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Opinion: ARF accepts donations

For the record, Idyllwild Animal Rescue Friends (ARF) is most definitely accepting donations and truly needs them. Madelaine’s writing of ARF’s quote “We are no longer accepting donations” was truncated. It should have read, “We are no longer accepting donations from you [Madelaine].” While seemingly incredible for any nonprofit to refuse a donation, ARF did […]

Past Tense: Aug. 30, 2012

Past Tense: Aug. 30, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 Fifty people gathered at Dutch Flat to witness the christening of a well for the Idyllwild Water Company. At the first gush, cameras clicked and everyone clapped.   • • • Eleanor Johnson had a project underway — to turn the circle in the center of town into a village […]

Opinion: Changing the building permit process

A few months back, I circulated a petition asking for a revision of the building permit process to handle certain things that needed to be fixed. Mostly I focused on the cost and complexity of the process. In about a week, 100 people signed the petition and I subsequently met with [3rd District] Supervisor [Jeff] […]

Opinion: ARF dedicated to the lost animals

I’m sorry. You have reached a number that is disconnected. If you are trying to reach the Animal Rescue Friends of Idyllwild, they are no longer in service. Due to lack of donations and volunteers, ARF will not be open and all calls will be forwarded to Animal Control. Good luck. Is this true? No. […]

Outside Idyllwild: Butterflies, thunderstorms and sunsets …

Outside Idyllwild: Butterflies, thunderstorms and sunsets …

The butterfly season is almost done for the year. It was a good season for wildflowers and that made it a good year for butterflies and bees. In the past week I have seen the painted lady, western tiger swallowtail, mylitta crescent, marine blue, an all white and a Lorquin’s admiral butterflies. It would seem […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Poultry pets …

Growing up on an apricot ranch had it’s drawbacks. On the positive side, my mom never wasted anything. She canned and grew vegetables and herbs, corn, tomatoes, etc. We also had a wide variety of fruit and citrus trees. Now for the negative side. My little sister and I had a pet duck named Elmer. […]

Ramblings from Roscoe: Kids and school, part 1 …

First, I want to thank everyone for being so welcoming to my master and I. What a great community and dog-friendly too! The cats are not too happy about it, but hey, they are cats. Are they ever happy about anything?

Past Tense: Aug. 23, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 August rainfall was already 3.72 inches. Average for the whole month in recent years had been running 1.23 inches. • • • Lightning struck more than 80 times in this section of the National Forest during an August thunderstorm. Only five of the strikes, however, turned into fires. Because of […]

Science and Reality Today: Why reality is weirder than we could imagine …

As a child I was a huge fan of the 1980s NBC television science fiction series “Amazing Stories.” Despite only airing three seasons, this Steven Spielberg-created show was a cross between “The Twilight Zone” and “The X-Files.” One of the first episodes of the show, titled “The Mission” (starring Keifer Sutherland and Kevin Costner) involved […]

Opinion: Donations not accepted

I guess the “Angel of the Year” awarded me has fallen and lost her wings. We continued our fund-raising for ARF by gathering money from donation boxes left in several places. However, when we entered ARF House, last week, with these money in hand, I was greeted with: “We are no longer accepting donations.” Wow! […]

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