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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 […]

Past Tense: Aug. 15, 2013

Past Tense: Aug. 15, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 More than 100 people attended the town’s Old Time Dance. 60 years ago – 1953 An electrical storm roared through the night, starting eight fires and depositing .84 inches of rain that raised Strawberry Creek 2 feet. 55 years ago – 1958 Max and Bea Krone were collaborators on “The […]

Opinion: IFPD forum was a fiasco

The forum held in Town Hall for the Idyllwild Fire Protection District commissioner candidates was a gross disservice to our community. Town Crier graciously hosted this forum but the moderator and the candidates sabotaged every attempt to give the community honest answers. According to the IFPD commissioner candidates, everything is wonderful. IFPD has no problems […]

Out Loud: Intimidation? …

I thought last week’s Idyllwild Fire Protection District candidate forum went well. I thought the moderator explained the process well, the audience behaved itself and the candidates were articulate. Surprise! The following day I learned that the moderator threw softball questions at the candidates rather than reading the tough questions actually written down. (Some of […]

Opinion: Grateful for MDP’s fire help

After the recent Idyllwild-area fire, Idyllwild residents, community venues and the Town Crier were profuse in gratitude to firefighters, a much needed expression of our relief. We were so fortunate to have so many Idyllwild area, state and national firefighters and helicopter crews, and patrolling county sheriffs on the job. We were also fortunate to […]

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