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Opinion: Will miss Mayor Max

I have been a part-time resident of Idyllwild since 1969, and I can think of no other town that had a dog as mayor. It was wonderful! And although I never met Max, I followed him in the Town Crier. We need more four-legged friends in public office. My sincere condolences to his family and […]

Speaking For the Animals: Rattlesnake season …

The first rattlesnakes of the season already have been spotted on the Hill. There are eight species of rattlers found in Southern California. A combination of preventive measures and cautious behavior can help keep your pets safe from their deadly venom. Rattlesnake aversion training can save your dog’s life if reputible, trained professionals do it […]

Outside Idyllwild: Déjà vu all over again …

Outside Idyllwild: Déjà vu all over again …

This past week I took another trip out to Joshua Tree. On the Hill, I saw the first lilac flowers of the season and took a trip to Garner Valley. It was a great week with warm days and not too cool mornings, which all seemed to come to an end Sunday afternoon when thick […]

Today’s Health Issues: Common sense health maintenance …

Number one rule is to avoid extremes: there is no need to climb to a tree dressed in a diaper and eat only nuts for the rest of your life. Neither should we neglect our bodies or plunge into dietary excesses and fight all preventive medicine. It is difficult to determine what is necessary to […]

Past Tense: April 18, 2013

Past Tense: April 18, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 The Town Crier reported that Editor Ernie Maxwell’s cat had five new kittens. 60 years ago – 1953 Sunset magazine featured an article about Idyllwild. 55 years ago – 1958 Actor David Niven stopped at Doro’s Market and visited for a while. 50 years ago – 1963 Five Orange County […]

Initial Thoughts: Open government? …

An article about the Forest Service’s 2014 budget begins on page 1. The level of funding appears comparable to the current year, 2013 (Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013). However, that appearance is deceiving. The 2013 figures are based on a continuing resolution which provided budget authority for the balance of the fiscal year. […]

Opinion: Tribute to Mayor Max

Every week, we look forward to enjoying the Mayor Max articles in the Town Crier. He’s more than man’s “best friend.” Every day he lived a good fun life. He carried the message of love and true leadership. Such charm and style. He showed profesionalism in his mayor’s role. We loved his bow tie attire. […]

Off the Leash: The schizophrenia of faith — Part 2 …

Last month I wrote about the idea of “them and us,” and how it creates suspicion, mistrust and ultimately conflict among peoples. I focused on the history of the Christian church and its role in this dynamic, believing that faith communities represent the higher self of humanity and thus lead the way out of our […]

Outside Idyllwild: My three weeks on the DL …

Outside Idyllwild: My three weeks on the DL …

It has been three weeks and a day since I sprained my ankle and I still am not fully recovered. After limping around and using a trekking pole as a cane for a few days, I made the mistake of walking on the ankle which only worsened the situation. Several days after the injury, I […]

It Takes a Village: Catch a spark at Theatre Department’s ‘Miss Firecracker’

It Takes a Village: Catch a spark at Theatre Department’s ‘Miss Firecracker’

The Idyllwild community and the campus have a unique symbiotic relationship which truly takes a village to be successful. Take a quirky family with oddball sensibilities, a small Southern town setting, throw in other assorted quirky characters and what you get is the hilarity of “The Miss Firecracker Contest,” which Theatre Department Chair Howard Shangraw […]

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