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So you think you know the Hill?

So you think you know the Hill?

This week you are again challenged to identify the particular spot depicted in this Hill photograph. It might be the exterior of a building or surrounding grounds of a commercial, governmental or nonprofit premises, or a public place in Idyllwild, Pine Cove, Fern Valley or Mountain Center. The prize is tickets to the Rustic Theatre, […]

Past Tense: December 12, 2013

Past Tense: December 12, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 “Ma’s New Husband,” the first production of the Mountain Players, was a big hit. Evie Kretsinger and Leigh Dutton headed the cast. 60 years ago – 1953 Boxes were placed in village stores for gifts of food and clothing for American Indians on the Santa Rosa reservation. 55 years ago […]

Creature Corner - December 12, 2013

Creature Corner – December 12, 2013

Dear, Santa Paws ARF four-leggeds heard you were coming to town soon. So we put our furry little heads together and came up with our special wish list. We call it special because the ARF angels always tell us we are such special cats and dogs. Mrs. Magoo stepped right up as the spokescat for […]

Before our time: Lawler Lodge …

Lawler Lodge, on Highway 243 in Dark Canyon, is one of the more obscure landmarks in our mountains. Its namesake, however, was anything but obscure in his day. Oscar Lawler grew up in one of Southern California’s innumerable Iowa immigrant families. Lured by the great land boom of the 1880s, they arrived in 1888 just […]

Fire and Forest: Winter fire safety …

Now that the nights are cold and we wonder if the next storm will bring rain or snow, the threat of wildfire is greatly reduced. But though the threat of forest fire is diminished, the threat to an individual home has grown. More homes catch fire in winter than in any other season, and of […]

Out Loud: Warm memories …

Jack and I found our children, their spouses and all the grandchildren — including little Finley, two months old this Tuesday — in our clutches, as well as seven friends, 20 people in all, on Thanksgiving day. Three of the little ones ran circles around the dining room table while the women hung out in […]

Creature Corner - December 5, 2013

Creature Corner – December 5, 2013

His name is H.D. — Harley Dog. And this dog loves to ride. In the car, that is. High five is one of his faves, as is catching the ball or Frisbee®, or just some good ole laptime. Cause Harley thinks he is part Chihuahua. Such a good boy. Come to ARF and visit Harley […]

Past Tense - December 5, 2013

Past Tense – December 5, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 Work was begun on the Idyllwild Fire House between the Trading Post and Ice & Fuel.   60 years ago – 1953 Joan Crawford, Kathryn Grayson and Elizabeth Taylor were in holiday pictures at The Rustic Theatre.   55 years ago – 1958 Santa Ana winds pushed the temperature to […]

So you think you know the hill? - December 5, 2013

So you think you know the hill? – December 5, 2013

  This week you are again challenged to identify the particular spot depicted in this Hill photograph. It might be the exterior of a building or surrounding grounds of a commercial, governmental or nonprofit premises, or a public place in Idyllwild, Pine Cove, Fern Valley or Mountain Center. The prize is tickets to the Rustic […]

Past Tense: 11.28.2013

Past Tense: 11.28.2013

65 years ago – 1948 Hollywood came to Idyllwild when the Rustic Theatre presented the first showing of “One Sunday Afternoon,” starring Dennis Morgan. Morgan made an appearance at each showing.   60 years ago – 1953 Idyllwild Rotary became an official club. The organization had been forming for about a year.   55 years […]

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