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Creature Corner: September 26, 2013

Creature Corner: September 26, 2013

Reunited this week were Chacarro and Zoe, and the three related dogs lost in Pine Cove. Ladybug can be a lady most of the time. But bring out the football, Frisbee or anything that even looks like a toy, and she’s ready with all fours to play. She is a young shepherd/husky-mix abandoned at our […]

OFF THE LEASH: The Candy Cupboard …

When I was a kid we’d hop on a Greyhound bus and take a trip back to my mother’s home town, Winterset, Iowa, and spend the summer. Winterset is a quintessential Iowa farm town that is also home to the famous covered bridges of Madison County. While in Winterset, I’d work the register at my […]

Creature Corner: September 19, 2013

Creature Corner: September 19, 2013

Reunited this week were Samson and Rosie to their very worried humans. Ladybug can be a lady most of the time. But bring out the football, Frisbee or anything that even looks like a toy, and she’s ready with all fours to play. She is a young shepherd/husky-mix who was abandoned at our dumpsite with […]

Opinion: Inspiration everywhere

Editor: We — myself, my husband and two dogs — are part-timers who love Idyllwild. We continue to be impressed with the way residents help each other in times of emergency, and inspire us to make the most of life in times of peace. Local friends who share our combined interests in art — ARF, […]

Opinion: Learn new lessons from recent fires

Editor: I recently looked on in horror as the Strong Fire erupted a short distance from my Fern Valley home. I’m extremely grateful to live in a first-world country where we pay taxes to support firefighting organizations that make a valiant effort to protect structures. I am very thankful that, so far, our home and […]

Out Loud: Local Vineyards …

A few weeks ago, as guests of the Garner Valley Women’s Club, Jack and I covered a tour of vineyards in — would you guess? Garner Valley (tecnically, Pine Meadows) and Anza. Garner Valley surrounds Thomas Mountain Vineyards, where our tour began, that Jim and Timmie Martens, retired trucking owners, began a few years ago. […]

Off The Main Roads: Plastic fantastic …

Hiking up the steep slope of a mountain can be hot and sweaty. The refreshingly cool feeling of raindrops merrily pelting off your head in a sudden downpour is a welcome relief. Getting rained on can be fun, but it’s easy to get chilled to the bone if you’re not properly prepared. As we’ve seen […]

Cal Fire?

Editor: Thoughts on JP’s “Many refused to vote …” article: I was intrigued by two back-to-back full-page ads on the back page of the Town Crier asking folks to write in “Cal Fire” in the recent election. What puzzled me was reading the election returns and seeing that 100 percent of the votes were dispersed […]

TC can’t let go

Editor: “Many refused to vote for candidates,” read the damning headline. Refused? How about, “Didn’t vote for three candidates, only voted for two, or only voted for one?” Well, 37.10 percent of the Idyllwild Fire Protection District registered voters at least voted, which is pretty much in line with the turnout in both 2001 and […]

Getting to Idyllwild: Trains, Buses and Automobiles

Meanwhile, there’s a college kid behind me with a slack look on his face and ear buds dangling from his supposedly getting-educated face. He props his Vans against the back of my seat, already cramped with 6 feet, 3 inches of height and about that much girth, and regularly pushes to the beat of a silent alternative rock song. His shirt reads “Atomic Shrimp Peelings” with a picture of a tasty crustacean whaling on a lemon-and-butter keyboard.

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