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Initial Thoughts: Public involvement

According to some in Washington, the Forest Service’s inability to share with the public the potential consequences of the sequestration law is the lack of an operating plan, which must first be shared and approved by an Appropriations Committee. But it is likely the initially sequestration reductions will result in 500 fewer firefighters nationwide. According […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Food and weight, the shame of it all …

Tapenade is a palate-pleasing spread of Mediterranean origins, and a great start to a nice dinner. Tapenade spreads make great appetizers and are primarily served with pita chips, fresh vegetables, crackers and baguette slices which have been brushed with olive oil and lightly toasted in the oven. Grapes on the side are a nice touch […]

Outside Idyllwild: More tidbits …

Outside Idyllwild: More tidbits …

My original plan for this week’s column was to hike Idyllwild County Park’s Perimeter Trail then cross Highway 243 and continue on Deer Springs Trail. I planned to take my camera and tripod along. I’d shoot some photos and write about the experience. When I encountered snow, I would just turn around and return the […]

Ramblings from Roscoe: Emergency Preparedness – Part 2 …

I have to laugh every time a major disaster strikes. Somehow the media always manages to find someone who declares that they never thought it could happen where they live or that it would ever happen to them. Why? Did they not realize that they live in a fault zone prone to earthquakes? Or an area prone to fires, or tornadoes or floods? The list can go on and on.

Today’s Health Issues: Dietary supplements …

It is estimated that about half of all Americans take nutritional supplements. The question is why? The Food and Drug Administration states that “unlike drugs, supplements are not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure diseases.” That means that supplements should not be advertised, as is common practice, as if they would “lower blood pressure,” […]

It Takes a Village: IAA alum featured in national TV ad

The Idyllwild community and the campus have a unique symbiotic relationship which truly takes a village to be successful. Our community of Idyllwild can take pride in seeing so many of our IAA students leave the fold and take flight to accomplish their goals — they further the notoriety of our town and campus along […]

Past Tense: March 21, 2013

Past Tense: March 21, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 Fern Valley residents were about to vote on a $250,000 bond issue to purchase the Fern Valley Mutual Water System. 60 years ago – 1953 A team of forestry insect experts from the U.S. Bureau of Entomology toured the district and reported that the local National Forest area was in […]

Creature Corner: March 21, 2013

Creature Corner: March 21, 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 […]

Initial Thoughts: Spring and ommissions …

First, I want to remind you to look at Careena Chase’s page one photo. Daffodils are blooming only a week after our latest winter snow storm. They are a true harbinger of the arrival of longer and warmer days. Today, March 20 is the Spring equinox — daylight and night are equal. And with the […]

Off the Leash: The schizophrenia of faith …

I had a conversation with my youngest daughter, a college student, this week about religion. She was raised in the Episcopal Church here in Idyllwild and holds to the particular tenets of the church in which she was raised, which many of us do. She has attended various Christian gatherings with her friends in San […]

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