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Ramblings from Roscoe: Emergency preparedness – Part 3 …

By the Fire Dog, as interpreted by Patrick Reitz, Idyllwild Fire Chief Water – that precious resource we need to live. While we can live weeks without food, we can only live days, and in some cases less without water. In the case of a disaster, it can be the dividing line between survival or […]

Before Our Time: The Chef in the Forest …

Before Our Time: The Chef in the Forest …

A Minnesota reader, fondly recalling childhood vacations here, recently sparked my curiosity about one of Idyllwild’s more outlandish characters. In January 1966, Warren Jacober announced himself to the community with this Town Crier ad: “ATTENTION: Epicures, Gourmets, Art-lovers, Woodsmen, Housewives, Philosophers … Recipe-collectors … Brain-surgeons … Folksy Humorists … Rock Hudson, Doris Day, and any […]

Creature Corner: April 4, 2013

Creature Corner: April 4, 2013

Ever wonder what happens to a warm friendly orange tabby that is abandoned at a rescue’s back door in the middle of winter? She finds warmth and shelter with ARF, and surprise! She has a litter of kittens. Mama Sunkist, Sunny for short, is the proud mama of four beautiful babies, a little over a […]

Past Tense: April 4, 2013

Past Tense: April 4, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 Chess and bridge were favorite features of evenings at Idyllwild Inn. 60 years ago – 1953 Nearly 30 members had signed up for the newly organized Rifle and Pistol Club sponsored by the American Legion Post 800. 55 years ago – 1958 The Sikkings were about to open their new […]

Fire and Forest: Australian warnings …

Australia is one of the areas on the globe that deals with wildfires every summer, much like the American West, so we should pay attention to what they experience in their fire season. And this past season in Australia is one to worry about. Australia had many fires throughout the season (September through March), which […]

Outside Idyllwild: Spring forward …

Outside Idyllwild: Spring forward …

You can’t cut a foot off one end of a blanket, sew it onto the other end and think you have a longer blanket. But that is what Daylight Saving Time tries to accomplish every spring. Like it or not, you can watch the sunset after you have dinner in the summer months. I remember […]

Speaking for the Animals: The dreadful decision …

Anyone reading this column knows the pain associated with having to make the decision to spare a sick or older animal further suffering. And, yet, as responsible pet parents, it comes with the territory. If ever there was a time to speak for your dog or cat, this is it. They depend on us to […]

Opinion: Environmental act helps

The California Environmental Quality Act is needed now more than ever. When widespread fracking is on the horizon, global warming and its impacts are ever more real, water supplies are diminishing; huge and costly infrastructure projects are under consideration at the state and local level, this is not the time to weaken the California Environmental […]

Creature Corner: March 28, 2013

Creature Corner: March 28, 2013

Welcome back to Sandy, our sun goddess. Things don’t always work out the first time, so she’s back to share the sun with Oreo at ARF. Such a confident little girl, she prefers to soak up the rays, while Oreo and Shannon have playtime. Sandy is a young Chihuahua mix. She is good with other […]

Past Tense: March 28, 2013

Past Tense: March 28, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 As the Lions entertained in honor of their daughters, Ernie Maxwell contributed a chalk talk on “Feminine Fashion.” 60 years ago – 1953 Two bald eagles were frequenting the Foster Lake area. 55 years ago – 1958 The Chamber of Commerce listed public restrooms among its study projects for the […]

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