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Past Tense: September 5, 2013

Past Tense: September 5, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 “Don’t look for the Town Crier next week,” advised the editor. “We’re skipping every other week to do our winter chores.” 60 years ago – 1953 The Marais-Miranda folk opera, “African Heartbeat,” premiered at the Bowman, but the weather was so cold the audience huddled in blankets. 55 years ago […]

Lola’s kitchen: Quick and easy spaghetti sauce …

I just received my September issue of InStyle magazine. Low and behold while thumbing through, on page 700 was a gorgeous chocolate cupcake with white icing. Mounted proudly on top were two of the most realistic blue butterflies I have ever seen. They were beautiful and edible. The wings are paper thin and colorful. This […]

Past Tense - August 29, 2013

Past Tense – August 29, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 The PTA raised $150 at its first Hill social event. 60 years ago – 1953 The thunderstorm that drenched Idyllwild proceeded northward, leaving 300 lightning strikes in the Six Rivers National Forest. 55 years ago – 1958 Charlotte Gorzny, an eager youthful reader, read 47 books to top all other […]

Creature Corner - August 29, 2013

Creature Corner – August 29, 2013

Sometimes it’s not even in your plan. Call it fate or the way the wind blew, but at the end of the day, you welcome a new four-legged member into your family. And that’s just what happened with Oreo, our Chihuahua-mix. Now known as Ortega, this little chili pepper won the heart and soul of […]

Out loud: Both sides …

Sometimes operating a local newspaper feels like a game of Whac-A-Mole — no matter what hole you peek out of someone’s waiting there with a mallet. Take the current subject of IFPD, for example. Some folk strongly oppose IFPD’s continued existence, wanting to replace it with Cal Fire. They may not get why the TC […]

Science & reality today: The language of nature: We are all connected …

As I was watching my favorite show “Breaking Bad” the other day, a commercial came on featuring Cindy Crawford. What came to mind was the whole controversy back in the 1990s of whether or not she should remove that “imperfection” on her face, as some people called it (the mole above her lip), to make […]

Opinion: Keep fire service local

I have had an opportunity to read the political ads supporting Cal Fire, the letters regarding the Idyllwild Fire Protection District problems and while I am somewhat out of place here, I felt it important to maybe help with a little different perspective. First, the California Department of Forestry, or Cal Fire as it is […]

Out Loud: Jazz chair needed …

Jazz in the Pines goers experience a different idea of the festival than community members. The visitors enjoy extraordinary music and a relaxed ease that comes from the meandering festival layout, floating parachutes, artistic vendors and wafting scents of roasting almonds, Thai food and barbecue, among other delights. They probably also notice, because they can’t […]

Opinion: Fire, conflict and loving the Hill

Last Friday morning I hiked the Ernie Maxwell trail. Near Humber Park I came across a 6-­inch wide ember crater. There were many more black embers easily visible for several hundred yards along that part of the trail. There’s no doubt Idyllwild was saved from catastrophe during the Mountain Fire, and I’m relieved and grateful. […]

Speaking for the animals: The care and feeding of wildlife …

Editor’s note: Shela has several changes in her life making it difficult to continue the column. First, an apology to readers for the oxymoron-ish statement in last month’s column: “If you don’t have access to a computer, email me …” So, let’s try that again. If you need any of the disaster preparedness lists about […]

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