question possesses both political and religious ramifications. As a lifelong Christian, I’ve often wrestled with this schizophrenic notion of God. On one hand, we have the demanding and wrathful God found […]

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