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Opinion: Leash ordinance

As a first-time visitor to Idyllwild, one of the things I have found especially delightful is the pet-friendly atmosphere. In fact, the discovery that there were pet-friendly trails in Idyllwild was the primary reason I came here for a week’s vacation. I too enjoyed the Ernie Maxwell trail with my dog off leash. We met […]

Before Our Time: Idyllwild’s “Name game” …

An old tradition my forebears brought from Britain is the habit of bestowing names on their homes. It reached Idyllwild in the 1920s to such an extent that one issue of the Idyllwild Breezes newspaper carried a two-column poem, anonymously composed (possibly by Editor Joyce Carmichael), incorporating nearly forty examples. Most commonly, these early house […]

Fire and Forest: Fire season roaring, roofing grant ready …

They had to evacuate the Air Force Academy. You don’t normally think of an imposing military academy in danger of destruction by wildfire, but this past week the academy in Colorado Springs was in exactly that position. Last year it was Texas setting records for fires; now Colorado is rewriting its fire record books. Nine […]

Opinion: Playground use

It has come to my attention that Town Hall kids are being told that they are not allowed to play in the new playground. This is a travesty. I spent three days working 12 to 14 hours on it for our community, and then to hear that some of our kids are not worthy to […]

Opinion: How to pay for healthcare

The reason a majority of Americans do not support Obama Care is clear — it is basically unfair. Once again, the middle class is being asked to bear the tax burden to provide free coverage to some Americans, while they will have to struggle with yet another bill they can’t afford to pay. In essence, […]

Past Tense: July 5, 2012

Past Tense: July 5, 2012

60 years ago – 1952 Evie Kretsinger passed on a comment on TV: “Before the dawn of civilization, primitive man ate raw meat in dark caves and gazed at the pictographs he had painted on the walls. As man became civilized, he dined by candlelight and food became a social ritual. Now, man is right […]

Creature Corner: July 5, 2012

Creature Corner: July 5, 2012

Max is the first mayor of Idyllwild and wishes a happy 4th of July to all. Paws up to you Max, and to your cabinet members. See a Penny, pick it up. Which is exactly what someone did with this little girl. Penny Lane is a 3-year-old terrier mix who was found wandering in the […]

Opinion: 4th July Parade suggestions

After working as a volunteer with one of the organizations that helps with the 4th of July parade for many years, I would like to pass along some unofficial suggestions that may help some of you enjoy the holiday even more. If you live in Fern Valley, plan on using Lodge Road and South Circle […]

Opinion: Re PCWD rate increase

We are not contemplating another rate increase. Yes, we are in the second year of our three-year program. Water sales only make up 20 percent of our total water income. Yes, we are talking with Stonewood. There are only 27 houses in the Stonewood area. Please come see us and get further proof and explanation, […]

Outside Idyllwild: No Devil’s Slide Trail on Sunday …

Outside Idyllwild: No Devil’s Slide Trail on Sunday …

Last Sunday we had made plans to hike the Devil’s Slide Trail and shoot some pictures of the scarlet monkeyflowers at the third spring. Our friend Rob Bowman decided to tag along for the hike to Saddle Junction and then on to Skunk Cabbage Meadow.   Early on Sunday morning Rob stopped by the U.S. […]

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