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Creature Corner: March 20, 2014

Creature Corner: March 20, 2014

Paws up to you, Lucy, in your new forever home. And our tiny Mrs. Beasley will be in her perfect home soon. Introducing the Mertzs. Fred on the left, and Ethel, bottom right. They were both found together and would love to be adopted together. Ethel is a bit younger than Fred, but they love […]

Off the main roads: Have you ever wondered? …

Hiking around these mountains you may see all sorts of things in nature that just seem designed to boggle the mind. 1. Why is your pine tree foaming at the mouth in the rain? Don’t be alarmed; it doesn’t need rabies shots. The formation of a crude soap on the bark from fatty acids in […]

Before our time: From Fern Valley Gardens to The Epicurian and now the sound of music …

One aspect of Idyllwild that helps maintain its small-village charm is the way commercial and residential activities get intermingled through both space and time. Upper North Circle Drive offers a good example. Just across the street from ever-busy Café Aroma, stands dense forest surrounding two obviously old buildings. As Idyllwild’s first construction boom gained momentum […]

Creature Corner: March 13, 2014

Creature Corner: March 13, 2014

The leprechauns have visited the ARF cattery and left behind the luck o’ the Irish. Monday, March 17 is St. Paddy’s Day and all of our felines can be adopted for the lucky #17. Come on in this weekend. Your Irish eyes will be smiling as you visit the cats in the shamrock room. Mr. […]

Past Tense: March 13, 2014

Past Tense: March 13, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 Caretakers of the Bunker Ranch found themselves snowbound for seven weeks with dwindling provisions.   60 years ago – 1954 The Isaac Walton League built and installed 14 signs to warn motorists about deer on local highways.   55 years ago – 1959 More than 60 mountaineers attended a workshop, […]

Out Loud: Just one last bite …

The Ye family immigrated from mainland China, Shanghai, specifically, and took up residence in Idyllwild. In 1988, Freeman Ye took over the iconic Chinese restaurant on Cedar Street, Hidden Village. The award-winning chef created his own style of Chinese cooking — adapted for American tastes but more exceptional than most Chinese restaurants. Our children grew […]

Readers write: Kudos to the TC …

Editor: Kudos to the Idyllwild Town Crier for publishing such a comprehensive, quality print and online publication. I’m visiting the area for the first time, staying in our fifth wheel at Thousand Trails RV Resort and the first thing I did when coming in to town was buy a copy of your newspaper. I recently […]

Fire and Forest: Feds move to fix funding but homeowners still key …

“Facts are stubborn things,” as John Adams said, and a very stubborn thing over the last two decades has been how much we have spent on putting out forest fires. Not surprisingly, wildfire protection costs have risen substantially. A recent paper from Headwaters Economics puts the federal annual-average fire suppression cost during the 1990s at […]

Tax Tips: Self-employed retirement savings plans …

Saving for retirement has never been more important. The Social Security system is being placed under increasing strain as people live longer and the baby boomer generation retires. Federal deficits should increase as the costs of Social Security and Medicare skyrocket and now the Affordable Care Act is added to the federal budget. This is […]

Out Loud: Social media benefits …

When the power when out all over the mountain last Friday, Jack and I left the office for the wine bar so I could sit and update the situation on our website for our readers. During last summer’s fires, social media played a big role as an information source for people to ask questions and […]

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