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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 […]

Creature Corner - August 22, 2013

Creature Corner – August 22, 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 […]

Past Tense - August 22, 2013

Past Tense – August 22, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 At long last, a suitable place was found for a mountain branch of the county library — a small building on the Fern Valley Lodge property. Volunteer librarians were being sought. 60 years ago – 1953 Sierra Club members of the rock climbing division again tackled Tahquitz Rock. Several new […]

Off the Leash: Buy small? …

Last week I was driving Highway 126 on my way to San Luis Obispo to help my daughter move some things into her new apartment. While passing through a rich agricultural area outside of Santa Paula I pulled over to get a burrito from a food truck parked alongside the road. A young girl, around […]

Creature Corner: Aug. 15, 2013

Creature Corner: Aug. 15, 2013

What a busy weekend. Reunited are the very well behaved shepherd mix, and Grizzly, the pom-poo. We are so happy that you are both safe and home. Adopted is our very special and so loved little Bruce, the Chihuahua that was dumped at the Transfer Station with Dozer and Ladybug. Paws up to you, little […]

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