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Past Tense: Jan. 23, 2014

Past Tense: Jan. 23, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 Idyllwild experienced 4 feet of snow over a 10-day period in which temperatures never rose above freezing. 60 years ago – 1954 Willard Payne recalled the early days. He and his wife came for camping trips in 1909 when Fern Valley was waist-deep in ferns with only an occasional tree. […]

Creature Corner: Jan. 23, 2014

Creature Corner: Jan. 23, 2014

Hooray and paws up to Dozer, our Lab-mix, who has a new home minutes from the beach, and a new name — Luigi. 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 […]

Readers write: Sweet and sour Idyllwild …

Editor: New Year’s Day was a great opportunity to invite our wider family up the Hill to visit our cabin and enjoy the scenery, knick-knack stores and beautiful weather. None of these things were a disappointment. The atmosphere in the town was generally happy and a great day full of good memories was anticipated. Indeed, […]

Off the leash: Education is important …

It’s time to wrap up my mini-series on education. The past couple of months I wrote that having a curious mind is essential to learning and that education is not exclusively limited to educational institutions. This month, I ask “Why is education important?” When my kids were young and in school, they would have a […]

Out loud: News is news …

Jack and I purchased the local newspaper last June. We had no intention of changing the Town Crier from the newspaper it’s been since the 1950s when the Maxwells (founders in 1946) began publishing hard news — even on the front page. We print news. We don’t count or classify news as good, bad or […]

Past Tense: Jan. 16, 2014

Past Tense: Jan. 16, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 The Chamber discussed a plan to identify the Hill community with the back country, approving the theme, “Gateway to the Mt. San Jacinto State Park Wilderness.” 60 years ago – 1954 When Norma DeMent opened the Idyllwild Department Store Thursday morning, billows of gaseous smoke poured forth so Norma ran […]

Idyllwild Botany: Oracle oaks …

This is the Reader’s Digest condensed version of my thoughts about Oracle Oaks (Quercus X morehus). I have been conducting surveys over the last three winters. Since I do not have a working knowledge of genetics, these thoughts are based solely on observations with some questions and conjectures thrown in. Some of these ideas have […]

Science and Reality Today: Who needs superheroes when you have nature? …

Last week my roommate and I were having another one of our deep philosophical discussions about what superpowers would be the coolest to have. My roommate, being an X-Men fanatic, went with Wolverine’s power to regenerate and heal. Personally, having grown up reading Marvel Comics as well, I was always envious of Magneto’s ability to […]

Tax Tips: People get ready, tax season’s a comin’

About this time of year, we begin to collect all the information we will need to properly file our income tax returns. Since it’s been a year, I have listed below some of the items you will want to look for. Your employer is required to send you your W2 forms by Jan. 31. You […]

Reader’s Write: Taking my Realtor business elsewhere

I have recently read the unsigned letter from the members of the Idyllwild Association of Realtors. I have to say I strongly disagree. The news printed in your newspaper is, first and foremost, for the residents of Idyllwild. News that is important to this community, whether good or bad, belongs on the front page, not […]

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