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Before Our Time: How communities evolve

The current ferment about where and how to manage public recreation in Idyllwild calls to mind a place where Hill folk gathered for amusement in earlier times. I speak of the land now occupied by “The Center of Idyllwild,” better know locally as The Fort. If we go back to 1904, the site was little […]

Fire and Forest: The fire fee …

Town Crier readers will have noticed that the State Board of Forestry ruled on Aug. 22 that the Legislature approved fire fee was to be no more than $90, and that various discounts would apply. Residents who pay a local fire district fee would be given a $45 discount, and residents who could show a […]

Opinion: Let ’em dance

What better way to respect the band and its music than to get up and dance? Thank you, Lord, for providing me a place to sit near the rear of the park during the concert. Had I heard the people complaining about kids dancing, I’d most likely have been ushered out of the park. How […]

Opinion: Fire fees and abatement

How can less than 25 cents per day be called “dreaded” when it gives us a little more protection to live in this wonderful place? What really bugs me are the Idyllwild property owners of vacant land who could care less about fire abatement laws. And, worse yet, the fact that these property owners are […]

Opinion: Re: Youth vs. elders

Though I was not at the Marine Corps Band concert myself to witness what happened, I’d like to say that as a senior citizen and a foreign war veteran, I simply can not condone the actions of the elderly folks as described in several letters to the Town Crier. Let me assure the people who […]

Opinion: Marines, Sousa, band and dancing

Here are some historical comments that may be of interest regarding dancing to the Marine Band. John Philip Sousa was the Marine Band’s director from 1880 to 1892. By that time, the two-step had replaced the waltz as the popular dance. Sousa formed his own band and in 1889 wrote a march called “The Washington […]

Creature Corner: Sept. 1, 2011

Creature Corner: Sept. 1, 2011

Four paws up to Hobo, also known as Licky. He found his comfort zone with his foster family, and is now part of a forever pack.

Past Tense: Sept. 1, 2011

Past Tense: Sept. 1, 2011

55 years ago – 1956 Idyllwild School registered 90 youngsters in kindergarten through seventh grades. Last week, 290 students attended the first day of the new school year. 50 years ago – 1961 Tahquitz Lake Estates announced the opening of a tract on the Dutch Flat property and near Foster Lake. Lots were priced at […]

Outside Idyllwild: Forest outposts … Strawberry Creek

I recently read an article about access to Strawberry Creek. Apparently a section that runs through Idyllwild is being slowly eroded or cut off altogether. This article appeared in the Desert Star Weekly — “the #1 and only independent alternative community newsweekly serving the desert region of California.” The author, Don Wallace, is a longtime […]

Idyllwild Botany: Mysteries of field botany: Fire followers …

While fire appears to be devastating to the plants in the forest, for some it is beneficial if not essential. These are often called fire followers and require some aspect of a fire to thrive. The mechanisms are many. Some trees require heat to release their seeds. Fire may burn away inhibitory chemicals in the […]

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