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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 …

Fight or flight? To stay and fight or evacuate from an approaching wildland fire

It’s late in the afternoon, and the air is hot, and smoky. The wind is increasing and sirens can be heard in the not so far distance. Down the street comes a police car with its lights flashing, broadcasting the message to evacuate the area immediately because of an oncoming wildfire. What do you do? […]

Initial Thoughts: Happy endings not on horizon of local dramas …

When you read this column, Idyllwild Fire’s May 14 meeting will already have occurred. Nevertheless, one of the agenda items merits some discussion and next week, I’ll report on the action at the meeting. In the previous episode of this soap opera, we left IFPD with the discovery of a missing $100,000. They were planning […]

Off the Leash: Collective amnesia …

Well, the first bill submitted by freshman Senator Elizabeth Warren attempts to lower student loan rates down to the same rate given to banks by the Federal Reserve. Starting July 1, student loan rates are scheduled to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, while banks borrow money at a rate of .75 percent. Once […]

It Takes a Village: Summer Program to offer locals discount on workshops

The Idyllwild community and the campus have a unique symbiotic relationship which truly takes a village to be successful. Good news for Idyllwild residents who are art aficionados. Now’s the perfect time to nurture your creative side. The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program is offering full-time residents of Idyllwild, Pine Cove and Anza a 50 percent […]

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