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Outside Idyllwild: The merry, merry month of May …

Outside Idyllwild: The merry, merry month of May …

May has been a very interesting month for sure. May saw the annual Pacific Crest Trail migration, the Idyllwild Earth Fair, the wildflower show at the Nature Center, the return of Dr. Michael Hamilton for a visit, Memorial Day weekend yard sales and many other art and cultural events. May also saw a trip to […]

Opinion: Disposition of the Chamber’s assets

Editor’s note: The following letter, dated May 28, was received just before the paper went to press. It explains how the Chamber plans to dispose of its assets, including “Harmony,” the monument. We, the undersigned members of the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce, in light of the absence of a Board of Directors and a lack […]

Past Tense: May 30, 2013

Past Tense: May 30, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 Town Crier raised its annual subscription rate to $2.50. The paper was biweekly except during summer, when it was published every week. 60 years ago – 1953 A new business opening in Fern Valley Corners was Bill Francisco’s Professional Pharmacy. 55 years ago – 1958 A variety show at Town […]

Creature Corner: May 30, 2013

Creature Corner: May 30, 2013

Reunited this week for a total of three times was Mugsy. And Ellie was also reunited with her very worried humans. The newest fur babies are about 7 weeks old, and soon will be ready to bring laughter to your home, including five grays — three females and two males. Two black kitties are sister […]

Opinion: GSOB … Other thoughts

I am aware of my passion for trees when discussing their care, and particularly in this case, trying to save them from sure death. In “Pest Notes” at in the “Biological Control” section, it states, “Three primary natural enemies have been associated with GSOB [Goldspotted Oak Borer] …” But your article on the front […]

Opinion: Over-pay not firefighters’ fault

In a recent letter to the editor and in editorial comments in this paper, one of Idyllwild Fire’s firefighters has been criticized for 1) making too much money, 2) playing too active a role in the affairs of the department and 3) failing to properly oversee the department’s budget and expenditures. The firefighter in question […]

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 […]

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