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Out Loud: Dispatch a critical issue …

I believe that your self-education on, and then involvement in, the future of Idyllwild Fire’s dispatch services is critical to all of us who reside and visit the Hill communities. The current dispatch service with Riverside County Fire is a superior service and offers a vital skill our rural communities can’t afford to lose. That […]

Before Our Time: Newspapers a historic and a history source …

As my late-blooming interest in local history has deepened, I’ve become increasingly impressed with the value of old newspapers. They preserve a contemporary record of people and activities in a locale, and regardless of accuracy or bias they balance our often faulty human memories. They’re also an irreplaceable resource for constructing timelines, and timing is […]

Out Loud: Learning from babes …

I babysat our fifth grandchild, Finn, while his parents went on their first real date Sunday night since his birth nearly four months ago. With two children of my own and experience watching four other grandchildren, you could expect that Clark here, a seasoned pro, knows every nuance of a small baby’s cries. Afterall, a […]

Past Tense: Jan. 30, 2014

Past Tense: Jan. 30, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 So much snow had fallen during January that plans were underway to organize a ski club on the Hill. 60 years ago – 1954 Newlyweds Marilyn Monroe and Joe Di Maggio spent a honeymoon weekend at the Lloyd Wright cabin in Idyllwild. 55 years ago – 1959 Idyllwild old-timer Henry […]

Creature Corner: Jan. 30, 2014

Creature Corner: Jan. 30, 2014

Chelsea is looking for her forever home to do her favorite thing … sit on her bed and just look pretty. This senior gal has a gorgeous coat with a tail to match. She is a shepherd-mix, quiet and shy at first. Chelsea loves to go for short walks, have a treat or two and […]

Readers write: Plot twist for INK

Editor: INK Book Gathering. It’s a long and rather cumbersome name, but there is a reason behind it, because it was never designed to be just a bookstore. It was created to be a gathering place; a place for book lovers to gather, to come together and share their love of books; and to tell […]

Out Loud – A man of his word …

J.P., our news editor, received an unexpected call in December from a man who identified himself as the new captain at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Hemet Station. Capt. Ray Wood told him he was interested in being more proactive in Idyllwild. Subsequently, they set a date and time to meet on the Hill. On Friday […]

Lola’s Kitchen – Football Food …

Well it’s here again, football playoffs, Super Bowl and guy food, the food men love. To mention a few, there’s pigs in a blanket, Lil’ Smokies drenched in bottled barbecue sauce, onion dip with chips, guacamole with tortilla chips, pizzas, chicken wings, beer, sweets and Tums. My Chargers ended their season two weeks ago. I […]

‘Shop local • read local • give local’

Editor’s note: The headline is Rollie Atkinson’s own slogan. Atkinson, publisher of the Sonoma West Publishers in Healdsburg, gave the Town Crier permission to reprint this editorial published in the Healdsburg Tribune. I couldn’t have said it better. Did you have your cup of coffee this morning on your way to work? How much did it […]

Tax Tips: Beating the taxman in retirement

While you are working, the taxman has you at his mercy. You can take advantage of tax-deferred accounts and pension plans but after that you have little defense. When you are self-employed, you have more options available. When you retire, the situation changes dramatically and you can have a great deal of control over your […]

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