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Opinion: Lil’ Bruisers graduate

Does anyone remember the Lil’ Bruisers? Back in 1997, I returned to the U.S. and Idyllwild from Vienna, Austria, with my 2-year-old daughter Bethany. There was an ad in the Town Crier for a (toddler) playgroup. The amazing thing about this group was that they were all kids born between February and September 1995; 12 […]

Science and Reality Today: Why it may not be a good thing to boldly go …

First off, with all the news coverage this issue has received recently, I think now would be a good time to come out of the closet and announce myself to the world: I am a Trekkie and proud of it! Phew, that was a load off my shoulders, but I digress. After enjoying the movie […]

Opinion: Banking SNAFU?

Last year, in January, my elderly mother lost her check book. When we contacted the bank, they quickly closed her account and opened another one for her. At that point, something went wrong. Instead of moving her money over to the new account, the BBVA adminstration changed her money into a “loan” and began charging […]

Speaking for the Animals: Heartworm 101 …

Heartworm is a parasitic roundworm that is transmitted to certain animals (dogs, cats, ferrets and coyotes, for example) only through the bite of an infected mosquito. An uninfected mosquito can bite an already-infected animal and then spread it to other animals it subsequently bites. It takes seven months from the bite for the heartworm to […]

Past Tense: May 23, 2013

Past Tense: May 23, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 A cold wave caused temperatures to drop to 23 degrees. 60 years ago – 1953 Woodland Park Manor held an open house, inviting the community to inspect its completely furnished units. Accommodation rates were $10 to $15 per couple. 55 years ago – 1958 Ernie Maxwell’s mother, Maude Maxwell, was […]

Creature Corner: May 23, 2013

Creature Corner: May 23, 2013

Yay for Riley, our Lab mix. You are officially in your forever and ever home with the best mom and dad. We will always hold an extra special place in our hearts for you at ARF and with the many volunteers who know and love you. Paws up to you, and keep up the good […]

Opinion: What next?

I was saddened to hear of the dissolution of the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce. I understand the reasons and am appalled. I understand that they must rid themselves of all assets to finalize this action. What a sad event for our community. The Chamber of Commerce, one of our most valuable volunteer organizations, has been […]

Opinion: IFPD’s admin captain’s history

I don’t always agree with J.P.’s criticisms of IFPD, but his most recent opinion is one that has been ignored for years. The administrative captain promotion was approved by the board in 2013 after over three years of internal debate, possible legal action against the department and too much of (the public’s) IFPD’s limited legal […]

Opinion: In response to May 16 letter

Thank our great Constitution, because only prior litigation, licensing documents, state enforcement records and provable facts are used before grand juries in the United States. Undocumented character assassination and personal attacks upon one’s family have no place in grand juries. The election of politicians and the administration of politics, on the other hand, are inherently […]

Idyllwild County Parks flora update

Idyllwild County Parks flora update

On Friday, May 10, Tom Chester, Keir Morse, Adrienne Balway and I conducted a botany survey …

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