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Readers write: Thin trees for forest health …

Editor: In the article about the forest being too dense, the recommendation was to trim existing trees up 15 to 30 feet and remove the young ones. If I trimmed my older trees up that high, I would no longer receive their shade, and my home, soil, plants and area temperature would be hotter, causing […]

Off the leash: Do unto others as …

A couple of incidents happened last week that made me think about the importance of having a social contract — an agreement, whether informal, such as mores or values, or more formal, that helps us regulate how we treat each other.  The first incident happened to my sister-in-law, a decent, hard-working school teacher, who raised […]

Creature Corner: June 19, 2014

Creature Corner: June 19, 2014

Tears of joy for our Pinkie Lee. She will going home to her owner. What a story this girl could tell. She was tossed around and lost for a while, but Pinkie is going home. And that’s the best news. Her name, by the way, is Scooby. More great barking news. Miss Bella, the Schipperke/Papillion-mix […]

Past Tense: June 19, 2014

Past Tense: June 19, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 Chuck Holmes was the local boy selected for Boys State by the American Legion Post 800.   60 years ago – 1954 The Chamber of Com- merce was planning to host a chuckwagon dinner for the annual Fourth of July celebration.   55 years ago – 1959 Camp Maranatha’s new […]

Out Loud: Columns …

Some of us have high aspirations about our ideals and that certainly applies to me. In April, we unofficially affiliated ourselves with the Idyllwild Library and promised a regular column, “This Week at the Library.” I stated that the column would be weekly, unlike many of our current regular features. And most of the time, […]

Readers write: United against the oak borer

Editor: Hurray for your front-page article regarding the Goldspotted oak borer. Our vigilance in spotting and removing infected trees is absolutely essential to the survival of our precious old growth oaks. Idyllwild has a chance to combat this invader and avoid the horrendous devastation that San Diego County has experienced. Please, let’s pull together as […]

Past tense: June 12, 2014

Past tense: June 12, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 The newly formed lake on the Banning-Idyllwild Highway was officially named Lake Fulmor in honor of A.C. Fulmor, county planning commissioner and surveyor whose mission and ingenuity played a prominent part in the realization of the highway.   60 years ago – 1954 Desert Sun School held commencement exercises for […]

Creature corner: June 12, 2014

Creature corner: June 12, 2014

Mama Pepper knew just what she was doing as she greeted each visitor with a melody, along with being the friendliest cat in the cattery. That all adds up to watching her tail go right out the door and into her new home. She came to us with a litter of babies, and was fostered […]

Readers write: Vacation homes near residents …

Editor: To all residents and their agents who rent out weekend homes here in Idyllwild: Can you please impress upon your clients that people live all around the homes you are renting and their privacy should be respected? As I write, some weekend renters in the home above us are playing music as loud as […]

Fire and Forest: Need public on GSOB …

We had a wonderful Goldspotted oak borer  kick-off lunch this past Friday. The Fire Safe Council, with fantastic (and delicious) help from the Pine Cove Water District, sponsored a beautiful outdoor lunch behind the Mountain Resource Center to thank the volunteers who search the community for trees the Goldspotted oak borer infects.  In addition to […]

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