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Opinion: Representing a mandate

I’ll say this again. Whether it’s Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD), Idyllwild Community Recreation Council (ICRC), or the county, great things only happen when there is a community vision. When just a few represent the whole without an elected mandate, or that you have lost your mandate, you must strive to reacquire it. If you […]

Past Tense: Aug. 11, 2011

Past Tense: Aug. 11, 2011

60 years ago – 1951 It was reported that wild turkeys turned loose on the Wellman ranch were doing well and reproducing as hoped. 55 years ago – 1956 The annual Chuckwagon Dinner for the benefit of Town Hall netted almost $500. 50 years ago – 1961 Construction of a clubhouse at Tahquitz Lake Golf […]

Creature Corner: Aug. 11, 2011

Creature Corner: Aug. 11, 2011

By Mimi & Hootch Cooper, the chiweenie, felt cooped up and flew the coop! His journey brought him to ARF, where he won the hearts of a forever family in the blink of an eye. Paws up to you, Cooper. Kensington, the beagle puppy, may have had a rough start last week, but is now […]

VIDEO: Outside Idyllwild: Where are they now? …

VIDEO: Outside Idyllwild: Where are they now? …

Rain and lightning put a damper on my weekend plans. I had planned to go hiking on Saturday and to work on Sunday. I barely left the house on both days other than hanging out at the coffee shop with my laptop. Various writing projects have been keeping me busy, so rain or shine I […]

Initial Thoughts: Election forum Thursday …

The Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) election forum is tonight at 5:30 p.m. It will be in the conference room at the Idyllwild Nature Center. State Sen. Bill Emmerson has agreed to moderate the evening. Idyllwild has six candidates for two seats. Both incumbents, Commission President Pete Capparelli and Paul Riggi, are seeking re-election and […]

Fire and Forest: Arizona fire, Woodies, grant help …

The most interesting news of the month regarding the focus of this column is the lesson of the Wallow Fire that burned earlier this summer in Eastern Arizona. Idyllwild Fire Protection District Chief Norm Walker was on the fire and is uniquely qualified to speak about it, and to our benefit he will address it […]

Opinion: Move forward!

Idyllwild is a wonderful place. It has many active and concerned citizens. However, it seems that issues are talked to death and bickering on both sides of items get in the way of a final consensus. A case in point is the Idyllwild Community Recreation Council (ICRC). The infighting and lack of leadership has hampered […]

Opinion: Self-awareness benefits all

I moved to Idyllwild on July 9 and was privileged to sit in on the County Service Area 36 meetings July 14 and 27, at which recreation was discussed. Locals say they brought out “the best and worst of Idyllwild,” but they were a learning laboratory for me. Since Idyllwild seems to be home to […]

Opinion: Disagree, don’t attack

After reading the letters to the editor and coverage of the recent events in Idyllwild, I had to wonder to myself what had happened to the town I have known and loved for over 30 years. The town I know is a town where we can disagree about politics, religion, the fire department, water district […]

Opinion: Costs of fire insurance

Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) underfunding, added to fees for CAL FIRE protection areas, Brown’s chopping the “Super Tanker” — all these mean something for Idyllwilders. Up here, fire is everything and sometimes the only thing. Why do I say that? Not because we worry about flames consuming our houses — we do — but […]

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