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Outside Idyllwild: Random thoughts …

Outside Idyllwild: Random thoughts …

I saw my friend Maurie sitting in front of Gary’s Deli on Sunday. I hadn’t really seen Maurie since we did the Spitler Peak Trail last May. So, I asked him what he had been up to and he replied that he was there with an 80-year-old Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hiker. It turns out […]

Initial Thoughts: Budgets & spending …

Editor’s note: I apologize for offering you a second column this week. But this is the result of receiving no letters from you this week! While on the subject of budgeting and spending, below is a brief list of the responses to President Barack Obama’s Jobs Act, which he just unveiled. I’m sure more interest […]

Initial Thoughts: A true fiscal crisis …

The Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) is in dire straits. The commission confesses the fact when the subject of borrowing money from Riverside County just to get to December is on its agenda. But the commission took no action at its regular meeting on Sept. 13, yet scheduled a special meeting one week later for […]

Idyllwild Botany: Mysteries of field botany... The past leads us to the present

Idyllwild Botany: Mysteries of field botany… The past leads us to the present

Last week, Tom [Chester] and I went on yet another hunt for the rare Cliff cinquefoil (Potentilla rimicola), this time at a site that produced three reports from a host of people on the same day in 1924. I can only imagine that there must have been a party of botanists on a field trip […]

Creature Corner: Sept. 22, 2011

Creature Corner: Sept. 22, 2011

Two found dogs this week are missing their human families. One is a Pomeranian and a the other is a possible Burmese/mountain dog mix. Call ARF to identify at (951) 659-1122.

Past Tense: Sept. 22, 2011

Past Tense: Sept. 22, 2011

60 years ago – 1951 The crew drilling well no. 2 for the Fern Valley Mutual Water Co. were experiencing their toughest assignment in years. The drill had to pass through 70 feet of solid granite down to 130 feet. 55 years ago – 1956 Nearly 400 county educators, administrators and groups concerned with education […]

Off the Leash: What me worry? Yes …

I worry. Sometimes I worry too much. I get a thought in my head and I become like a pit bull, I can’t let it go. It’s not good for me. In the past, it has caused me, and those close to me, problems. I think it’s because I have lousy denial mechanisms. Woody Allen […]

Chief’s Corner: The chief is out …

Editor’s note: In his August column, Chief Walker wrote about his first-hand observations of the Wallow Fire, which occurred in Arizona during May through July. Unfortunately, the chief could not prepare a September column because his Interagency Management Team was summoned to the Umpqua Complex Fire in Oregon. At 680 acres, the Umpqua Complex includes […]

Initial Thoughts: Another grand jury report …

Twice in three years, a Riverside County grand jury has issued a report on the Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD). Neither report addresses mistakes or failures in fighting fires. But both commented on how the agency is managed. One recommendation appears in both reports. Two separate grand juries recommended that IFPD look at the costs […]

Opinion: How happy we are to live in Idyllwild

Let’s keep this simple. Very complicated talk about recreation [including Riverside County’s] Economic Development Agency (EDA), Idyllwild Community Recreation Council (ICRC), and County Service Area (CSA) 36 [Idyllwild]. This letter is only for Idyllwild [residents], not Pine Cove or Mountain Center. CSA 36 doesn’t trust ICRC, ICRC doesn’t trust CSA 36 or EDA, and EDA […]

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