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Opinion: Support of IFPD

Timothy R. Chavez, you have an apparent belief that IFPD [Idyllwild Fire Protection District] can’t do anything without CDF [California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection], and they should be eliminated. My point, that you ignored, was if you solely rely on CDF, and are without a local fire department and without a county fire […]

Past Tense: Oct. 13, 2011

Past Tense: Oct. 13, 2011

55 years ago – 1956 Of the 651 registered voters from Pine Cove to Anza, 384 were Republican, 225 were Democrats, and 42 declined to state their party affiliation. 50 years ago – 1961 Bonnar Blong, local game manager, reported the extreme drought had caused a drastic drop in the number of coyotes, bobcats and […]

Creature Corner: Oct. 13, 2011

Creature Corner: Oct. 13, 2011

Come on over to ARF to celebrate because October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month. Our dogs and cats will be wagging tails and purring tunes all month to help you find the perfect pet. For every dog adoption, we will include dog treats and a CD from Cesar Milan, the renowned dog whisperer, with tips for a new pet in your pack.

Only in Idyllwild: County Park II …

Only in Idyllwild: County Park II …

We ended last week during a momentary lapse in my sense of direction. I was aided when I saw a small white dog trotting around a bend in the trail. This canine was accompanied by another small dog and its owner. I was carefully hiking down the steep end of the Summit Loop Trail. I […]

Initial Thoughts: Taxes or programs, who’s on first? Or, out at home …

This week’s column, jsut as last week’s, is a true story. It’s about the world where 1 + 1 = 3. Some refer to that world as California politics. Before you tune me out and begin skimming, remember that this is the world in which you live and the one you are bestowing upon your […]

Opinion: Public kept out of EMS meeting

I went to the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) meeting this last Wednesday at the Pine Cove Water District with Lou Padula and we got tossed out. They cited that it was not a public meeting and that they could not speak freely with the public in attendance. Also, if the public was allowed they would […]

Opinion: Cedar Fire not a typical fire

Merrie VonSeggern is living in a paranoid fantasy world concocted by a convicted felon radio host. Roger Hedgecock was the only person I know of spreading the lies and false information about the 2003 Cedar Fire spouted in Ms. VonSeggern’s Sept. 29 letter to the editor. There is not a shred of truth in the […]

Before Our Times: Horsepower …

“Getting there is half the fun.” With summer vacation season well behind us, it may be easier to assess the validity of that old adage. In the case of Idyllwild, and with a suitably elastic definition of “fun,” I think it rings true. Let’s return this month to Florence Casebeer’s “Logbook,” where accounts recorded by […]

Another Point of View: Liberty or despotism

Viktor Frankl once said he liked the idea of the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast, but that it should be counterbalanced by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast. The point he eloquently made was that, with liberty comes responsibility. This week, I’ll assume a modicum of responsibility for holding Crumine the […]

Opinion: Good ole boys

I am constantly amazed at local governance whether it be recreation, water, fire or ambulance service. We must live within our means and not abuse that mandate with the same ole recycled quasi politicians and self-appointed leaders who want to build or protect or abuse personal power kingdoms. You’ve seen them and so have I. […]

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